BOOTH SPACES HAVE SOLD OUT!
 
Be the first to view our Business Expo TV  
 airing on 9&10 News,  
 Local 32, CW & MeTV, leading up to the Expo        
 
 

This year at Expo:
NETWORKING  |  LOCAL BUSINESS BOOTHS  |  LIVE RADIO REMOTE | PHOTO BOOTH 
 CASH BAR  |  GIVE-A-WAYS  |  DEMOS | LOCAL RESTAURANT TASTE BOOTHS 
SWAG BAGS | "MICHIGAN THIS MORNING" - LIVE FROM CASTLE FARMS | AND MORE! 
 
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm | Castle Farms
$5 Admission, includes 1 Taste Card


For a list of participating vendors Click Here 
 

THANK YOU to our
Business Expo  & Taste of Charlevoix Sponsors:
   
VIP Sponsor 
            

Platinum Sponsor
 

Gold Sponsor
Bickersteth, Brown & Associates
Bridge Street Tap Room
Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company
McLaren Northern Michigan
Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital

Bar Sponsor
 

Media Sponsor
 
   
 

BIZ BLAST UPDATE 
As I'm sure many of you have noticed, the Biz Blast continues to get longer and longer.  While we love the fact that our E-Newsletter is become very popular, we do want to make sure that we keep the articles fresh and new.

With that in mind, we have made a small change to Event items being submitted for publication in the Biz Blast.
*If you are submitting an event that is more than 30 days out, it  will appear in a  "Save the Date" section and run for 2 weeks.  We can start running the event promotion weekly from 30 days out, up until the event.  This will need to be a separate submission from the "Save the Date" item.

We also ask that you please use the Blast Submission form located at charlevoix.org
Click on "Membership" and on "Newsletter Submission" in the drop down. 
For you convenience Click Here for a direct link.

If you have any questions regarding Biz Blast submissions, please contact the Chamber office at 231.547.2101.
charlevoix.org 
SPOTLIGHTING OUR CHAMBER MEMBERS
Starting in March, the Biz Blast will have a new weekly feature, the "Member Spotlight"  Each week we will feature one of our Chamber members and give them some well-deserved, complimentary promotion.  
 
We chose the members to highlight by literally drawing names from a jar.
If you business is chosen, you will be contacted by one of our Chamber Ambassadors, who will ask your permission to feature your business/organization in the Spotlight as well as ask you a question or two about your business.
 
We think this is a great way to acknowledge as many Chamber members as possible.  If you like the Member Spotlight, we will continue until we have spotlighted all of our members.
 
If you have any questions, please call the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 or email chamber@charlevoix.org 


THE CHARLEVOIX AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMES NEW MEMBER
 

St. Michael Academy 

2225 Summit Park Drive
Petoskey
Phone:  231.881.9025
Email:  info@stmichaelpetoskey.org
Website: stmichaelpetoskey.com

A Classical Catholic high school where students are prepared for life through development of the whole person according to the highest standards of moral & intellectual excellence, resulting in exceptional personal character and leaders rooted in Catholic values and outstanding college preparation. 
 
CITY News

BIDS BEING ACCEPTED
The City of Charlevoix is accepting bids for the removal of 100 trees located on the Golf Course property North of Division Street, and West of Mercer Blvd.   
 
Sealed bids will be accepted until 11:00am on March 6, 2018 in the office of the City Clerk, 210 State Street, Charlevoix, Michigan 49720.
 
Please visit charlevoixmi.gov for the complete bid specifications or you may pick up a bid packet from the City Manager's office.
 
Questions may be directed to Tom Heid, Director of Golf and Grounds at 231.547.3269.

SUPER SALE AT CHARLEVOIX WEAR 
All Clearance Items are now Buy 2, Get 1 FREE!

Sale also includes Life is Good products ranging from 50-70% off.

Stop at Charlevoix Wear Today! 
NEW ONLINE LEARNING TOOL FROM THE CHARLEVOIX LIBRARY  
Do you need to learn QuickBooks, update your management skills, or find customer service training for your staff?  The Charlevoix Public Library now offers free access to Lynda.com, a leading online learning platform that will help you learn business, software technology and creative skills. 

Create an account with your Charlevoix Public Library card number and get started.
To create your profile Click Here
charlevoix.library.org 
ST. MICHAEL ACADEMY HOSTS RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE 
On Thursday, March 8, from 11am-4:30pm St. Michael Academy, at 2225 Summit Drive in Petoskey, will be holding a Red Cross Blood Drive.

Help SMA reach their pint goal to earn a $250 scholarship for a graduating student as they move on to further their education.

Walk-ins welcome.  You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for available times or call St. Michael Academy at 231.330.9025 for more information.
stmichaelpetoskey.org 
TOAST TO LITERACY - PUBLIC THANK YOU 
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Char-Em United Way, I would like to thank the many donors, sponsors and volunteers who helped make our 5th Annual "Toast to Literacy" the most successful one yet.

We are thrilled with overwhelming support for the Toast to Literacy this year!  Nearly 200 people attended and we raised over $17,000, in support of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.  This program mails one new, age-appropriate book every month to registered children under the age of five in our counties and the proceeds from this event will support over 400 children.  Thee are currently 1450 children enrolled int his program More
charemunitedway.org    
NEWS FROM NETWORKS NORTHWEST
Read the February 2018 issue of Networks Northwest's newsletter Here
networksnorthwest.org 
Wine & DINE

RED MESA GRILL MUSIC LINE UP
March
6th -  Tribe of Chiefs
13th - The Real Ingredients
20th - Soul Patch's Wink
27th - Blake Elliott
 
April
3rd -  Project 6
10th - Third Groove
17th - Brett Mitchell
24th - Oni & Noeli 
DINNERS-TO-GO  
FROM THAT FRENCH PLACE
March 1 | Beef Bourguignon
March 2 | Chicken Kiev
March 3 | Pasta Bolognese
 
*Call 231.437.6037 by 2pm to order.
*Pick up between 4:30-6pm.
*$15 each.
thatfrenchplace.com
WEDNESDAY SPECIAL AT THE TOWN HOUSE 
Pizza Specials will be offered at the Town House Bar on Wednesdays.
Pizza's are from the Charlevoix Pizza Co.
$5 pint & a small pizza
$15 pitcher & a medium pizza.

Offer runs March 6 through May 30, 2018
For more information, call 231.547.6690 
SAVE the DATE

ENHANCED BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, East Park Tavern will host a special, themed Enhanced Business After Hours from 5:00-7:00pm  
 
Stay Tuned.  More details coming soon!


COSTCO OFFERS SPECIAL SHOPPING EVENT TO CHAMBER MEMBERS
  Wednesday, February 28th | 10am-8pm
Saturday, March 3rd | 10am-5pm
Sunday, March 4th | 10am-5pm
We are pleased to offer all Chamber of Commerce Members and their employees (families too!) the opportunity to visit the new Costco Warehouse in Traverse City for a free shop day...no membership is required for you to shop however, you must use a debit card (with PIN), cash or a VISA credit card (VISA is the only credit card Costco accepts) to pay for your purchases.  Only VISA and debit cards can be used at their Gas Stations.

If you decide to join Costco as a new member, they will be offering cash card incentives up to $20 for joining and other exclusive offers that day.

Be sure to bring a the invitation below with you and show it at the entrance.  You'll need it to purchase anything that day.


EVENTS TAKING PLACE AT ST MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH
LENTEN PARISH MISSION
Tuesday, February 27 through Thursday, March 1, 2018 
*5pm Dinner
*6pm Mission
*7:30pm Stations of the Cross

Let the Holy Spirit minister to you during this moving Mission with Paul Koleske, Catholic speaker, singer, songwriter and recording artist.  His message and music offer an exceptional experience that speaks to the mind, touches the hears, and enlivens the spirit!  Bring your family and friends.  All are welcome!

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Sunday, Marach 4, 2018, 10am-1pm,
in St Mary Parish Center.
Cost is by donation and all proceeds go towards the Middle School trip to Rome
 stmarycharlevoix.com 
SHREK THE MUSICAL IS COMING TO THE CHARLEVOIX MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL
Join us for Ogre-Sized Family Fun, as the Charlevoix Middle/High School presents "Shrek the Musical".   
 
Meet Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Lord Farquaad, and all the Fairy Tale Creatures, as we follow Shrek on his journey to get Lord Farquaad to give him back his swamp.
 
Show Dates are:   
Fri. March 2 at 7pm | Sat. March 3 at 2pm | Sat. March 10 at 7pm | Sun. March 11 at 2pm  
 
Ticket Prices are:
$10/Adults    $5/Students/Seniors    $20/Family - good for Sat Mar 3 and Sun Mar 11 Matinee shows only. 
 
All performances take place in the Charlevoix Middle/High School Auditorium. 
 
For more information call 231.547.3222 or email jthompso@rayder.net or emchap26@hotmail.com 
rayder.net   
 
HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS PHOTO HISTORY DOCUMENTARY AND POTLUCK    As the first event in the year's theme of vintage photography, the Charlevoix Historical Society is presenting a potluck/film showing at the Depot, Depot Beach, at 6pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. 

The 1974 documentary film is "The Shadow Catcher," the life and works of photographer and film maker Edward Curtis (1868-1952), famed for capturing over 40,000 images of the western American Indian way of life before it disappeared. 

Bring a dish to pass, serving utensils, and personal tableware.
For more information, call 231.547.0373.
chxhistory.com 
THE DOGMAN CHALLENGE FAT BIKE RACE IS COMING TO MT. MCSAUBA
Revolution Bike in Charlevoix is proud to host the 6th Annual Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race with the support of Bickersteth Brown & Associates, The City of Charlevoix, Charlevoix Convention & Visitors Bureau, and DTE Energy Foundation.
 
The event is on tap for Saturday, March 10th beginning with a mass start at 12:00 Noon on top of the bunny hill at Mt. McSauba in Charlevoix.  Riders will race Fat Bikes on a 1.8 mile loop through the trails of Mt. McSuaba and North Point Nature Preserve. The riders to complete the most laps in two hours are the champions and will be awarded sweet one-of-a-kind Dogman medals and cash prizes.  More 
NEED A GOOD LAUGH - THEN THESE GUYS HAVE GOT YOU COVERED 
Live From Charlevoix presents "Cabin Fever Comedy Revue"!
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 8:00pm, at Charlevoix Cinema III
Purchase Tickets Here
Special Student Pricing - Bring your ID

Laughter is the best medicine, especially if you are suffering from Cabin Fever!  Join us for a show with three comedians to help you laugh away the winter blues.

HEADLINER - LUKE THAYER - His act is that of the Midwest guy now living in NYC with a wife and kid.  His talks of being a new father will leave you rolling in the aisles.  He has an odd take on everything we deal with in day to day life.

OPENERS - DEIGO ATTANASIO & KEVIN ZEIOLO - Diego is going to start out the evening with his quick wit, rapid-fire delivery and onstage charisma.  Kevin lives by the belief that if you can't laugh at yourself, you are not staring hard enough in the mirror.
livefromcharlevoix.com 
SYRUP SEASON OPEN-HOUSE 
Join us at the farm for our annual Syrup Season Open-House
Date:  March 17 & 18

Place: Parsons Farm | 61 Parson Rd | 231.547.2038
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Tour Parsons Farm to learn about our Maple Syrup making process.
Enjoy Maple Treats made with our products.
Leave Feedback for a chance to win a Gift Basket filled with maple goodies

Harwood Gold products are all made at the Parsons Farm

Directions to Parsons Farm:
Take US 31 South to Barnard Road (~ 9 miles), turn left.
Go .8 miles to Parsons Road (first road on right, at the bottom of a hill)
Go 1.5 miles, look for the big red barns on the right.
harwoodgold.com  
WHY SMA DAY 
EXPERIENCE LIFE AS A GUARDIAN AT ST. MICHAEL ACADEMY
ALL ARE WELCOME!  Curious parents with potential students of all ages, intrigued community members, and all supporters of Catholic education.
*Attend interactive sessions featuring SMA teachers.
*Meet current & other potential SMA students.
*Enjoy a delicious complimentary strolling lunch
*And...Don't miss the Student Uniform Fashion Show.

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Doors open at 11am.  Walk-in or call to reserve a tour time
Welcome and Fashion Show at 11:30am, 12:45pm and 2:00pm.
Sessions with SMA teachers begin every 15 minutes

$500 TUITION DISCOUNT DRAWING & OTHER INCENTIVES FOR ATTENDEES
225 Summit Park Drive,  Petoskey

For private tours on another day, call 231.881.9025
View student videos stmichaelpetoskey.com
CHARLEVOIX COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING MONTHLY TRAVEL CLUB
We have a Monthly Travel Club and in March we are doing a ReSale Shopping Trip to Petoskey with lunch at Kentucky Fried Chicken 
 
Boyne City | Wednesday, March 21st
Charlevoix | Friday, March 23rd
East Jordan | Tuesday, March 27th  
 
April's trip is a special one so please Save the Date of Tuesday, April 17, as we will be headed to the Crooked Tree Arts Theater for Little Traverse Civic Theaters "August: Onsage County" for an evening play!
 
Please sign up for these events at the Senior Centers.
GET READY FOR THE ANNUAL AQUA EGG HUNT AT THE CHARLEVOIX AREA COMMUNITY POOL 
Date:  Friday, March 23, 2018
Place: Charlevoix Area Community Pool

Register now for one of two waves: 3:30-4:30pm
or 5:00-6:00pm.  Limited to 50 swimmers per wave.

Swim and dive for eggs, then trade them in at the end of your hunt for an awesome goody bag! 

Cost is $5 per swimmer and Popcorn and Refreshments are included. .
Note:  Children 3 and under are free.  Children 5 and under must have an adult swimmer in the water with them.

Reservations required for all swimmers.
Call 231.547.0982 or register online Here
charlevoixpool.org  
NO LIBATIONS FOR LIVE IN MARCH
The March Libations for Live has been rescheduled and we will keep you posted

But mark your calendars for Saturday, April 7th, when John Murray & Dan Barron bring their special talents to The Town House Bar. 5-8pm. 
  
These two have a lot of surprises planned for their big night behind the bar at The Town House!  You will not want to miss this event and all that it has in store.
 
NORTHERN LAKES ECONOMIC ALLIANCE 2018 ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Join over 700 guests involved in the economic vitality of our area for an exciting afternoon luncheon on Friday May 11, 2018 from 11:30am-1:30pm at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, hosted by the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA).
 
Individual tickets are $25, and $250 for a table of 10.  Receive special Early Bird Rates if you purchase your tickets now through April 11: $20 for individual tickets and $200 for a table of 10.
 
This celebration of regional economic development will feature , keynote speaker, live entertainment, prestigious awards and recognition, and plated lunch.

To order tickets for this event Click Here 
 
For more information, please call 231.582.6482  

NORTHERN MICHIGAN SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT HOSTS FIRST EDUCATIONAL EVENT THIS YEAR.
Understanding How to Build Resilient Leadership  
Friday, March 2, 2018, 8:00am - 12:00pm at North Central Michigan College in the Library Conference Room 
 
Join us as we explore adverse childhood experiences on the workplace and how that unresolved adversity can lead to workplace tension, low morale, low productivity and high absenteeism.  By using coaching techniques we can begin to reframe and redirect the employee in making positive changes.
 
This presentation briefly reviews the impacts of adversity and trauma on the brain and body and how to mitigate those impacts.  The goal of this program is to provide information and provide practice in how to build and enhance resilient leadership.  We welcome you to join the Northern Michigan Society for Human Resource Management (NMSHRM) for our 1st quarterly education session for 2018 on a topic relevant to businesses of all sizes.  
 
For more information, call (231) 439-3064.
To register for this event Click Here 
RUNNING OUT OF TIME - SIGN UP TODAY!
Northern Michigan 's Largest HIRING EVENT Ever!!
* Saturday, March 10, 2018
* The Ellison Place, Gaylord
* 10:00am - 3:00pm

This premier Hiring Event provides you with the opportunity to hire candidates throughout Michigan.  It also provides a great way to feature your company as one of the premier places to work here in northern Michigan, both north and south.  All these opportunities under one roof, one location, one day! 

To Register Click Here

For more information call 231.348.6613 or email ccefaq@ncmich.edu
MICHIGAN SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS DEADLINE: MARCH 30 
You are invited to participate as a presenter at the 2018 Michigan Sustainability Conference (MISCON) in Lansing Michigan.

MISCON is designed to promote meaningful engagement with business professionals in discussion surrounding the topic of sustainability.  By  addressing the triple bottom line - people, plant, and profit - your organization can achieve cost savings and improve your brand image.  MISCON will help forward thinking business professionals to develop and strengthen the in-house sustainability tools and communication strategies needed to engage your community and stakeholders. It will provide an opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer ideas through thought provoking discussions that will identify essential elements fore success and inspire ongoing efforts to improve  sustainability at your organization

Session Topics:
* Technical | *Communication | *Environmental Trends and Metrics | *Research and Innovations | *Misc Topics

For Abstract Submission Guidelines Click Here 
  michigan.gov/deq
 
 
 
Please Click Here to view jobs available with the following Chamber Members.  
 
Belvedere Club
Bergmann Center, Inc 
Castle Farms
City of Charlevoix
Drost Landscape
Glik's
Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
 
 
   Please visit the below resources for other job opportunities in our area.jobs

 
Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce 
Premier INVESTORS 
 
 
VIP MEMBERS
                                  
 
 
 
 
 
PLATINUM MEMBERS
                         
 
 
           
                                                        
GOLD MEMBERS                                                      SILVER MEMBERS
Bickersteth, Brown & Associates                                                           Bingham Insurance Services
McLaren Northern Michigan                                                                 DTE
Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hosp                                                   Odawa Casino
                                                                                                         Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites 
                                                          
                                                                                               
 
I NVESTOR MEMBERS
ALP Lighting Components 
Central Drug Store
Charlevoix Inn & Suites 
Charlevoix Public Schools 
Comfort Keepers
MDC Contracting 
North Central Michigan College
Staffords Weathervane Restaurant
St. Marys Cement 
 
 
 
Would you like to become a Premier Investor?
call the Chamber at 231.547.2101 or email  chamber@charlevoix.org for more information