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Chamber Business

Cadillac Area

Magazine
A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication FIRST QUARTER 2017

School Readiness,
what does it mean to
our children, our employers
and our community?
Mission Statement
Engaging in Early
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce is a visible
business leader that advocates and drives business
opportunities. Through business alliances, we are a

Childhood Activity is
catalyst for our membership and provide a persuasive
regional voice benefiting our communities.

Economic Development
2016/2017 Board of Directors
Dave Cox, Executive Director
Wexford Missaukee ISD

Doug DeYoung, Vice Chair
Consumers Energy

Trent Mulder, Treasurer
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC.

Kelly Smith, Past Executive Director
Baker College of Cadillac

Kelly Cater,

I
Rec Boat Holdings was just reading an article about ment of a regional Imagination Library.
resolutions for conservatives. We continue to serve on a regional
Karl Marcusse,
PADNOS The final three points of the steering committee (Great Start) for
article really do apply to our early childhood development and
Don Schepers,
Schepers Agency, Inc. local early childhood develop- physically house the area Great Start
ment efforts. We need to: 1) Build the Collaborative staff. We recently held
Jennifer Brown,
Cadillac Area Public Schools farm team by being a catalyst 2) stay our monthly Lecture Luncheon on
engaged and 3) make a long-term com- early childhood and school readiness.
Stephen King,
Law Office of King & King mitment to be a part of the process. To date, we have given thousands
That means that we need to invest time of children and parents access to our
Tim Knaggs,
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance and resources at the very start of the Imagination Library. We have increased
human (personnel) development pro- the number of children with access to
Dan Minor,
Cadillac Castings, Inc. cess to facilitate and actively work on high quality preschool opportunities
this development. and came together as an area to make
Tonya Smith,
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hosptial How can we help our community to early childhood an investment prior-
be a place where people want to come, ity. As we look across the Northwest
Pete Stalker,
Mercantile Bank of Michigan to invest and to grow their business? Michigan region, we see Chamber of
We want high quality early childhood Commerce involvement in Manistee
Brian Williams,
Blue Heron Café & Bakery development and school systems. As and Traverse City, as well as in Cadillac.
employers, we want to have the best The business community, educators
CHAMBER STAFF possible talent base from which to and the general public have come
Scott Crosby, Interim President draw; each step forward builds on that together to build their early childhood
president@cadillac.org base and the data shows this. We want systems as a pillar of economic develop-
Mike Acosta, Great Start Consultant our young children to be engaged in ment. Going forward, we need ongoing
macosta@wmisd.org
reading and have pre-school programs commitment and involvement to build
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant
leadership@cadillac.org that insure they will be ready to learn on our success. If you would like to be
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant when entering school. And ultimately, involved please contact the Chamber or
info@cadillac.org we want our children ready for employ- the Great Start Collaborative staff.
Paula Jasper, Director of Membership Services ment when they reach early adulthood.
membership@cadillac.org
The Cadillac Area Chamber of
Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations Commerce has been actively support-
kentw@tcchamber.org
Website:www.cadillac.org
ing early childhood development (eco- Scott Crosby
Printer: Pleasant Graphics
nomic development) for years. Along Interim President
Publisher: Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
with generous donations and the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
involvement of chamber members, we
The Cadillac Area Business Magazine is a publica- have helped to support the develop-
tion 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 materi-
als to be distributed through the publication.

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
222 Lake Street
231-775-9776

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In Loving Memory Visionary Partners:

Chamber Ambassador & Friend,
Jerry Faloon

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Chamber of Commerce Business Magazine - 3
Early childhood education
pays big dividens for the community
By Mike Acosta • Less likely to be in poverty
Director, Great State Collaborative • Increased earning capacity which equals
There is an extensive body of research show- increased taxes paid
ing that children, families and the commu- • Decreased involvement with criminal jus-
nity all benefit from the investment in quality tice system, both as a juvenile and as an adult
early childhood experiences for all our chil- • This translates into a more productive
dren. workforce
The most famous is a 40-year study by the Business needs qualified workers and the
HighScope Foundation here in Michigan. U.S. is falling behind global competition. It is
Sometimes known as the Perry Preschool projected that 63 percent of all American jobs
Project, the study followed a group of at-risk will require some form of college education in
4-year-olds who were offered a quality pre- the next eight years, but the U.S. lags behind ings. A 2003 study by the Federal Reserve
school program and a matched control group our global competitors in both high school Bank of Minnesota demonstrated an annual
of similar socioeconomic and at-risk status and college graduation rates. By 2018 it is real rate of return which exceeded 16 percent.
who did not have benefit of the program. The predicted that our workforce will fall short of The Great Start Collaborative is working,
two groups have been followed for 40 years. employer needs by nearly 8 million workers through the leadership of the Cadillac Area
The study demonstrated the outcomes of with at least some post-secondary credential. Chamber of Commerce, to improve outcomes
quality early childhood education include: Children cultivate 85 percent of their intel- for children in the Wexford-Missaukee area.
• Children are less likely to be in special edu- lect, personality and skills by age 5. The Improving the readiness of children enter-
cation first months and years of life set the stage ing kindergarten is one of our targeted goals.
• Show higher achievement scores at age 14 for lifelong achievement. According to the Among other successes over the last several
• Demonstrate higher graduation rates and HighScope study, a $1 investment in high- years, we have succeeded in getting the state
increased likelihood of going on to college quality early childhood programs will return legislature to increase funding for preschool
• Delayed childbearing as much as $17 to the community in later sav- for low income families.

Great program, great start
By Mike Acosta schools. You can
Director, Great State Collaborative also pick up busi-
The Wexford Missaukee Great Start ness cards for your
Business Engagement Committee wanted to office front desk
do more and wanted to focus on all the com- or reception area
munity’s children. Out of that desire came which tell parents
the Wexford Missaukee Imagination Library. how to sign up.
In April 2013, we began signing up chil- Secondly, you can
dren and in June of 2013, the first 148 chil- to do before reading the book, while reading help by providing
dren began receiving books. Since then, the story and how to follow up afterward to financial support
2,621 children have received books through build on the child’s learning experience. through a direct designation at the United
the Wexford Missaukee Imagination The books are offered to all families, Way or by sending a contribution to the
Library. A total of more than 42,200 books regardless of income, at no cost. The pro- Cadillac Area Community Foundation with a
have been delivered as of December 2015. gram is funded 100 percent by donations. notation for the Imagination Library.
Funded by Dolly Parton in 1995 in Sevier Businesses, individuals and others have pro- Any questions and for more information go
County, Tennessee, where she grew up, the vided the funding to allow the program to be to greatstart@cadillac.org.
Imagination Library has been replicated offered locally. The Imagination Library is just one of the
across the country. But we need your help. The first thing you ways that the Great Start Collaborative is
The program provides a book in the mail can do is to encourage employees and the working to improve outcomes for all of the
each month to children from birth until their public to sign up their children, grandchil- children in our community. Quality early
fifth birthday. These are high quality, colorful dren and neighbors. Children can be enrolled childhood experiences matter and make a
books meant to build a love of reading in the in the program at http://usa.imagination- difference to the future of our community,
child. But much more than that, each book library.com. You can pick up paper forms making it a more attractive place to live,
includes a letter to parents telling them what at the Chamber office, at local libraries or work and play.

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Healthy Families Northern Michigan
Patricia Drenth, MS, BSN, RN focused support in the comfort and con-
Healthy Families Northern venience of the family’s home. Family sup-
Michigan Coordinator port workers also share information about
Health Department of available community resources. The fam-
Northwest Michigan ily is in the driver’s seat!

Healthy Families Northern Michigan Proven results:
(HFNM) is a voluntary, non-income • Nurtures child development, including
based, free home visiting program that long-term improvements in school per-
offers guidance, information, and support formance
to help parents be ready for their baby’s • Helps parents be the best they can be
birth and raise a healthy family. and reach personal goals
HFNM support workers can begin see- • Studies have shown improvements
ing families during pregnancy and contin- in: child safety; child health, includ-
ue until the child’s fourth birthday. HFNM ing increased birth weight; parent- Roscommon County
follows the Healthy Families America child interaction; school readiness and • District Health Department No. 2 –
(HFA) model, whose vision is that all chil- adjustment in 1st grade; family self-suf- Iosco and Ogemaw Counties
dren receive nurturing care from their ficiency; and coordination of services • District Health Department No. 10
family essential to leading a healthy and and referrals. – Crawford, Kalkaska, Manistee,
productive life. Missaukee and Wexford Counties
Healthy Families Northern Michigan Healthy Families Northern Michigan • Health Department of Northwest
recognizes that parents are their chil- offers support to families throughout 12 Michigan – Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet
dren’s most important teachers. Healthy counties in northern Lower Michigan. It and Otsego Counties
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Ready for school? Are you sure?
CADILLAC — When someone asks if a child community, and the school itself.
is ready for school, it usually refers to whether “They (children) will enter school at 5 (years
the child is academically prepared. old), but we want them as a whole child to be
That is only part of the answer. Focusing ready and not just academically or socially,”
solely on academics could be doing a disser- Schultz said.
vice to the child. Schultz had those in attendance break into
What’s truly important is whether the capa- groups based and consider what it means to
bilities of children, their families, schools and be a ready child, ready family, ready school
communities will promote student success in and ready community.
kindergarten and beyond. A ready child is prepared socially, personally,
That was the topic of discussion during physically, and intellectually within the five
a Lecture Luncheon at Baker College of domains of school readiness, including physi-
Cadillac’s campus. The event was sponsored cal well-being and motor development; social
by the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce and emotional development; approaches to
and presented by the Wexford-Missaukee learning; language and literacy development; vides seamless transition to quality learning.
Great Start Collaborative. and cognition and general knowledge. A ready school also is environmentally engag-
Nicole Schultz, Great Start Collaborative A ready family has adults who understand ing.
lead coordinator, said the point of the event they are important in the life of a child, and Finally, a ready community plays a crucial
was to increase awareness about being take responsibility for the child’s school readi- part in supporting families in their roles as
school-ready and what it means for not only ness through direct and frequent interactions. primary stewards of children’s readiness and
the child entering school but also their family, A ready school accepts all children and pro- supports schools and a culture of education.

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The Importance of
High Quality Child Care
Candice Hamel
Director, Great Start to Quality
Northwest Resource Center
High quality child care supports both children and families they serve.
Children in high quality settings are in a safe, nurturing environment
where there are ample opportunities to learn and grow. Children are
encouraged to explore what interests them, by caregivers who under-
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Leading the Way in Cadillac
By Jake Punelli
CADILLAC LEADERSHIP CLASS

I attended college at Iowa State University a short 30 minutes from
where I grew up in a small suburb outside of Des Moines, Iowa. After
graduating with a degree in exercise science and finding limited oppor-
tunities close to home, I decided to look out of state where I found a great
opening in Cadillac’s YMCA. After interviewing and much discussion
with loved ones, not even a month later I found myself stepping foot for
the first time in the state of Michigan having not even seen my apart-
ment. It was a leap of faith, to say the least.
I was fortunate enough to have the chance to apply for the Cadillac
Leadership class, and was accepted. I showed up on the first day not
knowing a soul in the room, but I was eager to see what the class had to
offer. After the first day, and meeting many new faces, I knew this was
going to be a great program. The amount of passion by these community
members who are dedicated to making positive changes was powerful.
The leadership program has given me opportunities I never would
have had otherwise, and has connected me with a wonderful group of
people throughout the city. This program has been truly incredible and
has shown me so much about Cadillac and the surrounding counties.
We are well underway in the class now and I am very excited about our
community service project of installing an EZ launch dock system in
Mitchell State Park. This system will allow everyone easier access to use
our beautiful lakes for kayak and canoe recreation. If you would like to
donate to our project please visit the chamber website at www.cadillac.
org or talk to myself or any other member in this year’s leadership class.

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Cadillac Leadership Class visits MiNews 26 on Media Day

2016-2017 Cadillac Leadership Project
“Launch Cadillac”
Universally Accessible EZ Launch Dock
for Canoes and Kayaks on Lake Cadillac
Each year, the Cadillac Leadership Class devotes a great deal of time
and effort toward a worthy community service project. The 2016/2017
class has selected to do a project that we believe will be a signifi-
cant asset to the community. Our goal is to purchase an EZ Launch
Docking System to be placed in Lake Cadillac at the Mitchell State
Park. We are working alongside the Friends of the Mitchell State Park
to make this project a reality. Proudly Sponsored by:
The EZ Launch Docking system is a docking system that is univer-
sally accessible and allows easy kayak and canoe access into Lake
Cadillac. This dock will benefit all members of our community,
including the elderly, youth and people with disabilities. their communities. With the increased interest in water trails, kayak-
The DNR at the Mitchell State Park has already committed to creat- ing and canoeing, we will be a front runner in Michigan communi-
ing more parking and an ADA accessible walk way down to the dock. ties by providing recreation access. Our lakes and trails are a valuable
The DNR will assume all responsibility of the maintenance and care resource to us. The Mitchell State Park, as well as the Carl T. Johnson
of the dock once it’s in place. The Friends of the Mitchell State Park Hunting and Fishing Center, play a large role within our community
currently have a kayak rental set up close to where the dock will be to capitalize on those resources, making the state park the perfect
located. Staff from the state park will be available to assist dock users. location to place the dock.
They will also provide some kayak and dock training to those who are For more information, please contact Leadership members, Sarah
interested. Moeller at (231) 429-5617 or Jason Owens at (231) 846-0270. If you
It’s important to us as a class to inform our community of this rec- wish to support our efforts, please visit the Cadillac Area Chamber of
reation access point. Many communities around Michigan that have Commerce website at www.cadillac.org to make an online donation
rivers and lakes as a recreational resource are placing these docks in to this project.

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&
Do you know someone deserving?
2017
Outstanding Citizen
Spirit of Community Awards
The Outstanding Citizen Award recognizes and
honors individuals who strive toward the highest Submit your Nominations for
level of professional accomplishments. Men and 2017 Outstanding Citizen and
women, who excel in their chosen profession, have
devoted significant time and energy to improve the
Spirit of Community Awards
community’s quality of life and have provided lead- Forms can be found at www.cadillac.org
ership to assist others in becoming involved in the
due Friday, May 19, 2017 by 5p.m.
community.
Awards will be announced at the
The Spirit of Community Award recognizes and
honors individuals who have devoted significant Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
time and energy to improve the community’s quality Annual Awards Dinner,
of life and have provided leadership in development Wednesday, June 21, 2017
and/or expansion of volunteer projects, which have at Fox Hill Event Center.
benefited members of the community.

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military media groups
the team at Baird, Cotter, and Baker College has again been recognized by two media organizations for
Bishop, PC. O’Dell has over 22 its ongoing dedication to make quality higher education available to U.S.
years of experience in account- military personnel, veterans and families.
ing, with the last 17 years in pub- The 2017 recognitions are:
lic accounting preparing finan- • Military Friendly Gold Award in the category for private institutions
cial statements and income tax with more than 10,000 students from Victory Media for outstanding pro-
returns.  O’Dell has experience in a grams and positive education outcomes for veterans and their families.
wide variety of industries, includ- • Top 20 Best for Vets in the career and technical college category from
ing Construction, Real Estate, Military Times® in recognition of a commitment to provide educational
Professional Service Firms, opportunities to veterans, service members and military families.
Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and
closely held businesses. O’Dell’s area of expertise include
income tax planning and preparation for both individuals
and business,  estate and gift planning, and consulting with
Foundation Announces
small businesses.
O’Dell grew up in Manton and attended Central Michigan
2017 Scholarship Programs
University where, in 1995, she received a Bachelor of Science
in Business Administration degree. She also attended Walsh
Accepting Applications
College and in 2002, she received a Master of Science in In addition to grants that improve our community, the Cadillac Area
Taxation degree with a specialty in Estate and Gift. Then Community Foundation also offers a variety of student scholarship pro-
she attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School and in 2006, grams. Many of the scholarship programs are accepting applications at this
received her Juris Doctor Degree. time, and they have various deadlines for application. To learn more about
When O’Dell is not working, she enjoys spending time with the Scholarship Programs that are being offered, and their guidelines and
her Shelties and various farm animals, researching family geographic conditions, please visit the website at www.cadillacfoundation.
history, knitting, spinning, or attending dog shows.  org, and click on the “Scholarship” tab on the tool bar. If you have questions,
contact the Foundation office at 775-9911.

Cadillac Area YMCA Announces
New Aquatic Director
The Cadillac Area YMCA is pleased to announce that Mary Crisenbery has accepted the posi-
tion of Aquatic Director at the Cadillac Area YMCA. Mary brings a B.S from Eastern Michigan
University in Therapeutic Recreation which lends a perfect fit here at the YMCA. “Swimming has
been a part of my life as long as I can recall” says Mary. “Both outdoor and indoor swimming is
such a wonderful recreation and fitness resource.” She added.
The Cadillac Area YMCA is very excited to have Mary as our new aquatic director.  Please contact
the Cadillac Area YMCA at 231-775-3369 with any questions.

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Caberfae Peaks CAPS Forest View Elementary
Wins Award receives National Recognition
Caberfae Peaks has been recognized as one of Forest View Elementary School is being recognized as a National Title I Distinguished
the Beginner Friendly, Most Challenging, Family School during the National Title I Conference held in California February 22-25, 2017.
Friendly, Best Snow Quality and Best Value ski Forest View was selected by demonstrating exceptional student performance for
areas in the Midwest, winning a 2016-17 Best in two or more consecutive years. Forest View is one of only two districts in Michigan to
Snow Award, Powered by Liftopia. be awarded this honor for operating an exceptional Title I program.
“Our staff works As part of this achievement, the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Field
very hard year Services will send four guests from Cadillac Area Public Schools to receive the Title
around to ensure our I Distinguished Schools recognition and to participate in this extraordinary profes-
snow conditions are sional development event for educators.
the best we can make
them. When nature
brings it, we love it,
but over the years Vredewoogd joins Bard,
our snowmaking
equipment allows
us to have snow on
Cotter, and Bishop
our hills into April,
which is our goal Baird, Cotter and Bishop, P.C. is pleased to announce that
every year,” says Tim Meyer, General Manager Craig Vredevoogd, CPA has joined our firm. Vredevoogd
of Mountain Operations at Caberfae, “we have brings many years of public accounting experience working
invested heavily in new snow making infrastruc- in the areas of income tax preparation, assistance to non-
ture, more snow machines, more pumping capac- profits, auditing, payroll tax compliance and Peachtree/
ity, maintaining our groomers, installed a new Sage assistance.
triple chairlift, and continue to develop additional Craig and his wife Amy live in McBain and keep busy with
terrain, but we’re not done yet.” their three children.

Investing in the
Local Community.

At Mercantile Bank we’re committed to strengthening business here in the Cadillac
area. Over the past year we have financed numerous construction projects, helping
businesses to develop and expand. All of this impacts new job creation and
promotes economic prosperity which helps to build a stronger community.

Moving business forward, it’s just another way Mercantile is
Here to get you there.®

231.775.9000 - Downtown Cadillac
Member FDIC 231.779.8954 - Cadillac North

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Mitchell Graphics
Receives Award
Mitchell Graphics Inc. has been selected for the 2017 Corporation of the Year
Award amongst its state-wide peers and competitors by the Michigan Printing
Week Association.
Each year, the Michigan Printing Week Association reviews nominations iden-
tifying companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their commitment
to the graphic arts industry, the State of Michigan and their community.
Mitchell Graphics Inc. has consistently demonstrated a high regard for uphold-
ing business ethics and company values. This recognition by association marks a
significant achievement as an emerging industry leader.

Data track 2015 and 2016
Wexford County Jan. 16 Feb. 16 Mar. 16 April 16 May 16 June 16 July 16 Aug. 16 Sept. 16 Oct. 16 Nov. 16 Dec. 16
Labor Force 14,474 14,558 14,549 14,465 14,612 14,677 14,560 14,504 14,289 14,175 14,347 14,486
Employment 13,576 13,634 13,615 13,688 13,885 13,923 13,702 13,773 13,638 13,480 13,677 13,711
Unemployment 898 924 934 777 727 754 858 731 651 695 670 775
Rate 6.2% 6.3% 6.4% 5.4% 5.0% 5.1% 5.9% 5.0% 4.6% 4.9% 4.7% 5.3%

Missaukee County Jan. 16 Feb. 16 Mar. 16 April 16 May 16 June 16 July 16 Aug. 16 Sept. 16 Oct. 16 Nov. 16 Dec. 16
Labor Force 6,867 6,978 7,032 6,951 7,014 7,119 7,189 7,058 6,917 6,729 6,813 6,885
Employment 6,405 6,473 6,524 6,547 6,676 6,760 6,790 6,719 6,625 6,417 6,529 6,539
Unemployment 462 505 508 404 338 359 399 339 292 312 284 346
Rate 6.7% 7.2% 7.2% 5.8% 4.8% 5.0% 5.6% 4.8% 4.2% 4.6% 4.2% 5.0%
For more information go online to www.cadillac.org/discover/about_LaborActivity.htm

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