Charlevoix Biz Blast

First Friday Biz Breakfast ______________________________________________________

The time has come once again for the…

First Friday Biz Breakfast
Grey Gables Restaurant
7:30 to 8:30am
$7 Admission

Speaking is Dan Barron from the Charlevoix Venetian Festival committee and Barron & Engstrom. There’s no better way to start your day! See you there!

Official Business______________________________________________________________

Have You Heard?If so, the rumors are true! This year the Chamber will be raffling off a candy-apple red, 2010 GT Mustang Convertible. Tickets are $100 each or three for $200. Call the Chamber and reserve your lucky numbers today. Or new this year, visit the Chamber website to purchase your tickets!

Become a Host of the MostThe Charlevoix Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in conjunction with the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce’s Retail Committee is looking for enthusiastic residents who love their town and wish to serve as community hosts in Downtown Charlevoix. Participants will receive a tshirt and a brief, specialized orientation session. Volunteers are needed as soon as possible, so if you like people and love talking about Charlevoix contact Keith Carey at 547.3265.

Get Fresh! Buy Local!
If you’re looking for the freshest produce, flowers, or baked goods around, look no further! The Charlevoix Farmers Market has begun -held on Thursdays from 9am to 1pm in downtown Charlevoix’s East Park. Whether you’re a market newbie or a veggie veteran, we hope to see you there! Contact the Chamber of Commerce with any questions -547.2101.

Fountain Fun
The interactive children’s water fountain found in East Park has a new schedule! From 10am to 7pm, children are invited to splash and play in the Charlevoix Fountain of Youth. Please properly supervise children and use at your own risk. Then from 7 to 9pm, out of respect for the marina patrons, the fountain will be closed each evening. The fountain will reopen from 9 to 11pm in the display mode. The Charlevoix Fountain of Youth choreographed music and light shows take place on the half hour and is to be enjoyed from behind the stanchions and rope.

Save the Date!
The 10th Annual Charlevoix Chamber Golf Outing is quickly approaching! Clear your calendar for Friday, August 28th at the Belvedere Golf Course. Registration opens next week, July 6th. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 547.2101 to reserve your spot!

Fourth of July Festivities
To celebrate the 4th of July, join your friends and neighbors at the 4th of July Parade. It will take place Saturday, July 4 at 10am. It will begin at Bridge and Garfield, traveling north on Bridge Street. The parade will conclude in East Park near the Town Clock with a service.

Legislative Update __________________________________________________________

To better help your business track legislative developments in Lansing, the following is a brief overview of the past week’s happenings. To view the complete update, please click on the links.

Troopers Decline Furloughs 104 Troopers Laid Off -

Budgets Moved Into Place — Deadline Also Moved -

Six Counties Avoid Double-Digit Unemployment -

Senate GOP: No On Expanded Jobless Benefits -

Key Legislative Introductions -

To read more about these stories & other topics, check out MIRS daily legislative news service at

MBT Call to Action
Representative Dan Scripps (Leland) is sitting on a house committee reviewing the impact of the MBT. This is a bi-partisan committee that would like to look at how the implementation of the MBT has impacted business almost 2 years later. This committee will meet a couple of times in July so we are asking for your input before July 4th. We will be passing this information onto Representative Scripps and the committee as part of a regional response to the impact of the MBT. For additional information, contact Doug DeYoung at the NW Michigan Regional Chamber Alliance,

Member- of-the-Month____________________________________________________________

12501 Taylor Road, Charlevoix

Horton Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast
05757 Boyne City Road, Charlevoix

Member Spotlight________________________________________________________________

This week, the Board of Directors, Ambassadors, and staff of the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize the Dock Manufacturers, Sales, & Service:

Bulmann Dock & Lift
Steve Bulmann
2030 US 131 S Hwy, Boyne Falls

A Tid-bit & Trivia Tip________________________________________________________________

The following is a new fun fact about Charlevoix and Michigan. Even if you aren’t the curious type, it may just help you at that next dinner party…

In 1926, the board of commissioners of Charlevoix County sought and secured state and congressional action to change the name of beautiful Pine Lake to Lake Charlevoix. This idea came from an enthusiastic recommendation from a Grand Rapids tourism promoter.

Gerald R. Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and became the 38th president of the United States. He attended the University of Michigan where he was a football star. He served on a WWII aircraft carrier and afterward represented Michigan in Congress for 24 years. He was also an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.

Member Updates____________________________________________________________________

Let the Music Begin
Beginning Tuesday, June 30th, the Charlevoix Community Band will kick off the summer concert series with a performance at 8pm in downtown East Park. In the case of rain, the concert will be held at the Charlevoix High School. Then on Sunday, July 5th, at 6pm, the local bluegrass favorite Horton Creek and the wildly entertaining West Side Soul Surfers will be performing. Concerts will continue throughout the summer at 8pm on Tuesdays and 6pm on Sundays.

A Piece of Pie
Join the community on Saturday, July 4th at 2pm for the rededication of the First World’s Largest Cherry Pie! Originally made in May 1976, it was listed among the top twenty National Bicentennial events. It is located south of town at the Charelvoix Township Fire Hall on US 31 South, Charlevoix. The ceremony will honor Connor Currier who chose to completely refurbish this site as his Eagle Scout Project for the B.S.A. Contact David Phillips at 231.547.4045 with any questions or for further information.

A Princess Tea Invite
Hear Ye Hear Ye! National Cherry Queen Megan is inviting princesses of all ages to attend the first annual Princess Tea on July 6th, 2009, 2-4pm on the lawn of the Pavilions. Tickets are $10*. An array of gourmet goodies, tea, coffee, and juice will be served buffet style. Professional hairstylists will be on hand to do princess up do’s for your little princess with a tiara included -by donation. A raffle filled with wonderful prizes will also be available, such as a chance to win tickets to the Queens Coronation Ball. You will not want to miss this opportunity to get up close to the Queen and her Court. This event supports the Queen’s scholarship fund. Tickets can be purchased by calling the National Cherry Festival Office at 231 947-4230.

Schoolship Inland Seas to Visit Charlevoix
From June 30th to July 2nd, Schoolship Inland Seas will be visiting Charlevoix! Following a two-day Invasive Species Research Program sailing from Suttons Bay to Charlevoix with high school students, Inland Seas’ visit begins with a dockside open house on the evening of Tuesday, June 30th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Charlevoix City Marina. The open house is free and open to the public! Three Family Science Sails will be open to the public on Wednesday, July 1st and Tuesday, July 2nd. Family groups and individuals can register for this hands-on program of Great Lakes ecology by calling (231) 271-3077. The cost of the Family Science Sail is $40.00/adult or $35/children under 18. Inland Seas’ visit to Charlevoix is in collaboration with SeaPorts Great Lakes. For further information, contact Kim Biocchi at (231) 271-3077 or on the web at

Charlevoix County’s Relay For Life
The nation’s largest, most successful nonprofit event, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, is coming to Charlevoix County for the 4th Annual event! It is scheduled for August 15th & 16th from 10am to 10pm at Castle Farms. Activities include a cancer survivor celebration and victory lap, a luminara ceremony to honor and remember those touched by the disease and a Fight Back ceremony to empower community members to take action against cancer. Anyone interested in learning more about this moving event, contact Lindsay Malpass-Skop at 231.536.7959 or visit

Demo Day!
It’s a day of demo -demonstrations, that is! Bier Art Gallery will be hosting a weekend art demonstration, Saturday July 4th and Sunday July 5th, six miles south of Charlevoix at the red and white schoolhouse from 10am-5pm. It’s a day to meet and talk with working artists; refreshments will be available.

Summerfolk Concerts
On July 6th at 7pm, venture over to the Charlevoix Library to enjoy a free concert! You will have the opportunity to enjoy the musical talents of Michael Lee. Contact the Library with any questions at 237.7340.

The Latest
The newest edition of Northwest Michigan Business has arrived! Read about the latest happenings in NW Michigan business community. Follow this link to view it online or contact the Chamber to receive your copy at 547.2101.

Legal Issues course for Entrepreneurs!
North Central Michigan College is offering a 2-week course on legal issues and entrepreneurship. Students will examine the legal issues small businesses and entrepreneurs face. Topics will include professional, product, and personal liabilities, investor fraud, business insurance, and business formation and structure. Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs meets Tuesday and Thursday nights from July 7th through July 16th. If you are interested in this course, please call Amber at 231-242-1493.

Charlevoix Area Hospital Guild’s Silent Auction
The Charlevoix Area Hospital Guild’s Silent Auction will be held on Thursday, August 6th from 10am to 3pm. There will be something for everyone, be it in art, baby, fashion, home decor, jewelry, kitchen, Vera Bradley, and area-wide gift certificates. If you would like to donate an item before July 16 or for more information, please call Lorene Sakamoto at 547.3431.

Pencil It In! ________________________________________________________________________

June 28-July 2 School Ship Inland Seas in Charlevoix; Seaports Great Lakes, 675.4800

June 30 Charlevoix Community Band Performance; 8pm in Downtown East Park

July 2 Charlevoix Farmers Market; 9am to 1pm; Downtown East Park, 547.2101

July 3 First Friday Biz Breakfast; 7:30am at Grey Gables; Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce, 547.2101

July 4 Rededication of the 1st World’s Largest Cherry Pie; 2pm at the Charlevoix Township Fire Hall; 547.4045

July 4 Fourth of July Parade; 10am, downtown Charlevoix

July 4-5 Bier Art Gallery Art Demonstration; 10am to 5pm, 547.2288

July 5 Charlevoix Summer Concert Series; 6pm; Downtown East Park

Contact Us ________________________________________________________________________

Erin Bemis, Executive Director; Shelly Ferguson, Event/Finance Manager; Lauren Brumley, Communications Coordinator; Bethany Pearson, Intern; Francesca Surdam, Intern; Julie Gelderblom, Intern

Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce
109 Mason Street * Charlevoix, Michigan 49720 * 231.547.2101 *

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