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
Business Expo
March 18, 2020
4-7pm
Castle Farms
Charlevoix Easter Egg Hunt
April 11, 2020
2pm
East Park

Charlevoix Marathon
Good Boy Events
(248) 921-2720
June 20, 2020
Luncheon Lecture Examines Redistricting
March 13
11:30am

North Central Michigan College’s March 13 Luncheon Lecture will focus on redistricting following the passage of Proposal 2 last fall. The lecture will be held in the Library Conference Center on the Petoskey campus. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

In November 2018, Michigan voters approved the “Voters Not Politicians” constitutional amendment that makes a commission of 13 randomly selected citizens responsible for drawing district lines for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress. Michigan voters can apply to be a member of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and help draw the new lines resulting from the 2020 census. Sally Marsh, director of special projects for Michigan’s Secretary of State, explains it all. Reservations are required. Call 231-348-6600 or email luncheonlectures@ncmich.edu to reserve your place at the table. Cost is $12 (cash or check only – at door) and includes lunch.

2020 Mt. McSauba Winterfest
March 13 & 14
11:30am

Lots of fun activities for children and families! Included this year, the Cardboard Sled Races will have an open "adult" category.  Races will be March 14th at 1:00. We'd like to extend this to area businesses that would like to participate. Rules are simple-only cardboard, duck tape and glue allowed. Businesses can create a cardboard sled that represents their business, ingenuity, and teamwork. Any questions can be directed to the Charlevoix Recreation Department at 547-3253. For a full list of activities and times click HERE to view the flyer!

Northern Michigan Home & Outdoor Living Show
March 13 & 14
11-6pm | 9-5pm

The 44 rd Annual Northern Michigan Home & Outdoor Living Show is being hosted at North Central Michigan College, Petoskey. This event features more than 70 exhibit spaces showcasing home improvement products and services, energy-efficient systems, designers, and the latest ideas in home remodeling.A complete list of vendors is on the show website at www.HomeShowUpNorth.com .  
 
As a family-friendly event, show organizers have included children’s activities such as a self- paced scavenger hunt and DIY craft table. Food will be available for purchase at the Iron Horse Café on the college campus. Admission is only $5 for adults and children 17 and under are free.

Spotlight on Innovation Exhibit Opening
March 13
5-7pm

Spotlight on Innovation Exhibit Opening: Friday, March 13th from 5-7pm with juror Paul Varga and live music by SouthPaws & Avery McCreadie!

plus: FREE Youth Art Lab classes for ages 10 and up! 
Saturday, March 14th: Intro to Perspective Drawing with Jeannie Putman and
Saturday, March 21st: Intro to Watercolor Painting with Lynn Carson.
Part of our 'Spotlight on Innovation' exhibit, Youth Art Lab gives budding young artists the opportunity to be creative and explore new techniques! All students must pre-register: CharlevoixCircle.org/youth-art-lab  or call 231-547-3554

Annual Irish Buffet
March 14
6-8:30pm

It's March, you know what that means, Irish buffet is right around the corner! Saturday the 14th from 6-8:30pm at Scovie's. $25 all you can eat, huge variety of Irish dishes, appetizers and desserts.

St. Patrick's Day Dinner
March 15
12:00-3pm

All are welcome to a St. Patrick's Day Dinner! Menu includes: Corned beef, cabbage, carrots, red skinned potatoes and homemade desserts. Take-out is available. Call 547-6652 for more information. Adults $13, Children 10 and under $9, Family $40.

Canadian Brass
March 15
4pm

Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of “the world’s most famous brass group.” Masters of concert presentations, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. The hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and, most of all, fun – but never at the expense of the music; whatever the style, the music is central and performed with utmost dedication, skill and excellence. Ticket cost: $60/ $47 / $42 / $30 and can be purchased HERE .

Talk with a Doc Lunch and Learn
March 17
12-1pm

Talk with a Doc Lunch and Learn” on Tuesday, March 17 th from 12pm-1pm   topic: Colon Health.  March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and we are excited to have Dr. Barrett Kielhorn coming to the Wellness Workshop! He will be talking about colon cancer screening, bowel health, and the various services available at Munson. Come to learn and ask questions while you enjoy a free, healthy plant-based lunch on us! Call (231) 437-3482 to register.

St. Paddy's Day Buffet
March 17
4-9pm

Odawa Casino will be having a St. Paddy's Day Buffet at their Waas-No-De Buffet. The price is $7.77 and the buffet takes places from 4-9pm.

Startup Fundamentals
March 17
1-3:30pm

The Startup Fundamentals workshop is intended for individuals in the beginning stages of starting a business, in need of accessing capital, or simply considering self-employment. Delivered in a workshop format, this introductory session helps aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products/services. This comprehensive 2.5 hour workshop also incorporates the SBDC’s fundamental Writing a Business Plan workshop and fully covers topics such as determining concept feasibility, startup costs, financing options, the basics of business planning, along with other necessary resources to launch. The workshop features instruction by a SBDC Small Business Consultant is a per-requisite to meeting with a SBDC consultant one-on-one.

Speaker(s): Samantha McDonald, Certified Small Business Consultant. Co-Sponsor(s): SBDC, Networks Northwest, and The Vault Co-working Space. Contact the SBDC at 231.929.5060 or sbdc@networksnorthwest.org with questions or in need of more information. Fee: No Cost

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention
March 18
2-3pm

Michigan State Extension will be teaching another cohort of their popular ‘Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention’ class beginning on Wednesday, March 18 th from 2-3pm. This class is designed to increase strength, balance and prevent falls. Preregistration is required for this 16-week session and space is limited, please call the MSU Extension office at (231) 582-6232 to register.

Community Spring Sale
March 20-21
4-7pm | 9-2pm

Friday, March 20 from 4pm-7pm and Saturday, March 21 from 9am-2pm, Castle Farms is hosting a community spring sale open to anyone who is looking to sell or buy items. We will have a LIMITED number of booths available for anyone who would like to sell their items. The Castle will also have a booth PLUS we will have a big sale in our Gift Shop!

We are excited to offer this as an opportunity for families and individuals to sell gently used and unique items. Please understand that we will only be able to accept a select number of personal sales businesses (such as local made coffee, Lularoe, Mary Kay, etc.) to purchase booth spaces. Booth spaces will be limited, so it will be first come first serve for those who want to sell their items. For more information on booth pricing click HERE.

Mamma Mia!
March 20-22
Fri & Sat 7pm | Sun 2pm

Charlevoix Performing Arts will present its spring musical, Mamma Mia! for three shows Friday-Sunday, March 20-22 at the Charlevoix Middle/High School Auditorium. Tickets, to be sold at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. The Sunday matinee will also have a family admission special of $20.00 (2 adults and 2+ children/students).
Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical written by British playwright Catherine Johnson, based on the songs of ABBA composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, former members of the band. The title of the musical is taken from the group's 1975 chart-topper "Mamma Mia". If you have any questions about the show, please see our Facebook page, Charlevoix Performing Arts.

Syrup Season Open House
March 21-22
11-3pm

Please join us at Parsons Centennial Farm for our annual syrup season open house! Tour the farm to learn about our maple syrup making process, and enjoy maple treats made with our products. Leave feedback & you’ll be entered to win a gift basket filled with maple goodies! Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22, 11am - 3pm each day.

7th Annual Beaver Island Birding Festival, Warblers on the Water
March 22-24

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 !

Accomplished field trip leaders will guide participants to some of the island’s 30+ birding sites. Whether you are a novice or expert birder there will be something for you during this Memorial Day weekend event. For more specific information about Warblers on the Water visit the website HERE .

$3 Casa Tuesdays at Red Mesa Grill
$3 Casa Margaritas, $3 Premium Drafts, $3 Food Features
Live Music every Tuesday night, 7-10pm

March 17 | Project 6
March 24 | Lou Thumser
March 31 | Erik Jakeway
April 7 | The Marsupials Acoustic Trio
April 14 | Brett Mitchell
April 21 | Sean Bielby
April 28 | Blake Elliott
2020 Winter/Spring Music
7-9pm

March 20 | Sean Miller
April 3 | Jakey Thomas
May 1 | Blair Miller
May 15 | Brett Mitchell
SafeTALK
Munson Wellness Workshop
March 24, 2020
Canvas Paint & Sip
1918 Cellars
March 25, 2020
Odawa Casino | Blood Drive
Odawa Casino
April 1, 2020
2020 NLEA Annual Lunch
Boyne Mountain- Matterhorn Room
April 24, 2020
BRIDGE Charlevoix Conference
Charlevoix Public Library
April 30, 2020
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.

Lifeguard Classes Start March 19
The Charlevoix Area Community Pool is offering lifeguard certification classes starting on March 19. The classes cost $150 and are open to anyone age 15 and older who can meet several prerequisites including a swimming test. Details on requirements are at www.Charlevoixpool.org. The certification classes are purposely scheduled for students to accommodate their school day. Classes are March 19,20,23 and 24 from 4 pm to 9 pm and on the weekend, Saturday and Sunday March 21 and 22 from 11 am to 6 pm. To register call 231-547-0982. 

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

Bergmann Center Resale Shop New Location
Awesome Store New Location! Bergmann Center Resale Shop moving to 6585 M-66, Charlevoix - between Ace Hardware & Performance Plus next to Fastenal. It is an incredible move and we will be asking the community for your help. Opening: April 1, 2020. Hours are changing: Monday- Saturday 9-5pm. If you have any questions please be sure to call Kim at 231-547-9624.

Grey Gables Canned Food Drive!
For the entire month of March 2020, Grey Gables is having a canned food drive! Each non-perishable food item you bring to the restaurant will = 10% off your entree, for a maximum of 30% off your entree. 3 food items = 30% off your entree. Use on: full dinner & bar menu.

Not good for already discount menu items, like Tuesday's Burger & Beer, Big Steak's, 2 for $48.00 menu, to go orders..etc.

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

New Menu Items at Smoke On The Water
Please take a moment and check out our new menu on our Facebook page by clicking HERE. Website has not been updated yet. Some great new lunch items and a couple new breakfast items!

New Music to Torch Lake Cafe
We are so excited!! -- We've added a duo from the Earthworks Collective to our weekly musical lineup every Thursday starting MARCH 12th: The True Falsettos! A link to their Soundcloud site is HERE so you can hear what to expect! These guys are very unique and AMAZING! EVERY THURSDAY (Starting March 12th)!

2020 Charlevoix County Plat Book
We will begin working on the 2020 Charlevoix County Plat Book this Summer, to be released January 2021. If any businesses would like to inquire about or purchase ad space, contact the district office for details at 231-582-6193.

2020 Vendor Application Packers are Available!
he 2020 Vendor Application Packets are available! Applications are due on March 19 - which is also the date of our mandatory Vendor Meeting. Application can be viewed HERE!

The Vendor Meeting will be held on Thursday March 19 at noon in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Even if you have attended this meeting in the past, you, or a working representative must attend. There is a lot of new information to share with you. Additionally, if you are eligible to collect any of our food assistance program payments, I will have the proper forms for you to sign at the meeting. We also must have a current W-9 on file in order to pay you! W-9 form can be viewed HERE!

If you have any questions about the information contained in the packet, or the vendor meeting, please feel free to reach out to Beth Anzell 231-547-3253.

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.
McLaren Northern Michigan Verified as Level II Trauma Center

McLaren Northern Michigan is proud to announce they are a verified Level II Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the commitment of McLaren Northern Michigan to providing optimal care for injured patients.
 
McLaren Northern Michigan has pledged to enhance trauma capabilities in order to provide access to high-quality trauma care to northern Michigan and surrounding areas. This achievement confirms the ongoing commitment to doing what’s best for northern Michigan patients.

“We recognized that there was a need for higher level trauma care in northern Michigan,” stated Todd Burch, President & CEO of McLaren Northern Michigan. “We serve a large rural geographic area that immediately benefits from an advanced level of care. I am extremely proud of the strong trauma team that serves our community and provides the safe, quality health care that our patients have come to know and trust.”

To receive the Level II Trauma Center verification, a hospital must demonstrate capacity and capability to provide the most advanced life-saving measures for critically injured patients. The comprehensive services required include:
·        24/7 coverage by a trauma surgeon
·        24/7 access to specialty and critical care physicians
·        24/7 on-call neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons
·        24/7 on-site anesthesia providers, surgical services team, and trauma trained nurses
 
“This achievement was made possible by the commitment and support from hospital administration, the board of trustees, and our dedicated clinical and non-clinical trauma team members,” said Jane Poquette, MSN, RN, TCRN/CEN, Trauma Program Manager. “To successfully build a program to meet the comprehensive criteria to be a trauma center requires full commitment and a shared goal to deliver the best trauma care to every patient, every time.”

In life’s most critical moments – after a devastating car crash, fall, injury, or act of violence – access to round-the-clock treatment by a team specially-trained in trauma care, can mean the difference between life and death.
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.  
The easiest way to find jobs in the Charlevoix Area! Click below for a list of jobs with our chamber members.

Race Set Up, Working Race Day & Tear Down
Economic & Community Development Communication Internship
Senior Center Cook
Part and Full Time Seasonal Retail Sales
2nd Shift Caregiver
Auto Painter
Stylist
Customer Service- Project Coordinator
Designer
Full & Part-Time (Seasonal) Staff for All Positions
Mt. McSauba Camp Counselor
Golf Grounds Maintenance
Meter Officer
Experienced Servers
Production: Full-Time, Year-Round

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!
Please visit the below resources for other job opportunities in our area.

VIP Members
Platinum Members
 Would you like to become a Premier Investor?
call the Chamber at 231.547.2101 or chamber@charlevoix.org for more information