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Cadillac Area

September/October 2009 • Volume 15-NO. 5 Business Magazine

A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

The home stretch

Mitchell Street project
is in the final phase
See pages 3 & 4
Mission Statement Perspectives
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.
A better attitude for a better Michigan
In August, Dr. Charles L. Ballard, Michigan State University Economist presented
Michigan’s Economic Transformation, as part of our Leadership Learning Series
programming. What emanated above all else (for me) was not empirical economic
Meet the Board data forwarded, historical trends or discussion on tax reform. Although all highly
valued components of the presentation, it was Dr. Ballard’s messaging on the need
Jon Catlin, Executive Director for “Better Attitudes for a Better Michigan”, which resonated.
Chemical Bank 775-8588
On Dr. Ballard’s wish list of “Better Attitudes” were two items that I wanted to
Mickey Putman, Vice Chair affirm in my column.
Cadillac Credit Bureau 775-3458
• An End to Bitter Partisanship
Sue Peterson, Treasurer • A Positive Attitude, to Keep Going Through Difficult Times
Avon Rubber and Plastics, Inc 779-6200
First, Michigan will not succeed without a significant attitude change as it relates
Eric Baker partisan politics in Lansing. However, I also acknowledge multiple government
Wolverine Power Cooperative 775-5700
entities are afflicted with this choke hold. It is far too easy to assail term limits,
Dennis H. Benson, PLC geographic divide, party blame-game tactics or we get what we elect as primary
Attorney 876-9405
reasons for partisan politics. I assess it differently. Michigan is devoid of substantive
Jim Blackburn political leadership because of the tacit acceptance of bitter partisan politics as the
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norm. Partisan politics does not require leadership, just requiring getting elected.
Bill Cinco The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Regional Chamber
The Trend Designers 775-5711
Alliance will remain engaged on behalf of our member organizations based on
Dean DeKryger sound legislative policy as our guiding principle and without attachment to partisan
The DK Design Group 779-4002
Mike Hamner Secondly, I often focus on the economic resiliency of our area. A legacy of surviv-
Avon Protection Systems, Inc. 779-6200
ing, and most importantly, succeeding, is part of the economic fabric of this area.
Katy Huckle We should never lose sight of that fact. Opportunity can transpire out of the unex-
Northwestern Bank 775-2688
pected. It takes vision and conviction to meet the economic challenges that many of
Lorri King, Past Executive Director our members are facing. Encouragement is free.
Cadillac Title, LLC 779-8000
Recently, I had conversation with United States Senator Carl Levin on the Pure
Bill Kring Michigan Campaign. We reached agreement on one very personal tangible aspect of
9&10 News 775-9813
the Pure Michigan Campaign. We were both proud to be from Michigan. Cadillac
Paul Liabenow is my adopted home and Michigan by birth (City of Detroit). We have a history in
Cadillac Area Public Schools 876-5000
the Cadillac area of not only surviving, but creating opportunity. Nothing prevents
Bryan Lydick any of us from simply messaging (and often) the importance of “a positive attitude
Mercy Hospital Cadillac 876-7522
to keep going through difficult times” as a reminder we (collectively) have been here
Joy VanDrie before. If history is a measure of economic resiliency, I am convinced our region has
Toy Town of Cadillac, LLC 920-5189
reasons to realistically embrace optimism.

Bill Tencza, President

Doreen Lanc, Director of Membership Services Bill TeNcza, Chamber President
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant Providing Your
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant
Printer: Cadillac Printing Company
Publisher: Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
Complete Marketing Solution
At the Cadillac News, we’re about finding a variety of solutions
Editorial Committee: Chris Huckle, Doreen Lanc, for the marketing and branding of your unique business.
Rich Langton, Sarah Roberts, Bill Tencza and Joy VanDrie. Our mission is to learn more about your business goals, trends and
long term objectives and to utilize a variety of promotional options

to accomplish them.
The Cadillac Area Business Magazine is a publication of the Options include: Newspaper Marketing, Niche Marketing, CADILLAC
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber reserves Online Promotions & Services, Classified Marketing, Web Design
the right to edit or refuse articles and advertisements submit-
ted to the Cadillac Area Business Magazine, and reserves the & Development Services and Commercial Printing. Trusted. Local. Connected.
right in its sole discretion to accept or refuse inserts and other
materials to be distributed through the publication. To discuss a program that’s right for your business.
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Road Race

When work started on the Mitchell Street project in April, it seemed like the completed project would be way off into the future. But the future is nearly here as the work on Mitchell Street
reaching its final phases.

Mitchell Street project is

nearing final phases
By Rick Charmoli
Leaves are beginning to change color, kids are back in school and
the Mitchell Street Project is nearing its completion.
With the start of the project’s last phases, downtown Cadillac will
finally see and feel a summer’s worth of work as the project comes to
a close. GROWTH.
With most of that work complete and the end nearing for the proj-
ect, MDOT Delivery Engineer Del Kirkby said finishing the project as MADE IN MICHIGAN.
soon as possible remains a high priority.
Most of the work south of Chapin Street is completed as well as
most of the work on the east side of Mitchell Street north of Chapin
Street. With those key components done, Kirkby said the bulk of the
work will be focused on the remaining 3,500 feet of the project.
“It’s a little more than half a mile along the west side of Mitchell
Street north of Chapin Street. It helps put the end of the project in
sight,” Kirkby said. “We’re as eager to wrap it up as the business own- We’re harvesting the potential we see in this state. With new mortgages
for first-time home buyers, loans to help businesses expand, and a full line of
deposit products and investment services, Chemical Bank has been helping
Greg Carner of Brinks Custom Framing said he is looking forward foster growth across Michigan. To learn more about the bank that’s lending
to seeing the project completed and is happy that the event is fast a hand in your area, visit one of our 129 locations or call 1-800-867-9757.
approaching. He also said that the inconveniences that occurred dur-
ing the spring and summer will be far outweighed by the beauty of ®
the project when it is completed. MEMBER FDIC

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Upgrades led to early delays
of Mitchell Street project
“I look forward to how beautiful it will be when it is done. I urged people to be patient,”
he said. “I think it is very exciting. It will be comfortable for everyone who comes to the
community and anyone who comes downtown.”
The state Transportation Enhancement grant was given to the Cadillac MDOT
Transportation Service Center. It is a highly competitive grant program with limited
resources. The Mitchell Street Project was chosen above many other projects from across
the state.
The grant money has helped to implement streetscape elements, add new landscaping,
and promote traffic calming and safer crosswalks. With other funds from federal, state
and local sources, the project will total more than $5 million.
Kirkby said some of the most difficult work was not necessarily on the road. It was plan-
ning and scheduling.
“Figuring out how to schedule the work through downtown Cadillac, we had a lot of
feedback in the planning stages,” Kirkby said. “Closing down and detouring a trunk line
road is always unattractive, but replacing the deep sanitary sewer down the center of the
street from Howard Street to Granite Street and replacing the railroad crossing meant
there was no choice.”
Although the detour closed the road from Granite Street to Chapin Street, Kirkby said it
was through partnering with the City of Cadillac, Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce,
Cadillac Downtown Development Authority, and Downtown Cadillac Association, that the
consensus was reached to complete as much of the deep utility work and rail closing as
soon as the weather broke in the spring.
With that portion of the project out of the way in May, lane closures keeping at least one
lane of traffic open in both directions was how work progressed for the rest of the project.
“The remainder of the work could only be done with traffic using part of the road and
the contractor squeezing into the rest because having Mitchell Street closed any longer
than the bare minimum necessary wasn’t an option,” Kirkby said. “Keeping some on-
street parking was desirable to the city, and this was made into a contract requirement.
From there, the schedule was developed.”
The deep utility work was important because it replaced pipes that have been in the
ground for decades. It also allowed for water shutoff by block rather than the entire
stretch. Kirkby also said because of this, some of the work took longer than expected.
“We’ve been repairing and upgrading some of the city utilities and the storm sewer. Some
of it is over 100 years old and has had a lot of repairs and upgrades that we simply were
not aware of prior to excavating,” Kirkby said. “Once we excavated, our goal was to always
do the right fix. Unfortunately, some of these fixes have been extensive, and they added
time to the project.”
The project is expected to be completed in mid- to late-October. For the most up-to-date
information about the project as it happens, log onto
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Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - September/October 5

Rise Up! Cadillac
Ribbon Cuttings
Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Opens office at 412 Goode Ave., Cadillac Host location:
Wexford County Historical Museum

Leadership Learning Series  17th Annual

held at Baker College Cadillac
Greater Cadillac Area
Thursday, August 13, 2009

Economic Future
Presenter: Dr. Charles Ballard,
Author & Economics Professor
at Michigan State University Opportunities Await
Program of the
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
Providing opportunities to our members through:

Lecture Luncheon Series

networking, visibility, strengthening
partnerships and educational programs.

held at Baker College Cadillac Thursday, October 8, 2009

11AM to 5 PM
At the Wexford County Civic Center

Friday, August 21, 2009 Registration forms for Exhibitor Space

can be found at or by
calling the chamber at 231-775-9776.
Legislative Up-date
Rich Studley, President &
CEO of Michigan Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce 222 Lake Street, Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: 231-775-9776

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Rise Up! Cadillac
July 17, 2009 at Cadillac City Park

Hosted by: Sponsored by:

Cadillac Area Council for the Arts Glens Family Market
Pat Goggin, Carla & Mike Filkins Mike Goerbig

Sponsored by: Sponsored by:

Shay Station Coffee Company Citizens Bank
Beth & Richard Bosscher, Betsy Brunink

Downtown Cadillac

Calendar of Events FALL FEVER FESTIVAL

2009 Dancin’ in the NEW Streets

September: September 26th ~ 10am – 4pm

9 Rise Up! Cadillac – Culver’s Restaurant Come celebrate
21 Lecture Luncheon, Baker College Cadillac Downtown Cadillac’s
- Michigan Legislative Update, presented by Rep. Darwin
new Main Street 70’s Style!
Booher (R) & Rep Joel Sheltrown (D)

Fun for the whole Family!
8 Greater Cadillac Area Business Expo,
Wexford Civic Center Check out the full schedule of events

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - September/October 7

Changes for Improvement
By Doug DeYoung tion on if voters want a State Constitutional able to make informed decisions. The first
Director of Government Relations Convention. No petition drive is needed to put step in educating members will be creating
this on the ballot. The proposal will be added a speakers series to bring experts to northern
The word reform will be used often as automatically by law. If voters approve a State Michigan. Those experts will cover topics
we head into the 2010 state election cycle. Constitutional Convention, 148 delegates will that will range from reforming the size of gov-
Reform of government, tax structure, educa- be elected from throughout Michigan and 110 ernment, services provided by government,
tion and other state services already are dis- of those delegates will come from state repre- healthcare consolidation, education, and the
cussion points in this current budget year. sentative districts. The other 38 delegates will State Constitutional Convention ballot pro-
Those proposed plans and the possibility of be elected from state senate districts. Those posal. The series will provide the background
ballot proposals will continue to be presented delegates will then have unlimited options to information the Regional Chamber Alliance
to voters as the election draws near. amend the current Constitution or possibly will need to make an informed plan of action.
Reform by definition means to “make chang- propose a completely new constitution. If a That plan of action will include grassroots
es for improvement.” That is the key compo- new constitution is proposed or any amend- advocacy. An active chamber member, who
nent that must be followed as plans and ballot ments are added to the current constitution, is educated on issues and prepared to make
proposals are considered by legislators and voters will be asked to approve the changes. changes for improvement, will be needed as
voters. If we want changes for improvement, That election must happen not less than 90 an advocate for reform. I encourage each
we are going to have to get involved in the days after the adjournment of the convention. and every member to take the time over the
ongoing reform discussions. Getting involved The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce coming months to be a part of the educational
means education and advocacy. We have to and The Northwest Regional Chamber opportunities offered by the chamber. The
understand the positives and negatives of Alliance have determined that education importance of advocating for improvements
each of the options that works its way out of on reform issues is a priority for 2010. If in our state and business community has
the idea stage to become an action item. the Regional Chamber Alliance is going to never been more important. If you have any
One of the biggest possible reform ques- take positions on issues and ask members legislative questions or comments please con-
tions before the voters will be a ballot ques- to advocate for reform, we will need to be tact me at

Chamber Business Directory

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Your First Call for Help
Connecting People with community
resources and volunteer opportunities
Call 1-877-211-5253
Available 24/7/365
Get Connected - Get Answers

W exford
Youth Programs
Child Care
ou n ty Health Care
The 2-1-1 Celebration held July 30, 2009, hosted by the Cadillac Leadership Class of 2009 and its partner,
Get Connected! Prescription Programs
United Way of Wexford County. Food Support Groups
Clothing Substance Abuse
Housing Elderly Care

Cadillac Leadership Completes Utility Assistance Volunteer Opportunities

Donation Opportunities
Emergency Preparedness

Community Service Project Call 1-877-211-5253
By Deb Gillies, LEADERSHIP DIRECTOR and now have become a reality.
An important component of the Cadillac Leadership Program is to complete a The most recent project, completed by the 2009 Cadillac Leadership Class was
community service project. The project provides an opportunity for participants establishing a Wexford County 2-1-1 System. The 2-1-1 communication source
to work together in small groups, practice project development skills and provide will connect callers with important community resources and volunteer oppor-
a benefit to the community. The project affords participants an opportunity to tunities. 2-1-1 is a national program that was started in Atlanta, Georgia in 1997.
practice skills necessary for being community trustees – coming to consensus This program already has been implemented in 70% of Michigan, 65% of the
and working with people of various backgrounds and interests. There are several nation and parts of Canada. The 2-1-1 service helps relieve the burden of inappro-
wonderful Leadership Class projects throughout our area that began as a vision priate and misdirected calls to the 9-1-1 system in times of emergencies.

New Members
ATS Printing Dumbarton Premier Waddell & Reed,
Pat Goggin Tool, Inc. Realty Co, LLC Inc./Carolyn Brooks
231-920-8592 Daniel Gray Jim Meier 302 East Cass Street, 151 Clay Drive 216 East Cass Street Suite D Cadillac, MI  49601 Cadillac, MI  49601 Cadillac, MI  49601
  231-775-4342 231-775-9780 231-775-7072
Management Group        
Sue Conerly Kountry USDA Rural Walgreens
1320 North Mitchell Street Kitchen Inc. Development Kevin Bruner
Cadillac, MI  49601 Kathleen Jones Shelly Fuller 1220 North Mitchell Street
231-779-9520 1920 North Mitchell, 1501 Cass Street, Suite A Cadillac, MI  49601 Cadillac, MI  49601 Traverse City, MI  49684 231-876-1974
231-775-9051 231-941-0951
Dollar Rush, LLC
Linda Rush  
1604 North Mitchell Street
Cadillac, MI  49601

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - September/October 9

Peg Lutz completes Dave Ramsey’s Physicians among First
Financial Peace University Fellows in Hospital Medicine
Peg Lutz, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed, completed Dave The Society of Hospital Medicine has recognized two Cadillac physicians as
Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). FPU is a thirteen-week program Fellows in Hospital Medicine at its inaugural induction at the society’s annual
that helps people reduce their debt, get control of their money, and learn new meeting in Chicago.
behaviors around money that are founded on commitment and accountability. Kenneth Friar, M.D., and David Friar, M.D., partners of Hospitalists of
Northwest Michigan and members of the Mercy Hospital Cadillac staff were

Baker appoints Kelley as honored for their outstanding contribution to the field of inpatient medicine.
They were among the first group of hospitalists so recognized.

Dean of Health Sciences Hospitalists are medical providers who focus their practice on the care of
hospitalized patients. Their activities include patient care, teaching, research,
and leadership related to hospital care.
Baker College of Cadillac has appoint-
ed Cynthia L. Kelley as Dean of Health
Sciences. She succeeds Gail Bullard, who Mercy Hospital Cadillac Offers
has accepted a position as director of health
sciences for the Baker College System. Online Job Applications for both
In her new position, Kelley is responsible
for the administration of all the health sci-
ences programs at Bakers’ Cadillac cam-
Internal and External Applicants
pus. She is the primary community liaison Completing and mailing in a hard copy application/résumé will soon be obsolete at
for these programs, including nursing, Mercy Hospital Cadillac, thanks to new technology.
veterinary technician, surgical technician, Mercy Hospital Cadillac will no longer accept paper applications/résumés. All
medical assistant, billing specialist, coding applications must be completed online. Mercy Hospital Cadillac is pleased to
specialist, EMT and paramedic training, cer- announce its integration of new technology allowing internal and external applicants
tified nurse aide training, massage therapy to apply online. This new feature has several benefits including making the recruit-
and the general sciences courses. ment process more efficient and smooth for applicants and job interviewers.

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CornerStone Staffing Solutions, Inc. City of Cadillac honors
formally Employment Giant employees for years of service
Eight City of Cadillac employees were honored at the 25th annual Length
CornerStone Staffing Solution, Inc. is pleased to announce the formal acquisi- of Service Award Program on July 20, 2009. The program, which was adopt-
tion of the assets of Employment Giant, LLC which took effect in June 2009. The ed by city council in 1984, honors city staff for their excellent and enduring
pooling of the expertise of two major staffing firms in an effort to develop and service to the citizens of Cadillac.
produce a superior staffing service. Receiving awards for ten years of service were: Mike Mongar, fire mar-
According to the CEO of CornerStone Staffing Solutions, Larry James origi- shal; Ken Payne and Jim Pree, street department equipment operators, Eric
nally from Michigan, believes in Michigan’s economy. He stated, “CornerStone Vranish, distribution & collection maintenance man, and Jim Ray, auxiliary
feels very strongly the worst is behind Michigan. We consider our continued mounted patrol.
investment in this community will bear fruit for many years to come and we invite Firefighter Fred Osborn received an award for 15 years, and Police Captain
other business leaders to join us in this endeavor.” The new firm, CornerStone Matthew Wohlfeill and Police Officer Bill Kanitz were the recipients of
Staffing Solutions’ corporate office is located in California. awards for 20 years of service.

Goggin Joins ATS Printing Cadillac Garden Club donates to

Pat Goggin has joined ATS Printing as District Sales Manager
Mitchell Street Project
for northern Michigan. The Cadillac Garden Club in its desire to make a difference and enhance
Goggin is a past recipient of the Cadillac Chamber’s “Spirit of our community has donated $1,500 to the Cadillac Downtown Authority
Community” award. Goggin continues to serve as a Chamber to be used for the 2009 Mitchell Street Project. Funds will be used to pur-
Ambassador and board member of Cadillac Leadership. chase two planters used for new gateway treatments added to the north and
Reference the New Member Directory on page 9 for contact south entrances of the downtown district.

Data track 2008-2009

Wexford County Jan. 09 Feb. 09 Mar. 09 April 09 May 09 June 09 July 09 Aug. 08 Sept. 08 Oct. 08 Nov. 08 Dec. 08
Labor Force 14,660 14,251 14,535 14,109 14,301 14,843 14.931 14,678 14,413 14,516 14,328 14,296
Employment 11,959 11,836 11,787 11,716 11,843 11,955 13,056 12,916 12,684 15,540 12,476 12,140
Unemployment 2,701 2,415 2,748 2,393 2,458 2,888 3,074 1,762 1,729 1,976 1,852 2,156
Rate 18.4% 16.9% 18.9% 17.0% 17.2% 19.5% 20.6% 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 6,470 6,358 6,498 6,365 6,386 6,381 6,437
Employment 5,356 5,302 5,280 5,248 5,305 5,354 5,311 5,833 5,729 5,664 5,635 5,483
Unemployment 1,045 994 1,148 1,010 695 1,116 1,047 666 636 722 746 954
Rate 16.3% 15.8% 17.9% 16.1% 15.4% 17.2% 16.5% 10.2% 10.0% 11.3% 11.7% 14.8%
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