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Chamber Business

Cadillac Area

Magazine
A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication FOURTH QUARTER 2017

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

2017/2018 Board of Directors
Stephen King, Chair

N
The Law Offices King & King, PLLC
Jeremy Winkle, First Vice Chair
VanDrie Furniture etworking is defined as the pro-
Karl Marcusse, Vice Chair cess of establishing a mutually
PADNOS
beneficial relationship with other
Trent Mulder, Treasurer business people and potential clients.
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC.
The primary purpose of networking is
Doug DeYoung
Consumer Energy to tell others about your business and
Kelly Smith hopefully turn them into customers.
Baker College of Cadillac Networking is a key element of building a
Tonya Smith business. It is also one of the main reasons
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
to join a local Chamber for many mem-
Jennifer Brown
Cadillac Area Public Schools bers.
Tim Knaggs This quarter’s Business Magazine focuses
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance on the various opportunities within the
Dan Minor Chamber to network and share informa-
Cadillac Casting, Inc.
tion about your business with perspective
Pete Stalker customers. That is the primary reason that Additionally, we will be looking to roll out
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Don Schepers
we have brought back our Business After a Chamber Networking Group for those
Schepers Agency, Inc. 5 events. These are pure networking over interested in participating. This group
Jennifer Neff appetizers and beverages. We will continue will be designed to generate leads for new
Avon Protection Systems to look for more ways to provide network- business amongst members. We are put-
Kevin Dunaway ing opportunities for our members, taking ting together a committee to flesh out
9 & 10 News
advantage of these opportunities is up to the way the group will be structured and
Brian Blake
Piranha Hose you. how members can participate. We hope
Dave Cox, Immediate Past Chair Do you have a quick “elevator speech” to launch the group in the first quarter of
(Ex Officio) about your business? Can you quickly tell 2018. For information about our Chamber
Wexford/Missaukee ISD
people who you are and what you do? Networking Group please contact myself
CHAMBER STAFF In my research for this edition, I looked or Paula Jasper here at the Chamber.
David Miller, President at several websites about business net- In the meantime, if you don’t already
dmiller@cadillac.org working and boiled down the benefits of have an elevator pitch, put one together
Mike Acosta, Great Start Consultant networking to four key ones: and come to our Business After 5 events
macosta@wmisd.org • Create new business opportunities and practice using it!
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director • Make new connections
dgillies@cadillac.org
• Share knowledge
Amanda Downey, Administrative Assistant
adowney@cadillac.org • Grow in confidence David Miller,
Paula Jasper, Director of Membership Services Chamber President
pjasper@cadillac.org
Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations
kentw@tcchamber.org
Website:www.cadillac.org
Printer: Pleasant Graphics

Chamber Update!
Publisher: Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

The Cadillac Area Business Magazine is a publica-
tion of the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. The
Chamber reserves the right to edit or refuse articles We have upgraded our operating systems so that we are able to serve our members
and advertisements submitted to the Cadillac Area more efficiently. You will notice that our emails have changed. Please update our con-
Business Magazine and reserves the right in its sole
discretion to accept or refuse inserts and other materi- tact information at your earliest convenience. Thank you!
als to be distributed through the publication. David Miller – president@cadillac.org is now dmiller@cadillac.org
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Deb Gillies – Leadership@cadillac.org is now dgillies@cadillac.org
222 Lake Street Amanda Downey – billing@cadillac.org is now adowney@cadillac.org
231-775-9776 Paula Jasper – membership@cadillac.org is now pjasper@cadillac.org

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Leadership Partners:
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Heritage AT&T
Christian • STONE & GRAVEL
• BACKHOE WORK
Bella Rose Rehabilitation
• BASEMENTS
School • SUBDIVISON & • EARTH MOVING
and Aquatic Center
775-4272 LAND DEVELOPMENT • GRADING & BULLDOZING BorgWarner Thermal Systems
• FILL DIRT • SEWER & WATER
B&P Manufacturing
Preschool & Young Fives • K-12 (231) 775-1773 (231) 775-0703 FAX
1706 Wright St. • Cadillac Cadillac Area Public Schools
9051 E. 48 1/2 Road • Cadillac Shop Junction of M-115 & US-131
www.cadillacheritagechristian.com Craig Johnson, CEO 231-878-3550 • Bonded & Insured Consumers Energy
DTE Energy
Technology Construction Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance Agency
FIAMM Technologies LLC
Edward Dracht
Full Spectrum IT Support - 24/7 President Fifth Third Bank
ITC
DRACHTDesign
CONSTRUCTION
• Build • Contracting
CO. Mercantile Bank of Michigan
Serving the greater Cadillac area since 1972. Michigan Rubber Products, Inc
Butler Steel buildings • CONVENTIONAL FRAMED BUILDINGS Rexair LLC
Commercial • Industrial • Institutional • Agriculture • Churches
Offices • Rubber Roofs • Concrete Flatwork • Complete Turnkey Projects Walmart Supercenter Store
23350 100th Ave. • Marion, MI 49665 office: (231) 825-0035 Wexford Community Credit Union
Contact Us (231) 577-2080 email: ed@drachtconstruction.com
www.drachtconstruction.butlersteel.com
fax: (231) 825-0038
cell: (231) 357-8718 Wexford-Missaukee ISD

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Cadillac Leadership Class of 2017-2018

Deb Gillies, Leadership Director
2017-2018
Chris Ball, Wolverine Power Cooperative
Holly Barber, Peterson McGregor of Cadillac
Program Schedule
Robert Benson, Pastor*, 13th Street Seventh Day Adventist Church Education Day
Brittany Brunink, Mitchell Investment Advisors, LLC Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Hannah Davis, 9 and 10 News/Fox 32
Katie Deller, Wolverine Power Cooperative Economy Day
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
John Gatewood, Cadillac Casting, Inc.
Kevin Graham, VanDrie Home Furnishings Media Day
Josh Hayes, Wexford Missaukee ISD Wednesday, December 20, 2017
MaryAnne MacIntosh, Biggby Coffee
Lindsay Majors, Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance Government Day
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Jonathan Meeks, USDA Forest Service
Craig McCarthy, Cadillac Area Public Schools Cultural Day
Kelly Rhodes, Baker College Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Jimmy Rollo, Rexair LLC
Jacquie Sabo, Piranha Hose Products, Inc. Health & Human Services Day
Scott Slavin, Department of Natural Resources Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Shannen Smith, Chemical Bank
Justice Day
Brad Soules, BorgWarner Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Caren Straight, Avon Protection Systems
Teal Vanderhoef, Piranha Hose Products, Inc. Closing Retreat
Friday, May 11, 2018
*RJ Blanchard Memorial Scholarship is underwritten by:
B&P Manufacturing and Mercantile Bank of Michigan

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2017 Diamond Sponsor:

Special Thanks
to our Exhibitors &
Volunteers for another
successful Expo!

107.9 CDY Cadillac Area Public Schools Mercantile Bank of Michigan
9 & 10 News/Fox 32 Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau MI News 26
Airway Oxygen, Inc. Cadillac Area YMCA Michigan Agency for Energy
All Weather Seal Cadillac News Michigan Gutters
American Waste Cadillac/Wexford Transit Authority Michigan Talent Investment Agency
Anavon Technology Group Chartwells Dining Service Mitchell Graphics Inc.
Autumnwood of McBain Cogent Technology Solutions Mitchell Investment Advisors, LLC
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC Costco Wholesale Marketing Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
Baker College Evergreen Resort Munson Home Health
Bay Supply Marketing Inc. Family Eye Care Northern Christian Radio
Belle Oakes Living Center Inc. Family Health Care Northwest Michigan Works! Thank you to our
Biggby Cadillac Farmers Insurance PADNOS Reception Sponsors:
Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc. Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance Pine Grove Athletic Club PBS Party Store/Marathon
WQON-FM & WGRY AM/FM Fox Motors of Cadillac RE/MAX Central Gas Station, Chartwells,
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Genisys Mortgage Professionals Real Estate One, Inc. Sam’s Club, Little Caesars
Business Networking International Holdship Family of Riemer Eye Center and Accident Fund
Cadillac Area Community Foundation Funeral Homes and Cremation Services Rotary Club of Cadillac Insurance Company
Cadillac Area Industrial Group Homewaters Recreational Real Estate Russell Cellular
Avon Automotive Huntington Bank Sam’s Club
Avon Protection Systems iMassage ServPro of Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac
Cadillac Casting Inc. Integrity Business Solutions LLC Shively Supply a division of Shively Bros.
FIAMM Technologies, LLC Jordan Balkema Elder Law Center Springfield, Inc.
Pirahna Hose Products, Inc. Kiwanis Club of Cadillac Star Truck Rentals, Inc.
Groupe Beneteau Kopy Sales Inc. West Michigan Credit Union
Rexair LLC Little Caesars of Cadillac Wexford Community Credit Union
Wolverine Power Cooperative Manpower Wexford County Road Commission

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CHAMBERS
THE ORIGINAL SOCIAL NETWORK
Chambers of commerce have a unique place in our communities—what
other organization can bring so many different groups of people together to
get things done? Networking is an important part of many chamber events.
Here are some tips on how to successfully manage the chamber network:

1)Be early or on time: Late arrivers can have
trouble breaking into conversations or sorting through the 4)Ask easy questions: Striking up a conversation
can be nerve-wracking for introverts. Lob some softballs to
crowd for someone they know. Be punctual and greet people help break the ice and earn trust like, “What do you do for
as they come in to increase your chances of seeing as many your organization?”.
attendees as possible.

2) Have a solid introduction: Be able to 5)Listen: When you actively hear what others are saying,
you pick up clues about what is important to them and can
clearly give your name and a friendly welcome to people you uncover useful information to help understand what they
meet. Having a confident intro helps you insert yourself into need. It’s also a time to collect information to help start a
groups and lets others know you are open to conversation. conversation the next time you see them.

3)Drop the sales pitch: Networking is about
relationships, not collecting business cards. Be sincere about 6)Follow up: Ask for a business card and take the time
to drop a friendly note after the event to remind them about
connecting with others and learning how you can help them your conversation. You now have a new contact to help make
solve a problem. networking at the next function a little bit easier.

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“Social Media provides such a “ The power of Facebook
large networking platform. It allows is astonishing. Here at United
for people to keep up on others’ Way we reach hundreds of our
lives as well as share about their Facebook Friends every week,
own lives and experiences. For sharing the successes of donors
businesses it gives the opportunity and partner agencies alike.”
to be sharing new product,
what is happening within their “Today the postage stamp has
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relationships with current and Online tools such as Constant
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stimulates innovation and provides essential to effective networking and a
so many networking opportunities.” vital part of any promotional toolbox.”

Kaley Belk, Airway Oxygen Inc. Pat Goggin, Executive Director
United Way ofWexford Missaukee Counties

“I always say that ‘This is a relationship business’. I have built my business relationships by
networking in many ways including chamber events like Rise Up Cadillac, Business after
five, The ambassadors Club, ... And I’ve made many relationships volunteering on various
events and festival committees, and non profit organizations like S.N.A.G. (Senior Networking
Advocacy Group) The best way succeed in business is to continue building relationships.”

Dawn Marie, Up North Radio

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AUgust 2017
Rise Up! Cadillac
Hosted by: Cadillac Area Public Schools

Sponsored by: Sponsored by:
Dynamic Physical Integrity Business
Therapy Solutions

Ambassador Club
Ribbon Cuttings
Baker College - Jordan Belkama
Center For Advanced Elder Law Center
Manufacturing Innovation

CAPS Cadillac
Nourish Beauty Innovation Center

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September 2017
Rise Up! Cadillac
Hosted by: Art Van Furniture Cadillac

Sponsored by:
Coldwell Banker
Sponsored by: Schmidt Realtors
Kettenun
Center

Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:
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Private Seventh-Day
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November 2017
Rise Up! Cadillac
Hosted by: Evergreen Resort

Sponsored by:
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Brick Awards

Business After 5 Fekete
Knaggs
events are back! & Burr

These events run from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at various
host locations throughout the year. Bring your business
cards and come ready to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and
your favorite beverage. Free for chamber members
(including their employees) and their guests.

Art Van
Furniture

THANK YOU:
September host Sunset Shores Resort Riemer Eye Center
& sponsor ReMax Central.
October host Wexford County Historical
Museum and sponsors The Edward Jones
Offices of: Kyle Hondorp, Casey Boyer and
Amy Schmid
Next event:
January 18th hosted by
Pine Grove Athletic Club
and sponsored by
Dynamic Physical Therapy.

Hope to see you there! Independent
Bank

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December 07, 2017
Holiday Luncheon
12:00-1:15PM Program Sponsors:
@ Cadillac Grill at Eldorado DIAMOND | Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network
GOLD | DTE Energy, Consumers Energy and
Online registration and additional information
is available for upcoming chamber programs
J & H Family Stores | Tim Hortons Cadillac Junction
through our website www.cadillac.org. Please Join us for our annual December festive event, serving as a year-end
contact Amanda at info@cadillac.org if you celebration with membership. This is a wonderful opportunity to network
need assistance with registration. with fellow chamber members, business associates, clients, or even
invite a potential chamber member.

4TH Quarter
Practice Gratitude to Feel Happier
Health Tip: 1. Start the morning off right.
you realize the difference, you will
Before you start your day, begin
be more grateful for what you have.
each morning by acknowledging 4. Express love and gratitude.
what you’re grateful for.
While ungrateful people tend to
2. Spend more time with the
focus on regret and loss, thankful
people you care about. Being
people will normally talk about their
with loved ones is a great way to feel
blessings and fortune.
more thankful in your life. 5. Let go of the negativity,
3. Know the difference focus on the positive.
between wants and needs.
Embrace life as if each day is a gift
Sometimes it can be easy to confuse
and do things that will make you
what you want vs what you need. If
happy.

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Transition Council Creates Partnerships
Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School munity activities, work-related skills and
District (WMISD) has partnered with adult living skills. Many businesses who
many community agencies to develop a have hired people with disabilities have
Transition Council which works collabora- found them to be very hard workers and
tively to improve student success in and tend to be willing to work those hard to fill
outside of school.  We are meeting monthly or high turnover rate jobs that many people
to brainstorm and support each other in don’t care to do on a day to day basis.  If a
helping to remove barriers in our commu- business or organization is interested in
nity for our students with disabilities. providing work experience or community
activities for these students, please con-
Special Education Law requires that stu- Wexford-Missaukee tact Angela Simmons, WMISD Transition
dents with disabilities have a transition Coordinator at 231.876.2285.
Intermediate School District
plan in place by the age of 16. Goals of tran-
sition for students with disabilities include Many partnership opportunities also
instruction, independent living, commu- learn job skills and participate in commu- exist with the Wexford Missaukee Career
nity experiences and employment/post- nity activities.  The students will be accom- Technical Center (WMCTC).  WMCTC is
secondary education.  This includes being panied by job coaches.  If the students are currently looking for business partners to
able to teach and expose them to as many clients of Michigan Rehabilitation Services help host students for job shadows, work
of these opportunities and skills as possible (MRS), there are also supports to help lead experience opportunities and/or co-op
prior to them leaving school.  Currently, the to competitive wage employment jobs.  Please contact Melinda Cucinella,
WMISD provides services for students with Teacher Consultant at 231.876.4823 to
significant disabilities that the local schools We are looking for businesses and organi- discuss potential placements for our spe-
are unable to provide.  Part of those servic- zations to partner with us to help to provide cial education students.  Job coaching and
es include transition services, where we are students with disabilities experiences that MRS supports may also be available for
taking students out into the community to will prepare them to participate in com- these placements.   

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Gregory Lambourne, MD, stands with members of the
Community Health Committee Jim Whelan, MD, Chris Greg Lambourne, MD,
Huckle, Tonya Smith and Kim Benz.
recognized for his
contributions to
the community
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital honored Greg Lambourne,
MD, with its Community Health Hero Award, an award that recogniz-
es individuals and organizations who contribute significantly toward
improving the health and well-being of the community.
Lambourne was nominated for 40 years of service to the community.
“It is an honor to be recognized in this way,” Lambourne said. “I have
had a very fulfilling career helping to improve my patient’s health and
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Welcome New Members
13th Street Cadillac Genisys Mortgage K.F. Commercial Properties
Seventh-Day Adventist Church Professionals Jeff Konczak
Robert Benson Bruce & Kim Meek 314 Chisholm Street
3090 West 13th Street 116 East Nelson Street Alpena, MI 49707
Cadillac, MI 49601 Cadillac, MI 49601 989-356-2294
231-775-0812 www.genisysmortgage.com
Kopy Sales Inc.
Best Price Tree Service Grand Traverse Vapor 821 Robinwood Court
PO Box 606 Eric Piedmonte Traverse City, MI 49686
Manton, MI 49663 720 North Mitchell 231-676-9197
231-878-8477 Cadillac, MI 49601 www.kopysales.com
www.bestpricetreesvc.com 231-357-7302
Nourish Beauty
Costco High Performance Services 1526 North Mitchell Street
Wholesale Marketing Kurt Vandenheuvel Cadillac, MI 49601
125 East South Street 2969 Keystone Road 231-444-6313
Traverse City, MI 49686 Traverse City, MI 49686 www.nourishbeautycosmetics.com
231-929-3972 231-299-9296
www.costco.com www.hipcleaning.com Russell Cellular
612 North Mitchell Street
Edward Jones Cadillac, MI 49601
Kyle Hondorp Jordan Balkema Law Center
117 North Mitchell Street 231-775-4500
201 North Mitchell Street, Suite 201 www.russellcellular.com
Cadillac, MI 49601 Cadillac, MI 49601
231-775-3399 231-796-4012
www.edwardjones.com www.myelderlawplanning.com

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honorary lifetime
Wolverine Power Cooperative membership
Names Dawn Coon
Vice President of Administration
Wolverine Power Cooperative
(Wolverine) announced that Dawn
Y. Coon has been named vice presi-
dent of administration.
As vice president of administra-
tion, Coon will advance Wolverine’s
cross-departmental business pro-
cesses, and oversee Wolverine’s
Information Technology team to
identify and implement long-term
process solutions.
Coon has served Wolverine Power
Cooperative for nearly 16 years,
most recently as executive direc-
tor of administration, where she
jointly oversaw the construction of
and transition to Wolverine’s new
headquarters, and served as found-
ing chair of Wolverine’s Culture “A honorary lifetime Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce membership
Team—a role which she will continue. was awarded to Bill Panasiewicz for his many years of dedication and
service to the chamber and the Cadillac community. Thank you Bill!

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