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For more information, call the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 or email fratrick @charlevoix.org
The Charlevoix Area Chamber is continually working to stay updated with health and governmental officials, while remaining the resource and advocate for our members and community. We are striving to remain accurate, safe, and more importantly, supportive. Our team remains available for you. Call 231-547-2101 or email info@charlevoix.org with questions, concerns, information, or just to talk!

Keep up to date with information on our website at charlevoix.org/covid-19
COVID-19
Charlevoix County Transit
Charlevoix County Transit is making some changes to service hours. Effective immediately, the Friday/Saturday Late Night Buses have been suspended as well as daytime Saturday service. Beginning Wednesday, March 18th, Transit will provide FREE RIDES for the following services:

Food/Meal Pick-up - includes grocery stores, food pantries, school food programs, restaurant curbside/to-go. As many of these locations have limited timeframes for pick-up, it's important that passengers pre-schedule rides if at all possible. Same day requests will be provided based on a first-come/first service basis.

Medical Transportation - Please confirm your appointments with your medical provider the day before your appointment. We suggest scheduling medical transportation at least 3 days in advance whenever possible.

There is no eligibility criteria for the free rides being offered. If you need a ride, call us and we'll do our best to make it work for you. Call 231-582-6900 to schedule trips. Service days/hours are subject to change based on directives from local/state/federal officials. Please check our Facebook Page and the county website for updated information.

Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital
Munson Healthcare Hotline: 231-935-0951. Utilize this before going to your doctors office or ER.

McLaren Northern Michigan
At this time, McLaren Northern Michigan is only testing patients who are hospitalized.
 
McLaren Northern Michigan has instituted a COVID-19 hotline to help relieve the concerns of our community. The information outlines signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and steps to take if you are concerned. There is an option to speak to a McLaren care team member if there are further questions. HOTLINE: 231.487.5550

UIA, Michigan Works! Urge Residents to Avoid Offices and Use Online Resources
To mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak, the Unemployment Insurance Agency and Michigan Works! Agencies are strongly urging workers to avoid visiting their statewide offices and utilize user-friendly online resources for unemployment assistance. Eligible employees should apply for unemployment benefits at  Michigan.gov/UIA   or by calling 1-866-500-0017. A factsheet on how to apply for benefits can also be found  here . Michigan Works! resources can be found at  MichiganWorks.org  or by calling 1-800-285-WORKS.

UIA and Michigan Works! statewide offices will remain open, but the agencies will be limiting the amount of people within the offices at one time. For more information regarding online resources and unemployment benefits executive order click HERE .


Charlevoix Marathon
Good Boy Events
(248) 921-2720
June 20, 2020
It's Spring Sale Days at Friske Farm Market!
March 21-22
10-6pm

YES, we are open and celebrating Spring this weekend!
Join us Friday, March 21 & Saturday, March 22 from 10am-6pm for our Spring Sale Days!
 
Apples 
•Over 25 lbs: Honey Crisp & Goldrush: 1.25 lb. All other varieties: 75¢ lb.
•Under 25 lbs: Honey Crisp & Goldrush: 1.49 lb. All other varieties: 99¢ lb.
 
Donuts ONLY 50¢ each! - Please place an order for larger quantities. Cider $5/Gallon. Pizza BOGO 1/2 off - of equal or lesser value.
 
Due to government mandate our cafe dining room is closed at this time.
However, we will continue to have Chili and 2 Soups with fresh baguettes, handcrafted Pizza and all our delicious bakery offerings available! TAKE-OUT only at this time.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
 
Market Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm!

Here is a list of Chamber restaurants that are offering take-out and delivery. Business logos have a link to Facebook or websites to keep yourself fully up to date.
Terry's Place
Take-out | 5-8pm | 231-547-6925
Scovie's
Take-out & delivery| 231-237-7827
The Villager Pub
Take-out & delivery within city limits | 11-8pm seven days a week| 231-547-6925
That French Place
Curbside pick-up | 4:30-6pm |all the usual available & will deliver to immune-compromised with possible | 231-437-6037 place order by 2pm
That Weathervane
Limited take-out menu | 4-7pm |Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat | 231-547-4311
Pigs Eatin' Ribs
Drive-thru, delivery, & call ahead take-out | 231-547-PIGS (7447)
BC Pizza
Take-out and delivery | 231-547-9999
Bridge Street Taproom
Take-out | 231-437-3466
Charlevoix Dairy Grille
Opening March 27th | 231-547-9771
Harwood Gold
Take-out | 231-437-3900 | special deals online
Bier's Inwood Brewery
Take-out | 5-6pm nightly | fill growlers/howlers of beer & cider take and bake pizza's available | salsa available | bottles of wine to go | call/text 231-675-7632 to arrange a time convenient for you to pick up your beer
Charlevoix Pizza Co.
Curbside pick-up | student special Mon-Fri: personal 3 topping pizza & drink for $5 | 231-547-9771 or order online & include make, model & color of car
Friske Farm Market
10-4pm Tues-Sat | still open and have take home options such as made-to-order pizza, homemade soup & chili | pre-order baked goods etc. for a grab & go option | 231-599-2604
The Blue Pelican Inn & Restaurant
Take-out & delivery | 4-8pm Wed-Sat delivery orders will be subject to a 20% gratuity | 231-544-25283
Torch Lake Cafe
Take-out | 12-7pm everyday | using lunch menu + pizza as to go options | 231-599-1111
Red Mesa Grill
Curbside pick-up | 231-582-0049

Cafe Sante
Curbside pick-up & delivery | curbside 11-9pm | delivery 5-9pm all curbside pick-up will be given a 20% discount on orders over $20 | delivery with min order of $40 | beer & wine pick-up & delivery | accept credit card payments over the phone- no cash payments | call ahead 231-582-0049
Royal Farms
Curbside pick-up | continue to offer our pies and pasties from their freezer for pick-up, as well as cider, wine and any of our other products | 231-599-3222
The Argonne House
Take-out | 5:30-8pm | senior delivery within city limits from 3:30-5:30pm | 231-547-9331
2020 NLEA Annual Lunch
Boyne Mountain- Matterhorn Room
April 24, 2020
BRIDGE Charlevoix Conference
Charlevoix Public Library
April 30, 2020
Challenge Fitness Virtual Workout Class
Just because gyms are closed doesn't mean you can't still support them- look at Challenge Fitness adapting and still serving it's members and even non-members with live-stream classes on their Facebook page.

The next class to take place will be virtual Barre with Jaq Mailloux tonight! 5:30-6:30pm - grab some light weights, a chair, and get ready to sweat! Keep checking their Facebook for other scheduled classes!

Buday's Sound Advice
We are installing Live Streaming systems for churches, houses of worship and others that want to be able to have many users log on to a live and/or recorded event. Call 231-547-4822 or budayssoundadvice@gmail.com

Charlevoix City Hall and City Offices Closed to Public
In response to the coronavirus and to do the responsible thing, Charlevoix City Hall will be closed to the public beginning 8:00AM Tuesday March 17 until further notice. Employees will remain on the job and be available for your calls and emails. Go to charlevoixmi.gov for more information.

Char-Em United Way & 211 Call Centers
The Board of Directors has closed our office to visitors, however the team will still be operating. You may reach us via email: info@ceuw.org or phone: 231-487-1006. During this time of need, 211 call centers are fully operational and able to work remotely, if needed. Anyone without internet access can call 211 and be given vetted information about COVID-19.

If you’re an agency and have additional available resources or offerings, please contact our office or 211 to update your listing.

Fish Fry Cancelled
St. Mary is cancelling the Fish Fry Dinner this Friday, March 20th.

Bergmann Center Closed
The Bergmann Center has closed its program’s until April 13 th . Staff will continue working until it is deemed unsafe to do so.
 
We have started moving into our new resale and plan on opening by April 1 st . Everyone at the Bergmann Center is looking forward to the move. It will allow us to employ more of our clients as well as provide an expanded service to the community.
 
Also take note of our new logo below our name. The Bergmann Center is moving forward with a new look and new opportunities.   

Odawa Casino and Odawa Hotel Closed
The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians as well as the entire team here at Odawa Casino stand with those impacted by COVID-19 during this time of unprecedented challenges. We have been closely following the updates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as Indian Health Services (IHS) and local health agencies.
 
The health and safety of our guests, team members, and community members is our greatest priority and while there are currently no reported cases in our area, we are voluntarily closing our gaming properties, including Odawa Hotel, through March 31th. Mirroring the actions of Tribal officials, we feel this is the best course of action for our team members, guest, and community members. During this time, all of our team members will continue to be paid in full and receive benefits. We will continue to keep you updated should we either decide to open sooner or extend the closure.

St. Michael Academy Grace Broz 3rd Place in Regional Spelling Bee
Grace Broz, you make us P-R-O-U-D! St. Michael Academy, 7th grader, Grace Broz finished in 3rd place over the weekend in the Grand Traverse Regional Spelling Bee.

Grace (far right) competed with 45 students from the 7-county area. Stiff competition.. It was first place winner, Cecilia Balog’s second year to take first and 2nd place winner Autumn Reeves, won the Spelling Bee in 2018. Congratulations, Grace. Well done!!

Charlevoix County Seeking Bid Proposals
Charlevoix County is seeking quotes to provide mowing services along the Little Traverse Wheelway and the Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail, Phase 1 and Phase 2. For more details regarding the quotes please click HERE!

Quotes must be submitted via email to whitingpark@charlevoixcounty.org or by U.S. Mail to: Charlevoix County Parks, 05820 Lake Shore Rd., Boyne City, MI 49712. If you have any questions, please contact Charlevoix County Parks at (231) 330-6227. Quotes will be accepted until April 17, 2020.

7th Annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water to be held on May 22-24, 2020
The 7th annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water, will be held on May 22-24, 2020, on Beaver Island, in northern Lake Michigan. The island is a spring migratory song and shore bird mecca with over 200 species of birds recorded from the island. Registration is limited, and birders are urged to register early through the Beaver Island Birding Trail website at http://www.beaverislandbirdingtrail.org . To view the schedule of events click HERE !

National Manufacturing Day in Char-Em ISD Announced for 2020
October 6 th – 9 th , a rea middle and high school students will have the opportunity to once again tour some of the region’s most unique, innovative and important manufacturing facilities. Tours will take place during school hours at several locations throughout Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheyboygan and Emmet counties. Area students will learn first-hand about the skills they’ll need to enter the manufacturing workforce and receive a behind-the-scenes look at these important job opportunities available right in their own back yard. Local parents are encouraged to talk to their children after the tours about the high-paying, in-demand job opportunities for their students right here in Northern Michigan. Parents are welcome to join the tours as well.

School and Manufacturer registration is open, visit Char-Em ISD’s Manufacturing Day webpage for more information.

North Central Offers Presidential Scholarship for Graduating Home School Senior
North Central Michigan College provides a Presidential Scholarship to one graduating senior from a home school within our service area.  Presidential Scholarships are offered for full tuition (up to 20 contact hours per semester) and mandatory fees for four consecutive semesters (fall and winter only). Field study fees are not included. Scholarship recipients must register for the fall semester immediately following their spring high school graduation. This is a competitive scholarship. For more information on the selection criteria click HERE.
 
All documentation must be received no later than April 13, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the selection decision by April 24, 2020. For more information, contact Renee DeYoung , vice president of Student Affairs, at 231-348-6618.

Charlevoix Recreation Mt. McSauba Survey
The season isn't over, but we want to hear from you! Let us know what activities you participated in at Mt. McSauba, what you thought of the variety, and if you have an interest in volunteering next season. Your input is valuable! Click HERE for the short survey.

8th Annual Wrestle the Lake Date Announced
The 8th Annual Wrestle the Lake Poker Run will take place on August 22, 2020 (rain or shine) at Ferry Beach. $75.00 per boat entry includes 1 poker hand, 2 tee shirts and dinner for 2 adults. Extra hand is $25. Prizes: best hand $500, 2nd $250, and worst hand $100. Extra meal tickets are $5 per meal, kids 12 and under free. 9am registration, 10am Captain's meeting, 10:30am launch! Contact Mike Hinkle, 231-622-2582 for additional information.

BLOOM Seasonal Bouquet Workshop Series
Join us for our seasonally inspired floral design workshop series highlighting the natural beauty of Northern Michigan's garden grown flowers. Each month May-October, we will create a different floral arrangement featuring locally grown flowers sourced from our own garden and from our friends at Spirit of Walloon. All workshops (with the exception of August) will be held at our Charlevoix studio 5-7pm. Visit our website link for all of the details

Grandpa Shorter's Gifts Provides Generous Support for Camp Daggett
For the ninth year in a row, Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts has held not one, but two proceeds days to help local families send their children to summer camp at Camp Daggett. These fundraising events were held on Saturday, May 18 and October 5, 2019, with 20% of days’ sales going to the C.G. and Ruth Shorter Memorial Scholarship Fund. This year, Grandpa Shorter’s gave $2,545 to Camp Daggett!
 
For more information on Camp Daggett programs, needs and services, visit www.campdaggett.org or call 231-347-9742. Cutline: The staff of Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts – (l to r) Dana Watson, Jen Green, Jennifer Shorter, Kim Redman and Allyson Dobrowalski

Wojan Window & Door Honored at Michigan Works!
Impact Awards Ceremony in Lansing

Wojan Window & Door of Charlevoix and employee Sandra Zeinog were honored with an Impact Award from the Michigan Works! Association on Wednesday March 4th at a ceremony in Lansing. The award is a result of the company’s involvement in the Business Resource Network established in 2018 by Northwest Michigan Works! with support from the Char-Em United Way. The BRN helps employers retain employees by giving them access to a Success Coach who helps them deal with challenges away from work that might be affecting their ability to do their job. Zeinog was individually recognized for having one of the most impactful and inspiring journeys of self-improvement with the help of the BRN and Success Coach Kate Stolarski.

With about 200 people in attendance, the Impact Awards reception was held Wednesday at the Anderson House Office Building in Lansing, home of the Michigan House of Representatives. The event kicked off with a video address from Governor Gretchen Whitmer and an in-person address by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, II, followed by award presentations to the 16 winners. On behalf of Wojan Window & Door, HR Administrator Jill Harrell gave a brief thank you, followed by Zeinog’s telling of her poignant story. With substantial guidance from success coach Kate Stolarski, Zeinog managed to overcome homelessness, as well as resolve legal and economic issues that were barriers to her success. State Representative Triston Cole was on hand to present the awards to Zeinog and Harrell.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for simply supporting our employees”, Harrell remarked. “So many companies are in the same boat as us, having difficulty attracting and retaining talent in this employment climate. We’re grateful to Northwest Michigan Works! and Char-Em United Way for giving us a ‘one-up’ by being able to offer the BRN.”

About the Impact Awards The Michigan Works! Association Impact Awards are presented annually and recognize significant accomplishments within Michigan communities through a variety of programs and actions taken by Michigan employers and agencies. Each of the sixteen Michigan Works! agencies throughout the state evaluate a number of nominees for the award before putting forth their choice for a winner for their area.
Networks Northwest Awarded Michigan Economic Development Corporation "Innovative Fund" Grant

A $400,000 Innovative Fund Grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will support the creation of a shared economic development strategy for the 10 counties of Northwest Lower Michigan to improve regional economic competitiveness. The economic development strategy will concentrate on the 31 "growth & investment areas" in the region. Those areas are identified by having the core infrastructure of water, sewer, broadband, staff, and plans for growth.

After a competitive statewide process, the Innovative Fund Grant was awarded to Networks Northwest, which will be collaborating with the region’s economic development organizations to create the shared economic development strategy. Those organizations are the Alliance for Economic Success, Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, and Traverse Connect.
 
The shared economic development strategy will include the creation of community marketing plans; “opportunity zone” marketing plans; developing a regional talent development, attraction, and retention strategy; and developing a regional workforce housing strategy. According to the MEDC, this strategy stands out as a unified, comprehensive approach to economic development in Michigan.
 
“By taking an innovative and holistic approach to its economic development strategy, Networks Northwest is ensuring the region will be a place where businesses can grow, talent wants to live and work, and visitors from around the world will want to visit and explore, for generations to come,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the MEDC.
 
A key component of the project is the ability to take the learnings from the grant to potentially scale the project to support similar outcomes in other rural regions in the state.
 
“Economic development in rural areas cannot and should not be done in a vacuum. We must seek out collaborative efforts to improve the conditions for talent, business, and community development in the region and across the state. Additionally, it is important to listen to the local decision makers to determine where and how to grow,” said Matt McCauley, CEO of Networks Northwest.
 
Work on the shared economic development strategy will be done over the next 18 months.
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