SWM Regional Chamber CEO Arthur Havlicek Selected for U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforc

SWM Regional Chamber CEO Arthur Havlicek Selected for U.S. Chamber Foundation Education and Workforce Fellowship Program 

Fellowship Provides State and Local Business Leaders with Opportunities to Engage Nationally on Critical Education and Workforce Issues 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today announced Arthur Havlicek, President & CEO of the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber, was selected to participate in the seventh cohort of its premiere business leadership program. 

The Business Leads Fellowship Program trains and equips leaders from state and local chambers of commerce, economic development agencies, and trade associations with resources, access to experts, and a network of peers to build their capacity to address the most pressing education and workforce challenges. The six-month program, consisting of both in-person and virtual meetings, will cover the entire talent pipeline, including early childhood education, K-12, postsecondary education, and workforce development. 

Following a competitive application and national selection process, Havlicek was selected along with 34 other state and local leaders from across the country to participate in the seventh class of this exclusive program. 

“Strengthening the regional workforce is a top-priority for our Chamber and essential to the long-term economic competitiveness, success, and sustainability of Southwest Michigan,” said Havlicek. “I’m honored to have been selected for this national fellowship and will use the opportunity to learn from experts and bring home new insights, ideas, and initiatives that unite our community partners and drive progress on our region’s talent initiatives.” 

“We created the Business Leads Fellowship Program in response to the needs of our state and local chamber partners,” says Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President of the Center for Education and Workforce. “They, better than anyone, see the critical link between education and economic development, and we are glad to be able to support them as they take on this critical leadership role in their community.” 

Havlicek will travel to Washington D.C. on October 3 for the inaugural meeting of this year’s cohort. Upon completion, he will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s dedicated


network of over 250 chambers of commerce and statewide associations from around the nation who regularly engage on education and workforce initiatives. 

For more information on the Business Leads Fellowship Program, visit the program’s website.


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future. Our workforce development portfolio is transforming employer engagement in education partnerships, connecting workers with real pathways to the jobs that employers are trying to fill. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. 

The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber of Commerce 

The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber is a member-driven, business advocacy organization proudly serving over 700 members throughout Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. Their work centers around strengthening our region’s economic environment and creating prosperous communities where business thrives, talent resides, and quality of life is second to none. You can find them online at