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 fratrick@charlevoix.org
Matt LaFontaine Ford
231-547-4407
06725 US 31 Hwy S.
Charlevoix, MI 49720
COVID-19 Testing

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is doing COVID-19 Testing on:

August 19 | 10am-12
August 24 & 26 | 10am-12

at the old Charlevoix Elementary School: 13513 Division Ave, Charlevoix, MI by appointment. To make an appointment for these dates at this location or inquire about other testing locations please contact: 1-800-432-4121.

Impact Your Business with Integrated Marketing- Webinar for Local Businesses!
August 20
10am

Darren Shapiro, Director of New Business Development for the Sinclair Broadcast Group, is hosting a virtual marketing seminar for local businesses that are looking for the most comprehensive and up-to-date ways to market their business in the current economy. Your Local TV stations 7&4 and 29&8 are the hosts of this special presentation, and are inviting YOU and other local business owners to join in for an inside look at the latest trends in digital marketing solutions. Harness the power of television and maximize your on-line digital footprint! Darren Shapiro brings over 37 years of experience in the Marketing/Television Industry right to your screen with this opportunity.
Join the ZOOM webinar:

Topic: Marketing in a Pandemic for Small Business
Time: Aug 20, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
or Dial in by Phone at 1- 929- 205 -6099 
Meeting ID: 775 432 6597
Passcode: 1234

Charlevoix Elks Lodge Community Blood Drive
August 24
12-7pm

Join the Charlevoix Elks for a community blood drive. All healthy donors are encouraged to attend. Appointments are encouraged and walk-ins welcome. For an appointment, please call Versiti at 1-866-642-5663 or sign up HERE . Please wear a face mask if you have one! All the blood collected is used at local hospitals and the need is great. Thank you for your generosity!

Charlevoix Circle of Arts' SUMMER SALON Exhibit is happening!
Now through September 5th

Our first annual salon-style exhibit showcasing regionally inspired work by local artists. Join us during the month of August as our exhibit gallery turns sales gallery! We are delighted to offer a collection from 20 northern Michigan artists.  Support Local Art! Exhibit runs: July 4 - Sept. 5

Field to Fork- Learning to Hunt- There are No Stupid Questions!
August 27th at 7pm
September 19 at 4pm

If you want the ultimate in free-range, antibiotic/additive-free meat then sometimes you just have to do it yourself. Field to Fork – Tip of the Mitt QDMA will teach you deer hunting basics to help you live more sustainably. Learn the basics of hunting, start to finish, the benefits of hunting, the important tie hunting has to conservation and ecosystem sustainability before committing to the sport. Click HERE for a full description.

Event is free of charge, but due to limited space (and COVID19 regulations) RSVP is required. Call Alison Adams at the District, 231-582-6193, or email field2forktom@gmail.com

Bier's Inwood Brewery
Live Music Friday's Are Back!
7-9pm

August 21 | Blair Miller
August 28 | The Real Ingredients
September 4 | DJ Franck 80's Party

Jazz at the Library 2020
Charlevoix Public Library Children's Garden
BYO Lawn Chair
Begins at 7pm

August 19 | Family & Friends

Sponsored by: Janet Susan Van Alsten, Bobbie & Bob Williams, Lynne & Mason Rosenthal, and the Polakowski Family Fund
The Series
Lavender Hill Farm | 7:30pm
Purchase tickets HERE

August 28 | Jill Jack
August 29 | Jill Jack
September 4 | Horton Creek Bluegrass
September 5 | Horton Creek Bluegrass

Great Lakes Center for the Arts
Live Music- click HERE for tickets

August 22 | An Evening with Chris Thile
5pm & 8:30pm
August 27 | Michigan Colleges Alliance Presents: Mitch Albom & Friends | 8pm

Passport for Paws!
Charlevoix Area Humane Society is doing their Passport for Paws again! They are available for purchase at the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. They cost $20.00 and they offer savings at 10 area restaurants. Submit a completed passport by 12/15/20 for a chance to win a free meal!

North Central Offering Another Free Google Certification Program
North Central Michigan College is offering individuals a second chance to participate in a self-paced online course leading to a Google IT Support Professional Certificate, preparing them for entry-level IT support roles within a few months. North Central has collaborated with Google and Jobs For the Future to ensure that enrollees can complete the certificate at no cost. The college is among only 100 community colleges included in the grant.


Capacity for the fall cohort is limited and filling quickly. Those interested in enrolling may do so by signing up online at https://forms.gle/3HMftoYxVBP3nRZc7. Questions about the certificate or the program may be directed to Mike Malleis at 231-348-6652. Click HERE for more information on the program.

Charlevoix Circle of Arts Parking Spaces
2 spots are still available for lease at a discounted rate at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts! Contact us today: 231-547-3554, info@charlevoixcircle.org

Welcome to Matt LaFontaine Ford- Now Open in Charlevoix!
Featuring the latest new Ford models and a compelling pre-owned inventory, along with a professional service center, you owe yourself a visit to the new Matt LaFontaine Ford in Charlevoix. The perfect Ford service with the Matt LaFontaine Ford team is ready to serve the Charlevoix, Petoskey, East Jordan, Boyne City, Kewadin, and surrounding communities. Located at 06725 US 31 Hwy S, Charlevoix MI 49720, showroom hours are Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, and Saturday 9am-1pm.

Panache Hair Studio For Sale
Panache’s owner, Beckah, is getting married and moving to Tennessee! This means the 12+ year successful salon in downtown Charlevoix is FOR SALE! Please email or call with any serious inquiries.
cvxpanache@gmail.com or 231-437-3330.

New Orthopaedic Surgeon Joins Bay Street Orthopaedics & Spine Team, Increasing Access to Care in Northern Michigan
Increased availability to orthopaedic care throughout northern Michigan has become a growing need for residents. Recognizing this need, Bay Street Orthopaedics & Spine is proud to welcome Orthopaedic Surgeon Logan Hanson, DO, to their team of specialists.
 
Together with his wife and two young children, Dr. Hanson moved to northern Michigan, settling in Gaylord in 2018 where he will make the new Bay Street Orthopaedics & Spine outreach office his main practice location. In addition to Gaylord, Dr. Hanson is accepting patient appointments at the Charlevoix, Petoskey and Cheboygan locations as well.
 
A board-eligible orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Hanson graduated from Oakland University, Cum Laude, in 2009 with a major of Science and minor of Health Sciences. He completed medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience (KCUMB) graduating in 2013, followed by surgical residency at Beaumont Farmington Hills Hospital.
 
Dr. Hanson’s practice focuses on hip and knee osteoarthritis with specialized training in total knee arthroplasty and anterior total hip arthroplasty. He also treats a variety of general orthopaedic conditions including fracture care and sports injuries. Asked about his passion for orthopaedic care, Dr. Hanson explains, “I enjoy making a direct, immediate impact on patients, dramatically improving quality of life.”
 
To view the full press release click HERE! To schedule an appointment, call 231.347.5155. For more information about Bay Street Orthopaedics & Spine, visit BAYSTREETORTHO.com.

North Central Michigan College New Jobs Training Program
If you are planning to add new positions to your staff (not replacements), and the hourly rate is at least $16.89 per hour, you may be eligible to have your training costs paid for via the Michigan New Jobs Training Program sponsored by North Central Michigan College. For more details, please watch this 4-minute video that explains how the program works. https://youtu.be/du9Tl4C_DZQ 

Harbor Springs Knights of Columbus Fund Six Scholarships for Local Catholic Education, K-12
Harbor Springs Knights of Columbus Council 15021 recently gifted St. Francis Xavier School and St. Michael Academy six full-tuition scholarships for the coming school year - three for qualifying elementary and three for qualifying high school students. Carrying out a component of the KofC mission, Council 15021 raised more than $30,000 in the preceding year to promote and support Catholic education in Emmet County's only Catholic schools. 

Both schools have experienced recent increases in new-family tours and are welcoming new students when they open for classroom instruction on August 31. To read the full press release click HERE! To schedule a tour for K-8 students, call St. Francis Xavier at 231-347-3651; for high school students, call St. Michael Academy at 231-881-9025x10. No student is denied enrollment for financial reasons. More information is available at petoskeysfxschool.org and stmichaelupnorth.org

Registration is OPEN for Fall!
St. Mary School is OPEN for registration for Fall for grades Pre K- 8th! Please call the office with any questions or to schedule a time to come see what we have to offer! 231-547-9441

McLaren Northern Michigan Welcomes Neurologist Eileen Vallin Pinkard, MD
Neurologist Eileen Vallin Pinkard (Dr. Pinkard), has joined the practice of Robert Levy, MD, at McLaren Northern Michigan Neurosciences, located at 560 Mitchell Street, Suite 160 in Petoskey.
 
For over 15 years, Dr. Pinkard has worked in health care, starting as a medical assistant at a walk-in clinic. “I grew up in a medical family and always wanted to continue that tradition by providing quality health care for the betterment of the community,” expressed Dr. Pinkard.
 
A Michigan native, Dr. Pinkard grew up in Marquette, Michigan before attending Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the University of Cincinnati and clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital.
 
Dr. Pinkard has a special interest in epilepsy and neuromuscular diseases. “As a physician, I like to listen and learn from each patient and their background and experiences. Helping people understand the reason behind otherwise mysterious symptoms is fulfilling,” said Dr. Pinkard. “I look forward to caring for and treating patients in Northern Michigan.”
 
In her free time, she enjoys outdoor exercise, cooking, and spending time with her husband Jarrett and son Piet by one of Northern Michigan’s spectacular lakes.
 
Dr. Pinkard is accepting new patients. To make an appointment, please call McLaren Northern Michigan Neurosciences at 231.487.3182.

2020 Native Plant Sale Order Form
Saturday, September 12th 2020 - Pick Up & Browse-n-Buy! Attached is our Fall 2020 Native Plant Order Form & details on our event including dates, locations, deadlines for order forms and more. Click on the link provided below to download the Order Form PDF.

Please note - plant availability is subject to change even after orders have been submitted. We will do our best to ensure you get the plants you choose! As always thank you for your support! Click HERE for more details and to see the order form.

Students Receive $205,288 in Scholarships from Charlevoix County Community Foundation
Nearly 100 graduating seniors from Charlevoix County high schools will receive a total of $205,288 in scholarship funds to help them launch into college and post-secondary education and training programs. While 2020 is a strange year for graduating and moving on to college, these students were grateful for the assistance through the Community Foundation. Scholarship funds were established by local citizens or groups to honor family members, community leaders, educators, and others who value continuing education.

Students shared their excitement and gratitude with receiving funding, stating that this support will allow them to focus on their education and earning a degree instead of their financial burden. Some students said that feeling the community’s support and recognition through their scholarship award meant a lot to them.

Each year the Community Foundation awards merit scholarships to outstanding local students entering the skilled trades, community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities. These students have demonstrated their eagerness to succeed beyond high school and have shown promise in their work ethic and in their academic achievement.

To view the full press release and a listing of students who received the scholarship awards click HERE!

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.

We Have Been Published!

I have worked very hard to build my business and then 2020 happened. I was very concerned that my business would crumble considering it is only 2 years old. Amid all the craziness of 2020, I got the most amazing news! Aisle Planner sent me an email stating that the wedding that I submitted to them was being featured! It was exactly what I needed to get me through this year and I am so grateful to have such an amazing community to share it with. Thank you to the Chamber for being so supportive this year!

View the article HERE! fallinloveevents.com
Bay Street Orthopaedics Growth & Enhanced Services
Highlighted in Petoskey News Review Article

As Bay Street Orthopaedics and Spine moves through its fifth decade of operation, the Northern Michigan specialty medical practice can point to a variety of recent updates aimed at enhancing orthopedic care offerings in the region.

Justin Blohm, chief operating officer for the practice, said Bay Street’s physician lineup traditionally consisted of general surgeons, but additions of more fellowship-trained surgeons to the staff in recent years have boosted subspecialty offerings for addressing complex orthopedic issues.

Among the newer arrivals who’ve completed fellowships are Dr. Eric Mancini, who specializes in sports medicine, and Dr. Anthony Bozzio, a spine surgeon. Longer-term surgical staff members with fellowship training include Dr. Alfred Wroblewski (specializing in hand, elbow and shoulder surgery) and Dr. Scott Nemec (a foot and ankle surgeon).

“Our goal is to provide the whole range of subspecialty training so that people don’t have to drive downstate,” said Mancini, who currently serves as the practice’s managing partner.
Previously known as Bay Street Orthopaedics — a name referencing the original office location in downtown Petoskey — the practice added “Spine” to its name in 2019, reflecting the recent addition of surgical services for the spine to the existing range of musculoskeletal care.

Since the early 2000s, the Bay Street practice has been headquartered just west of Petoskey at the corner of U.S. 31 and Lake Grove Road. Some renovations earlier this year brought a new look to the building’s lobby area as well as the creation of a bracing services area, where patients can be provided with devices such as knee braces and shoulder slings. Previously, Bay Street referred patients to outside providers for bracing needs.

Bay Street, a practice founded in 1975, has expanded its group of satellite offices in recent years, adding locations in Gaylord, Traverse City, Cheboygan and Rogers City to a list that also includes satellite sites in Charlevoix and St. Ignace.

To view the rest of the article including many more of their updates click HERE! For more information about the practice, call (231) 347-5155 or see baystreetortho.com
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American Spoon
Seasonal Retail Associate

Community Engagement Coordinator- AmeriCorps Vista

Library Circulation Assistant & Community Room Assistant

Principle Architect



Comfort Keepers
Caregivers - More than a Living!

Senior Center Cook

Part and Full Time Seasonal Retail Sales
Automotive Technician
Assistant Office Manager

Multiple Positions
Send resumes to jobs@hotelearl.com

Hiring Staff

Swim School Coordinator

Front Desk Agents
Housekeeping Staff
Full & Part-Time (Seasonal) Staff for All Positions

Hiring All Positions

Production: Full-Time, Year-Round
OTR Truck Drivers
Product Engineer 1

Resident Care Staff, all shifts
Activities Staff
Culinary Staff


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