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Cadillac Area

A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication FIRST QUARTER 2018

What is New
at the Chamber?
Mission Statement

Looking back...
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.

2017/2018 Board of Directors

Stephen King, Chair
The Law Offices King & King, PLLC
Jeremy Winkle, First Vice Chair s we wrap up my first year at the
VanDrie Furniture helm of your Chamber, we thought
Karl Marcusse, Vice Chair it would be good to look back at the vari-
ous things that were started, things that
Trent Mulder, Treasurer are new. Some of them will be very obvi-
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC.
ous and others much more subtle.
Doug DeYoung
Consumer Energy First, we brought back Business After
Kelly Smith 5 events. We want to create more oppor-
Baker College of Cadillac tunities for people to network because
Tonya Smith many businesses are able to grow through
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
networking. We are also very close to
Jennifer Brown
Cadillac Area Public Schools announcing the creation of a Chamber
Tim Knaggs Leads Networking Group where those
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance businesses that particularly benefit
Dan Minor from personal referrals can grow their
Cadillac Casting, Inc.
networks. Keep your eyes open for an
Pete Stalker upcoming Lecture Luncheon on the topic
Mercantile Bank of Michigan
of Networking as we bring in speakers to Chamber Members because we need your
Don Schepers
Schepers Agency, Inc. help you hone your elevator speech and continued input if we are to fine tune
Jennifer Neff improve those networking skills. the operations and make this the best
Avon Protection Systems We also redesigned our website www. Chamber it can be, so please help our
Kevin Dunaway to be more user friendly. Ambassadors help us by agreeing to meet
9 & 10 News
Our membership software company cre- with them and give them continued feed-
Brian Blake
Piranha Hose ated our new website and the connection back on how you think we are doing. They
Dave Cox, Immediate Past Chair between the website and the membership will be asking you if you have any Member
(Ex Officio) software is seamless, eliminating earlier 2 Member discounts that we can advertise
Wexford/Missaukee ISD
difficulties in registering for and paying on our website because let’s face it, every-
CHAMBER STAFF for events. If you haven’t been to our web- one likes discounts, and we give you access
David Miller, President site lately we encourage you to spend a to over 6,000 people through our Chamber few minutes looking at it, and as always, Members.
Mike Acosta, Great Start Consultant we are open to any feedback you have. We We are also beginning what I hope to be a want to make your Chamber experience new annual event, the Economic Forecast
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director better and easier. We also improved our with our friends at the W.E. Upjohn
systems security, something that was very Institute. The first of these, with economic
Amanda Downey, Administrative Assistant necessary in today’s digital environment. Jim Robey will be February 20th, 2018 at
Paula Jasper, Director of Membership Services We also expect our first Chamber 7:30 at Baker College. We are hoping for Directory and Community Profile over the solid attendance so that this can be some-
Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations next week or two. I like to think of these thing we as a community look forward to
as buyers guides because that’s how I use each year.
them. When I need a good or service, We look forward to continuing to grow
Printer: Pleasant Graphics
I always shop with Chamber Members our Chamber and growing the local econ-
Publisher: Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
because you have made a commitment to omy and we encourage you to share your
The Cadillac Area Business Magazine is a publica- make this community and local economy feedback, come network at events and help
tion of the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce. The
Chamber reserves the right to edit or refuse articles strong. As a result, we want to support us refer more business to you in 2018!
and advertisements submitted to the Cadillac Area your business. Please consider doing the
Business Magazine and reserves the right in its sole
discretion to accept or refuse inserts and other materi- same when they come out. We are all
als to be distributed through the publication. stronger together. David Miller,
Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce
We are also bringing back the Chamber President
222 Lake Street Ambassador Retention Visits with

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Introducing... Visionary Partners:

...our new Community Profile

and Membership Directory.
Thank you to our members for updating your
businesses profiles so that we could provide
you with up to date records. If you do not
receive one soon or would like an extra copy,
please stop by the chamber.

Business Directory
Education Excavating

Preschool & Young Fives • K-12

1706 Wright St. • Cadillac MUNSON HEALTHCARE Cadillac Hospital

Technology Construction
Edward Dracht
Full Spectrum IT Support - 24/7 President

Build Contracting
Serving the greater Cadillac area since 1972.
Butler Steel buildings • Lester Pole Barns
Commercial • Industrial • Institutional • Agriculture • Churches
Offices • Rubber Roofs • Concrete Flatwork • Complete Turnkey Projects
23350 100th Ave. • Marion, MI 49665 office: (231) 825-0035
Contact Us (231) 577-2080 email:
fax: (231) 825-0038
cell: (231) 357-8718

Concrete Construction Insurance

• Structural Concrete
• Site Concrete Leadership Partners:
• Concrete Pumping
• Telebelt • Excavation AT&T
• Reinforcing 231-468-3559 Walkley Agency of Cadillac BorgWarner Thermal Systems
Locations in Allendale & McBain • Polished Concrete Fax 231-468-3061 919 N. Mitchell -Ste. B
231-468-3560 Cadillac, MI 49601 B&P Manufacturing
10578 Linden Drive NW McBain, MI 49657
Grand Rapids, MI 49534 Ph. (231) 825-8051 Cadillac Area Public Schools
Ph. (616) 677-0053 • Fax (616) 677-0062 Fax (231) 825-8051 Renee Walkley
Membership • Travel Agency Principal Consumers Energy
Visit us at Insurance • Financial Services DTE Energy
Fekete Knaggs & Burr Insurance Agency
Dining Marketing FIAMM Technologies LLC Providing Your Fifth Third Bank
Complete Marketing Solution
127 B West Cass St.
Cadillac Michigan 231-468-3526 ITC
At the Cadillac News, we’re about finding a variety Mercantile Bank of Michigan
of solutions for the marketing and branding of your
unique business. Michigan Rubber Products, Inc
Our mission is to learn more about your business
goals, trends and long term objectives and to utilize Rexair LLC
a variety of promotional options to accomplish them.
Options include: Newspaper Marketing, Niche
Marketing, Online Promotions & Services, Classified
Walmart Supercenter Store
Marketing, Web Design & Development Services and
Commercial Printing.
Wexford Community Credit Union
To discuss a program that’s right for your business. Wexford-Missaukee ISD
Call Katheryn Kidder, Senior Sales & Marketing Specialist at (231) 779-4142.

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Sponsorship Opportunities
with the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce has developed Governor’s Breakfast, they will be able to meet the Governor
a tiered system of sponsorships for Chamber events to give and have their picture taken with the Governor. There will
members the flexibility to decide which level best match- be no more than three Platinum Sponsors for any event.
es their budget and their desired exposure. The Chamber Platinum Sponsors will have 4 tickets to ticketed events.
holds six major events every year, the Economic Forecast, Gold Sponsor: $500 Gold Sponsors will have their name
the Governor’s Breakfast, the Briefcase Open, the Annual and logo printed on all marketing material and included in
Dinner and Awards Ceremony, the Business Expo and the all electronic material as well. One banner will list all the
Holiday Luncheon. We also hold other events regularly like Gold Sponsors names and logos at the event. Unlimited Gold
Rise Up Cadillac, Business After 5 networking events, Lecture Sponsorships are available. Gold Sponsors will have 2 tickets
Luncheons and Legislative Updates. to ticketed events.
Platinum Sponsor: $1,000 a banner will be at the event Silver Sponsor: $250 Silver Sponsors will have their name
depicting the name and logo of the Platinum Sponsor, and listed on all printed and electronic material promoting the
their name and logo will be printed on all marketing material, event as well as at the event. Unlimited Silver Sponsorships
and on electronic material as well. Platinum Sponsors will be are available. Silver Sponsors will have 1 ticket to ticketed
recognized and thanked for their sponsorship at the event. At events.

The following events have some other sponsorship levels:

Cadillac Area Cham

ber of Commerce E UP CADIL
25th A nnual Briefc ase


Open Golf Outing


A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE C Driving Business Forward
C Driving Business Forward

Briefcase Open Rise Up Cadillac! Business After 5

Hole Sponsor: Sponsor: Sponsors:
175-hole sponsors will have $150 and includes promotion on No charge from the Chamber but
a sign placed at one of the our website, Facebook page, Sponsors provide the venue for
holes of the two participating Chamber calendar and on the the event (up to 100 people) and
member golf courses. printed agenda at the Rise Up appetizers and beverages. Sponsors
Sponsors will be recognized event. You will also be featured get 4 minutes with the microphone
on the Chamber Facebook in our Business Magazine during the event, as well as having
page as well as in the and have four minutes to their business name listed on
Business Magazine. present information about the website and photos taken
your company, your products, during the event will be posted on
services or special promotions in Chamber Facebook page and
front of 80+ attendees. printed in the Business Magazine.

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Class of

Proceeds to benefit

Frida y, April 6, 2018

Cadi llac Grill at the Elde rado
5:30 p.m. - Happ y Hour
6:30 p.m. - Dinn er, Silen t
Auct ion & More !
Host ed by the Cadi llac
Lead ersh ip Clas s 2017 -201 8
Tickets available by contacting any Lead
Area Cham ber of
Class Member, the Cadillac
Commerce at (231) 775-9776 or onlin e at
Price: $40/single or $75/couple
d trails for summer and
Cadillac Pathways provides miles of non-motorize
es. The propos ed pavilio n will provide a gathering place for
winter activiti
begin their advent ures as well as resting when they
outdoor enthusiasts to
to observe events and take in
finish. It also provides a location for spectators
the natural beauty of the area.

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2017-2018 Cadillac Leadership Project
“Cadillac Pathway Pavilion Project”

For 27 years the Cadillac Chamber of Commerce has proudly held

a Leadership class. We have the opportunity to gain an in depth
education about how Cadillac continues to operate and grow at
the hands of strong leaders with the intention of becoming strong
community leaders ourselves! Each year the class chooses and com-
pletes a Community Service Project which is a vital component to
the curriculum of this program as well as providing a valuable asset “Cadillac Pathway - Pavilion Project”
to our community. This year, the 2017-2018 class has chosen to part- 2017/2018 Cadillac Leadership Community Project
ner with Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA)
to construct an ADA accessible Pavilion on the trailhead at Cadillac
Pathway, located at 3736 S Seeley Rd, Cadillac, MI 49601 .
Company Name (if applicable):
The construction of the pavilion will be ADA compliant allowing
access to those with disabilities. It will help to promote a healthy
lifestyle, raise awareness of the current Cadillac Pathways trail sys-
tem, promote eco-tourism in our community, and help boost the Contact Name
local economy. Currently the trail offers hiking, trail running, cross-
country skiing, mountain biking/racing, fat-tire biking/racing, and
snowshoeing. Email Address
The DNR and NMMBA are working together to establish a man-
agement agreement for the Cadillac Pathway Pavilion Project, cre-
ating room for increased parking and participation at the Cadillac
Pathways. NMMBA will groom the trails, conduct various races and Phone
events, and insure the new pavilion will be maintained.
Michigan is so unique in that we have an incredible supply of natu-
ral resources at our fingertips. Moreso, our community is a grow- Mailing Address
ing economy and we are lucky to have miles of nature that we have
access to! As our community grows, our opportunity to promote
eco-tourism and healthy lifestyles increases. As leaders we want to
support a positive long term impact on the community. City/State/Zip
For more information, please contact Leadership members,
Brittany Brunink at (231) 920-0995 , or Scott Slavin at (231) 878-
9403. If you wish to support our efforts, please visit the Cadillac Area Donation
Chamber of Commerce website at to make an
Please make checks payable to “Cadillac Leadership –
online donation to this project. CP Pavilion Project” and mail to: Shannon Smith, Treasurer,
c/o Chemical Bank, P.O. Box 155 , McBain, MI 49657

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Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce

25th Annual Briefcase

Open Golf Outing
Friday, May 18, 2018
Eldorado Golf Course (Host Course)
& Evergreen Resort Golf Course
*Proceeds benefit Chamber programs,
services and legislative advocacy.

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Welcome to the NEW Business After 5
CN Digital Solutions events are back!
These events run from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at various
host locations throughout the year. Bring your business
cards and come ready to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and
your favorite beverage. Free for chamber members
(including their employees) and their guests.





DESIGN WEBSITES January host Pine Grove Athletic Club
and sponsored by Dynamic Physical Therapy

Contact us today to set up your FREE consultation.
Josh Bailey • 231-779-4138

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January 2018
Rise Up! Cadillac
Ambassador Club
Ribbon Cutting
Hobby Lobby

Sponsored by:
Hosted by:
Dynamic Physical
Cadillac Area YMCA

Holiday Luncheon

Save the Date Thank you

March 2018 to all who attended our Holiday Luncheon
and a special thank you to our sponsors:
Rise Up! Cadillac Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of
Michigan, Cadillac Grill, Consumers Energy,
Friday, March 9, 2018
kee DTE Energy and J&H Family Stores.
Wexford Missau
Career Technical Cente

Deadline for the 2nd Quar

Cadillac Area Business Ma
is April 20, 2018. Share
business/organization ne

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Brick Awards

Cadillac 4
Wolverine Receives Brick Award
Power Cooperative It is very rare now-a-days
for a business to last 100
Receives Brick Award years. As of February 6th,
Cadillac’s little hometown
Chamber Ambassador Mike Paulin presenting a theater joined the century
Brick Award to Craig Borton, Dan DeCoeur and club. Opening on February
James Curtis of Wolverine Power Cooperative in 6, 1918, the papers at the
appreciation of their commitment to the continued time mentioned that 3,000
growth of the Cadillac Area. Congratulations! people crowded into the
brand new Lyric Theater
to see three Vaudeville
acts and a film. Although the medium of film
February 2018 has undergone many generations of evolution
since then, they hope that everyone who comes
Rise Up! Cadillac to the theater feels the same sense of wonder
and happiness that those first time movie goers
must have felt. Opening on a Wednesday, they
were served with a warrant later that week for
showing a movie on a Sunday! How times have

Although the Lyric has changed hands a few

different time, coming under its current owner,
Bob Goodrich in 1977, their mission has always
been to be a community meeting place where
people can escape into the magic of movies.
For 40 years Bob has been invested in Cadillac,
most recently doing a huge renovation. A lobby
remodel, remodeling theater 4 with a big new
screen and new sound, sound and lighting up-
Hosted by: Sponsored by: grades in the other three auditoriums; Bob feels
Rexair LLC Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue strongly that Cadillac is worth the investment.
Care Network of Michigan

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Welcome Introducing...
New Members ...our new membership
window cling to replace your
Cadillac Truck & Trailer UglyBadger Media current one. Please watch
Ellen Gubbins Robert Sapp for it in the mail and contact
P.O. Box 414 850 North Mitchell Street the chamber if you do not
4675 South 39 ¼ Road Cadillac, MI 49601
Cadillac, MI 49601 231-444-6575 receive yours soon. Also, if you
231-775-8555 would like us to email you our
updated logo for your website
Bella Senior Care &
Dairy Queen Cadillac Private Duty Care
we would be happy to do so.
Larry Davy Gen Claus
901 South Mitchell Street 600 Pine Street
Cadillac, MI 49601 P.O. Box 22
231-775-4602 Clare, MI 48617
Greg Bosscher Realtor
Five Star Real Estate
111 North Shelby Street Domino’s Pizza
Cadillac, MI 49601 Mark Roberts
231-357-2798 1435 North Mitchell Street Cadillac, MI 49601
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
8866 East 34 Road Your Chamber
Cadillac, MI 49601 Allpro Technology LLC is now on Socia
Media! Find ou l
231-775-1352 Wes Brown
t what we’ve bee
to and join our n up 2425 South Blodgett Road upcoming prog
by visiting our Fa ra ms
Lake City, MI 49651 cebook Page.
Lamar Advertising 231-839-7928
David Vanhorn Find us on
P.O. Box 152
Traverse City, MI 49686 Facebook

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Jeff Mankiewicz, Lorri B. King

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan launches
opioid task force to tackle growing crisis
Task force
By Duane J. DiFranco, M.D. make a difference. The task force includes
Senior medical director for Blue Cross representatives from across the company to

Blue Shield of Michigan ensure a comprehensive and coordinated
With overdose deaths in Michigan tripling approach to tackling the issue.
in just the last five years and more than 1,000 Blue Cross has been quite purposefully
people treated in emergency departments active in battling the opioid epidemic for The task force is addressing the opioid prob-
daily for not using prescription opioids as several years now. Its comprehensive efforts lem from multiple angles, identifying current
directed, it’s alarming, but not surprising, that have included robust pharmacy management and future efforts to make a difference. It is
opioid abuse and deaths in the United States programs, enhanced access to high quality also examining opportunities with provid-
have reached the level of a natural disaster. treatment, public advocacy at the state and ers and members; enhancing access to high-
In 2017, the White House Commission on national levels and dedicated social mission quality treatment; fighting fraud and abuse;
Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid and communications campaigns. working to improve state and federal laws;
Crisis urged the president to declare the opi- Clinical programs have produced encour- providing support for innovative community
oid crisis a national emergency. aging results. For example, Blue Cross’ ePre- coalitions that are addressing the crisis; and
Opioid abuse is a public health crisis that scribing rate has tripled in the last year and a championing a communications effort to edu-
is growing at a terrifying pace. As Michigan’s half. Over the last six years, use of the “triple cate the public, the media and our members.
largest health insurer with a strong social threat” drug cocktail has decreased 76 percent. Blue Cross’ goal is to establish a compre-
mission, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Opiate pill volume has fallen by 24 percent. hensive plan that helps prevent opioid abuse
has a responsibility to address it. In addition Fentanyl use has dropped by 42 percent. and continues collaboration with providers,
to the significant efforts already underway, The task force will expand on these exist- enabling them to better identify patients with
Blue Cross has created an internal task force ing efforts to help members, and hopefully all opioid use disorders, and more effectively
to coordinate and advance its efforts to help Michiganders, deal with the growing opioid issue. treat them.

Dynamic Physical Therapy

In the Cadillac community DON’S AUTO CLINIC
Dynamic Physical Therapy prides itself on community involve-
ment and has made long-term commitments to several local
events and charities.
In Cadillac, they have taken over the Cadillac Festival of Races,
a non-profit event with the goal of promoting health and fitness
and to generate funds to donate to local charities. To date, the
Festival of Races has donated more than $40,000 to charities
such as Oasis, After 26, Jaycees, United Way and the Sheppard’s
Table. This year, they donated $4,000 to local families to make
their Christmas something special
They do a supply drive in May to donate items to local women
in need and a “Mitten Tree” during the holiday season which col-
lected hundreds of gloves, mittens, hats and scarves.
Other projects they support in Cadillac include Kids on the Go,
Memorial Day 5K/Stride for Strive, Bear Claw Epic Mountain
Bike Race, which benefits the Cadillac Pathway and the Single ®

Track Sisters, which is a mountain bike team for girls who aren’t
involved in organized school activities/sports.
Dynamic Physical Therapy hopes that fellow Chamber
Honesty and Integrity are the South End Business US-131
Members will take an interest in supporting these unique and Foundation of Our Business!
wonderful activities/events. 1110 N. Mitchell, Cadillac Exit 177, Cadillac
775-2413 (231) 775-1222
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 AM-5:30 PM,
Sat. 8 AM-2 PM, Other by Appt. 1-800-828-9852

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Evergreen Resort announces staffing changes
Evergreen Resort’s General
Manager Tom Kiel has announced
his retirement, which was effective
the end of January 2018. Stepping
in to fill his role are Kathy Morin,
Director of Sales and Marketing
and Phil Himes, Director of Golf.
Morin and Himes will continue
their existing roles and will share
the management responsibilities
as Co-General Managers. Morin
has worked at the resort since June
2016 and Himes since December
2006. Tom Kiel Kathy Morin Phil Hines

Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital Earns Five-Star Rating

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), released its pitals across seven areas including patient experience, timeliness and
ratings of hospitals’ quality on the Hospital Compare website and effective care, complications and death, unplanned hospital visits, use
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital was one of only ten hospitals in of medical imaging, and payment and value of care. The overall rating
Michigan, out of 136 total, to receive a five-star rating. incorporates outcomes data and patient experience data to arrive at
The CMS Hospital Compare rating system was established in 2015 the overall hospital quality rating. Only about 7 percent of hospitals
to help consumers make sense of overall quality information when nationwide were rated as five-star hospitals.
choosing a hospital. CMS uses publicly reported data to evaluate hos-

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following areas: • Progressive neurological disordaers
• Orthopedic conditions including • Speech and swallowing dysfunction
hip & knee replacements • Gait and balance impairments
• Orthotic and prosthetic • Home environment evaluations
management needs • Family/caregiver training prior to
• Stroke/cerebral vascular accidents discharge home

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Skilled Nursing &
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Robb Munger • 616-550-8090 ★★★★★ 5 Star
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Life Resources of Northern Munson Healthcare
Michigan is Moving Cadillac Hospital
LRNM is combining two buildings in Cadillac and sell-
ing their 419 Lake St location to provide all their ser-
Receives Donations for New
vices out of the Carmel St. building. Serving 6 Counties,
they provide the following free and confidential services:
Furniture in Family Birth Center
Pregnancy and Parenting Education, Pregnancy Testing,
Ultrasounds, STI Testing and Treatment, Fatherhood and In December, Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital received a donation
Abortion Recovery Classes and Sexual Risk Avoidance of $20,000 for the purchase of new furniture for its Family Birth Center.
Education. Part of supporting a mother through her birth experience includes com-
fortable seating that allows for mobility and rest of the laboring patient
and for those supporting her. Thanks to the generous support of VanDrie
Home Furnishings and Steve and Deb Anderson, that comfort is now pos-
sible. Each donated $10,000 for the purchase of new furniture that will
Oasis/Family Resource enhance the patient’s and support person’s experience. 
“Being a new dad, I know firsthand how important it is to be comfort-
Center Receives Grant able during the birthing experience,” says Jeremy Winkle, VanDrie Home
Furnishings. “We feel very fortunate to be a part of something that will
Oasis/Family Resource Center is pleased to announce have such a big impact on our community.”
that it has received a grant from the Cadillac Area Currently, support persons staying with the mother throughout labor
Community Foundation in the amount of $7,141. Oasis/ and her hospital stay are limited in where they are able to sit or sleep
Family Resource Center’s mission is “to strengthen comfortably. The new furniture includes swivel rocker recliners, reclining
and safeguard the families of Wexford and Missaukee couches, TV mounts, DVD players, and all new artwork for every laboring
Counties” and accomplish this by providing services room in the Family Birth Center.
to primary and secondary victims of sexual assault and “This community has been absolutely wonderful to me and my business
domestic violence. These services include emergency for more than 30 years,” says Steve Anderson. “By giving back, it is my
shelter, counseling, advocacy, parenting and meeting way of returning the favor.”
basic needs.


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Wexford Missaukee Imagination Library
The Great Start Collaborative and the Cadillac Family Fare families with children birth to 8 years. For more information about
announced the donation of $2,000 to support the Imagination the Collaborative community members may visit our website: www.
Library in Wexford Missaukee area., find us on Facebook – “Wexford-Missaukee
The Imagination Library is a universal service available to all fam- Early Childhood”, or email
ilies with children birth to five years in the area served by Wexford
Missaukee Intermediate School District. The program is available
at no cost to families and is supported completely by contributions
from individuals, businesses and local philanthropy. 100% of donat-
ed funds go toward the purchase and mailing of books to area chil-
As of January 1, 2018, 2132 children in the Wexford-Missaukee
area are participating in the program and receiving a book monthly
and 1704 children have graduated from the program. That means
that a total of 3,836 children in the area have benefitted from the
program since it began in June of 2013. Overall, the program has
distributed total of 92,892 books to local children during that time.
Research by the Dolly Parton Foundation on program participants
has shown an increase in the number of books in the home, espe-
cially for low-income homes, and an increase in the frequency of
parental reading to their children. Both of these factors are corre-
lated with improved reading scores.
The Great Start Collaborative is made up of parents, profession-
als, local agencies, and schools who are working together to pro-
mote and improve our local system of resources and supports for

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Cadillac Area US POSTAGE
Chamber of Commerce PAID
Cadillac, MI 49601-1874 MI

Our community is our future.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network
proudly support those working to strengthen our community.
Our shared commitment is a great reason to be confident in
the future of Michigan.



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