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Jan. 23rd, 2013-Vol 2013 No. 1.3
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Escanaba MI, once a tiny village, was founded in July of 1863, at the height of the Civil War. Our lakeport hamlet evolved by the turn of the century into a city with thousands of residents. The community will celebrate the 150 years since its founding with an 8-day festival to commemorate our rich historical heritage.

The members of the esky150 Steering Committee are hard at work planning Escanaba's SesquiCentennial Celebration. As part of the 8 day celebration and to celebrate the excellence that exists in our waterfront business community, the committee, along with the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, has scheduled a special Business and Industry After Hours.


Sesquicentennial Business and Industry After Hours
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Ruth Butler Building - UP State Fairgrounds
Networking, refreshments, tradeshow booths and entertainment.

Chamber members are invited to secure a tradeshow booth to showcase their business; for more information contact 786-2192

For a full calendar of events visit: or via email at:

The goal of the Bay Area Economic Club is to promote an interest in, and to enlighten its members on, governmental, economic and social issues of regional and national impact.

The Club meets four times a year over dinner at Bay College's Heirman University Center. Networking begins at 5:15 pm, followed by hors d'oeuvres. The speaker will then address the group at 6:00 pm followed by questions from the audience in a National Press Club format.

Membership in the Club provides the opportunity to register for each event as well as voting privileges.

Seating at each event is limited. Members and guests are reminded to register for each event at least one week prior to the presentation to ensure a seat.

The Club is governed by a board of directors. Speaker profiles and additional information are included later in this issue of Shorelines.

Human Resource Management Program begins February 27

The M-TEC at Bay College is offering "The Essentials in Human Resource Management Certificate" program at its Escanaba campus. The program is designed to provide participants with the necessary tools to meet the needs of growing businesses in the Upper Peninsula. Participation is appropriate for both newcomers to the human resources field and those with some experience who are seeking to keep current in the field or expand their knowledge base.

The series consists of five workshops and will be delivered on Wednesdays over the next few months. The workshop, Employment Selection & Beyond, will begin the series and be held on February 27, 9 am - 1 pm. The four hour workshop will provide participants insight on how to eliminate/reduce risks during the hiring and selection stages of employment. Participants will examine effective recruiting and interviewing techniques and learn the value of defining the job accurately, as well as the employment laws affecting employment. The workshop will address all stages of the employment process.

Upcoming workshops and their scheduled dates and times include: Employee Orientation, Recordkeeping and Retention, March 13 from 9 am - 1 pm;

Employee Relations & Performance Management, March 27 from 9 am - 4:30 pm; Working within the Law - Compliance with HR Law, April 10 from 9 am - 4:30 pm; and Harassment Prevention in the Workplace, April 24 from 9 am -1 pm.

Fee for the four hour workshops is $145 each and $225 each (includes lunch) for the six hour workshops. Enrollment in the entire series, consisting of all five workshops, is set at $785.

To register, contact the M-TEC at 906.217.4106. Program details can be found online at Click on the Upcoming Courses tab and select the date of February 27. Registration deadline for the February 27 workshop is February 20.

Dear Delta County Neighbor:

Because the poor economy is affecting nearly everyone, we urge you to consider contributing to help a Delta County neighbor faced with a heating emergency. No amount is too small, and every dollar raised for Walk forWarmth will be used for heat assistance in Delta County.

Even if you can't contribute, there's something each of us can do to help. The Community Action Agency's annual alk for Warmth will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the Elks Lodge, 504 Ludington Street, Escanaba.

Registration will take place from 9:00-10:00 a.m., and the walk begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. You can support this ffort in any of the following ways:

-Donating money (tax deductible)
-Soliciting pledges
-Walking on Feb. 23 either by yourself or as part of a group that you've organized
-Encourage others to participate by promoting the "Walk for Warmth" in your church or organization's bulletin ornewsletter

Every dollar raised in Delta County is used to provide heating assistance to Delta County residents. Since 1992, the enominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency, WJMN-TV3, Radio Results Network and the Island Resort & Casino have sponsored the annual campaign.

Please make checks payable to CAA "Walk for Warmth" and send to CAA, 507 First Avenue N., Escanaba, MI 49829. Donations are accepted throughout the year. If you have questions or need more information or pledge sheets, call Cathy Pearson at 786-7080. Pledge sheets are also available at our Web site,

Thank you for considering this request. We hope you will be part of the solution.

Delta Force 2013 began with a welcoming reception at the William Bonifas Art Center Friday, January 18th. Present and past Delta Force members met, dined, and shared experiences and expectations of the program. Past members shared advice on how to take full advantage of the program. "You take what you put in" seemed to be the main advice given. Special thanks to Papa Murphy's Pizza for their contribution during this important Delta Force event.

The next day, the 2013 Class met at Bay College for a day to understand social interactions at an individual level. The BDD and Associates led the day's presentation and discussion.

The next stop for Delta Force is Leadership and Community Service Day at Positively! The Center for Success.
Northern Initiatives Provides
Website Effectiveness Workshop for Manufacturers

Northern Initiatives in collaboration with the Delta County Commerce Center will be providing a workshop on creating an effective website for your company. Included with the workshop will be a summary level website assessment for manufacturers interested in upgrading their online presence. The workshop will take place on February 12th at the Delta County Commerce Center in Escanaba Michigan from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost is $50 dollars and lunch will be provided.

Marketing studies show that more than 90% of customers gather information about products and services they are interested in by conducting Internet Based research. Improving the visibility of your website through various techniques can increase traffic and potentially capture new business. The workshop will introduce ways to promote your website and create an effective online presence.

For more information or to RSVP contact Scott Byrnes by phone (906) 226-1658 or email

On Monday, March 4th, 2013

the Bay Area Economic Club invites you to hear from

Chuck Thiry, Vice President
Cleveland Golf/Srixon
Hometown Achiever

Location: Bay College Joseph Heirman Center
Networking and Hors d'oeuvres at 5:15pm,
Speaker at 6:15pm

Chuck Thiry is currently serving as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cleveland Golf/Srixon, a division of Dunlop Sports Japan whose parent company is Sumitomo Rubber Industries. Chuck has been with Cleveland Golf since 1999. His previous positions with the company include--Territory Manager, Regional Sales Manager, and Cleveland Brand Manager.

Chuck began working in the Golf Industry at age 13, when he was hired in the Bag room at Escanaba Country Club in Escanaba, MI. After High School Chuck attended The San Diego Golf Academy. Following graduation in 1982, Chuck began working at Bernardo Heights Country Club in Rancho Bernardo, CA., as an Assistant Golf Professional.

Two years later Chuck joined Taylor Made Golf and entered into the field of Sales. In 1985, at age 24, Chuck was Taylor Made's youngest Sales Representative. He stayed with Taylor Made until 1993. While there Chuck steadily moved up the ranks as Sales Rep/Florida, Sales Rep/ Eastern PA., and Regional Sales Manager, Northeast United States.

In 1995 Chuck joined Accushnet Golf, Representing Titleist, Footjoy, and Cobra, in Territories that included New York, Michigan, and Illinois. Four years later Chuck joined Cleveland Golf as a Regional Sales Manager in Chicago, IL. In addition, Chuck was the President of Thiry Golf Sales inc, and Independent Golf Distribution network, and was the founder of 59GOLF, Golf Bags and accessories.

Fredrick Winters - Hypnotist
Date: 01/23/2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Price: $5
Place: Bay College
Contact: Bay College Box Office 906-217-4045
The comedy of hypnosis is the hottest, most captivating entertainment today. With the snap of his fingers, Winters escorts volunteers on a journey into their imaginations, providing unlimited laughter and excitement. When performing, Winters turns any event into years of hysterically funny memories. For details and tickets visit:

Fredrick Winters - Hypnotist
Date: 01/24/2013
Time: 7pm
Price: $5
Place: Bay College
Contact: Bay College Box Office 906-217-4045
The comedy of hypnosis is the hottest, most captivating entertainment today. With the snap of his fingers, Winters escorts volunteers on a journey into their imaginations, providing unlimited laughter and excitement. When performing, Winters turns any event into years of hysterically funny memories. For details and tickets visit:

9th Annual Fall in Love Wedding Showcase
Date: 01/26/2013
Time: 11 AM - 2 PM
Place: Bay de Noc Community College
Contact: Jena 786-2526,
Delta County's Larges and Longest Running Wedding Show!

Its All About The Bride, Wedding Day Event
Date: 01/27/2013
Time: Noon - 3 PM
Price: $1
Place: Riverside Golf Club, Menominee
Prizes-Discounts-Demos. Limo, Salon, Formal Wear, Florist, Hall Decoration, Keepsake, Venues, Wedding Cake, Photography, Invitations, Fitness, Finance, Disk Jockey. Grand Prize Wedding Package

Business After Hours
Date: 01/30/2013
Time: 5pm
Place: Hereford & Hops
Sponsor: WLUC TV6
Contact: Delta County Chamber 906-786-2192
Networking opportunity co-sponsored by the Delta
County Chamber of Commerce

Renegades, Suicide Girls & 4 Degrees from Maude
Date: 01/31/2013
Time: 7 pm
Place: Willam Bonifas Fine Arts Center
Contact: Bonifas Fine Arts 786-3833
Gallery Reception open to the public. With Jaqueline Beach & Eddie Moritz

Bay College Career Fair
Date: 01/31/2013
Place: Bay College
Contact: Annette Johnson (906) 217-4033
Will be held in the Joseph Heirman University Center part of campus, in conjunction with Michigan Works! and veterans' employment specialists.
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The New Year has arrived and we have many exciting events planned for this year in Delta County.

The Chamber of Commerce puts together thousands of bags every year for visitors. Guests really enjoy getting little give-aways from area businesses. If you have items you would like to donate such as pens, mirrors, or coupons, the chamber would happily accept. Anything you are willing to give in any quantity would be greatly appreciated. This is a great way to showcase Delta County and promote your business.

Here is quick look at upcoming events:

Upper Peninsula State Fair
LPGA Symetra Tour
MWC World Walleye Championship
Escanaba's Sesquicentennial Celebration
Lake States Logging Congress and Equipment Expo
Walleye Season Opener
...and that's just to name a few.

If you wish to donate an item, simply drop them off at the chamber, or call 786-2192 if you would like it picked up.
Creative Composites Meets AS9100 Requirements

Creative Composites, Inc. of Rapid River, Michigan, has been audited by American Systems Registrar of Wyoming, Michigan and certified as meeting the AS9100C quality system requirements for:

Manufacture of structural composites and composite materials; machining, welding and fabrication of stainless steel or aluminum structures; automotive and MIL-Spec painting.

A quality management standard for the Aerospace Industry, AS9100 is designed to meet stringent, complex and unique demands of the defense and commercial Aerospace industry. Similar to ISO 9001:2000, with nearly 100 additional requirements specific to Aerospace, being certified to an accredited AS9100 registrar provides organizations with a comprehensive quality management system (QMS) focused on areas directly impacting product safety and reliability, including:

- Configuration management- requires that management discipline be applied over the life cycle of a product to provide visibility and control of its functional and physical characteristics.

- Design-ensures that design responsible organizations have a robust design process to meet safety and reliability requirements demanded by the Aerospace industry.

- Purchasing-requires effective controls over the organization's entire supply chain.

- Product Realization- ensures that each phase of product realization, from planning procuring and manufacturing to shipment is controlled for delivery of product conforming to customer requirements.

- Product Monitoring/Measurement - defines requirements for product validation prior to shipment.

"We at Creative Composites consider this an important investment in our capabilities to provide the best value to our customers and partners," explained Brad McPhee, president of Creative Composites.

Independent Certification to AS9100 via an AS9100 registrar validates a company's commitment to Quality and provides the organization with:

- Performance based analysis aimed towards defect prevention methods and continual improvement.

- Fulfilling certification requirements as approved suppliers for OEMs.

- Improve customer satisfaction and reduction in audits and oversight by the OEMs

- Enhanced performance and cost savings from operational consistency and reduction in rework and scrap.

Creative Composites is a company that focuses on design and engineering analysis of composite structures, including soy-based materials. Biocomposites can combine various plant fibers and resins to form unique composite materials. Also known as Natural Fiber Reinforced Plastics (NFRP), Biocomposites can be lighter, stronger and more flexible than steel, and environmentally friendly compared to traditional fiberglass. The team of Creative Composites is interested in new technology development to assist their customers.

We are here to promote your business and our community.


Vickie Micheau
Delta County Chamber of Commerce

phone: (906) 786-2192