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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
“get out of their chair and respond”. Thank you to our sponsors for
First Vice-Chairman providing quality education.
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
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
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.
St. Joseph County Clerk
As quick as 2009 appears to be moving, here are some dates
to reserve now.
Water Festival – June 18-20, watch next month’s issue for details of
Teresa Cytlak the Festival
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
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
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
Three Rivers Banking Center
Doug Mitchell From the front desk…
UniQ Jewelry, Gems & Gifts of Distinction
Pine View Golf Club
53rd annual Three Rivers Water Festival
“TR Goes Hollywood”
Three Rivers Community Schools
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)
There’s still time for YOU to jump on board too!
Page 2 Chamber News
The Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome its newest member:
1205 N Main Street
Three Rivers, MI 49093
783 Old Hickory Blvd, #263
Brentwood, TN 37027
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
Page 4 Chamber News
¢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
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
Bair Lake Bible Camp
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
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
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 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.
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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
• 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
• 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.