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 fratrick @charlevoix.org
2020 Chamber Scholarship - Now Accepting Applications!

The 2020 Chamber Scholarship is awarded to an area high school senior deserving of assistance in covering tuition expenses associated with higher education. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior who is accepted to and planning to attend an accredited two year or four year vocational school, community college or university. The applicant must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, and must either be an employee of a Chamber member business the child of an employee of a Chamber member business.

Deadline is Monday, April 27, 2020 at 5:00pm

For the application form and full list of requirements, visit charlevoix.org


If your business is interested in partnering to sponsor the scholarship, please reach out to the Chamber office at 231-547-2101
COVID-19
The Paycheck Protection Program is Now Available for Small Businesses
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, DTE Energy, and a diverse coalition of civic, non-profit, and business organizations have joined to raise awareness of the Paycheck Protection Program. If your business has been impacted by the coronavirus crisis and you have fewer than 500 employees, you can apply for a federal loan that: 
 
  • Covers payroll, mortgage, rent, utilities and other expenses 
  • Is forgivable upon meeting criteria 
 
Get started with the  Paycheck Protection Program   
  
Have more than 500 customers? DTE Energy has created a  business resources page  to learn about other programs that may help your business during this challenging time. 

Health Department of Northwest Michigan Update
Offering appointment based, drive-through testing at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Testing will be scheduled from 12:00 – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday for patients 12 and older. This testing facility is for individuals who have seen their primary care provider, have been determined to meet the criteria for testing, and have a lab slip. The drive-through testing facility will utilize a recently approved FDA testing method with nasal swab.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has created a statewide hotline for COVID-19. The hotline will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-888-535-6136. Additionally, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan has a Public Health Information Phone Line – 1-800-386-5959 and email  publichealthinfoline@nwhealth.org .

Attached are some flyers that the Health Department of Northwest Michigan that may be helpful to your business and our community. Please take a minute to look them over. We are asking that you post the business tool kit information in your facility, and share the COVID19 CC flyer information on your business Facebook page and websites. Please feel free to share the COVID19 CC flyer on your personal pages as well. During times of uncertainty, information can be very helpful and reassuring. Thank you for anything you can do to help us share this information with our community. Flyer 1, Flyer 2 and Flyer 2.

McLaren Northern Michigan
MDHHS Information Hotline: 888-535-6136

McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation Seeks Medical Supplies READ MORE HERE

We are no longer accepting donations of homemade masks. McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation has had an outpouring of support from community members making and donating handmade masks. THANK YOU! At this time, we have enough homemade masks, and we are asking that any donations be submitted to the Foundation by Wednesday, April 1. After this time, please donate your mask to another organization that may be in need. If homemade masks are needed in the future, we will let you know.

Charlevoix businesses are OPEN, in a different way!

Shops are moving online and can help you shop virtually, outdoor activities are abundant, and service businesses continue to handle your needs by phone and email.
Edward Jones Financial Advisor Sponsors Coffee Club
Tabatha Simpson, a local Edward Jones financial advisor, will host a coffee club at 9am virtually every Wednesday Morning at 866-528-2256, code: 5973916#. To reserve a seat, call Kris at 231-547-3852.

At this upcoming coffee club, Simpson will discuss current market conditions.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm's 18,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1.3 trillion in assets under management. Visit our website at edwardjones.com and recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

St. Michael Academy Offers Online Learning to All
St. Michael Academy, Petoskey continues its online learning initiative since Covid-19 forced the closing of schools. Since "we're all in this together", SMA is now offering its classes, free of charge to anyone, in grades 7-12. Students and their families are encouraged to sample the top-notch, online instruction begun on March 16th. Classes in Civics, Ancient Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra, Music and more are on the SMA website, for all to take advantage. Our full faculty hold Master's degrees, so you are learning from some of the best. Visit  https://stmichaelupnorth.org/virtual-shadow-day/  The plan is to go until the end of the school year. 

Still Meeting Needs Despite COVID-19
The Salvation Army of Petoskey continues to adapt services for those in need as new information continues to unfold. Since the Michigan shutdown began on March 16 th , we have supplied $14,544.67, and have delivered close to 1,000 hot meals along with numerous grocery orders and food boxes from our pantry to many vulnerable neighbors thanks to a few careful dedicated staff and volunteers including Petoskey’s Mayor, John Murphy. Click HERE for more information.

St. Mary is Live Streaming!
St. Mary is Live Streaming Mass! You can go to our website: www.stmarycharlevoix.com to find the schedule and to watch. You can find us on YouTube: St Mary Parish Charlevoix and Facebook: St. Mary Parish too!

The Clothing Company Celebrating 45th Anniversary
The Clothing Company is celebrating its 45th Anniversary all month long, but in a different way! For every gift certificate bought in April with a value of $30 or more, we will include a coupon for $10 off your $50 purchase!

Our gift certificates and coupons have no expiration, but please limit one coupon per total purchase.

Here’s how you can get in touch:

  • Give us a ring at 231-547-6361 Monday through Saturday between 10 and 4.
  • Email your contact info to info@myclothingco.com and we will reach out to you.
  • Message us on Facebook @theclothingcocharlevoix or Instagram @thecloco

Consumers Energy Helping Michigan Families
Consumers Energy wants to help your company during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  Small businesses are suddenly struggling to survive after closing to help everyone stay safe.  Consumers Energy can provide meaningful and immediate help by working with our customer-businesses on their utility bills.  Call us at 800-805-0490 to arrange a customized payment plan for your energy bill, and to learn about energy waste reduction programs to lower your bill.  Don’t wait to talk to us.  Helping businesses bridge this gap successfully is one of our top priorities because we understand that small businesses are the backbone of Michigan’s economy.  Learn more about the Consumers Energy COVID-19 response plan by visiting  www.ConsumersEnergy.com/coronavirus .   

Friske New Take-Out Menu
Friske Farm Market has a new take-out menu! All food is fully cooked - just heat and serve! Please call us a head to place your take-out order or request curb-side pick up service 231-599-2604. Local milk, eggs, bacon and MORE! 2 servings in Chicken Pot Pie, Lasagna and Cabbage Rolls.

Soup/Chili Pt/$6.99 Qt/$12.99
Chicken Pot pie $9.99
U.P. Pastes (asst varieties and size)
Lasagna Rolls w/ marinara $11.99
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls $12.99
Mac n' Cheese 14oz/$7.99 32oz/$14.99

A Message from Raven Hill
While Raven Hill is currently closed to the public for the duration of this COVID-19 crisis, everything continues behind the scene! The plants, animals and fish still need to be tended to: cleaned, fed and watered. Plus, the paperwork and grant writing is never ending!

Meanwhile, check out our Facebook and websites for “Home Learning Opportunities”. A new science, history or art activity is posted every day to be used to keep informal learning front and center for all ages in a fun, hands-on way. Don’t forget to share these fun lessons with others!

Raven Hill also recently began posting a photo journal on the website. A different facet of the Center is featured every day with photos that will bring back fond memories or motivate you to start a “Check it out” list for the next time you visit us. If you feel the need to come out and walk the grounds, please email info@miravenhill.org or text 231.675.6025 to let us know when you are coming, so that we can keep track of attendance and monitor how many people may be at the Center at any given time. We certainly want to keep the social distancing in place for now.

Longtime North Central Professor Passes Away
North Central Michigan College  Professor Larry Cummings, a fixture in the Petoskey community and an icon on the college’s campus, passed away at McLaren Northern Michigan on March 31, 2020, due to complications of Covid-19. He was 76. Cummings taught history and geography at North Central for 51 years, spending his entire professional career teaching generations of students who will remember him fondly.

Cummings was born in Charlevoix in 1943. He lived in Arizona and California as a child, but spent his formative years in Northern Michigan, attending Traverse City Central High School. He attended Northwestern Michigan College, Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and Central Michigan University, where he obtained a master’s degree in history.  A world-traveler, Cummings visited more than 50 countries, each providing him with insight and information that he shared with his students. His curriculum was rich with personal experiences of people, places and significant moments in history. 

Counseling services are available to help North Central students and employees process their grief. Information about those services has been shared internally. The college will communicate additional information as appropriate, including plans to celebrate Cummings’ life and his many contributions to North Central. The college asks that the privacy of the Cummings family be respected at this difficult time. To read the full article click HERE.

Charlevoix Conservation District Tree Sale
We still have trees available & will be accepting orders until we run out. We are out of a few wildlife habitat shrubs, but still have many conifer seedlings, transplants and other non-tree planting items available.  
 
Our staff of two is taking turns manning the office, hours are still Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm, we are open to the public by appointment, phone or email. Please call Alison or Chris at 231-582-6193. 
 
Tree Pick Up weekend is still scheduled for Friday, April 24th & Saturday, April 25th but by registration only. Participants placing an order must call to sign up for a time slot to pick up their trees. Pick up weekend will be drive-through style, payment in advance is preferred. Cash or check only.
 
To shed a little light on the current health crisis & encourage getting outdoors, the District will be offering Free tree seedlings for kids during pick up weekend. Limit 1 per child. First come-first serve. Pre-registered tree orders will receive priority service. We thank everyone in advance for their patience! 

A Letter from Principle Harwood, Help Incentivize Students
I hope all is doing well with you and your family. My name is David Harwood, Principal/Superintendent of Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts. Governor Whitmer announced last week that she is imposing Executive Order 2020-35. In the Executive Order, Governor Whitmer has ordered all schools in Michigan to remained closed through the remainder of the school year. The remainder of the school year, schools will be instructed students through distance learning.

Staff at Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts are working on a plan for during this period that will allow students to continue their learning.  The plan will allow students to communicate and interact with staff and students through technology. To encourage students to complete their work, the school would like to reward students with prizes and incentives. It would be great if the prizes and incentives can come from our local community and businesses. If you can donate items for students to receive, it would greatly be appreciated. Donations would be recognized on the Charlevoix Montessori for the Arts Facebook page.  

I realize that this has been an extremely difficult time for everyone. I appreciate all that everyone has done to help during this crisis. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at  dharwood@cma.edu  or 989-289-5956.

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2. Fill out the registration form
3. Fill out the submission form and submit it.

There will be a monthly winner chosen by our panel. Submission period is from now until June 8, 2020. Click HERE to go to voting page.

Charlevoix Fitness Center Virtual Classes
We are trying something new! Virtual fitness classes using Zoom will allow us to stay connected and continue to come together for some fun. Stay up to date with future classes on their Facebook.


Friske Annual Fruit Tree Sale us Here!
Our Annual Fruit Tree Sale is here! If you’re looking to start your own mini orchard or if you just have an inevitable green thumb, we have a wonderful assortment of healthy 4'-6' bare root fruit trees available!

We are currently taking PRE-ORDERS for Apple, Sweet & Tart Cherry, Peach, Pear & Nectarine trees!

Click Here to order TODAY and be sure to get exactly what you want! Sale ends 5/2/2020!

You will be notified, sometime early May (exact date varies by season due to weather) that your trees are available for pick-up (Main Farm-Doctor Road). At that time you will receive information on how to plant and care for your new trees. 

For more information email info@friske.com or go to FRISKE.COM !

High Five Spirits Distillery Halts Production to Produce Hand Sanitizer for McLaren Health Care
High Five Spirits Distillery of Petoskey, which is widely known for its Gypsy Vodka, has halted production of vodka to focus on producing hand sanitizer for McLaren Northern Michigan.

Todd Burch, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Northern Michigan, reached out to the distillery in mid-March. The pharmacy at McLaren Northern Michigan received sample ingredients from the distillery to compound the first bottles of the hand sanitizer and conducted lab tests to ensure that the resulting solution worked as effectively as the standard supply. When those tests came back successful, McLaren Northern Michigan gave the go ahead for production at the High Five Spirits facility.
 
High Five Spirits, which is known for its local involvement, has plans to produce 500 gallons of hand sanitizer for McLaren Health Care hospitals immediately and will work to ramp up production as the need arises. To read the full story click HERE.

Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Centers
Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Centers have the technology to offer physical therapy services through Teleheatlh. Due to the Governor’s directive, we have closed our on-site therapy clinics but will continue to treat our current patients and accepting new patients through telecommunications. Physical therapy services offered Physical Therapy Telehealth, Physical Therapy E-Visits, Physical Therapy E-Consultations. Visit  www.nmsportsmed.com  to schedule your free E-Consultation, call 231 -347-9300, or email us your concerns or questions. nmsmc@nmsportsmed.com

Manna Food Project suspends food donations and rescue, encourages financial support instead
Like many other organizations during the COVID-19 health crisis, Manna Food Project (Manna) has been examining how to conduct safe operations and reduce further spread of the virus. To this end, Manna has decided to suspend all food donations from the public, including from over 20 businesses participating in its Food Rescue program. 

This major change comes with other operational adjustments. Starting March 30, Manna’s facility will be open Monday through Thursday only, with staff working from home on Fridays. This, along with hiring a cleaning service and limiting access to the building, is just another way they hope to minimize exposure. Baker notes that emergency food boxes will still be available seven days a week, while the diaper pantry organized by Christ Child Society will move from Friday to Thursday mornings. The regular hours for Manna’s food pantry curbside service will not be affected. See www.mannafoodproject.org for further information and updates.

Urgent Needs Fund Makes Grants to Help Neighbors Impacted by COVID-19
There are lots of needs right now. They are likely to continue for some time. By supporting local nonprofit organizations, community members can help meet some of those needs for individuals and families who are experiencing loss of income caused by COVID-19. Food pantries and human services organizations that provide help with utilities and other necessities will see community needs increase in the weeks ahead. Donations to those organizations will ease the burdens faced by many who are unable to work due to necessary social distancing. 

In response to this situation, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation (C3F) has made $25,000 in grants to partner organizations. To provide resources to nonprofits over the next weeks and months, and to help ensure funding will be available in the longer term, C3F encourages community members who want to help to make contributions to the Urgent Needs Fund at c3f.org. Nonprofit partners who are providing critical services to individuals and families who are disproportionately impacted by the instability and economic consequences caused by COVID-19 are eligible for further support as well. To read the full article click HERE.

Panache Hair Studio
We’re so excited to begin offering the ability to purchase Kevin.Murphy, Goomee, and LiLash/LiBrow products online!!! Click HERE to shop!

You can find this link on our website  www.panachecvx.com  , FB or IG pages in the about sections. For questions or scheduling email Beckah at  cvxpanache@gmail.com  

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.  
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Stylist

Customer Service- Project Coordinator
Designer

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

Mt. McSauba Camp Counselor
Golf Grounds Maintenance
Meter Officer
Charlevoix Beautification Crew
Seasonal Water Division Assistant

Experienced Servers

Production: Full-Time, Year-Round
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