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Cadillac Area

JULY/AUGust 2009 • Volume 15-NO. 4 Business Magazine

A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

Paul Liabenow
Matthew Gibson
receive awards
See pages 8 & 9
Mission Statement
Letter from Executive Director

there is hope
The Chamber shall be a catalyst for community
and business development in the Greater
Cadillac Area and serve its members by providing
opportunity for business and professional support.
To most people this past year has been unlike any other. The financial crisis, the
interdependence of the global market and the government bailout of some large

Meet the Board companies that are “too big to fail” have put a strain on the economy unlike anything we
have witnessed in history. The mainstream media’s repeated message of doom and gloom
has hindered the spirit of Americans.
Jon Catlin, Executive Director With that being said, we here at the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce see positives
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that are happening in our area. We are in the midst of a much needed road improvement
Mickey Putman, Vice Chair project that will be an approximate $6 million investment, a new community YMCA is
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being built, and other projects are happening in our community. There are companies that
Sue Peterson, Treasurer are positioning themselves for the future. They know that this economy will turn around.
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The stock market is rebounding — a little. There is hope.
Eric Baker At Chamber functions we try to stress the importance of shopping local, helping your
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community and the businesses that are here. Retention has been one of the most effective
Dennis H. Benson, PLC business development strategies. We had a program that did well for us in encouraging our
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employers to reward their employees and at the same time to shop local, Certifichecks. As
Jim Blackburn that company has gone out of business, your Chamber of Commerce has stepped up and
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said that that program was too important to not honor the shop local theme. The Cadillac
Bill Cinco Area Chamber of Commerce Board voted to honor the outstanding checks at a cost to the
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Chamber. We felt it was the right thing to do. It will impact our bottom line. However, this
Dean DeKryger is one more example of prudent stewardship that the Board and staff have operated under
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to ensure it will not impact any programs that we offer.
Mike Hamner We all can be very proud of the staff at the Chamber. They have done an outstanding job
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this past year. In recognizing the difficult economy we have not replaced a staff member
Katy Huckle and the remaining staff has picked up the extra duties. They put on events like no other
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Chamber staff. They utilize the many volunteers that believe in the Chamber mission.
Lorri King, Past Executive Director The Governor’s Breakfast, the Briefcase Open, and the Annual Dinner marks a very busy
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last quarter for the staff and I would like to thank them for the dedication and attention to
Bill Kring detail that they employ. All of these events are well run in addition to the Rise Up Cadillac,
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Leadership Learning Series, Lecture Luncheons and all other Chamber activities. Our
Paul Liabenow staff is second to none!
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I would like to thank Jeremy Winkle for his six plus years of service to the Chamber
Bryan Lydick Board and the Executive Committee as the Past Executive Director and Treasurer, his
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dedication and knowledge will be missed.
Joy VanDrie We cannot change what has happened, all we can do is learn from it and plan for the
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future. As the new Executive Director, I am interested in your ideas and opinions. I look
forward to working with you to make this upcoming year a better year as we strive to
improve in all that we do.
Bill Tencza, President Thank you.

Doreen Lanc, Director of Membership Services Jon Catlin, Executive Director
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant Marketing 101
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant
If you do not tell consumers about you & your
Printer: Cadillac Printing Company
Publisher: Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce business, then how will they know about you?
Editorial Committee: Chris Huckle, Doreen Lanc,
Rich Langton, Sarah Roberts, Bill Tencza and Joy VanDrie.
A. Osmosis. B. On Star. C. They Won’t.
“If you cut back your marketing in tough times you create a hole in a
The Cadillac Area Business Magazine is a publication of the
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber reserves
the right to edit or refuse articles and advertisements submit-
ted to the Cadillac Area Business Magazine, and reserves the vacuum that someone else will fill.” - Joe Bonura
right in its sole discretion to accept or refuse inserts and other Thriving on the Challenge of a Slow Economy - Marketing Seminar • Cadillac June 25, 2009
materials to be distributed through the publication.
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CAPS, community foundation announce Challenge Day Fund
The Cadillac Area Community Foundation Linda Kimbel, Executive Director of the ful conflict resolution and enhances their
and the Cadillac Area Public Schools (CAPS) Cadillac Area Community Foundation, stat- skills for healthy emotional expression.
are proud to announce a collaboration to ed that the Foundation Board of Trustees The program strives to increase the stu-
bring the Challenge Day team to Cadillac unanimously agreed to use a portion of the dents’ self-esteem, sense of purpose, and
Area Public Schools. limited 2009 grant budget to address the integrity, and develops empathy for others.
The foundation is pledging $1 for every serious issues surrounding bullying in the Using the skills they are taught, the students
$2 donated to the newly established CAPS Cadillac Area Public School district. will have the ability to turn their schools
Challenge Day Fund, up to a total match of According to CAPS Superintendent into a community campus.
$6,000 for $12,000 raised in the communi- Paul Liabenow, the total cost to bring the In studies conducted after Challenge Day,
ty. Challenge Day team to Cadillac will be students report that they are more accept-
This partnership will allow CAPS teachers approximately $30,000. ing of fellow students; see students tease
and staff to focus on working with the stu- The Challenge Day program reduces teas- each other less; feel less lonely at school;
dents, and the Foundation staff will focus ing, stereotyping, social oppression and bul- ask others for feedback more readily; and
on fundraising for Challenge Day. lying. The program teaches students peace- are comfortable being leaders.

City recognizing business anniversaries

Cadillac has started a program to recog- St., and online at meeting.
nize local city businesses located in the The application forms should be com- “This is a great opportunity for busi-
city that are celebrating anniversaries. pleted and submitted no later than 60 nesses to be recognized for their suc-
Any business celebrating an anniversary days prior to the anniversary. From this cessful operation in the City of Cadillac,
may apply for recognition. All anniversa- information, a proclamation in honor as well as for the city council to thank
ries should fall in five (5) year increments of the business anniversary will be pre- business owners for their contributions
(i.e. 5, 10, 15, 20, etc.). Applications are pared for presentation by the Cadillac to our community,” said Mayor Bill
available at City Hall, 200 North Lake City Council during a regular council Barnett.

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‘The best class …’
By Rob Wing, Nancy Tanner, Lori Murton and Andy Ulrich er
For the participants, the program kicked off in September with
Graduates of the Cadillac Leadership Program most likely have an overnight retreat at the Kettunen Center, and soon after, the
heard the phrase, “the best class. ” Deb Gillies, Leadership Director, search was on for a community service project. It was a difficult
said it several times throughout the months of the 2008-2009 pro- decision as many worthy projects were presented. In the end, the
gram in support of the groups’ participation and efforts. class chose a project that was believed to benefit the vast majority
To the 22 members of the 2008-2009 Leadership Class, the best of our county — bringing 2-1-1 to Wexford County. The 2-1-1 sys-
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• Learning about the community believed that given the current economic times, it was an obvious
• Meeting community and business leaders choice.
• Working with classmates as a team to choose and complete a com- Early on, the Leadership class members realized how complex
munity service project the project would be. But with encouragement from members of
• Learning about yourself and your potential as a community lead- the Leadership and Chamber Boards and our partner, United Way,
as well as through sheer determination of the class, progress was


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Leadership Class 2009 members include: Front row L-R: Joanna Hoenshell, Tom Armstrong, Julie Dyer, Leigh Gifford, Tom King, Jr., Kristin McKinley, Tammy Arrand and Christy Church.
Back row L-R: Luther Lovell, Lori Murton, Corey Christensen, Laura Sawyer, Sara Keinath, Andy Ulrich, Tera Veddler, Deb Gillies (Leadership Director), Steve Selewski, Ryan Ellis,
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Thank you! Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
16th Annual Briefcase Open Golf Outing
“Thank you” to our sponsors,
teams, courses, & volunteers!
4 Seasons FLM
AAR Mobility Systems
Audiological Service of Cadillac
Avon Protection Systems
Bandeen Orthodontics of Cadillac
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan
BorgWarner Thermal Systems
Cadillac News
Cadillac Insurance Center
Cadillac Title, LLC
Carroll Retirement Plans & Investments
Chemical Bank
Citizens Bank
nce The DK Design Group
Bank/Blick Dillon Insura
McGuire’s - Chemical
Eldorado Golf Course
“Briefcas e OpenskiW inner” e Firstbank – Cadillac
Jason Wallac
n Alto, Pete Sumin &
Issac Hinkle, Da Highpoint Auto & Truck Center
Lakeside Title, LLC
Law Office of David R. Peterson PC
McGuire’s Resort
Mercy Hospital – Cadillac
New Image Hair Salon
Northwestern Bank
Piranha Hose Products, Inc.
Swaffer’s Toyota Cadillac
The Trend Designers

Course Champions
Pat Carroll, Bill Kring, Ke
vin Dunaway & Doug Bro

Special thanks to the 2009 Briefcase Open Golf Committee

Doug Brown • Chris Huckle • Scott Hunter • John MacLeod • Mickey Putman

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Thank you!
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce would like to
thank the 2009 Annual Awards Dinner Sponsors!
“Opportunities Await”
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Avon Protection Systems, Inc. Cadillac Tire Center
Baker College of Cadillac Cadillac Title, LLC
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MI Chemical Bank
Citizens Bank
Mercy Hospital Cadillac
Northwestern Bank
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Paying it forward —
Way forward
By Mardi Suhs

M atthew Gibson is a dedicat-

ed husband and father, a military
veteran, and a man committed to
improving the lives of others by
giving endless volunteer hours to
local community organizations.
Because of his selfless service
to our community, Gibson was
honored with the 2009 Spirit of
Community Award at the Cadillac
Area Chamber of Commerce
Annual Awards Dinner.
You may not know his name,
but you probably have seen him.
He jumped into frigid waters
for the Polar Dip to raise money
for OASIS. He dressed in drag
to raise money for the American
Cancer Society. He pounded nails
for Habitat for Humanity and
cleaned local roads and parks. He
buried Easter eggs in the snow
in the city park for the annual
Easter Egg Hunt. He volunteers
during Lakefront Days and Relay
for Life. And last Thanksgiving,
he amazed his wife by getting out
of bed at 5 a.m. to hit the sales to
purchase Coats for Kids.
“He knows the importance of the
kids needing coats,” said present-
er, nominator and his wife Janet Janet Gibson presented the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce 2009 Spirit of Community Award to her husband, Matt Gibson, at the
Gibson, president of the Cadillac Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner.
Jaycees. “He has three children of
his own, and he loves giving back. children, one of whom is also dis- who served in Somalia during program and he went on to serve
We have been in need of things abled. Desert Shield and again in Desert in every position.”
from time to time ourselves, so “Our 3-year-old son Wesley was Storm. As a member of the Naval Gibson is the branch manager
this is his way to pay it forward born completely blind,” she said. Reserves, he volunteered to be for Care Linc Medical Equipment
and do the things he does.” “That’s another reason Matt is re-deployed to Kuwait for eight of Cadillac.
Gibson was raised in Cadillac active with Parents of Children months last year. “He is a loving husband and
by a single mom with disabling with Visual Impairments. He “Volunteering and running proj- committed father of three,” Janet
health issues. also volunteers with Challenge ects and serving the community, concluded as she prepared to give
“He learned to take responsi- Mountain, an organization that he doesn’t do it for awards,” Janet him his award. “He’s dedicated to
bility at an early age by helping takes kids with disabilities skiing continued. “He doesn’t do it for serving this community and this
with her care,” explained Janet. at Caberfae. He just loves attend- any name recognition. He just country with all of his heart. He’s
That sense of responsibility car- ing that and taking them downhill simply does it for the communi- a leader, and he is everything you
ries over into his own family life skiing.” ty. Through the Jaycees he went could ask for in your Spirit of the
with his dedication to his three Gibson is a military veteran through the ten-step leadership Community recipient.”

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Working for the kids
By Mardi Suhs Bonnie. “He doesn’t operate for Judy Coffey presents Paul Liabenow, Superintendent of Cadillac Area Public Schools, with

recognition. He operates because the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce 2009 Outstanding Citizen Award at Caberfae Peaks
his faith drives him to be the very Ski and Golf Resort.
hen Paul Liabenow’s name best he can be. Nothing else drives
was announced as the recipient him. He gives his best for Cadillac dent of his class and was active in public school district solid and
of the 2009 Outstanding Citizen students because he has a passion leadership there as well.” sound during trying economic
Award, he was close to the podi- for kids.” “This is a fellow who worked times by overseeing years of
um. As this year’s emcee, along Liabenow is a self-made man himself up the ladder,” Coffey smart spending, cost savings,
with Judy Coffey, for the Cadillac who began earning his own way said. “He came up through the right-sizing personnel and finan-
Area Chamber of Commerce in life in ninth grade, working to ranks of the system and knows cial analysis,” Coffey said on the
Annual Awards Dinner he was support his interests. He started a what it’s like to be in the class- form nominating Liabenow.
standing off to the side when she tree farm business as a teenager room. He understands the ins and “It’s awesome to see him receive
announced his name. and earned a full scholarship to outs of teaching and leading, and this award for his hard work and
He didn’t have far to walk, but MSU through his public speaking he’s fought hard in Lansing for dedication,” said Roxann Hines,
he did have time to compose him- endeavors in Future Farmers of the schools in the north.” his administrative assistant. “He
self while attendees burst into America while attending school After working with Liabenow works 24/7 for the kids and the
applause that wouldn’t end. in Manton. as a member of the CAPS school parents.”
“ Wo w, ” w a s L i a b e n o w ’s “He didn’t have the opportu- board, Coffey nominated him “His job is not only managing
response. And then he laughed nity to do sports in high school,” for this award. The four-page our school system,” explained
and said, “I’ve been punked. Bonnie explained. “Being a farm- nomination letter is packed with friend Pat Goggin. It’s charting the
Although I’m not deserving of this ing family, they didn’t run their his achievements in the areas of course for our future, one child at
award, I do appreciate the oppor- kids into town for sports. But business, education, community a time. His efforts will have a last-
tunity to serve in a great commu- his parents saw the value of FFA, service, memberships and leader- ing effect on our community, our
nity.” and that was his sport. That was ship initiatives. schools, our industries and our
“This award is not something where his beginning in public “Superintendent Liabenow has families for decades to come. For
he would expect,” said his wife speaking began. He was the presi- kept the business of running a Paul, “It’s all about the kids!”

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - July-August 2009 9

Rise Up! Cadillac
May 13, 2009 at Cadillac-Wexford Public Library Lecture Luncheon

Hosted by:
Friends of the Library

Friday, May 15, 2009

“Prison Reform in Michigan –
The Hidden Costs”
Presented by the Honorable David Hogg,
84th District Court Judge

Sponsored by:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan
Gary A. Huyge, Account Manager 

Friday, June 5, 2009

“The Economic Impact of

Quality Early Childhood
Sponsored by: Care and Education”
Chemical Bank Mike Acosta, Wexford Missaukee
Intermediate School District
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Ribbon Cuttings
Women's Business

April 24, 2009

The Game
of Life . . .
Penney McRae,
Life Success Sunnyside Senior Living
Consultant 108 Wildwood Drive

Learning Series
June 4, 2009
Down Brick
Patricia S. Lange,
M.S., RE/MAX celebrates their move to
Compasspoint 124 South Mitchell Street
Training &

Calendar of Events

17 Rise Up! Cadillac, City Park 7 a.m.

12 Rise Up! Cadillac,
Wexford County Historical Museum 7 a.m.
13 Leadership Learning Series, Michigan’s Care Net of Cadillac
Economic Future, Baker College Cadillac, Noon 419 North Lake Street

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - July-August 2009 11

Camp Torenta Dining Hall Receives
$113,000 from Rotary Club of Cadillac
The Rotary Club of Cadillac presented a check for $113,000 to CAPS tion and our kids like this.”
for the fulfillment of the commitment made in 2007 to support the “I’m proud of how Rotary has been an integral part of Camp Torenta
reconstruction of the Camp Torenta Dining Hall. Fundraising for this since it began in the 1930’s. This is a dream come true for the Steering
project was made possible by the community support of the Rotary committee and many past campers,” said Dr. Randy Myers, Chairman
Club of Cadillac’s Annual Community Auction held in April where of Camp Torenta Steering Committee, “Many friends of Camp
700+ community members bid on silent and live auction items donat- Torenta have put many hours to make this a reality. A new dining hall
ed from local and regional businesses. The Camp Torenta Dining Hall combined with new cabins and the renovation of other historic build-
project was a two-year fundraising effort. ings is just the start of rebuilding the camp. There is a lot of Cadillac
“The year around Dining Hall will provide CAPS Students and History there, and we want more kids to experience it, generation
Campers additional science-related educational opportunities,” said after generation.”
Paul Liabenow, CAPS Superintendent, “We are proud of what we have The Camp Torenta Dining Hall construction is positioned to begin
accomplished and very lucky to have the community support educa- late this fall.

JCPenney Customers “Round-Up” & give back to Cadillac Area YMCA

One-hundred percent of Donations from Recent “Round-Up” “The generous support of the JCPenney Afterschool Fund and
and “Day of Giving Back” Programs benefit Cadillac Area YMCA, a JCPenney enhances our efforts to serve as many young teens as pos-
JCPenney Afterschool Fund Charitable Partner sible with meaningful, high-quality afterschool programming,” says
The Cadillac Area YMCA’s afterschool teen center program has Chris Gentry, YMCA Executive Director. “They know, as we do, that
received an $840.62 donation from JCPenney in Cadillac. The money children are our most valuable resource.”
was raised through the “Day of Giving Back” and “Round-Up” events The YMCA’s afterschool programming includes an afterschool teen
held recently at JCPenney in Cadillac. center serving an average of 25 teens each day that it is open.

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Rotary Club of Cadillac
Awards $50,000 to restore
Historical Museum Copper Dome
On June 2, the Rotary Club of Cadillac voted to award the Wexford County Historical
Society a grant for $50,000 for the express purpose of restoring the museum’s original
copper dome. By first preserving the exterior dome area, the Historical Society will
then be able to rehabilitate the rest of the building and restore it to its original splen-
dor. The Historical Society currently is working on a master rehabilitation plan, which
will guide them through this rehabilitation process. As one of 53 Carnegie Library
buildings left in the State of Michigan, and one of the more impressive structures, it
was imperative to replace and repair the dome to prevent further deterioration of the
“We are very proud to be able to help save a historic landmark in our communi-
ty,” said Linda Kimbel, Past President of the Rotary Club of Cadillac and Executive
Director of the Cadillac Community Foundation. “The Museum hosted one of our
meetings to enable all of our members to see first-hand what the project was, and
after seeing what the museum has to offer, my fellow Rotarians were committed to
saving it.”

Commits Support to Diggins Hill Tennis Court Project

The Rotary Club of Cadillac membership committed to supporting the Diggins Hill Tennis Court Project. A collaborative effort between the
Diggins Hill Committee and the Rotary Club of Cadillac will spearhead fundraising efforts during the Rotary Annual Community Auction held
in April 2010. The project is in need of over $50,000 to complete the much-needed repairs and reconstruction for the tennis courts and sur-
rounding area. The entire 13-acre parcel will be part of a master plan that will kick off at the completion of this first phase reconstruction of
the existing facility.
The Rotary Club of Cadillac commits to donating 75% of net profits from its Community Auction held in April each year, which based on the
past Cadillac
five years is roughly $56,000. With Chamber effort,
a collaborative 6/15/09 12:54
the Club PM toPage
hopes meet1and exceed the average this next spring.

Peter D. Stalker Appointed

Community Bank President of Firstbank – Cadillac
P eter joins Firstbank as Community Bank President, responsible for all day-to-
day operations in the Cadillac market. He is involved in community and state
organizations including the International City Management Association, board member
of the Local Government Management Association, charter member of Oakland County
Small Cities Training Institute, Michigan Municipal League Workers’ Compensation
Board, Michigan Municipal League Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rotary
International, University of Michigan Graduate Board, past president of Wexford County
United Way, Municipal Employees Retirement System Advisory Board, board member of
Cadillac Mercy Hospital, board member of Lakeview Lutheran Manor, and Michigan State
University Extension Advisory Council.

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Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - July-August 2009 13

Stalker named president at Firstbank - Cadillac
Peter Stalker, former Cadillac City Manager, community while also embarking on a new and
is the new Community Bank President for exciting professional career.”
Firstbank – Cadillac. Stalker had been with the “I have greatly enjoyed my tenure with the city
City of Cadillac more than 21 years, serving as and am very proud of what has been accom-
the city manager for the last 13 ½. plished during this time,” Stalker said.
“This is an incredible opportunity for me to Stalker will be responsible for all day-to-day
continue to serve and be active in the Cadillac operations in the Cadillac market.

Doug DeYoung, Director
of Government Relations
Megan Gladu of Navari
Doug DeYoung has been named the new
Director of Government Relations. 
DeYoung will maintain relationships
performs at Americoif show
with local, regional and state elected offi- Megan Gladu of Navari Hair Studio & Spa performed at
cials and their staff on behalf of Chamber the Americoif of Detroit Press Show. The show was held at
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of the Northwest Michigan Regional of the largest shows in the Midwest, demonstrating cutting edge
Chamber Alliance, which includes the trends in overall hair design.
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce.  Gladu was selected after an interview process to be a member of
Doug recently served as News Director at the Stylist Team. Vivian Mackinder, world renowned stylist was
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My notice was served.

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Data track 2008-2009
Wexford County Jan. 09 Feb. 09 Mar. 09 April 09 May 09 June 08 July 08 Aug. 08 Sept. 08 Oct. 08 Nov. 08 Dec. 08
Labor Force 14,660 14,251 14,535 14,109 14,301 14,902 15,066 14,678 14,413 14,516 14,328 14,296
Employment 11,959 11,836 11,787 11,716 11,843 13,413 13,056 12,916 12,684 15,540 12,476 12,140
Unemployment 2,701 2,415 2,748 2,393 2,458 1,489 2,010 1,762 1,729 1,976 1,852 2,156
Rate 18.4% 16.9% 18.9% 17.0% 17.2% 10.1% 13.3% 12.0% 12.0% 13.6% 12.9% 15.1%

Missaukee County Jan. 09 Feb. 09 Mar. 09 April 09 May 09 June 08 July 08 Aug. 08 Sept. 08 Oct. 08 Nov. 08 Dec. 08
Labor Force 6,401 6,296 6,428 6,258 6,270 6,661 6,643 6,498 6,365 6,386 6,381 6,437
Employment 5,356 5,302 5,280 5,248 5,305 6,058 5,897 5,833 5,729 5,664 5,635 5,483
Unemployment 1,045 994 1,148 1,010 695 603 746 666 636 722 746 954
Rate 16.3% 15.8% 17.9% 16.1% 15.4% 9.1% 11.2% 10.2% 10.0% 11.3% 11.7% 14.8%
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Providing Your
Offering Monthly Move-In Specials
Complete Marketing Solution 80 spacious units • 2&3 bedroom
At the Cadillac News, we’re about finding a vari-
ety of solutions for the marketing and branding of Close to downtown & bike trails
your unique business.
Our mission is to learn more about your business
goals, trends and long term objectives and to utilize a
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variety of promotional options to accomplish them.
Options include: Newspaper Marketing, Niche CADILLAC
Marketing, Online Promotions & Services, Classified
Marketing, Web Design & Development Services
and Commercial Printing. Trusted. Local. Connected.
To discuss a program that’s right for your business. 100 Matthew Drive • Cadillac • 231-876-9830
Contact Sarah Roberts-Goggin at 231-779-4143 or

Meet Katy and Cindy!

If you’re looking for a professional,
experienced approach to your home
loan call Katy Huckle at 775-2688 or
Cindy Sieland at 846-2013.
They can do that!

1573 N. Mitchell St. • 775-9077
Katy Huckle Cindy Sieland
Vice President/Market Leader Loan Assistant
Mortgage Loan Officer
Member FDIC

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