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  chamber@charlevoix.org

Enhanced Business After Hours
East Park Tavern
April 17, 2019
5-7pm


Charlevoix Easter Egg Hunt
East Park, Downtown
April 20, 2019
2pm

Grow with Google
Charlevoix Public Library
April 30, 2019
8:00-9:30pm


Courtyard by Marriott Petoskey at Victories Square
1866 Bear Place
Petoskey, MI 49770
(231) 439-3333



Petoskey Wine Region
3423 US 131, Suite A
Petoskey, MI 49770
231-216-0032
The Passion of the Christ
April 17
7pm

Charlevoix Cinema III is sponsoring a St. Mary hosted viewing of the Passion of the Christ on Wednesday, April 17th at 7 pm. There is NO COST.

Easter Bag & Crown Craft: Before the Hunt!
April 20
11am-1:30pm

Come decorate & color you Easter Crown & Bag at Charlevoix Circle of Arts! Easter Egg Hunt starts at 2pm in Charlevoix's East Park.​ Sponsored by Mason, Kammermann & Rohrback P.C.

Free for Kids!

Charlevoix Restaurant Week
April 22-28

Charlevoix Main Street is excited to announce spring Restaurant Week taking place April 22-28. Charlevoix restaurants are gearing up for another successful restaurant week. Enjoy specialty menus from your favorite area eateries. Locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to sample the finest cuisine from Charlevoix’s top restaurants at discounted prices.

St. Mary Open House
April 23
6-7pm

Come see what St. Mary has to offer! Registration is now open!

Marketing Your Business Plan
April 23
11:30am-1:00pm

 Join SCORE Traverse City for a free business workshop, “Building Your Business Plan- Marketing.” Held at the McGuire Community Room at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave.
          
The Business Plan Series is for people who would like some hands-on assistance and tools for building a comprehensive business plan. Creating a business plan can be a daunting ordeal, but it is the most important part of your planning. In this workshop series, we will guide you step-by-step. Bring your laptop or notebook, as you will work on your own personal business plan. We’ll review branding your business, how to avoid common marketing mistakes, how to use the right marketing mix/channels, and complete exercises for creating a clear marketing message and elevator pitch which describes the value proposition for your business.

SCORE workshops fill up fast and space is limited! Visit www.traverscity.score.org to reserve your seat.

Connecting Women in Business Luncheon
April 23
11:30am

Celebrating Centennials of Inspiration, Support and Service! Join Kathy Bardins, North Central Michigan College and Zonta of Petoskey, and Carlin Smith, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, as we celebrate the centennials of both the Petoskey Chamber and Zonta. This will be a fun luncheon filled with history, trivia and inspiration!
The luncheon is in the Library Conference of North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey, MI. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon and presentation will begin at noon and end at 1 p.m. Cost is $20 for Connecting Women in Business Group members or $25 for all others.

Register and pay online to have a chance to win a free lunch. Advance Registration is Required. Please Register online today or call 347-4150.  Registration closes at 5pm on Friday, April 19. Any cancellations after this time or no-shows the day of the event will be invoiced.

Char-EM United Way Presentation on 2-1-1 Program
April 24
Petoskey 1-2:30pm
Charlevoix 4-5:30pm

I am pleased to announce that 2-1-1 service is now fully active in both Emmet and Charlevoix counties!
 
The Executive Director (Stacey Gomez) and the Resource Manager (Sara Johnson) of Community Access Line of the Lakeshore ( CALL 2-1-1 ) , which operates the Regional 2-1-1 contact center serving Emmet and Charlevoix counties will be here in Petoskey as well as Charlevoix to discuss 2-1-1 service delivery. I encourage you to attend one of these presentations to discover how our community members and your organization may benefit from using and promoting the 2-1-1 service. Please see the presentation schedule below. Also, please send me a short email message letting me know where you will be attending. Presentations at the Library in Petoskey and Library in Charlevoix.

Employee Retention, Training and Support Info Session
April 25
2:30-3:30pm

Please join the conversation to learn more about how the Char-Em Business Resource Network can help employers retain, train and support their workers. Expert employer panel with reps from Petoskey Plastics, Grandvue Medical Care Facility, Boyne Highlands and Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility will be there to discuss their success with this groundbreaking program. The program is in partnership with Northwest Michigan Works! and Char-Em United Way. RSVPs are requested and light refreshments served. Please email Evelyn.Szpliet@networksnorthwest.org or call 231.631.2613 for more information or to reserve your seat.

Charlevoix Elementary Kindergarten Roundup
April 26
8:30am - 10am - 12:45pm

It's time to get your child who will be 5 by 9/1/19 registered for fall kindergarten! If your child turns 5 on or before September 1, 2019, call to register to attend one of our 2019 sessions:
Friday, April 26 - 8:30am - 10am - 12:45pm
Monday, April 29 - 8:30am - 10am

Live from Charlevoix Presents: Frank and Allie
April 27
8pm

Frank Lee and Allie Burbrink (Bryson City, NC) are a vocal-driven old time duo. Their April 2018 release, Roll On, Clouds, showcases their favorite songs from over two years of performing together. These pieces range from blues tradition (“Somebody On Your Bond,” “Roll and Tumble”) to bluegrass classics (“Standing on a Mountain,” “Cabin on a Hill”), yet remain rooted in the old time aesthetic. Frank’s nylon string fretless banjo is the dominant instrument, with guitar, slide guitar, and Allie’s banjo and harmonica adding to the musical texture. 
​Frank and Allie, core duo of longstanding string band The Freight Hoppers, have traveled extensively as touring musicians. Frank, a founding member of The Freight Hoppers, has impressed audiences all over the United States, Canada, and northern Europe with his signature clawhammer sound. Allie is a founding member of The Whipstitch Sallies, a band from Indiana that toured in the Midwest, North Carolina, Colorado, and Hawaii. Together, the pair is a powerhouse duo with appearances planned across the country and in France.

Tickets are now buy one ticket get one FREE!

Violins of Hope, Music of Terezin
April 28
7pm

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents "Violins of Hope", Music of Terezin, April 28th. Music often plays a powerful role in communicating history. This is evident with “Violins of Hope” a collection of over 50 restored violins that were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. These extraordinary instruments have survived concentration camps and ghettos to tell remarkable stories of injustice, suffering, resilience and survival. One Violin of Hope will sing again in a performance at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts located at 600 Bay Harbor Drive. For Tickets: www.glcorchestra.org or call 231-487-0010.

$3 Casa Tuesdays at Red Mesa Grill
$3 Casa Margaritas, $3 Premium Drafts, $3 Food Features

Live Music every Tuesday night, 6-9pm
April 23 | Brett Mitchell
April 30 | Blake Elliot
May 5 | Cinco de Mayo Party w/ Dave Cisco
May 7 | A Brighter Bloom
May 14 | Jakey Thomas
May 21 | Project 6
May 28 | Crosscut Kings

Cooking Classes at That French Place
Call 231-437-6037 to sign up. $50 per person. Private classes available by request.

April 25 | Pizza
Petoskey Wine Region/ Ambassador Training
Great Lakes Center for the Arts
May 6, 2019
Round Lake Music Festival
Bridge Park, Downtown Charlevoix
May 24-26, 2019
MacGregor Cares- Monthly Community Giving Program
Congratulation to March’s MacGregor Cares Winner, Northern Community Mediation!

Do you know of a group, organization or fundraiser that needs help in the community? We're here to help them reach their goals.

Nominate by clicking this link!
 
PASSION COMES ALIVE this Summer at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts
Passion comes alive this summer at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, with engaging performances, intellectual dialogue, collaborative events, and much more. Ticket subscriptions are now on sale for the 2019 Summer Season, with single ticket sales just around the corner on May 1.

Kicking off the 2019 Summer Season on May 26 is legendary jazz and swing band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, followed by award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins on June 8. Center Stage comes alive with a stellar variety of musical performers throughout the summer, including The Crane Wives, Michigan Rattlers, Piano Men, The Del McCoury Band, and more. Kathleen Madigan brings hilarious stand-up comedy to the lineup on June 15, and the Distinguished Speaker Series brings authors Daniel Pink and Mitch Albom to the stage for engaging dialogue.

Building a subscription is easy: choose four or more Summer Season events and ensure seats prior to single ticket sales or choose seven or more events to receive a 10% discount on your order. Subscriptions are available for purchase online at greatlakescfa.org or by calling the Box Office at 231.439.2610.

KorthaseFlinn Acquires Northern Michigan Benefits Agency
Northern Michigan Insurance Firm Continues to Build on Health & Wellness Expertise.

KorthaseFlinn Insurance & Financial Services announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Northern Michigan Benefits, Inc. of Charlevoix, Michigan. Tim Bruce, founder of Northern Michigan Benefits and current President of the Northern Michigan Association of Health Underwriters will be joining the Health & Wellness Team at KorthaseFlinn. Northern Michigan Benefits has been a fixture in Charlevoix since 1995.

Effective May 1st the clients of Northern Michigan Benefits will become part of the KorthaseFlinn client family. Tim will continue to act as Benefit Consultant and will work in conjunction with the KorthaseFlinn service and compliance teams. According to Tim, the decision to join KorthaseFlinn was one of strategic importance. "As my business has grown in recent years, it became clear that I would need to hire additional staff or join forces with a larger firm. KorthaseFlinn is widely recognized as the leading provider of Health & Wellness solutions, so I was thrilled when the opportunity to join them presented itself."

The Northern Michigan Benefits acquisition represents the latest in a series of KorthaseFlinn investments in Northern Michigan. In January, the firm joined forces with the Glasser Insurance Agency of Gaylord, which followed the 2015 acquisition of another Health & Wellness firm in Gaylord. KorthaseFlinn now serves over 20,000 customers from offices in Boyne City, East Jordan, Gaylord, and Petoskey.

Ironton Public Boating Access Site Announcement
The Ironton Public Boating Access site will be closed for site improvements from June 3, 2019 to Mid-August 2019.

The site will be completely closed to all use, please use Dutchman's Bay Boating Access site or one of the local city or township launches during this period. If you have questions, please contact Young State Park at 231-582-7523.
Open for the Season!
Spare Key Winery is now open for the season.

Friday 1-6pm, Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm.

Let Friske Farm Market Host Your Next Event!
Looking for a warm, intimate space that provides a charming country feel for your next party or gathering? Look no further than Friske Farm Market! Choose from 3 venue options: our Cozy Cafe, Rustic BBQ Barn or Scenic Back Porch. All are perfect for that birthday, anniversary, graduation, rehearsal dinner, bridal/baby shower or business lunch/meeting and are available year 'round Monday-Saturday (outdoor spaces May-October) Check out our Private Events Page for more information and peak at our delicious menu offerings! You may also contact us at 231.599.2604 or email tours@friske.com .

Live on the Lake Thanks Sponsor Contributions for Making Event Possible
Our beloved summer concert series, Live on the Lake, is all set to rock the East Park for 2019! The free Thursday evening performances have become a staple in the summer plans of residents and visitors alike. What an exceptional aspect of our community! With the addition of street performers leading into the main act in 2017, the increased foot traffic has led to more exposure for Charlevoix, our businesses and what our area has to offer.

Last year, Charlevoix Area businesses and the Charlevoix Main Street DDA contributed $14,000 to host this series for the area to enjoy. We thank you for your past support, and we hope we can count on you again this season. Sponsorship Opportunities are available to be a part of this great program.

2019 Live on the Lake Line-Up:

June 27 – The Horton Creek Band (thank you to concert sponsor, Primerica)
July 11 – The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Band (sponsorship available!)
July 18 – The Petoskey Steel Drum Band (thank you to concert sponsor, The Villager Pub)
August 1 – Ray Kamalay & His Red Hot Peppers (sponsorship available!)
August 8 – 1000 Watt Prophets (thank you to concert sponsor, Fox Charlevoix)
August 15 – Matt Austin (sponsorship available!)
August 22 – Doug Thomas Music (sponsorship available!)
Series Sponsorship also available – be a presenting sponsor for all seven shows!

Contact Charlevoix Main Street, DDA for more information and to support this free community entertainment.

4Front Credit Union Announces New Vice President of Treasury Management
4Front Credit Union is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Bassett as its Vice President of Treasury Management. Bassett offers 4Front’s burgeoning business membership more than 20 years of community financial services experience with focuses in both lending and business development sectors. Bassett previously served as a Sergeant Combat Engineer in the United States Marine Corps and is Board Treasurer for Veterans Housing USA, a Traverse City-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing truly affordable housing options to those transitioning from the military.

Bassett channels his passion for service into providing tailored financial solutions and counsel to northern Michigan business owners of all sizes, helping them prosper today while preparing for future sustained growth and success.
A northern Michigan outdoors men at heart, Jeff and his family enjoy time spent hunting, camping, and fishing.

Charlevoix Circle of Arts Announces New Executive Director
The Charlevoix Circle of Arts announced that Sarah Matye has been named Executive Director of the nonprofit committed to cultivating a more inspired and educated community through arts. She succeeds Gail DeMeyere, who retired as Executive Director in January 2019.

A native of Charlevoix, Matye is involved with numerous organizations, including: Board Member of the Rayder Enrichment Foundation, Recreation Advisory Committee Member for the City of Charlevoix, and founding member of the Women Who Care Charlevoix Giving Circle. Matye has spent the last four years serving as Development Director at the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan. She previously worked as a Program Officer at the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Prior to moving back to Northern Michigan, she served as Development Manager for Community Gatepath, a nonprofit in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Western Michigan University in 2004, and recently completed a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership from Grand Valley State University.

North Central Michigan College Welcomes New Foundation Director
North Central Michigan College welcomes Chelsea Platte as its new executive director for the NCMC Foundation. Ms. Platte will join the College on Monday, April 8. Ms. Platte is currently serving as the Leadership Giving Officer at Munson Healthcare Foundations, Charlevoix. For nearly four years prior, she served as Executive Director of the Charlevoix Area Hospital Foundation.

Ms. Platte has a Bachelor of General Studies, with a focus in business, economics, and globalization, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has also attended the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis, with courses in Principles and Techniques of Fundraising, Developing Major Gifts and Managing the Capital Campaign. Ms. Platte is a member of the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce, having served as Board Chair in 2018, and has served on the board of Northern Community Mediation. She is also a Leadership Charlevoix County Alumni, Class of 2013-2014. Ms. Platte resides in Petoskey with her husband, Pete, and their four-month-old son, Bruce.  

Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital honored as Hometown Health Hero by Michigan Public Health Week Partnership
 
Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital may be small, but that’s not stopping them from making a positive impact on the health of nearly 3,200 students annually. In 2011, the hospital began its school nurse program in response to an increase in preventable pediatric cases being seen in the emergency department during school hours. The program places registered nurses in nine school systems and serves students ages 4-18. Many of these students did not have access to healthcare as school nurses had been eliminated from all area school budgets. Soon after the program began, school nurses were able to keep students in school learning, instead of sending them home; decreasing chronic student absenteeism by 32 percent. In addition, nurses provide safety education for any procedures performed by nonmedical school staff including tube feeding administration, urinary catheterization, insulin pumps and even anticonvulsants administration. munsonhealthcare.org
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