The mission of the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce is to be the primary resource in providing benefits and services to our members and our community, to be an advocate for business, and a leader for economic development efforts, making Harbor Country the premier place to live, work and play.
Harbor Country® Chamber of Commerce
15311 Three Oaks Rd
Three Oaks, MI 49128
Office Hours: 9am-5pm ET Mon-Fri
History of the Chamber
“And They Said It Wouldn’t Last”
A lot of people didn’t believe that the business communities of Michiana, Grand Beach, New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, and Sawyer, represented by five municipalities and two school districts, could work together on anything, let alone form a Chamber of Commerce.
Early attempts were made in the late 1920s in New Buffalo and in Union Pier in the 1950s, but they didn’t last. In 1981, the Harbor Country Council was formed to explore the possibility of uniting the area under a common mission. Council member Dick Downing (originally a realtor from Chicago) is credited for coming up with the name “Harbor Country” and served as the Chamber’s first president when it received official state recognition the same year. Local business owners Nadra Kissman and Larry Bubb are credited as the area co-founders in establishing Harbor Country as a recognized geographic region.
The name Harbor Country® was secured as a Federally Registered Trademark in 2000 and is owned by the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce.
Over the years, the Chamber has grown from 200 to 500 members with a staff of professionals that serve its membership and the community.
The following policies were adopted and approved by the Harbor Country Chamber Board of Directors.