Chamber News Chamber News May 2009 Three Rivers Area Chamber by jennyyingdi


									                Chamber News                                                                            May 2009

Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce
57 N. Main, Three Rivers, Michigan 49093
(269) 278-8193, FAX: (269) 273-1751

                  Extension received for Innovation Incentive Grant
                       Glen Oaks Community College has received an extension for the training grant and
              are again offering FREE online classes in the areas of “soft skills” to anyone from a small
              business (55 or fewer employees), or to anyone who is an entrepreneur, or anyone that is
              currently unemployed. This is being made possible through the Innovation Incentive grant,
              which has been extended through May 2009. The classes are limited, and it is first-come,
              first serve.
        Courses begin May 20th and run 6 weeks with 2 lessons released per week. Classes are self-paced.
 Available courses include:
                  Interpersonal Communication                 High Speed Project Management
                  Keys to Effective Communication             Get Assertive!
                  Individual Excellence                       Speed Spanish!
                  Leadership                                  Achieving Success with Difficult People
                  Skills for Making Great Decisions           Marketing Your Business on the Internet
                  Building Teams that Work                    Principles of Sales Management
                  Managing Customer Service                   Professional Sales Skills
                  Fundamentals of Supervision (I and II)      Starting & Operating your Own Business
                  Creating a Successful Business Plan         Starting a Consulting Practice

        For more information, contact: Kari Scare, Director of Business Services at
 or (269) 592-4276.

                   SCORE business counselors needed                                                Inside this issue:
                                                                                               From the Staff           2
           SCORE, a group of business professionals known as “Counselors to
  America’s Small Business” offers their services in Three Rivers and is look-                 Membership Update        3
  ing to recruit current or retired business leaders to serve as additional volun-             Business Billboard       4
  teer counselors from time to time.
           The first and third Wednesdays of the month from 9am-12noon, a                      Member Spotlight         5
  SCORE counselor is available in the Chamber office for confidential, one-                    Ambassador Corner        6
  on-one business counseling. The counselors discuss and answer questions
  pertaining to business start-up, business operations, business re-structuring,               Member Announcements     7
  business closing, and all tropics in between. These sessions are free and                    Calendar of Events       8
  open to anyone.
           Please contact the Chamber office at (269) 278-8193 to express in-
  terest in becoming a volunteer SCORE counselor.

                                  Mission Statement
The mission of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce is to create a favorable
  community environment for business and industrial opportunity, enhancing the
                       quality of life in the Three Rivers area.
        Three Rivers Area
       Chamber of Commerce
                                              From the President…

                 Staff                                In the month of April we held two seminars and we received
     Christy Trammell, President/CEO          very positive feedback from those who attended. The first was the
                                              Credit Card Processing Seminar. International Cybertrans provided
       Deb Herring, Administration            participants with information on how to read their statement and po-
                                              tential money saving tips. The second was the Advertising Seminar.
                                              Joe DeBiak from the Kalamazoo Gazette taught participants how to
         Chairman of the Board                design their print ads to make the most impact and drive people to
               Tom Meyer
              Meyer Ventures
                                              “get out of their chair and respond”. Thank you to our sponsors for
          First Vice-Chairman                 providing quality education.
               Jamie Clark
      Central Manufacturing Services
                                                      May 6th we will hold our Manufacturer’s Round Table. The
        Second Vice-Chairman                  event will take place at Armstrong International from 11:30am -1pm
               David Marsh
         W. E. English Insurance
                                              with a full hot lunch included, courtesy of Armstrong Intl. Cathy
                Treasurer                     Knapp from the St. Joe County Economic Development Corporation
              Denny Monroe
         Metal Technologies Inc.
                                              will moderate the Round Table Discussion. Topics will cover: diver-
                                              sifying product offerings, purchasing efficiencies, cost cutting meas-
                                              ures and more. Thank you Armstrong International for your generous
                                              offer to host the event.
               Pattie Bender
         St. Joseph County Clerk
                                                      As quick as 2009 appears to be moving, here are some dates
                                              to reserve now.
            David Casterline
         Armstrong International
                                              Water Festival – June 18-20, watch next month’s issue for details of
              Teresa Cytlak                   the Festival
             Ridgeway Floral
                                              Business After Hours – Monday, July 20th at Safety Glasses USA
              Diana DeGraaf                   new warehouse located in the Industrial Park & co- s p o n s o r e d b y
              DeGraaf’x, inc.
                                              Century Bank & Trust
              Mike Eldridge                   Chamber Golf Outing – Tuesday, August 11th at Sauganash Golf
           Safety Glasses USA
              Janet Haff                      Chamber Annual Dinner – Wednesday, September 30th at A Place In
    American Axle and Manufacturing
              Laurie Hines
      Tucker, Davidson & Hines, PC
                                                     Thank you for your participation in our Chamber and events.
              Mark Honeysett                  Have a wonderful May and enjoy your Memorial Weekend!
          Village of Constantine
             Kristine Keener
       Three Rivers Banking Center

              Doug Mitchell                  From the front desk…
 UniQ Jewelry, Gems & Gifts of Distinction

              Steve Morris
           Pine View Golf Club
                                                           53rd annual Three Rivers Water Festival
                                                                    “TR Goes Hollywood”
            Roger Rathburn
    Three Rivers Community Schools
                                                                                THANK YOU!
               Kari Scare                                        To our “first on board” festival sponsors ~
      Glen Oaks Community College                Flagstar Bank, Walgreens, Indiana Michigan Power (AEP), Kadant Johnson,
                                                              Armstrong International, Meijer, SEMCO Energy
              Mike Sneary                                                   (listing as of April 1)
             Kadant Johnson

                                                             There’s still time for YOU to jump on board too!

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                                           Membership Update
        The Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome its newest member:

Erik Arums
1205 N Main Street
Three Rivers, MI 49093
(269) 279-7902

International Cybertrans
Tim Jordan
783 Old Hickory Blvd, #263
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 661-8020

                                     Member Profile:
                        Heather’s Haven – Three Years and Growing!
                                                                     Many successful business owners began their business
                                                            with the purchase of an existing business or a long term dream
                                                            being fulfilled; others look back and attribute their success to an
                                                            influential person in their lives. For Heather, a single working
                                                            mom trying to work a factory job with swing shift hours, she
                                                            began looking for a full time first shift position and entered into
                                                            the field of Home Health Care. Her “influential person” was one
                                                            of her first clients, Evelyn Meyers. Evelyn took notice of the
                                                            quality of care Heather was providing and began requesting
                                                            Heather as her care giver. After two short months Evelyn encour-
                                                            aged Heather to pursue owning her own Home Health Care Busi-
                                                            ness. This encouragement led to what is now Heather’s Haven.
                                                                     Just over three years later, Heather’s Haven now em-
                                                            ploys 25 people with plans to employ another 10 people yet this
                                                            year and add another 10 next year. Heather said “I started doing
this because I care about what I do”. Heather’s Haven offers full or part time services available on weekly contracts ver-
sus the industry standard monthly contracts. It is a client friendly business with many services available. They offer home
health care, lawn and garden services, snow removal, house cleaning, pet care sitting, cooking and even do windows.
These services are available for those who are elderly, disabled or just need assistance. They work with health insurance
companies, Medicaid, self paying individuals and a recently added service, is working with auto insurance companies to
provide care following an auto accident.
         Heather meets with each new client to ensure she is able to match them with the best possible fit for their needs.
She says “We promote independence with our clients, down to the simple things like asking them their requests for dinner
or activities”. Heather’s employees are First Aid and CPR certified, she has LPN’s and RN’s on staff for specific cases
and duties. She receives recommendations from the Department of Human Services as well as Three Rivers Health.
         She recently moved her business from her home office into an office located on North Main Street next to the
Three Rivers Commercial News. She chooses to work with local contractors and businesses to keep business in Three
Rivers benefiting our area. Heather’s pursuit has not only turned her into a successful local business owner employing
people in St. Joseph County but it is also meeting a need for quality Home Health Care. Heather’s goal is to make “One
call meet all your home needs”.
         Congratulations Heather and staff on the growth and success of your business. We wish you many more success-
ful years. If you are in need of the services offered through Heather’s Haven contact them at 1-800-355-6819 or visit their
website at . She participates with our Member to Member Discount Program, be sure to ask about it.

May 2009                                                                                                                Page 3

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                                   Member Spotlight:
                        ¢entsible Treasures Celebrates 10 Years!

                                                         Kim Henritzy has had a passion for Consignment/
                                                 Resale Shops since she was a child. Her father worked with
                                                 the US military in Germany and her mother would work at
                                                 the women’s Club thrift stores there, offering Kim the op-
                                                 portunity to visit and clean the store. Kim saw a need for a
                                                 consignment store in Three Rivers eleven years ago and
                                                 opened ¢entsible Treasures. She began her consignment
                                                 store at 37 North Main Street (currently the World Fare
                                                 Store) and within 4 years outgrew the location. She then
                                                 moved to her current location at 58 N. Main St. where she
                                                 expanded her inventory with the added space.
                                                         The store sells quality new and used clothing for the
entire family, along with: furniture, antiques, collectibles, household items, home decorations, toys, jew-
elry, prom dresses, scrubs and sports equipment. Besides the variety, her shop is known for beautiful, ever-
changing displays, reasonable prices and excellent organization. ¢entsible Treasures accepts consignments
seasonally by appointment. Don’t forget to check out their bargain basement with household items and
collectibles 50% off and clothing 75% off.
         While located in downtown Three Rivers, they have ample parking, front access and reserved park-
ing at the rear of the building. They also offer layaway, a 24-hour hold and take requests (wish lists). Kim
still enjoys the work she has chosen, now employs 4 part-time staff and the store is open 7 days a week,
Monday-Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Thursdays until 7pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.
         ¢entsible Treasures is celebrating their 10th year Anniversary of the business this May. They will
be commemorating with daily specials May 27th – June 6th. Stop in to congratulate them and find some
great treasures!

                         You are invited to Bair Lake Bible Camp!
        Bair Lake Bible Camp in Jones, welcomes all members to visit and enjoy the facilities and activi-
ties on May 17th 2-4 pm. The grounds will be open for you to enjoy disc golf, mini golf, a children’s play
area, gaga ball, or to climb a 35 foot tower. Snacks and tours will be available Receive a $15 discount
when you register your camper for any of our summer camps. Also…enter to win a free week of summer
                                                 Nanci Tissot
                                            Bair Lake Bible Camp
                                                12500 Prang
                                              Jones MI 49061

                 Plan today for your summer! Register for the best week of your summer today!
                                            Consider Bair Lake

                                   Call 888-899-7712 for more information.

May 2009                                                                                                Page 5
Ambassador Corner~
                                             Meet Ben Harrison

         Ben currently lives in Three Rivers with his wife of 3 years, Regina who works as a Personal Banker at
Flagstar Bank. Ben’s hobbies include fishing, golfing and cooking. He was born in Three Rivers and his family
moved to Mendon when he was 8 years old. Ben graduated from Mendon High School in 1999, then attended Glen
Oaks Community College and received his Associates Degree in Business. He then transferred to Western Michigan
University and received his Bachelors in Business Administration with a major in Management in 2004.
         After graduating from WMU, Ben took a position as a Commercial Lines Account Executive with an Insur-
ance firm in Kalamazoo. After 4 years, he accepted an opportunity in January 2008 to join a partnership with the
Noecker Insurance Agency located in Constantine. Ben’s goal has always been to own and operate a local independ-
ent agency in St. Joe County. Working at Noecker Insurance gives Ben the opportunity to achieve his goal of be-
coming a business owner.
         As mentioned, Noecker Insurance is located in Constantine MI. Their agency handles all lines of insurance
including Business, Home, Auto, Life and Employee Benefits. Ben and his team take pride in giving their clients
personal service and coverage that surpasses their competitors.
         One of Ben’s personal goals for 2009 was to become involved in one or two social organizations. There
were many options to choose from, but in the end he joined the Constantine Rotary and the Three Rivers Area
Chamber of Commerce. Ben chose to become involved in the Chamber because it was highly recommended by
many working professionals in the St. Joseph County area. He was told that the Chamber would offer great opportu-
nities to build personal and professional relationships with other local businesses. Ben tells us that, “so far my ex-
perience has been very positive”. Shortly after becoming a chamber member Ben was approached about becoming
an Ambassador of the chamber and he accepted the invitation.
         Ben says being an Ambassador with the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce allows him to volunteer
his time to different business and community activities in the local area. This interaction has already started to open
doors to building relationships with other chamber members. Ben explains, networking is a huge part of the insur-
ance industry, and the Ambassador role offers him plenty of opportunities to meet new people and also strengthen
current relationships. Ben extends his appreciation to the Ambassador committee for allowing him to join and con-
tribute this year and says he looks forward to serving the committee for 2009 and years to come.
         Welcome aboard Ben!

                                                              Where were you in ‘62 ?
                                                 Looking for an excellent way to provide an inexpensive, fun and enter-
                                       taining opportunity for your employees for a company or recognition event?
                                                 We have a great solution for you…
                                                 Everyone loves the Water Festival and as a part of the Classic Car, Truck &
                                       Motorcycle Show in downtown Three Rivers on Saturday, June 20th, we’ve partnered
                                       with Armstrong International and the Riviera Theatre to bring back one of the best car
                                       nostalgia movies ever – American Graffiti! Remember Suzanne Summers (in the 56’
                                       T-Bird), Ronnie Howard (after he was Opie), Harrison Ford (before he was Indiana
                                       Jones) and Richard Dreyfus (before “Jaws”)?
                                                 The movie will be shown at 11am during the car show. Advance tickets and
                                       tickets at the door will be $5.00 with a discounted price for car show registrants. But
                                       wait, there’s more….
                                                 We are offering a special for Chamber members interested in organizing an
                                       event around this year’s festival / car show. You can buy tickets in quantities of mini-
                                       mum 20- maximum 50 for $3 each if purchased before May 15.
                                                 Contact the Chamber at 278-8193 to place your order today!

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     DeGraaf’x, inc. celebrating                                       Relay for Life in Three Rivers
    100 Years in Printing Industry                                               June 26-27
                                                                              Armstrong Field
        In 2000, Diana DeGraaf purchased the
longstanding local business of Three Rivers Press                  Also see us on Saturday morning, June 19 for the
and re-named it DeGraaf’x, inc. The business is                        Relay for Life “DUCK RACE” fundraiser
now celebrating 100 years of quality printing ser-                     in Scidmore Park during Water Festival!
vices to the St. Joseph County area. Since 2000
the company has expanded to provide high quality
commercial printing for clients throughout the
midwest. Congratulations on this 100 year mile-

                             Island Hills Golf Club announces new Manager

         St. Joseph County’s premier golf facility, announces the hiring of Steve Morris as their new PGA Professional and
manager. Owners Lori & Tom Templin are optimistic that Steve’s wealth of experience in Southwest Michigan will continue to
make Island Hills this area’s top destination for area golfers as well as those from outside the county. Steve has directed and
enhanced operations at Pine View, Angels Crossing and Sauganash also located in and around St. Joseph County. Tom & Lori
commented, “We’ve been trying to get Steve here for quite a few years, and we were elated when a window of opportunity
opened and he became available. Steve is proud to be a PGA Member and is a people person. He loves golf, knows the business
and will give our customers the friendly service they expect and deserve.

                   Welcome Mary!                                   St. Joseph Community Co-Op celebrates
                                                                             3 year anniversary!
                              Prudential Preferred, REAL-
                    TORS of Three Rivers is pleased to an-                 Come celebrate with the Co-Op on Tuesday, May
                    nounce that Mary Rosenberry has joined        26th from 12noon to 3:30pm. The Co-Op is located at 403
                    its firm. Mary has been in the real estate    S. Jefferson St. in Sturgis. For more information contact
                    business previously and primarily sells       Holly Carmichael at (269) 659-4525.
                    real estate in Three Rivers, Mendon,                   The Co-Op provides quality value-added goods and
                    Colon and Branch County.                      services to the community while expanding employment
                                                                  opportunities to their members.

                                     World Fair Trade Day Extravaganza!

           This special event will take place on Saturday, May 9 with events running from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Special programs
include a perennial plant exchange, local food focus time, a flower potting seminar, a coffee hour, a film showing and more.
Capping off the day is a fair trade cook-off, with prizes in both professionally judged and people’s choice categories. Come out
for any or all activities! For a complete schedule of the day’s free events and more information about participating in the cook-
off, visit

                                        From Three Rivers Health...
       Dr. Navin Pancholy, M.D. joins the medical staff at Three Rivers Health. Dr. Pancholy brings
over 30 years of experience in general, vascular, and trauma surgery as well as expertise in less invasive
laparoscopy and endoscopy surgery.
       A newly formed Breast Cancer Support Group will hold its first meeting at 6:30pm on Tuesday,
May 12th at Three Rivers Health. The group will offer education and support for survivors and those
newly diagnosed. For more information contact Kim Rogers, MSN, RN at (269) 273-9757.

May 2009                                                                                                                  Page 7
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                                                         U.S. Postage
                                                        Three Rivers, MI 49093
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                                           Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce
                                           57 N. Main
                                           Three Rivers, MI 49093

                                                Change Service Requested

                                       CALENDAR OF EVENTS
                             •   TRACC Government Relations Committee,
                                 Tuesday, May 5, 7:30am, Chamber office
                             •   TRACC Manufacturer’s Round Table, Wednes-
                                 day, May 6, 11:30am, Armstrong International
                             •   Three Rivers Industrial Development Authority
                                 Committee meeting, Thursday, May 14,
                                 7:30a.m., Chamber office
                             •   Three Rivers Downtown Development Author-
                                 ity meeting, Thursday, May 21, 8:00a.m., City
                             •   TRACC Board of Directors meeting, Friday,
                                 May 15, 7:30am, Chamber office
                             •   TRACC Ambassador Committee meeting, Fri-
                                 day, May 15, 11:45am, Chamber office
                             •   Three Rivers Downtown Development Author-
                                 ity/City of Three Rivers Main Street Wash
                                 Down, Saturday, May 16, 9am, meet at the Car-
                                 negie Center for the Arts in historic downtown
                                 Three Rivers
                             •   Memorial Day Holiday—Chamber office closed
                             •   53rd annual Three Rivers Water Festival, June
                             •   TRACC Business After Hours, Monday, July
                                 20th, 5-7pm, Safety Glasses USA and co-
                                 sponsored by Century Bank & Trust

Printed by DeGraaf’x, inc.

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