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
Building Resiliency in Times of Uncertainty
December 14, 11:00am

We are all facing unprecedented change in the workplace and in our personal lives. This presentation by Kathy Grinsteiner, Provider Engagement Manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, will provide tips and techniques on how to develop and strengthen resilience, enabling you to weather the storm of uncertainty. Register HERE!
The LEAD by Local sessions will conclude with time for each attendee to share - about your business, an event you have coming up, a service you are looking to provide or find, a need you are looking to fill, or anything else! $5 to attend, register online for these virtual sessions.
2020 Charlevoix Chamber Award Nominations

If you know a person or business that is worthy of receiving an award (keeping in mind that you can nominate yourself or your business) click HERE, complete the form and submit to the Chamber office by 5 pm on Friday, December 11th.
Shop Local Gift Guide

We put together a shop local gift guide that let's you know the shopping options at our local businesses. Click HERE.
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!

Ladies of the Lights
December 2
7-8pm

Join Dianna Stampfler to learn about these women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years — dating back as early as the 1840s and as recent as the present day. Join us to see nearly 70 images of keepers, learn about their families, their lights, and their impact on the profession of lighthouse keeping. Online presentation. Register here.

FREE Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing
December 3
10-3pm

Free drive-thru testing is happening at the Emmet County Fair Grounds located at 1129 Charlevoix Ave, Petoskey. Testing is free of charge and available for any Michigan Resident Regardless of Symptoms. Doctor's referral is not needed. Results will be available via online portal, and any individual with a positive test result will be called by their local Health Department. Test are for diagnostic purposes (this is not an antibody test) and will be sent to a laboratory to determine results. The test is performed by naso-pharyngeal swab. Pre-registration is not required, however, if you want to per-register click HERE for information.

Friske Country Christmas
December 5
11-3pm

Santa is stopping at Friske's with his sleigh and favorite reindeer on Saturday, December 5th, from 11am-3pm! Out in the reindeer stable, we'll have the big heaters going so the kiddos can stay cozy while they make-their-own Christmas ornaments for our tree! Also, pull up a chair and enjoy hot coco, hot cider and festive donuts!

Admission is by donations only! A picture with Santa in his sleigh, meeting the reindeer, personalizing a Christmas ornament. Feed the reindeer for only 25¢!

Inside the market, shop and *SAVE 10%-50% on every purchase when you draw your surprise savings at the checkout. Our general store and market place is a gift basket waiting to happen! It's going to be a holly jolly Christmas at Friske's this year, so bring the whole family out and make some memories with us!

Downtown Charlevoix Ladies Night
December 9
all day

The holidays look different this year and shopping local is more important than ever before! This years event will last all day and various shops will be offering specials. Part of the fun is to fill out a wish list at your favorite stores to make gift giving easy for your loved ones!

This is also your chance to participate in the Gift Local Holiday Shopping Contest - you could win up to $500 in downtown dollars. Visit downtowncharlevoix.com for more info.

Hemingway in Northern Michigan
December 9
7pm | online presentation

A look at the influence Northern Michigan had on both Ernest Hemingway's personal life and literature through commentary and rare family photos provided by Christopher Struble, President of The Michigan Hemingway Society. Register here.

Spaghetti Dinner To Go!
December 11
5pm

St. Mary School is having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Take out style. $10 per person. Enjoy homemade meat or vegetarian spaghetti, garlic bread and cole slaw from Pigs Eatin' Ribs.

Downtown Charlevoix
Men's Night
December 16, 2020
All Day
Advent Events at St. Mary Parish
St. Mary Parish has a lot going on for Advent! To see the full list of Advent events click HERE. Call the office with any questions 547-6652. 

Charlevoix Cultural Corridor's Holiday Stroll!
Charlevoix Cultural Corridor's Holiday Stoll! Join Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Chx Public Library & Chx Historical Society for a Holiday Stroll on Fridays in December: 4th, 11th & 18th from 2-5pm. Visit each location for holiday shopping, festive music and decorations! To see more details about the stroll click HERE!

NCMC is offering a "Fresh Start for 2021" Series
2020 was a challenging year for most of us. Here’s a chance to refocus your attitude and your energy by participating in a new series of classes that will challenge your mind, body and spirit all offered virtually in the comfort and safety of your own home. How to Know the Stars with Mary Adams, The Storytellers Night Sky, Meditation for Inner Peace with Tiffany Lenau, Yoga Roots, and Happy for No Reason with Lynn Zimmer, NCMC. Additionally, over 100 classes have been added in areas of history, language, music, art and much more. Register at ncmclifelonglearning.com/events.

Youth Grants Awarded in New Focus Areas
The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation responded to requests from nonprofit partners in November. Thanks to donors who look to the Community Foundation to make a difference close to home, grants have been awarded primarily to nonprofits who will focus in the areas of youth mental health and academic stress. In all, over $29,000 was awarded during the Youth Needs grant cycle.
 
Every three years, the YAC performs a Youth Needs Assessment, asking 8th through 12th graders in Charlevoix County about the top issues concerning them. Earlier this year, the YAC met to discuss the results of the most recent Youth Needs Assessment and made the decision to focus their grantmaking dollars on prioritizing the top two issues identified by their peers – youth mental health and academic stress.
 
“Mental health and academic stress have long been areas of need for Charlevoix County youth, and both have worsened due to the effects of COVID-19,” said Nathan Newman, a senior at East Jordan High School and Treasurer of the YAC. “So, for this grant cycle, we wanted our resources to go toward programs that will support the mental health and relieve the academic stress of Charlevoix County youth.”
 
The YAC made this goal a reality when they awarded 80% of their available funding in this cycle to organizations who are directly addressing youth mental health and/or academic stress. By prioritizing these focus areas the YAC hopes to make a bigger impact in the areas that Charlevoix County youth themselves have identified as most important. To learn more about the youth grants and who they were awarded to click HERE!

Get a FREE Farm Tour!
Visit our new Town Shop in Downtown Petoskey now through December 19th and get a free 2021 Farm Tour* coupon with your purchase of $30 or more! 
 
Lavender Hill Farm Town Shop, 410 E Lake Street, Petoskey
Open 10 AM - 5 PM Tuesday - Sunday
Closed on Mondays
Closed on Thanksgiving

*$30 minimum purchase on merchandise at our Town Shop location only. Coupons will be offered 11/23/20 - 12/19/20. Tour coupons are valid only during our 2021 season from mid May to Late October. Only one voucher per customer please. Visitors must present voucher prior to taking the tour to redeem. Vouchers may not be duplicated and are non transferable. 

2020 Cherry Republic Business Gift Guide
We're Your Business Gifting HQ! Did you know that thousands of businesses count on Cherry Republic to send the perfect holiday gift to their employees, clients, and co-workers each year? We offer corporate discounts, free gift box customization with your company's logo, a wide variety of free-shipping gift boxes, and a dedicated team of Business Gift Ambassadors to make your holiday shopping quick and easy. Send a thoughtful Michigan-made gift cherries this year! Shop Now!

Senior and Emergency Grocery Service
Charlevoix County Transit announced today that a Senior and Emergency Grocery Ordering/Delivery Service is being added to the services offered by the County’s Transit.  One of the drawbacks that transit officials noticed was that for curbside pickup available for groceries an individual needed to place their order via a smartphone or web-based application.  During the height of the shutdown, the website and app ordering was time consuming and problematic for many and therefore transit didn’t see many requests grocery delivery.
 
The expansion of the Transit’s delivery program will provided assistance to those needing help with ordering their groceries.  County residents who would like to use the Grocery Ordering/Delivery Program can call Program Coordinator at 231.497.1430 on designated shopping days to place their grocery order. The program coordinator will then input the order with the caller, take payment information (credit/debit card) and then place the order as well as scheduling the grocery delivery in transit’s scheduling system. This program is currently limited to in-county grocery stores utilizing the store shopping app.
 
Designated days/times for orders to be placed:
Monday              1:30-3:00pm
Tuesday              9:00-10:00am and 1:30-3:00pm
Wednesday       1:30-3:00pm
Thursday            9:00-10:00am and 1:30-2:30pm
 
While this program initially focused on helping our county’s aging population, with a surge in COVID cases and the flu season upon us, transit officials felt this was a worthwhile community service that should be offered to anyone who is in need of help or worried about going into stores.  Charlevoix County’s Commission on Aging will assist the Charlevoix County Transit with getting information about this program out to the county’s aging population as well as continue to assist those over 60 years old with transit fares for in-county rides as well as out-of-county medical appointments.  
 
For more information about Transit rides or the free delivery services offered, please call 231.582.6900 between 7:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

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.

Charlevoix County Transit Received
Heros In Motion Award

On November 10th, Charlevoix County Transit’s Director Jill Drury and several staff members accepted the Heros In Motion Award from the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and Toyota USA. The award was presented to four transit agencies for their innovation and dedication to community during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Upon accepting the award, Drury stated, "We are honored to be recognized for the service we provide to our communities. Like many transit agencies, Charlevoix County Transit adapted quickly and began providing non-traditional transit services such as food and prescription deliveries to our county residents.”  Drury thanked CTAA for their work on behalf of rural and small urban transit agencies and Toyota USA for their support of public transit. “So many transit agencies across our country are working hard during this pandemic and we thank you for being chosen for this award."

During the award introduction it was noted that Charlevoix County Transit officials noticed that grocery delivery was not being utilized due to consumers having to use a web-based program or app to order groceries. That observation spearheaded discussions between Transit and Commission on Aging and culminated in a new Grocery Ordering and Delivery Service which will begin in early December. Initially the service will be available to anyone in the community and once we’re in a post-pandemic climate, there will likely be eligibility criteria established for the service.

Charlevoix County Transit has provided passenger transportation services to Charlevoix County residents since 1980.    For more information about transit’s services, call 231.582.6900 or email info@cctransit.org.

McLaren Northern Michigan Named One of Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals
4th Year in a Row

For a fourth year in a row, and fifth time overall, McLaren Northern Michigan was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health™.
 
Hospitals named as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital perform better in numerous clinical, operational, and financial benchmarks compared to similar hospitals. This achievement means McLaren Northern Michigan patients spend less on procedures, have shorter stays at the hospital, experience less complications, and the community has advanced leading-edge cardiovascular care close to home.
 
“This distinction belongs to each and every member of our McLaren Northern Michigan family,” expressed Todd Burch, President and CEO of McLaren Northern Michigan. “Our teams are committed to providing the best clinical care to our patients which has led to us being national leaders in Cardiovascular medicine. The very best cardiac care in the country is available near your home at McLaren Northern Michigan.”
 
McLaren Northern Michigan was one of only five hospitals in Michigan to receive this honor, the only hospital in Northern Michigan, and one of only 10 community hospitals in the nation to be named a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital.
 
The highly-trained McLaren Northern Michigan team of cardiologists, surgeons, and staff travel across Northern Michigan and the Eastern Upper Peninsula to provide award-winning heart care close to home. Our team can diagnose and treat complex cardiac conditions and provide the most comprehensive heart care available.
 
Learn more about cardiovascular care at McLaren Northern Michigan by visiting www.mclaren.org/northernheart or calling 800-248-6777.

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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
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