October 15, 2019

422 W. Houghton Ave.
West Branch, MI 48661
In This Issue
  • New Chamber Members
  • Chamber Member Spotlight
  • Chamber Connections
  • Business After Hours
  • West Branch Visitors Bureau
  • West Branch & Rising Tide
  • West Branch Branding & Summer Giveaway Series Winner
  • Businesses that are Hiring
  • Ogemaw Kids Club - Ninja Junior Fitness
  • Sunrise Side Lifelong Learning Events
  • Cottage Vision Designs Events
  • Crossroads CoWorking Lounge @ The Highway Brewing Co.
  • MidMichigan Health Happenings
  • Towne Club Tasting Schedule
  • Ogemaw Humane Society Events
  • Claws and Paws Rescue Events
  • Oct. 18, Kiwanis Aktion Club Yard Sale
  • Oct. 18-20, Octoberfest-The Highway Brewing Co.
  • Oct. 19, West Branch Shootout Cornhole Tournament
  • Oct. 19, Walk For Freedom
  • West Branch Greenhouse Text Club
  • Oct. 20, 2nd Annual Fun Run
  • St. Joseph's Catholic Church - Golden Ticket Raffle
  • Oct. 23, Economic Outlook Breakfast
  • West Branch Area Halloween Happenings
  • Oct. 26, Clear Lake Halloween Party
  • Oct. 26, Logger's Depot Halloween Party
  • Oct. 26, Coco Cabana's Halloween Party
  • Oct. 26, The Haunted Village Walk
  • Oct. 26, Southern Fried Saturday Night Oct.26, Kiwanis Friendly Fued
  • Oct. 26, Children's Halloween Party
  • Oct. 27, St. Joseph's Catholic School - Run The Nightmare Fun Run/Walk
  • Nov. 7, Blood Drive-KOC Hall
  • Nov. 9, Kountry Klass Variety Band-West Branch Moose Lodge
  • Nov. 9, St. Joe Comedy Night - KOC #2022 - West Branch
  • Network Meetings
Welcome New Chamber Members!
Diamond Shine Cleaning -Specializing in Professional Office Cleaning
674 Harlin Court
West Branch, MI 48661

A&B Coffeehouse & Cafe' LLC
322 W. Houghton Ave.
West Branch, MI 48661
Clear Lake Bar & Pizzeria
2212 Clear Lake Rd.
West Branch, MI 48661

West Branch Seventh-Day
Adventist Church (2 Locations)
2014 W. M-55 and 1938 Dam Road
West Branch, MI
Coalition of Hope
166 N. 5th St.
West Branch, MI 48661
More Information to come
Chamber Connections & Business After Hours
***If you would like to sponsor either of these in 2020,
please let us know they are filling up.
Thank You to Mercantile Bank for hosting the October Chamber Connection and Thank you to everyone that attended. Please join us
Nov. 8 at Forward Conference Center for the All Member Meeting/Chamber Connection.
Thank you to  Culligan of West Branch
for hosting the September Business After Hours and
Thank you to everyone who attended. Please join us Oct. 17 at M&I Graphics and Promotions for the next Business After Hours.
West Branch Visitors  Bureau 
422 Houghton Ave.
West Branch, MI      
West Branch Rising Tide Updates ~
Be "in the know" with what's happening in West Branch &
The Rising Tide Program    #WestBranchMichigan
It is very exciting that West Branch received the Rising Tide Program that is guided with the governor. Please check out this website for updates and progression of the Rising Tide Project. The topics of focus for West Branch are Child Care, Housing, Attraction/Retention of Talent, Downtown, and Marketing/Branding.        

The Branding Committee is going to run a social media campaign this simmer in hopes of creating some buzz about the new look. Community Members are encouraged to take a selfie with logoed sign and post it on social media, tag West Branch Chamber and use the hashtag with the sign. Everyone who participates will be entered into a drawing for awesome prizes. The campaign will run from June 7 to Labor Day.

West Branch Takes a Fresh Look at Branding!
Congratulations to Ashley Smith Our Summer Branding Giveaway
Russell Cellular is Hiring!!
Coco Cabana's is Hiring!!
Team Hodges is Hiring!!
Ogemaw Kids Club - Ninja Junior Fitness
All year Co-Ed Fitness Program with Person Trainer Erick Rydd
Grades 4-6
Tuesday & Thursday from 5-6 P.M.

For More Information Call: Gina Rosebraugh @ 989-387-9382
Sunrise Side Lifelong Learning Events!
Cottage Vision Designs
Oct. 17, 6 - 8 P.M.
Oct. 19, 2 - 4 P.M.
Oct. 23, 6 - 8 P.M.
MidMichigan Health Foundation Happenings!
Six-Week "Healthy Weighs" Program Begins in May!!

Towne Club Party Store
Tasting Schedule
Oct. 18, 4-7 P.M. ~ Big Buck Brewery
Gaylord, MI; Big Brews, Big Tastes, and big friendly Northern Michigan Attitude.

There are some great volunteering opportunities coming up with Ogemaw County Humane Society! Please know that we need your support. 

* If you like to bake & would like to volunteer making things for any of the upcoming bake sales, please let us know & just drop the items off at the shelter the day before the event by 4:00 pm or at the event by noon. 
* If you would like to be at one of the bake sale tables during the event, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm / 3:00 pm the day of the event. Please let us know. Currently, all locations are in West Branch, however we would like to expand to other parts of the county. With your help we can do that!!! 
 Bake Sale Opportunities 

  • October 26, Walmart in West Branch
  • November 2, Walmart in West Branch
  • November 19, Walmart in West Branch 

If you are interested in helping with office duties, please Call 989-343-7387.

I guess what we are trying to say is there is a LOT going on here and we need YOU!!!!
The need continues to grow in our community for animals in need and with that need...so does our food pantry. We currently supply pet food to 3 food pantries in Ogemaw County & 1 in Roscommon County. So you may ask what we need and how you can help?
Well, there are several needs:
* We are always in need of donations of cat, kitten, dog and puppy food. It's okay if the bags are open and food can be dropped off to our office in downtown West Branch (behind Ink & Thread).
* We bag all the food into gallon ziplock bags and need ongoing help to keep it bagged up and labeled.
* We need 2 AWESOME VOLUNTEERS to oversee our food pantry and keep it organized and make sure the food is getting out to our community in a timely manner. Can you help?
This is a super easy way to help your community and make a huge difference for pets in need. Together, we are making a difference. 🐕🐾
Kiwanis Aktion Club - Yard Sale!!
October 18, 9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
First United Methodist Church
2490 State Rd. West Branch
Octoberfest at The Highway Brewing Co.
When: October 18-20
It’s fall so we’re bringing Octoberfest to The Highway Brewing Co. Don’t miss the weekend complete with Bavarian style food, costumes, and beer! Immerse in the culture with a polka band, The Kowalski Brothers, on Saturday night, or just stop in to try our cocktail specials, photo booth, and games that’ll be going on all weekend! You can't have Octoberfest without stein mugs to drink beer like a true Bavarian, so stop in to get your Highway Brewing stein! Don’t miss out on this fun packed weekend!
Walk For Freedom
When: Oct. 19 @ 10 A.M.
Where: Irons Park Pavilion
Join us for this two-mile, single file, silent walk as we increase awareness, raise funds, and stand in the gap for the voiceless-the millions of men, women, and children enslaved across the globe through human trafficking.
F o r More Info. Call or text Deb @ 989-387-2203 or
Laura @ 989-387-9035
West Branch Shootout Cornhole Tournament
When: Saturday October 19, 1-7 P.M.
Where: West Branch Country Club

West Branch Greenhouse
Join the VIP Text Club!! Get $5 off when you spend $25 or more!
Text FLOWERS1133 to 57838
Recieve VIP offers sent directly to your phone!

2nd Annual Halloween Fun Run
When: October 20
Time: 1 P.M. (Registration & Check in @ 12) Pre-registration encouraged!

Untimed event! Bring your family and furry friend! Just $10 per adult and $5 for kids 12 and under - Dogs are also $5 to register. Pre-registration will ensure your family receives a goody bag!

Tolfree Wellness Park - MidMichigan West Branch

Come in Costume - Prizes awarded for Best Costume!
Cider, Donuts and Concession available for Purchase.
Free Kids Games!

Have a HALLOWEENing good time!
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
🔥 BIG NEWS!!🔥 The Golden Ticket Raffle WILL NOT be reverting to a 50/50 in the event 100 tickets are not sold, the raffle will go on as planned with $60K in total cash prizes! 😍
Keep reading for the full details....

The Golden Ticket is a fundraiser program to support St. Joseph Catholic School in West Branch!
  • Raffle drawings will take place 1x per month for 12 months starting in October 2019.
  • Prizes are (1) $2,500, (2) 1,250 prizes each month.
  • If you win, your name goes back in the drawing!
  • Family/friends can “go in” on a ticket purchase together.
  • Only 100 tickets are available at $1,200/each - great odds!
  • Our VIP ticket holders will be invited to an appreciation dinner at the end of the year!
Contact  Casey Swartz @ 989-233-2393 or casey@fifthgearpowersports.com

Ready to purchase? Paypal link HERE: paypal.me/stjosephschool

THE FINAL DAY to get your ticket is October 21st before 6:00pm!

May the odds be ever in your favor😍
Economic Outlook Breakfast 2019
October 23rd
Forward Conference Center - West Branch
7:15 A.M. Check In
7:30 A.M. Gratis Breakfast
9:30 A.M End For Networking

Speakers For This Event:
Diane Love-Suvada, Co-Founder & Executive Director Sawmill Rural Business Center Owner, Made Up North
Ken Szymusiak, Managing Director Burgess Instutite for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Michigan State University
Jamie Ziolkowski, General Manager Rose Valley Winery
For more Information & RSVP please call 989-345-2821

Haunted Village Walk
Southern Fried Saturday Night
October 26, Doors Open at 7 P.M. Show at 8 P.M.
Larry McCray with Special Guest Jake Kershaw

Dinner and VIP Packages Available
Friendly Feud
When: October 26, Doors Open at 7 P.M.
Where: Knights of Columbus #2022

Run The Nightmare 2019!!
St. Joseph Catholic School Fun Run/Walk

October 27, @ The Nightmare Golf Course

12:30 P.M. - Registration and Check-In
1:30 P.M. - Monster Mile Run/Walk
2:15 P.M. - 5K Run/Walk
Costumes are Optional, But Encouraged!

Let's Discuss JR Book Club
When: Nov. 6 @ 4-5 P.M.
West Branch District Library

Blood Drive
November 7, 12 - 5:45 P.M.
Where: Knights of Columbus #2022
601 Columbus Dr. West Branch

West Branch Moose Lodge #2051 Presents Kountry Klass Variety Band
November 9
7 - 10 P.M.
West Branch Moose Lodge #2051
1731 W. State Rd. West Branch

Doors open at 5:30
Free Admission and Open to the Public
St. Joe Comedy Night
When: Nov. 9
Time: 5 P.M. - 12 A.M
Where: Knights of Columbus # 2022
601 Columbus Dr. West Branch

St. Joseph School Comedy Night and Dinner! Come out for a night full of dinner, laughter and music! Featuring Comedian Andy Beningo!! Also, music by Chase Blackmore! 💃🏽🕺🏼
Doors open at 5:00pm with dinner starting at 6:00pm. Entertainment will start approximately 6:45pm. We will have raffles, live auctions and 50/50’s throughout the night.

Networking Meetings

Chamber Connections breakfast networking. 2nd Friday each month from 7-8 am at various Chamber Member locations. Please call 989-345-2821 or visit http://wbacc.com  

Business After Hours is the 3rd Thursday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at various Chamber Member location. Please call 989-345-2821 or visit http://wbacc.com  

Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at noon at China Inn- 601 Houghton Ave

Young Professional Club meets 2nd Monday at 6 p.m. at Highway Brewing Company

Optimist Club meets every Thursday from 7 am to 8 am at Logger's Depot
Kiwanis Club of West Branch  
Meeting Tuesday's at noon at China Inn. Always looking for new members who want to help us support the children in our community. 
Denny Shumway 989-701-2507

West Branch Optimist Club
Meeting Thursday's at 7:00 am at Kue's Cafe 

Breakfast Club at Aunt Effiy's Quilting meets on Saturdays at 10 am

Ogemaw County Genealogical and Historical Society 
Meets 3rd Monday of each month at Noon 
at Trinity Episcopal Church
100 E Houghton Ave in West Branch

West Branch Merchant Meeting  
Meets first Tuesday of the month
6:00 pm at the Police Station on Page Street

Ogemaw Hills Snowmobile Club 
Meetings 2nd Saturday of the Month at 10:00 am
Corner of Fairview/Rose City Roads
Call Jim 989-473-3062

Northern Blend Sweet Adelines
Meet Thursday's at 7:00 pm 
Logan Township Hall
4507 E. M-55, Prescott
Ellen 989-345-0978 

West Branch Creative Arts Association
Meet first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm 
Fourth Street Gift Shop & Gallery
124 N. 4th Street, Public Welcome
Linda Hall 989-709-0928 for info

Sunrise Side Life Long Learning 
27 N. Rempert Road (on M-55)
Tawas City, MI 48763 

Ogemaw Co. Human Services Coordinating Council~Up North Prevention
Meet the 4th Tuesday of the month from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Starting Aug.27
MiWorks West Branch office
2389 S. M-76
West Branch, MI 48661
(989) 345-1090
West Branch Chamber/Visitors Bureau Geocache - Check it out "Chamber of Secrets" We get great reviews on this cache!! 
Connecting Communities
Grayling Chamber of Commerce  Click for website
Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce  Click for website
Roscommon Chamber of Commerce  Click for website
Standish Chamber of Commerce  Click for website
Pinconning Chamber of Commerce  Click for website
St. Helen Chamber of Commerce  Click for website
Mio Chamber of Commerce  Click for website
Tawas City Chamber of Commerce  Click for website
Skidway Lake Chamber of Commerce 989-873-4150
Prescott Chamber of Commerce 
Rose City/ Lupton Chamber of Commerce
Whittemore Area Chamber of Commerce


West Branch Visitor Bureau