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Cadillac Area

A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

Business Magazine
November/December 2010 • Volume 16-NO. 6

Economic development
Making sure students are ready for learning could
be best plan for long-term economic growth
See pages 6 & 7
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
Mickey Putman, Chair
Cadillac Credit Bureau

Katy Huckle, Vice Chair
775-3458
Development of community
should be first order of business
Northwestern Bank 775-2688

Sue Peterson, Treasurer
Avon Rubber & Plastics, Inc. 779-6290
Our cover story outlines the critical produces long-term benefits that offset the
Jon Catlin, Past Executive Director
Chemical Bank 775-8588 importance of early childhood development. initial social cost. In my view, the return on
Our cover story not only captures why investment is persuasive; workforce and
Eric Baker
Wolverine Power Cooperative 775-5700 early childhood development significantly economic development are interdependent
matters to the business community but on early childhood development. It is
Dennis Benson
Dennis H. Benson, PLC 876-9405 also why it should resonate with everyone. paramount that the business community is
We wanted to affirm through our cover engaged. We need business champions.
Bill Cinco
The Trend Designers 775-5711 story why an investment in early childhood, Your Chamber is often the designated
whether time, resources or funding, greatly organization for facilitating cooperative
Dean DeKryger
The DK Design Group 779-4002 enhances the ability to improve economic outreach to business, education and
competitiveness and also attaches far- government. I request your assistance
Mike Hamner
Avon Protection Systems, Inc. 779-6290 reaching social impacts. The return on by advancing regional initiatives. On an
investment is significant, and investment individual basis, please consider joining
Dr. Kyle Hogg
Dental Health Professionals 775-9797 is not simply a matter of funding. Far from a parent coalition or Early Childhood
it, when the total picture is evaluated, Workgroup. Additionally, consider
Scott Hunter
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC. 775-9789 collaboration is at the center of the Great promoting worksite education on early
Start Initiative. childhood or donating resources or other
Melody Hurley
Walmart Supercenter Store 775-8778 Our Chamber mission in part is to provide tangible support that fosters learning
a persuasive regional voice benefiting our experiences for our very youngest children.
Bill Kring
9 & 10 News 775-3478 communities. Early childhood development The consequences of failure are easy to
programs and Great Start collaborative identify. Let’s make the commitment that
Paul Liabenow
Cadillac Area Public Schools 876-5002 championed through the Wexford/ preparing today’s children for tomorrow’s
Missaukee Intermediate School District workforce is in the best interest of everyone
need the business community adding that because no community is sustainable
CHAMBER STAFF 775-9776
persuasive voice on why this investment is without the development of community first.
Bill Tencza, President
president@cadillac.org important. Great Start is a state-led effort to
bring local leadership and attention to the
Doreen Lanc, Director of Membership Services
membership@cadillac.org importance of early childhood education.
There is significant data affirming that
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant
leadership@cadillac.org investing in quality early education Bill TeNcza, Chamber President
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant
info@cadillac.org
Doug DeYoung, Director of Government Relations
deyoung@tcchamber.org

Website:www.cadillac.org
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Business help
you may not have known about
BY ANNIE SHETLER
More small business owners in Wexford and Missaukee counties
have reached out for the assistance over the past several months.
And while the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development
Center (SBTDC) has been busy working with the businesses, not
everyone has heard of the program, the services available or how to
learn to more.
The following are a few tips that should help explain the SBTDC
more:
Every state has a network of Small Business Development Centers
or networks that offer assistance to business owners. The program is
funded nationally by the Small Business Administration along with
other contributions from state and local levels.
In Michigan the SBTDC operates with a network of consultants
and specialists. As a business consultant, I cover both Wexford and
Missaukee counties, working through a partnership with the Cadillac
Area Chamber of Commerce providing business counseling to both
existing business and new business start-ups at no cost to the client.
The SBTDC specializes in the following three major areas:
• One-on-one Business Consulting: This includes working with
someone who is thinking of starting a new business or an existing
business owner facing challenges with marketing, finance and strate-
gic planning. SBTDC also has available expertise in the areas of manu-
facturing, technology, retail and agriculture.
• Entrepreneurial Training: We have a variety of curricula including
How to Start a Business in Northern Michigan, QuickBooks, Starting
an Online Business and FastTrac (a nationally recognized business
plan development class that will be coming to Cadillac at the end of Annie Shetler is a business consultant for Wexford and Missaukee counties. The program
this year). is a partnership with the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Small
• Market Research Information: Through our state host (Grand Business & Technology Development Center.
Valley State University) our local host (Northwest Michigan Council
of Governments), and Michigan State University’s Product Center, the For more information about setting up an appointment or working
SBTDC has access to research information that can help a business with an SBTDC consultant, please call the Cadillac Area Chamber of
choose between site locations, competitive analysis or testing the via- Commerce at (231) 775-9776 or the SBTDC regional office at (231)
bility of a new product or service. 922-3780.

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Preparing for 2011 November Lecture Luncheon
Presented by Shari Spoelman
of MSU Extension
By Doug DeYoung
Director of Government Relations

Shaping Michigan’s
The Northern Michigan Regional Chamber
Alliance currently is preparing the legislative
priorities for the 2011 Agenda. Much of the dis-
cussion at a statewide level will be on the size of
government, taxes, regulatory changes and edu-
Future: The role of MSU
Extension
cation.
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce and the
Chamber Alliance will continue to work for you at
the state level and represent your voice in Lansing. Since 1915, Michigan State University Extension
We will focus on how we can impact our region and has focused on bringing knowledge-based educa-
create opportunities for our members and the communities we serve. Similar to our tional programs to the people of the state to improve
2010 Legislative Agenda, priorities will be established that will have specific goals their lives and communities.
and actions. Those goals and actions will be identified and placed on a priority list Recently MSU Extension has reorganized to bet-
in the plan. The advocacy plan will call upon alliance executives, staff and chamber ter meet the needs of Michigan’s lagging economy.
members to promote these opportunities for our region. Campus faculty and country-based field staff work in
Part of the plan for 2011 will be making connections with the new legislators from concert to help Michigan’s families, farms and busi-
our area who will be representing us in Lansing. Our goal is to meet with them nesses. Learn how MSU Extension is impacting com-
throughout the year and discuss the opportunities and challenges our area faces. munities with programs and initiatives such as:
These meetings also open the door for us to hear what they face in Lansing and how New Economy; Small Town & Community Design
we can help them with one common voice from northern Michigan. It is important Initiatives Citizen Planner; Master Gardener; Product
that we create a two-way communication system to advocate for our region. Center; Creating Entrepreneurial Communities;
Advocating for continued local improvement and local economic opportunities Annie’s Project; Small Wind Energy; and Natural
will be the goal of the 2011 Legislative Agenda. If you have any legislative questions Shoreline Partnership.
or comments, please contact me at deyoung@tcchamber.org or (231) 995-7109.

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18th Annual
Greater Cadillac Area
18th Annual
Greater Cadillac Area

Business Thank you Exhibitors
for participating in the

E P Greater Cadillac
Area Business Expo
Road Map for Success
2010

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Advanced Optometry Hunting & Fishing Center 93.7 WKAD, 1240 WATT
Airway Oxygen, Inc. Chemical Bank Morse Moving & Storage
Assist 2 Sell Citizens Bank Northwest Michigan Works!
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors Northwestern Bank
Baker College of Cadillac Custer Workplace Interiors Northwestern Michigan College
BASIC Communications Curry House Owens Soft Water
Bilt On Demand Gutter Solutions, Inc. Dynamic Physical Therapy PDS Phone Directory Services
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Exit Realty Greater Cadillac Pine Grove Athletic Club
BNI - Business Networking International Fay by Freya Pioneering Healthy Communities
Cadillac Area Community Foundation Firstbank-Cadillac RE/MAX Central
CAIG - Cadillac Area Industrial Group Foster Brothers Transfer & Storage Co. Russeau Benefits Group LLC
AAR Mobility Systems Fox 32 - WFQX-TV Sam’s Club
Avon Automotive The Grand Vision Schepers & Hofstra, P.C.
Avon Protection Systems, Inc. Hansen Collision ServPro of Manistee,
B&P Manufacturing Highpoint Auto & Truck Center Ludington and Cadillac
BorgWarner Thermal Systems Hitesman Holdship Funeral Home Orrin A. Sprague Agency, Inc.
Cadillac Casting, Inc. Hope Network West Springfield Roofing
FIAMM Technologies LLC Michigan-NOC Industries Strong Tower Radio (91.9 WGCP)
Michigan Rubber Products Huron-Manistee National Forest The Sweet Shop
Piranha Hose Products, Inc. Integrity Business Solutions LLC US Rehab Services
Rec Boat Holdings Lakeview Lutheran Manor & Lakeshore Home Health Care
Rexair LLC Laser Printer Technologies USDA Rural Development
Cadillac Family Physicians Little Caesars of Cadillac Wexford County Road Commission
Cadillac Insurance Center Manpower Wexford-Missaukee ISD /
Cadillac Java & Ice Cream McGuire’s Resort 13th Street Café
Cadillac News Mercy Home Care and Mercy Hospice Willow Mercantile LLC
Cadillac Occupational Medicine Mercy Hospital Cadillac Wright & Filippis
Cadillac Title LLC Merrill Lynch / Briant Sikorski Yellow Book USA
Cadillac Urology Practice Michigan Shores Cooperative
CareLinc Home Medical Michigan Small Business
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Special thanks to our expo committee, volunteers and Ambassador Club members
for all your work to make this year’s Greater Cadillac Area Business Expo a Success!

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010 5
Long-term economic development
That youngster who just came into your of the community in seeing that people are yield high public as well as private returns.”
shop may very well hold the key to your busi- educated and ready to be productive citizens,” The report went on to say that money spent
ness’ future. Acosta said. “I do think people are realizing on early childhood development helps devel-
In a variety of ways, that youngster may you can pay me now, or if you pay me later, it op a more educated workforce and has a high
represent the key to the economic success of is going to cost twice as much.” rate of return.
the community. But that youngster may not Early education is being touted as an effec- “The quality of life for a child and the con-
be getting the help he or she needs to build tive economic development, too. A 2003 report tributions the child makes to society as an
a solid foundation for future success, so the by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis adult can be traced back to the first few years
success of your shop and the community’s said that early childhood development pro- of life,” the report states. “From birth until
future could be on shaky ground. grams should be viewed as economic devel- about 5 years old, a child undergoes tremen-
“If (business leaders) take a long-range opment programs. In fact, the report said dous growth and change. If this period of life
view … they are going to need a qualified many economic development programs’ suc- includes support for growth in cognition, lan-
workforce,” said Mike Acosta, Great Start cess is suspect because often the jobs created guage, motor skills, adaptive skills and social-
Collaborative Co-Coordinator. “We know one through a subsidy program would have been emotional functioning, the child is more likely
of the best ways (to developing a skilled work- created anyway. Also, from a national per- to succeed in school and later contribute to
force) is by starting out education early. Our spective, a job created through a state plan society. However, without support during
world is complicated; we cannot wait until a basically is a relocation of a job from another these early years, a child is more likely to drop
child turns 5 to begin the education process.” part of the country. out of school, receive welfare benefits and
Students who receive early education help “Most of the numerous projects and initia- commit crime.”
typically cost less in long-term public support, tives that state and local governments fund in Wilder Research conducted a cost-savings
compared with those who struggle and do not the name of creating new private businesses analysis of school readiness in Michigan for
receive help, Acosta said. He said a study that and new jobs result in few public benefits,” the Early Childhood Investment Corporation
followed students indicated those who receive says the report written by Art Rolnick, Senior in November of 2009. The study concluded
early education help were more likely to be Vice President, and Rob Grunewold, Regional that the state could save $598 million per
employed and not receive welfare. Economic Analyst for the Fed of Minneapolis. year if it extended the Great Start Readiness
“Even if a business owner does not have a “In contrast, studies find that well-focused Program or Head Start program to all eligible
child in school, they have a stake in the future investments in early childhood development 4 year olds in the state.

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Spend now or twice as much later
“School success is a critical issue for our nation and especially for states cators, we are doing our best to hold our own. It is up to us in the profes-
such as Michigan who are facing short- and long-term economic chal- sional community to make the best use of the resources we have.
lenges,” the Wilder Study said in its conclusion. “Not investing in school “My hope is that in the long run, when money does become available for
readiness costs Michigan money. Of equal importance, by not preparing investing, we do invest in kids — not just because it is the right thing to
more young children for school success, Michigan will lack the educated do, but because it does pay off in dollars and cents.”
and skilled workforce required for its economic competitiveness and, Thom Eory, Plant Manager at FIAMM, said that early education pro-
ultimately, its economic growth.” vides the best opportunities for the future but too often the educational
The report concluded that the state has saved more than a billion dol- system carries too much of the burden. He said parents cannot rely on
lars in the last 25 years by offering the early childhood programs it has schools to play the primary role; the role of schools should be secondary
already provided, and added that extending the programs to all eligible to the role of parents.
students would cost $236 million and generate more savings for the state. “The education and development of children must start at birth and at
“Economists and economic development officials agree that any strate- home on a daily basis. Children need to be encouraged, educated, led by
gies to enhance the long-term growth of Michigan must include main- example and challenged to strive. Parents also need to be a filter for their
taining and upgrading the quality of its workforce,” according to the children, as well. Employers will need intelligent and emotionally strong
Wilder Study. “Yet some recent Michigan data raise the discomfiting products of the educational and home settings to add value to their orga-
prospect that the educational attainment of the state’s workforce may nizations,” Eory said. “The only real strategy for successful development
decline as retiring workers are replaced by the young people who are cur- of a child starts with the parents and is supported by the educational sys-
rently finishing or (in too many cases) not finishing school.” tem.”
While the Fed report and Wilder study indicate early education as a suc- “Economists, brain scientists and social scientists agree that investing
cessful economic development tool, it is not always seen as such by the in early childhood development has the greatest payoff in the short- and
general public. But that perception is starting to change. Last year when long-term for the individual, community and state, but our public poli-
the state legislature was looking at making cuts to the budget, early edu- cies do not reflect this knowledge,” said Jack Kresnak, President & CEO
cation program funding was put on the chopping block. But public sup- of Michigan’s Children, a nonprofit and nonpartisan advocacy group.
port for those programs led to legislators making cuts elsewhere. “As a state, we keep cutting funding for vital supports that give children
“The whole community has a stake in kids succeeding in school because and families the supports they need to succeed. We are disinvesting in
it is the best indicator of success in life,” Acosta said. “Right now as edu- Michigan’s future.”

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Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010 7
September
Lecture Lunche Ribbon Cuttings
on
“Legislative U
pdate”
Presented By:
Doug DeYoung
Director of Gov
ernment
Relations

Friday, Sept. 17
, 2010
Baker College
of Cadillac
Student Cente
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Leadership Learning Series
Community Keynote
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Thursday, September 21, 201
Cadillac Commu nity
Schools Auditorium
Memory Care Community at Curry House

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September 2010
Rise Up! Cadillac

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Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010 9
The Cadillac Leadership Class

By David Cox
‘Pays it Forward’ forward. It is a concept that was born when — to inspire others to “pay it forward.” But
Cadillac Leadership Board of Directors Catherine Ryan Hyde published her novel, it does not have to end there. In fact, every-
Most of us have experienced some difficulty “Pay It Forward,” in 2000. After the success one reading this can do a good deed today to
in life. We see and hear the challenges our of her novel, Hyde helped establish the Pay help someone — a loved one, a neighbor, a co-
family and friends face daily. We may watch It Forward Foundation to inspire people to worker, or a complete stranger. Try to make it
the news and feel incapable of making a dif- begin changing the world one act at a time. a habit each day. Just imagine the impact this
ference in the world or in our own commu- The bottom line is if more people were could have in our community and the entire
nity. Why not start by helping just one person encouraged to do kind things for complete world if everyone did this. Please follow the
today? It may change the world, or at least strangers, the world would be a friendlier lead of this year’s CLC and choose to make a
their world. place. difference by “Paying It Forward!”
The concept is simple — do a favor for This year’s Cadillac Leadership Class is com-
someone without expecting to be paid back. mitted to this premise. They will be seeking David Cox graduated from the Cadillac Leadership pro-
Then ask that person to do something nice acts of kindness that they can do for someone gram in 2007 and is currently on the Leadership Board of
for another person. That’s called paying it else — someone they may never see again Directors.

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10 November/December 2010 - Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
Calendar of Events Kelly Smith named new Baker
November College Cadillac president
10 Rise Up! Cadillac
Hosted by: VanDrie Home Furnishings Baker College of Cadillac regents
have appointed Kelly Smith as Cadillac
Sponsor: Cadillac Area Community Foundation
campus president. Transition to the
presidency position will begin the end
19 Lecture Luncheon of November. She succeeds Robert
Shaping Michigan’s Future: Van Dellen, Ph.D., who will officially
The Role of MSU Extension retire January 31, after a 20-year Baker
Presented by: Shari Spoelman, College career.
MSU Extension Office Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in
Baker College of Cadillac Student Center elementary education from Saginaw
Valley State University and a master’s
degree in educational leadership from
Eastern Michigan University. Working
December toward a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Michigan State
University, she currently is in the dissertation writing stage of the
3 Women in Business Luncheon process.
“How to be Assertive without “Baker College is a progressive and visionary organization with
Appearing Aggressive or Submissive” strong leadership,” said Smith. “I look forward to once again
being part of the Baker College system, becoming ensconced in
Presented by: Cori Lindell-Denman,
the Cadillac community, and carrying forward all the exceptional
Promotions Plus . . . Marketing with Results goals and programs initiated by Dr. Van Dellen.”
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Daniel DeCoeur has been named Award for August 2010, Top 20 Offices by office size category.
Wolverine Power Cooperative’s new vice The Coldwell Banker Scmidt, Realtor office of Cadillac is among the
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Lorri King named to real property
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energy marketers. In his new position,
DeCoeur will oversee the power supply
law section council
department and its more than 25 employees, covering areas such Lorri B. King, of the Law Offices of King & King, PLLC, was appoint-
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Save the date:
L.E.A.D. & L.E.A.D. JR. is scheduled for December 6 & 7, 2010
Students within the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District have an opportunity each
year to participate in either LEAD JR (7th and 8th grade) or LEAD (9th through 12th).
Each full-day session is designed to enhance leadership and team-building skills. Students learn
through skill exercises, break-out sessions and presentations featuring local community leaders.

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The 2010-2011
Cadillac Leadership Class
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes
the 2010-2011 Cadillac Leadership Class:
Lisa Bannon Wexford-Missaukee ISD
Rob Best NW Michigan Works/CAHRA
Chad Brunink Piranha Hose
Chris Crawley Chemical Bank
Joe Davy BorgWarner
Shelly Davy P B S Party Store
Deb Garvon Mercy Hospital Cadillac
Marielle Hill Piranha Hose
Andy Holtgreive BCBS of Michigan
Nick Kassuba Baker College of Cadillac
Lia Krantz B & P Manufacturing
Heather Martinson BorgWarner
Julie McAllister Avon Protection Systems
Michelle Payne Wexford Mercy PHO
Dayna Robidoux Tidy Disposal
Sandy Smith Cadillac News
Mark Snider Rexair LLC
Jason Stahl Wolverine Power Cooperative
Tim Town BCBS of Michigan
Rob Tuck Wolverine Power Cooperative
Marcia Wieringa Club Cadillac

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Dawn Jacobs joins ‘Ride for a Cause’ Benefits United Way
Coldwell Banker Pine Grove Athletic Club partnered with United Way of Wexford-Missaukee Counties

Schmidt Realtors
this year to host the seventh annual “Ride for a Cause” bike event held on September 11.
Bikers of all ages turned out at Pine Grove to ride one of four different routes around
Cadillac, varying from 10 miles up to 80 miles, to benefit the United Way of Wexford-
Dawn Jacobs has joined Coldwell Banker Missaukee counties.
Schmidt Realtors as a full-time sales associate Carolyn Richards, owner of Pine Grove Athletic Facility with husband Lee originally
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Jacobs met the Michigan real estate licens- state.
ing requirement and completed the Coldwell Thanks to the efforts of both Pine Grove and the bike riders, United Way received a
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Data track 2009-2010
Wexford County Jan. 10 Feb. 10 Mar. 10 April 10 May 10 June 10 July 10 Aug. 10 Sept. 09 Oct. 09 Nov. 09 Dec. 09
Labor Force 13,993 14,037 13,904 13,768 14,025 14,099 13,845 13,424 14,078 13,969 14,160 14,008
Employment 11,266 11,262 11,219 11,333 11,698 11,775 11,465 11,330 11,496 11,434 11,538 11,302
Unemployment 2,727 2,775 2,685 2,435 2,327 2,324 3,074 2,094 2,582 2,535 2,622 2,706
Rate 19.5% 19.8% 19.3% 17.7% 16.6% 16.5% 17.2% 15.6% 18.3% 18.1% 18.5% 19.3%

Missaukee County Jan. 10 Feb. 10 Mar. 10 April 10 May 10 June 10 July 10 Aug. 10 Sept. 09 Oct. 09 Nov. 09 Dec. 09
Labor Force 6,305 6,286 6,313 6,098 6,129 6,226 6,145 5,999 6,050 6,002 6,120 6,199
Employment 5,074 5,072 5,053 5,103 5,268 5,303 5,163 5,103 5,144 5,122 5,168 5,062
Unemployment 1,231 1,214 1,260 995 861 923 982 896 906 880 952 1,137
Rate 19.5% 19.3% 20% 16.3% 14.0% 14.8% 16.0% 14.9% 15.0% 14.7% 15.6% 18.3%
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