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
The Member2Member promotional program showcases Chamber member businesses in our community’s different industries, emphasizing the vast array of products and services available locally. Utilize these listings to build your partnerships and support your Charlevoix area businesses!
Sponsorships Open for 2021 Chamber Scholarship!

Help fuel the next generation of our Charlevoix professionals by sponsoring the 2021 Chamber Scholarship program!

Each year, the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce funds a scholarship program, accepting applications from area students and granting scholarship dollars to go towards their furthered education, whether that be a college, vocational school, or university. Scholarship award amounts vary based on sponsorships and the number of qualified applications received.

Sponsor any amount, $100-$1000. All funding plus Chamber contributions go towards award amounts with recognition to contributors. Contact Sarah Hagen to discuss your sponsorship opportunity! charlevoix.org
Great Lakes Asphalt Services
(Formerly Forest Shores Asphalt Services)

231-675-1962
Matt@GreatLakesAsphalt.com
2730 Forest Shores Dr, Charlevoix
Monteith's Carpet Cleaning

110 E Hurlbut St, Charlevoix
231-675-1322
cmonteith9682@charter.net
Spotlight on Innovation Student Art Show Begins
March 12 - April 10

SPOTLIGHT ON INNOVATION student art show begins this Friday, March 12th! Our regional high school student art exhibit showcases 11th & 12th-grade student artwork. Scholarships awarded by Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University, and Charlevoix Circle of Arts awards sponsored by Blick Art Materials. Our juror this year is Nancy Carey, local artist, and Jordan River Arts Council (JRAC) Board Member.  Open to the Public March 12 - April 10, 2021. Pick up FREE Take & Make art projects for kids while supplies last!
 
PLUS:  FREE Youth Art Lab classes for ages 10 and older during the month of March! Register at CharlevoixCircle.org/classes-workshops or call 231-547-3554.
Saturday, March 20, 1-3pm:  PRINTMAKING with Sharon Smithem.
Friday, March 26, 2-4pm:  AIR-DRY CLAY with Joey Phelps.

Last Fish Fry Friday!
March 19
5-7pm

We are holding our last Fish Fry dinner, take-out style, this Friday, March 19th at St. Mary School! All are welcome for a delicious meal! No need to call ahead - come between 5-7pm.

Luncheon Lectures: Beethoven: Myth or Fact
March 19
12-1pm

Did Ludwig van Beethoven really saw the legs off his piano so he could hear the vibrations on the floor? (No.) Is it true that someone had to turn him around because he couldn't hear the audience applauding his 9th Symphony? (Yes.)

Amanda Sewell, Ph.D., music director at Interlochen Public Radio, will examine and debunk some of the most common myths about Beethoven, asking why these myths about the great composer are so powerful more than two centuries later. Register HERE.

First Fridays in Downtown Charlevoix
April 2nd Kickoff
3-6pm

Charlevoix Main Street DDA’s Promotions Committee is kicking off a brand new promotional event on Friday, April 2, 2021. The First Fridays in Downtown Charlevoix promotion will take place from 3-6pm and feature fun for the whole family.

Every First Friday in downtown Charlevoix, Charlevoix Main Street will host shopping nights and fun activities for families to enjoy in the heart of the city. First Friday invites locals and tourists alike to “treat themselves” to shopping, random giveaways, great food from local restaurants, and kid-friendly activities in Hoop Skirt and Van Pelt Alleys.

For complete event info, visit downtowncharlevoix.com or download the Life in Charlevoix mobile app. Covid-19 precautions will be observed and encouraged throughout downtown Charlevoix.

Northern Michigan's Economy
April 9, 2021
12-1pm
Northwest Michigan Virtual Business Summit 2021
April 28, 2021
8:30-12:30pm
Easter Sunday A La Carte Brunch
Spring after spring, decade after decade, we honor and celebrate this holiday of growth and renewal. We would be honored if you joined us this Easter.

How to Become a Mediator
If you are looking for meaningful work, being a mediator is the answer. Whether you are a volunteer mediator for Northern Community Mediation (NCM) or choose to be a private mediator, helping disputants themselves resolve their conflicts rather than going through the litigation process is rewarding.
 
In order to be a mediator in the state of Michigan, participation in the 40-hour, general civil mediation training is required by the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO). NCM will be offering this educational opportunity on May 12, 13, 14, 20 and 21. Of the 40 hours, five will be done asynchronously and independently, while the remaining 35 hours will be via Zoom. The training is open to both attorneys and non-attorneys.
 
Although the skills learned in the forty-hour training are targeted for becoming a mediator, these same proficiencies apply in everyday life. The training focuses on the ability to listen, communicate, paraphrase, identify and prioritize issues, recognize nonverbal communication, collaboratively problem-solve, and much more.
 
Further information is available on the NCM website at HERE or by calling Dr. Jane Millar at 231.487.1771.

North Central to Honor 2020 Nursing Graduates
North Central Michigan College announced today that it will honor its 2020 nursing graduates with a virtual celebration marking their No. 1 performance on the NCLEX-RN® examination.  

The event will take place on Thursday, March 25, at 4 p.m. via Zoom. The public is invited to participate by following the instructions on the college’s website, HERE

In January, the college announced that the National Council of State Boards of Nursing ranked North Central among the best nursing schools in the state — and in the top tier of RN programs nationwide — based on the percentage of the college’s Class of 2020 nurses who passed the NCLEX-RN® licensing examinations administered between April and September 2020. The No. 1 ranking measured North Central’s graduates against all other RN graduates in Michigan, including those from four-year universities. 

“We are thrilled to honor our Class of 2020 nurses, our instructors, and the donors who support our exceptional nursing and allied health programs,” said David Roland Finley, North Central’s president. “This event will provide an opportunity for our campus community to celebrate their hard work and outstanding achievement.” 

Vendors Can Now Sign Up for The Virtual Home & Outdoor Living Show
The 45th Annual Northern Michigan Home and Outdoor Living Show by the Home Builders Association of Northern Michigan has gone virtual! The dynamic platform will capitalize on the 18% increase in website traffic to help vendors generate leads until March 2022. Registration forms need to be in by March 26. The website, which will be promoted from April 16 to May 8, will be heavily advertised using social media and traditional media. See details HERE.

HBA of Northern Michigan Announces Classes
A full line up of webinars and some in-person classes have been scheduled by the HBA of Northern Michigan. These include residential building code, project management, builders license, CAPS and more. Find more info HERE.

Wojan Window & Door Welcomes New CFO
Wojan Window & Door, a long-time Northern Michigan manufacturer of commercial windows and doors, is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Ockert as its new Chief Financial Officer.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, Ockert built up over 16 years of experience in accounting, finance, and operations, most recently as Controller for Brick Packaging, a Saxco Company. He has also held financial leadership roles for companies across other business sectors including Boyne USA, Alcoa Inc., and Lippert Components.

"We are excited to have someone with Brian’s talent and experience joining our team,” states Michael Wojan, Wojan’s VP of Business Operations. “Our belief is that Brian will be able to further strengthen our position in the market and add to the growth the company has been able to enjoy over the last number of years."

A native of Traverse City, MI, Ockert appreciates the Northern Michigan life with his wife and two children, enjoying outdoor activities like boating, hiking, hunting, and fishing. Ockert also serves as Treasurer for the non-profit ski resort Mt. Holiday in Traverse City.

In his new position and as a member of the executive team, Ockert will be responsible for overseeing all financial activity of the company in conjunction with evaluating how to further improve day-to-day operations.
 
Zonta 2021 Rose Day Award
In celebration of International Women’s Day March 8th, Zonta Club of Charlevoix presents its annual Rose Award to a local woman who has provided significant service to area women. This year, however, instead of presenting the award to one deserving female, Zonta Charlevoix presented our 2021 Rose Award to all female essential workers in the Charlevoix community. In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, these essential workers in our community chose to put their lives on the line, putting themselves at great personal risk as they provided medical, professional, mental, educational, spiritual, and social assistance to the Charlevoix community. These female essential workers exemplify the core values and mission of Zonta, which works to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta Club of Charlevoix gratefully acknowledges these women, and we thank them for their service.
 
Four Resources for Bill Payment Assistant
Help is here. Consumers Energy wants you to know that help is available for our customers who are struggling to pay their energy bills. Whatever you’ve faced this year—job loss, extreme weather, or other challenging circumstances—help is just a phone call away. Here are four options to help if you are struggling to pay your energy bill:

  1. Call 2-1-1 or go to mi211.org
  2. Contact your energy provider for flexible payment options. For Consumers Energy customers, that number is 1-800-477-5050
  3. Apply for State Emergency Relief directly for bill payment assistance at Michigan.gov/mibridges
  4. Apply for a Home Heating Credit. Visit Michigan.gov/treasury to see if you qualify.
 
NCMC is Offering Many Lifelong Learning Classes for Spring
The Corporate and Community Education Department at NCMC is offering many Lifelong Learning classes for spring including: Birding 101, Michigan Warblers, Spring Gardening Series, Luncheon Lectures, Odawa History and Great Lakes Shipwrecks. Also, 35 new Osher Learning classes have been added in partnership with the University of Utah. Registration for these Osher classes ends March 17th. All classes are offered online where they can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your home. For a complete list of classes, click here. To be added to our email list to receive updates about upcoming classes, click here.
 
Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Northern Michigan Recognizes Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Northern Michigan recognizes March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women; however, there are a variety of screening tests available to detect colorectal cancer early.

Colorectal Cancer Symptoms and Risk Factors
Early colorectal cancer has no symptoms, so regular screening is vital to early detection. Symptoms that may occur as the cancer progresses can include a change in bowel habits such as diarrhea, constipation, blood in the stool, cramping or pain in the lower abdominal (stomach) area and constant tiredness or lack of energy.
 
Any man or woman can get colorectal cancer, although there are certain factors that increase your risk. Common risk factors include: having a family history of colorectal cancer, personal history of colorectal polyps, inflammatory bowel disease or type 2 diabetes. Click HERE to learn more about Colorectal Cancer Screening and facts and figures.
 
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.

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.
Store Management
Sales Associate

Server & Cook

Servers

All Positions Available

Culinary Director

Tig Welder/ Fabricator
Assembly & Metal Finishing - Hourly positions available

Hiring Seasonal Positions

Maintenance Technician

Full-Time Teller Charleovix- Year Round
Full-Time Loan Processing Support

East Jordan Senior Center Cook
Charlevoix Senior Center Cook

Full-Time Architect

Caregivers 2nd and 3rd Shift
Sign-on Bonus
Part-time & full-time, seasonal and year round positions available

Year-Round & Seasonal Opportunities

Summer Associates
Part-Time Assistant Manager

Accountant

Gallery & Office Assistant
Exhibit Coordinator

Harbormaster
Camp Counselor
Airport Attendant

Cabin Counselors
Area Directors
Kitchen Staff

Marine Mechanic

Events Manager Interns

Hiring Staff

Servers

Certified Lifeguards
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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