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Cadillac Area

A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

Business Magazine
September/October 2011 Volume 17-NO. 5

A Business
Chamber and Business Training Alliance
team up to help new and exisiting business
See pages 4 to 6
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.

Meet the Board

Katy Huckle, Chair
Northwestern Bank 775-9077

Dean DeKryger, Vice Chair

The DK Design Group 779-4002

Scott Hunter, Treasurer

Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC.

Mickey Putman, Past Executive Director

Where entrepreneurs
Central Professional Services Inc.

Eric Baker
Wolverine Power Cooperative

choose to work and live
Dennis Benson Our cover story is an important reminder, pened without significant time, resourc-
Dennis H. Benson, PLC 876-9405 why collaboration remains a critical strategy es, and effort extended by the Northwest
Kelly Cater for the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. Michigan Council of Governments. Early
Rec Boat Holdings 775-1351 Our cover story also underscores why the discussion in 2010, materialized into suc-
Jon Catlin Chamber needed to be a fundamental part- cessful funding a year later through the
Chemical Bank 775-6151 ner in launching the Business Training Workforce Development Agency. It was not
Bill Cinco Alliance (BTA). Simply, the Chamber was not an easy process, but through a collaborative
The Trend Designers 775-5711 providing substantive counseling assistance approach, which included chamber busi-
David Cox to small business, independent of Chamber ness partners at the table, we collectively cel-
Wexford-Missaukee ISD 876-2260 connectivity to the Michigan Small Business ebrated the BTA launch in April of this year
Mike Hamner & Technology Development Center. We rec- at Baker College (community partner).
Avon Protection Systems, Inc. 779-6200 ognized a deficiency. With a pledge to up A next step is to further advance the BTA
Dr. Kyle Hogg our game, the Chamber sat down in very through education on the available services,
Dental Health Professionals 775-9797 early 2010 to map out with the MI-SBTDC, training and resources. Coupled with those
Melody Hurley the Northwest Council of Governments, and efforts is utilizing the talent of Cadillac Area
Walmart Supercenter Store 775-8778 various business stakeholders a long-term Chamber members to assist area businesses,
Brian Jones sustainable model to broaden our collec- which has already been accomplished with
Willow Mercantile LLC 468-2682 tive resources. Our goal was to provide an business mentoring outreach and involve-
Bill Kring extended counseling presence in Wexford ment with the Peer Network Group sessions.
9 & 10 News 775-3478 and Missaukee counties. However, we also We welcome your involvement.
Paul Liabenow wanted to launch through strategic work- Ultimately, we want to brand Wexford and
Cadillac Area Public Schools 876-5000 shops, training and counseling an additional Missaukee counties as an example to the
focus on enhancing entrepreneurial viability. State of Michigan as a place where entrepre-
The first sentence of our cover story brings neurs choose to work and live.
Bill Tencza, President home an unofficial mission statement:
Entrepreneurs in Wexford and Missaukee Bill TeNcza, Chamber President
Doreen Lanc, Director of Membership Services counties are being helped by a new commu-
nity partnership called the Business Training
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant Alliance.
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant The above capture would not have hap-
Doug DeYoung, Senior Director of Government Relations
Annie Shetler, BTA Coordinator
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The Cadillac Area Business Magazine is a publication of the
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber reserves Respite Room Available Opening in 2011
the right to edit or refuse articles and advertisements submitted
to the Cadillac Area Business Magazine and reserves the right 2353 S. LaChance Rd. Lake City 231-779-4671 Esther Nederhood, RN, Owner
in its sole discretion to accept or refuse inserts and other mate-
rials to be distributed through the publication.

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A Dedication Ribbon Cutting took place on July 29, 2011 for the
newly built, lakeside pavilion located in Kenwood Park.
Construction of the handicap-accessible lakeside pavilion was
chosen as the 2010-2011 Cadillac Leadership Class community
service project, titled Cadillac Leadership Pride.
A special thank you to everyone who supported this endeavor!

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Annie Shetler, right, works with clients through the Business Training Allience.

Business partner
Entrepreneurs in Wexford and Missaukee counties are being helped to counseling and market research in an effort to increase business
by a new community partnership called the Business Training Alliance and economic development in northwest lower Michigan.
(BTA). The BTA, launched in April 2011 by the Cadillac Area Chamber In a time when so many business owners and individuals have been
of Commerce and the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments let down by big government and big banks, the only real alternative
(NWMCOG), makes training opportunities more accessible to the forward is private enterprise, said Bruce Schafer, Vice President of
areas growing business community. In partnership with the Michigan Manufacturing at Rexair. The BTA is a great first step as they have
Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC), the the coaching, mentoring, and linkages to help bring your business to
BTA coordinates customized training opportunities, and offers access prosperity.

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Business Alliance provides needed support
Continued from page 4 Administration. NWMCOGs 10-county region, including both
Geared toward aspiring entrepreneurs, start-up operations, stage 2 Wexford and Missaukee, has seen significant growth and expansion
companies and established businesses with training needs, BTA pro- of its MI-SBTDC programming over the past five years. Unfortunately,
grams include workshops and core competency classes, one-on-one both Wexford and Missaukee counties remained underserved for
business counseling, mentoring and peer networking opportunities. several of those years simply due to the lack of manpower and fund-
This part of our region has a tremendous spirit and enthusiasm for ing for expansion of resources. The need for these resources only
small businesses, said Chris Wendel, MI-SBTDC Region 2 Director. grew with the dissolution of Cadillacs SCORE Chapter a little over
The BTA is a great way to expound on the training resources and two years ago, leaving little to no counseling resources available to
counseling services already available through the MI-SBTDC. the small business community. Its no surprise when many existing
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce has been a critical partner small businesses or new business startups are looking for informa-
to the inception and introduction of the BTA to the greater business tion, they often look to the local Chamber of Commerce for the neces-
community. sary connections and guidance to help keep them moving forward, all
The Chamber had been aware for quite some time that a major gap the more reason for community leaders alike to decide to collaborate
existed in regard to business counseling services being available in together and make the BTA a reality.
the area. It only made sense that they sought out a partnership with Elaine Wood, NWMCOG CEO agrees.
the MI-SBTDC, a program of NWMCOG, to help fill that void, said Its so important to the BTA and MI-SBTDC that the Cadillac Area
Annie Shetler, BTA Coordinator and SBTDC Business Consultant. Chamber of Commerce is a close and involved partner, said Wood.
Funded by a special four-year grant provided by the Workforce The chamber provides substantial support for this initiative.And as
Development Agency, formerly known as the Department of businesses grow and new businesses start up in the community, the
Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, the BTA was created to spe- chamber plays a vital role in helping them with important services
cifically meet the needs of the entrepreneurial community in both and connections.
Wexford and Missaukee counties. The MI-SBTDC serves the entire
state of Michigan and is funded primarily by the Small Business See Entrepreneur on page 6

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Courses for the entrepreneur
One-on-one business counseling services have been increasing since How to Read & Interpret Financial Statements
the addition of Shetler in June 2010. The Peer Networking Group, How to Start an Online Business
rolled out in July of this year, is the latest BTA program. The group Business & Employment Law
is made up of small business owners still in the startup or infancy Baker College is proud to collaborate on this endeavor with the
phases of their companies, typically the first three to five years of Business Training Alliance by offering additional training opportuni-
operation. Each month, participants meet with other small business ties at a minimal price to individuals in the area, said Kelly Smith,
owners to discuss specific issues or successes within their own busi- Baker College President.
nesses, giving them an opportunity to learn from each other and make Its a unique way to provide customized or subject-specific train-
important connections that theyre often too busy to make otherwise. ings for area business owners who may either just need to brush up
In conjunction with Baker Colleges fall quarter, the BTAs core class- in a certain area or finally delve into that new idea that seemed nearly
es are scheduled to roll out in late September then continue through impossible previously due to the limited resources, said Shetler.
mid-December. These consolidated courses were created with the Go to for more information
entrepreneur in mind and are much shorter in length (one to three about the BTA, course descriptions, schedules, required fees, and how
weeks at the most), more cost effective for the small business owner, to register.
and most notably more accessible to the general public. The fall line- For Facebookers, be sure to find and Like the BTA at www.face-
up of courses includes: The BTAs direct phone line is (231) 779-3000 or
QuickBooks toll-free at (888) 774-7988.
Marketing: Traditional versus Online Marketing

BTA Training Tracks

This series of workshops is for Alliance BTA Core Classes are provided through
participants with little or no business experience. Baker College of Cadillac (fee-based). Select
This is the recommended sequence to get the classes, such as those listed below, are held
most out of the workshop series: on a quarterly basis throughout the year.
The Core Classes are available to individuals A program of

regardless of their businesss operational

Business Start-Up Workshop status:
Let Our Resources Work For You.
Provided by MI-SBTDC (FREE) QuickBooks/QuickBooks Pro

Held 2nd Thursday of each month

Business and Employment Law
Entrepreneurial Assessment Customer Service
Determine Business Concept
Business Plan Development Introduction to Bookkeeping
How to Read and Interpret Financial
Feasibility Workshop How to Start an Online Business BTA Peer Networking is facilitated by the
Provided by MI-SBTDC (FREE) Operations Management MI-SBTDC ($5 charge). Participants in Peer
Held 4th Thursday of each month
Networking must already be in business.
Traditional vs. Online Marketing Held the last Friday of each month
Cost Analysis And Others Here are sample offerings provided through
Market Research Peer Networking:
Break Even
Industry Trends Online MMA Business Classes
MENTOR RELATIONSHIPS Guest Speakers (Mentors)
Mentor relationships are uniquely established Customer Service
by a business consultant who matches a Leadership
BUSINESS COUNSELING counseling client with an expert in his/her
Management Skills
specific industry. By doing so, the client
SERVICES will gain firsthand knowledge from an MI Business One Stop
Business Counseling Services are provided experienced individual. Industry examples Social Media Marketing
free-of-charge by the Michigan Small of mentor relationship matching might
include manufacturing, retail, hospitality, And More!
Business & Technology Development Center
(MI-SBTDC). This resource is available to value-added agriculture, technology, and
any individuals, at any time, regardless of more.
their businesss operational status.
Updated 7-26-2011

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Save the Date

9 Lecture Luncheon Noon - 1:15PM
The Role of Media in Your Community
Presented By: Kevin Dunaway, 9&10 News and
Mitchell Investment Advisors, LLC Christopher Huckle, Cadillac News
112 Beech Street Baker College of Cadillac Student Center

14 Rise Up! Cadillac 7AM

Hosted By: Fox Hill Event Center
Sponsored by: Care Net of Cadillac

13 Greater Cadillac Area Business Expo 11AM 4PM
Wexford County Civic Center
Members only back stage VIP reception 4-6PM

14 Lecture Luncheon Noon - 1:15PM

Growing Business and Building Community:
Investing in Children Birth to Five
Presented By: Doug Luciani, Traverse Chamber
Smith, YMCA Director seri-
Firstbank and Eagle Village took Dan Baker College of Cadillac Student Center
p at June Rise Up! Cadillac. As
ous when he challenged the grou
Dan handed out peaches, he ask
everyone to do something to pro- November
mote healthy children.
ed up to help distribute food to
Firstbank and Eagle Village team 9 Rise Up! Cadillac 7AM
food was sponsored by Godfrey
low income families. The truck of Hosted By: Mercy Hospital Cadillac
was Have a peach of a day.
Chevrolet. The theme for the day
f gave out peaches to every per-
The Eagle Village students and staf 11 Women in Business Luncheon Noon - 1:15PM
ers on the importance of having
son in attendance and made post Why Not Me?
fruit in your diet to stay healthy. Presented By: Raeann Dunlop,
motivational speaker, author and consultant

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Save the Date: 19 Annual
th Save the Date!
Leadership Learning Series N
oon - 3PM Greater Cadillac Wexford County
Civic Center
Baker College of Ca er 13, 2011
dillac Student Cent Thursday, Octob
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October 27, 2011
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in business
a program of the Cadillac
Area Chamber of Commerce
November 11, 2011
Hosted by:
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Why Not? Me!
Raeann Dunlop motivational speaker, author
of why not? and consultant presents career
relationships, focusing on what is in your control
in both your personal and professional life.
December 9, 2011
Its a she economy keep up!
Annie Shetler, Business Consultant presents
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media, marketing, surviving seasonal sales and why
networking is important to your business career.
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Mercy Hospital Cadillac Foundation presents
check for surgical services project at Mercy
A $600,000 check was presented to Bob Marcus, Chairman of Renovation Project.
the Mercy Hospital Cadillac Board by Bill and Janine Rzepka, and Mercy Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony last fall to kick-off
J. Regan and Kris ONeill, co-chairs of the recent Surgical Services its $14 million Surgical Services Addition & Renovation Project. Now
Capital Campaign. The check was the first installment paid to the under construction, the project will upgrade, modernize and consoli-
hospital by the Mercy Hospital Cadillac Foundation since achieving date all surgical service areas, including operating rooms and pre-/
its $1 million fundraising goal for the Surgical Services Addition & post-operative patient rooms into one suite on the hospitals first floor.

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Northern Michigan
Regional Chamber Alliance
The partnership of the Northern Michigan Regional Chamber
Alliance was established based on the premise that many legislative
issues impact Michigans northern lower peninsula in similar ways.
These issues should be addressed regionally to maximize the political
influence of this 11-county chamber alliance and its over 5,500 mem-
bers. The alliance of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, Benzie
County Chamber of Commerce, Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce,
Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce, Petoskey Regional Chamber
of Commerce, and Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce have
Employee Owned - Customer Driven identified legislative areas that should be monitored and advocated to
elected officials on the local, state, and federal levels.

OPEN HOUSE When deemed appropriate and in support of Chamber Alliance

positions and recommendations, member advocacy and grassroots
activities will be developed and promoted using this legislative agen-
Friday September 30th - All Day da as a basis for taking position on legislative policy.
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coding environment.


2011 EscaladE
Baker College names Whetstone
Director Of Career Services
Matthew J. Whetstone has been named director of
career services at Baker College of Cadillac. He is
responsible for assisting students in finding intern/
extern or co-op positions. Whetstone also will help
Baker College of Cadillac graduates find employ-
IN CADILLAC >>> ment in their chosen field of study. For the past two
years, he served as a re-entry specialist at Bakers
Cadillac campus.

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EPA Phase 2 Club donates reading
Heating Roofing
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Elementary School
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all IRS guidelines. Central Boiler is not a tax advisor. 2010-ES04 Home of the Springfield SmartRoof Cadillac Area Public Schools.
Kevin Witbeck, Owner 6509 M-37, Kingsley, MI 49649 The club donated $2,149 to support purchase
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Wood & Corn Wood Pellet Furnaces
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Legal Institute
Living & working in your community
David Peterson, of the law firm Law Offices
2721 Sunnyside Dr., Cadillac Jerry Faloon
(231) 775-1737
of David R. Peterson, P. C., participated as
a moderator at the Upper Michigan Regal
Womens Health Eye Care Institute. The two-day conference featured
prominent speakers who provided lectures
and workshops on current development in
various legal topics, and was attended by
attorneys from across the state. Peterson has
been selected to serve as a moderator at the
David L. Rockwell, M.D.
conference annually since 1998.
Richard M. Brenz, M.D.
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Cadillac Rotary
President Jon Catlin
(right) wears a wig while
presenting a $10,000
check to the Cadillac
Community YMCA for
use in their Teen Impact
Program. The 16-week
program will provide teens
with positive mentoring
at the Y. Also pictured are
former Rotary President
Bruce DeRuiter, left, and
Rotarian Fred Wreford,
representing the YMCA

Rotary club president leaves with hair

and proud of clubs accomplishments
Rotarys 2010-2011 President Jon Catlin donned a wig and turned the A $10,000 donation to the YMCA Teen Impact Program
gavel over to incoming president Jim Meier after a productive year that $9,000 raised during the Habitat for Humanity Festival of the Trees
saw the local service organization give more than $115,000 for world More than $5,000 raised in the 13th annual Memorial Day weekend
community service, charitable requests, cultural arts, literacy and sev- Stride for STRIVE race, which supports the Students Taking Renewed
eral major projects. Interest in the Value of Education mentoring program in Cadillac
I hope everyone had half as much fun as I did, Catlin said, pulling a Public Schools
curly wig over his head as he had promised he would after a successful The Rotary Club was recognized as much for its donations as its com-
annual auction fundraiser for Camp Torenta. munity involvement during the past year. The club was named a spon-
We have had a very successful year. sor of a CASA field at the Robert Meyer Family Park and was recog-
The Rotary Clubs key contributions under Catlins tenure included: nized in conjunction with the Cadillac Area Community Foundation
A $41,250 donation to complete a Camp Torenta Activity Center for managing and staffing the semi-monthly food truck. Club members
project started several years ago also partnered with the Cadillac News to bring summer music perfor-
A $25,000 donation to Mercy Hospital for one of the rooms in its mances to downtown Cadillac, donated time to string lights in the park
new surgical care center and rang Christmas bells collecting for the Salvation Army,
A $10,500 donation to the City of Cadillac to complete a study on Were not just a money-giving club, Catlin said. We care and give
how to improve the Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion area in the city our time and talents.
park Meier began his tenure as president of the club on July 5.

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New Members
Anavon Technology Group Timothy L. Williams
Russ Madsen & Associates, P.C.
2636 Garfield Road Timothy L. Williams
Traverse City, MI 49686 146 Locust
231-933-9744 Cadillac, MI 49601 810-241-1500
Great Lakes
Electrical Solutions, Inc. Vikron Energy
Robert Osborn Solutions, LLC
7451 West Blue Road Jeffrey Weymouth
Lake City, MI 49651 8168 S. Bingham Ridge Drive
DGNs Julie 231-944-0128 Traverse City, MI 49684 231-932-8711
Burks Earns CPA
North Star Driving School LLC
Certification Jerry McDonald
251 North Oakwood Drive Welcome Back!
Julie A. Burks of Dennis, Gartland and Lake City, MI 49651
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June 2010. She currently provides pro- Phil Hoekwater 877-809-6977
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Fall: A New Legislative Season.
November: Talent, retention and retraining
will be the main focus.
For the remainder of 2011, the Governor also
By Doug DeYoung across our region. wants to focus on what he says is Michigans mind-
Senior Director of We expect to see legislation that will streamline set. He says we need to stop thinking and saying
Government Relations the regulatory process allowing a faster approval we are at the bottom and start believing and saying
process that still holds violators accountable. A Michigan is and can re-invent itself. He will con-
The first half of the year saw a part of the focus will be on the permitting process tinue to focus on building a stronger business base
series of legislation that funded the Pure Michigan and how it is implemented. Legislators also are to grow Michigan.
Campaign, removed the Michigan Business Tax looking at personal property tax reform as a way to I encourage each and every member to take the
and for the first time in 30 years put a budget create investment and jobs. time over the coming months to be a part of the
in place before June. The Northern Michigan The Governor has laid out the following discus- discussion. The importance of advocating for
Regional Chamber Alliance is now preparing for sion points for the fall: improvements in our state and business commu-
the fall legislative sessions. We will continue to September: Health and wellness nity continue to be very important. If you have any
support legislation that is focused on removing October: Infrastructure, including roads, legislative questions or comments please, contact
the barriers to business growth and development broadband, rail and energy me at or (231) 995-7109.

Data track 2010-2011

Wexford County Jan. 11 Feb. 11 Mar. 11 April 11 May 11 June 11 July 10 Aug. 10 Sept. 10 Oct. 10 Nov. 10 Dec. 10
Labor Force 13,558 13,596 13,549 13,325 13,797 13,810 13,845 13,424 13,295 13,260 13,091 13,203
Employment 11,495 11,604 11,609 11,571 12,023 12,042 11,465 11,330 11,197 11,257 11,141 11,213
Unemployment 2,063 1,992 1,940 1,754 1,774 7,768 3,074 2,094 2,098 2,003 1,95 1,950
Rate 15.2% 14.7% 14.3% 13.2% 12.9% 12.8% 17.2% 15.6% 15.8% 15.1% 14.9% 15.1%

Missaukee County Jan. 11 Feb. 11 Mar. 11 April 11 May 11 June 11 July 10 Aug. 10 Sept. 10 Oct. 10 Nov. 10 Dec. 10
Labor Force 6,051 6,067 6,109 5,936 6,040 6,152 6,145 5,999 5,871 5,832 5,785 5,905
Employment 5,140 5,189 5,190 5,174 5,376 5,385 5,163 5,103 5,042 5,069 5,017 5,049
Unemployment 911 878 919 762 664 767 982 896 763 880 768 856
Rate 15.1% 14.5% 15% 12.8% 11.0% 12.5% 16.0% 14.9% 13.1% 14.7% 13.3% 15.1%
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