While our holiday events look different this year, your Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce and Charlevoix Area Businesses still want to spread their holiday cheer and wish the community a happy holiday season! Click above image to watch the cheerful video!!
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
APPLE FEST T-SHIRTS

We know were a bit late, we can blame the pandemic, right? Anyway, you can now get your Apple Fest 2020 T-Shirt! Every shirt sold will help stock the Community Food Pantry thanks to 4Front Credit Union!

Check out www.charlevoix.org for more details on how to get your 2020 Apple Fest Keepsake!


State Farm- Mike Epping Agency

Providing Insurance and Financial Services

801 Bridge St, Charlevoix
231-237-4454
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. Visit CharlevoixCircle.org for more info!

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. 

Visit with Santa
December 23
4-7pm

Come visit a socially distanced Santa at Stafford's Weathervane. There will also be hot cocoa and deck events.

St. Mary Parish Advent Events
December 24 & 25

Thursday, December 24th Christmas Vigil Masses at 4pm, 7pm and 10pm. *Reservations will be available on December 7.

Friday, December 25th Christmas Mass at 9am and Extraordinary Form Latin Mass at 11am.

Christmas on The Deck
December 23 & 24
4-8pm

Join Stafford's Weathervane for Christmas on The Deck! A perfect socially distanced celebration! Complimentary hot cocoa, drink features, festive music, Christmas sweater contest, full to go menu available.

This is held in an outdoor space, not enclosed. Dress according to weather.

Community Blood Drive at the Charlevoix Elks
December 28
12-7pm

12735 US-31
Give the gift of life this holiday season!

Healthy Donors are Encouraged to Attend. Appointments Preferred and Walk-ins Welcome.

For an appointment, please call 1-866-642-5663, visit www.versiti.org/mi. All blood will be tested for COVID-19 Antibodies. ALL donors will receive a FREE $10 E-Certificate! Thank you for saving lives with us!

Happy New Year 2021
December 31
4-8pm

Stafford's Weathervane Socially Distanced NYE on the Deck! Come join us on the deck for Chef Hunters chili, white chili, spiced wine & hot cocoa with a ball drop @ 8pm. Our togo menu will be offered as well. Limited seating and social distancing must be maintained. Click HERE to see flyer!

Fresh Start Series- Meditation for Inner Peace
January 4, 2020
6 Sessions | Online
Luncheon Lectures:
Election 2020- What Happened?
January 15, 2020
12-1pm | Online
CALL TO ALL ARTISTS!
Open call for entry to all Michigan visual artists working in all mediums including 2-D, 3-D, functional art, fine craft, photography, and installation. We invite artists to comment visually to the many shifts taking place in our current experience. Change opens a path to rethink, revisit, reunite, recharge, reevaluate, redefine... etc... etc... 

  • Deadline for entry is January 10th, 2021 at 12pm. 
  • Exhibit runs February 1-27, 2021
  • Entry fee reduced in half (to $15) in response to current economic conditions. 
  • Artists 18 and older can submit up to 3 works per entry. 
  • Cash awards will be given.
  • Juror for this exhibition is Joann Condino of Three Pines Studio. 

For Submissions and more info please visit: CharlevoixCircle.org/juried-exhibit or call 231-547-3554!

Charlevoix Community Foundation Empowers Local Children
The Charlevoix Community Foundation has awarded $2,100 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan (Bigs) for its one-to-one mentoring program for Charlevoix County middle school students. This funding will allow recruitment of 10 new student mentees in grades 7-8 at the Charlevoix Middle/High School and Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts.
 
“The primary goal of Bigs is to contribute to positive youth development by providing volunteer mentors who will help them identify and encourage their talents therefore igniting their potential for academic success and career exploration beyond high school,” said Executive Director, Cecilia Chesney. “The Charlevoix Community Foundation funds will directly impact the lives of 10 students making a lasting impact on their lives and on the community.”
 
The Charlevoix Community Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Charlevoix County, now and for generations to come and are dedicated to improving and enriching life for all who live in the area. For more information about the Charlevoix Community Foundation, please visit c3f.org.

Letter Drive Organized by Young Professionals Group Surpasses 1,000 Holiday Cards for Seniors
A Northern Michigan young professionals group has collected over 1,000 cards and letters for isolated seniors this holiday season.
 
Thrive 45 Young Professionals organized a “Heartfelt Holidays” Letter Drive for Seniors from mid-October through mid-December as a way to both engage community members of all ages and to support area elders in senior living centers or nursing homes. The group set a goal of 1,000 letters and encouraged everyone in the Greater Petoskey Area to participate, spreading the word to schools, clubs, nonprofits, and businesses across the region.

“We actually extended the letter drive into December as more and more people reached out to us,” says Jessyca Stoepker (The Manna Food Project), a member of Thrive 45’s Executive Team. “Some organizations used it as part of their holiday giving projects, while we also received lots of colorful drawings from young families.”

The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce served as a “collection point” for the cards until the drive ended on December 11. After counting them and screening them for appropriateness, and bundling them into several boxes and large envelopes, Thrive 45 board members then dropped the letters off at the Petoskey Friendship Center last Wednesday morning.

Help Keep The Theater Doors Open with your 2021+ Marketing Plans
Charlevoix Cinema III offers advertisement reels to play before the movies, and is offering that opportunity as an extended perk for businesses able to purchase those slots now. Choose from two packages, either 2 months or 3 months of prime on-screen time in the months of June, July and August, FOR THREE YEARS! That’s right, your sponsorship now includes 2021, 2022, and 2023! PLUS: 10 free movie passes! Make your advertising dollars two-fold: promote your business, and support your home-town theater. Call Tom to discuss in more detail at 231.547.2661. Click HERE to see the fundraising campaign.

American House Toys for Tots Drive
On behalf of American House Charlevoix I would like to thank everyone who donated to this years Toys for Tots drive at our community. This years drive was in honor of Ken Staley. Ken dedicated his life to serving the Charlevoix community.

Looking for the Perfect Christmas Gift?
The Charlevoix Historical Society's latest publication, "BOULDERS The Life and Creations of Earl A. Young in Charlevoix, Michigan" would be perfect for any Charlevoix lover. 171 pp., almost 400 images, hardbound, price $31.75 including tax. Add $6 for shipping. Available at the Museum at Harsha House, 103 State Street, Tuesday-Saturday 12-4, or call (231) 547-0373.

Staffing Services in Northern Michigan
Businesses, area you having trouble finding the right employee? We have an agency located in Gladwin, PMP Personnel Services to assist you in your search. What is PMP?

PMP Personnel Services, has offices in Petoskey, Gaylord, Gladwin, Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Grand Rapids. They are dedicated to maintaining the highest level of service to their clients: those looking for employees, and those looking for a job. PMP Personnel Services will match the right job to the right person by providing extensive interviewing, testing and training by the only nationally Certified Staffing Specialists (CTS), in northern Michigan.
Since 1992, we've been connecting great people with great jobs!

The video below features the founder of PMP Personnel Services, Dr. Gilbert Mosher. Clerical, Industrial, Technical and Medical Staffing Services, temporarily and permanently for businesses. Watch the brief video by clicking HERE to hear from Dr. Mosher.

Contact Dot Keevis- Branch Manager/ Recruiter at 231-308-9500. PMP Personal Services is located at 06777 S US 31 Hwy, Charlevoix, MI 49720.

Winter Access to Conservancy Nature Trail
Although snow now covers our ground, Little Traverse Conservancy encourages everyone to continue to explore local nature trails. The preserves and reserves below will have plowed parking areas and groomed trails (as marked) this season. 
But that’s not all! All Conservancy nature preserves and reserves are open to the public for exploration. The recently updated nature preserve map can be picked up outside of the Conservancy office at 3264 Powell Road, Harbor Springs. Other ways to discover the trails are to visit the online interactive map at www.landtrust.org/nature-preserve-map/ or download the free app, “LTC Explorer” on Google Play or Apple App Store.

Charlevoix County
Charles A. Ransom
Elizabeth B. Hoffmann
Nathan “Barry” Driggers GROOMED TRAILS
Rogers Family Homestead (Erie St.)
Susan Creek GROOMED TRAILS
The Hill (Clute Rd.) GROOMED TRAILS

McLaren Northern Michigan Welcomes Podiatric Surgeon to New Orthopedic Clinic
McLaren Northern Michigan is pleased to welcome Christopher Kennedy, DPM, AACFAS, podiatric surgeon to McLaren Northern Michigan Orthopedics, located in the McLaren Medical Office Building, located at 560 W. Mitchell Street, Suite 560, in Petoskey.
 
Dr. Kennedy was born in Boston, MA and raised in Rochester, MN. While attending the University of Minnesota for a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, he worked as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Dr. Kennedy went to medical school at Kent State University of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, OH. He completed his residency in reconstructive rearfoot podiatric medicine and surgery at Detroit Medical Center / Wayne State University. He continued his training at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he pursued a complex limb salvage and reconstruction fellowship. 

Dr. Kennedy specializes in sports-related injuries, fracture management, total ankle replacement, bunion repair, deformity corrections, as well as diabetic limb preservation and reconstruction. “I am dedicated to quality improvement, research, and technique development,” he expressed. “I enjoy tactile work and critical thinking; I carry this forward to medicine and surgery.”

Dr. Kennedy is welcoming new patients of all ages. To learn more or make an appointment, please call McLaren Northern Michigan Orthopedics at 231-487-5400. To see the full announcement click HERE.

Reminder from NCMC Career Development Center
North Central Michigan College has a great job platform resource! Employers can follow this link https://www.collegecentral.com/ncmich to create a company profile and begin to post jobs and connect with students, alumni and community members. While this is a job platform designed to get students, alumni and community members into career employment, all jobs are welcome. This process takes very little time. If you have any questions about this process let us know and we can connect you to the right person!

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.

Fall In Love Events NAMED WINNER OF THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2021

15th Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America

Fall In Love Events is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2021 winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading wedding planning and registry brand and app. This is the 2nd year Fall In Love Events has been named a winner of The Knot Best of Weddings awards.

Despite COVID-19 interrupting many 2020 weddings and social events, wedding professionals around the nation continued to support to-be-weds throughout their wedding planning journeys. From adjusting future schedules to make way for postponed weddings, to helping couples host socially distanced weddings following state and local guidelines and restrictions with an increased focus on health and safety, wedding pros—and the industry as a whole—rallied together in 2020, ultimately helping couples continue to celebrate life and love. The Knot 2021 Best of Weddings recognition honors the vendors who went above and beyond to help to-be-weds navigate the global pandemic.

In 2021, five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award. In its fifteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2021, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. This comes as the industry prepares for an increase in upcoming celebrations due to postponed events throughout 2020.

To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories—including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings.

“Autumn is fantastic to work with! She truly cares about her clients and it shows. She invests a lot of time and energy into each event she plans. She is diligent yet flexible and she treats other vendors with respect which is very beneficial to her clients.,” Kate Walski, Owner, 307 Events.

To see the full write up click HERE. To learn more about Fall In Love Events click HERE.
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