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Chamber News May 2009 Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce 57 N. Main, Three Rivers, Michigan 49093 (269) 278-8193, FAX: (269) 273-1751 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.trchamber.com 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Credit Card Processing Seminar. International Cybertrans provided Deb Herring, Administration participants with information on how to read their statement and po- email@example.com tential money saving tips. The second was the Advertising Seminar. Officers 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- Directors 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 Club Janet Haff Chamber Annual Dinner – Wednesday, September 30th at A Place In American Axle and Manufacturing Time 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 Christy 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! Page 2 Chamber News Membership Update The Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome its newest member: Goldie’s Erik Arums 1205 N Main Street Three Rivers, MI 49093 (269) 279-7902 www.goldies3rivers.com International Cybertrans Tim Jordan 783 Old Hickory Blvd, #263 Brentwood, TN 37027 (615) 661-8020 www.cybertrans.com 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 www.havenhhi.com . She participates with our Member to Member Discount Program, be sure to ask about it. May 2009 Page 3 269-279-5117 Page 4 Chamber News 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 camp! Nanci Tissot Bair Lake Bible Camp 12500 Prang Jones MI 49061 269-244-5193 www.blbc.com 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! Page 6 Chamber News 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- stone! 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 http://www.worldfare.org/events. 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 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Three Rivers, MI 49093 Permit No. 195 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 Hall • 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 18-20 • 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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