January 21, 2015

Wealth Advisors

An Independent Firm

Securities offered through
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC

Thomas G. Bickersteth          Douglas A. Brown, CFP          Joanne H. Curtis
          Registered Principal                       Registered Principal                       Financial Advisor

Together, we can create a plan designed to
achieve your unique goals.
It's your life.  Well planned.

                               *Financial Planning                         *Business Succession
                               *Asset Management                       *Trust Services
                               *Estate Planning                            *Charitable Giving
                               *Retirement Planning                      *Education Planning

Contact us at 231.547.4602 and visit our website at www.raymondjames.com
Congratulations to our newest Board Members, LuAnn Keinath with Charlevoix State Bank and David Gray with the Belvedere Golf Club.
I would also like to thank Alicia Mosher our outgoing Board Chair for her endless commitment and dedication this past  year to our Community and our Chamber.  I would also like to announce our new Board Chair, Dennis Halverson and our Vice Chair, LuAnn Keinath.

We had a busy week last week with the start of our FREE educational seminars, the first of 6 in 2015.  We had wonderful attendance and great ideas were shared.   Find a full schedule, below, and take advantage of these great learning opportunities.

I also had the pleasure of attending Goodwill's Grand Opening this past week.  We are happy to welcome them as new community members as well as new Chamber members.  Thank you to Jean Musilek, Dennis Halverson, Michelle Grunch, Dennis Kusina and Cherie Metevia for representing the Ambassadors at this important event.  Help me in welcoming Goodwill to our community by stopping by their new location on US 31.

I head to Lansing to the State of the State on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 20th & 21st and I look forward to reporting back on what great things Michigan is doing to support business in Northern Michigan.

Don't forget Business After Hours, Wednesday from 5-7pm at the Bridge Street Tap Room.

Wednesday, January 21st
5:00 - 7:00PM
at the Bridge Street Tap Room
No Charge for Members
                                                         $10 for Non-Members
Don't miss out! 
Come join us for our first Business After Hours of 2015  

You can register by emailing info@charlevoix.org, calling 231.547.2101 or by Clicking Here to register online.

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


We are excited to announce the 5th Annual Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce Business Expo and Taste of Charlevoix, taking place on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 4:00 - 7:00pm at Castle Farms.

Expo contracts were emailed to the Membership on Tuesday, January 20th.  If, for some reason, you did not get a contract emailed to you and you would like to participate in this year's Expo and Taste of Charlevoix, please contact the chamber office at 231.547.2101 or email info@charlevoix.org

With the Expo time being shortened, we have also reduced the price of booth spaces.
Yellow Booth  $250
Blue Booth      $200
Red Booth       $150

Booth prices for Non-Profit and Volunteer organizations are $150.

Booth prices for Restaurants will be at No Charge with the agreement to participate in the Taste of Charlevoix by providing 300 Taste Samples for the event.

If you are interested in being a Sponsor for the Business Expo and Taste of Charlevoix please contact the Chamber at 231.547.2101

Featuring Email and Social Engagement

Date:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time:  8-10AM
Place: Charlevoix Public Library
Fee:   No Charge for Members.  $10 for Non-Members

At the heart of small business marketing are the campaigns that drive action - collections of marketing activities that help a small business or organization  to achieve its goals and objectives.  Newsletters and Announcements have become a core component of those campaign choices.  Email is more important than ever - to the communication efforts of businesses and non profits everywhere; and to the customer, donor, client or supporter of those organizations.  This session will reveal some simple but effective best practices and considerations for the small business or non profit seeking to make their email newsletters more effective.

Attendees of this presentation will learn:
*The different types of newsletters.
*What to write about in your newsletter or announcement and how to consider using images.
*The importance of understanding how connected email and social media are...they have to be done together.
*What types of additional tools might be useful.

Join us and learn some great new strategies to help your email and social media efforts be more effective components of one of the core campaign types, newsletters and announcements.

To register click HERE

The seminar is Sponsored by:


Wednesday, March 11, 2015  Power of Email Marketing for Non-Profits
Thursday, April 15, 2015  You're Social, Now What? 
Thursday, September 24, 2015  Power of Event Marketing 
Thursday, October 22, 2015  Making the Case for Mobile

All Seminars will take place at the Charlevoix Public Library from 8:00 - 10:00am.
Registration links for each seminar will appear in the Biz Blast as soon as they become available. 

For employers under federal jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
New Year's means more than just making resolutions; employers will also need to comply with new reporting requirements going into effect January 1, 2015.

Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye withing 24 hours of finding out about the incident.  Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.

There will be three options for employers to report.  They will able to call their nearest area office during normal business hours, using the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA, or they can report online at www.osha.gov



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




Rebecca Glotfelty, Owner

Our Mission:  Helping People Tell Their Stories Through Digital Media
Real People Media is a 501(c)3 non-profit that teaches people how to create TV programs that discuss and explore local issues. We provide technical training and access to production equipment. Volunteers produce shows that celebrate local arts and culture and inform and educate the community about local issues and events.


402 Petoskey Avenue

Goodwill® strives to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.

Ribbon Cutting at Goodwill in Charlevoix on Janaury 16, 2015.
Pictured L to R: Glenn Hirt ( Goodwill Board Chairman), Alison Hubbard (Chamber of Commerce President), Pati Branon (Store Manager), Wendy Steele (Goodwill Board Member)
and Cecil McNally (Goodwill CEO)


We're hiring...Join our team at Fox Charlevoix!  If you have an outgoing personality and exceptional communication skills, don't pass up this opportunity to build a rewarding career through providing remarkable experiences for out clients.  Since opening or doors, we have dedicated ourselves to reinventing the car buying experience to create an environment where customers and their needs come first.

Our goal at Fox Charlevoix...only the best.  We strive to provide the best facilities, the best people, the best selection, and the best service - all to ensure that our customers have a remarkable experience.

We are looking for energetic and career-oriented people to join us in several areas of business.  Check out our current openings HERE and find out why our employees love working at Fox Charlevoix

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Visit Fox Charlevoix at www.foxcharlevoix.com

January 1, 2015 marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of the 70th anniversary of the start of McPhillips Flying Service, Inc.

McPhillips Flying Service, Inc. has been serving the aviation needs of residents and visitors to Beaver Island since 1945.  The company was started by Joe and Ane' McPhillips to provide mail and passenger service to the island when the ferry was unable to run.  The first aircraft was a WWII surplus Sikorsky Flying Boat.  The company expanded over the course of 70 years to include a fleet of four Britten Norman Islanders, a Piper Aztec, and a Piper Apache.  In recent years the company has flown over 30,000 passengers per year as well as nearly 1.5 million pounds of freight.  The services provided have also increased to include year-round Federal Express, UPS, prescriptions, hazardous materials, and air ambulance service.  McPhillips Flying Service, Inc. still holds the United States Postal Service Contract...one of the longest running air mail contracts in the Continental United States.

Starting in January, each person who flies with Island Airways will be entered in a monthly drawing for a free round trip ticket.  Additionally, monthly prize drawings will be held and will include Island Airways merchandise, discount coupons for travel etc.

Later in 2015, a "Customer Appreciation Hangar Party" will be held.  More details will be announced in the coming months.

In December 2015, a drawing will be held for a booklet of 10 one way tickets.  All passengers who travel with Island Airways in 2015 will be entered in the drawing.

For more information go to www.islandairways.com and www.facebook.com/Island-Airways.

Charlevoix Area Hospitality Training Program is being sponsored by a partnership between Goodwill Northern Michigan and The Oleson Foundation.  Gain expertise in the hospitality industry.  Learn adaptive workplace skills and food safety.  Develop competitive employability skills.  Succeed with personalized job placement support. 

Classes will take place in March.  For information on days and times call 231.995.7725.   

We are about to make some cosmetic changes to the market part of Esperance mid February.  To get ready for the moving of fixtures, we are offering all our market items at 15% off retail prices.  This includes all in stock food and gift items.

(Some exclusions apply - e.g.  eggs, bread, wine, gift certificates, special orders - See store for details) 

Visit our website at www.esperancewine.com.

Great savings all through the month of January.  We offer several opportunities for a DEAL on almost everything in the store.  Pictures 40% off, household goods, appliances, building material on sale, flooring 25% off, desks 50% off, and more.  Take your chance on our Discount Tree.  Each day you can receive a percentage off on any item in the store.

For more information, call 231.347.8440 or visit our website at www,northwestmihabitat.org

Raven Hill Discovery Center's Ham Radio Station is up and running.  With help from members of the Top of Michigan Amateur Radio Club (TOMARC) in Gaylord, the station is operational and the first class of technicians has received their ham radio licenses.  Recently, local electric company, Great Lakes Energy, came to the station's rescue, when sliding snow ripped the new ham radio antenna off the Center's roof.  A Great Lakes crew came out and set a utility pole for Raven Hill to use as a freestanding antenna.

Anyone interested in joining the Raven Hill Discovery Center Amateur Radio Club or attending a technician class, should contact Cheri at 231.536.3369 or email her at info@ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.

Shown in the photo, from right to left, are the linemen who set the pole:  Chris Murray, Chuck Skop, Bob Jones and Mike Streasick.

North Central Michigan College's nursing and allied health faculty will hold monthly information sessions on Thursdays starting in January at 4pm to explain the process for admission into the college's highly competitive nursing and allied health career programs.

The session will be in Room 347 of the college's Health Education and Science Center on the Petoskey campus on January 22nd, February 19th, March 19th, and April 23rd.

Anyone planning to apply for the nursing or allied health programs is strongly encouraged to attend one of these informational sessions.  The prerequisites will be particularly important for those applying for the fall 2015 program.

For more information contact Carol Laenen at 231.348.6839.
To learn more about North Central Michigan College visit www.ncmich.edu 

Hospice of Northwest Michigan has been nominated as one of the Petoskey News Review's Best of the Northwest Non-profits!  Any reputable Hospice will tell you "You Have A Choice" in the Hospice you want and in the services that best fit the needs of you and your family.  Please choose to support us, Hospice of Northwest Michigan, by voting in the Petoskey News Review's Best of the Northwest beginning January 21, 2015.  You get one vote per IP address (computer).  Voting ends February 2, 2015.

The link to vote is 



Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015

Time:  9:30am - 3:15pm

Place:  Harbor Industries, 100 Harbor Drive 


The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to start a lifesaving habit by becoming a regular blood donor this year, starting with national Blood Donor Month in January.


January is a challenging time for blood donations.  Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations, and cold and flu season may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments.  National Blood Donor Month, celebrated in January since 1970, raises awareness of the need for blood during the winter and throughout the year, while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need.


 Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative.  Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type.  Types A and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.


To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visits www.redcrossblood.org or call 800- RED CROSS (800-733-2767)



Congratulations to December's MacGregor Cares winner, Dress For Chill Project!

MacGregor Cares is a Monthly Community Giving Program.  January's nominees are:
*North Country Kids Daycare & Preschool
*Northwest Academy
*Challenge Mountain

One of these fine groups will win $500 from MacGregor Plumbing & Heating.  Click the link below to vote!

Do you know a group, organization or fundraiser that needs help in the community?  We're here to help them reach their goals.  Nominate by clicking the following link!  www.macgregorplumbing.com 

Friday, January 23,  Chris Koury  8-11pm
Saturday, January 24,  Pat Ryan  8-11pm
Sunday, January 25,  Chris Calleja  7-10pm
Tuesday, January 27,  Sean Bielby  7-10pm
Wednesday, January 28, Tap Room Trivia 7pm 
Visit our website at www.bridgestreettaproom.com  



"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




Date:Sunday, January 25, 2015

Place:  Charlevoix Middle/High School Auditorium

Time:  2:00pm 

Tickets:   $5 at the door


Come and enjoy singing, dancing, musical instruments, art presentations and more. 


A Silent Auction with proceeds going to the Charlevoix Middle/High School Performing Arts Program will also be held.  


For more information call 231.547.3222. 


St. Mary School will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week, Sunday, January 25th through Saturday, January 31st.  The theme this year is "A Community of Faith, Knowledge and Service".  Our students will be involved in many service projects centered around the community, participating in fun daily activities such as a Catechism Bee, Bingo, and an Ice Cream Social, as well as enjoying different "themes" for how they dress each day during this week.

There will be a fantastic Book Fair through Round Lake Bookstore.  There will be a variety of books for Preschool through Middle School age as well as Christian books for children and adults.  The Book Fair will be open after the Masses on Saturday, January 24th, Sunday, January 25th, Saturday, January 31st and Sunday, February 1st, as well as everyday after school.

For more information call 231.547.9441 or visit www.st.maryschoolcharlevoix.com 




The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra series of Sunday Recitals will present the Duo pianists Robin McCarty and Michelle Mitchum and Baritone Peter Sims with the Great Lakes Chamber Ensemble on January 25th at 4:00pm at the Frist Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs.


The Sunday Series of Recitals are presented free of charge through the generous support of Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Board member, Carolyn Klender. 


For more information, call 231.487.0010 or visit www.glorchestrs.org   





Visit Castle Farms of Charlevoix for Snowman Wonderland Story Time.  Saturday, January 31st, 10am - 12noon.  Enjoy story time, snowman making contest, interactive trains, plus hot cocoa 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





On January 31st and February 28th, from 5-9pm, experience the solitude of the wilderness as you snowshoe by torchlight at Camp Daggett.  Bearcub Outfitters of Petoskey has once again graciously sponsored this family-fun event.  Afterward, come in from the cold for a cup of hot chocolate, freshly baked cookies and to warm-up by the crackling fire in the camp's beautiful main lodge.  Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win great Bearcub products with all proceeds going to Camp Daggett.  Admission is free, donations are encouraged, and snowshoes are available for all ages!


If you're looking for a way to beat the winter blues, or want to schedule a birthday party or family retreat at the Camp Daggett Adventure Center, the cost is $20 per person, whic includes fun games and high climbing on the state-of-the-art indoor ropes course, plus a room to enjoy cake and ice cream.  Minimum for this three hour event is 15 people for a total of $300.  It's a great way to spend the day while playing and learning together!


Registration is now open for Camp Daggett summer camp with sessions starting on June 21st and ending August 15th.  Applications are available on line or at area schools and local chambers of commerce.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


For more information contact Brent Marlatt at 231.347.9742 or visit www.campdaggett.org  







Learn to shop for your heart on Thursday, February 5, 1-3pm, at Oleson's in Charlevoix  


In recognition of National Heart Month, Charlevoix Area Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation and Nutrition Services departments have teamed up to offer Shop for Your Heart, an informative grocery store tour to help people make smart, informed food choices when doing their weekly shopping.


Tina Foltz, Charlevoix Area Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation nurse coordinator, said, "This annual event is held at no cost to the public in an effort to make heart healthy shopping easier for the community.  The goal of the tour is to provide a fun new perspective for how people approach grocery store shopping, to answer nutritional questions that shoppers may have, and help learn easy ways to plan and make healthy meals at home."  The tour includes brief sessions throughout the store regarding label reading, how to navigate the aisles, and general shopping tips.


While there is no cost to attend, space is limited and pre-registration is required.


For more information on Shop for Your Heart or to reserve a spot on the tour, call Tina Foltz at 231.547.8525


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




 Check out our Groundhog Shadowfest Commercial HERE


For more information visit www.charlevoixshadowfest.com  






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 


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