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
WINTER IS COMING: Prepare and Protect Your Home From Winter Hazards
December 2, 11:00am

From ice dams to attic heat loss, learn about how to monitor, prepare, and protect your home from winter weather hazards with David Hamm of Jarvis Property Restoration.

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.
The Vault Coworking Space Launches New Collaborative Ownership

Downtown Charlevoix’s remote work and coworking space, The Vault, is launching into a new collaborative ownership for 2021. Charlevoix Main Street DDA and the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce will operate The Vault through a co-ownership agreement to be able to maintain the space and promote its benefits to the community. The Chamber is excited to partner on this initiative and work towards having the remote work and entrepreneurial hub fall under its programming umbrella. Learn more about The Vault and check out its offerings here!
2021 Charlevoix Guide Advertising NOW Open

We are thrilled to announce the all new, all inclusive, Charlevoix Guide publication. The Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Charlevoix are combining efforts to make this collaborative piece for community members, visitors, future residents, and businesses. This magazine will showcase Charlevoix’s desirable quality of life, as well as the outstanding opportunities.

Many have requested a combined piece, and we are pleased that directors from each organization worked together toward this collaborative solution. The result: increased distribution, decreased cost for those who previously advertised in both publications, decreased production costs for both organizations, and increased communication among community members. To learn more about this advertising opportunity click HERE!
Charlevoix Circle mARkeT Opens Tomorrow!
November 19
4-7pm

Charlevoix Circle mARkeT opens tomorrow, Thursday November 19th! With extended hours from 4pm-7pm and several prize giveaways throughout the day.  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.  Charlevoix Circle mARkeT runs November 19 - January 2. CharlevoixCircle.org

Resiliency in the Workplace
November 19
12-1pm

The Blue Cross Master Class webinar series offers insights into the complex world of health care. As a benefits leader, you strive to balance employee morale and engagement with business concerns such as benefit costs. The Blue Cross Master Class series is designed to keep you up-to-speed on health care trends and topics to maintain success in your role. *Both of the upcoming webinars are certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute for continuing education credit.

Upcoming Master Class webinars:

·        November 19, 2020 12 - 1 p.m. EST

Home for the holidays? Zoom Gatherings 101
November 23
12:30-1:30pm

With the CDC and local Health Department now recommending that the holidays be celebrated with only those who live in your own household, now is the time to take advantage of a complimentary Zoom Gathering 101.  This 1-hour session is designed to review the basics of Zoom as both a participant and a host, but will also incorporate activities you might consider to spice up the holiday season.

In today’s unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever we continue to come together to enjoy one another’s company – even if it is from afar. Let’s make the best out of the pandemic…the more fun the merrier! Be sure to wear your best holiday apparel – Thanksgiving or Christmas themed, whatever you have in the closet – ugliest sweater, coolest Santa hat, whatever you think will get you the most votes. Top three will win a prize!!! Register Here.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
November 26
12-2pm

The 13th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is sponsored by the Charlevoix Ministerial Association and will be held at St. Mary Parish on November 26th from 12-2 pm. It will be take out only. All are welcome! The meal is provided at no charge.

Ladies of the Lights
December 2
7-8pm

Join Dianna Stampfler to learn about these women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years — dating back as early as the 1840s and as recent as the present day. Join us to see nearly 70 images of keepers, learn about their families, their lights, and their impact on the profession of lighthouse keeping. Online presentation. Register here.

Hemingway in Northern Michigan
December 9, 2020
7pm
Online Presentation
City Hall Open with Limited Hours
Due to the latest Michigan Pause Order, our customer information/utility and tax payment window will be open from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Monday through Friday until further notice. For more information click HERE.

Real Estate One Hosts Annual Bake Sale to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and hospitals across the state report near capacity levels, many agencies and businesses are making changes, such as going to ‘appointment only’ or limiting the number of shoppers in a store at a time. Charlevoix County announced earlier this week that their building would go to an “appointment only” basis for all offices and services. Charlevoix County Transit announced today that they are reducing capacity on all transit vehicles to allow for better social distancing.

To support the health of passengers, drivers, and community members, Charlevoix County Transit will institute new passenger limits to promote better social distancing beginning Monday, November 16, 2020. Charlevoix County Transit is encouraging residents of the county to utilize the transit’s delivery services whenever possible for items such as groceries, prescriptions and food pantry boxes. Additionally, transit officials stated that passengers should limit their travel to essential trips such as to work, medical appointments or for essential shopping and banking.     

Transit service is available Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm. For trip or delivery information, please call 231.582.6900.

Health Department of Northwest Michigan Launches Digital COVID-19 Survey
Over the past few weeks, we have seen a rapid increase in the number of new daily cases in our region. When community transmission becomes so widespread, our strategies need to pivot to have the most impact. This approach involves quickly identifying and investigating high priority cases such as those who potentially increase the risk for further spread.

In order to both gather and share important information as quickly as possible, we have adopted a new online survey to conduct case investigations with individuals that receive positive COVID-19 test results. Gathering this information from those who test positive helps us to identify those who may spread the virus to others. This is also important in order to initiate isolation and quarantine as soon as possible because any delay to this process can result in unnecessary spread. To see a full overview of how the survey system works and more general information click HERE.

Real Estate One Hosts Annual Bake Sale to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Real Estate One in downtown Traverse City, is hosting its annual bake sale including homemade pies, breads, cookies and more all to help provide mentors to children in our community.
 
Although it will look a little different this year – no browsing the beautiful, delicious array of baked goods – all ordering and purchases will be done online, with a curbside pick-up. Rest assured, ALL baked goods are being handled with caution and from the same amazing bakers as in years’ past.
 
All proceeds from this bake sale will be matched 100% by the Real Estate One Charitable Foundation and will directly support the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters in our community. To place an order or make a donation, visit Bigsupnorth.com/BakeSale. All orders must be placed online and will be available for curbside pick-up only on Tuesday, November 24th.

North Central Michigan College Names Building for Borra Family's Lead Gift in BTT Campaign
One of the oldest buildings on North Central Michigan College’s campus is getting a facelift, including a new name. In recognition of making the lead gift to the college’s Building Tomorrow Together (BTT) campaign, the former Administration Classroom building will be renamed in honor of Pier C. & Renee A. Borra. 

The new name, the Borra Learning Center, not only pays tribute to the lead donors, it also reflects the focus of the building’s renovation on enhancements for student learning and success in today’s technology-driven world. 
 
This building is where nearly all North Central students attend classes at some point in their educational journey. After over 50 years, it is being renovated to include state-of-the-art classrooms, a student-centered space for academic and career advising services, and a spectacular new Student Commons to build a greater sense of community on campus.

The Administration Classroom Building is currently under construction and the renovation is slated for completion in the summer of 2021. The building will adopt its new name, the Borra Learning Center upon the project’s completion. If you would like to learn more about the Building Tomorrow Together Campaign, please visit ncmich.edu/buildingtomorrow or call (231) 348-6621. Click HERE to see full press release.

Grants Awarded for Beaver Island, Boyne City, Charlevoix, and East Jordan
The Community Foundation responded to requests from nonprofit partners in four geographic areas in Charlevoix County in October. Thanks to donors who look to the Community Foundation to make a difference close to home, grants have been awarded to nonprofits who will work to improve the quality of life on Beaver Island, in Boyne City, Charlevoix and East Jordan. In all, over $93,000 was awarded during the Geographic Enrichment cycle. 

To see how each of these communities will be using their funds click HERE!

The next grant cycle will focus on Environment, Land Use, and Recreation projects. Applications will become available in December and will be due by Monday, February 1, 2021.  The Community Foundation welcomes inquiries about applying for grants anytime by emailing Ashley Cousens at acousens@c3f.org. More information about each grant cycle can be found at c3f.org on the “Apply for a Grant” page. 

Join the Charlevoix Elks Lodge
Have you been considering joining the Charlevoix Elks Lodge?! If so now is the best time! November and December are $1.00 application fee months! That's a HUGE 94% DISCOUNT! Join today!

If you have questions or want a tour of the lodge feel free to reach out to Lori Hart at 231-459-8973 or lorihart03@gmail.com.

Let Friske's Be The Sweetest Part of Your Thanksgiving!
For the easiest, most delicious of holidays, pre-order your desserts today!
 
Choose from a variety of our best PIES such as:
American Apple, Dutch Apple Crunch, Country Caramel Apple, Caramel Apple Pecan, Michigan Cherry, Cherry Pickin’ Crunch and Cherry Berry!
 
Also available are these seasonal favorites:
Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins, Caramel Apple Scones, Ginger Molasses Cookies, Pumpkin Oat Sandwich Cookies and more!
 
Call 231-599-2604 and place your order NOW! 

North Central Michigan College Partners with College Central Network to Help Students and Employers Connect!
North Central Michigan College is pleased to announce that in collaboration with LTBB of Odawa’s Nitaazhitoojik Industrial Training program, the NCMC Career Development Center has joined College Central Network (CCN) to connect employers to North Central students and alumni! 
 
CCN is a modern platform that provides cutting-edge technology to best connect employers with qualified candidates, quickly and intuitively. The Network app alone features opportunities for part-time jobs, internships, and full-time employment, making the job search experience easier for students. 

NCMC invites employers to register at CollegeCentral.com/ncmich and post job opportunities for FREE to our students as part of this new partnership. College Central Network is free, and employers can populate the app with job postings and other content. 
 
The College Central app also provides students the quickest way to sign up for career fairs, workshops, and résumé reviews, and to schedule appointments with Career Service staff. Users can explore and find amazing job and internship opportunities geared toward North Central students. The Network also pushes out customized, relevant content for the college itself. Plus, all students have access to Job Agent, which automatically matches jobs to an individual student's profile.

Certified Lifeguards Needed
Certified Lifeguards Needed at the Charlevoix Area Community Pool. Flexible hours with 4-6 hour shifts available. Call Kathy Wells at 231-547-0982 or kathy@charlevoixpool.org.

90 Day "Every-Day" Give Away is Still Underway
My Grandmother’s Table will gratefully give away Dinner for Two each day from October 1, 2020 thru December 31, 2020!

We call it the “90 DAY ‘EVERY-DAY’ GIVE AWAY!” Yes, yes, yes! Every day in the coming months of October, November and December, you, or someone you know, and many others that you don’t know, will have a chance (actually, many chances) to enter this Dinner for Two Giveaway! To enter the contest in November, you must be an Essential Worker. To enter the contest in December, you must be homebound.

Call 231-437-3132 each day between 9am and 9pm or send an email to mygrandmotherstable@yahoo.com between 9am and 9pm.

Gift Local Downtown Charlevoix
Shop for holiday gifts in downtown Charlevoix for a chance to win up to $500 in Downtown Dollars!

1st Place = $500 | 2nd Place = $300 | 3rd Place = $100 | Runner Up Drawing: Gift Basket courtesy of Charlevoix Public Library.

It's easy! Here's how to enter:
  1. Spend $50 on gifts between November 15th and December 24th in 2020 at any of your favorite downtown Charlevoix businesses (receipts may be combined).
  2. Turn receipts into GaGa for kids + Women Too, The Clothing Company, or The Lake House through December 24, 2020. Receive one entry for each $50 spent on gifts for the holidays. 4,000 entries available.
  3. You may also submit receipts for online purchases made via local merchant's websites by emailing them to charlevoixmainstreet@gmail.com.
  4. Winner will be announces on January 5th, 2020.
Sponsored by Village Graphics. Click HERE to learn more.

Toys for Tots Drop Off at American House
Give the gift of play. For several years, an angel lived at American House Charlevoix. Ken Staley spent decades working with the Marine Corps League collecting toys to give to needy children in the community. Join his wife Arlene in honoring his efforts by dropping off a new, unwrapped gift between Thanksgiving and December 14, 2020. Let's make this year's Toys for Tots a success!

Call or email charlevoix@americanhouse.com with questions and thank you for making a child's holiday brighter!

Zontians Say NO To Violence Against Women
Zonta envisions a world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights and every women is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, no women lives in fear of violence.

kNOw the signs, kNOw how to help.

Human Trafficking Hotline 888-373-7888 www.humantraffickinghotline.com
  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense or nervous/paranoid
  • Exhibits fear after bringing up law enforcement
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Lacks health care
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse
  • Is not in control of his/her own identifications documents (ID or passport)
  • Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves
  • Has numerous inconsistencies in his/her story
Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan 24 hour Crisis Hotline 800-272-1995 or www.WRCNM.org National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233 or www.TheHotline.org
  • Seems afraid or anxious to please their partner
  • Makes excuses for their partner's behavior
  • Goes along with everything their partner says or does
  • Checks in often with their partner to report where they are and what they are doing. Receives frequent, harassing phone calls from their partner
  • Has a jealous or possessive partner and spends little time with others
  • Seems depressed or anxious, or you notice changes in their personality

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.

Harwood Gold Recognized for Marketing Excellence by MSU Product Center

The rural road that Amber and Katie Parsons grew up on winds deep through the history of their Parsons Family ancestors, so much so that it bears the family name. Five generations later, the sisters have carved a new path to form the newest iteration of the family legacy, Harwood Gold. Located in Charlevoix Michigan, and with more than a century’s history of making maple syrup, the business was recently recognized by the Michigan State University Product Center for their achievements in marketing excellence. The honor was bestowed at the Cook, Share, Prosper Summit, held online on November 12, 2020.

Having been a favorite of local farmers market customers, the syrup produced by the Parsons family is the essence of what local food enthusiasts are looking for, small-batch, pure and authentic. Building from that base market, and with the help of other family members, the sisters formed Harwood Gold in 2014. Knowing that maple could be so much more than a pancake topping, they set about creating a line of specialty food products, many unique in their flavor profile and ingredients.

Given that seasonal farmers markets presented limited sales opportunities, they opened Harwood Gold Cafe' in 2016. The store now features over 45 maple-based food items, products which include preserves, condiments, sauces, infused syrups, mixes, sweet and savory baked goods. After a couple years of impressive growth, Katie realized that a refreshed brand style and social media presence would appeal to a greater variety of customers. Amber set about creating new business relationships, building their wholesale accounts to include some of the most recognized names in the Michigan’s foodie scene, including Zingerman's and Fustini's Oils & Vinegars. Harwood Gold products can now be purchased in over 65 locations in Michigan and beyond. To see the full story click HERE!

Networks Northwest Receives National Award for Housing Study

Networks Northwest has received a 2020 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for a Target Market Analysis showing the demand for housing in northwest Michigan. The study is being used by communities in the region that are looking to plan for expanded and increased housing opportunities. Networks Northwest partnered with Housing North and contracted with LandUse USA, a real estate analysis firm, to conduct the target market analysis. Networks Northwest and other award-winning projects from around the country were recognized during NADO’s virtual 2020 Annual Training Conference, held online October 20-22.

“Our annual Impact Awards program is an opportunity to highlight the important work our members do every single day to serve their local communities,” said 2019-2020 NADO President Kevin Byrd. “These projects show the best that regional development organizations have to offer and are a real testament to the value they add to their regions.”

The target market analysis points to a regional total demand for 10,880 new rental units in 2020 and 4,660 new ownership units in 2020. Most of the demand is for lower-priced housing units: about two-thirds of ownership housing demand was for units priced below $200,000, and 83% of the demand for rentals was for rents of $800 per month and less. These numbers are a stark contrast to the housing that is available in the region and underscore the dire need for attainable housing for workers.

"Housing continues to be a pressing issue for many communities across the region,” said Matt McCauley, Networks Northwest CEO. “Networks Northwest is committed to providing the best available information and tools for local decision-makers to positively impact the availability of quality housing for working families."

The complete analysis, and county and community-specific studies, are available on housingnorth.org in the Resources section and networksnorthwest.org/tma.
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
 Would you like to become a Premier Investor?
call the Chamber at 231.547.2101 or chamber@charlevoix.org for more information