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
WINTER IS COMING: Prepare and Protect Your Home From Winter Hazards
December 2, 11:00am

From ice dams to attic heat loss, learn about how to monitor, prepare, and protect your home from winter weather hazards with David Hamm of Jarvis Property Restoration. 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.
Giving Tuesday 2020

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community. We've created a directory to help you find organizations, charities, events, and more in your own community. Click HERE.
Congratulations to our Chamber Recharge Raffle Winner!

Thank you to everyone who bought a tickets to help support
your local Chamber of Commerce!
The Vault Coworking Space Launches New Collaborative Ownership

Downtown Charlevoix’s remote work and coworking space, The Vault, is launching into a new collaborative ownership for 2021. Charlevoix Main Street DDA and the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce will operate The Vault through a co-ownership agreement to be able to maintain the space and promote its benefits to the community. The Chamber is excited to partner on this initiative and work towards having the remote work and entrepreneurial hub fall under its programming umbrella. Learn more about The Vault and check out its offerings here!
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
November 26
12-2pm

The 13th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is sponsored by the Charlevoix Ministerial Association and will be held at St. Mary Parish on November 26th from 12-2 pm. It will be take out only. All are welcome! The meal is provided at no charge.

American House Black Friday Breakfast!
November 27
7-10am

Beat Deal of The Day- French Toast! We appreciate your commitment to helping us continue to enrich the lives of our residents. To say thank you, we're inviting you to stop by for a grab-and-go Black Friday breakfast of delicious, chef-prepared French toast. Before you hit the stores, we'll fill you in on the events and activities we're planning for our community.

Call of email charlevoix@americanhouse.com to let us know you're coming and we'll make you a good breakfast so you can shop till you drop!

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.

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!

$5 EVENT ADMISSION includes: a picture with Santa in his sleigh, meeting the reindeer, personalizing a Christmas ornament. Family rate: $20 (5 or more children *immediate family only). 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.

Downtown Charlevoix
Men's Night
December 16, 2020
All Day
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. 

Charlevoix Public Library is Still Accepting Entries for Their Pet Portrait Contest!
Paint any size picture of your pet (real or imaginary) and drop it off to the Charlevoix Library by November 30th. All ages are welcome to participate! Please write your name and phone number on the back of your painting. The library will display your pet portrait in the building and on the CPL Facebook page. Participating patrons will be entered to win $20 in Charlevoix Chamber Bucks PLUS some fun library swag. (Chamber Bucks spend like cash at many Charlevoix downtown restaurants and merchants).

Two winners will be announced by December 7th at which time the paintings may be picked up by the artists. Winner 1: Staff pick • Winner 2: By raffle
(all participants are entered in the raffle). Happy Painting!

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.

City Hall Open with Limited Hours
Due to the latest Michigan Pause Order, our customer information/utility and tax payment window will be open from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Monday through Friday until further notice. For more information click HERE.

Health Department of Northwest Michigan Launches Digital COVID-19 Survey
Over the past few weeks, we have seen a rapid increase in the number of new daily cases in our region. When community transmission becomes so widespread, our strategies need to pivot to have the most impact. This approach involves quickly identifying and investigating high priority cases such as those who potentially increase the risk for further spread.

In order to both gather and share important information as quickly as possible, we have adopted a new online survey to conduct case investigations with individuals that receive positive COVID-19 test results. Gathering this information from those who test positive helps us to identify those who may spread the virus to others. This is also important in order to initiate isolation and quarantine as soon as possible because any delay to this process can result in unnecessary spread. To see a full overview of how the survey system works and more general information click HERE.

North Central Michigan College Names Building for Borra Family's Lead Gift in BTT Campaign
One of the oldest buildings on North Central Michigan College’s campus is getting a facelift, including a new name. In recognition of making the lead gift to the college’s Building Tomorrow Together (BTT) campaign, the former Administration Classroom building will be renamed in honor of Pier C. & Renee A. Borra. 

The new name, the Borra Learning Center, not only pays tribute to the lead donors, it also reflects the focus of the building’s renovation on enhancements for student learning and success in today’s technology-driven world. 
 
This building is where nearly all North Central students attend classes at some point in their educational journey. After over 50 years, it is being renovated to include state-of-the-art classrooms, a student-centered space for academic and career advising services, and a spectacular new Student Commons to build a greater sense of community on campus.

The Administration Classroom Building is currently under construction and the renovation is slated for completion in the summer of 2021. The building will adopt its new name, the Borra Learning Center upon the project’s completion. If you would like to learn more about the Building Tomorrow Together Campaign, please visit ncmich.edu/buildingtomorrow or call (231) 348-6621. Click HERE to see full press release.

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.

Harwood Gold Recognized for Marketing Excellence by MSU Product Center

The rural road that Amber and Katie Parsons grew up on winds deep through the history of their Parsons Family ancestors, so much so that it bears the family name. Five generations later, the sisters have carved a new path to form the newest iteration of the family legacy, Harwood Gold. Located in Charlevoix Michigan, and with more than a century’s history of making maple syrup, the business was recently recognized by the Michigan State University Product Center for their achievements in marketing excellence. The honor was bestowed at the Cook, Share, Prosper Summit, held online on November 12, 2020.

Having been a favorite of local farmers market customers, the syrup produced by the Parsons family is the essence of what local food enthusiasts are looking for, small-batch, pure and authentic. Building from that base market, and with the help of other family members, the sisters formed Harwood Gold in 2014. Knowing that maple could be so much more than a pancake topping, they set about creating a line of specialty food products, many unique in their flavor profile and ingredients.

Given that seasonal farmers markets presented limited sales opportunities, they opened Harwood Gold Cafe' in 2016. The store now features over 45 maple-based food items, products which include preserves, condiments, sauces, infused syrups, mixes, sweet and savory baked goods. After a couple years of impressive growth, Katie realized that a refreshed brand style and social media presence would appeal to a greater variety of customers. Amber set about creating new business relationships, building their wholesale accounts to include some of the most recognized names in the Michigan’s foodie scene, including Zingerman's and Fustini's Oils & Vinegars. Harwood Gold products can now be purchased in over 65 locations in Michigan and beyond. To see the full story click HERE!

Networks Northwest Receives National Award for Housing Study

Networks Northwest has received a 2020 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for a Target Market Analysis showing the demand for housing in northwest Michigan. The study is being used by communities in the region that are looking to plan for expanded and increased housing opportunities. Networks Northwest partnered with Housing North and contracted with LandUse USA, a real estate analysis firm, to conduct the target market analysis. Networks Northwest and other award-winning projects from around the country were recognized during NADO’s virtual 2020 Annual Training Conference, held online October 20-22.

“Our annual Impact Awards program is an opportunity to highlight the important work our members do every single day to serve their local communities,” said 2019-2020 NADO President Kevin Byrd. “These projects show the best that regional development organizations have to offer and are a real testament to the value they add to their regions.”

The target market analysis points to a regional total demand for 10,880 new rental units in 2020 and 4,660 new ownership units in 2020. Most of the demand is for lower-priced housing units: about two-thirds of ownership housing demand was for units priced below $200,000, and 83% of the demand for rentals was for rents of $800 per month and less. These numbers are a stark contrast to the housing that is available in the region and underscore the dire need for attainable housing for workers.

"Housing continues to be a pressing issue for many communities across the region,” said Matt McCauley, Networks Northwest CEO. “Networks Northwest is committed to providing the best available information and tools for local decision-makers to positively impact the availability of quality housing for working families."

The complete analysis, and county and community-specific studies, are available on housingnorth.org in the Resources section and networksnorthwest.org/tma.
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!
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