Messages From Main Street
Much has been accomplished and more exciting things are coming with Charlevoix Main Street!
Upcoming Events
MI Best Day Charlevoix Viewing Party
Tuesday, August 27th 6-8pm @ Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company
This Tuesday we would love to see you at  Lake Charlevoix Brewing Company  at 6pm for the premiere of Michigan's Best Day: Charlevoix and to see the  Buy Nearby  guy.

Thanks to  Michigan Retailers Association  for sponsoring the episode. Enjoy prizes and having fun with Michigan’s Best John Gonzalez and Amy Sherman!
Remote Worker's Collaborative

Do you work remotely?

First Wednesday of the month, Sept 4, 2019
8:00 - 1:00 PM
The Vault
201 State Street
Lower Level

Bringing together people who work remotely or independently. Our goal is to share ideas, resources, and plan for the future of the co-working/business incubator space in Charlevoix. If you'd like to help us design a space and meet with other independent workers you are welcome to attend!
State Of The Community 2019
September 10, 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Join us for the State of the Community luncheon on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Castle Farms from 11:30am - 1:30pm.

The State of the Community provides attendees an opportunity to learn from community leaders about their successes and upcoming initiatives, as well as specific topics that are timely and insightful to businesses and the Charlevoix community.

Speakers for this event include, Mark Heydlauff, City Manager of Charlevoix, David Roland Finley, Ph.D., President, North Central Michigan College and Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations, Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance 
Sponsor Feature
When you hear ‘car shopping’ in Charlevoix, you automatically think of Fox Charlevoix . And the main reason why? Their commitment and involvement to the community. Across multiple organizations and numerous events, Fox Charlevoix has garnered respect and appreciation through their sponsorships and support.

Fox Charlevoix has been a key supporter to the Live on the Lake: Summer Concert Series, helping give Charlevoix Main Street the ability to continue this free entertainment program year after year. They believe in the strength of their community, and that the community helps make their company what they are. It is clear from the 35+ sponsorships and funds they distribute on a regular annual basis, they take pride in giving back to their community.
Service Highlight
Larry Levengood was born in Hastings Michigan. He went to college at Michigan Tech in Houghton Michigan. It was there that he met his bride Gayle.

After graduation Larry worked at the Health Department in Lapeer Michigan for a time. He and Gayle moved to Charlevoix where he worked for the Health Department here for 41 years. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Larry has long been involved as a volunteer in the community. He served on the Board of Education for 22 years, still serves on the Charlevoix Planning Commission (41 years), is a Chamber Ambassador, Main Street Promotions Team, Lake Charlevoix Association Board of Directors, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Board of Directors, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Charlevoix County Recycling, and still volunteers at the hospital.

Please thank Larry when you see him out in the community for all the time he's invested to make Charlevoix a great place to live. In the little bit of free time that he has, he likes to read, camp and bicycle. Oh and I forgot, he's also an Elks Club and Lions club member

Get Involved:
If you would like to share your expertise and get involved with the exciting things happening in downtown Charlevoix please click here to let us know.
You're Invited:
See what's happening by joining us at any of our upcoming meetings to learn more about Charlevoix Main Street and what we are working on. Click here to view the upcoming meeting schedule and find which one you'd like to attend. We hope to see you soon!
Charlevoix Highlights
Introducing: The Vault
The Vault is a new co-working/business incubator space opening in downtown Charlevoix on September 9th!

Located at 201 State Street, Suite D (below Huntington Bank), this space will offer a variety of membership options for those who need a space to work while growing their business, networking, and collaborating with others.

Amenities will include complimentary coffee by Linden x Two (roasted locally!), off-street parking just steps away from shopping & dining downtown, access to WiFi , printing/copying, a conference room, and more!

Click here for more info and stay tuned for announcements about special events and rates during our opening week!
Attention Entrepreneurs:
Charlevoix County Ignite Pitch Competition
Your business idea could win $10,000!
Polish up your business plan! All Charlevoix County entrepreneurs and new businesses two years old or less are invited to apply to compete for startup capital toward their business and a chance to advance to the finale competition, Grand Event, to compete for more startup funds.
To fill out an application and for more information visit Application deadline is September 15th.

Competitors will receive business counseling from professionals to help in preparing a 4-minute business pitch for the panel of judges on the night of the competition. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded as well as an audience selected People’s Choice Award.
The public is welcome to come and cheer on their favorite businesses for this exciting competition!
There will be time for competing businesses to network and make connections with other business professionals and angel investors in the audience.

The competition will be held at Castle Farms on October 9, 2019. Doors open at 5:00pm and the event starts at 5:30pm.

Sponsored by Consumers Energy and DTE Energy Foundation
Life in Charlevoix Mobile App
Have everything you need to know about life in Charlevoix in the palm of your hand! The app, designed by Junior Main Street, features:

  • Event Calendar
  • Business Directory and Specials
  • Interactive Tour
  • News Alerts
  • Shopping & dining specials

Available for free in the App Store & Google Play

Match on Main Grant
Your business could get up to $30,000!

  “Match on Main” is a reimbursement grant program, provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, for small businesses located in Select or Master level Michigan Main Street communities.

Small businesses are the cornerstone of Michigan Main Street Communities. Many small businesses have difficulty gaining access to capital. Match on Main will provide a unique opportunity for new and expanding businesses located in Main Street districts. This grant program will provide funding to Select or Master level Michigan Main Street programs to support small business owners as they explore ways to improve the interior space.

The MEDC finds value in supporting place-based businesses located in Michigan Main Street districts, given the local capacity that has been built to support new and existing small businesses through the technical assistance, training and education provided by the Michigan Main Street program. 
Much More
The accomplishments mentioned earlier are only a few of the exciting things Main Street has been working on.

Click here or on the infographic to the right for program highlights and accomplishments over the past three years. Note that the private investment statistics are simply numbers we track, not numbers we claim responsibility for!
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