For more information, call the Chamber office at 231.547.2101 or email sbergmann@charlevoix.org
Today is Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day! Your involvement in our Chamber helps fulfill our mission to support commerce and provide leadership to enhance the quality of life in our Charlevoix area! To continue your support for Charlevoix and your Chamber, be sure to follow our page, share our snapshot video, like posts from your fellow businesses and organizations, shop local and use local services, and stay engaged and involved!

Click HERE to see the short video we put together!
Chamber Recharge Raffle
Tickets still available! Drawling takes place November 16th. Click graphic for more info!
Apple Fest Poker Run
Still taking place until October 31st
LEAD by Local - Cybersecurity
October 28, 11:00am

Not sure what malware looks like? Is it ransomeware? How do I know and what do I do? If you aren't sure how to answer these questions this session is for you!

For this session, Leah Olson of N Point Strategies will provide simple ways to identify malicious software (malware) on your device, and the initial steps to take if your device or business network becomes infected. 

Register HERE !

LEAD by Local - Building Resilience in Times of Uncertainty
November 11, 11:00am

We are all facing unprecedented change in the workplace and in our personal lives. This presentation will provide tips and techniques on how to develop and strengthen resilience, enabling you to weather the storm of uncertainty.
Kathy Grinsteiner is the Provider Engagement Manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network’s northern and west Michigan region. She also leads a frontline leadership coaching program for the operational areas. She holds a Master’s degree in Communication Arts from Grand Valley State University. Kathy has created and delivered a number of skill-building presentations for local Chambers and employer groups.

Register HERE!

The LEAD by Local sessions will conclude with time for each attendee to share - about your business, an event you have coming up, a service you are looking to provide or find, a need you are looking to fill, or anything else! $5 to attend, register online for these virtual sessions.

Greg Denzinger

(231) 242-3317
Email Greg Denzinger
View the VIRTUAL Parade of Homes
October 10-24

The Annual Parade of Homes by the Home Builders Association of Northern Michigan has gone VIRTUAL! Eight gorgeous Northern Michigan homes and one spectacular waterfront deck are featured with video, drone footage and still photography. This FREE event goes LIVE on Oct 10 at www.UpNorthHomeTour.com and runs until Oct 24. Thanks to our sponsors DTE, Preston Feather Building Centers and Design Showrooms, and Lake Michigan Credit Union.

Careers in Energy Weeks
October 19-23

The 7th annual Careers in Energy Week gets underway Oct.19-23. Throughout the week companies across the state will open their doors virtually to students, educators, parents and adult job seekers. Additional information can be located on the MEWDC website HERE
Throughout the week, energy companies will virtually open their doors to students and adults across the state for tours, panels, career fairs, demonstrations, contests and more. Pay special attention to the career exploration events on Monday and Friday where students will get great exposure to our amazing skilled trades careers and pathways from Robotics to energy. 
The MEWDC will host two virtual events, a job fair and a career exploration fair, and are free to job seekers and students. We are partnering with the State of Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to host these events on their Brazen platform. 
  • On Tuesday, October 20 from 1-4 p.m., we will host MI Energy Careers 2020, a virtual career exploration fair, aimed at high school students through adult learners. The event will highlight energy careers, the pathways to different positions and the benefits of a career in energy
  • On Friday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we will host Michigan Careers in Energy Week Job Fair, a virtual job fair aimed at adult job-seekers. We expect to have participants from all over Michigan as we partner with Michigan Works! Agencies and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Association to promote multiple opportunities to join the energy workforce and have 13+ companies participating

2020 Northwest Michigan Housing Summit
October 20-22

The Northwest Michigan Housing Summit, now in its sixth year, is an annual opportunity for communities, businesses, developers, housing agencies, and more to learn from national, state, and regional experts about emerging housing solutions.

The Summit will feature three days of in-depth housing solutions, and participants will have access to the sessions and recorded discussions after the event. Please browse through the site to learn about our sessions, speakers, and sponsors, and check back regularly for updates as we continue to add new sessions, speakers, sponsors, and related information. REGISTER HERE!

American House Apple Pie Pick Up!
October 21

Let's celebrate apple season! While we can never replace the joy of Apple Fest, we'll make sure you get your apple pie fix. Our chefs do amazing things with Fall flavors, and we're looking forward to this Charlevoix favorite. During your curbside pickup, ask about the exciting things happening in our beautiful community.

Call and pre-order your apple pie by October 16, 2020 and we'll have it ready. Don't forget to stop for ice cream on the way home!

2nd Annual Candlelight Spooky Trail Hike
October 24

The Recreation Department will be hosting our 2nd Annual Candlelight Spooky Trail Hike at Mt. McSauba. We are supplying the spooky trail, a warm fire, and a fun hike in the woods. This is another great opportunity to be outside and to safely social distance with family and friends.
The trail will start at the ski lodge and proceed to a fire pit and about a half mile hike into the woods. We will light the path with candles and a few jack-o-lanterns along the way. But, pay close attention to the array of ghost, goblins, zombies, witches and ship wrecked pirates running amuck in the woods!
Costumes Welcome!!! Keep a close eye out for a few surprises along the way. Trails will be "not too spooky" and we hope to emphasize fun over fright.

Community Blood Drive hosted by Charlevoix Elks
October 26

Join the Charlevoix Elks for a blood drive. There is an urgent need for blood donations! All blood will be tested for COVID-19 Antibodies. Appointments preferred, please call 1-866-642-5663, visit online HERE. Charlevoix Elks is located at 12735 US 31 N, Charleovix.

Please wear a face mask, thank you for saving with us!

Northwest Michigan Works! Virtual Job Fair
October 28

Hundreds of jobs in a variety of industries will be featured at a Northwest Michigan Works! Virtual Job Fair Wednesday, October 28. The online event will include 27 employers from around Northwest Michigan and will give job seekers the opportunity to learn about current job openings and connect directly to employers. The Virtual Job Fair will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and participants can register in advance to learn about each employer’s job openings. There is no charge to participate in the job fair and registration provides access to all the employer’s online booths.
Registration and a list of participating employers are available at HERE.

We're Hacking Economic Resiliency!
November 2 | 2pm | The Vault
November 9 | 2pm | Virtual

Studies show that businesses with intentional, measurable impacts are more resilient in times of economic hardship. But between social media, environmental, and economic urgency, it's hard to know where to start.

In this hackathon, Good for Michigan Program Director Alice Jasper will walk you through free, online tools that can help you benchmark and set goals towards a regenerative and financially stable future. Use these tools as a roadmap alongside numerous resources to support you along the way. Become Good for Michigan and take charge of your future by assessing your present.

Businesses who track, report and act on their impacts: are 63% more likely to survive economic turmoil, have greater revenue growth, and show an annual survival rate of 90-99%

Blood Drive Hosted by Odawa Casino
November 4

Odawa Casino is sponsoring a blood drive in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 from 9am to 3pm. The location is the Michigan Huron Room, located at Odawa Hotel (1444 US 131, Petoskey).

Walk ins are welcome but reservations are encouraged by visiting https://bit.ly/33RAHsc or email Marty Van De Car at mvandecar@odawacasino.com. Let’s save some lives!

Etienne Charles & Creole Soul
November 7, 2020
Great Lakes Center for the Arts
Macrame Class
November 19, 2020
Charlevoix Circle of Arts
Register by Nov 12
Rescue Christmas - 2020 Red Kettle Campaign
YOU CAN HELP THE SALVATION ARMY OF PETOSKEY RESCUE CHRISTMAS - For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early across the country in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization’s iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high. For more details click HERE.

NCMC Presents Free History Presentations
NCMC Corporate & Community Education is offering a series of free history presentations via Zoom. “Haunted Petoskey” will take place right before Halloween on Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 PM. Join local historian, Chris Struble, for commentary and a tour through rare, vintage images that will give you a glimpse into local paranormal activity that will be interpreted from a historical perspective. Register here. On November 10th, the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, popular maritime expert, Ric Mixster, will be speaking about the investigations into what may have happened to the ship and its crew. Ric will also be providing information about his personal exploration of the wreck. Register here. Join Ric again on November 16th for a presentation of “Safe Ashore: The 1940 Armistice Day Storm”. Ric will share exclusive footage and interviews that will set the stage for the storm that hit Lake Michigan at 125 mph and slammed into several freighters who were at the mercy of the waves. Register here. These courses are part of the NCMC Lifelong Learning series. See the full class list here.

St. Michael Academy Fine Arts Program Awarded $66,500 Grant, Strings Attached
Moved by St. Michael Academy’s (SMA) desire to fully-immerse students in a Classical Fine Arts experience, a private foundation with ties to Northern Michigan funded a $66,500 grant request to enhance the Academy’s art studio and expand its Music program to include Gregorian Chant and a Strings Program—complete with new instruments.

For the full press release click HERE!

Charlevoix Circle of Arts
Come to the Charlevoix Circle of Arts to be in aww of our "Time with Eagles" exhibit with Charlevoix photographer Bill Dietrich. Exhibit runs through October 31. While you're here, Participate in our KIDS COLORING CONTEST: Each youth under the age of 18 may submit one coloring page for a chance to win an original eagle photograph by Bill Dietrich. Visit CharlevoixCircle.org to download and print a bald eagle coloring page or pick one up at CCA! All entries due by October 31, 2020.

Macramé Class with Sharon Smithem at Charlevoix Circle of Arts! November 19th, 6-8pm. No experience necessary and all materials included. Enjoy an evening creating something one of a kind and learning the art of knot tying. Each participant will walk away with a beautiful macramé holiday tree hanging.  Pre-register at CharlevoixCircle.org or call 231-547-3554.

FREE Rides to All Polling Locations in Charlevoix County
Charlevoix County Transit is offering FREE rides to all polling locations in Charlevoix County on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Due to social distancing and limited vehicle capacity, it is suggested that trips be prescheduled prior to the November 3rd election. Face coverings required on all CCT vehicles. Call 231-582-6900 to preschedule rides.

Dave Kring Donates Car Seats to Emmet County Sheriff's Department
With social distancing guidelines and COVID safety still a priority – Dave Kring was unable to host the annual Car Seat Safety Check event this year. But the importance of safe transportation for children is always great. The free event provided valuable information for both parents and children through evaluation of proper fit, installation and recall check by certified car seat technicians. If a car seat was determined to be unsafe, the Sheriff’s office provided a replacement for free.
Dave Kring has been the exclusive sponsor of this effort for almost ten years – donating the funds needed to purchase car seats, and hosting an annual check event at the dealership. Ongoing education is required to maintain certification, so the check event provides an opportunity for technicians and deputies to meet the requirements.
Since 2011, over 350 car seats have been distributed to the community. The donation made by Dave Kring again this year will be used to purchase another 100 Evenflo car seats for the Sheriff’s department. (Pictured left to right: Corporal Cole Brady, Dave Kring, and Sheriff Pete Wallin).

The Farley Calendar and Promotional Products Company and VP Demand Creation Services Announce a Joint Marketing and Selling Agreement!
In an effort to better reach and serve the Banking and Credit Union markets currently served by The Farley Calendar and Promotional Products Company of Boyne City, MI., Farley and VP Demand Creation Services of Traverse City will be working together to do just that. Farley, now celebrating 50 years of doing business with the financial sector nationwide, and VP, offering complementing products and services that will serve the industry well. 
That, along with the addition of seasoned sales professional, Jeff Dufort, of Traverse City, to the sales efforts for both companies, should prove very beneficial for all involved. “Jeff and I shared the same profession, representing different companies, for a very long time. I am excited not only to partner with VP Demand Creation Services but also to have Jeff representing our companies in that partnership. VPDCS and Farley share a similar culture and customer bases but in complementing capacities. This partnership, along with Jeff’s sales experience and expertise, gives us a unique opportunity to offer expansive product lines and customer service that are second to none to the markets that we serve!” said Jeff Streelman, Owner of The Farley Calendar and Promotional Products Company.
“At VP Demand Creation Services, we have found numerous opportunities to deliver products and services to our national, state, and local clients from other local businesses,” said Dave Moore, owner and CEO of VPDCS. “Our Clients now utilize several of our local business partners, and we feel the products and services which The Farley Calendar and Promotional Products Company offers are a natural fit for our clients, as well”
“The Farley Calendar and Promotional Products Company and VPDCS have similar client bases, so having one sales rep/contact person makes sense. I am honored to be representing these two great companies,” said Jeff Dufort, Business Development Manager for both VPDCS and Farley. For more information on both companies please visit www.farleycalendars.com and www.VPdemandcreation.com

McLaren Northern Michigan Welcomes New Cardiologist
McLaren Northern Michigan is pleased to welcome board-certified cardiologist, David Ternes, DO, to Michigan Heart & Vascular Specialists.
Born and raised in Michigan, Dr. Ternes began his health care career right out of high school as a patient transporter and continuing his career in health care to others areas of the hospital.
Dr. Ternes received his medical degree for Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine and Cardiology residency at McLaren Macomb and completed his interventional cardiology fellowship with Kettering Medical Center.
With over 15 years of cardiovascular experience, Dr. Ternes is looking forward to practicing cardiac care in Northern Michigan. “McLaren Northern Michigan has a reputation for quality care,” expressed Dr. Ternes. “This is a beautiful area to live and I am excited to continue my practice in Northern Michigan.”
Dr. Ternes has a special interest in heart failure and long-term risk reduction and overall wellness.  “It is fulfilling to make a connection with my patients and be a partner in improving their health,” he expressed.
In his free time, Dr. Ternes enjoys being outdoors either mountain biking and hiking.
For more information on cardiology services, or to make an appointment with Dr. Ternes, please call 231-487-2490 or visit www.mclaren.org/northernheart.

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.

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. 
Membership in the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce is open to all businesses, organizations and individuals. It is a policy of the Charlevoix Chamber that membership does not constitute political or issue endorsement.
The easiest way to find jobs in the Charlevoix Area! Click below for a list of jobs with our chamber members.
Bartenders/ Servers

American Spoon
Seasonal Retail Associate

Full-Time Architect

Comfort Keepers
Caregivers - More than a Living!

Senior Center Cook

Part and Full Time Seasonal Retail Sales

Edgewater Inn Condominium Hotel
Front Desk Clerk
Police Officer
Airport Attendant

Automotive Technician
Assistant Office Manager

Multiple Positions
Send resumes to jobs@hotelearl.com

Hiring Staff

Swim School Coordinator
Full & Part-Time (Seasonal) Staff for All Positions

Hiring All Positions

Caregivers 2nd and 3rd Shift
Sign on Bonus
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!
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