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
COVID-19
Consumers Energy Offers Videos to Assist Small Businesses
Consumers Energy is providing two videos to make businesses aware of the many resources the utility is providing to assist them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In  Video 1 , Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, Vice President of Customer Experience for Consumers Energy discusses how the company is partnering with businesses on customized solutions on energy bills, energy cost savings, and how to operate safely during the pandemic, among other things. The video is 7:23 in length.

Next, in Video 2 , Consumers Energy tries to help businesses break down the complexities of the economic stimulus programs and provide tools to manage your business or organization through the crisis. Jeff Mayes, Executive Director of Business Customer Care demonstrates how to access the Consumers Energy Tool Kit that has links to checklists and spreadsheets that you can adapt to your business, among other resources. This video runs 3:07.

Beyond watching the videos, assistance is readily available to Consumers Energy customers by calling their Business Customer Care line at 800-805-0490 or visiting ConsumersEnergy.com/business

Health Department of Northwest MI COVID-19 Update
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan wants to remind residents that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has expanded the COVID-19 testing criteria, and previous barriers such as cost or a doctor's order have been alleviated. Most people who wish to be tested can now receive a test and we are happy to assist the public with getting access to testing.  If you would like to be tested, please call 1-800-432-4121 for assistance. 
 
In addition to anyone with even mild symptoms and those at high risk for severe outcomes such as the elderly and those with underlying conditions, listed below are the latest eligible individuals for COVID-19 testing. 
·        Asymptomatic patients in preparation for surgical procedures, as deemed necessary by the treating clinician 
·        Asymptomatic people with known exposure to a person with COVID-19, or symptoms of COVID-19 
·        Asymptomatic people who are leaving home to go to work  
·        Those living in areas with low testing numbers including northern Michigan

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

June 12 | Pete Kehoe
June 19 | Crosscut Kings
June 26 | Sean Bielby

Pottery & Wine
June 16, 2020
6-8pm

Join us for an evening of wine and paint-your-own-pottery! Cottage Pottery is extending their painting studio to the 1918 Cellars Wine Tasting Room at Castle Farms for this unique experience in a one-of-a-kind setting. Guests can choose from different pieces of pottery to paint with any design you feel inspired by!

All paints, supplies and artist guidance included. Once you have completed your pieces, they will be transported to the Cottage Pottery studio for professional glazing and firing. After completion, they will be ready for you to pick up at your convenience. Choose your pick-up location, Castle Farms or Cottage Pottery (downtown Charlevoix). Also included in your ticket: a glass of 1918 Cellars wine to inspire your artistic senses!
Due to COVID-19, we have made some modifications to this event:
– Spots are LIMITED. 12 participants maximum.
– Masks are required.
– Socially distanced seating. (Same household at the same table is okay.)
– Pre-selected wine of choice (Birch Lake White OR Serenity Red), using the ticket link.

Register Now for De-Escalation Webinars

As retailers reopen their doors, Michigan Retailers Association is sponsoring free webinars to help you deal with difficult customers. These will be done by a training company whose trainers who have law enforcement experience.
Dealing with difficult customers:  This training will arm you with communication and de-escalation strategies to handle belligerent customers who don’t want to follow your businesses’ guidelines, such as wearing facemasks. 
Active violence in the workplace:  If customer confrontations do escalate, we want you to be prepared. This training will help you pick up on cues of potentially dangerous customers (or employees) and prepare you to respond to violent incidents.
 
Click on the link to register for the webinar:
Virtual Charlevoix Marathon 2020
June 20, 2020
7-1:30pm

Hello Athletes! We are very grateful and excited at your response for a Virtual 2020 Charlevoix Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k.

As a reminder, if you're already registered for the 2020 race that has been postponed, you are automatically registered for the 2021 race.

If you would like a 2020 finisher medal, event shirt, race bib and add your finishing times to the website, you can do so by registering HERE . Please go HERE to register your finisher times. View the Facebook event page HERE .

Virtual Campus Tour
At North Central, we know the best way to get to know us is by visiting campus. Since that’s not always possible, we’re bringing the campus tour to you! Check out our virtual campus tour to find out why “close to home” and “far from ordinary” are a winning combination. A North Central degree is easily transferable to 25+ colleges and universities in Michigan, and students can “stack” their credentials to fit their objective. We are proud to offer all of this on a beautiful campus, at a $40,000 savings over the first two years at many four-year Michigan universities. Get your best start here! Click HERE for the virtual campus tour!!

Charlevoix Public Library Opens Curbside June 10th
The Charlevoix Public Library Plans Curbside Services Reopening! Grab your library card and get ready! The Charlevoix Public Library will reopen on Wednesday June 10th for curbside services. “We are ecstatic to be able to get back to educating, enriching, and empowering our community from our beautiful facility rather than just digitally” Library Director Ryan Deery stated. Starting at 10am on the tenth, community members will be able to check out the newest books and DVDs or any item in the library’s collection via curbside delivery at the Library's main entrance. All returning materials will be required to come in through the outdoor back drop on Grant Street. To view the full announcement click HERE . For more information go to charlevoixlibrary.org or call 231-547-2651.

Support Downtown Businesses through Covid-19
Times are tough for all of us right now - but especially for our small business owners who have been hit the hardest during this pandemic. Help us help them! ​Charlevoix Main Street DDA created this campaign to raise funds to help small businesses pay rent, purchase safety equipment, and market their product during this new way of doing business. Please help by supporting our campaign for the relief and recovery of our small business community. Click HERE .

Fighting Cancer, No Matter What
It may seem easier to delay cancer care or preventive screening but detecting cancer early is one of the biggest factors in a successful treatment plan. We have witnessed the impact on patients who are delaying care, which is why the Karmanos Cancer Institute team remains diligent in finding new, creative ways to deliver care that is safer for everyone.
 
Karmanos Cancer Institute continued seeing patients for life-saving treatments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we implemented enhanced screening and safety procedures.
 
But cancer didn't stop when COVID-19 hit. We encourage you to receive the care you need to to diagnose, prevent, and treat cancer.
 
These appointments include:
·    Preventative screening including mammograms and lung cancer screening
·    Cancer surveillance
·    Postponed follow up visits
·    Clinical trials that were placed on hold
 
Call us today so we can help you with your health care needs: 800-248-6777. For more information visit HERE .

The Vault Co-Working Space is Open in a Different Way!
The Vault is now open and accepting new memberships for the summer! We've pivoted our model to allow for weekly or monthly memberships with dedicated desks only. Desks are adequately spaced out, sanitizer is widely available, and the internet signal is strong. Schedule a tour today by calling 231-547-3257.

We're Still Here for You!
Despite the obvious global health crisis and local restrictions, our office remains open. As a result of these regulations, our staff is doing our best to keep office hours as consistent as possible with at least one staff person on hand at all times. Our phone lines are open for questions or concerns, and staff is also available via email. We are always ready and willing to assist you with any questions you may have about the natural resources on your land and best conservation practices. If we don't have the services or programs you are looking for, we make it a priority to help you find the right resources to fit your needs.

Office Phone: 231-582-6193, Office Hours: M-F, 8am-4:30pm
Website: www.charlevoixcd.org (Find us on Facebook too!)

Staff: Chris Anderson, MAEAP Technician (and Forestry questions) - chris@charlevoixcd.org, Alison Adams, District Manager - alison.adams@macd.org

Lavender Hill Farm Updates
Lavender Hill Farm Boutique is open daily 10-5pm! Curbside pickup available daily- call 231-582-3784 or email retailtherapy@lavenderhillfarm.com. Remember you can shop online! Addition hours include Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10am designated shopping times for vulnerable populations. This includes people over 60, pregnant women, and those with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. The gift shop will be closed to all other customers during those hours.

Lunch & Lavender ! We are partnering with Lake Street Market for our 2020 Lunch & Lavender! Gourmet boxed fresh food lunches will feature Lavender Hill Farm’s lavender carefully curated by the culinary masterminds at Lake Street Market and will feature sweet and savory lavender accents. Served in our century old barn at noon every Wednesday from June 10th to September 9th, come rain or shine. Join us! Lunch will include a lavender beverage of choice, a lavender themed salad or sandwich and our famous lavender shortbread cookies. Lunch tickets ($23.50 per person) are required for admittance and will be available for purchase online until 6 PM the Monday before the lunch or until sold out. Get tickets HERE .

Raven Hill Updates
Enjoy Raven Hill's spring newsletter, plus our weekly update from Raven Hill both attached below. We are alive and well and making forward progress, despite being closed to the public. Check us out daily on Facebook and the website ( www.MiRavenHill.org ) for informal learning activities, photo memories, history pages, updates and more. We may also be reached via email ( info@miravenhill.org ) or phone: 231.675.6025. 
 
Click HERE to see Raven Hill’s update for this past week and Click HERE to see their May newsletter.

Commission on Aging Community Mitigation Strategy June Update
We have also developed a gradual reengagement plan for our services effective June 1, 2020. Below is for the month of June 2020 though, it is subject to change based on most current guidance after June 1, 2020 for the month of June so please call the COA main office for updated information 231-237-0103.

Click HERE to see the full document regarding Frozen Congregate Meals, Hot Meals, Home Delivery Meals, In-Home Services and more.

Feeding Northern Michigan Update
The Covid-19 crisis hit Northern Michigan hard and has put tremendous pressure on area food banks. So MacDonald Garber Broadcasting stations decided it was time to help. The week of May 18 th became Feeding Northern Michigan Week and 106KHQ, Lite 96.3, 104.5 BOB FM and 96.7 The Bull all came together to fill the pantries of three area food banks.

Diane Shannon Hansell, MGB Operations Manager coordinated the event. “I really wanted to raise $10,000. But once we started on air, the communities all came to together and we have $16,398 to give to area food banks. I’m so grateful to the staff for getting behind this and our to listeners and corporate partners for being so generous. It truly was amazing.”

The Manna Food Project, Father Fred Foundation and Feeding America Northwest Michigan will all benefit. For more information, Diane Shannon Hansell is available at 231-347-8713 or at Diane@lite96.com . To view the full update and press release click HERE .

Little Traverse Conservancy Goes Virtual with Environmental Education
For more than 30 years, Little Traverse Conservancy has offered programs to thousands of children every year. The majority of the programs have been held at nature preserves and natural areas throughout the five-county service area. “The current situation has caused our education staff to pivot and explore ways to still bring the joys of nature to all ages, while remaining helpful to educators and parents forced to do the work online or from their own homes,” said Sarah Mayhew, the Conservancy’s director of education. 

The result has been a brand new web experience found at www.landtrust.org/environmental-education . The program page is broken into three categories: 1) Online Learning Links; 2) Activities and Lessons; and 3) Virtual Programs.

Mayhew also points out that the nature preserves and reserves remain open and offer extraordinary outdoor classrooms available for all to enjoy and discover. She encourages people to visit the Conservancy’s interactive map, to pick up a copy of the preserve map available just outside their office entrance, or to download the Conservancy’s app, LTC Explorer.

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.  
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