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explore the chamber

Our mission is simple: We are dedicated to advancing and developing commercial, agricultural, industrial, civic and general interests of the Village of Genoa and all adjacent communities.  We are a diverse organization of small and large business owners, professionals who promote our town as well as many activities.
The Genoa Chamber is an all-volunteer organization that encourages its members to get involved in all activities such as membership, special events and communications.



Congratulations to GACC Award Winners!


Outstanding Community Support Award for Individual-Ellen Bergman

Outstanding Community Support Award for Group-Genoa Merchants

Community Service Project of the Year Group Award-Genoa Homecoming Committee


Lifetime Achievement Award-Jan Pugh

Outstanding Professional Service Individual-David Marko

Outstanding Community Support Group-Genoa American Legion Band

Innovation in Business-Individual-Andrew J. Sanders


Innovation in Business-Individual-Ray St. Marie

Innovation in Business-Group-Mann Technologies

Outstanding Community Support-Group-Genoa Retirement Community

Outstanding Community Support Award-Individual-Tim Reed


Outstanding Community Support Award-Deb & Joe Badger

Outstanding Professional Service Award-Jim Firestone

Lifetime Achievement Award-Dave & Cheryl Grosjean

Community Service Project of the Year Award-Genoa Food Pantry

Emerging Business of the Year Award-JC Financial (Joe Clement)

Innovation in Business/Visionary Award-JM Beaute' Salon & Spa (Jessica Meyers)


Outstanding Community Support Award-Bob Keaton

Lifetime Achievement Award-Genoa Elementary Principal, Brenda Murphy

Community Service Project of the Year Award (individual)-Kim Harsanje

Community Service Project of the Year Award (Business/Group)-Rayz Cafe

Emerging Business of the Year Award-Rebecca Booth, ImagineThat!

Innovation in Business/Visionary Award-Antony Sharples, Elite Team Supply


Emerging Business of the Year Award-Ignite Coffee and Tea Co.

Outstanding Professional Service-Kevin Gladden

Community Service Project of the Year-Genoa Retirement Village

Innovation in Business/Visionary Award-Rayz Cafe

Lifetime Achievement Award-Mark Weyandt

Outstanding Community Support Award-Genoa Bank


Emerging Business of the Year-Makers on Main by Joys of the Christian Heart

Outstanding Professional Services-Business-First Federal Bank of the Midwest (Genoa)

Outstanding Professional Service-Individual-Brian Huston

Outstanding Community Support-Lutheran Home of Mercy

Lifetime Achievement Award-Mayor Ken Harsanje

Hometown Hero-Jim Firestone


Emerging Business of the Year-Genoa Classic Cars

Outstanding Community Support-Sander Farms

Community Service Project of the year-Thomas Bergman (Mural & Bike Path)

2021 Chamber Bright Star-Brian Huston

2021 Hometown Hero-Ron Cashen


Emerging Business of the Year-The Flourish Flat

Outstanding Community Support-Leeann Dufendock (Harvest Fest)

Outstanding Professional Service-Genoa Retirement Village

Lifetime Achievement Award-Marsha Lee

2022 Chamber Bright Star-Dr. William Kegerize

2022 Hometown Hero-Kevin Gladden

Gail McWatters, President

Austin Dean, Vice President

Marsha Lee, Secretary

Samantha Gargas, Treasurer

Megan O'Brien, Past President

Jenny Caughorn,
Membership/Media Coord.

meet our board

board of trustees

Ben Sutter

Brian Huston

Larry Sanders

Leeann Dufendock

Matt MacKenzie
Aeriel Jacobs
Sam Sutter

Tim Davies

Bill Kegerize

Heather Swander


we sponsor

Every year, the chamber hosts a myriad of events, including:

  • Business After Hours

  • Genoa Cruise-In Car Shows

  • Scholarships for GAHS Students

  • Financial support to many local fund-raising efforts, including the Homecoming, Genoa Beautification Fund and Genoa Area School fund-raisers.

Genoa has two commercial districts: our historic downtown and the Route 51 corridor. Businesses range from small diners and sole proprietors to multi-million dollar companies and popular franchises.



Economic Development




IT & Tech 




Visitors Bureau


All Ottawa County




Homecoming Committee


Scholarship Committee


All Ottawa County Chambers Committee


Awards Committee


Cruise-In Committee



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