SPONSOR THE BIZ BLAST
IS YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION IN NEED OF SOME GREAT EXPOSURE? 
RESERVE YOUR SPOT AS A BIZ BLAST SPONSOR FOR ONLY $50/per wk. 
THE COST IS AFFORDABLE AND THE EXPOSURE IS HIGH.

For more information, call the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 or email  chamber@charlevoix.org



To Register for the May 22nd Workshop Click Here
To Register for the June 7th Workshop Click Here

SPOTLIGHT ON CONSUMERS ENERGY 
Caring For Our Communities:
Even with the Big Rock Point Nuclear Power Plant being decommissioned after 35 years of operation and the site restored to a greenfield, our commitment to Charlevoix and the surrounding areas remains strong.

Since June 2015,  Consumers Energy has contributed nearly $180 million to businesses in Charlevoix County and surrounding counties through our Pure Michigan Business Connect initiative.  

Consumers Energy has also contributed more than $1.3 million in taxes to Charlevoix County since 2016.

We are trying to be the best environmental stewards that we can.  We recently announced we would stop using coal by 2040 and get 40 percent of our energy from renewable sources and energy storage.

It's all part of our effort to leave it better than we found it, while continuing to provide our customers with safe, reliable and clean energy.
consumersenergy.com



THE CHARLEVOIX AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMES NEW MEMBER


Northern Explorers Child and Development Center
Rachel McDonough-Grogan & Andrea Roloff, Owners 
5475 US 31 South
Charlevoix
Phone: 231.676.9499
Email: northernexplorerscdc@hotmail.com
Website: northernexplorerscdc.com

Northern Explorers Child and Development Center provides up to 84 children, ages birth to five, quality child care and preschool.  We will have age appropriate learning activities for all age groups, ensuring a positive environment for children to meet their milestones.  We also have 36 school age spots for our summer camp program. 
 
RIBBON C uttings  
 
CENTRAL DRUG STORE GRAND RE-OPENING &
RIBBON CUTTING  
Join us and celebrate our Grand Re-Opening on
Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18!   
The official Ribbon Cutting will take place on Thursday, May 17 at 11:45am 
 
Enjoy a meet-n-greet, delicious treats (including Jeanne's famous cheese ball), freebies and raffles throughout both days.

Grand Prize is a 55" 4UHD Flat Screen TV!

Come on down and join us for the fun!
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RIBBON CUTTING SCHEDULED FOR
MORNING DEW CAFE &
NORTH COAST PROPERTIES
Join Morning Dew Cafe and North Coast Properties on Wednesday, May 23 at 4:45pm, for their Ribbon Cutting. 

Both businesses are located at 113 Antrim Street.

Dan Walter of Morning Dew Cafe will be offering mini-donuts. The donuts are made fresh everyday.  The cafe also carries Certified Organic free trade Higher Grounds  Coffee and Rishi teas.

Come meet Kim Harvey and Karey Scholten of North Coast Properties. Information will be available on the properties they have for sale as well as their vacation rentals.
morningdewcafe.com
facebookcom/northcoastproperties


 
City NEWS


SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGE 
The City of Charlevoix Electric Department is planning a power outage for the southern portion of our electric system on Saturday, May 12th from about 1AM to about 5AM to do some critical substation maintenance work.  The outage will cover the south area of Stover Road and west of the M-66/US 31 intersection, as well as some of the area north of Stover along Ferry Avenue up to Eaton.  If you have questions or concerns please contact us at 231.547.3273.
charlevoixmi.gov
 

MDOT US 31 ROAD PROJECT OPEN HOUSE MAY 15
Lane Conversion (Road Diet) Within A Road Improvement Project  
Tuesday, May 15 from 4:00 - 6:00pm 
City of Charlevoix Council Chambers 
210 State Street

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting a drop-in open house to discuss a lane conversion (road diet) within a road improvement project on US 31 from Barnard Road to the Mercer Road area (excluding the bridge) in the City of Charlevoix.

The open house will have the road project plans displayed for review with the opportunity for residents, commuters, organizations, agencies, and business owners to ask questions and provide comments to MDOT staff.

Project Information:
This road improvement project consists of a hot mix asphalt mill and overlay with safety and pavement marking improvements that will change the four-lane section to a three-lane section.  The lane conversion (road diet) will improve safety by maintaining one lane in each direction with the addition of a center left turn lane.  There will also be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramp upgrades.  The project is expected to begin in early August and be completed by the middle of November.

For more information, please contact James Lake, MDOT office of Communications, 906.250.0993 or lakejl@michigan.gov 
 
Main Street NEWS
 
 
CELEBRATE OPENING DAY AT THE CHARLEVOIX FARMER'S MARKET MAY 17
Charlevoix Farmer's Market Opening Day is finally close.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 17th, 8am-1pm. 

*Stop at the Market Manager's Booth and enter to win one of two gift baskets donated by our opening day sponsor, Charlevoix Ace Hardware.

*Meet our four new vendors including My Grandmother's Table which offers foods that are traditional and vegan, and Charlevoix Moon Artisan Wine, offering wine made with grapes grown right here in Charlevoix.

*Stop and say hi to Amy Wieland, the new director for the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging.

*Visit with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.  They will be handing out dental supplies and answering questions.

*Don't forget to have the kids sign up for the Jr. Marketeer Program.

*Enjoy the music of Dwain Abramowski.

For more information on the Farmer's Market, call 231.547.3257
charlevoixmainstreet.org/farmers-market 
Happy Mother's Day

MOM'S GOLF FOR FREE
Charlevoix Golf Club Mother's Day Special.

Mom's golf FREE on Sunday, May 13.
Call the Charlevoix Clubhouse at 231.547.3268 for Tee Times
cityofcharlevoix.org

GET YOUR MOTHER'S DAY GIFT AT ELEMENTS GALLERY  
Happy Mother's Day to everyone!  If you are looking for that special gift(s) for the special woman in your life, please drop into Elements Gallery and see our wonderful collections of clothing, scarves, purses as well as lotions, soaps and jewelry.  FREE Gift wrapping is always available at Elements!

As a Special Mother's Day Gift, you will receive a Gift Certificate for your next trip to elements on any purchase over $50. 
facebook.com/elementsgallery

TREAT MOM TO A MASSAGE AT THE WELL BEING DAY SPA 
There is still time to grab the perfect gift for Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13!  The Well Being Day Spa is offering $20 off all 60 and 90 minutes massage gift certificates for Mother's Day.

Give your Mom something she really wants....peace, quiet, and relaxation!

Call Lindsay at 231.330.3594 to make arrangements.
thewellbeingdayspa.com  

REDI-ROCK INTERNATIONAL AND BULLMAN DOCK & LIFT HONORED FOR TOP SMALL BUSINESS AWARD
On Thursday, (May 3) night, the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) recognized the top small businesses in the state.  A featured award, "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch," offers a prediction of those small businesses at the forefront of innovation and economic growth.

In northern Michigan, these small businesses were honored: Bulmann Dock and Lift (Boyne City); Central Industrial Manufacturing (Harbor Springs); Iron Fish Distillery (Thompsonville); Venturi (Traverse City)  Redi-Rock International (Charlevoix) - Strategically Focused award. 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Sheriff Chuck Vondra is pleased to announce the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office is looking for more volunteers to join their Victim Services Unit (VSU).  The Unit consists of trained volunteers, called advocates, from the community who would be on-call to respond in pairs to situations such as natural deaths, suicides, and severe traffic accidents.  The main role of the advocate is to be a temporary support system until a support system is in place for people during a tragedy.  For more information on the VSU, please call Sheriff Vondra or Coordinator Sarah Kaminski at 231.547.4461
 
MCLAREN NORTHERN MICHIGAN HOSTS COLLEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP BASKET RAFFLE 
McLaren Northern Michigan nurses and colleagues have celebrated National Hospital Week and National Nurses' Week by raising money for higher education scholarships with a special raffle.  Open to the public, the Annual Colleague Scholarship Basket Raffle offers a variety of themed baskets that will be raffled off on Friday, May 11.

This year's themed baskets include Oh The Places You'll Go, Up North Camping Adventure, Game Night, Pamper Yourself, and I Saw the Signs.  A total of 31 baskets will be on display in the McLaren Northern Michigan Administration Building (half-circle drive across from Johan's). The public is encouraged to visit, view the baskets, and purchase a chance to win.  More
mclaren.org/northern 
CALLING ALL PADDLERS FOR "KAYAK FOR A CAUSE" ON WALLOON LAKE
Camp Daggett is seeking kayakers to participate in the 10th annual Kayak for a Cause on Walloon Lake fundraisers on July 14, 2018, from 8:30am-4pm and July 15 from 9:30am-1:30pm.  Participants can choose the one-day option to paddle on Saturday or Sunday, or accept the challenge of the entire 30-mile tour of the shoreline of Walloon Lake.  Food and snacks will be provided as well as a team T-shirt on both days and all paddlers are invited to attend the "I did It Celebration" Sunday afternoon.

For more information, to register, support a kayaker, purchase a dock flag, and more Click Here
campdaggett.org 
SUMMER HOURS FOR NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE 
North Central Michigan College announces summer hours for the business and administrative offices, library, fitness center, gym and book store, starting Monday, May 7.

North Central administrative and business offices, including student services and Learning Support Services, are open Monday through Thursday, 8am until 5pm, Friday, 8:30am until noon.  These hours are in effect until Monday, August 20 when regular business hours resume.  Tutoring is available over the summer per student request at LSS, and via the Net Tutor link in Brightspace.

The Library at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey will close on May 7 until June 3, reopening on June 4.  Hours for June 4-July 27 are Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm and Friday 8:30am-noon. More
ncmich.edu  
WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE CHARLEVOIX COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING?    
Print our calendars for the month of May, Boyne AreaCharlevoix, and East JordanLike our Facebook page, and look at all the other goings on right on our Website.

Wednesday Night Dinners are back at all of our Senior Centers.  Make it a date night and join us for dinner and music!

The Farmers Markets are starting back up and we not only encourage our aging community to participate, we will be collaborating directly with these markets and local farmers.  June will be the start of Senior Project Fresh and throughout the season we will be offering incentives for our 60 and older community members at all of the Charlevoix County Farm Markets to attend weekly for fresh fruits, vegetables and education!
charlevoixcounty.org/commission_on_aging
HOTEL WALLOON'S MAY SPECIAL 
Are you a Michigan Resident?
Come stay at Hotel Walloon anytime in the month of May and receive a 20% discount on your room, just for living in our favorite state!

Call 231.535.5000 to learn more and book your next spring staycation.
hotelwalloon.com 

LAST LIBATIONS FOR LIVE FOR THE SEASON
Saturday, May 12th at The Cantina with Guest Bartenders Kirby Dipert and Mike Hinkle.
 
It's been a great season, so let's wrap it up with fun, giveaways and libations!
SPRING HERB WALK
Sierra Bingham, Certified Herbalist and Wild Harvester, will lead this Spring Herb Walk on the North Central Michigan College campus nature areas on Wednesday, May 16, beginning at 6pm. 

What plants can be eaten in our local habitat?  What should you make into tea or tincture, if needed for survival?  At this lecture we will learn how to identify wild plants that can be used for food and medicine.  Different ways to incorporate these natural herbs into your everyday life will be discussed. 

Registration is limited so register early to secure your spot! 

The lecture will take place in the classroom (room 536), with most of it outside on the college nature trails.
ncmich.edu
ZONTA CLUB OF CHARLEVOIX AREA HOSTS ANNUAL LITERARY DELIGHTS   
The Charlevoix Area Zonta Club will host its annual Literary Delights - a Women Authors' benefit luncheon - from 11am-3pm on Saturday, May 19 at Grey Gables Restaurant.  The event includes buffet luncheon, cash bar, silent auction and gift basket raffle drawings.

Featured speakers are Jennifer Harsha Carrol and Patricia Majher.  Proceeds support Zonta's "Sights on Success" program for middle school girls and other projects which advance the status of women and girls.

Reservations required; $40 per ticket.  For more information and/or to purchase tickets, contact Linda DeGrow at 231.547.4109, or any Zonta member.
 
CHARLEVOIX CIRCLE OF ARTS SPRING CONCERT OF THE DOROTHY GERBER STRINGS PROGRAM
The Charlevoix Circle of Arts will present a year-end concert of the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program students on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Charlevoix High School.  There will be a prelude performance of five soloists beginning at 5:40pm and the formal concert will begin at 6pm.  The concert will include the beginner and intermediate classes, the Suzuki program, private lesson students, the Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra and The Cummings Quartet.


After seven months of study including a Winter Practice Olympics, the students will have ample opportunity to demonstrate their progress.  For the calendar year of 2017-2018 the DGSP was represented in Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Petoskey and on Beaver Island.  More

SUPPORT CAMP DAGGETT - SHOP GRANDPA SHORTER'S ON MAY 19  
Camp Daggett invites the public to Grandpa Shorter's Gifts, 301 E. Lake Street in Petoskey, on Saturday, May 19 from 9am-6pm for a shopping day to benefit Camp Daggett.  Twenty percent of all purchases will go to the C. G. and Ruth  Shorter Memorial Scholarship  Fund at Camp Daggett.

Each year, Grandpa Shorter's Gifts designate two Saturdays to raise money for area youth for camp scholarships.  In 2017, they donated $2,650.31 to Camp.  "Jennifer Shorter has been nothing short of terrific to work with," states Camp Daggett's Executive Directer, Brent Marlatt.  "She has a big heart and truly understands what summer camp means to local families and their children."  The fall Grandpa Shorter's Day will be on Saturday, October 6.

For more information about Camp Daggett, call 231.347.9742 or visit campdaggett.com.  
YOUTH DAY AT THE CHARLEVOIX ROD AND GUN CLUB The Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club will be hosting their 8th annual Youth Day on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm - RAIN or SHINE......hopefully we will have the shine.

Join us for:
*Archery   |  Ages 5-16
*Shotgun  |  Ages 10-16
*.22 Rifle  |  Ages 10-16
*Fishing Pond |  Ages 5-16 | Some equipment is provided or you can bring your own.
Fish provided by the Jordan River National Fish Hatchery.

Educational Opportunities include Furs and Feathers provided by the Michigan DNR.

A light lunch will be provided.

Youth are to be accompanied by a parent/guardian during the event.

For more information, call the Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club at 231.547.2785, or Paul Haver at 231.582.7739.
The Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club is located at 11330 US 31 Highway North.
charlevoixrodandgun.com

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.
 joppahouseministries.org

BACH'S FAMILY FESTIVAL 
Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's Concert: Bach's Family Festival, Sunday, May 20, 2018, 4:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church, Harbor Springs.  $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, Bonnieta Benn, flute soloist; J.C. Bach - Concerto for 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 glorchestra.org or at the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra office at 231.487.0010. 
MAKE IT A DAY  AND GOLF BEFORE THE REGIONAL BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Bring a friend, colleague or your staff and "swing into summer" at Antrim Dells Golf Club on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, p romotion starts at 8AM.
 
$20 - 9 holes includes cart
$29 - 18 holes includes cart

For more information please call 231.599.2679 or visit a-ga-ming.com
ROCK OUT, DOCK OUT
Join Hotel Walloon for the 3rd annual Rock Out, Dock Out event in the Village Green Park on Saturday, May 26th!  Help us celebrate the start of the Summer season with live music and kids activities in the Village Green Park, great deals at Tommy's, delicious specials at Barrel Back and more!  You won't want to miss this family friendly event.
hotelwalloon.com 
WHO HAS MORE FUN THAN US? 
May's Travel Club Trip is a special one taking place on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.  We will be touring the Brave Heart Estate in Pellston and the State Fish Hatchery in Oden.  We will leave at 12:30pm and the cost for the trip is $2.00.  We will be back in time for the Wednesday Night Dinners at the Centers.  Please sign up at your Senior Centers by Friday, May 25th. 
charlevoixcounty.org/commission)on_aging
CHARLEVOIX COUNTY SPRING HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAYS
Friday, June 8, 2018  |  5:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday, June 9, 2018  |  9:00am - 1:00pm

For Reservations and Location information, call 231.547.7221. 
Reservations will be taken from May 29th - June 7, 2018

Common Hazardous Items:  Florescent Bulbs, Motor Oil, Batteries, Pesticides, Cleaners & Polishes, Aerosols, Automotive Fluids, Oil Paints, Finishes & Thinners, Solvents, Mercury & items containing Mercury, PILL POD: Medicines

Electronics: Computers, TV's Cameras, Telephones, Microwave Ovens, Game Systems, Printers, VCR's Radios.

Appliances: Refrigerators, Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners, Freezers, Stoves, Dishwashers, Lawnmowers, anything steel.

Tires: Charlevoix County will be taking tires with this HHW event.  Tires must be off the rim and dry with no water or debris in them.  When calling to schedule, please state the number of tires being dropped off.

For more information go to charlevoixcounty.org 
WINE & Dine

$3 CASA TUESDAYS AT RED MESA GRILL
*$3 Casa Margaritas, $3 Premium Drafts, $3 Food Features

Live Music every Tuesday night, 6-9pm
MAY 6:00 - 9:00pm
*May 15 | Jason Dean
*May 22 | Jakey Thomas
*May 29 | Blake Elliott

JUNE 7:00 - 10:00pm
*June 5 | Project 6
*June 12 | Kellerville
*June 19 | Jakey Thomas
*June 21 | Missy Memorial Party w/ Dave Cisco
*June 26 | Brett Mitchell
magnumhospitality.com/redmesa 
Save the DATE  

FRANK BOLES, MICHIGAN NOTABLE AUTHOR, TO APPEAR AT NORTH CENTRAL LIBRARY
The North Central Michigan College Library announced today that Frank Boles, author of Sailing into History; Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the Twentieth Century and the Crews Who Sailed Them, will pay a special visit to the Library on Wednesday, June 6 at noon for an hour of first-rate storytelling, a book signing, question-and-answer time with guests and light refreshments.  This event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to library@ncmich.edu or call 231.439.6315 for information.


Bole is visiting the North Central Library as part of the Library of Michigan's 2018 "Michigan Notable Authors Tour."  More   
ncmich.edu 
GREAT LAKES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS GRAND ROMANCE
Sunday, June 10, 2018, 7:00pm, at the John M. Hall Auditorium in Bay View.  Pre-Concert talk with Libor Ondras begins at 6pm.

Tickets are $25 for General Admission and $50 for Reserved Seating.  Selections include Robert Schumann - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra op.54, Christopher Harding, soloist; Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony no.6 "Pastoral"; and Johannes Brahms - "Naenie" for Chorus and Orchestra.

Tickets will be available at area chambers of commerce, online Here or contact the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra office at 231.487.0010
glcorchestra.org 
19TH ANNUAL FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SUMMER BOOK SALE 
Mark you calendars for the Friends of the Library 19th Annual Summer Book Sale.
Saturday, June 23rd, 10am-5pm
Sunday, June 24, 1pm-5pm

More information coming soon. 
charlevoixlibrary.org 
 
 
 
Please Click Here to view jobs available with the following Chamber Members.  
 
Beaver Island Boat Company
Belvedere Club
Belvedere Golf Club  
Castle Farms
Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce
Charlevoix County Commission on Aging
Charlevoix Public Library
Charlevoix State Bank
Charlevoix Venetian Festival 
City of Charlevoix
Friske Orchards Farm Market
Panache Hair Studio
Porter Creek Fish House 
 
 
    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