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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


Emerging Business of the Year-Amplex Internet

Outstanding Community Support-Gargas Farms

Outstanding Professional Service-Genoa Police Dept.

Community Service Project of the Year-Butterfly Garden & Genoa Elementary

2023 Chamber Bright Star-Larry Sanders

2023 Hometown Hero-Briann Edwards

Gail McWatters, President

Austin Dean, Vice President

Leeann Dufendock, Secretary

Samantha Gargas, Treasurer

Jenny Caughorn,
Membership/Media Coord.

meet our board

board of trustees

Brian Huston

Larry Sanders

Tim Davies

Bill Kegerize

Marsha Lee


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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