For more information, call the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 or email fratrick @charlevoix.org
Charlevoix Elks Blood Drive
July 27

Join the Charlevoix Elks for a community blood drive. All healthy donors are encouraged to attend. Appointments are encouraged and walk-ins welcome. For an appointment, please call Versiti at 1-866-642-5663 or sign up HERE . Please wear a face mask if you have one! All the blood collected is used at local hospitals and the need is great. Thank you for your generosity!

Running Effective Virtual Huddles
August 5

NCMC Corporate and Community Education  and Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center are partnering to bring you this online session:  Running Effective Virtual Huddles.  Learn how to run more effective Virtual Huddles in this one-hour session. Walk away with tips and tricks that you can apply immediately to all of your remote meetings. Topics: Prepare for an effective and professional meeting, build an agenda to engage staff, and accomplish the meeting goal, use video conference tools to improve engagement and communication.  Senior Business Advisor Karen Goike (MMTC) will lead this training.  Wednesday, August 5 th  • 9:00 a.m. Register by August 3rd to save your virtual seat for $25 and receive a $25 credit toward a future MMTC or NCMC training. Sign up for the training HERE.

Odawa Casino Blood Drive
August 5

Odawa Casino is sponsoring a blood drive in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 from 9am to 3pm. The location is the Michigan Huron Room , located at Odawa Hotel (1444 US 131, Petoskey). Walk ins are welcome but reservations are encouraged by visiting HERE  or email Marty Van De Car at mvandecar@odawacasino.com . Let’s save some lives! COVID safety updates: social distancing guidelines and additional sanitizing processes in place. Please wear a mask to ensure donor and team safety at all times!

Bier's Inwood Brewery
Live Music Friday's Are Back!

July 17 | Lou Thumser
July 18 | ANNIVERSARY PARTY w/ The Galactic Sherpas 7-10pm
July 24 | Jessica Dominic
July 31 | Brett Mitchell

Victories Sports & Entertainment
Every Friday & Saturday in July!
Doors open 8pm | Show at 9pm

July 17 | Jon Archambault Band
July 18 | Brother Elsey
July 24 | Herb the Artist
July 25 | Flitch
July 31 | Bumps
August 1 | Crosscut Kings

2020 Soak up the Sounds Concert Series
For ticket info click HERE

July 11 | The Grass Roots
August 22 | The Box Tops
September 18 | The Greatest Piano Men
October 23 | The Bellamy Brothers
Jazz at the Library 2020
Charlevoix Public Library Children's Garden
BYO Lawn Chair
Begins at 7pm

July 15 | Crispin Campbell
July 22 | Mike & Michelle Davis
July 29 | Claudia Schmidt & Chris Bickley
August 5 | Steve Little & Marty Ward
August 12 | Nancy Stegniita
August 19 | Family & Friends

Sponsored by: Janet Susan Van Alsten, Bobbie & Bob Williams, Lynne & Mason Rosenthal, and the Polakowski Family Fund
The Series
Lavender Hill Farm | 7:30pm
Purchase tickets HERE

July 15 | Sundae + Mr. Goessl
July 31 | Horton Creek Bluegrass
August 1 | Gaines & Wagoner
August 2 | Gaines & Wagoner
August 8 | Joshua Davis

On Tap & Off The Bone BBQ Dinner
Join Royal Farms for homemade BBQ, cold hard cider and sunshine! Thursdays July 16, 23, 30 & August 6 from 5-8pm

Raven Hill 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.

$4.5 Million in Small Business Restart Program Dollars for COVID-19 Recovery Efforts in Northwest Michigan
Through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), more than $4.5 million in Michigan Small Business Restart Program dollars will be available to support Northwest Michigan small businesses as they work to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. All grants will be between $10,000-$20,000 each and can be used as working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, utility expenses, or other similar expenses. The application period for the competitive grant program will run from July 15 through August 5. Networks Northwest will administer grants in the 10-county region in close partnership with area economic development agencies. Local economic development professionals will review all applications received and distribute the grants to ensure industry diversity and impact in every county across the region. Grants will be awarded in mid-September.

For more information and to see how to qualify for grand support click HERE .

North Central Names New Team Members in Instructional, Student Services Divisions
Three new hires have recently taken the helm in key positions at North Central Michigan College , continuing the college’s commitment to providing exceptional, accessible, relevant higher education for all learners throughout the Tip of the Mitt.

Last month, Doug Tippett , an academic advisor at the college since 2017, was hired as North Central’s career development specialist, a new position made possible by a Nitaazhitoojik Industrial Training (NIT) grant in partnership with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians . Tippett’s experience advising college students and his ability to mentor both traditional and nontraditional students make him uniquely suited to build the college’s Career Services Center.

Additionally, Mary Mummaw , MA, LPC, arrived on campus on April 20, when she joined the Student Services department as a full-time counselor. A North Central alumna, Mummaw received her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University.

Finally, Kendra Lake was hired as the college’s librarian in February. She comes to North Central from St. Clair County Community College (SC4) in Port Huron, Michigan, where she served as dean of Library Services. Lake is a member of the Michigan Academic Library Association and has served particularly as both chair and vice chair of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Interest Group. She is also a member of the Michigan Colleges Online Open Educational Resources Task Force.

Both Lake and Mummaw were hired prior to the four-month hiring freeze approved by North Central’s Board of Trustees in April, and Tippett’s position, because it is grant funded, was also unaffected. To view the full press release click HERE .

The Celebration of Biodiversity 2020 BioBlitz
2020 has been dubbed the Biodiversity Super Year, and people all around the world are working to protect biodiversity (diversity of life) of all forms. Join in the fun with Little Traverse Conservancy and the University of Michigan Biological Station as we celebrate and participate with a week-long BioBlitz! Help us identify the various plant, animal, insect, amphibian – all species that are found throughout our region.

Think of it as treasure hunting in the great outdoors, with the main goal to identify what we find while we are exploring a new place. Has your bucket list included getting out to see some of our region’s nature preserves and reserves? This is a great excuse to do just that.
Join us! The self-paced BioBlitz will occur for one week only beginning this Saturday, July 11 and ending on July 17. To get participation details, visit www.landtrust.org/bioblitz . Call 231.347.0991 if you have any questions or want maps and more information about the preserves.

Michigan Small Business Restart Program
On July 7, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved a $100 million program that will provide grants to small businesses around Michigan working to recover from the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 virus. The MEDC says the program is called the Michigan Small Business Restart Program and the funds will be distributed by Economic Development Organizations in the region. In northern Michigan, Networks Northwest will distribute $4.5 million, the Otsego County Economic Alliance and Target Alpena will each have $3.5 million to distribute. 

Here are the highlights and conditions:
  • Up to $20,000 grant per business.
  • Must have less than 50 employees.
  • Must only be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, costs related to reopening a business, or any other uses authorized by the coronavirus relief act.
  • 30% of the grants will be allocated for use by women-owned, minority-owned and veteran-owned businesses.
  • Grants to be administered through the 15 local Economic Development Organizations across the state. Applications are expected to open on July 15.

For more information and resources, visit www.michiganbusiness.org/restart/

Golf For The Guardians
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.  
The easiest way to find jobs in the Charlevoix Area! Click below for a list of jobs with our chamber members.
Community Engagement Coordinator- AmeriCorps Vista

Library Circulation Assistant & Community Room Assistant

Principle Architect

Comfort Keepers
Caregivers - More than a Living!

Senior Center Cook

Part and Full Time Seasonal Retail Sales
Loan Processor/ Credit Analyst
Full time and part time Teller

Front Desk Agents
Housekeeping Staff
Full & Part-Time (Seasonal) Staff for All Positions

Hiring All Positions

Production: Full-Time, Year-Round
OTR Truck Drivers
Product Engineer 1

Resident Care Staff, all shifts
Activities Staff
Culinary Staff

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!
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