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
INTRODUCING: The Member2Member promotional program! Member2Member has been created to showcase the Chamber member businesses in our community’s different industries, emphasizing the vast array of products and services available locally. Every other week, different industries will be highlighted – be sure to check out each new listing throughout the year!

We look forward to fellow businesses and community members utilizing this program to create their business and service partnerships, and further their support within the Charlevoix area.

Member2Member is presented by Charlevoix State Bank – Your Local Community Bank.
APPLE FEST T-SHIRTS

Buy your 2020 keepsake - support the Community Food Pantry with every purchase. Every shirt sold will help stock the Community Food Pantry thanks to 4Front Credit Union!

While we missed our beloved 2020 Apple Festival, we can still get our annual shirts! $20 per shirt designed by local Charlevoix High School art student Lillian Murray.

Check out www.charlevoix.org for more details on how to get your 2020 Apple Fest Keepsake!
Luncheon Lectures: Breaking the Ice
January 22
12-1pm | virtual

Each winter, the U.S. Coast Guard launches Operation Taconite, the nation’s largest icebreaking operation based in Sault Ste. Marie, to keep portions of the Great Lakes open to commercial shipping traffic as the lakes and St. Mary’s River freeze. Mark Gill leads Operation Taconite, and he will talk about his mission, his strategies, the cutters, and the people who battle the ice.

Construction Webinar: Flexible Financing for You!
January 26
6pm

Ready to build? Thinking of building a home with room to grow or a retreat you can escape to? A new home in the country might be right for you – but with so many construction choices, how do you know which options are best for you? Join GreenStone’s home construction loan experts during a free Construction Webinar and learn how our flexible financing options can help make your dream house a reality!

During these informational webinars, you’ll have a chance to ask our experts construction questions to help you get one step closer to building your dream home. Each one-hour webinar will provide an overview of the home construction process from start to finish and will cover the following topics:
  • Loan approvals
  • Construction timeline
  • Various loan options 
  • Understanding the draw process
  • Do-It-Yourself vs. Contracted projects
  • Down-payment and financing options

Webinars are free to attend however, registration is required. Attendees will receive a post-webinar gift and additional information on GreenStone’s financing and construction process. Click HERE to register!

Camp Daggett and Bearcub Outfitters Announce Virtual Torchlight Snowshoe Event
January 30-31

The ever popular Bearcub Outfitters Torchlight Snowshoe Outing will become a virtual snowshoe event for Camp Daggett on January 30 and 31. Bearcub Outfitters invites individuals to rent snowshoes for $5.00 at their store at 321 E. Lake Street on January 30-31 (rental fees go to Camp Daggett). Bearcub will be collecting donations for Camp Daggett in the store. While at the store, participants can purchase tickets for exciting prizes. Participants can then take their own individual hike, and post photos online. Tag @bearcuboutfitters & @campdaggett on Facebook or Instagram to be entered in a drawing for Bearcub Outfitters gift certificates. If not on social media, email pictures to sales@bearcuboutfitters.com.
 
For more information, go to click HERE. “Cross your fingers that we can resume our usual Camp Daggett Torchlight Snowshoe on February 27,” states Becky Philipp-Kranig, owner, Bearcub Outfitters. For additional information, go to www.bearcuboutfitters.com.

Free Financial Series
February 2-23

North Central Michigan College Department of Corporate and Community Education is offering a series of free financial classes led by Bill Hansen from Edward Jones. The series will be presented via Zoom on Tuesdays, February 2nd-23rd and will feature these topics: Rules of the Road, Retirement by Design, Time Matters: A Woman’s Retirement Outlook, and What Happens When the Paychecks Stop. A new class in the History Series has also been added. Odawa and the Civil War will be presented online by Eric Hemenway on February 3rd. For a full list of Lifelong Learning classes, click here. 

Blood Drive Coming Soon to Odawa Hotel!
February 3
1-7pm

Odawa Casino is sponsoring a blood drive in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan on Wednesday, February 3th, 2021 from 1 pm to 7pm. Please note the change in time. 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!

All who donate or attempt to donate will receive $5.00 free slot play at Odawa Casino!

Luncheon Lectures:
Veterans' Court
February 5, 2021
12-1pm | Online
Grand Bay Marine Boat Show
February 18-28th
Traverse City
NCMC Launches Building Tomorrow Together Campaign with Virtual Event
Join us as we kick off the Building Tomorrow Together campaign, a $9.9 million investment in North Central’s facilities, technology, and student resources. The virtual event will feature messages from Petoskey entrepreneurs Kalin Sheick, Ben Slocum, and Pete Manthei, plus North Central trivia and more than $500 in prizes! Takes place Thursday, January 28 from 4-5pm. Preregistration is required at https://ncmcfutures.eventbrite.com.

2021 Premier Winter Savings Event!
Stop out & visit us at Dry Harbour Marine for our 2021 Premier Winter Savings Event! Boat Shows may be canceled this year, but we're offering you the same great experience right here in our showroom! New models are here, even more on the way and savings are happening all winter long!

Boyne City Housing Commission is Currently Accepting Applications for Housing Waiting Lists
Boyne City Housing Commission is currently accepting applications for the following WAITING LISTS: Public Housing (Litzenburger Apts and Family Housing), Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, and Deer Meadows Apts. Applications can be obtained at 829 S. Park St., Boyne City, MI 49712 or by calling (231) 582-6203. Equal Housing Opportunity. Thanks again, Cindy Cynthia D. McCort Program Manager Boyne City Housing Commission 829 South Park Street Boyne City, MI 49712.

Charles R. Hayes Named New President/ Executive Director of The Bergmann Center
Charles “Chuck” Hayes started as President/Executive Director of The Bergmann Center. He comes from North Central Michigan College where he served as the Dean of Business, Manufacturing, and Technology.
 
Moving to Petoskey in 2018, then to Harbor Springs in 2020, Chuck has had a lifelong love of this area and plans to retire here. Born in Oakland County Michigan, where he has lived his entire life until his move here in 2018. He was educated at Walsh College in Troy, Michigan, earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Chuck started his career in banking, managing retirement plans for many different companies, eventually moving into a commercial banking/lending role. In 2005 he transitioned to post-secondary education where he served proudly at Mott Community College in Flint, MI, Schoolcraft College in Livonia, and finally North Central Michigan College in Petoskey.
 
Chuck has desired to serve populations needing direction his entire life. Furthering this desire by moving into the non-profit leadership role. That desire has filtered down to his children. His Daughter, Sydney (24) is completing a graduate degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio in Speech/ Language Pathology and his son Connor (21) will be graduating from North Central with his Associate’s degree and his certificate in Computer Numerical Controls. He also volunteers for the Bergmann Center.

Charlevoix Community Foundation Adds New Trustees
The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of two (2) new trustees; Angie Nachazel and Keith Carey.

Angie Nachazel has been the secretary at East Jordan Elementary School for over fifteen years. Keith Carey is 4Front Credit Union’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, where he has directed the communication and advertising efforts of the Traverse City-headquartered financial institution since its inception in 2015. 
 
Including the new appointments, the Foundation's Board of Trustees includes fifteen members, representing all regions of Charlevoix County. Other trustees include; Carol Burton of Beaver Island; Evelyn Howell, Monica Peck, Josette Lory, and Lori Meeder of Boyne City; Tim Manchester of Boyne Falls/Walloon Lake Area; John Doskoch, Don Jess, and Bob Hoffman of Charlevoix; and Jennifer Boyer, Bill Lorne, Fred Malpass, and Tami Vincent of East Jordan.
 
For the full press release and new trustees bios click HERE! For more information about the grant-making process, establishing a fund, or making a gift, please contact the Charlevoix County Community Foundation at (231) 536-2440, or online at www.c3f.org.

Spread the Love with Big Brothers Big Sisters this Valentine's Day!
Just in time for Valentine’s, Big Brothers Big Sisters is launching “Bouquets for Bigs” with proceeds directly supporting the work of Bigs in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. This year Cupid’s not the only one with arrows in his quiver! Drawback your bow and spread the love to your coworkers, family, and friends or treat yourself all while defending the potential of local children.
 
Bouquets of a half dozen or dozen long-stemmed, beautiful red roses with a custom greeting card will be available for curbside pick-up on Friday, February 12th. All orders over $100 are eligible for delivery in the Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs area. 
 
And don’t miss out on the hottest $50 raffle ticket in town! Purchase your ticket for a chance to win dinner for 2 at The Boathouse Restaurant and an overnight stay in Traverse City valued at over $400. Only 100 tickets are being sold. The winner will be announced on February 12th.
 
“We really wanted a heartwarming way to spread the love this year and we are asking the community to join us to support the children in our community who need us now more than ever! All you have to do is purchase roses, a raffle ticket or simply make a donation”, said Jason Acosta and Event Chair, Bigs’ Advisory Council Member.
 
To place an order or make a donation, visit Bigsupnorth.com/Roses. All orders must be placed online by February 2nd and will be available for curbside pick-up on February 12th at Bigs’ offices at 523 West Jefferson Street, Petoskey.

Grand Bay Marine In-Store Boat Show
Unfortunately, the Grand Rapids Boat Show is postponed. However, we are moving the promotions & savings to our HUGE Traverse City Showroom! The deals will start on February 18th-28th. We will have over 30 boats on display in our safe & heated showroom. Text us now to schedule your appointment & take advantage of our great in-stock models! Text Us at 231-943-0333 & follow Grand Bay Marine on Facebook for event updates.

Dinners To-Go at Smoke on The Water
Every Friday and Saturday we will be offering hot dinners to go to be picked up between 4 pm and 6 pm. They must be pre-ordered at least one day before. We may have extra dinners the day of, so feel free to call and check. Each dinner serves one person.

Friday, January 22nd: Spaghetti & Meatballs – House-made marinara and meatballs tossed in spaghetti noodles. Served with garlic bread and salad of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, croutons, and balsamic vinaigrette. $14.

Saturday, January 23rd: Beef Stroganoff - made with beef stew meat, crimini and shitake mushrooms, onions in a rich gravy with sour cream and cream cheese, served over egg noodles. Served with a goat cheese and walnut spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette. $16.

Central Drug Store is giving FREE flu shots, no insurance needed!
Protect yourself and your loved ones with a FREE flu shot. Simply call or stop by Central Drug Store 9a-6p Tuesday-Friday to get one "on us". You do not need to be a current Central Drug patient, nor do you need to have insurance. Spread the word to your family, friends, and neighbors that FREE flu shots are available while supplies last.  (231) 547-2424.

MDC Contracting has rebranded to Manthei Construction
Happy New Year! What a year 2020 has been, and we can say that we have never been so thankful for you, choosing to partner with the Manthei family for construction products and services. In 2021, MDC Contracting is rebranding into Manthei Construction. Historically our company was called Manthei Development Corporation, and in 2003 we changed our branding to MDC Contracting. We aren’t a land developer or just a contractor, but we are a family business in the construction industry in Northwest Michigan, so we believe that Manthei Construction is a name that sums us up. Learn more at mantheiconstuction.com.

Camp McSauba Needs YOUR Help!
Camp McSauba needs YOUR help! We are in need of a new logo to use on our t-shirts, brochures, and more!

We are holding a logo design competition that is open to the public. Parents, staff, neighbors, campers, anyone! The grand prize is one FREE week at Camp McSauba!

Here are the guidelines to enter:
  • Submissions must be in PDF or jpg format and emailed to betha@charlevoixmi.gov, no later than noon on January 25th. Please include your name and email address.
  • Logo should symbolize Camp McSauba and be camp-appropriate. (Previous logo pictured for reference) This includes themes such as: Charlevoix, Lake Michigan, nature, the beach, friendship, sportsmanship, history, trees, sunshine, hiking, games, swimming, etc.
  • Cannot have more than 3 colors used and must be adaptable to fit a monochromatic color scheme.

Our top three submissions will be posted on Facebook and voted on by the community. Again, our previous logo is pictured as a reference. We would like something visually appealing and creative, so have fun and send us your ideas!

Red Hot Sale at Charlevoix Estates
Our best sale of the year is now on! Here at Four Leaf Properties, you can do everything from the comfort of your own home.

Here is how:



Apply online it is FREE!! -https://www.fourleafprop.com/credit/

We can even help you close from the comfort of your home.

GreenStone Farm Credit Services 2021 Scholarship Program
We believe investing in young people interested in pursuing a career in agriculture is essential in sustaining the long-term success of our industry. As such, GreenStone is committed to the youth in agriculture and awards up to $40,000 annually in scholarships. Since 2010, GreenStone has presented nearly $350,000 in undergraduate college scholarships to students who plan to make a positive impact on the agricultural industry.
 
2021 Scholarship Program Now Open: Apply Now! Incoming college freshman pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field can now apply to GreenStone's 2021 Scholarship Program. Students attending a four-year college program can earn a $2,000 scholarship, while $1,000 awards will go to selected students attending a two-year college program. Completed applications must be submitted by February 28, 2021 and students interested in applying must meet the applicant eligibility below: 

Applicant Eligibility:
  • Applicants must reside within GreenStone's territory (Michigan and northeast Wisconsin)
  • Must be a full-time high school graduating senior
  • Have at least a 3.0 grade point average
  • Plan to study an agriculture-related field
  • Submit completed application by February 28, 2021
  • Click HERE for scholarship application

Despite COVID Struggles, The Salvation Army of Petoskey Red Kettle Campaign Raised Over $150,000 Thanks to Compassionate Community
Despite the many struggles that faced the 2020 Red Kettle Campaign season considering the pandemic, The Salvation Army of Petoskey raised $152,863.00 due to the extreme generosity of local service clubs, businesses, and compassionate neighbors. The extra boost is very welcome during this time of increased need and uncertainty. Click HERE for more details.

Reconnecting to Our Land: 2020 Reminded Us to Appreciate this Wonderful Land
As this past year tested us on so many levels, our communities turned to the healing balm of nature with great appreciation. Little Traverse Conservancy reports that since the pandemic hit last spring, record numbers of visitors have enjoyed many of the hundreds of lands open to the public throughout five counties.

2020 highlights for Little Traverse Conservancy:
 
-         A total of 924 acres with 3,684 feet of water frontage were protected in 2020.
-         This includes acquisition of the 280-acre Offield Family Viewlands Working Forest Reserve near Harbor Springs on Earth Day, April 22. Formerly a golf course, the property features more than 4½ miles of trails following old golf cart paths and is known for magnificent views of Little Traverse Bay and the Inland Waterway.
-         Nearly six miles of designed mountain bike and hiking trails were completed at the Tanton Family Working Forest Reserve southeast of Petoskey.
-         15 miles of new trails were created overall in 2020.
-         Immersive and multi-disciplinary environmental education programs occurred at new schools this year through the Conservancy’s Forest School Program.
-         The 12th edition of the Featured Lands Trail Map was printed.
-         840 species were documented on Conservancy lands through the iNaturalist platform
-         A record number of individuals, families, and businesses joined the Conservancy in 2021 with current membership at more than 4,200.

Fleming shared that the organization suffered great losses in 2020 with the passing of two of Little Traverse Conservancy’s original founders: Seberon “Boo” Litzenburger and Dave Irish. “These two men were part of a small group of individuals who deeply understood the need to permanently protect natural land for everyone. We are so grateful for the legacy they established that continues - and is arguably even more important – today.”
To learn more about Little Traverse Conservancy, visit www.landtrust.org and considering joining our membership of more than 4,200 individuals, families and businesses.

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.

JP Gerster Named 2020 Realtor of The Year by The Antrim Charlevoix Kalkaska Association of Realtors

The Antrim Charlevoix Kalkaska Association of Realtors® has named JP Gerster as its 2020 Realtor® of the Year. This award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership and service for the association, the community, and the real estate industry.

Local award winners were chosen by their peers and recognized both locally and on October 7, 2020, at The Convention - Virtual. Nominees are evaluated on their community service, education, business accomplishments, and service to the Realtor® organization at the local, state, and national levels.

JP joined the ACK Association in 2013 and is licensed with the real estate firm of Pat O’Brien & Associates Real Estate in Boyne City. He was elected to the ACK Board of Directors in 2017 and over the past 4 years, has served as Director and President-Elect. JP has also served on the MLS and Finance Committees and is currently serving as President of the association.
Michigan Realtors® is an integrated advocacy and communications force for the real estate professionals of our State. We are the recognized public policy and legal advocate for private property rights, as well as the acknowledged leading resource for professional development, knowledge exchange, and wide-ranging business services. Our over 34,000+ members understand clearly that the most successful Realtors® in Michigan value the benefits of membership in our association.

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.
Landscape Yard Manager
Finance Director

Maintenance Technician

Full Time Teller CSR with Benefits Charlevoix

East Jordan Senior Center Cook
Charlevoix Senior Center Cook

Full-Time Architect


Comfort Keepers
Caregivers - More than a Living!

Edgewater Inn Condominium Hotel
Housekeeping
Front Desk Clerk
Team Member

Part-time Licensed Massage Therapist

Communications Specialist

Airport Attendant

Multiple Positions
Send resumes to jobs@hotelearl.com

Hiring Staff

Certified Lifeguards
Swim School Coordinator

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