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 sbergmann@charlevoix.org
Building Resiliency in Times of Uncertainty
December 14, 11:00am

We are all facing unprecedented change in the workplace and in our personal lives. This presentation by Kathy Grinsteiner, Provider Engagement Manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, will provide tips and techniques on how to develop and strengthen resilience, enabling you to weather the storm of uncertainty. Register HERE!
The LEAD by Local sessions will conclude with time for each attendee to share - about your business, an event you have coming up, a service you are looking to provide or find, a need you are looking to fill, or anything else! $5 to attend, register online for these virtual sessions.
2020 Charlevoix Chamber Award Nominations

If you know a person or business that is worthy of receiving an award (keeping in mind that you can nominate yourself or your business) click HERE, complete the form and submit to the Chamber office by 5 pm on Friday, December 11th.
Shop the Charlevoix Circle mARkeT
Now through January 2nd

Shop the Charlevoix Circle mARkeT now through January 2nd! Enjoy festive, handmade shopping from 40 local artists and makers. Give the gift of unique, one of kind, and hand crafted this year! ​

You can shop with us Monday-Fridays 11am-4pm, Saturdays 11am-3pm, OR you can make an appointment for private shopping any time!  Sponsored by Charlevoix State Bank. 

Downtown Charlevoix Ladies Night
December 9
all day

The holidays look different this year and shopping local is more important than ever before! This years event will last all day and various shops will be offering specials. Part of the fun is to fill out a wish list at your favorite stores to make gift giving easy for your loved ones!

This is also your chance to participate in the Gift Local Holiday Shopping Contest - you could win up to $500 in downtown dollars. Visit downtowncharlevoix.com for more info.

Hemingway in Northern Michigan
December 9
7pm | online presentation

A look at the influence Northern Michigan had on both Ernest Hemingway's personal life and literature through commentary and rare family photos provided by Christopher Struble, President of The Michigan Hemingway Society. Register here.

Charlevoix Cultural Corridor Holiday Stroll
December 11, 18
2-5pm

Charlevoix Cultural Corridor's Holiday Stoll! Join Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Charlevoix Public Library (virtually) & Charlevoixx Historical Society for a Holiday Stroll on Fridays in December: 4th, 11th & 18th from 2-5pm. Visit each location for holiday shopping, festive music and decorations! 

Spaghetti Dinner To Go!
December 11
5pm

St. Mary School is having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Take out style. $10 per person. Enjoy homemade meat or vegetarian spaghetti, garlic bread and cole slaw from Pigs Eatin' Ribs.

Downtown Charlevoix Men's Night
December 16
all day

Choose to gift locally in downtown Charlevoix and come out during men's night! Various shops will be offering specials and free gift wrapping.

To make your life even easier, stores will have Wish Lists on hand from your ladies who came out last week. Additionally, this is your change to earn entries for the Gift Local Holiday Shopping Contest! For more info visit downtowncharlevoix.com.

Gift Local
November 15-December 24

Purchase gifts in downtown Charlevoix for a chance to win up to $500 in Downtown Dollars!
  • 1st Place wins $500
  • 2nd Place wins $300
  • 3rd Place wins $100
  • Runner Up wins a Gift Basket courtesy of Charlevoix Public Library
How to Enter:
It's easy:
  1. Spend $50 in qualifying purchases* between November 15th and December 24th in 2020, at any of your favorite downtown businesses (receipts may be combined).
  2. Turn in receipts through December 24th to:
3. New this year: online purchases at participating downtown Charlevoix businesses (see list to the right) count toward an entry! If you feel safer shopping this way you can submit your email receipts by forwarding them to charlevoixmainstreet@gmail.com.
Receive one entry for each $50 spent on gifts in downtown Charlevoix. Food purchases at restaurants and grocery stores do not qualify, but gift cards to these businesses do. 4,000 entries available.
Winners will be announced and contacted via phone on January 5th. 


Great Lakes Cinema Series Presents: Riverdance 25th Anniversary Film
January 3, 2020
2pm and 6pm
Fresh Start Series- Meditation for Inner Peace
January 4, 2020
6 Sessions | Online
Wish Everyone a Merry Christmas and Support your Local Food Pantry with Charlevoix County News
You can wish everyone a Merry Christmas and also support your local Food Pantry.
Send a Christmas Greeting from your family or business to readers of the Weekly Choice, Charlevoix County News or Michigan MoneySaver all over Northern Michigan.

Email your color family photo or business photo to us along with your Christmas message to Office@WeeklyChoice.com or Office@CharlevoixCountyNews.com
Deadline to publish in the December 23rd edition is Saturday, December 19

Cost is $90 per edition. THEN - we will donate $50 to your Local Food Pantry


Donations will be sent to:
Otsego County Food Pantry - Gaylord
Mancelona Food Pantry - Mancelona
Giving Tree Food Pantry - Johannesburg
Christian Help Center - Grayling
Care & Share Food Pantry - East Jordan
Good Neighbors Food Pantry - Boyne City
Community Food Pantry - Charlevoix
Manna Food Project - Harbor Springs
Brother Dan's Food Pantry - Petoskey
Cheboygan County United Way - Cheboygan
Benzie Area Christian Neighbors - Beulah
Father Fred Foundation - Traverse City
Bellaire Community Food Pantry - Bellaire
KAIR - Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources - Kalkaska
Food Distribution Center - Au Gres

Join in the Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan and Make a Gift Today!
Join in the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan and make a gift today! Join the newly formed Advisory Council in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties to help children who need a Mentor!


Tis the Season for Savings at Performance Plus Quick Oil Change
Deal of the month! Gearbox Fluid Exchange (differentials and transfer case)- $10 off One Gearbox, $30 off Two Gearboxes, $80 off Three Gearboxes, Gearbox Fluid Exchange (differentials and transfer case). To get the coupon with expiration click HERE!

If left too long or if the fluid starts to run low, the differential will become noisy and can eventually fail. The gears can seize, locking up the rear wheels and potentially causing a lot of damage or even an accident. Visit our website to find a Performance Plus Quick Oil Change near you!

Advent Events at St. Mary Parish
St. Mary Parish has a lot going on for Advent! To see the full list of Advent events click HERE. Call the office with any questions 547-6652. 

NCMC is offering a "Fresh Start for 2021" Series
2020 was a challenging year for most of us. Here’s a chance to refocus your attitude and your energy by participating in a new series of classes that will challenge your mind, body and spirit all offered virtually in the comfort and safety of your own home. How to Know the Stars with Mary Adams, The Storytellers Night Sky, Meditation for Inner Peace with Tiffany Lenau, Yoga Roots, and Happy for No Reason with Lynn Zimmer, NCMC. Additionally, over 100 classes have been added in areas of history, language, music, art and much more. Register at ncmclifelonglearning.com/events.

Youth Grants Awarded in New Focus Areas
The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation responded to requests from nonprofit partners in November. Thanks to donors who look to the Community Foundation to make a difference close to home, grants have been awarded primarily to nonprofits who will focus in the areas of youth mental health and academic stress. In all, over $29,000 was awarded during the Youth Needs grant cycle.
 
Every three years, the YAC performs a Youth Needs Assessment, asking 8th through 12th graders in Charlevoix County about the top issues concerning them. Earlier this year, the YAC met to discuss the results of the most recent Youth Needs Assessment and made the decision to focus their grantmaking dollars on prioritizing the top two issues identified by their peers – youth mental health and academic stress.
 
“Mental health and academic stress have long been areas of need for Charlevoix County youth, and both have worsened due to the effects of COVID-19,” said Nathan Newman, a senior at East Jordan High School and Treasurer of the YAC. “So, for this grant cycle, we wanted our resources to go toward programs that will support the mental health and relieve the academic stress of Charlevoix County youth.”
 
The YAC made this goal a reality when they awarded 80% of their available funding in this cycle to organizations who are directly addressing youth mental health and/or academic stress. By prioritizing these focus areas the YAC hopes to make a bigger impact in the areas that Charlevoix County youth themselves have identified as most important. To learn more about the youth grants and who they were awarded to click HERE!

Raven Hill Weekly Updates
Click HERE to view Raven Hill's weekly updated. It is filled with information about what they have been working on while being closed to the public.

Have a business or member success story? We want to hear it! Hitting a growth landmark, meeting a personal or financial business goal, being awarded industry certifications or recognition's… we want to share that accomplishment. Member Success is a new section in our Biz Blast where we will highlight stories of member businesses and employees. Submit your information for the newsletter on our website submission form. 
Membership in the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce is open to all businesses, organizations and individuals. It is a policy of the Charlevoix Chamber that membership does not constitute political or issue endorsement.
The easiest way to find jobs in the Charlevoix Area! Click below for a list of jobs with our chamber members.
Bartenders/ Servers

American Spoon
Seasonal Retail Associate

Full-Time Architect



Comfort Keepers
Caregivers - More than a Living!

Senior Center Cook

Part and Full Time Seasonal Retail Sales

Edgewater Inn Condominium Hotel
Housekeeping
Front Desk Clerk
Part-time Licensed Massage Therapist

Airport Attendant

Automotive Technician
Assistant Office Manager

Multiple Positions
Send resumes to jobs@hotelearl.com

Hiring Staff

Certified Lifeguards
Swim School Coordinator

Full & Part-Time (Seasonal) Staff for All Positions

Caregivers 2nd and 3rd Shift
Sign on Bonus
For more information on these openings view our Jobs page by clicking the link below! Is your business hiring? Send us the position information and we will post it!
Please visit the below resources for other job opportunities in our area.

VIP Members
Platinum Members
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call the Chamber at 231.547.2101 or chamber@charlevoix.org for more information