EVART — Through the good times and bad in the community of Evart, one group of local business owners remains dedicated to promoting the quality of life in the Evart area.

The Evart Area Chamber of Commerce currently has more than 80 members from restaurant owners to gas station managers. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month at its headquarters at the Osceola Grand Hotel to brainstorm new ways to unite the community and discuss event details.

“Anyone can join the chamber in the Evart area, not just those within the city limits,” said chamber president Connie Douglas. “We have members from Reed City and Hersey, and members don’t have to have a business.”

For $100 a year, individuals or business owners interested in promoting the Evart area can become a member of the Evart Area Chamber of Commerce. Once a member of the chamber, individuals can place advertisements at the chamber’s Welcome Center in the Osceola Grand Hotel,

As the manager of the Evart Sunoco, Douglas said being a member of the chamber has helped her business.

“In the chamber Welcome Center we have placed some advertisements and coupons. We’ve gotten a good response,” Douglas said.

Evart Mayor Eric Schmidt owns Affordable Prints, a graphic design and print shop in Evart. Schmidt has seen many benefits from being involved with the chamber.

“Your business name gets out there more among chamber members. Being a print shop, they utilize Affordable Prints more because I am a chamber member,” he said.“It’s only $100 a year and it’s good advertisement.”

Along with promoting and encouraging business for chamber members, the Evart Area Chamber of Commerce hosts many events annually to draw people to the area. The Independence Day parade and fireworks are among the most popular events the chamber sponsors. People come from miles around to the annual celebration. The chamber also supports an Easter Egg hunt, Christmas festivities, Dulcimer funfest early bird breakfast, Wood Carver’s breakfast, Miss Evart competition, chamber golf outing and other projects as deemed appropriate.

“When it comes to community events, that’s when people see you going above and beyond your business and caring about families. I think they appreciate that,” Schmidt said. “Being a business owner, that shows you care about your town and want to see your town succeed, not just your business.”

Along with hosting events and promoting each other, the Evart Area Chamber of Commerce gives back to the community in many ways.

Chamber members agreed to help Evart Public Schools athletics by volunteering to sell tickets at sporting events. They also give two scholarships away to local students every year.

“Our members who have helped out at events realize it’s fun. It’s not work,” Douglas said.

Anyone interested in joining the chamber is welcome to attend a chamber meeting before joining.

For more information on the Evart Area Chamber of Commerce, visit www.evartchamberofcommerce.com, visit the Evart Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook or call (231) 734-9799.