April 2010 Volume 30, Issue 4

My Business Advocate
Building Better Communities by Building Better Businesses

April Multi-Chamber Speed Networking
The next speednetworking event for members only is April 16th and will be hosted by Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce at Hudsonville City Hall (lower level), 3275 Central Blvd., Hudsonville. Informal networking and registration begins at 7:30 am. Participants must be present by 8:00 am to be included. We will start promptly. This event is free to chamber members and is not open to guests or not-yetmembers. To register go to www. southkent.org and log in. Or email sue@southkent.org or call her at 616-531-5990.

Leading in a New Economy — Tips Every Leader Should Know
The challenges of leadership in today’s economy are many. Some are tried and true, while others are unlike any in recent history. Regardless, leadership is what will separate the good from the great as our country works to rebuild a thriving, stable economy. Today, businesses everywhere are ramping up to come out of this recession stronger than before and rise above the rest. “As the economy and business market changes, it’s essential for business leaders to grow and develop with it,” said Robert A. Funk, co-founder and CEO of Express Employment Professionals. “Their success as a leader and as a company depends on it.” These four tactics can be beneficial in that process. Be Flexible. Today’s successful leaders realize that a heavy-hand approach can be counterproductive. The best leaders will be the ones who aren’t afraid to say “I’m not entirely sure, what do you think?” or “Hey, let’s try something new and see if it works.” The changing economy brought uncertainty to the workplace, so a flexible leadership style can help navigate in this new business environment. Leaders who are open-minded are more likely to capitalize on new ideas. Delegate Tasks and Trust Others. Most people in upper management worked hard to get where they are by doing things themselves. So, they often rely on continuing to do things the same way. But, effective leaders understand the importance of equipping their team members to accomplish individual goals. Micromanagers will not only have difficulty thriving in this new environment, but they may also lose valuable employees in the process. Hire for Success. Hiring for success means hiring based on skill sets a leader lacks. Because a great leader knows their limitations, they’re not afraid to admit their faults. In order for business leaders to achieve desired results, they must put the right people in place. Employees who will compliment the skills of the entire team. Being surrounded by the best employees will ultimately be a boost to any leader – and will set the entire company up for success. Coach Regularly. Mentoring employees has always been an important part of leadership, but now more than ever, it’s a continued on page 3

Highlights of Coming Events
Lunch 'n Learn LinkedIn Part 2 Kentwood K-12 Career Expo Sport of Words Speech Contest Multi Chamber Speed Networking 3rd Fridays! Networking Luncheon 3rd Fridays! Networking Luncheon 30th Annual South Kent Swing Golf Outing
Calendars on Pages 6 & 7 Log on to www.southkent.org for details.

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Friday & Saturday, August 27 & 28, 2010

YOUR CHAMBER MANAGEMENT
2010 Board of Directors
*indicates Executive Committee Member

*John Crawford - President & CEO *Norine Mulvihill - American Diabetes Association, Board Chair *Todd Duncan - Consumers Energy, Past Chair *Kathey Batey - Priority Health/Spirited Presentations, Senior Vice Chair *Matt Uhl - PNC Bank N.A. *Danna Mathiesen - Mercantile Bank *David Szidik - Proforma Infinite Marketing Brent VanderKolk - VanderKolk & VanderKolk PLC, Legal Counsel Richard Chrisman - Hungerford, Aldrin Nichols & Carter, Chair, Fin. & Budget Community Relations Division (Blue) *Kathey Batey - Sr. Vice Chair Tommy Brann - Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille Richard Chrisman - Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter John Schwartz - AT&T Brent Vander Kolk - Vander Kolk & Vander Kolk,. PLC Lillian VanderVeen - Lenger Travel Services Member Relations Division (Red) *Matt Uhl - Vice Chair Betsy Artz - Loeks Theaters (Celebration Cinema) Skip Knapp - EdwardJones Investments Tom Kruisenga - The Kruisenga Agency Membership Development Division (Gold) *Danna Mathiesen - Vice Chair Bob O'Callaghan - Citadel Broadcasting Joel Iakiri - Business Interconnect Group, LLC Financial Development Division (Green) *David Szidik - Vice Chair Brent Holland - Chameleon Ltd Carol Crawford - The Alternative Board Dan Van Dyke - PDS Group LTD Denise Hughes - D2 Marketing Rob Wells - Vantage Pointe Financial Ex-Officio Jack Poll - City of Wyoming, Mayor Richard Root - City of Kentwood, Mayor Curtis Holt - City of Wyoming, Manager Bill Doren - Chamber Foundation Chair
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Nutrition-n-More held on Jan 21, 2010

Future Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Schedule
• Kathie Vallie Shape Your Life Opening a new fitness center at 1290 36th Street in Wyoming between Michael and Burlingame Thursday, April 22, 2010 4 - 5 pm • John Russo John Russo's Wine Warehouse and Deli Date and Location to be Announced • Michael Lichterman Lichterman Law

My Business Advocate,
Copyright 2010 Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce 590 - 32nd Street SE Wyoming, MI 49548-2345 Tel: 616-531-5990 - Fax: 616-531-0252 Newsletter/Advert Information: sue@southkent.org

Date and Location to be Announced If you are planning a Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting or Dedication Ceremony, contact the Chamber. We'll invite Chamber Members and Elected Officials to attend and be there to help facilitate. No cost for members.

Building Better Communities by Building Better Businesses

Leading in a New Economy
continued from page 1 successful manager. Taking time to coach employees will result in higher productivity and increased engagement. Many employees have worked harder than ever this past year, and showing employees you’re invested in their career development will foster loyalty and respect. Leaders, even those who generally don’t consider themselves to be good mentors, will need to coach their employees and help them develop their careers. The time for leaders to step up and focus on being effective is now. Those who achieve success will be the leaders who grow, develop, and change with the new economy. By focusing on coaching, delegation, flexibility, and hiring right, leaders will create a strong workforce that will outlast their competition and create a company that will rise above the rest. To find out about your leadership style, contact your local Express Employment Professionals office or go to www.myleadershipinstinct. com. Your local Express Employment Professionals Chamber Member is Casey Jankoska. Contact her at casey. jankoska@expresspros.com.

Chamber Foundation Raffle Winners
Congratulations to Dale Van Dyke from Family Vision Center. Dale won the deluxe trip to the 2010 Indy 500. Second prize was a Wii game system and game. Brent VanderKolk with VanderKolk & VanderKolk, PLC won that prize. Thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket to support the Chamber Foundation.

LOSE BIG, WIN BIG!! Take the Challenge
Are you up for it? There is a way to shape up, have fun and make money while supporting Kentwood Fireworks and YOUR Chamber of Commerce Santa Parade. By joining an 8 week class on nutrition and weight loss for only $35, you will feel better, look better and support two worthwhile events. A portion of the registration fee will go into a pot to reward the top three losers. Dorris Flockhart from Nutrition 'n More has issued a challenge to our membership. Participants will receive: • A Personal Coach • Free body analysis • Group support • Weekly prizes for most weight loss • Nutrition information • New friendships, contacts and fun Challenges start soon so don't delay. Contact Dorris at 616-4551775 and invite friends, family and co-workers. The more the merrier

Map, Metro Guide Marketing Opportunities
Open sales for advertising space in the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce Community Profile and Metro Guide and the WyomingKentwood Street Map will soon be coming to a clsoe. If you have been thinking about contacting the sales representatives for one or both of these community publications, you should do it soon. For the Metro Guide (chamber directory) contact Denise Zander at Harbor House Publishers. Denise can be contacted at dzander@harborhouse.com or call her at 231-582-2814 ext 31. For the Wyoming-Kentwood Street Map contact Lisa Walli at NovoPrint U.S.A. She can be reached at lisa@ novoprint.com or call her at 616485-6748. Both of these publications are distributed to libraries, hotels and government offices while supplies last. We include them in relocation packets sent to people and businesses moving into our area.

WKACC Education Committee Extra Credit
Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll, Illustrator Danny Jimenez from Rogers H.S. and Author Kathey Batey are presented with this year's book selection to your Chamber Board of Directors in March.

Chamber to Explore Career Paths
Your Chamber President, John Crawford will be on site at Kentwood Public School's K-12 E.X.C.E.L. Career Expo on Wednesday, April 14th at East Kentwood High School. He will be talking with students about business leadership and all of the career pathways that are involved in running a business. The Expo is open to all students K-12 and their parents. The event, held at East Kentwood High School,

(located at 6230 Kalamazoo Ave
just north of M-6,) starts at 5 pm and ends at 8 pm. There will be drawings throughout the event to give participants a chance to win some really nice prizes. If you would like to donate something for the drawings, contact Julietta Brothers at (the Kentwood Public Schools Guidance Office 616-6986700. Snacks or a hot dog meal will be available at the Expo.

Stephanie Leonardos; CEO at Amerikam, reads "I Can Eat Fuzzy Caterpillars, But I Don't" to second grade students at Holy Name of Jesus School. Stephanie reads every year and seems to enjoy the experience as much as the kids do. Thank you Stephanie!

Ms VanStrien's 2nd grade class at Holy Name of Jesus School pose with Stephanie Leonardos, Amerikam after learning about healthy eating during Business 'n Books Days.

Business Growth is Planning Fall Expo
Volunteers Needed Now!

Record Number Register for Sport of Words
This year, eleven 5th and 6th graders will compete for the top score at our 4th Annual Sport of Words Speech Contest. Join us Wednesday, April 14 at 6 pm in the choir room at East Kentwood High School and encourage our future leaders.

If you can spare an hour a month to attend our committee meeting, we would love to have you join us. Contact sue@southkent.org for a meeting reminder.

SAVE THE DATE AUGUST 27 & 28
MILES AND MILES OF COOL CARS

CHAMBER PARTNERS
These WKACC Members are offering discounts to Members on products and services that you need to run your business. Using a Chamber Partner will help you increase your bottom line while you support members and the Chamber at the same time. Chamber Partners have agreed to provide non-dues revenue to the Chamber for every member that uses their services in addition to special rates to the membercustomer. You're getting real value when you use a Chamber Partner. Only products and services that will help you grow your business for less money are endorsed by the Chamber Partner Committee. If you would like information on becoming a Chamber Partner contact sue@southkent.org or carol@tabmichigan.com for a copy of the affinity program and answers to any questions you may have about applying for a Chamber Partner Endorsement. If you would like to be part of the Chamber Partners Committee and help us recruit businesses that offer business building discounts to our members or if you know someone that would make a good Chamber Partner, contact sue@ southkent.org and someone will contact the potential businesses. Chamber Partners meet on the 3rd Friday of each month immediately following the 3rd Fridays! Networking Luncheon at the same location as the luncheon. Meetings last about an hour and your input would be appreciated.

Choice Business Services
As a Chamber Partner, Choice Business Services offers any member of the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce a significant discount on all office support services. CBS provides professional business support through Business Address, Conferencing Services, Clerical/Administrative Support services. Telephone Answering, Temporary and Permanent Office Leasing and much more…..You give us the task we figure out the best way to complete it! Contact Debra Bates at deb@choicebiz.com or call 616-975-0100 for discount details.

TAB has been a ChamberPartner since 2008 and recently renewed their partnership for another year. The Alternative Board helps you grow your business, make more TAB offers business owners peer money and work fewer hours. advice, at a discounted rate, to Contact Carol Crawford at 616empower you and your 975-0125 or email her at carol@ organization to achieve your tabmichigan.com. business vision.

Are You Saving $$ with a Chamber Partner?

Take the Benefits Challenge!
1) It would be beneficial to have an Employee Benefits plan that ‘ b e n e f i t e d ’ all employees - including our lower-paid hourly and part-time staff at NO-COST to me, the employer.

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2) I’d like our group health insurance rates to decrease by 40% immediately and remain stable into the future.

Trrue // Fallse T ue Fa se Let us show you something new.

Jason A.. Russellll Jason A Russe
WKACC Chamber Partner

Broker Director (616) 490-0911 - direct
Jason@eagleadministrators.com

Michael DeVries from Principal Financial Group is offering Members of the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce significant cost savings on Disability Insurance and only for our Chamber Member Employers and their employees. Contact Michael at 616-942-1251 ext 3020 for price and coverage details.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Chamber Office Hours Monday -Thursday 8am - 5pm Closed Friday

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11:30 a-1 p 163rd Fridays! @Crossroads 1p Chamber Partners JUNE NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

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Don't Miss! April 14 5pm - 8pm K-12 Career Expo East Kentwood High School

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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sue@southkent.org for more info

Free Seminars For Business Owners “Taking Your Business to the Next Level”
Chamber Member Businesses are providing a series of seminars for business owners and decision makers that will help take your business to the next level. April 14, 2010 How to select a bank and build a strong working relationship / PEO-HRO is it for you? Presented by Eric Mills, Senior VP of Huntington Bank Business Banking Group • This session will provide background on the right questions to ask in selecting a bank and what expectations a good bank will have for you and what expectations you should have for your bank. Presented by Daniel J. Mannes Sr. Vice President, PEO Division The Campbell Group. • A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) enables employers to cost-effectively outsource management of human resources, employee benefits, payroll and Workers Compensation through a co-employment relationship. Health Services Organizations (HRO) allows many of the same services but does not require a co-employment arrangement. May 5, 2010 Direct Mail – NOT a Dinosaur: How to Improve Results and Survival of the Fittest: A CPA's perspective on opportunities and threats in Michigan's recovery Presented by Richard L Chrisman CPA, MST of Hungerford, Aldrin, Nichols & Carter PC. • The current economic environment presents opportunities for growth and expansion. • There are things you can do that will not only insure survival, but also give you a competitive edge. Presented by David Szidik of Proforma Infinite Marketing Solutions. • Direct mail challenges in the age of information overload. What techniques can be used to improve your ROI? • PURL’s, Variable Data, Mobile Marketing and email to attract attention of your prospective and current clients. Non Business Owners $50.00 and CEO's, Presidents and Business Owners can attend this FREE series. Register TODAY at www. tabmichigan.com or Call 616-9750125. Seminars are held at The Campbell Group Building, 5664 Prairie Creek Dr. near M-6 and M37.

Get Ready for Golf at Maple Hill Golf Course!
Our 30th Annual South Kent Swing Golf Outing committee is planning a great 4-person scramble on June 11 at Maple Hill Golf Course. Register yourself or your foursome today and save! Only $65 per golfer with your registration before May 28th. Only $85 per golfer after May 28th. Your day includes: • 18 holes of golf, • use of the driving range, • games and prizes, • putting contest • on course refreshments • box lunch • dinner Take a day off of work to network on the golf course! Sponsorships available from $5000 to $100 with comparable marketing packages included. Be present even if you can't participate. (Some sponsorships include golf spots.) Log on to www.southkent.org for more information or contact sue@ southkent.org.

March Chamber After Hours Hits Attendance Record

Interested in hosting our October event?
Contact sue@southkent. org for an application. The November host is already booked and reservations are coming in for showcase tables in October. Reserve yours today with an email to sue@southkent.org. Our Chamber After Hours in March, hosted by Celebration Cinema, hit record attendance levels and gave us the opportunity to talk to more not-yet-members than ever before. Staff will be following up on those leads and working to grow your Chamber of Commerce.

David Szidik, Proforma Infinite Marketing Solutions and Judi Holland from Chameleon, Ltd. compare product, price and service.

Celebration invited not-yet-members Garibaldi's Restaurant to provide refreshments. Thank you! The guacamole was better than outstanding!

A view from the balcony of part of our 80+ attendees. We filled the lobby at Celebration Cinema South! A record eleven businesses showcased their goods and services.

SCORE Grand Rapids and FranNet will present The Michigan Franchise Forum in Grand Rapids on May 6. Franchise experts from FranNet and franchise executives will introduce

attendees to the world of franchises with emphasis on Michigan locations.

For You, Your Employees and Their Families!
Contact janine@southkent. org for plan pricing and work and residential eligibility requirements.

There will be an opportunity for Q & A and one on one time with FranNet representatives and SCORE Counselors. There is no charge for these forums and there are two sessions to choose from. Sessions will be held at GRCC Leslie M. Tassel M-Tec Center located at 622 Godfrey SW, Grand Rapids. Session one is from 2 pm to 4 pm and session 2 is from 6 pm to 8 pm. Required registration may be sent to https://www.123signup.com/ calendar?Org=scoregr or call our SCORE Representative; Ernie Birge at 616-780-6510, ebirge@att.net.

2010 Santa Parade to Include WOTV's Maranda
The 4th Annual WKACC Santa Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 10:00 am and WOTV's Maranda will be making a guest appearance as our Grand Marshall. Children's pictures with Santa will once again be available after the parade at Brann's Steakhouse & Grille on the parade route on S. Division. Sponsorships are available and range from $1350 to $90 at member rates. Not-yet-member sponsorships and participation rates are slightly higher. floats and mascots to be in our parade in December. We need everyone to help us welcome Santa to town and summer is the ideal time to build those floats to avoid having to work in the cold. Our 2009 parade had more than 50 participants and lasted about an hour. Kids, parents and grandparents attended from all over Kent County. Some of them may have been your customers or potential customers. Don't miss this unique community marketing opportunity to grow your business.
Chamber Bookkeeper, Janine Burns poses with our guest of honor, Santa Claus, after our 3rd Annual WKACC Santa Parade

WOTV's Maranda is famous in Kent County for her Summer Park Parties. Where Maranda goes, the kids will follow.

Applications are available with an email to sue@southkent.org. Your business should be a parade participant. We are looking for antique or decorated vehicles, school marching bands, marchers,

To help on the planning committee contact janine@ southkent.org

Israel's The Other Store to Close, Pave Way for Klingman's Expansion
No jobs will be lost in restructuring
Responding to economic conditions, real estate trends, and customer preferences, Israels has implemented a broadranging strategic plan to improve the company's short and long-term prospects. Although the plan involves closing The Other Store furniture clearance center, no jobs will be lost in the restructuring - because other uses are immediately planned for this and other Israel's properties. Company officials believe that the improved efficiencies and economies provided by the plan will creat oportunities that will allow the company to further expand in size and employment. "In times like these it is critical to take a hard, objective look at all aspects of our business to determine how we can best allocate all our resources," says Bob Israels, the company's President. The Other Store located at 769 Seward NW in Grand Rapids began offering merchandise at store liquidation rates on March 18, 2010. Proceeds will immediately convert to working capital. Plans are in the works to triple floor space at Klingman's in Wyoming for the Rock Bottom Shop, currently offering clearance merchandise. "We believe by expanding the clearance center in Wyoming, we will attract customers who've never shopped at that location," states Lee Leithauser, Klingman's VP of Sales. Plans for the future. There are plans to add Thomasville Gallery to Klingman's inventory in the near future. Thomasville Gallery was a very popular line at Klingman's of Michigan. Israel's plans to bring the quality furniture line back to it's Wyoming Klingman's location on 28th Street. For details or more information contact Klingman's at 616-7748389.

Member Spotlight
Board Executives meet monthly and select the outstanding volunteer and Committee for their effort and results on behalf of WKACC.

Renewing Members
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • All Occasion Gift Baskets, LLC Alta Lift Truck Services, Inc Arie Nol’s Auto Center, LLC Basic Payroll Services Brinks & Associates Broadmoor Motor Sales Detail Techonologies, Inc Eagle Administrators Erwin Quarder Fibercare, LLC Grand Buick Center Green Lake Calvary Church Home Works Corporation International Minute Press King & MacGregor Environmental Lisa Richardson Salon Mary Kay Cosmetics – Studrawa Metro Health Hospital Net Options, LLC • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Plexicase, Inc Presort Services, Inc Prime Products, Inc Principal Financial Group Real Estate 360 Sanchez Income Tax and Translation Sarah Care Adult Day Care Center Shape Your Life Studio Springrove Variety Steelcase, Inc Steve’s Antique Auto Repair Tigerlily Arabic Institute Tricon Engineering Group, Ltd United Bank Insurance Agency Valvoline Instant Oil Change – 28th St SE West Michigan Whitecaps Wyoming Self Storage Wyoming South Kent Kiwanis

March Volunteer of the Month
Amanda Lewis from gNetworks was named Volunteer of the Month. " I want to extend CONGRATULATIONS to Amanda for being voted as the Volunteer of the Month. Amanda is the Chairperson for the Ambassadors and the Business Growth Committee. The Linked In Lunch N Learn, a project of the Business Growth Committee, was one of the best attended LNL's and effectively built momentum for the April 1 event." Danna Mathiesen, Mercantile Bank, Chamber Board of Directors

March Committee of the Month
Business Growth Committee is the Committee of the Month. Amanda led this team of dedicated volunteers to plan and coordinate one of the most successful Lunch 'n Learn Events ever at the Chamber. Using social networking techniques that were the topic of the workshop, attendance reached record levels and many potential members benefitted from the information shared. Momentum began for the second social networking workshop on April 1 called LinkedIn 201 as interest grew for the first event. • Chair: Amanda Lewis, gNetworks • Betsy Artz, Celebration Cinema • Blair Entenmann, MarketingHelp! • Matt Uhl, PNC Bank, N.A. • Susan Sasek, Tony's Tunes Entertainment Services • Norine Mulvihill, American Diabetes Association

Welcome New Members
Houlmont & Associates - Heinz Herzog, 616-784-2333 Michigan Tax - Pam Willemstein, 616 534-1110 Betty Denhof - Betty Denhof, 616-534-5268 - Referred by Carol Crawford, The Alternative Board

Welcome Back Returning Members
General Motors Components Holding (Formerly Delphi) Edward Diennio, 616-246-2000

Members - Register for Events On Line!
If you are having trouble logging into your Chamber account, staff will be on hand during April to help. We can give you login information you may be missing and walk through the steps with you to register on line for events. We make it easy to be an active member. If something on the calendar looks interesting, register while you have it in front of you with just one or two clicks of your mouse. We'll show you how.

Click on this logo on the www. southkent.org home page for directions on updating your Membership Information and Registering on line for events.

Community Connections
Let us know how YOUR Business is building better communities. Submit community improvement project announcements to sue@southkent.org. Subject to space availability.

Wyoming Parks & Recreation is Sponsoring a Spring Carnival. Proceeds will benefit the Wyoming Dog Park and the Greater Wyoming Community Resource Alliance. Come out to the carnival and enjoy a few days of rides, games, and food. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Wyoming Dog Park where dogs and owners can run and play! The Carnival will be located at 1400 28th St SW in the south parking lot of the former Studio 28 Theater. April 16-25. Open Mon-Thurs and Sunday until 10 pm, Fri and Sat until 11 pm. Questions should be directed to 616-530-3164. Supported by Playworld Unlimited and Loek's Theaters. Kentwood Cares - Middle School Mentoring Program impacts students socially, emotionally and academically creating safer, healthier, more productive citizens of our society. The focus of Kentwood Cares Mentoring Program is to create caring relationships between students at the brink of success and positive adult role models who will promote the growth and development of adolescents to help them build a strong foundation for their future. For more information contact Terry Gates, Kentwood Public Schools, at 616-455-1200 extension 32275 or email terry.gates@ kentwoodps.org. Trivalent Group will host a no cost disaster recover workshop for the business community on Thursday, April 22 from 10 am to 1 pm at 3145 Prairie St SW. Disaster recovery experts from Trivalent and a special guest from Neverfail will share strategies to increase an organization's survivability by building an effective business continuity plan. Program includes lunch. Info at mrktadmin@trivalentgroup.com or call 616-3016301. The Better Business Bureau named Trivalent Group one of four Integrity Award Winners in 2009. Grand Office Supply (also a member of WKACC,) has been named Small Business of the Year by the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce. Grand Office Supply, 3061 Pine Ave. SW, through the years has survived the arrival of national chain office suppliers to the Grandville-area market. Chalk it up to “customer care,” owner Pam Cortese said. Contact them at (616) 534-8400. Pat and John Pols from RE/MAX Lifestyles were awarded the RE/MAX of Michigan 2009 Broker/Owner of the Year Award, and RE/MAX Lifestyles was awarded the Premier Market Presence Award for Achieving Premier Market Presence by Providing Superior Quality Services. Congratulations Re/Max Lifestyles! John Russo's Wine Warehouse & Deli announces tickets are
now available in their store for the Primavera food and wine event at Applause Banquet Center, Friday, May 7 at 6 pm. Tickets are available in advance for $50 per person. Wines from great producers like Villa Banfi, Rodney Strong, Bertani and more! Silent auction benefiting Faith Hospice.