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Chamber Business

Cadillac Area

Magazine
A Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Publication Fourth QUARTER 2018

GIVING THANKS
Mission Statement
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce is a visible
business leader that advocates and drives business

Giving Thanks
opportunities. Through business alliances, we are a
catalyst for our membership and provide a persuasive
regional voice benefiting our communities.

2018/2019 Board of Directors


Jeremy Winkle, Chair
VanDrie Home Furnishings
Tonya Smith, First Vice Chair
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
Trent Mulder, Treasurer
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC
Steve King, Immediate Past Chair
Law Offices of King & King PLLC
Jennifer Brown
Our theme for this quarterly
Business Magazine is Giving
Thanks. As we turn the calendar to this
Cadillac Area Public Schools time of year, it is natural to think about the
Doug DeYoung things we are grateful for. We have a great
Consumers Energy community made up of wonderful people
Jennifer Neff and successful businesses. We also have
Avon Protection Systems a tremendous number of non-profit agen-
Rob Cherry cies that help take care of us all.
LC Materials This year we want to stress the impor-
Kevin Dunaway tance of Giving Tuesday, which is the first
9 & 10 News/Local 32 Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We will be
Karl Marcusse rolling out a series of emails prior to help
PADNOS if you wish to participate in this interna-
Dan Minor tional day of giving to non-profits.
Cadillac Castings, Inc Some quick statistics, last year, over
Pete Stalker $300 million was donated on Giving
Mercantile Bank of Michigan Tuesday. This represented 2.5 million David Miller,
Randy Hill individual gifts, with the average gift being Chamber President
Baker College of Cadillac $120.40. This means that anyone can give,
and the amount doesn’t matter. Please Library. Both groups are doing great
Dean Rohn
Piranha Hose Products look for our emails with more details. things in our community. The Cadillac
If I started listing all the non-profits Leadership program annually takes on a
Carrie Thompson
CWTA - Wex Express doing great work in our area, this intro project and they have done some amazing
would be six pages long, and I would things for our community over the years,
CHAMBER STAFF
invariably forget one or two, so I won’t and the Imagination Library works to pro-
David Miller, President attempt to create a comprehensive list, but vide free books to children ages 0-5. I hope
dmiller@cadillac.org
I will call out a couple because of the tre- as you think about giving back to our great
Mike Acosta, Great Start Consultant
mendous job that they do helping people community you consider supporting one
macosta@wmisd.org
in our community. Everyone is aware of or more of these organizations.
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director
the United Way, and I hope that you are Lastly, I would like to thank our mem-
dgillies@cadillac.org
contributing, and everyone is also aware of bers, ambassadors, committee members
Deidra Morel, Administrative Assistant
the Cadillac Area Community Foundation. and board members. We exist to serve you
dmorel@cadillac.org
Pat Goggin and Doreen Lanc are a huge and it is your support that allows us to be
Paula Jasper, Director of Membership Services
pjasper@cadillac.org
part of what makes Cadillac the great place able to do that. As we are bringing 2018
that it is. Both are willing to talk with any- to a close I hope to see you at our Holiday
Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations
kentw@tcchamber.org
one about giving opportunities. Luncheon December 6th at Evergreen
Somewhat selfishly, I would also like Resort.
Website:www.cadillac.org
to point out two organizations that are
Printer: Pleasant Graphics near and dear to my heart, the Cadillac David Miller
Publisher: Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership program and the Imagination Chamber President
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 submitted
to the Cadillac Area Business Magazine and reserves the right
in its sole discretion to accept or refuse inserts and other mate-
rials to be distributed through the publication.
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#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social
media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and


the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber
Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many
focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

This November 27th, join the movement and give - whether it’s some
of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local
community.

It’s a simple idea. Whether you come together with your family, your
community, your company or your organization, find a way to give
back and then share your idea.

Those who are interested in joining Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce #GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.
cadillac.org/givingtuesday for a list of participating chamber member organizations. For more details about the
#GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://
www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

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Giving Thanks
is Good for Business
By Pat Goggin, United Way
donate, please go to www.cadillacfoundation.org, click on
By virtue of you holding this magazine, you have much DONATE and write in the massage box “Match United
for which to be grateful. You are an important contributor, Way.”
as well as recipient of what makes the Cadillac area a great David Miller, Chamber president, is thankful for both
place to live, work and play. As a member of the Chamber business and community support for our recent Business
you see the big picture and understand the importance of & Industry Expo. This gratitude gave way to challenging
working together. Thank you! the staff to come up with ways the Chamber might help
“Every day,” says Tonya Smith, president of Munson members express “thankfulness” in their lives. #Giving
Healthcare Cadillac Hospital, “Every day I am thankful Tuesday was the answer. #Giving Tuesday is a social media
for the wonderful family of professionals at the Cadillac phenomenon which has grown to become an international
hospital.” Every single day, every one of these people day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. To
make a difference in the lives of individuals and improve help make this easy, the Chamber is partnering with
their quality of life.” Courtney Mulder, Charitable Giving #Giving Tuesday on November 27th. Local charities will
Officer at Munson knows her boss walks-the-talk. “It’s be included. To learn how you can participate with other
pretty great being able to work in an environment where Chamber members in this global day of giving go to www.
you know you’re appreciated.” Courtney said, “Tonya is cadillac.org
responsible for a whole hospital, but she always makes time At United Way (UW) I have the opportunity to witness
to talk to me about Foundation activities and lets me know firsthand the generosity of our community. I also get to
I’m appreciated. That’s pretty cool.” hear of the successes. The homeless man who found shelter
Mike Hamner, vice president of Avon Protection Systems, and mentoring at New Hope Shelter, and is now employed.
and his employees hear ‘thanks’ from folks they will never The mother and child who escaped domestic violence and
meet. Armed services members, firefighters, and chemical received more than a place to stay from OASIS. Through
workers are thankful to go home to their families because counseling, mom gained new-found-confidence … and a job
their Avon Protection equipment provided protection when … and an apartment. Her daughter learned she no longer
they needed it most. It would be hard for anyone at Avon needed to be afraid, and made new friends
Protection not to feel proud of the impact they have on at school. I found respect and gratitude for
people they will never get a chance to meet. Well, maybe the 50 cent-a-week donor and the sacrifice
they know a firefighter or two from the Leroy Rose Lake they make. Some are the very people who
Fire Department. use the services UW donors are funding.
It’s pretty obvious that Jennifer Brown, superintendent This helped me learn to be thankful for
of Cadillac Area Public Schools (CAPS) is feeling thankful every single donor.
to voters for passing the recent millage. Generations of United Way is in the business of “Helping You Help
students may never say, “Thank you!” yet they will benefit Others!” While donors may donate to any human service
from the many improvements that will be felt by every organization, most donors choose to let our Citizen Review
CAPS student for years to come. Panel decide how funds are allocated locally. Fundraising
Over at OASIS Family Resource Center it’s not unusual is mainly accomplished through Workplace Campaigns
for Amber Herlein, executive director, to fight back tears where employees use Payroll Deduction to make affordable
of thanks when talking to a survivor of domestic violence, donations each payday. We also have a tool you can use
knowing the critical role OASIS has in the life of a fragile right here, right now. Scan this code or find us at www.
family. HelpOthersNow.org and click “Donate.” I can assure you
Cadillac Mayor, Carla Filkins is filled with pride and the 36 organizations helped by UW donors are incredibly
thanks for the community who has once again come thankful. Last year United Way donors invested $148,000
together, adding the Farmers Market to the success of to organizations helping 8,000 people across Missaukee and
Cadillac Commons. Wexford Counties.
Every parent of a child from birth to five years old is Living a life of thankfulness changes how we see the
thankful to Dan Minor for throwing down the gauntlet, community around us. Even the little things, like when the
launching Imagination Library. This free reading program morning shower turns from cold to hot. When thankfulness
prepares youngsters to enter preschool and sets them on becomes a mindset … a way of life, we hold that door for the
a course of lifelong learning. Today, your United Way person behind us. We thank the people around us for even
is challenging the community on behalf of Imagination the simplest acts. It feeds on itself and we find gratitude in
Library. United Way will match every dollar, up to $30,000, doing acts of kindness for others. And that leads to more
raised by Imagination Library, until March 29, 2019. To acts of kindness. Be thankful this season and keep it going.

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Cadillac Leadership Class of 2018-2019

Introducing....
Deb Gillies, Leadership Director 2018-2019
Kevin Baker, Out the Door Rent to Own Program Schedule
Michael Bush, Piranha Hose Products
Betsy Campbell, Piranha Hose Products
Tom Carrington, Rexair LLC Education Day, October 10, 2018
Joshua Fenner, Baker College
Economy Day, November 7, 2018
Katie Frier, Wexford-Osceola Habitat for Humanity*
Ryan Harris, BorgWarner Media Day, December 19, 2018
Eli Hoffert, Maveric Mechanical & Plumbing, Inc.
Chris Kennard, Double J Lawncare Plus Government Day, January 16, 2019
Jarret Nelson, Avon Protection Systems
Cultural Day, February 20, 2019
Allison Peters, 9&10 News / Mane Content
Deb Rozeveld, Akwel Health & Human Services Day, March 20, 2019
Rebecca Salm, Chemical Bank
Andrea Thompson, Wexford Missaukee ISD Justice Day, April 17, 2019
Kristopher Toy, Club Cadillac
Closing Retreat, May 8, 2019
Tracy Logan-Walker, Cadillac Wexford Public Library
*RJ Blanchard Memorial Scholarship is underwritten by:
B&P Manufacturing and Mercantile Bank of Michigan Cadillac Leadership. Best Class Ever!

Special thanks to Fox Motors of Cadillac, proud sponsor of the 2018-1019 Cadillac Leadership Class.

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Cadillac Leadership Class of 2018-2019
By Allison Peters, as director of MAT2 (Michigan Advanced Technician Training),
Cadillac Leadership Class Co-Chair a mechatronics apprenticeship program at Baker College that
provides “a futuristic model for higher education.”
All sixteen members of the 2018-2019 Cadillac Leadership Education Day offered a comprehensive overview of all
Program class have been busy these last several weeks following things education in the Cadillac area. Many of our Leadership
an overnight retreat at the Kettunen Center in Tustin September Program classmates and I had no idea how much this region has
13-14. The late summer retreat provided an opportunity for to offer its most impressionable citizens. Learning the history,
our leadership class to get to know one other on a deeper, present successes, and future goals of educators in Cadillac was
more personal level (beyond the introductions exchanged at fascinating, and it opened our eyes to the myriad opportunities
our September 6 orientation), focus on team-building, and and resources our students have in this strong community.
learn about each other’s passions, strengths, personalities, Thank you to everyone who so graciously shared their time and
and leadership styles. These memorable two days cemented an expertise with our class!
essential foundation for our class to grow and move forward November 7 will be Economy Day for the Leadership Program,
together as a team. followed by more field trips to learn about other vital industries
Most recently, on October 10, our class participated in a full in our community, including media, government, culture, health
day focused on education in the Cadillac community. Like a field and human services, and justice. Stay tuned for an update on our
trip for local business leaders, Education Day was an eye-opener philanthropic efforts ahead with this year’s Leadership class!
for all of us, even for those in our program who grew up and We’ll soon be announcing our newest community service project
went to school in Cadillac. We began the educational morning at to benefit the people of this wonderful area.
the Cadillac High School Media Center, where we started small On behalf of this year’s Cadillac Leadership Program, I
(literally) by learning about the Great Start Collaborative, an want to thank the local community for its open arms and
innovative early childhood education program that benefits the generosity in showing all of us what makes this place great.
youngest assets of our community. A big thanks, too, to our incredible employers and scholarship
Next, we listened to a presentation about the many changes supporters who have given each of us this gift to learn about
and improvements coming to Cadillac Area Public Schools and connect with those around us. It’s already proving to be
through the CAPS Vision for Excellence. This strategic vision an enlightening, memorable experience, and a unique way to
focuses on three important pillars—creativity, collaboration, engage meaningfully with Cadillac’s business community while
and communication—while promoting CAPS’ four core values also developing our individual skills as effective leaders.
for its students to embody: respect, responsibility, readiness, and
resiliency.
We then traveled to the Wexford-Missaukee ISD Career
Technical Center for a tour of the exemplary facilities offered
to high school students in the area as academic alternatives
to a traditional school day. Students interested in specific
fields spend half of their school time at the Career Technical
Center for intensive learning focused on relevant industries
and trades that require detailed training and hands-on, project-
based coursework.
Welcome to the NEW
Finally, we visited Baker College of Cadillac, where we
met with educational leaders who showed off the impressive,
state-of-the-art equipment their students use on a daily basis
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as well as their student housing options—nice, brand-new
apartments—located on campus as well as downtown. From
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Rotary completes their
major project just in time
for Veterans Day
Rotary Club of Cadillac Veterans Memorial Walkway Flag
Project ceremony was held on Saturday, November 10,
2018, just in time for Veterans Day.  With the assistance
of the Cadillac Honor Guard, Boy Scout Troop 125, and
Rotary members, the flags were raised while the Cadillac
High School Band played the National Anthem. 
With the support and collaboration of the City of Cadillac,
Michigan Department of Transportation, Prein and
Newhof, Orshal Construction, LC Materials LLC, and the
US Flag Project, the eleven American Flags will be enjoyed
by the community, visitors, and travelers on M-115. 
The eleven high-quality American Flags illuminated by
solar lights will fly year-round.  Rotary is proud to say the
American Flags, Flag Poles, and Pole bases were all Made
in the USA. 
The Rotary Club of Cadillac is very grateful to all that
supported this project with monetary donations, in-kind
donations, auction items, and by the attending the Annual
Rotary Auction last spring. The Rotary Club of Cadillac
has donated nearly $2 million to community projects. This
project, like the many before it, demonstrates Rotary’s

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Festival of Races Donated
$4000 to Single Track Sisters
The Festival of Races donated $4000 to Single Track
Sisters, whose mission is to encourage and empower girls by
staying on track with focus, fitness and strength and by cre-
ating a strong foundation of sisterhood through the sport of
Fat Biking. Coach Kamie Wade is a life-long triathlete who is
giving back to area girls.​The money will be used to purchase
much needed equipment and to help expand the team. 
The Cadillac Festival of Races also donated $650 to McClure Receives Certification
Cadillac Jaycees, $650 to After 26 and $650 to Full Potential
Adventures. ​All of which are very deserving organiza-
tions. Cadillac Festival of Races would like to thank every- Cadillac Area Human Resources Association
one who donated, participated and volunteered to make it a would like to extend a big congratulations to
success again this year and couldn’t do any of it without the Heather McClure of Wolverine Power.  Heather
generosity of the community.  recently received the Society of Human
In 2010, Dynamic Physical Therapy took over management Resource Management Senior Certified
of the Cadillac Festival of Races. They incorporated the race Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification!  This
as a nonprofit with a mission to “promote healthy lifestyles is an outstanding accomplishment and proves
through education and exercise while helping our local com- Heather’s aptitude and competency in areas
munity with contributions to various charitable organiza- such as developing strategies, leading HR
tions”. functions, fostering influence in the com-
Since taking over leadership of this event, they have donat- munity, analyzing performance metrics, and
ed over $50,000 back to the Cadillac area through various aligning HR strategies to organizational goals. 
charities. Congratulations, Heather!

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Wexford Missaukee Imagination Kiwanis Club Donates
Library receives a donation Infant Sleep Sacks to
Cadillac Hospital’s
It all happened so
fast at the United Family Birth Center    
Way Golf Classic back
in July. Tod Winkle, A generous
President of Don’s donation from
Auto Clinic Inc., chal- Kiwanis Club
lenged Dan Minor, of Cadillac is
CEO of Cadillac helping new-
Casting Inc., to match borns sleep
contributions to the safely after they
Imagination Library.  leave the hospi-
When the divots set- tal. Supporting
tled, Minor wrote a Kiwanis’ mis-
check for $11,100, matching the $11,100 raised by golfers and friends. Five sion to support
years ago he wrote the first check to get Imagination Library off the ground the children in the community, they donated 600 infant
in the Wexford Missaukee area. sleep sacks to Cadillac Hospital’s Family Birth Center.
The Imagination Library provides a book in the mail each month to chil- Blankets are not recommended for newborns as they
dren birth to five years, whose parents choose to sign up. The only eligibil- can block the baby’s airway during sleep time. Sleep safety
ity requirement is that the family live within the service area of the Wexford education is handed out to all new parents at the Family
Missaukee Intermediate School District. The program serves about 2100 Birth Center and now includes a new sleep sack swaddle
children each month. Since beginning in June 2013, the program has for their newborn.
served over 3800 children and distributed over 107,529 books. The program An empty crib with a baby in a sleep sack is the most
is funded 100% through donations.  recommended way to have a baby sleep safely.

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Visitors Bureau Hires a Rotary Charities
Group Sales Director grants $2500 to
The Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau Imagination Library
announced the hiring of Kathy Adair
Morin as their new Group Sales Director.  The Rotary Club of Cadillac Charities Committee has award-
Kathy comes to the CAVB with several ed a grant of $2500 to the local Dolly Parton Imagination
years of experience in hospitality, eco- Library Program.  This $2,500 award was used to apply for a
nomic development and marketing.  Her matching grant from the Rotary District Grant Program. 
focus will be to connect the lodging and Funds from the grants will be used towards a recent chal-
meeting facilities in the greater Cadillac lenge that United Way of Wexford & Missaukee Counties has
area to the network of public and private issued to our local Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program. 
meeting planners across the state.   Our local United Way will match donations to the program at
This new position is focused on an the rate of $1:$1, up to $30,000.  The local Rotary Charities
emerging market for the area hospi- grant and the matching grant from United Way will bring
tality industry.   The CAVB Group and $5,000 to the Imagination Library.  If matched by the Rotary
Conference Collaborative was formed District Grant Program, then the potential donation could
a year ago to collectively market to downstate meeting planners.  bring $10,000 toward the program.  If the local Imagination
Currently the Group offers over 3,600 conference and meeting seats Library goal of $60,000 is reached, the funds would provide
at 10 facilities, ranging in capacity from 25 to 800.   2400 children in Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School
The Visitors Bureau is in the process of launching a full marketing District with monthly age-appropriate books for one year.
and sales campaign with the hiring of Morin.  The marketing and The Imagination Library is a universal service available to
sales campaign will include a new ‘meetings’ focused 24 page print- all families, at no cost, for children from birth to five years
ed guide, direct mail, association advertising, trade shows, planner in age who live in the area served by Wexford Missaukee
incentives, direct sales, and association networking.   Intermediate School District. The program is supported by
For more information on area meeting facilities and activities visit contributions from individuals, businesses and local philan-
www.cadillacmichigan.com or their facebook page www.facebook. thropy. 100% of donated funds go toward the program.
com/visitcadillac Sign up online at www.usa.imaginationlibrary.com. 

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   Keystone Retirement Services
9 & 10 News/Fox 32    Kiwanis Club of Cadillac
Airway Oxygen, Inc.    Little Caesars of Cadillac
All Weather Seal   Michigan Gutters
Autumnwood of McBain 
   Manpower
Autism Centers of Michigan    Mercantile Bank of Michigan
AT&T   MI News 26
Baird, Cotter & Bishop, PC   ­­ Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
Baker College  €  Munson Home Health
Biggby Cadillac ‚ ‚ Northwest Michigan Works!
Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc. Eagle Village, Inc. Owens Soft Water
WQON-FM & WGRY AM/FM Evergreen Resort Pine Grove Athletic Club
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Family Eye Care Real Estate One, Inc.
Brilliant Smiles Family Dentistry PLLC Farmers Insurance Riemer Eye Center
Cadillac Area Community Foundation Fox Motors of Cadillac Rotary Club of Cadillac
Cadillac Area Public Schools Great Start Collaborative Russell Cellular
Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau Genisys Mortgage Professionals Samaritas Senior Center
Cadillac News Holdship Family of Funeral Homes Sam’s Club
Cadillac/Wexford Transit Authority and Cremation Services ServPro of Manistee, Ludington and Cadillac
Cadillac Grill at the Eldorado Huntington Bank Springfield, Inc.
Chartwells Dining Service iMassage West Michigan Credit Union
Cailber Home Loans J&H Family Stores | Tim Hortons Cadillac Junction Whispering Pines

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