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Cadillac Area

November/December • Volume 15-NO. 6 Business Magazine
A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication

Building team work
to foster growth
See pages 4 & 5
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.

is the key to growth
Meet the Board Our cover story is straight to the point emphasizing collaboration can work, espe-
cially if government entities work cohesively for the benefit of regional economic
Jon Catlin, Executive Director development. Whether you live in the City of Cadillac, a surrounding township or
Chemical Bank 775-8588
a different county in northwest Michigan, it is critically important that the opera-
Mickey Putman, Vice Chair tive direction going forward must be collaboration. The Chamber is a willing entity
Cadillac Credit Bureau 775-3458
simply because as a region, we are all in this together, and no longer can we accept
Sue Peterson, Treasurer independent paths with hopes of economic security.
Avon Rubber and Plastics, Inc 779-6200
Your Chamber is often the appropriate glue for establishing or facilitating coop-
Eric Baker erative outreach in business and government. We also have a track record of col-
Wolverine Power Cooperative 775-5700
laboration. The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce was a fundamental partner in
Dennis H. Benson, PLC establishing the Northwest Michigan Regional Chamber Alliance with the Traverse
Attorney 876-9405
City, Benzie, Charlevoix, Gaylord and Petoskey Regional Chambers as a means to
Jim Blackburn provide a collective legislative voice on behalf of business in northwest Michigan.
Blick Dillon Insurance 775-3416
It is a pioneering approach and previously unthinkable — but also an example of
Bill Cinco mutual need for collaboration. The genesis Cadillac Area Industrial Group was
The Trend Designers 775-5711
fostered through collaborative efforts by the Chamber with a singular focus of
Dean DeKryger retaining manufacturing jobs. Presently, we are actively involved in establishing a
The DK Design Group 779-4002
Cadillac area Intergovernmental Government Cooperation Committee recognizing
Mike Hamner the importance of finding new and innovative ways to collaborate in business and
Avon Protection Systems, Inc. 779-6200
Katy Huckle Beyond the Chamber, we need business, education, government and non-profit
Northwestern Bank 775-2688
entities engaged. Most importantly, it will require leadership that will make tangible
Lorri King, Past Executive Director ideas translate into results. Leadership has to be in place to execute the concept and
Cadillac Title, LLC 779-8000
complete the vision. Without appropriate economic growth and reinvestment by
Bill Kring local residents via financial commitment, volunteerism and other areas of service,
9&10 News 775-9813
we will face greater challenges than the present. Job creation through economic
Paul Liabenow growth is paramount to the future sustainability of our region. We will not expand
Cadillac Area Public Schools 876-5000
the regional economy without accommodating the needs of our current employers
Bryan Lydick as a priority. Collaboration works.
Mercy Hospital Cadillac 876-7522

Joy VanDrie
Toy Town of Cadillac, LLC 920-5189


Bill Tencza, President
Bill TeNcza, Chamber President
Doreen Lanc, Director of Membership Services
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director/Accountant
Amanda Hamilton, Administrative Assistant
Local Bank. Local Focus.
Printer: Cadillac Printing Company
Publisher: Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce We’re all about helping
Editorial Committee: Chris Huckle, Doreen Lanc,
Rich Langton, Sarah Roberts, Bill Tencza and Joy VanDrie.
you improve your business.

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
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Sheltrown: Value Added Tax worth a look
By Jeff Broddle we have a global
Given the business climate in economy, but we
Michigan, everything is on the can’t compete glob-
table when it comes to revamp- ally,” Sheltrown
ing the state’s tax code, according said.
to Rep. Joel Sheltrown (D-West The World Trade
Branch). Sheltrown shared some Organization allows
ideas while speaking at a Cadillac Mercedes to deduct
Area Chamber of Commerce the VAT from a car it
Lecture Luncheon at Baker ships to the United
College Sept. 21. States, for example.
One idea Sheltrown is shopping “But when we ship
around is a European-style Value a Ford over there,
Added Tax (VAT) that would we can’t deduct the
replace the Michigan Business MBT or the 23 per-
Tax and the sales tax and may cent surcharge,”
lead to a decrease in the income Sheltrown said.
tax, as well. Other ideas being
Like all taxes, it would be passed kicked around in
on to the consumer but would be Lansing include
more fair in that the more you lowering the sales
buy, the more you pay. tax by a penny and
The beauty of the VAT is it putting a 5 percent tax on servic- “These ideas are not as ben- things in Michigan. We have to
would even the playing field with es — excluding business-to-busi- eficial as what the VAT is,” take a fresh look, and we need to
European exporters. ness services — or implementing Sheltrown said. do it in a fair way and provide for
“I hear people say all the time a graduated income tax. “We can’t be doing the same old essential services.”

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Want to grow and expand?
Then work together
BY KRIS VERHAGE Employment and the Economy, ative than ‘Here’s a tax break,’” factor: unity.
and Laura Ann Reese, professor she adds. Chicago had submitted a better
of political science and director There’s little local and county proposal because it had worked
of Michigan State University’s governments can do to affect a with Cook County and its sub-
ocal, township and Global Urban Studies Program. business’ decision to move to a urbs, he says.
county governments “The concept of working togeth- particular state or region, Reese “(Dallas-Fort Worth and Denver
that work together to er is really interesting because if says. But there’s much they can metropolitan areas) didn’t seem
attract and retain busi- you’re going to attract a business, do once that business expresses that they were as unified,” he
nesses and industry have better you’re going to employ people an interest in a particular com- adds.
luck landing a deal than those from the city of Cadillac and munity or county. Sometimes it’s cheaper to work
working individually, say two beyond,” Reese says. In 2001, Boeing Co. chose together, Grimes says, noting how
experts. Chicago as the home of its new Detroit and suburban Warren
Presenting an incentive pack- world headquarters over the are locked in a bidding war as
age to businesses as an informed, Teamwork benefits Dallas-Fort Worth and Denver General Motors debates whether
unified team and keeping ani- Communities, townships and metropolitan areas. The compa- to keep jobs at its Renaissance
mosity and divisiveness between counties banding together can ny stated in a release at that time Center in Detroit.
governmental units — and gov- receive research and develop- that all three were solid contend- “It creates problems in the com-
ernment officials — private ment support and training sup- ers and there was no single factor munities, and bidding situations
are key, according to Donald port that one community cannot that put the Chicago area ahead like that can get expensive,” he
Grimes, senior research associ- provide alone, Reese says. of the pack. But Grimes says that adds.
ate at the University of Michigan “I think it opens the door for opinions solicited from Boeing
Institute for Research on Labor, some solutions that are more cre- after the fact boiled down to one See Divisiness on page 5

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Divisiveness is a turnoff to businesses
Continued from page 4 tions, divisiveness and openly
Local governments don’t strained relationships are turn-
have to be “one big happy fam- offs to prospective businesses,
ily,” but they all should be on MSU’s Reese says.
the page when dealing with a “They like predictability,”
prospective business, he says. she adds. “My opinion is busi-
They should make a joint pre- nesses would prefer good rela-
sentation to a business and tions between the city and the
keep each other informed and county.”
updated as needed, Grimes For example, the politics of
adds. Detroit are a “disincentive” to
For instance, if a municipal- businesses, Reese says.
ity and county are working Also, problems don’t always
together to bring a business stem from governments,
to the municipality and the Grimes says. A few years ago,
municipality agrees to offer the Toyota was considering open-
business a property tax abate- ing an engineering plant in
ment, the abatement should be Michigan but decided against
approved at the agreed-upon it after hearing reports of hos-
time, Grimes says. tility between auto parts sup-
plier Delphi and the UAW, he
Playing nice recalls. Delphi was entering
While local and regional gov- bankruptcy at the time, and
ernments and the folks who the union was ordered to make
make up those bodies don’t concessions it didn’t want to
have to have the best rela- make, Grimes adds.
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Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - November/December 5
17th Annual
Greater Cadillac Area
Thank you to our Expo Partner,
Business Expo Sponsors & Exhibitors

for participating in the
Greater Cadillac
Area Business Expo
Opportunities Await
4 Seasons FLM of Cadillac Fox Hill Event Center
Active Brace and Limb Gordon Food Service
Airway Oxygen Inc. Hansen Collision
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC Hope Network West MI NOC Industries
Baker College of Cadillac Hitesman Holdship Funeral Home
Basic Communications Huron-Manistee National Forests
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Integrity Business Solutions, LLC
BlueWare Inc. Lakeview Lutheran Manor
BNI (Business Networking International) Langworthy Insurance Agency/Farm Bureau
Cadillac After Hours Clinic Leelin Home Health Care Inc.
Cadillac Area Community Foundation Little Caesars of Cadillac
CAIG (Cadillac Area Industrial Group) Manpower
Avon Automotive McGuire’s Resort
Avon Protection Systems Inc. Mercy Home Care & Hospice
BorgWarner Thermal Systems Mercy Hospital Cadillac
Cadillac Casting Inc. Mercy OB/GYN Partners
FIAMM Technologies Inc. Meyer Veterinary Clinic
Four Winns LLC Mix 96 – MacDonald Garber Broadcasting
Michigan Rubber Products Navari Hair Studio & Spa
Piranha Hose Inc. Northwest Michigan Works!
Rexair LLC Northwestern Bank
Cadillac Area YMCA Northwestern Michigan College
Cadillac Eye Clinic Orrin A. Sprague Agency
Cadillac Family Physicians Owens Soft Water
Cadillac Java & Ice Cream The Sweet Shop
Cadillac Insurance Center Padnos Iron & Metal Company
Cadillac News Paul Davis Restoration
Cadillac Occupational Medicine PDS Phone Directory Services
Cadillac Title, LLC Pine Grove Athletic Club
Cadillac Urology Practice ServPro of Manistee, Ludington & Cadillac
CareLinc Home Medical Swaffer’s Toyota
Carl T. Johnson Hunting & Fishing U.S. Rehab
Chemical Bank USDA Rural Development
Citizens Bank VanDrie Home Furnishings
CornerStone Staffing Solutions Inc. WCCW – FM/OLDIES 107.5
Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors WFQZ – TV Fox 32
Express Yourself Promotional Products WWTV-WWUP TV 9 & 10 News
Firstbank-Cadillac Wexford County Road Commission
Foster Brother’s Transfer & Storage Wexford-Missaukee Career Tech Center

Special thank you 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!

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Rise Up! Cadillac
September 9, 2009 at Culver’s Restaurant

Hosted by: Sponsored by:
Culver’s Restaurant Cadillac Occupational Medicine
8645 East 34 Road 7985 Mackinaw Trail, Suite B7

Community Speaker
Lecture Luncheon
September 24, 2009
Brian Molitor, accomplished author
and consultant of Molitor International September 21, 2009
presented an afternoon workshop titled
“Building Relationships – Building
That evening, Brian was the key-
note speaker at a public event held
at the Cadillac Community Schools
Auditorium where he presented
“Building a Better Community, One
relationship at a time.”

Ribbon Cuttings
Celebrating a new location
Presented by: (left)
Rep. Darwin Booher (R),
102nd District
and (above center)
Rep. Joel Sheltrown (D)
103rd District
Teter Orthotics Prosthetics
8865 Professional Drive, Suite 4

Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - November/December 7
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes
The 2009-2010 Cadillac Leadership Class
This year’s group consists of
20 individuals representing busi-
ness, finance, industry, health
and human services, govern-
ment, insurance, media and edu-
The diverse group quickly dis-
covered that they have more in
common than just enrolling in a
nine-month program.
During their two-day opening
retreat, they participated in work-
shops and activities where they Listed below are the members and sponsors of the 2009-2010 Cadillac Leadership Class
developed trust, problem solving, Dan Alto — Chemical Bank Laurie McKay — Wexford-Missaukee ISD
teamwork, and communication Kim Cool — Greenstone Farm Credit Services Susan Mongar — 9 and 10 News Fox 32
skills while also becoming well- Scott Duncan — Cadillac Casting, Inc. Becca Reinink — Cadillac Housing Commission
acquainted. They learned how to Kristin Ellis — Mercy Hospital Cadillac Julie Rushing — Wexford Community Credit Union
listen to one another, respect opin- Eric Gustafson — Rexair LLC Carol Sanborn — Piranha Hose Products
ions and trust that each team mem- Brad Hall — Mercy Hospital Cadillac Shane Strickler — Farm Bureau Insurance
ber was giving his or her best effort Randy Hill — Baker College of Cadillac Steve Towner — BorgWarner
to the task at hand. Robyn Kohler — Wolverine Power Amy Vail — City of Cadillac
The retreat was held at Kettunen Rhonda Lung — Avon Protection Systems/CAHRA Becky Vlassis — Rexair LLC
Center near Tustin. Heather McClure — Wolverine Power Cathrine Wright — New Image Salon


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Peterson re-appointed to State Bar’s Upper City receives Finance Officers’
Michigan Legal Institute Advisory Committee Association recognition
State Bar of Michigan President-elect Charles R. Toy announced the re- The City of Cadillac has received recognition from the
appointment of Cadillac attorney David Peterson as a member of the State Michigan Government Finance Officers’ Association
Bar’s Upper Michigan Legal Institute Advisory Committee. The Committee (MGFOA) for being the recipient of two awards from
provides the State bar with assistance in developing an annual legal educa- the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
tion seminar especially targeted to the practice needs of northern Michigan MGFOA recognized the city for its financial report and
attorneys. Peterson is one of the 12 northern Michigan attorneys and judges operating budget, and for having a finance director who is
appointed to the committee. a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO).
Owen E. Roberts, Director of Finance for the City of
Cadillac, received recognition for achieving the CPFO

Dr. Koester of Airport Clinic receives designation through the GFOA.

Practitioner of the Year Members of the New Image Hair Salon
Dr. Gary Koester received the 2009 AABP (American Association
of Bovine Practitioners) Practitioner of the Year Award at its annual attend training in Manhattan, NYC
convention in September.
The AABP is an international association comprised of more than Jodi Baldwin, Samantha Gothard and Victoria Hoffman of
5,000 veterinarians. Recipients of this award are recognized for New Image Hair Salon of Cadillac recently completed three days
efforts and contributions to food animal production through the spe- of intense hair-coloring and hair-cutting training at the Redken
cialty of Bovine Veterinary Medicine. Exchange. The Redken Exchange is known worldwide in provid-
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Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce - November/December 9
Local Rotary Clubs will change the Lives of 28 Children
Assistant District Governor Linda Kimbel worked with the Rotary Clubs in Cadillac, Manton, Reed City, Baldwin and Big Rapids to donate
$2,000 toward an International project, “Operation Cleft.” Linda then applied to the District 6290 World Community Service Committee for
a matching $2000 grant. The matching grant was awarded and will be forward to the Box Hill Rotary Club from Victoria, Australia. The
Australia club sponsors and administrates “Operation Cleft,” an International Humanitarian project committed to improving the life prospects
of the children of Bangladesh by providing free reconstructive surgery to repair cleft lips and palates. Once the $4,000 is received in Australia,
it will be forward to the Rotary Club of Baridhara, in Bangladesh. There the funds will be combined with $3000 for the total of $7000 to pro-
vide the necessary finding for 28 operations.
Although the surgeries are performed at a fixed rate by local physicians, there is a cost of the necessary medicine during the operation. The
cost of $250 per child is far more than the average family income for many villages in Bangladesh.

Lecture Luncheon
Leadership, Education and
Development workshops for youth “Creating a Healthy Community:
Best Practices for Wellness Programs”
Presented by:
Sponsored by Cadillac Leadership, these full-day pro- Charles B. Estey, M.S.
grams are offered to students in grades 7 through 12 to
enhance their skills in team building, communication, Friday, November 13, 2009
Noon - 1:15 p.m. at Baker College of Cadillac
problem-solving, and goal-setting. The dates are Tuesday,
$15 per person, includes lunch
December 15, 2009 for grades 7 and 8, and Wednesday, RSVP with the Chamber at 231-779-9776
December 16, 2009 for grades 9 to 12. All area schools with-
in the Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District are Charles Estey is Vice President of Health Solutions Services, Inc., a
invited to attend. national wellness program consulting and management firm, based
For a registration form and schedule of events, please go in Baltimore, Maryland. Charlie, who works out of Health Solutions
our website @ and click on Leadership. regional office in Brighton, Michigan, is responsible for the delivery of
From there go to the LEAD and LEAD JR page or call Deb wellness programs for leading corporations, including General Motors,
Gillies at 231-775-9776. Charles Schwab, Waste Management, and Con-way Trucking.

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Calendar of Events New Members

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Lyn Hughes Stephanie Endres Don Fohey
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YMCA 231-775-5246 231-929-2954 231-946-0672
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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. 08 Nov. 08 Dec. 08
Labor Force 14,660 14,251 14,535 14,109 14,301 14,843 14.931 14,465 14,078 14,516 14,328 14,296
Employment 11,959 11,836 11,787 11,716 11,843 11,955 13,056 11,836 11,496 15,540 12,476 12,140
Unemployment 2,701 2,415 2,748 2,393 2,458 2,888 3,074 2,626 2,582 1,976 1,852 2,156
Rate 18.4% 16.9% 18.9% 17.0% 17.2% 19.5% 20.6% 18.2% 18.3% 13.6% 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. 08 Nov. 08 Dec. 08
Labor Force 6,401 6,296 6,428 6,258 6,270 6,470 6,358 6,229 6,060 6,386 6,381 6,437
Employment 5,356 5,302 5,280 5,248 5,305 5,354 5,311 5,302 5,149 5,664 5,635 5,483
Unemployment 1,045 994 1,148 1,010 695 1,116 1,047 927 911 722 746 954
Rate 16.3% 15.8% 17.9% 16.1% 15.4% 17.2% 16.5% 14.9% 15.0% 11.3% 11.7% 14.8%
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