CHARLEVOIX AREA
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
 BIZ BLAST
January 7, 2015


BIZ BLAST SPONSOR  
THIS WEEK'S BIZ BLAST IS SPONSORED BY


 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR THE BIZ BLAST JUST LIKE CHARLEVOIX FITNESS?

Contact Mary at the Chamber office for details.
231.547.2101 or info@charlevoix.org 
 

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Wednesday, January 21st
5:00 - 7:00PM
at the Bridge Street Tap Room
No Charge for Members
$10 for Non-Members
 
Come join us for our first Business After Hours of 2015

FREE MEMBERSHIP TRAINING
BUILD YOUR MARKETING TOOLKIT
How to attract all the customers you need by making your marketing message memorable 

Date:  Friday, January 16, 2015 
Time:  8:00 - 10:30AM 
Place: Charlevoix Public Library 
Fee:  No Charge for Chamber Members,  $10 for Non Members 
 

Many small businesses and organizations find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their marketing efforts as effective as possible. But with so many different marketing activities that they could focus on, they often miss some of the important marketing concepts that will help them understand why those activities are so important. 

 

Our special guest for this month, Kim Schott, will uncover some of those core concepts and show that a little bit of marketing knowledge can go a long way. 

8:00am-8:15am - Registration & Networking
8:16am-9:30am - Build Your Marketing Toolkit 
9:40pm - Bonus Seminar: Getting Started with Email Marketing  

 

In this seminar, you'll learn:   

* What marketing really is (and isn't).
* How marketing has changed in ways that benefit small businesses.
 * The importance of setting goals and objectives for their marketing efforts.
 * The 4 Pillars or Marketing Success - a framework that shows how different marketing activities all fit together, and will help small businesses reflect on their own marketing program.
 * And, so much more!  

 

To register click click here.  

 

Session Sponsored By:

 

 
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEETING
AND AWARDS BREAKFAST

Date:  Friday, February 6, 2015
Place:  Castle Farms
Time:  7:00 - 9:00AM
Cost:  $30 per person.  $225/Table of 8

Please join us for our 2015 Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 7:00AM-9:00AM at Castle Farms.

Doors will open at 6:45 and the Presentation/Awards will begin at 7:15.

Chip Hansen, President of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation will be our speaker.

The following Awards will be presented:
*Business of the Year
*Citizen of the Year
*New Business of the Year
*Young Professional of the Year
*Outstanding Customer Service
*Chamber Ambassador of the Year

Invitation postcards will be mailed the week of 1/12/15 but you can call 231.547.2101 and reserve your spot today or Click Here to register online.

This event is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Castle Farms.

CHAMBER NEWS
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT 
I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Holiday!  I wanted to thank everyone for shopping local this holiday season.  We sold $8,000 in Chamber Checks in the month of December and I am proud to say that all of those dollars will be spent locally with our members!  THANK YOU!!!

Please remember most of our local businesses are open year round, think of them first before shopping outside the area.

I am excited about 2015 and look forward to working with all of you!

Best,
Alison  

 

JANUARY BUSINESS OF THE MONTH              

The Business of the Month is a business that goes above and beyond business as usual, positively impacting the community.  This business is selected by the Chamber Ambassador Committee and will be a contender for the 2016 Chamber's Business of the Year Award.  This prestigious award is presented at the Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast in February.  We are proud to present to you the January Business of the Month,

 



     Pictured left to right:  Brenda Keller - American House, Dennis Kusina-Chamber Ambassador, Cynthia McCort, Manager, American House, Kristina Russell-American House, Tammy Figueroa-American House, Ted McGlinch-American House, Jean Musilek-Chamber Ambassador, Peggy Kusina-Chamber Ambassador

AGRIPRENEUR CLASS OFFERS HELP FOR  
FOOD AND FARM BUSINESSES
A series of classes in Traverse City will help entrepreneurs learn how to start or grow a food or farm business.  "AgriPreneur 2.0: Developing Your Food or Farm Business" will be offered in eight, three-hour long classes beginning February 3rd.  The class is sponsored by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Michigan State University Extension Product Center. 

For more information call the SBDC Northwest Regional office at 231.922.3780 or visit  
MEMBER NEWS
LOOK WHAT DROPPED BY OUR SHOWROOM
This gorgeous 2015 Dodge SRT Viper Coupe rolled into our Fox Charlevoix Chrysler showroom and everyone's jaws hit the floor.  With a smooth black venom exterior and black performance interior, this car sure is a beauty.  It's hard not to stare!

Combine those classic good looks with a a performance driven and highly tuned powertrain, and you've got the things that dreams are made of.  Whether you're aiming for the racetrack or a leisurely ride around the block, the roaring V-10 engine and timeless style are just begging to hit the streets. 

Stop by today and be the envy of your neighbors with this 640-hp charmer in your garage. 



Visit Fox Charlevoix at www.foxcharlevoix.com
 

CHARLEVOIX AREA HOSPITAL WELCOMES ITS FIRST BABY OF 2015
Charlevoix Area Hospital celebrated the arrival of little 7lb/ 2oz. Montgomery Benjamin Aldrich in the wee hours of the morning on Friday, January 2, 2015.  He was the first baby delivered at the hospital this year and as the hospital's custom, his parents, Megan and Tommy, were presented with a congratulatory gift basket filled with an assortment of baby products and toys.

For more information on Charlevoix Area Hospital visit www.cah.org 



25,000 FREE BOOKS SINCE 2012
December's shipment of books to area preschoolers included the twenty-fifth thousandth book to be distributed as part of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program, 
funded in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties by Char-Em United Way. The 1,289 books sent in December  to children from birth through age five included board books for the littlest children up to longer picture stories for the 4 year-olds who are nearing school age.  Char-Em United Way began funding local participation in the Imaginataion Library in August of 2012 and is very pleased at the reception from the community and the impact the books are having on local literacy.

While the books are provided at no cost to the children, Char-Em United Way (CEUW) fundraises to cover those program costs.  Some of the generous community members who donate to CEUW designate their donations specifically to support the Imagination Library program and all the proceeds from the annual "Toast to Literacy" event go to fund this program.

The 2nd Annual "Toast to Literacy" fundraising event will be held on Saturday, February 21st at Castle Farms from 7-11pm and will include tastings of wine, craft beer, and mead from local producers as well as a food competition and auction..

If you'd like to find out more about supporting this literacy program by attending the "Toast to Literacy"event, volunteering at the event, or directly donating to support this program, please call the office at 231.487.1006 or email info@charemunitedway.org.

Donations can also be sent to Char-Em United Way, PO Box 1701 Petoskey, MI 49770, or by visiting www.charemunitedway.org and clicking on the Donate button. 





$1000 BRIDGE DROP RAFFLE WINNER
Congratulations to Norbert Scharenbroch, winner of the 2014 Bridge Drop Cash Raffle. 
   

 


 
 
MEMBER EVENTS
 
BRIDGE STREET TAP ROOM
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Friday, January 9,  Josh Hall,  8-11pm
Saturday, January 10,  Pat Ryan,  8-11pm
Sunday, January 11,  Ben Overbeek,  7-10pm
Tuesday, January 13,  Sean Bielby,  7-10pm
Wednesday, January 14,  Tap Room Trivia 7pm   
Visit our website at www.bridgestreettaproom.com  
     

 

   

 

 

ESPERANCE: DATES TO REMEMBER
We will be open for dinner on Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17, Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14.

Our next Cooking Class(Pasta Class & Dinner) will be on Saturday, January 24 at 4pm followed by dinner.
$75 per person.  Dinner only guest, $55 per person.
Please call 231.237.9300 to reserve your space

Our Market is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 6pm.
We are available for private parties.

Visit our website at 
www.esperancewine.com.




JANUARY CLASSES AND EVENTS AT THE CIRCLE OF ARTS
Register now for winter classes of art, music (guitar and drums), and motion (yoga and dance) at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts.  Classes for children and adults begin January 19th.

"The Artist Way - A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity".  This class helps you tap into your inner creativity as you explore a variety of art forms.  During this 10-week class, participants will follow the book, The Artist Way by Julie Cameron, and participate in classes led by area artists including: Edith Pair, Todd Warner, Kathie Briggs, Rebecca Glotfelty, Lisa Flahive, ande Heidi Dietrich.  Offered January 19-March 30.  Mondays from 3-5pm.  Cost $100/members and $125/non-members.  For ages 14 through adult.

Saturday, January 17, 3-5pm.  Opening Reception of From Farm to Frame - A Fine Art and Photography show featuring scenes from the farm.  Featured Artists include:  Kaye Kraypohl, Margie Guyot, Stephanie Schlatter, and Lindy Bishop as well as work from 20 area photographers.  The ripe produce of summer is sure to lift your spirits during these bleak winter months!

Real People Media's Jam Session/Open Mic will resume at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts on Tuesday, January 20th, from 6:30-8:30pm.  The weekly event is open to musicians of all ages and abilities.  The public is invited to come listen.  Sponsored by Real People Media and hosted by the Circle of Arts.  Participation by donation.

For more information on the Charlevoix Circle of Arts visit www.charlevoixcircle.org

 

    

 

 

JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF
Hospice of Northwest Michigan invites you to join our four week "Journey Through Grief" group bereavement program beginning Tuesday, January 20th and meeting each Tuesday until February 17th.  The group begins at 6pm and is meeting at the First Baptist Church Community Room, 067881 M66 North.  This program is open to anyone looking for assistance in their grief process and is facilitated by Rev. David Behling.  There is NO CHARGE to attend.

 

 For more information or to register please call Hospice at 231.5474.7659.

 

To learn more about Hospice of Northwest Michigan visit www.hospsicenwm.org  

 

 

 

   


SNOWMAN WONDERLAND STORY TIME AT THE CASTLE

Visit Castle Farms of Charlevoix for Snowman Wonderland Story Time.  Saturday, January 31st, 10am - 12noon.  Enjoy story time, snowman making contest, light snacks, interactive trains, and cupcakes by Cre8tive Cupcake.  $5 per person; children 2 and under FREE.  Purchase tickets at the door or online at www.shop.castlefarms.com 

For more event details, contact Charlynn at 231.237.0884 ext 224

 

 

 


 

LUNCHEON LECTURE SERIES   

January 30 - Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Russ Green, deputy superintendent and research coordinator will give an overview of this federal sanctuary headquartered in Alpena.
February 13 - The Battle of Being Mortal: Eldercare and our Future
Peter Oldon, Ph D, North Central VP of Academics, will take us through the process of writing the story of our lives.
February 27 - Preserving Native Families
LTBB Chief Judge Allie Greenleaf Maldonado will talk about the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act and the Indian Child Welfare Act.
March 13 - Back From Liberia
Kelly Suter, R.N., North Central graduate, on her work with the Ebola epidemic.
March 27 - Lost Boys: The Beulah Home Tragedy
Author Jack Hoby will discuss the sensational Supreme Court case against Herman Swift.
April 10 - Natural-Born Killers: Have We Lost Control
Randy Claramunt with the DNR will address the many challenges of managing naturalized Pacific salmon in the Great Lakes.
May 1 - What's New at School
PPS Superintendent John Scholten will provide an overview of the state of public education in our community.
 
All lunches start at 11:30am in the Library Conference Room of NCMC.  Cost is $10.  Call 231.348.6600 for reservations.
 

  

For more information on North Central Michigan College visit www.ncmich.edu

 

 

 

 

NEW WINTER EVENT: GROUNDHOG  

SHADOWFEST

Date:  February 6-8, 2015

Place:  Downtown Charlevoix

Family Activities:  Kids Games, Horsedrawn Carriage Rides, Free Movie, Petoskey Steel Drum Band

Adult Activities:  Beer Tent & Chili Cookoff, Bar Specials & Entertainment, Retail Sales & Cash Drawings

 

For more information visit www.charlevoixshadowfest.com  

 

 

 

 

DOGMAN CHALLENGE - PRIZES & SPONSORS NEEDED

The 3rd Annual Dogman Challenge is on tap for Saturday, February 21, 2015.  The race will begin with a mass start at Noon at the base of Mt. McSauba Ski Hill.  Riders will race Fat Bikes on a 1.5 mile loop through the trails of Mt. McSauba and North Point Nature Preserve.  The rider to complete the most  laps in two hours is the champion and will be awarded the Dogman trophy and cash prize.  Prizes will also be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both the men's and women's division.

 

Revolution Bike is looking for sponsors for this up and coming winter event.  Please contact Chet at 231.237.0900 if you would like to donate a prize to be given away during the event.   

 

Event and Banner Sponsors are also needed.  CLICK HERE to download a sponsorship form 

 

For more details email art.bicycles@yahoo.net 

 


MEMBER JOB POSTINGS 
For more information on applying for any of the following positions go to www.charlevoix.org  

City of Charlevoix
Community Economic Development Director

 
Please visit the below resources for additional job opportunities in our area:

 
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