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DEADLINE FOR $1,000 CHAMBER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION IS 5PM, FRIDAY APRIL 6, 2018
For Scholarship Information Click Here
For Scholarship Application Click Here

This Scholarship has been generously funded by Fox Charlevoix & Fox Charlevoix Ford and the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information or questions, please contact the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 


 
THE CHARLEVOIX AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMES NEW MEMBER

HOTEL WALLOON  
Allison Bond, Sales & Marketing Manager
4127 M-75
Walloon, MI 49796
Phone: 231.535.5000
Email:  concierge@hotelwalloon.com
Website: hotelwalloon.com 
 
Hotel Walloon, where guests can enjoy the charm and hospitality of the early twentieth century along with the comforts of every modern amenity.  Settled against the breathtaking backdrop of Walloon Lake, this independently owned and operated boutique hotel features 32 unique, elegant and comfortable guest rooms.

MEMBER Anniversaries 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES WHO ARE CELEBRATING THEIR CHAMBER MEMBER ANNIVERSARY IN APRIL 

25 Years - Wojan Plumbing & Heating
20 Years - Tip of the Mitt S.C.O.R.E.
20 Years - Charlevoix Area Community Pool
10 Years - Rowe Inn, Inc.
10 Years -Patchwork Cottages



If you would like a photo taken with the Chamber's Anniversary Banner, please contact the office at 231.547.2101 to schedule.  We will use this photo as promotion for your business on Facebook, in the Biz Blast and in our Chamber Monthly ad in the Charlevoix Courier.


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT ON GIC, LLC  
GIC has been in business for over 50 years and in business in Charlevoix for the past 10 years. 

GIC is a custom industrial manufacture.  If you can conceive it we can build it for you.  Our main product line is industrial temperature sensors for everything from Missiles to electrical powerplants. But we are a full service manufacture, assembly and fabrication shop for industrial, commercial and consumers. We do prototyping work and also work with designers and walk in customers.  We have in-house design and engineering capabilities.  GIC would love to help bring your ideas to life.

For more information, call 231.237.7000 


NORTH CENTRAL OFFERING LOCAL CORRECTIONS OFFICER ACADEMY
North Central Michigan College is offering a great program opportunity this spring for individuals interested in a career in corrections.

To help answer the need for corrections deputies with the Michigan Sheriff's department, North Central will offer a Michigan Sheriff's Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) Local Corrections Officer Academy from May 21- June 15, 2018.  North Central Michigan College is an official site for the academy.  This academy is open to newly hired deputies, as well as open to the public who have interest in becoming pre-service recruits.  The academy is $750 tuition (optional four-week housing at North Central and optional meals at extra cost.)  The outlook for northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula for jobs in corrections is very favorable. More 
ncmich.edu
NORTHWEST MICHIGAN TECH BUSINESS SUMMIT APRIL 25 IN TRAVERSE CITY
Networks Northwest and Michigan's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are co-hosting the Northwest Michigan Business Summit Wednesday, April 25 in Traverse  City.  The Summit will help new and existing Northern Michigan businesses make the most of emerging technologies and innovation opportunities.

Business owners, tech entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts will find great value in this educational and networking event and gain understanding of how technological advancements are affecting small businesses.  Industry leaders from both the public and private sector will share their knowledge and experience to provide participants with insight on current trends in technology and what businesses need to know to make their tech business a success.  More
sbdcmichigan.org
networksnorthwest.org 
APPRENTICESHIP IN A DAY WORKSHOP 
Employers from across the state are invited to learn about registered apprenticeships at a groundbreaking new workshop on Thursday, May 24 in Traverse City.  The Apprenticeship in a Day workshop will run from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and is part of the Michigan Educators Apprenticeship and Training Association (MEATA) annual conference at the Holiday Inn Resort West Beach.  MEATA, in collaboration with the Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, Northwestern Michigan College and Northwest Michigan Works!, are offering this innovative accelerated approach to every employer interested in developing and implementing a registered apprenticeship program.

During the event, every industry large or small will have the opportunity to learn about registered apprenticeships and how easy it is to develop and implement programs for their specific workforce needs. More
michiganworks.org 
2018 MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE CONFERENCE - REGISTRATION OPEN 
Date:  June 12-13, 2018
Place: Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan

Need help complying with your environmental requirements?  Registration is now open for the 2018 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC).

The MECC has been designed to help businesses, municipalities, and environmental professionals all across Michigan comply with their environmental requirements.  Preliminary concurrents tracks include:  Basic Training; Waste Management; Wastewater/Storm water; Drinking Water/Public Health; Air Quality; Remediation/Redevelopment; Emergency Response; and Current Issues.

For more information and/or to register Click Here.  Register by May 25 for best rates.
michigan.gov/deq 

FOR Rent

AVAILABLE FOR RENT 
Downtown office space for rent at 800 Bridge Street.
800 sq ft open space includes separate kitchenette and private restroom.
Ability to have use of furnished, shared conference room and basement storage.
$900/month
Perfect set up for professional office space.
For more information, contact Debbie Bartlett at 231.547.5220 ext 101. 
CITY News

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM
Summer Youth Programs with the Charlevoix Recreation Department are now taking registrations.

Registrations are open for T-ball (ages 5-7) and Summer Day Camp at McSauba (ages 5-13).

Visit our website for more information or to register our childYou may also call 231.547.3253.


NEWS FROM MCLAREN NOTHERN MICHIGAN
McLaren Northern Michigan Welcomes New Endocrinology Provider 
McLaren Northern Michigan is pleased to welcome Christina Donley, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, to the Endocrinology/Diabetes and Nutritional Counseling Center team.

Christina received her Master of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University in 2001.  Before coming to McLaren Northern Michigan, Christina worked in an OB/Gyn private practice and in primary care for a rural community health center in Muskegon, MI.   More

McLaren Needle Drop-Offs For April
Gaylord: Friday, April, 13 | 9am-1pm | Karmanos Cancer Institute 918 North Central Ave
Petoskey: Saturday, April 14 | 9am-1pm | McLaren Northern Michigan, 416 Connable Drive

Next needle drop-off date for:
Charlevoix is June 16 | McLaren Northern Michigan Charlevoix Family Medicine (next to Holiday Gas), 1404 Bridge Street
Cheboygan is June 9 | McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Campus Circle  Drive, 748 South Main Street.
COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF CHILDCARE CHALLENGES SET TO BEGIN IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN 
Networks Northwest is partnering with Lansing-based Public Sector Consultants (PSC) to conduct a comprehensive review of child care challenges and opportunities in Northwest Lower Michigan.  The review will focus on child care as an economic development issue and will look at how improving access to quality, affordable child care can help attract and retain talent in the region.

Beginning in April, PSC will be gathering data about the region's population and existing child care providers, and looking at what parents want from their child care provider.  They will also be interviewing local child care experts and business leaders. 
More
networksnorthwest.org   
GROW YOUR BUSINESS - THE WAY YOU WANT 
Are you a small business looking for fast & flexible financing?

Dodson Payment Solutions will work with you to define your goals before we recommend a funding option.  Small business loans are the best solution for businesses with predictable cash flow.  Merchant cash advances are a great opportunity for those with high credit card volume.

We can help you finance nearly any of your business needs including:
*Equipment Financing
*Location Expansion
*Hiring New Employees
*Marketing Campaigns
*Upgrading Technology
*Debt Consolidation
*Additional Inventory

We will help you unlock your success.  Contact us today at 231.577.9599 or email cs@dodsonpos.com
dodsonpos.com 
DOROTHY GERBER STRINGS PROGRAM PRACTICE OLYMPICS
The Dorothy Gerber Strings Program (DGSP) recently concluded its Practice Olympics, a six-week event in which DGSP
teachers emphasized the value of consistent effort and students logged their practice time.  Like real Olympians, students faced challenges.  Not only the temptation to take days off, but sickness, vacation and broken instruments sometimes prevented them from getting the practice time they desired.

Sixty-eight students in the Gerber Strings Program - from 4 years old to high school, from Beaver Island to Petoskey, from violin to bass - filled out practice charts and turned them in each week so that the leaders could be posted on the website gerberstrings.org.
"DESTINATION MICHIGAN" ATTENDS DOGMAN CHALLENGE FAT BIKE RACE 
Revolution Bike hosted the 6th Annual Dogman challenge Fat Bike race at Mt McSauba on March 10th.  Matthew Ozanich from the TV show, Destination Michigan, was onsite and filmed the event.  Charlevoix's Dogman Challenge will be featured on the show over the next couple of years.  Click the following link to watch the segment which aired for the first time on March 28th. video.wcmu.org/video

For more information on the event, contact Revolution Bike at 231.547.2101 or visit dogmanchallenge.net 
FAMILY FARE SUPERMARKET IN CHARLEVOIX OFFERS ADDED CONVENIENCE WITH "FAST LANE"  
Families on the go or anyone short on time and looking for quality and convenience, Fast Lane is now available through Family Fair in Charlevoix.  Store guests - and local businesses - can join Fast Lane, allowing them to easily order their groceries online and pick them up curbside.

Fast Lane orders are shopped by personal shoppers, who focus on selecting fresh, quality items from each aisle of the store.  Store guests can also include notes for the shopper to follow, allowing them to request specific items.

Store guests with "yes" loyalty accounts - and repeat Fast Lane shoppers - will automatically have their preferences loaded into their Fast Lane account, making it even easier to clip digital coupons, select commonly purchased items or sort by department, sale items or dietary restrictions when place an order.

Membership information is available at shopthefastlane.com.
shopfamilyfare.com

FIND WHAT MOVES YOU AT GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Tickets for single events at Great Lakes Center for the Arts' 2018 Premiere Summer Season are now on sale at www.greatlakescfa.org

Fulfill your order and select your seats online; or call the box office at 231.439.2610 if you prefer to place your order by phone. 

To view the full summer lineup and read about each event in detail Click Here

Questions about tickets can be directed to tickets@greatlakescfa.org or 231.439.2610
greatlakescfa.org

SAVE the DATE

2ND ANNUAL JOPPA 5K  
Please join us for our 2nd Annual Joppa 5K on Saturday, May 19th at 8:00am at Michigan Beach Park.  Runners and walkers are welcome.

There will be a free One Mile Fun Run on the beach at 9:00am, making this a great family event.

Timing provided by Endurance Evolution.  Register online Here.
Proceeds benefit Joppa House Ministries, a 501c3
3dfellowship.org


EVENTS AT THE CIRCLE OF ARTS
Circle of Arts Welcomes a Steinway Piano With a Debut Concert

Saturday, April 7th
beginning at 4pm, this concert will introduce the community to the new (to the Circle) Steinway Grand Piano.
  More

Margie Guyot, A Not So Still Life
This exhibit
will open at the Charlevoix Circle of  Arts on Friday, April 13th from 5-7pm.  Margie has been a colorful and well-recognized regional artist since her move to Eastport in 2006.   More 

Inner Circle Gallery Talk
Thursday, April 19 beginning at 10am with northern Michigan poet Terry Wooten.  Wooten has been called, "An everyday Homer writing as a modern bard for ordinary heroes."  More

Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Summer School of Music
As the weather grows warmer and days grow longer, thoughts of summer vacation start to dance in the heads of students, from kindergarten to high school.  Meanwhile, parents start to ponder the schedule complexities that will ensue. More 
charlevoixcircle.com  
LIBATIONS FOR LIVE SCHEDLE 
April 7 - Townhouse Bar
Guest Bartenders: Barron & Murray
Dan & John have some big Surprises!

April 14 - The Cantina
Guest Bartenders: Heydlauff & Jess
Mark & Don will be salting your rims!

April 28 - Weathervane 
Guest Bartenders: Lee & Dipert
Darsi & Jacq that is !!!  The better halves!
CATCH THE BUG WITH LEADERSHIP CHARLEVOIX COUNTY 
Leadership Charlevoix County (LCC) and Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen in Boyne City are hosting a  Euchre Tournament & Beatles Vinyl Night on Monday, April 9, from 7-10pm.  This fun night will help raise money for the LCC 2018 class project, Beetle Mania.  The Euchre Night event will have a $10 buy-in, with all the funds directly benefitting the LCC project.  Prizes include: 1st Place - Personal brew day for up to 6 people, 2nd Place - Howler or growler full of Stiggs beer free with purchase of howler or growler, 3rd Place - LCC T-shirt and Stiggs bottle opener.  The goal of this project is to control the spread of the invasive species Purple Loosestrife, which is infesting our beautiful waterways in Charlevoix County. More
leadershipcharlevoixcounty.com 
 
"BRAGGING RIGHTS" PROGRAM FROM CHARLEVOIX HISTORICAL SOCIETY RESCHEDULED   The Charlevoix Historical Society program titled "Bragging Rights", or What Makes Charlevoix So Unique?" originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 3rd, has been postponed for one week due to the potentially dangerous weather conditions.  It will be presented, instead, Tuesday, April 10 at the Depot, Depot Beach at 7:00pm.

Call 231.547.0373 for more information
chxhistory.com

RUMMAGE SALE AT CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Date: Friday, April 13 & Saturday April 14 
Place: C hrist Episcopal Church, 200 State Street
Time:  Friday-8am-3pm | Saturay-8am-12noon

Proceeds to benefit Third Day Fellowship and the Episcopal Church Women
christepiscopalchurch.net 

NORTH CENTRAL'S LUNCHEON LECTURE LOOKS AT GLOBAL EMPLOYMENT-BASED IMMIGRATION
NCMC's Luncheon Lecture on Friday, April 13, will take a look at the current global immigration landscape. The program will be held in the Library Conference Center on the Petoskey campus.  Lunch begins at 11:30am and the program at noon.

Audrey Lustgarten is an international immigration lawyer who helps U.S. companies move key talent around the world.  She will speak about global employment-based immigration in a restrictionist era, both in the U.S. and abroad, and what it means for companies and their employees.  Audrey earned her law degree from UCLA in 2005 and previously worked for the largest immigration law firm in the world based in Atlanta, Georgia, before relocating to Northern Michigan with her family.   More
ncmich.edu
NEW WINE EVENT WEEKEND IN TC FOR WINE LOVERS & WANNA BE'S
A fabulous weekend-long wine event, featuring Movies, Seminars, Tastings, a Live and Silent Auction and Music and Dancing to the Sounds of Sinatra, is being organized by two local business owners to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.  The event will take place Friday, April 13 - Sunday April 15 at the City Opera House and includes presentations by New York Times Selling Author Tilar Mazzeo and Master Sommelier, Elizabeth Schweitzer, just to name a few
.

Doug Kosch, the Boathouse Restaurant and his close friend Spencer Stegenga, Bowers Harbor Vineyard, who have worked closely on many projects over the years, are co-chairing this event, and say it was inevitable, and something they have talked about for year. More
BUILD YOUR OWN 3D PRINTER
Want to get started in 3D printing?  Don't know where to begin?  Join us on Saturday, April 14th at 10:00am at Raven Hill Discovery Center for an introductory session and demonstration of 3D printing.  Instructor, Josh Clements will take you through a discussion of what a 3D printer is, what it can do, the hardware and software needed, and a few tips to look for when choosing your first printer.  Suggested donation for the intro session is $5 per person.

For those interested in building their own 3D printer, kits must be ordered and paid for by Monday, April 16th.  Kits will be ordered and checked over before the actual build.  John will lead the 3D printer build class over the weekend of Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th.  More
miravenhill.org

BACH'S FAMILY FESTIVAL 
Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's Concert: Bach's Family Festival Sunday, April 15, 2018, 4:00pm Petoskey United Methodist Church.  $25 General Admission.

Don't miss Bach's Family Festival performed by Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.  Performances include J.S. Bach - Suite No 2 BWV 1068, Bonnietta Benn, flute soloist; J.C. Bach - Concerto Viola and Orchestra; and C.P.E. Bach - Symphony in C, H.649, Libor Ondras, viola soloist.  Tickets available at area chambers of commerce or online at glcorchestra.org - Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra office at 231.487.0010. 
ST. MARY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE AND REGISTRATION 
Date:  Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Place: St. Mary School
Time:  6:00-7:00 pm

Registration Available for K-8th Grades

Come and be part of our St. Mary School family.
*Christ Centered Education    |    All Faiths Welcome    |    Small Class Sizes
*Caring, Certified Teachers    |    Safe Welcoming Environment    |    Family Atmosphere
*Hands-On Learning    |    Individualized Instruction    |    3-5 Year Old Pre-K
*One Tuition Rate K-8    |    K-8 Scholarships    |    After School Programs

For more information, call 231.547.9441
stmaryschoolcharlevoix.com
 
CAREER EXPO APRIL 19 AT CHARLEVOIX MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL 
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Place: Charlevoix Middle/High School
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Students will have an opportunity to meet with a variety of people in different occupations including community members and college admissions representatives.  This will provide a chance to ask questions and understand more about specific careers.  In addition, prizes will be awarded for participation.  Come see how you can build a rewarding career and life here in northern Michigan!

Would you like to be a vendor for the Career Expo?  Click Here for the Vendor Request Form.

For more information contact Kelly Johnson at 231.582.8070 or Aaron Sue Meyer at 231.439.5228.

The Career Expo is sponsored by Char-Em ISD and Northwest Michigan Works!
charemisd.org
michiganworks.org
rayder.net  
 
CHARLEVOIX PUBLIC SCHOOLS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 
Friday, April 20, 2018 | 8:30am | 10:00am | 12:45pm
Monday, April 23, 2018 | 8:30am | 10:00am

If your child turns 5 on or before September 1, 2018, call to register to attend one of our sessions.

We're the school with a small family atmosphere and big potential for your child.  Stop in to see how together we can help your child succeed.

For more information or to register for one of the sessions call 231.547.3215
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LIVE FROM CHARLEVOIX PRESENTS ILLUSIONIST - BEN WHITING 
We are so lucky to have Ben back this season!
Saturday, April 21, 8pm at Charlevoix Cinema III.

Did you see the August 19, 2017 edition of the Northern Express with Ben on the cover?  He was selected as one of 20 Fascinating People in Northern Michigan and we sure know why!  As a speaker and entertainer, Ben performs at numerous conferences, award banquets, and private events across the country for clients such as American Express, GE, and Oprah's HARPO Studios.  He is also currently one of Crystal Cruise Lines' premier entertainers, which has enabled him to perform and speak in over 40 countries around the globe. 

To purchase tickets Click Here

If you are purchasing Student Passes, please bring proper School ID to the show.
livefromcharlevoix.com

"INSTANT WINE CELLAR" FUNDRAISER GETS NEW LOCATION 
The 8th annual Instant Wine Cellar is scheduled for 6:30pm, Friday May 4th.

Join us at the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands for music, dancing, fun, and food.  There will be plenty of wine and beer available for the raffle through attendees - all to raise money to bring FREE books to children in Emmet and Charlevoix counties!  Entry to the event is $5 and either a ($20 value) bottle of wine or a six-pack of craft beer, or just $25 per person, and this year pre-registration is available online.  This is the second year the Instant Wine Cellar is supporting Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, and the first at the ZOO BAR.  More 
charemunitedway.org 

CHARLEVOIX CAMEL CUP TAKES PLACE MAY 5TH
The popular Charlevoix Camel Cup is back for the third year and will take place on Saturday, May 5, from noon - 6:00pm.

The Camel Cup is a giant game-board race where the dice are rolled and the corresponding camel moves forward on the board.  The camel that makes it to the end first wins and money is paid out to those betting on that camel.  There are six races leading up to the final race where the six largest earning camels compete for the coveted Camel Cup.

All proceeds raised fund the Bridge Drop New Year's Eve celebration.

This year Charlevoix businesses, clubs or service groups can sponsor a camel for $200 and get $50 in "camel bucks" to use on the day of the event.  This is a great team building opportunity for coworkers.

To sponsor a camel or to get more information email amanda@visitcharlevoix.com.
Be sure to visit the Camel Cup Facebook page Here
MOTHER - DAUGHTER TEA
Surprise Mom with a Mother-Daughter Tea at Stafford's Perry Hotel the day before Mother's Day, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1pm.  

The High Tea will be held in the Reycraft Room overlooking Little Traverse Bay. 

Tickets are $25 each or $45 for 2 and can be purchased at any of the following locations between now and April 30th:  Grandpa Shorter's, Salvation Army Thrift Store, and Salvation Army Community Center. 

Advance purchase is required.  To purchase tickets online Click Here
Please call 231.622.1057 for more information.

Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army
 
 
 
Please Click Here to view jobs available with the following Chamber Members.  
 
Beaver Island Boat Company
Belvedere Club 
Castle Farms
Charlevoix County Commission on Aging
Charlevoix Public Library
Charlevoix Venetian Festival 
City of Charlevoix
The Clothing Company 
 
 
   Please visit the below resources for other job opportunities in our area.jobs

 
Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce 
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To view Investor, Silver, & Gold Members  Click Here 

 Would you like to become a Premier Investor?
call the Chamber at 231.547.2101 or email  chamber@charlevoix.org for more information