Part of the mission of the Can Do! Youth Pillar is exposing local youth to the opportunities for growth and professional fulfillment in their hometown. Grace Boehmer, Executive Director of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, has proven that you don’t have to leave your hometown to make a bright future for yourself.
Boehmer, a 2006 graduate of Charlotte High School and 2011 graduate of Michigan State University, will be the featured speaker at the Oct. 15 Coffee with the Community discussion at Fay’s Evelyn Bay. Boehmer joined the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in the summer of 2013, becoming one of the youngest local leaders in the community in the process.
Since becoming the executive director, Boehmer has worked hard to enhance the business community in the greater-Charlotte area. Part of that effort includes working alongside Charlotte Public Schools to bridge the gap between its students and local leaders. That partnership with CPS was instrumental in the creation of the inaugural Eaton County Home and Business Expo this past spring. It’s been enhanced ever further with the Chamber’s efforts to bring the annual Charlotte High School Homecoming parade back downtown.
Boehmer said she knows how important bridging the gap between the schools and downtown businesses is for the community’s future.
“Getting to really know the community was eye-opening,” Boehmer said of her position as Chamber director. She plans to continue to engage young business owners and bring in new Charlotte Chamber of Commerce members.
The Coffee with the Community series, a partnership between Charlotte High School, the Can Do! Youth Pillar and Fay’s Evelyn Bay, gives students the opportunity to spend the morning getting to know someone in the business community. The series introduces high school students to different business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders in Charlotte to share some of their experiences and perspectives, in an informal setting, on life after high school.
The series is held the first and third Thursday of each month, through the first Thursday in May, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at Fay’s Evelyn Bay.