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
2020 Chamber Scholarship - Now Accepting Applications!

The 2020 Chamber Scholarship is awarded to an area high school senior deserving of assistance in covering tuition expenses associated with higher education. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior who is accepted to and planning to attend an accredited two year or four year vocational school, community college or university. The applicant must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, and must either be an employee of a Chamber member business the child of an employee of a Chamber member business.

Deadline is Monday, April 27, 2020 at 5:00pm

For the application form and full list of requirements, visit charlevoix.org


If your business is interested in partnering to sponsor the scholarship, please reach out to the Chamber office at 231-547-2101
COVID-19
The Paycheck Protection Program is Now Available for Small Businesses
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, DTE Energy, and a diverse coalition of civic, non-profit, and business organizations have joined to raise awareness of the Paycheck Protection Program. If your business has been impacted by the coronavirus crisis and you have fewer than 500 employees, you can apply for a federal loan that: 
 
  • Covers payroll, mortgage, rent, utilities and other expenses 
  • Is forgivable upon meeting criteria 
 
Get started with the  Paycheck Protection Program   
  
Have more than 500 customers? DTE Energy has created a  business resources page  to learn about other programs that may help your business during this challenging time. 

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging
Charlevoix County Commission on Aging will be complying with Governor Whitmer’s extended “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order of 4/9/2020. Based on the Executive Order, following is in effect immediately until April 30, 2020 at midnight: 

Disaster Congregate Meals – While able 
These meals will be available for SCHEDULED DELIVERY ONLY on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday. Seniors wishing to get meals should call the Commission on Aging Office at 231-237-0103 between 9a-2p on Thursdays to schedule the next weeks reserved meals. Seniors may order up to (7) frozen meals once a week. Suggested meal donations remain $3.00 per mea

Home Delivered Meals – While able 
These meals will be delivered once weekly. (7) frozen meals will be delivered on the following scheduled days by Charlevoix County Transit for this Stay Safe, Stay Home time frame. 
*If you live in an apartment building the driver will call you when they are at your stop for you to pick up your meal at the main door. 

To read the full document and all details click HERE .

Munson Healthcare
We are grateful for the outpouring of support by generous community members who wish to assist Munson Healthcare during this crisis. How we respond now will determine how severely impacted our communities will be in the future. We simply could not face these challenges times without your support.

Munson Healthcare has received a number of questions from community members interested in donating personal protective equipment (PPE). Visit our website to view regularly updated details such as:

  • New or unused, unscented items being accepted
  • Guidance on how to make homemade/hand-sewn face mask
  • Donation drop-off locations available across northern Michigan
  • Where to send notes of appreciation and encouragement for healthcare team

A few items to note:
  • Munson Healthcare is accepting any style, pattern, or design of hand-sewn face masks
  • Please do not drop off items at the Foundations office, emergency departments, hospitals, clinics, etc. Donated items should be delivered to one of the designated drop-off locations

PPE Supplies for Charlevoix County Municipalities and Their Associated Services
During this COVID-19 pandemic, if your agency/municipality is in need of gloves/masks/gowns/hand sanitizer/shields, etc.;

Please click the link below to submit such PPE Request(s):
  • http://www.cceoem.net/charlevoix/ (You cannot submit for multiple items at one time. You will have to submit a request for each item you are requesting. Please be specific on what item and quantity amount for each requested item.)

As supplies are very limited to get currently through the State and local vendors, please request what supplies you are currently in need of so we can try and fulfill everyone's order(s) once we receive the supplies. If you have already submitted a request, please do NOT submit a duplicate.

If you should have any questions or need to modify the request you have already submitted, please give the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office a call at 231-547-4461 and speak with Sienna Wenz.

Charlevoix businesses are OPEN, in a different way!

Shops are moving online and can help you shop virtually, outdoor activities are abundant, and service businesses continue to handle your needs by phone and email.
Charlevoix County Transit
During the COVID-19 Stay At Home Order, Charlevoix County Transit is providing FREE delivery service for items such as prescriptions, food pantry boxes, groceries and other essential items. To schedule a delivery, please call 231-582-6900.

Charlevoix Public Schools Kindergarten Registration
Experience Charlevoix Elementary! We can't wait to show you all that we offer!

If your child turns 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2020, call (231) 547-3215 or email cesinfo@rayder.net with the following information: student name, date of birth, parent(s) name, mailing address, phone number, previous preschool attended. You will be contacted with further information. To view the full flyer click HERE.

Northern Michigan P.D.R.
We will be up and running business as usual starting on May 4th. We are offering a 10% discount on services! Northern Michigan P.D.R. does paintless automotive dent repair such as; door dings, small minor dents and hail damage. Home or office!

Hogarth's Pest Control Company Celebrating 35 Years!
It's time to sign up for your spring pest control and rodent baiting! Click HERE to sign up. Pet Control, Wildlife & Animal Removal, and other services. Our office staff is currently working remotely, In order to limit call volume, please use the link above to sign up for service. If you have an immediate concern, you can still reach us at 231-264-6060 or 800-264-6161.

Reminders:
  • As always, Hogarth's will contact you the day prior to confirm your appointment. Exterior treatments are always weather permitting.
  • Any painting, staining, or pressure washing should be done before having your home sprayed. Window washing should be done after. Failing to follow these recommendations may void your guarantee. Please let us know of any plans to paint/stain/pressure wash so we can work with you to schedule in a timely manner.
  • If you have bait stations at your home, spring and fall rodent baiting will be scheduled automatically.

Munson Healthcare: Virtual Visits
Munson Healthcare Virtual Visits allow you to stay in the comfort of your home while seeing the high-quality provider you need to keep your health on track. Munson Healthcare has openings for you and your family in a wide range of areas, including:
  • Primary care
  • Pediatrics
  • Behavioral health
  • OB/GYN
  • Allergy care
  • Physical therapy
  • Post-surgery follow-up
  • Prescription refills
  • Rashes and skin conditions
  • Urology
  • Wellness visits, and more.

Simple, secure, and convenient, we can "see" you in two virtual ways: audio-only via telephone or face-to-face through web and mobile apps. Click HERE.

Request Your Appointment! Call your MunsonHealthcare provider to request an appointment. We will help you schedule the right kind of appointment that fits your needs. No provider? Contact a Munson Healthcare "Find a Doctor" representative at 231-935-5886 or findadoctor@mhc.net

Many Ribbons Project
McLaren Northern Michigan has witnessed an incredible outpouring of support every day from the community for our health care heroes.

McLaren Northern Michigan is asking the community to tie ribbons of any color on trees or mailboxes or hang them in the windows of their homes to show support for our community of medical caregivers and first responders. This group includes Emergency Medical Services, Public Safety Officers, Fire Departments, Doctors, Nurses, and the entire McLaren Northern Michigan team as we collectively respond to and care for those patients in their time of need.

McLaren Northern Michigan is asking community members not to leave their home for material. If you don’t have a ribbon, you can print a cut-out version on paper to hang on the inside of your window. Use any material you already have in your home in order to show your support for our Health Care Heroes. 

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Sponsors Coffee Club
Tabatha Simpson, a local Edward Jones financial advisor, will host a coffee club at 9am virtually every Wednesday Morning at 866-528-2256, code: 5973916#. To reserve a seat, call Kris at 231-547-3852.

At this upcoming coffee club, Simpson will discuss current market conditions.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in St. Louis, provides financial services in the U.S. and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the investments its financial advisors offer to the location of its branch offices, caters to individual investors. The firm's 18,000-plus financial advisors serve more than 7 million clients and care for $1.3 trillion in assets under management. Visit our website at edwardjones.com and recruiting website at careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

St. Michael Academy Offers Online Learning to All
St. Michael Academy, Petoskey continues its online learning initiative since Covid-19 forced the closing of schools. Since "we're all in this together", SMA is now offering its classes, free of charge to anyone, in grades 7-12. Students and their families are encouraged to sample the top-notch, online instruction begun on March 16th. Classes in Civics, Ancient Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra, Music and more are on the SMA website, for all to take advantage. Our full faculty hold Master's degrees, so you are learning from some of the best. Visit  https://stmichaelupnorth.org/virtual-shadow-day/  The plan is to go until the end of the school year. 

Still Meeting Needs Despite COVID-19
The Salvation Army of Petoskey continues to adapt services for those in need as new information continues to unfold. Since the Michigan shutdown began on March 16 th , we have supplied $14,544.67, and have delivered close to 1,000 hot meals along with numerous grocery orders and food boxes from our pantry to many vulnerable neighbors thanks to a few careful dedicated staff and volunteers including Petoskey’s Mayor, John Murphy. Click HERE for more information.

St. Mary is Live Streaming!
St. Mary is Live Streaming Mass! You can go to our website: www.stmarycharlevoix.com to find the schedule and to watch. You can find us on YouTube: St Mary Parish Charlevoix and Facebook: St. Mary Parish too!

The Clothing Company Celebrating 45th Anniversary
The Clothing Company is celebrating its 45th Anniversary all month long, but in a different way! For every gift certificate bought in April with a value of $30 or more, we will include a coupon for $10 off your $50 purchase!

Our gift certificates and coupons have no expiration, but please limit one coupon per total purchase.

Here’s how you can get in touch:

  • Give us a ring at 231-547-6361 Monday through Saturday between 10 and 4.
  • Email your contact info to info@myclothingco.com and we will reach out to you.
  • Message us on Facebook @theclothingcocharlevoix or Instagram @thecloco

Consumers Energy Helping Michigan Families
Consumers Energy wants to help your company during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  Small businesses are suddenly struggling to survive after closing to help everyone stay safe.  Consumers Energy can provide meaningful and immediate help by working with our customer-businesses on their utility bills.  Call us at 800-805-0490 to arrange a customized payment plan for your energy bill, and to learn about energy waste reduction programs to lower your bill.  Don’t wait to talk to us.  Helping businesses bridge this gap successfully is one of our top priorities because we understand that small businesses are the backbone of Michigan’s economy.  Learn more about the Consumers Energy COVID-19 response plan by visiting  www.ConsumersEnergy.com/coronavirus .   

Friske New Take-Out Menu
Friske Farm Market has a new take-out menu! All food is fully cooked - just heat and serve! Please call us a head to place your take-out order or request curb-side pick up service 231-599-2604. Local milk, eggs, bacon and MORE! 2 servings in Chicken Pot Pie, Lasagna and Cabbage Rolls. Hours are Mon-Thurs 10-4pm and Fri-Sat 10-6pm.

Soup/Chili Pt/$6.99 Qt/$12.99
Chicken Pot pie $9.99
U.P. Pastes (asst varieties and size)
Lasagna Rolls w/ marinara $11.99
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls $12.99
Mac n' Cheese 14oz/$7.99 32oz/$14.99

A Message from Raven Hill
While Raven Hill is currently closed to the public for the duration of this COVID-19 crisis, everything continues behind the scene! The plants, animals and fish still need to be tended to: cleaned, fed and watered. Plus, the paperwork and grant writing is never ending!

Meanwhile, check out our Facebook and websites for “Home Learning Opportunities”. A new science, history or art activity is posted every day to be used to keep informal learning front and center for all ages in a fun, hands-on way. Don’t forget to share these fun lessons with others!

Raven Hill also recently began posting a photo journal on the website. A different facet of the Center is featured every day with photos that will bring back fond memories or motivate you to start a “Check it out” list for the next time you visit us. If you feel the need to come out and walk the grounds, please email info@miravenhill.org or text 231.675.6025 to let us know when you are coming, so that we can keep track of attendance and monitor how many people may be at the Center at any given time. We certainly want to keep the social distancing in place for now.

Longtime North Central Professor Passes Away
North Central Michigan College  Professor Larry Cummings, a fixture in the Petoskey community and an icon on the college’s campus, passed away at McLaren Northern Michigan on March 31, 2020, due to complications of Covid-19. He was 76. Cummings taught history and geography at North Central for 51 years, spending his entire professional career teaching generations of students who will remember him fondly.

Cummings was born in Charlevoix in 1943. He lived in Arizona and California as a child, but spent his formative years in Northern Michigan, attending Traverse City Central High School. He attended Northwestern Michigan College, Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and Central Michigan University, where he obtained a master’s degree in history.  A world-traveler, Cummings visited more than 50 countries, each providing him with insight and information that he shared with his students. His curriculum was rich with personal experiences of people, places and significant moments in history. 

Counseling services are available to help North Central students and employees process their grief. Information about those services has been shared internally. The college will communicate additional information as appropriate, including plans to celebrate Cummings’ life and his many contributions to North Central. The college asks that the privacy of the Cummings family be respected at this difficult time. To read the full article click HERE.

Charlevoix Conservation District Tree Sale
We still have trees available & will be accepting orders until we run out. We are out of a few wildlife habitat shrubs, but still have many conifer seedlings, transplants and other non-tree planting items available.  
 
Our staff of two is taking turns manning the office, hours are still Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm, we are open to the public by appointment, phone or email. Please call Alison or Chris at 231-582-6193. 
 
Tree Pick Up weekend is still scheduled for Friday, April 24th & Saturday, April 25th but by registration only. Participants placing an order must call to sign up for a time slot to pick up their trees. Pick up weekend will be drive-through style, payment in advance is preferred. Cash or check only.
 
To shed a little light on the current health crisis & encourage getting outdoors, the District will be offering Free tree seedlings for kids during pick up weekend. Limit 1 per child. First come-first serve. Pre-registered tree orders will receive priority service. We thank everyone in advance for their patience! 

A Letter from Principle Harwood, Help Incentivize Students
I hope all is doing well with you and your family. My name is David Harwood, Principal/Superintendent of Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts. Governor Whitmer announced last week that she is imposing Executive Order 2020-35. In the Executive Order, Governor Whitmer has ordered all schools in Michigan to remained closed through the remainder of the school year. The remainder of the school year, schools will be instructed students through distance learning.

Staff at Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts are working on a plan for during this period that will allow students to continue their learning.  The plan will allow students to communicate and interact with staff and students through technology. To encourage students to complete their work, the school would like to reward students with prizes and incentives. It would be great if the prizes and incentives can come from our local community and businesses. If you can donate items for students to receive, it would greatly be appreciated. Donations would be recognized on the Charlevoix Montessori for the Arts Facebook page.  

I realize that this has been an extremely difficult time for everyone. I appreciate all that everyone has done to help during this crisis. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at  dharwood@cma.edu  or 989-289-5956.

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

Mt. McSauba Camp Counselor
Golf Grounds Maintenance
Meter Officer
Charlevoix Beautification Crew
Seasonal Water Division Assistant

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