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Cadillac Area

A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

March/April 2015 • Volume 21-NO. 2

Business Magazine

Making
it a prioRity

Northern Michigan
Alliance 2015 priorities
See page 6

Consumers Energy Foundation awards
grant to Great Start Collaborative
In February representatives of Consumers
Energy presented members of the Great
Start Collaborative with a check for $30,000
to support early childhood programs in the
Wexford-Missaukee area. Of the total grant
amount, $10,000 will go to the support of the
Imagination Library and $20,000 is designated for home visiting services for families with
children birth to 5 years. This makes a total of
$80,000 that Consumers Energy has invested
in early childhood programs in the WexfordMissaukee area over the past three years.
“Supporting early childhood education is
a priority for Consumers Energy because
it’s an important first step to building a

Visionary Partners:

strong Michigan for tomorrow,” said David
Mengebier, president of the Consumers
Energy Foundation. “We support this and
other Great Start efforts throughout Michigan
to care for the communities we serve and prepare this state’s next generation of leaders.”
Doug DeYoung, Area Manager for
Consumers Energy, and Carolyn Bloodworth,
Secretary-Treasurer of the Consumers Energy
Foundation, presented the check to members
of the Great Start Collaborative, including
local business leaders who have led efforts
to promote the Imagination Library, at the
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce.

MUNSON HEALTHCARE
Cadillac Hospital

A Zhongding Sealing Parts (USA) Inc. Company

To be eligible families must live in the Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School District which includes the Cadillac, Lake City,
Manton, Marion, McBain, Mesick and Pine River School Districts. Parents can register their preschool children (birth up to 5
years old) by going to www.usa.imaginationlibrary.com and clicking on “Register My Child” on the top of the page. For additional assistance email: wmisdimaginationlibrary@gmail.com. Donations to fund the program may be sent to the Cadillac Area
Community Foundation, 201 North Mitchell Street, Suite 101, Cadillac, MI, 49601

Business Directory
Construction

Excavating
Edward Dracht
President

DRACHTDesign
CONSTRUCTION
CO.
• Build • Contracting
Serving the greater Cadillac area since 1972.

Butler Steel buildings • CONVENTIONAL FRAMED BUILDINGS
Commercial • Industrial • Institutional • Agriculture • Churches
Offices • Rubber Roofs • Concrete Flatwork • Complete Turnkey Projects
23350 100th Ave. • Marion, MI 49665
email: ed@drachtconstruction.com
www.drachtconstruction.butlersteel.com

office: (231) 825-0035
fax: (231) 825-0038
cell: (231) 357-8718

CJ’s EXCAVATING, INC.
• STONE & GRAVEL
• BACKHOE WORK
• SUBDIVISON &
LAND DEVELOPMENT

• BASEMENTS
• EARTH MOVING
• GRADING & BULLDOZING
• FILL DIRT • SEWER & WATER

(231) 775-1773 (231) 775-0703 FAX

9051 E. 48 1/2 Road • Cadillac Shop Junction of M-115 & US-131
Craig Johnson, CEO 231-878-3550 • Bonded & Insured

Leadership Partners:
AAR Mobility Systems
AT&T
Belle Oakes Living Center Inc.
BorgWarner Thermal Systems
Cadillac Area Public Schools
Consumers Energy
DTE Energy
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance Agency
FIAMM Technologies LLC
Fifth Third Bank
ITC
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Rexair LLC
Walmart Supercenter Store
Wexford-Missaukee ISD

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - March/April 2015 3

Mission Statement

The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce is
a visible business leader that advocates and
drives business opportunities. Through business
alliances, we are a catalyst for our membership
and provide a persuasive regional voice
benefiting our communities.

2014/2015 Board of Directors
Kelly Cater, Chair
Rec Boat Holdings
Kelly Smith, Vice Chair
Baker College of Cadillac
Scott Hunter, Treasurer
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC.
Jon Catlin, Past Executive Director
Chemical Bank
David Cox
Wexford Missaukee ISD
Bill Kring
9 & 10 News
Doug DeYoung
Consumers Energy
Tim Knaggs
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance
Dr. Kyle Hogg
Dental Health Professionals
Melody Hurley
Walmart Supercenter Store
Dan Minor
Cadillac Casting Inc.
Pete Stalker
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Don Schepers
Schepers Agency, Inc.
Brian Williams
Blue Heron Café
CHAMBER STAFF
Bill Tencza, President
president@cadillac.org

Doreen Lanc, Director of Membership Services
membership@cadillac.org
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant
leadership@cadillac.org
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant
info@cadillac.org

Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations
kentw@tcchamber.org
Mike Acosta, Great Start Consultant
macosta@wmisd.org
Website:www.cadillac.org
Printer: Pleasant Graphics
Publisher: Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

The Cadillac Area Business Magazine is a publication of the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. The
Chamber reserves the right to edit or refuse articles
and advertisements submitted to the Cadillac Area
Business Magazine and reserves the right in its sole
discretion to accept or refuse inserts and other materials to be distributed through the publication.
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
222 Lake Street
231-775-9776

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Northern Michigan Chamber
Alliance’s 2015 Priorities
The Northern Michigan Chamber annually establishes legislative priorities and
supporting guiding principles as part of
our program of work. The baseline of
our 2015 Northern Michigan Chamber
Alliance Guiding Principles is making it easier for businesses in northern
Michigan to be competitive. However,
moving that strategy forward is not as
simple as publishing the want. Energy
re-think, gapping K-12 per pupil funding,
transportation (including airports, rail,
and shipping) are a long-term objectives,
but it should remain the ongoing target
in assisting our member businesses be
competitive. We believe all must happen
and advocating on behalf of northern
Michigan business is our primary role.
The Northern Michigan Regional
Chamber Alliance has assembled eight
legislative priorities in 2015 with a reoccurring focus on education and tourism
funding, workforce development, along
with talent attraction and retention on
the short-list (reference page 6). At the
top of the list is a comprehensive energy
reshape for the State of Michigan that
factors northern Michigan businesses
and residents. With the general election behind us and inaction on energy
policy in previous years, Michigan needs
to forge an independent energy policy,
but not without policy that is inclusive
of northern Michigan as part of that
strategy. With a new legislature, this
needs to be a top priority of the Snyder
Administration.
The Alliance represented by the
Cadillac, Alpena, Benzie County,
Charlevoix, Gaylord, Marquette,

March/April 2015 - Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

Petoskey, and Traverse City Chambers
includes 6,500 supporting members. The
strength and gaining influence of the
Alliance has paid dividends. Stronger
connectivity and increased visibility in
Lansing is in place. In January, in conjunction with State of the State activities and meetings, the Alliance hosted a
breakfast in Lansing with the Northern
Michigan Caucus representing the geography of the Alliance. Transportation
was the significant focus, specifically
Proposal 1, which will appear on the
May 5 ballot. In February, Kent Wood,
Director of Government Relations presented the Northern Michigan Chamber
Alliance 2015 Legislative Priorities to
the Senate Commerce Committee. The
delivery of the message underscored that
northern Michigan should not be viewed
from a legislative lens the same southeast
Michigan or other regions. This is evident
with energy, transportation, and rural
education funding. Simpler said than
done, but the Alliance exists to be a voice
for northern Michigan business interests.
Educating our members on relevant
legislative issues, galvanizing grassroots
efforts on behalf of business and formulating positions when applicable will be
strategic priority in 2015. The next focus
will be on the May 5 ballot initiative.

Bill Tencza,
Chamber President

2015 Leadership Class visits sponsor, Fox Motors of Cadillac

Cadillac Leadership Program and Project Update
By KendRa Dolorfino

Cadillac Leadership is honored to
have Fox Motors of Cadillac, as our
primary class sponsor, since 2011.
Their generous community support
Proudly Sponsored by:
is a huge benefit to this program,
as well as many others in our area.
Thank you Fox Motors, we are forever grateful for this continued partnership.
The Cadillac Leadership class is a nine month program held annually since
1991. It is designed to provide emerging leaders with a unique learning experience with emphasis on community and volunteerism. We have learned a great
deal since our class began last fall. Thus far, we have visited many sites and
heard from leaders in education, manufacturing, government, media and culture. The curriculum also provides its members with opportunities to identify
and apply their skills and passions to a community service project that will
benefit many.
Our class is working to improve and increase awareness of the Stehouwer
Free Clinic. Our goal is to obtain much needed medical equipment, supplies,
make improvements to the clinic space and layout, while improving public
awareness of available services.
The Stehouwer Free Clinic provides limited diagnostic and treatment services to underinsured individuals who reside in Lake, Missaukee, Osceola,
and Wexford Counties. The clinic also has a program to help with prescription
medication.
The class is hosting a fundraiser, the Leadership and Friends Dinner on
March 20, 2015 at the Cadillac Grill. Tickets may be purchased at the Cadillac
Area Chamber of Commerce or from any Leadership class member.
Donations to this project are greatly appreciated and can be made through
the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.cadillac.org. For
more information please contact, Kendra Dolorfino at (231) 876-7998 or
Michelle Norton at (231) 942-7025.

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2014-2015 Cadillac Leadership Class
“Stehouwer Free Clinic Improvement
and Awareness Project” Fundraiser

Leadership & Friends Dinner
Friday, March 20, 2015
Eldorado Cadillac Grill

Please join us for entertainment, silent auction and
more to raise funds for medical equipment, clinic
improvements and public awareness.

TICKETS $40/person $75/couple
Cocktails 6pm • Dinner Buffet 6:45pm
Tickets available at the Cadillac Area Chamber of
Commerce, Cadillac Leadership Class Members or
contact us at leadership@cadillac.org
Sponsor tables available,
contact Michelle Norton at 231-942-7025
If you wish to support our project, please visit
www.cadillac.org to make an online donation

Align your personal
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Difference
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

Featuring in the
May/June issue!

Makers

A Salute to Community Volunteerism • 2015

This special publication features these unique individuals
and their companies in the greater Cadillac area showcasing
their outstanding community service and dedication to making
a difference. Celebrate with us as we salute these amazing
community servants who take care of business...and community.

Contact Holly Schonert for more information
at 231-779-4138 or hschonert@cadillacnews.com.

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John Alef, Vice President, Business Banking,
at 989-344-4003 or john.alef@firstmerit.com.
Beth McMall, PrivateBank Team Lead,
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Space is limited. Reserve your space by Wednesday, March 18, 2015 to recognize the
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2015 legislative priorities
Quick solutions are not easy to come by when addressing issues
that affect Northern Michigan. But the Northern Michigan
Chamber Alliance continues to form partnerships with area legislators to address several long-standing issues for the region.
Topping the list of eight priorities for the Alliance is a comprehensive statewide energy policy.
“For our priorities over the next year, the NM Chamber Alliance
is really looking to continue movement on longstanding issues in
northern Michigan, such as improvement in our transportation
infrastructure, business and IT infrastructure, energy affordability
and reliability, and per-pupil funding gaps for our schools. These
are long-term issues that don’t have easy, short-term solutions.
Someone has to take the lead and continue to move these issues
along, and the Chamber Alliance intends to be that leader.”
“The Alliance is also prepared to work with the governor and our
legislators to support annual investments in critical infrastructure
and programs — such as roads and airports, the Pure Michigan
campaign, workforce development programs, and early childhood
learning opportunities.”
“We rely on close working relationships with our legislative delegation from northern Michigan to accomplish these goals. The
Alliance has continued to build and foster these relationships over
many years, and look forward to a successful year of creating policies and investment that helps promote business growth and job
creation in northern Michigan.”

Kent Wood, Director of Government
Relations Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance
“As a member of the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce and
State Representative of the 102nd House District, I am pleased to
be working with the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance to complete their legislative priorities. We shall be working to adopt an
affordable and reliable statewide energy policy. As chairman of the
Appropriation Sub-Committee on Education, pupil funding, talent
and workforce development are top priorities.
“My support of the Pure Michigan includes funding our infrastructure to bring about the expansion of business in Northern
Michigan. Pure Michigan is not just tourism, it spans over all of
Michigan, good roads are good for tourism and for business.”

Phil Potvin, State 102nd District Representative
“The Senate Republican agenda continues its focus on policies
and reforms that will help ensure Michigan’s comeback. We know
that with good ideas and strong leadership, Michigan can be the
place to live, work and raise a family.
“Like the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, our goals are
the goals of the people we represent. We want to help spark job
creation and growth, provide the best education possible for our
young people, and improve the quality of life for all of our great
state’s residents.
“I appreciate the alliance’s leadership and continued efforts to
achieve our shared goals. Together we can help Michigan realize
its full potential.”

Darwin Booher, State Senator, 35th District

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2015 Alliance
Legislative Priorities
1. Comprehensive Statewide energy policy that
ensures energy reliability and affordability in
northern Michigan.
2. Continue to close the gap in K-12 per pupil
funding.
3. Support updated programs, policies, and
investment in talent and workforce development,
training, retention, and attraction.
4. Support comprehensive transportation
infrastructure funding — roads, airports, rail and
shipping.
5. Support regulatory reforms where needed.
6. Retain funding for Pure Michigan.
7. Retain funding for Great Start Readiness Program
and early childhood.
8. Support the expansion of business infrastructure in
northern Michigan.

Guiding Principles

The Northern Michigan
Chamber Alliance is committed to:
• Making it easier for businesses in northern
Michigan to be competitive.
• Helping strong business sectors remain strong and
continue job creation in our region.
• Ensuring our workforce is educated and prepared
for the future needs of northern Michigan
businesses.
• Promoting investment in our public transportation
and business infrastructure, including energy
development, road systems, harbors, airports and
broadband connectivity

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Do you know someone deserving?

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2015

Outstanding Citizen
Spirit of Community Awards

The Outstanding Citizen Award recognizes and
honors individuals who strive toward the highest
level of professional accomplishments. Men and
women, who excel in their chosen profession, have
devoted significant time and energy to improve the
community’s quality of life and have provided leadership to assist others in becoming involved in the
community.

The Spirit of Community Award recognizes and
honors individuals who have devoted significant
time and energy to improve the community’s quality
of life and have provided leadership in development
and/or expansion of volunteer projects, which have
benefited members of the community.

Submit your Nominations for
2015 Outstanding Citizen and
Spirit of Community Awards
Forms can be found at www.cadillac.org
due Friday, May 22, 2015 by 4 PM.
Awards will be announced at the
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner,
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
at Fox Hill Event Center.

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January 2015

Rise Up! Cadillac

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

22nd Annual Briefcase
Open Golf Outing
Friday, May 29, 2015

Hosted by:

Evergreen Resort (Host Course)
& Lakewood on the Green

Baker College of Cadillac

Team and hole sponsor registration
can be found at www.cadillac.org.
For more information please contact
Doreen at the Chamber 231-775-9776.
*Proceeds benefit Chamber programs,
services and legislative advocacy.

Your Chamber is now on Social Media! Find out
what we’ve been up to and join our upcoming
programs by visiting our Facebook Page.

Find us on
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Sponsored by:

FirstMerit Bank

www.facebook.com/CadillacChamber

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Welcome New Members
Northern Michigan Digital
Jennifer Gingras-Casey
2640 Aero Park Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686
231-876-9781
www.northernmichigandigital.com

Welcome Back:
Cadillac Country Club
Dennis Gray
5510 East M-55
Cadillac, MI 49601
231-775-9442
www.cadillaccountryclub.org

Chamber Calendar
March

FebruARY 2015

Rise Up! Cadillac

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Women in Business Noon - 1:15PM
“Adventures of the Chief Cupcake: A presentation from
Kitchen to Author!”
Presented By: Bridget Coffey | Chief Cupcake & Author
Location: Lakeside Charlies

07
11

Cadillac Variety Show - 7PM
Location: Cadillac Community Schools Auditorium

Rise Up! Cadillac - 7AM
Hosted By: Wexford Missaukee Career Technical Center
Sponsored By: Northern Michigan Digital

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Lecture Luncheon Noon - 1:15PM
“Michigan’s Energy Future”
Presented By: Doug DeYoung

Consumers Energy, Public Affairs Area Manager

Hosted by:

Munson Healthcare
Cadillac Hospital

20

Cadillac Leadership and Friends Dinner
Cocktails 6PM | Dinner 7PM
Location: Eldorado/Cadillac Grill

April

17
23
24

Lecture Luncheon Noon - 1:15PM
“TBD”

L.E.A.D. (9th-12th Grades)
Location: Wexford/Missaukee Career Technical Center
L.E.A.D. Jr. (7th & 8th Grades)
Location: Wexford/Missaukee Career Technical Center

Sponsored by:

Chemical Bank

May

08
13
29

Lecture Luncheon Noon - 1:15PM
“TBD”
Rise Up! Cadillac 7AM
Hosted By: Agape Care Essential School

22nd Annual Briefcase Open Golf Outing
Lakewood on the Green 9AM
Evergreen Resort 9:30AM (Host Course)
Sponsored by:

June

Waddell & Reed, Inc.

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Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner
Reception 5:30PM | Dinner 6:15PM
Location: Fox Hill Event Center
Online registration and additional information is available for upcoming
chamber programs through our website www.cadillac.org. Please contact
Amanda at info@cadillac.org if you need assistance with registration.

Deadline for the May/June 2015
Cadillac Area Business Magazine is
April 3, 2015. Share your
business/organization news!

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January

LEADERSHIP LEARNING SERIES

Lecture Luncheon
“What Businesses can expect after
Personal Property Tax Reform”
Presented by:
Tyler Rossmaessler | Senior Planning & Project Manager,
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
In August 2014, voters
approved a proposal to
reform Michigan’s Personal
Property Tax. As a result
of the reform, the once
local Essential Services
Assessment has become a
state-level assessment called
the State Essential Services
Assessment (SESA). Many
manufacturers will be required to pay the SESA. The changes
to business, were covered at the January Lecture Luncheon,
from eligibility, exemptions, and incentives. Business may
choose to exempt or reduce the Assessment for projects that
create jobs and/or private investment in Michigan through
the State Essential Services Assessment Exemption or the
Alternative State Essential Services Assessment Incentive.
For additional information you may contact the MEDC Customer
Contact Center website at www.michiganbusiness.org.

Work Environment Matters!
The Leadership Learning Series took place at Baker
College on Thursday, January 29, 2015, titled, Work
Environment Matters! The program was presented by
Cheryl Kuch, Senior Consultant & Ed Holinski, Talent
Director of the American Society of Employers. They
shared valuable insight and tactics to help organizations
enhance their own work
environments. The focus
was on growth, success
and ways to improve for
higher performance. This
interactive event received
high marks in reaching
the expectations of those
who attended. Program
Underwriters: Baker College
of Cadillac, Consumers
Energy and VanDrie Home
Cheryl Kuch and Ed Holinski,
Furnishings.
American Society of Employers

Legislative informat
ion as well as
Northern Michigan
Chamber Alliance
updates can be found
at:
www.cadillac.org un
der Legislative
Advocacy, click on No
rthern Michigan Bl
og

Local Investment.
Local Faces.

At Mercantile Bank we’ve assembled a team who’s invested in the growth of
the Northern Michigan communities and the vibrant businesses that thrive
here. The people you see here every day understand your banking
and business needs because they live and work here too.
Local decisions, local investment, local faces, that’s how Mercantile
Bank is here to get you there.

www.mercbank.com

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February

Women
in business

Lecture Luncheon
“A Message to the Business
Community from Area YP’s”

a program of the Cadillac
Area Chamber of Commerce

Presented by Young Professional Panelists:
Carl Kielbasa, Investment Executive, Fifth Third Securities
Eric Gildner, Process Engineer, Cadillac Casting, Inc
Tera Veddler, Assistant Director of Public Works, City of Cadillac
Brandon Gilyard, Engineer, AAR Mobility Systems
Laura Hoisington, Environmental Specialist, Wolverine Power
Cooperative

Carl Kielbasa, Eric Gildner, Tera Veddler, Brandon Gilyard and Laura Hoisington

A panel of young professionals messaged on the importance and emergence of young professionals in the greater
Cadillac area. They explained to a group of over 90 attendees what is significant to them on both a personal and professional level.
We encourage our members to inquire how to get involved
as a YP or as an employer of a YP. For more information,
please contact Deb Gillies at 231-775-9776 or leadership@
cadillac.org.
Program underwriters: Baker College of Cadillac, Blue
Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan and
Consumers Energy.

Save the Date

Rise Up! Cadillac

February 2015

Domestic Violence…
is everybody’s business!

Presented by Sally Repeck | Oasis of Cadillac, Director

More than 60 women
attended a Women in
Business luncheon
held at Baker College
relating to Domestic
Violence.  Presenters
Sally Repeck, Director
of Oasis of Cadillac,
and Dan Smith, Cadillac
Area YMCA presented
a skit of an actual situation of harassment and mental abuse. 
Domestic violence should not happen, but it does. Every woman
who attended the presentation acknowledged that they have
known someone affected by domestic violence at some point in
their life when asked the question. Knowing the signs, giving
the right guidance, and knowing the resources available, is
a great stride toward giving a hand up and out of a domestic
violence situation and supporting the victims. Following the
presentation there were numerous in depth discussions about
the resources available, the statistics in our community, raising
awareness, challenges employers can face and how to best help
the victims of domestic violence. Being aware of domestic
violence in the community could save a life. 
Program underwriters: Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care
Network of Michigan, Coldwell Banker/Joni Holly, Consumers
Energy, Divorce Financial Consultant /Peg Lutz-Singer and
FirstMerit Bank/Donna Weaver

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New Hope Shelter receives
grants for women’s shelter
New Hope Shelter received a $3,000 grant from the Cadillac Area
Community Foundation and a grant from United Way of WexfordMissaukee Counties for $2,000. The two grants combined will pay
for the entire cost of converting from propane energy to natural
gas at the women’s shelter saving thousands of dollars in utility
costs each year.

Springfield, Inc. earns
‘Platinum Contractor Award’
Springfield Inc. is proud to announce receipt of prestigious
“Platinum Contractor Award” from Duro-Last Roofing of Saginaw,
Michigan.   This achievement has placed Springfield in the top 3%
of Duro-Last contractors in the nation.  Springfield has been installing the highest quality roofs utilizing made-in-Michigan materials
since 1985.

Save the Date

Annual Meeting &
Awards Dinner

Wednesday, June 17
, 2015
at
Fox Hill Event Cente
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Serendipity ‘Support 6 Sisters’
Fundraiser for OASIS/FRC
Did you know that 1 in
every 6 women are survivors
of domestic violence and/or
sexual assault?
To help raise awareness,
Serendipity held an evening
of shopping, food and fun in
January.
Over 100 shoppers attended
and 6 percent of shopping
purchases went directly to
OASIS/FRC.

Springfield Inc. hires employee
for its Fall Protection Division
Tim Korson, P.E. joined the Springfield team in December of
2014.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the
University of Detroit Mercy and he brings over 10 years of experience
in consulting and engineering design. He has extensive experience in
planning, engineering calculations, data analysis, process analysis,
document control and project management.

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Cadillac Area
Community Foundation
awards grant to establish
resources for foster parents
The Cadillac Area Community Foundation has awarded the
Cadillac-Wexford County Public Library a grant to establish
resources for licensed foster care parents. The resources funded
through this one-year grant of $1575, includes books, e-books, magazines, and DVD’s to be used by foster parent to learn alternative
discipline methods, to provide guidance in dealing with problematic
behaviors, and to promote a stable placement of the foster children.

Northern Michigan Rotary
Clubs host Detroit Tigers
The Rotary Clubs of Cadillac, Petoskey, Bellaire and Traverse City
Twilight Club hosted the Detroit Tigers managers, coaches, and
nineteen players in January at the Detroit Tiger Winter Caravan
Business Breakfast in Traverse City. The Rotary Club of Cadillac
is excited to announce the proceeds of $4,500 will be put toward
projects in the Cadillac area.
The proceeds of the live and silent auctions of nearly $7,000 will
be sent to the Detroit Tigers Foundation which support children’s
programs.

Business

Cooley High School celebrates
Leadership Club success
Cooley High School student celebrated their first half of the school
year’s Leadership Club success in January. The students are honored
for their work on community projects.
This year Cooley High School students have participated in a variety of learning opportunities some weekly and other events are stand
alone events. 
Over 32 students have participated in various activities including the back pack program (weekly), Wounded Warrior fundraising,
Senior Center Servers (Thanksgiving and Christmas) Love Inc., North
American Snow Festival and as Lake View Lutheran Manor volunteers. 
Upcoming activities include the Cadillac Area Chamber of
Commerce Annual Governors Breakfast, highway cleanup and the
backpack program that continues all year. 
Cooley students find these activities rewarding are continuously
looking for worthwhile projects.

Attention Chamber Members:
Share your news! Chamber
members can share their news on our
web site, this is a great opportunity to
welcome new staff, promotions, awards,
celebrations and announcements that
our members will want to read about.

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Cheri Sprik

Randy Hill

Katelyn Richard

Rebecca Voelker

Baker College of Cadillac
promotes four employees
Baker College of Cadillac announced the promotions of four
employees: Randy J. Hill, Ed.D., to Chief Academic Officer; Katelyn
Richard to Director of Career Services; Cheri Sprik to Assistant
Director of Admissions; and Rebecca Voelker to Dean of Health
Sciences and Human Services.
“All four employees are exceptionally deserving of their promotions,” said Kelly Smith, Baker College of Cadillac president. “They
have proven to be extremely capable of executing the responsibilities
of their new positions and will be great resources to students, faculty
and staff in their respective departments.”

Rec Boat Holdings’s latest
model recognized by
NMMA judging panel at
the Miami Boat Show
Rec Boat Holdings was awarded the NMMA Innovation Award
for Cuddy Cabin/Bow Rider at the Miami Boat Show for its luxurious Four Winns Horizon 440.
The award recognizes the craftsmanship, beauty and outright
extravagance of this flagship boat.
Released in October, the Horizon 440 is the largest bow rider in
the industry and delivers an unprecedented boating experience by
utilizing the bow area in innovative new ways. Engineered with
the most discerning boaters in mind, the Horizon 440 spoils passengers with a massive bow seating area and spacious below-deck
cabin, complete with lavish amenities.
“We couldn’t be happier with the announcement of the NMMA
award,” said Roch Lambert, President, Rec Boat Holdings. “The
Horizon 440 takes the open bow experience to another level. The
design, engineering and functionality of the H440 marry the elegance of a cruiser with the functionality and fun of an open bow.
This award is a testament to the innovation and the excitement
surrounding the Horizon 440.”
The Innovation Awards, announced annually at the Miami Boat
Show, are the NMMA’s highest recognition of manufacturers, like
Rec Boat Holdings, that have introduced technologically innovative and desirable products aimed at the consumer market.

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The NEW 52 page Cadillac Area
Visitors Guide. Featuring articles
by locals Jim Neff, Dave Foley
and Kevin Perry, with walking
history and fall colors tour.
To check out a digital copy, go
to www.cadillacmichigan.com,
or pick one up today at the
Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau Office
located at 201 N Mitchell Street,
Suite 201.

2015 OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE

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Hit the slopes & trails
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Explore the
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Cadillac
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pg 16.

Traverse the white
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Data track 2014
Wexford County Jan. 14 Feb. 14 Mar. 14 April 14 May 14 June 14 July 14 Aug. 14 Sept. 14 Oct. 14 Nov. 14 Dec. 14
Labor Force
13,014 13,290 13,287 13,298 13,597 13,754 13,968 13,533 13,317 13,255 13,193 13,277
Employment
11,621 11,801 11,865 12,053 12,347 12,429 12,417 12,504 12,224 12,258 12,242 12,293

Unemployment 1,393 1,489 1,422 1,245 1,250 1,325 1,551 1,029 1,093 997 951 984
Rate
10.7% 11.2% 10.7% 9.4% 9.2% 9.6% 11.1% 7.6% 8.2% 7.5% 7.2% 7.4%
Missaukee County Jan. 14 Feb. 14 Mar. 14 April 14 May 14 June 14 July 14 Aug. 14 Sept. 14 Oct. 14 Nov. 14 Dec. 14

Labor Force
5,864 5,959 5,966 5,929 5,966 6,043 6,106 5,938 5,769 5,742 5,713 5,817

Employment
5,094 5,172 5,201 5,283 5,411 5,448 5,442 5,480 5,358 5,373 5,366 5,388

Unemployment 770 787 765 646 555 595 664 458 411 369 347 429
Rate
13.1% 13.2% 12.8% 10.9% 9.3% 9.8% 10.9% 7.7% 7.1% 6.4% 6.1% 7.4%
For more information go online to www.cadillac.org/discover/about_LaborActivity.htm

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