FIRST FRIDAY BUSINESS BREAKFAST 
Friday, April 7, 2017  7:30-8:30AM $5/Members  $7/Non-Members
at the Bergmann Center, 08855 Martin Road
Co-Sponsored by:

                                     
ENHANCED BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AT
 EAST PARK TAVERN
"Kick off to Summer"
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  |  5-7pm  |  East Park Tavern
$5/Members  $10/Non-Members

Yes, it might be a little early for bbq's and flip-flops but not at East Park Tavern as the Chamber kick's off summer with its first Enhanced Business After Hours of the year. 
 
Enjoy: 
*Summer BBQ foods                    
*Cash bar with a special "island drink"
*Contests
*Wear your favorite Hawaiian Shirt
*Multiple Door Prizes
*Live music from DAVE CISCO

                                                              Sponsored by:
                                   

We still have room for 2 more sponsors. 
Contact the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 for details

MEET OUR CHAMBER AMBASSADO R -
NONA SZCZEPANSKI

I joined the ambassador committee in 2014. It was a great opportunity to get to know the chamber staff better and meet fellow members. I feel being an ambassador benefits my business by giving me venues to meet many of the people attending the events. I personally am able to give back to the community that I love so much and at every opportunity I promote Charlevoix to my clients and friends.  Also, as ambassadors we help to promote the Chamber to non members and welcome new members when they join the organization. 
 
One thing I love about Charlevoix is its natural beauty. My husband John and I are avid boaters and fisherman. We could not imagine living anywhere is the country without acc ess to the  Great Lakes.  
   
Most people do not know that because of my husband's business, I've been fortunate enough to travel to Europe and Asia.  Even though I've visited some historic and famous places, I am still able to appreciate the distinct beauty of our local community. 
   


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231.437.3508
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MARCH CHAMBER MONTHLY
3-10-17 EDITION OF THE CHARLEVOIX COURIER




MAIN STREET MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Click here to view their recent newsletter as well as updates for upcoming meetings, programs and services. 

For more information on Main Street or to get involved in a committee go to their website.
 charlevoixmainstreet.org
MARK GREYERBIEHL WITH THE SUPPORT OF ACE HARDWARE RAISES $3000 FOR AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION

On February 26, 2017, Mark Greyerbiehl, ran the stairs in the Stratosphere in Las Vegas to help raise money for the American Lung Association in memory of his mother Margaret who suffered C.O.P.D. With 800 runners Mark placed 60th overall and 10th in his age group, with a time of 12min. 17 sec. It was a 108 story run with 1455 steps. Next year maybe the Empire State Building!

The Ace Team raised about $3,000, making them 1 of the top 10 fundraising teams.
MACGREGOR CARES- MONTHLY COMMUNITY GIVING PROGRAM
Congratulations to February's MacGregor Cares winner, Friendship Centers of Emmet County!

March's MacGregor Cares participants are:

-Rising Hope Riding Center

-Peggy Fettig's 3rd and 4th Grade Concord Academy Class
-Junior Achievement of Northern Michigan

One of these fine groups will win $500 from MacGregor Plumbing & Heating.  Click the link below to vote!  Do you know a group, organization or fundraiser that needs help in the community?  We're here to help them reach their goals.  Nominate by clicking the following link.

Photo:  The $500 check was presented by MacGregor owner, Julie Wieman and accepted on behalf of the Friendship Center by Char Delis and Lynn Genter.  
macgregorplumbing.com  
CHARLEVOIX OPEN FOR BUSINESS CAMPAIGN FEATURED IN PODCAST AND NEWS FEATURE
Downtown Charlevoix leaders want to let everyone know that the area is open for business, despite the two fires for downtown businesses and the construction on the bridge on U.S. 31.

We talked with Alison Hubbard and Lindsay Dotson about how the city is turning these unfortunate incidents into a new opportunity. Click here for the PODCAST

The Detroit News also featured Charlevoix on Friday, March 10th, Click here to view the ARTICLE
CHAMBER ALLIANCE SETS "RIGHT - SIZED" 2017 LEGISLATIVE GOALS
Northern Michigan is a special part of the Great Lakes State with unique challenges and opportunities in its business community.

That's why the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance will focus its 2017 legislative priorities on state and federal policies and programs that are specific to its region, to help businesses in rural areas continue contributing to Michigan's robust economic comeback.

"Partners in the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance understand that communities outside Michigan's major metropolitan areas have their own conditions where 'one size does not fit all' in terms of incentives and policies to help grow business in our region," said Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations for the Alliance and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. "We will focus our efforts on right-sized solutions that take good ideas being used, or create new ideas, and shape them to work in our region."   More
PANACHE HAIR STUDIO IS HIRING AND MAKES A CHANGE IN PRODUCT LINE 
We are transitioning from Paul Mitchell to Kevin Murphy products and color!  It has more organic ingredients, paraben free, sulfate free, and cruelty free. All products are packaged with recycled material.  GREAT product and company!!
 
Employment opportunities can be found below and please visit our website to learn more about our products and services. 
panachecvx.com  
BEACON DENTAL CENTER - TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
JUSTIN MICHEAU 
Justin Micheau is our awesome behind the scenes man and motivator!  Justin joined Beacon Dental Center in 2014 after he sold his Verizon Stores in Northern Michigan. An Upper Peninsula Native, Justin helps Dr. Sullivan to manage the back of the house, build and train team leaders, helps team members grow and think of innovative ways for Beacon Dental Center to catch on this fast phase industry.
 
We are accepting New Patients!
For more information on any of the above or to make an appointment, please call 231.237.5100.
OVERNIGHT US-31 BASCULE BRIDGE CLOSURES IN CHARLEVOIX TO BEGIN MARCH 27
As part of the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) ongoing repair work on the US-31 bascule bridge in Charlevoix, 12 overnight closures will begin Monday, March 27.

The bridge will be locked in the up, or open, position during the closures, preventing any US-31 traffic from using the bridge.  The closures, scheduled for 11pm to 5am nightly from March 27 to April 7 barring any unforeseen circumstances, will require an official detour of through traffic via M-66, M-32, and US-131 through East Jordan, Boyne Falls, and Petoskey.  Work began in early January, and is on schedule for completion by May 25.
michigan.gov/mdot 
WINE & Dine

SPRING WINE TASTING AT THE ROWE INN RESTAURANT OF ELLSWORTH
Join us Sunday, March 26, Noon until 2 pm for our Spring Wine Tasting.  We'll offer deep discounts on all wines at the tasting and 10% off all retail wines (sorry, no additional case discounts).  We'll also serve a fabulous shrimp cocktail buffet featuring house-made sauce, vegetarian quiche, apple & sauerkraut slaw, cheese & fruit tray, and chocolate mousse.  $18 per person.  Reservations required.
231.588.7351
HAPPY HOUR AT PETOSKEY FARMS
Join us for Happy Hour at Petoskey Farms every Thursday and Friday during the month of March!

From 4-6pm, we will have $6 glasses of wine, bottle discounts, and small plates available for sipping and snacking!
petoskeyfarms.com 

TWO NIGHTS...TWO EXCEPTIONAL MEALS
Enjoy an exceptional dining experience on Thursday, March 16 at 7pm, as we welcome our good friends from Atwater Brewery for a delicious five-course meal paired with five incredible craft brews.  Tickets are still available, call 231.437.3466 and get yours today. 

The Bridge Street Tap Room is bringing back our famous traditional boiled corned beef and cabbage dinner for St. Patrick's day.  We are serving up Ebel's pickle-brined corned beef as well as several delicious beers crafted from Irish inspiration.  This delicious dish will also be available downstairs in the Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company.
bridgestreettaproom.com
$3 CASA TUESDAYS AT RED MESA GRILL
Live Music every Tuesday Night 6-9pm
$3 Casa Margaritas, $3 Premium Drafts, $3 Food Features

Performers:
Mar 21 - Buddha Sweet
Mar 28 - Soul Patch

Apr 4 - Ben Overbeek
Apr 11 - The Urban Surgeons
Apr 18 - Blues by Keith Scott
Apr 25 - Blake Elliot & the Robinson Affair
redmesa.com

COME CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK'S DAY WITH AMERICAN HOUSE
Everyone's a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day, so don your green attire and join American House Charlevoix on Friday, March 17, from 4:30-6:30pm for an exciting celebration with laughter, leprechauns and shamrocks.  Enjoy a delicious dinner in our Anytime Cafe or take dinner-to-go. 

While you're here we'd love to show you what's new in our vibrant community, or just give you a glimpse of our world-class amenities.  We can't wait to celebrate with you!

This popular event is sure to fill up fast, so please RSVP by March 15 by calling 231.237.5572.
americanhouse.com 
LUNCHEON LECTURE LOOKS AT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 
North Central Michigan's Luncheon Lecture program on Friday, March 17, will take a look at Michigan's Freedom of Information Act.  The program will be held in the Library Conference Center on the Petoskey Campus.  Lunch begins at 11:30am and the program begins at noon.

You have the right to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent you.  Robin Luce-Herrmann, general counsel to the Michigan Press Association, explains how you can use FOIA and the Michigan Open Meetings Act to more fully participate in the democratic process.  Her appearance is sponsored by the Petoskey News.

Reservations are required.  Call 231.348.6600 or email luncheonlectures@ncmich.edu
ncmich.edu 
MT. MCSAUBA WINTERFEST GAMES THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 
It costs only $5 to enter the events and gets you a really cool long sleeve T-shirt along with a bag full of goodies graciously donated by some of our sponsors.

Remember there are only three items allowed in construction of your cardboard sled. Glue, Duct tape and cardboard. That's it. Nothing else. We reserve the right to inspect any sled. Any sled found in violation of using any material other then these will be disqualified .

Just a partial list of our sponsors: Central Drug Store, Charlevoix Dairy Grille, Charlevoix Screen Masters, Inc, Charlevoix State Bank.

Please let them know you appreciate their contribution to our wonderful ski hill.

We will be posting more information each day this week on facebook. 
SCOVIE'S GOURMET FUNDRAISING EVENT
Date: Saturday, March 18 
Place:  Scovie's Gourmet
 
Time:  6:00pm
Silent Auction:  11:00am - 9:00pm

Join us for Dinner and a Movie (The Doctor, starring William Hurt) for just $25 per person.  Proceeds go to Hospice of Northwest Michigan.

Seating is limited, please RSVP, 231.237.7827
scovies.com
hospicenwm.org 
A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION...IT'S ALL IN THE PLANNING
Please join Hospice of Northwest Michigan and Golden Intentions about choices we can make to safeguard our wishes and dignity as we age or face serious illness.  This event is being held at the Center Point Assembly of God Church 5291 M 66 N, Charlevoix on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10:30am - 12:00pm.  This is an Open to the Community, free event sponsored by Hospice of Northwest Michigan & Golden Intentions.

Golden Intentions and Hospice of Northwest Michigan want to start the conversation about Advanced Planning and the choices at End of Life.  Whether you are 32 or 92, it's never too soon to have a golden conversation with your family.  More
hospicenwm.org

SYRUP SEASON OPEN HOUSE AT HARWOOD GOLD 
Come see how maple syrup us made with Harwood Gold at the Parsons Farm. From sap to syrup, see each step along the way! Free food and drinks provided at this family fun event. This weekend Saturday and Sunday 12 - 4pm. Cooking demos with Chef Phill at 1pm both days! For more information, please call 231-373-3044 or click here to view the poster.
harwoodgold.com  
GREAT LAKES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, LIBOR ONDRAS - LETS TANGO! Sunday Series: Libor Ondras - Let's Tango! March 26, 2017 4:00 PM, First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents a special treat with Music Director, Libor Ondras performing on the Viola with friends. Enjoy Let's Tango! with performances from Brian Morris, guitar; Robert Pattengale, harpsichord; and Maxwell Ondras, cello. Music ensembles include Piazzolla, Schubert, Albinoni, Haydn and more. A free will donation will be taken at the door. This program is made possible due to generous support provided by Carolyn Klender. For more information, please contact the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra office at (231) 487-0010, or click here to view the poster.
glcorchestra.org
THE HARMELINGS IN CONCERT AT CIRCLE OF ARTS
The Charlevoix Circle of Arts presents a Sunday afternoon concert on March 19th beginning at 2pm, highlighting the local talent of Anna, Katie and Megan Harmeling,  From early ages, the Harmeling girls have all been drawn to and have excelled in music.  Anna plays the stand up bass, Katie plays the fiddle, and Megan plays the guitar.

The girls have been playing together for almost nine years and look forward to playing for the Circle of Arts.  Anna is a junior in high school.  Katie is a sophomore, and Megan is in 8th grade.  The girls also enjoy playing with the Horton Creek Band on occasion, where their father is a member, Dr. Mike Harmeling.

For more information, call the Circle of Arts at 231.547.3554.
charlevoixcircle.com

LIVE FROM CHARLEVOIX, JERRY YOUNCE & RYAN YOUNCE
Live From Charlevoix invites you to join us on Saturday, March 25th for guitarists Jerry Younce & Ryan Younce. Their musical energies fuse to create a unique instrumental guitar duo with dynamic sound. This father and son collaboration creates music that moves and exhilarates.

Tickets available at: livefromcharlevoix.com
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK- MOVERS FOR MOMS PROGRAM SEEKING DONATIONS
First launched in 2007 by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the Movers for Moms® program seeks to recognize moms in crisis on Mother's Day by arranging delivery of gifts to women living in local shelters on the holiday weekend. In 2016, every TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location across 39 states collected more than 285,000 items for women living in shelters on Mother's Day.

To participate in Movers for Moms® 2017, your team only needs to commit to receiving collection boxes and to promote the collection within your organization. That is it. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will handle all the other details, including the pick-up and delivery of gifts to the Milwaukee Women's Center.
 
This year we'll be delivering our donations box the week of March 20th, and picking it up the week before Mother's day, May 14th. To learn more please call 231-947-8880.
CHARLEVOIX CIRCLE OF ARTS, JURIED FINE ARTS EXHIBITION
The Charlevoix Circle of Arts will be hosting a Juried Fine Arts Exhibition opening on March 31 and running through April 28th.  The exhibition is open to Michigan artists age 18 and older.  It was felt by the exhibition committee that a show representing all media (including photography) would give the greatest opportunity for artists to benefit from the experience of being in an exhibition that was not thematic, rather, all inclusive.

The juror for this year's show is Andrea Gerring.  Andrea is an adjunct art history instructor at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, and Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.   More
charlevixcircle.org 
OLD FASHION GRANGE HALL COUNTRY SQUARE DANCE
Date:  Saturday, April 8, 2017 
Place:  Barnard Grange Hall (corner of Barnard & Klooster Rd)
Time:  4:00 - 8:00pm

Bring a dish to pass.
For more information call 231.675.0004 or 231.547.9153 
NLEA ANNUAL LUNCHEON: SAVE THE DATE
FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017, 11:30am - 1:30pm

The NLEA is excited to present this year's Annual Lunch in the new Petoskey Northmen Stadium. This state of the art facility will play host to our tailgate style gathering of over 700 of our closest friends and colleagues from across the state and region for the celebration and recognition of economic development projects and people in Northwest Michigan.
 
Stay tuned for exciting updates on program, speakers and registration details.
northernlakes.net 
YOGA RETREAT AT BEAVER ISLAND LODGE
All Inclusive Yoga Retreat at the Beaver Island Lodge, May 19-21, with special guest Tiffany Lenau of Yoga Roots in Petoskey,

This Transformational Self Love Yoga Retreat All Inclusive Package Includes:

$530 paid to Beaver Island Lodge for:  Air, Room with Queen Bed, All Meals and Snacks. $30 discount for double occupancy (6 rooms have a pull out sofa)

$129 paid to Yoga Roots

Register for this Retreat at beaverislandlodge.com.  Click on the BOOK NOW link and TYPE IN the Access Code YOGA2017
 

BIGS HOST COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT
Bigs to host College Planning Night with the help of Next Step College & Career Planning. The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 16th at 6:30pm at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey.
 
The workshop is for members of the local BIGS program and the general public and is specifically designed to help families understand and plan for college.           
Workshop Topics Include :
  • What do Colleges Want
  • Grades and Test Scores
  • Maximizing Free Money
  • Financial Aid Options and Myths
JENNIFER EARLS, HOW TO SELL YOUR ARTWORK & CRAFTS ONLINE
On Monday morning, March 20th beginning at ten a.m., Jenn Earls, social media consultant for Facets of Charlevoix, will present an Inner Circle Gallery Talk at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts. Earls' presentation will cover the benefits of using social media platforms and inexpensive marketing techniques to turn your artistic hobby into a sales generating business. She will discuss what free options there are through social media and how understanding them can help grow your small business.

Facets of Charlevoix's new location is on Mason Street in Charlevoix and their focus is on attracting and growing small business in Northern Michigan. This will be a unique opportunity to learn and ask questions about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms.  More 
charlevoixcircle.com 
PROJECT TOURISM GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR TOURISM RELATED BUSINESSES 
The Michigan Tourism Strategic Plan's Product Development Committee is focusing efforts on one of its four primary objectives, to increase access to capital for travel-related businesses. They are creating Project Tourism for April 19, 2017 where hospitality based businesses will compete at a live event for cash prizes for a special project. This is a pitch event for Tourism related businesses within a 10 county area.  The first place winner receives a $7,000 grand prize.   
 
Want to apply?
What new project could you tackle with $7,000 to leverage funding? Dream big about what you could do with $7,000. The pitch should describe a tourism related capital project. How much total capital is needed? How will these funds enhance your business and therefore benefit our tourism industry? How this could be a catalyst to something bigger? Please send your pitch with no more than 250 words about how this could change your business, your community or your industry. Explain your plan or project with as much detail as you can. Ideal candidates would use the funds as leverage for loans with traditional and nontraditional funders. Deadline to apply- March 15, 2017. Click here to apply 



Please Click Here to view jobs available with the following Chamber Members.

Beaver Island Boat Company 
Castle Farms
Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts
City of Charlevoix

Comfort Keepers
Dairy Grille
Harbor View Cafe 
Irish Boat Shop
Panache Hair Studio
Porter Creek Fish House
Round Lake Group, LLC
Sears Hometown Store
Two Men And A Truck 
  

  Please visit the below resources for other job opportunities in our area.

 

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