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Cadillac Area

A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

Business Magazine
January/February 2010 • Volume 16-NO. 1

Your Chamber,
Your Connection
See pages 3 to 5
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.

Perspectives
Meet the Board
Jon Catlin, Executive Director
Chemical Bank

Mickey Putman, Vice Chair
Cadillac Credit Bureau

Sue Peterson, Treasurer
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775-3458
I n March 1899, the Cadillac Commercial Club, the forefather of the current Cadillac
Area Chamber of Commerce, was established with a stated purpose of securing
manufacturing, soliciting local investment, and fostering, protecting and advancing
the commercial interests of the City of Cadillac and Wexford County. Formulated by
community leaders and true visionaries, its approach was big picture and long-term
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in strategy. More than a century of service later, the current focus of the Cadillac Area
Eric Baker Chamber of Commerce is remarkably similar to the outline established in 1899.
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Our cover story specifically affirms why the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
Dennis H. Benson, PLC matters. Often misunderstood is our role in the region or knowledge of our mission.
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There is nothing universal about chambers, as we all exist for different purposes and
Jim Blackburn missions. Non-members and the public generally assume we are a tourism arm,
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connected to sponsoring events, attached to the City of Cadillac, a Cadillac specific
Bill Cinco chamber and serving as an information resource no matter the inquiry. In reality, the
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Chamber is closer to the outline positioned by the Cadillac Commercial Club in 1899.
Dean DeKryger We are a business with member investors, but with an overall mission of improving the
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economic environment of our region.
Mike Hamner Although we have specific programming for our members, serve as a resource to our
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members and work to create opportunities for our members, our focus in context is big
Katy Huckle picture. Our cover story forwards substantive reasons why government, education, non-
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profit and businesses value the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. Much of our focus
Lorri King, Past Executive Director is strategic, interrelated, often unseen and unquantifiable as it relates to our efforts in
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advancing the economic interests of our region. That presents a challenge of validating
Bill Kring our worth to those possessing baseline judgments without understanding the scope of
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our mission. However, the reverse also is true. Understanding the scope of the Chamber,
Paul Liabenow our overall role with our membership, and our involvement and affiliation with many
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vital economic entities does assist in understanding our value. At the core, the Chamber
Bryan Lydick cannot exist without an active and supporting membership. 110 years of service is
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evidence of the importance of that relationship. We thank you for supporting our day-
Joy VanDrie to-day efforts because we cannot advance our mission at the Chamber of Commerce
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without our members.
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Bill Tencza, President
president@cadillac.org

Doreen Lanc, Director of Membership Services Bill TeNcza, Chamber President
membership@cadillac.org
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant
leadership@cadillac.org
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant
info@cadillac.org
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Community conduit
Chamber keeps community connected

The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce connects area businesses and students during the Annual Governors Breakfast.

BY KRIS VERHAGE Chamber partners recently discussed develop new ones. This makes the partnership
how their relationships with the Cadillac between Baker College and the Chamber
he Cadillac Area Chamber of Area Chamber of commerce help to build a a vitally important relationship. This
Commerce is more than a networking stronger community: partnership is realized through several very
organization for local business growth. concrete actions, such as the monthly Lecture
The Chamber is an organization that Bob Van Dellan, President Luncheon Series, the Leadership Learning
provides opportunities as an economic Series, and the various wellness programs
of Baker College of Cadillac
advocate, a voice in Lansing on legislative hosted at Baker and sponsored by the
issues, and is part of the coalition to build a “Baker College is a career college. Our Chamber. There is a healthy interdependency
strong and healthier workforce. essential purpose is to train and educate between Baker College and the Chamber, for
The Chamber partners with leaders in students for jobs in the greater Cadillac together we work to maintain and develop an
all areas of business including financial, area. Without jobs for our graduates, Baker economy that provides jobs and opportunities
healthcare, industry, education, government College has no reason to exist. The Cadillac for our area.”
and retail to make our community a better Area Chamber of Commence is also about continued on page 4
place to live, work and play. jobs — sustaining current jobs and helping to

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - January/February 3
Chamber works to get your voice heard
continued from page 3 old competitive models of leadership seem for the State House.
to have met with less-than-enthusiastic He recalled how impressed he was with
Scott Crosby, Superintendent success in these changing social and business how well Chamber members work together
environments. The Cadillac Leadership to promote Cadillac.
of the Wexford-Missauke
Program is meeting this challenge of “I wish all communities had an organization
Intermediate School District reconstruction. The leadership program that works as hard as they do,” he said.
“Our relationship with the Cadillac Area emphasizes collaboration and cooperation so
Chamber of Commerce is an important part that the local area and state can compete for John MacLeod, President, CEO
of our success as a school district. Chamber what is yet to be defined.”
of Mercy Hospital Cadillac
members serve on our committees, we
get legislative input, and the chamber and State Representative Darwin Booher “The Chamber is the heart of the business
school district facilitate local collaborative community in the Cadillac area. Our
efforts; it is truly a win-win prospect for the Booher said the connection between the membership helps us keep pace with the fast
community.” Chamber and Lansing is important when he moving business scene and assists us in our
makes decisions on bills or crafts legislation to goal to be a good corporate citizen.”
Bruce Schafer, Rexair have a beneficial impact on the community.
Schafer explains how one of the Chamber Booher said he turns to the Chamber Katy Huckle, Cadillac Market Leader
programs develops new community leaders when he needs feedback on issues facing his
Mortgage, Northwestern Bank
who can adapt to a new economy. Schafer district, especially those affecting tourism
says the Cadillac Leadership program is and small businesses. “As a board member, I am reassured to
producing new community leaders who are “We don’t always agree, obviously,” he see our chamber working hard for Cadillac
meeting the challenge of developing a new added. “But the fact is, you need input. The business in Lansing, northern Michigan has
economy. people you trust are back home. unique issues. Our chamber government
“The Cadillac Chamber’s Leadership “I’ve picked that phone up, and they’ve alliance gives us a powerful voice in Lansing
Program provides a forum to re-examine always helped me,” Booher said. that emphatically states industry AND
leadership and its effectiveness. To date, its A lifelong Evart Chamber of Commerce tourism is critical to Cadillac’s economy.”
success is demonstrated by the initiative of member, Booher remembers when he
its graduates. The local community is well- became acquainted with the Cadillac Area continued to page 5
served with this new group of leaders. The Chamber of Commerce during his first run

Annual Greater Cadillac Area Business Expo.

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continued from page 4

Diane Dykstra, Executive Director
of United Way of
Wexford-Missaukee Counties
Dykstra considers the Cadillac Area Chamber of
Commerce a valuable partner.
“I just can’t think of us operating without the
chamber,” she said. “For example, the United Way
and the Chamber are totally connected. We work
with each other and the business community. The
business community is something that drives our
community.”
The United Way of Wexford-Missaukee Counties
and the 2008-2009 Cadillac Leadership Class
partnered to bring 2-1-1 to Wexford County. It is
a service that provides callers with information
about community services, such as health care,
job training, child care and mortgage foreclosure
assistance. The Chamber Leadership Class
chose to take on this project as part of their class
curriculum.
“We are proud members of our chamber,” she
added. “They support everyone; public, private
and non-profit.”

2008-2009 Cadillac Leadership class presents flowers to Deb
Gillies, Leadership Director during the Cadillac Area Chamber
Annual Awards Dinner.

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Members of the Cadillac
Leadership class tour the
LDFA facilty located in the
Cadillac Industrial Park.

picking community service project
By: Dan Alto, Lansing. We were able to tour the Capital We enjoyed presentations from Mr. Stalker,
Carol Sanborn, and Senate chambers. We also had the Bruce Schafer of Rexair, Linda Kimbel of the
Heather McClure, opportunity to listen to many informative Cadillac Community Foundation, and Bill
and Cathy Bear presentations regarding our state Quiseng of the Inn at Bay Harbor.
government and the future of Michigan’s On top of this, the class is starting to
The Cadillac Leadership Class currently economy. put together some exciting fundraising
is in the final planning/approval stage The class also had the opportunity to tour activities. On January 30, we will be hosting
of its community service project. In the three area businesses in relation to Economy a Leadership Alumni Dinner/Raffle at Fox
meantime, we have had many wonderful Day: Cadillac Casting, Liabenow Tree Farm, Hill Event Center. All Leadership Alumni
educational experiences over the last couple and Avon Protection Systems. Economy Day, will be invited to attend this event, and we
of months. which was held at Rexair, was highlighted hope that you will join us to support our
In early November we, along with by a tour of Cadillac’s three industrial parks, class project and spend some time with
Leadership Grand Traverse, made a trip to guided by former City Manager, Peter Stalker. your fellow classmates.

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Cadillac’s new city manager on board

It’s been a busy yet exciting few months for president at Firstbank of Cadillac. His role is to ensure that the city runs
Cadillac’s new city manager. Moving to Cadillac is quite a shift smoothly and provides valuable services
For Marcus Peccia, coming to Cadillac from living and working in the Chicago and to provide the council with options and
wasn’t just a professional decision but a metropolitan area, but Peccia said he doesn’t professional solutions on behalf of himself
personal one for him, his wife and their two consider Cadillac to be a small town. and the city staff, he said.
small children. “Cadillac is not just another small town
“I’m absolutely honored to be here,” he in northern Michigan. It’s a destination
said. “I wanted to make sure I had a job that location,” he added. “There is tremendous
is mutually beneficial for the upbringing of opportunity here economically. There’s a
my kids,” he said. vibrant downtown shopping district. There
Peccia started Nov. 2 and spent much of are commercial areas. There are industrial Visit

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his first week getting to know the city staff, areas. There’s a diversity of housing stock.”
attending meetings and becoming familiar Peccia has ideas and goals for Cadillac,
with the job. such as doing everything possible to retain for
A Chicago-area native, the 34-year-old
Peccia was the assistant city manager of Lake
business and industry.
“Personally, I believe a very strong economic Legislative
Forest, located in Chicago’s north suburbs.
He had worked for the city of Lake Forest
plan needs a very strong foundation on
which to build upon,” he said.
Updates
and
since May 2000 and had been the assistant But he said his goals are secondary to the
city manager since May 2007. Peccia
replaces Pete Stalker, who resigned his post
city council’s.
“City Council is where the buck stops,”
Member Alerts
in May to take a position as community bank Peccia added.

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - January/February 7
Cadillac’s new city manager on board

It’s been a busy yet exciting few months for president at Firstbank of Cadillac. His role is to ensure that the city runs
Cadillac’s new city manager. Moving to Cadillac is quite a shift smoothly and provides valuable services
For Marcus Peccia, coming to Cadillac from living and working in the Chicago and to provide the council with options and
wasn’t just a professional decision but a metropolitan area, but Peccia said he doesn’t professional solutions on behalf of himself
personal one for him, his wife and their two consider Cadillac to be a small town. and the city staff, he said.
small children. “Cadillac is not just another small town
“I’m absolutely honored to be here,” he in northern Michigan. It’s a destination
said. “I wanted to make sure I had a job that location,” he added. “There is tremendous
is mutually beneficial for the upbringing of opportunity here economically. There’s a
my kids,” he said. vibrant downtown shopping district. There
Peccia started Nov. 2 and spent much of are commercial areas. There are industrial Visit

www.cadillac.org
his first week getting to know the city staff, areas. There’s a diversity of housing stock.”
attending meetings and becoming familiar Peccia has ideas and goals for Cadillac,
with the job. such as doing everything possible to retain for
A Chicago-area native, the 34-year-old
Peccia was the assistant city manager of Lake
business and industry.
“Personally, I believe a very strong economic Legislative
Forest, located in Chicago’s north suburbs.
He had worked for the city of Lake Forest
plan needs a very strong foundation on
which to build upon,” he said.
Updates
and
since May 2000 and had been the assistant But he said his goals are secondary to the
city manager since May 2007. Peccia
replaces Pete Stalker, who resigned his post
city council’s.
“City Council is where the buck stops,”
Member Alerts
in May to take a position as community bank Peccia added.

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - January/February 7
Mark your Calendar Women’s Business
Contact the Chamber at 231-775-9776
Luncheon
if you would like to attend.
October 16th at Lakeside Charlies
Lecture Luncheon
“The Essential

Friday, January 15, 2010 s
Business Makeover”

“Eco nomic Opportunitie Presented by: Tony Rubleski,
Do Exist!” author of “Mind Capture”
Keep existing and winning new
Adams business! “Capturing” the customers’
Presented by Jerry minds in a world of too many choices &
ment
Community Develop demands was the luncheon’s focus.
Cadillac
Coordinator, City of
Jerry’s presentation
factors that will he
will identify a range
avily influence Cadil
of local market
lac’s ability to
development
Lecture Luncheons
ail
in tourism and ret
experience growth wi ll be fol lowed by a
ne xt five to ten years.  This
the d opportunities
ov er
discussion on underex
ploited and untappe
rvice, and industrial
development. November 13, 2009
for tourism, retail/se
ker College of Cadillac
“Creating a Healthy
Noon – 1:15 p.m. at Ba
$15 per person • Lunc
h included Community: Best Practices
for Wellness Programs”
Leadership Learnin Charles Estey,
g Series
Vice President of Health
Solutions Services
Thursday, January 21, 20 Charles is responsible for the

“Creating Entrepre
10 delivery of wellness programs for
neurial leading corporations; he discussed
Opportunities in N developing winning partnerships
orther n with clients and their employees and
Michigan” families to ensure effective programs
that achieve stated goals.

Presented by: Barb
Fails, Ph.D.
Michigan State Un
iversity
Presented by the Ca
December 11, 2009
dillac Area Chambe
partnership with Ba r of Commerce in
ker College of Cadil
Public Schools, Ch lac, Cadillac Area
emical Bank, Mercy
Rexair and Van Drie
Home Furnishings.
Dr. Fails partners wi
Hospital Cadillac,
“Education 2010:
th communities to
that support entrepr
new business ventu
eneurs. How do we en
develop programs
courage and develop
A Time Like
res in our area? Th
addressing this impo
rtant question.
is workshop will be No Other”
12:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Ba
ker College of Cadillac
$40 per person cham
ber members
Student Center Scott Crosby,
$50 per person non Superintendent
chamber members
Lunch included
of Wexford Missaukee ISD
Recap of the presentation is on page 10

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - January/February 9
Crosby: Much needs to change
for Michigan’s education system
By Rick Charmoli
Scott Crosby recently gave a presentation that showed the potential
of education.
On Dec. 11, the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District
Superintendent spoke during the Cadillac Area Chamber of
Commerce’s Lecture Luncheon on the campus of Baker College.
During the presentation, Crosby spoke on the past, present and future
of education in regard to how schools receive funding, as well as how
information is delivered. In his opinion, schools and the state are
going to have to change how they deliver educational content while
at the same time finding an alternative to how schools are funded. • After 2010 Public Education in Michigan will be: Mostly state
Currently, education is funded by income tax, sales tax, property funded
tax, Federal funds, Michigan Business Tax and the lottery, as well as • After 2010 Public Education in Michigan will be: More state con-
other taxes including tobacco, real estate transfer, casino wagering, trolled
liquor excise and other specific taxes. He also said taking advantage • After 2010 Public Education in Michigan will be: Consolidated
of Internet learning, as well as things like Facebook and Twitter are for certain services
going to be part of how students learn in the future. • After 2010 Public Education in Michigan will be: Still inequi-
“It will be hard for schools the next year or two. Boards of educa- table in service and in funding
tion and superintendents are not going to be popular in their com- • After 2010 Public Education in Michigan will be: Increasing the
munities,” he said. “Buildings are going to have to be closed,” Crosby burden on tax for services
said. “They are going to have to cut staff and ask staff for concessions. • What Needs To Be Changed: Local, Regional and State systems
It’s really going to be tough.” (shift went from local control, to one size fits all, now to custom-
ized)
• What Needs To Be Changed: Stable funding source

GIVE YOUR BUSINESS • What Needs To Be Changed: Equitable funding distribution
• What Needs To Be Changed: Structural delivery for efficiency
(non instructional)
A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH • What Needs To Be Changed: Educational delivery for efficiency
(instructional)
Helping your business prevent work injuries is our first • What Needs To Be Changed: Personalized Instruction
priority. We’re a full service health clinic offering services • What Needs To Be Changed: Technology Enhanced
in work injury treatment and follow-up care, work injury
• What Needs To Be Changed: The New Choice (on demand)
prevention, and education.
• Potential changes in design: some level of regulated health care
for employees
• Physicals and screenings • Urine drug collection and • Potential changes in design: Some level of shared service deliv-
• FAA Physicals screening ery for local and ISDs
• Breath alcohol testing • Assistance with OSHA/ • Potential changes in design: Some level of change in the public
• DOT physicals MIOSHA compliance employees’ retirement system
• Vaccinations • X-rays • Potential changes in design: A higher level of statewide control
• Potential changes in design: funding system to change, taxes
shift to services and to income
• What can we do: Expand legislative term limits to 12 years
(Ballot question)
• What can we do: Expanded local and regional collaboration,
shared services the norm
• What can we do: Accept lower stable revenue through system
change
• What can we do: Accept shift in tax structure (income and sales)
• What can we do: Seek individualized education solutions – every
student should have a flexible plan
7985 Mackinaw Trail, Suite B1 • Cadillac, MI 49601 • What can we do: Expanded regular uses of communication will
(231) 779.5224 • cadillacoccupational.com be key (Twitter, e-mail, cell phone, blogs, and more)

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Discover: www.cadillac.org
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce has launched a newly designed Web site.
With a fresh new look and visitor-friendly design, www.cadillac.org was developed to
benefit our membership by providing resource information, legislative updates, mem-
ber alerts and easy access.
As an added value, members of the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce are listed
in the Membership Directory and are provided with a free link to their businesses or
organizations. The directory can be accessed easily from the home page and includes
listings by category or search options. We encourage our members to get familiar with
the Web site and verify information in the Membership Directory.

Same address, new site, visit us at www.cadillac.org.

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Ambassadors are volunteers from the business Chamber by welcoming and encouraging new mem- teers at the Annual Briefcase Open, Annual Awards
community who serve as the greeting arm of the bers on how to get the most out of their membership. Dinner, Governor’s Breakfast, Greater Cadillac Area
Chamber. Giving back to the community is a big In addition to promoting new members’ involve- Business Expo, and Rise Up! Cadillac — and as
part of the reason for those who decide to become ment and retention, they continue to support our representatives for the Chamber at members’ grand
Chamber Ambassadors. existing members by being our communication link. opening events and ribbon cuttings.

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Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - January/February 11
How the
Chamber Alliance
is working for you!
By Doug DeYoung
Director of Government Relations
Supporting Tourism Funding
The alliance provided information from area businesses to legislators
In 2009, your Northwest Michigan Chamber Alliance Executives and staff that out-of-state tourism had increased across the region. This information
met with local decision makers as well as state and federal legislators. was part of a series of actions to protect the funding for the “Pure Michigan
Your Chamber Alliance used these contacts to promote business oppor- Campaign.” A call-to-action support letter for funding was requested in
tunities, as well as protect funding for tourism and agriculture across our August and hundreds of chamber members from across the region respond-
region. ed. Those letters were part of a statewide campaign delivered to the Governor
Your voice is heard in Lansing and in Washington through out the year. and leadership in the Senate and House. The funding debate will continue
The participating members of the chamber alliance use local government into 2010, and the alliance will continue to be your voice in Lansing for tour-
committees, advocacy groups and board members for your voice to be ism promotion.
heard at the local, state and federal level.
The creation of these groups forms the grassroots voice for business inter-
ests across our region. They promote job creation, construction projects,
transportation needs and planning and zoning issues.
Protecting Labor Day:
These committees also follow and track candidates through the election The alliance took action to protect tourism for the Labor Day weekend. In
process. a series of letters, phone calls, and calls to action for chamber members to
Here are some of the items for which your Chamber Alliance was the voice respond, legislators in Lansing immediately heard the impact of allowing
in northwest Michigan in 2009. schools to open before Labor Day.

Removing the MBT Surcharge: Protecting MSU Extension Offices:
A survey of members and accounting firms on the impact of the Michigan The Chamber Alliance and its members spoke up and were heard when the
Business Tax and the surcharge was put together in June. Governor mentioned that she would remove all funding for MSU Extension
The report indicated how complex and unfair the tax was to a large por- and Agricultural Research Centers across the state. Your voice was heard in
tion of the businesses in our region. Some members who saw 100% or more Lansing, and MSU Extension offices were spared the planned 100% cut.
increases from the surcharge had to lay off employees to pay for the tax. That In 2010, your Northwest Regional Chamber Alliance will continue to use
information was sent to lawmakers with a clear message that the surcharge calls to action for you to participate in and to promote opportunities for our
needed to be removed and that an understandable and fair tax needed to be region locally and across the state. If you have any legislative questions or
created so businesses could use that money to invest in jobs. comments, please contact me at deyoung@tcchamber.org.

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Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - January/February 13
Calling all schools and community partners!
The Blues continue funding for Physical activity and nutrition programs. details and downloadable forms, visit bcbsm.com/buildhealth at that time.
Childhood obesity is a major health issue across America. Blue Cross If you need more information, contact BCBSM’s Social Mission staff at
Blue Shield of Michigan is committed to reducing obesity and improving the buildhealth2010@bcbsm.com.
health of Michigan residents by supporting initiatives that promote healthy The Blue Cross grants are designed to strengthen school and community
eating and physical activity. BCBSM will accept proposals for its 2010 efforts to reduce the risk of childhood obesity through prevention and
grant program titled “Building Healthy Communities: Engaging Schools and partnership. They’re an integral part of BCBSM’s social mission to promote
Community Partners.” access to high quality health care and improve the health status of Michigan
The application for a grant will be available on January 19. For grant residents, particularly seniors and children.

Baker receives $90,000 Jewell Education Fund grant
Baker College of Cadillac has received a $90,000 Major Impact Grant from the simulation center on campus for health care training. New state-of-the-art
Jewell Education Fund (JEF). The annual grant is awarded for a project that is simulation equipment will be used as a training tool for many of the Baker heath
expected to improve the quality of education on a Baker College campus. care programs, including nursing, EMS and surgical technology. In addition,
“We are indeed very grateful and pleased to receive this grant,” said Robert area clinics and hospitals will be invited to the simulation center for continuing
Van Dellen, Ph.D., Baker College of Cadillac president. “This is very exciting training programs. Total cost of the project is $163,000.
news, as it will help to fund a worthwhile health care project.” This is the second JEF grant awarded to the Baker’s Cadillac campus. The first
Baker College of Cadillac will use the grant to construct a high-fidelity one was used for an on-going adjunct mentoring program.

BlueWare Names Celina Gamble as VP of Professional Services
Celina Gamble has been named Vice President of Professional Services at Gamble is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), and was
BlueWare. Gamble will oversee the deployment and support of BlueWare’s named the 2009 Outstanding Professional of the Year by the Florida Health
Wellness Connection Clinical Document Management System. Information Management Association.

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14 January/February - Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
New Members
Pleasant Graphics John’s Computer Welcome Back! Island Airways
Bob Nelson Works Helsel’s 13th Street Charter Service
P.O. Box 653 John Jaekel Market & Nursery Mary Delamater
Cadillac, MI 49601 302 Cass Street Marcy Walston 111 Airport Drive
231-920-0422 Cadillac, MI 49601 3075 W. 13th Street Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-876-9878 Cadillac, MI 49601 231-547-2141
www.johnspc.com 231-775-1207 www.islandairways.com

Data track 2008-2009
Wexford County Jan. 09 Feb. 09 Mar. 09 April 09 May 09 June 09 July 09 Aug. 09 Sept. 09 Oct. 09 Nov. 08 Dec. 08
Labor Force 14,660 14,251 14,535 14,109 14,301 14,843 14.931 14,465 14,078 13,986 14,328 14,296
Employment 11,959 11,836 11,787 11,716 11,843 11,955 13,056 11,836 11,496 11,439 12,476 12,140
Unemployment 2,701 2,415 2,748 2,393 2,458 2,888 3,074 2,626 2,582 2,547 1,852 2,156
Rate 18.4% 16.9% 18.9% 17.0% 17.2% 19.5% 20.6% 18.2% 18.3% 14.7% 12.9% 15.1%

Missaukee County Jan. 09 Feb. 09 Mar. 09 April 09 May 09 June 08 July 08 Aug. 09 Sept. 09 Oct. 09 Nov. 08 Dec. 08
Labor Force 6,401 6,296 6,428 6,258 6,270 6,470 6,358 6,229 6,060 6,007 6,381 6,437
Employment 5,356 5,302 5,280 5,248 5,305 5,354 5,311 5,302 5,149 5,123 5,635 5,483
Unemployment 1,045 994 1,148 1,010 695 1,116 1,047 927 911 884 746 954
Rate 16.3% 15.8% 17.9% 16.1% 15.4% 17.2% 16.5% 14.9% 15.0% 14.7% 11.7% 14.8%
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