mecosta county: June Rise and Shine at Holiday Inn - 06/22/10 08:01 AM
June 24th at 7:30am will be this months Rise and Shine, and this month we will be at Holiday Inn right on Perry St in Big Rapids, MI. The Holiday Inn always puts on a great rise and shine. For those who don't know the Big Rapids Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center recently purchased luxurious beds, bedding and Showers,we provide all of our guests with the comforts of home as well as the necessary services for successful business meetings. They also provide "Pick up and Go" catering through the sales office for any home or business office meetings or parties! … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Cran-Hill Ranch Summer Celebration 2010 - 06/08/10 07:27 AM
Another "Must Do" if in the Mecosta County area Saturday June 12th would be the Cran-Hill Ranch Summer Celebration 2010. If you haven't experienced Cran-Hill Ranch yet this is an excellent opportunity for you and the family to see what they are all about. Did I mention this was a FREE EVENT!!!
Cran-Hill Ranch will be hosting with carnival games, inflatables, wagon rides, climbing tower, skate park, petting farm and much more. This is a really great event for those with kids looking for something new to try. There is no way you could experience everything they have to offer … (1 comments)

mecosta county: June 2010 Business After Hours at Silvernail Realty - 06/07/10 04:47 AM
This months Business after hours will be hosted by Silvernail Realty right here in Big Rapids. Owner Sue Glatz is having a riverfront BBQ for all Chamber Members and their employees. Silvernail Realty has relocated and the new office is at 17810 205th ave which is just North of the airport in Big Rapids. Business After Hours will be from 5pm to 6:30pm. BAH is another great event offered to Chamber Members by the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce. You can RSVP directly by calling the Chamber at (231) 796-7649. Hope to see you there.
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mecosta county: Another Bob Evans Rise and Shine! - 05/26/10 10:30 PM
Another Bob Evans Rise and Shine!  
Seems like just a couple months ago we the members of the business world her in Big Rapids were treated to a Rise and Shine by Bob Evans restaurant. Probably because it was March when we last had the opportunity to learn about this business.  Ride and Shine Events are something the Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce put together to help area businesses learn about each other and how we can work together to help each other grow. Bob Evans is not only one of my favorite spots for a Rise and Shine but … (1 comments)

mecosta county: 2010 Chamber Golf Outing...Tullymore! - 05/19/10 11:01 AM
2010 Chamber Golf Outing...Tullymore! Today was the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce Golf outing. This year we had the opportunity to play Tullymore in Canadian Lakes. From the minute you drive up you know you are in for a treat as it has a majestic quality that has you in awe before even getting to the course. Today was not only my debut at Tullymore but golf period. Probably not the course for a beginner but it was a scramble so I had a team to keep me out of trouble. First thing you notice is no matter how long … (1 comments)

mecosta county: Ribbon Cutting at River Ridge Resorts - 05/14/10 02:47 AM
Ribbon Cutting at River Ridge Resorts  
Today the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce is having a ribbon cutting at River Ridge RV Resorts in Stanwood, MI. I have been looking forward to visiting this place since it was built a few years ago. They are located at 22265 8 Mile Road in Stanwood, MI and every time I drive West on M20 from US131 I am awed by the view of the lodge nestled into the banks of the Muskegon River. They have many campground sites with both paved and grass lots and I could fill the page with … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Leadership Mecosta 2010 - 05/10/10 11:55 PM
Leadership Mecosta 2010  
Being a member of the Downtown Business Association has many advantages to running your business. Today I learned of yet another perk. I was nominated to receive the DBA's scholarship award for Leadership Mecosta this year. I will be joining a great group of people who have signed on for the challenge.
Leadership Mecosta is a nine-month program that includes eight daylong sessions and a two day retreat at the end. Participants will enjoy dynamic sessions focusing on leadership skill development and community education which includes an inside look at the systems that make our community what … (2 comments)

mecosta county: Price Reduced on Big Rapids Home - 05/08/10 12:39 AM
Price Reduced on Big Rapids Home When I first listed this home at 813 Farnsworth I was amazed at this very clean and well maintained 3 bedroom home on the Big Rapids quiet North End was. Within walking distance of downtown, Hillcrest Elementary School or the Mecosta County Fairgrounds for the kids, this family home is move in ready with appliances included. Some of the many features include a main floor laundry, a huge family room with fireplace, hardwood floors, basement, big secluded back yard with a patio for barbequing and a one car garage to keep the car dry or … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Ribbon Cutting at Michigan Works in Big Rapids - 05/04/10 12:31 PM
Ribbon Cutting at Michigan Works in Big Rapids Tuesday May 4th, 2010 at 4pm there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Michigan Works building just South of Ferris in Big Rapids, MI. Along with the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce Members and Ambassadors the were representatives from several business people who will be sharing the building with Michigan Works. Here is a link to the Michigan Works website and once there if you click on Big Rapids it will take you to the Workforce Connection. The remodel turned out amazing. The only remnants of BRB (the bowling alley … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Statewide MLS? - 05/03/10 11:45 PM
Statewide MLS? Our Association of Realtors recently joined forces with SWMRIC, which is a multi Board MLS system services most of West Michigan. At first the lure of all the new listings and more so the exposure for our listings sounded good. Especially the little "tax info" button that would give us Property tax info along with legal descriptions, SEV's and other tax related info. Now we have bee in the system a while I am seeing where maybe we should have thought things through a bit. While we are now part of a Multi Board MLS we are still governed … (4 comments)

mecosta county: Ribbon Cutting Today at P & J Plantiques - 04/30/10 12:30 PM
Ribbon Cutting Today at P & J Plantiques  
The date is April 30th, 2010 and the event of the day in Big Rapids is welcoming P&J Plantiques to the area business community. The Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon cutting ceremony today at 3pm down in Rogers Heights where they are located. The owners, Patrick Aymar & Jeff Cauffman, have done an awesome job creating an environment where Plants and Antiques live harmoniously waiting for a good home. I thought I was surprised by the number of antiques when I went inside but the number of plants … (0 comments)

mecosta county: 2010 Mecosta County Expo is a Huge Success! - 04/24/10 08:30 AM
2010 Mecosta County Expo is a Huge Success  
The 2010 Mecosta County Community and Family Expo is over for the year and to say it was a huge success is an understatement. Brilliantly orchestrated by the Chamber Staff the event was the highlight to most everyone who attended. From a sold out crowd of vendors to a nonstop flow of  consumers the day had no real dull moments as there was always something going on. The dancing mascots were a huge hit along with the very talented young singers from the Big Rapids area. All age groups of kids were … (0 comments)

mecosta county: What a Weekend to Visit Big Rapids! - 04/20/10 08:15 PM
What a Weekend to visit Big Rapids! Every weekend is a nice time to visit our little slice of paradise on the Muskegon River but this weekend, April 24-25, 2010 is a GREAT time to visit. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. we have a double header. We have the Mecosta County Community & Family Expo held at the Big Rapids Middle School and at the South end of town Ferris State University is holding Ferris Fest 2010 from noon to 6pm at the Campus Quad (Wink Arena if rains) and if that is not enough Sunday the Verve Pipe … (1 comments)

mecosta county: Verve Pipe is Coming to Big Rapids - 04/20/10 07:07 PM
Verve Pipe is Coming to Big Rapids There is a great buzz on the streets of Big Rapids these days. The ever popular group, the Verve Pipe will be putting on a kid's show at the Big Rapids High School this Sunday, April 25th at 3PM. Best of all it is absolutely FREE but you still need to get tickets. Pick up tickets at The Pioneer in downtown Big Rapids on April 22nd or April 23rd. For more information, contact your The Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce at (231) 796-7649. Keep in mind, even though tickets are free, they are … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Rise and Shine at Cran-Hill Ranch - 04/19/10 08:53 AM
Rise and Shine at Cran-Hill Ranch  
This month's Rise and Shine will Be at Cran-Hill Ranch on Thursday April 22nd at 7:30am until about 8:30am. The Rise and Shine Events are another great example of what the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce does to help build area business. I am excited about this month's Rise and Shine because I have not had the opportunity to visit Cran-Hill in quite a while and they have a lot to offer.
A little bit about Cran-Hill Ranch: Per their website Cran-Hill Ranch is devoted to being a ministry through which God … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Mecosta County Band of Locals - 04/06/10 07:33 PM
Mecosta County Band of Locals Seems like everywhere you go these days there is a strong push to buy local. Here in Big Rapids and Mecosta County we have the Band of Locals Campaign. It truly amazes me how many discounts are available through the Band of Locals. Lake and Lodge Realty is a member as I do always try to buy local first. Here is a snippet right from the Chamber of Commerce Website:
The Buy Local First phenomenon is gaining momentum in Mecosta County!  In an effort to gain market share for Mecosta County businesses and service providers, a … (1 comments)

mecosta county: 2010 PDS Easter Egg Hunt in Big Rapids, MI - 04/01/10 08:49 PM
2010 PDS Easter Egg Hunt  
This Saturday, April 3rd from 11:00am to noon at Hemlock park right here in beautiful Big Rapids, Michigan is the PDS Easter Egg hunt for children ages 0-7. What a great way for the kids to enjoy Easter with the Easter Bunny. In case of rain it will be held at the middle school. Hemlock park also features PlayScape, tennis courts, a ball diamond, numerous picnic areas and a paved walk path along the river with fishing platforms. If you haven't had a chance to experience Hemlock Park, this is a must do. For more … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Tapping Into the Jobs Market - 03/25/10 07:31 PM
Tapping Into the Jobs Market Here in the Mecosta County Area there have been several positive signs of economic recovery starting with the job market. Wolverine and a few other local companies have added to their workforce meaning there are more potential home buyers here. I have ran through several scenarios in my mind but have not came up with a good way of tapping into the new employees. Today I will contact the Human Resources department at these places and see if they have any ideas on how we can help each other. Have any of my fellow Active Rainer's … (0 comments)

mecosta county: 2010 MECOSTA COUNTY COMMUNITY AND FAMILY EXPO - 03/25/10 07:04 PM
2010 MECOSTA COUNTY EXPO  
For those who have been reading the HBA Home Show here in Big Rapids was to be polite, not what I had hoped for in terms of numbers of people. Most of the time there was vendors wandering around meeting vendors. Don't get me wrong, I met some great people and swapped business ideas and came away a better person but really wish we would have had more traffic. Well in a couple weeks on April 24th we have another chance to redeem ourselves at the Mecosta County Community & Family Expo! This is a Chamber … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Day One of the Home Show Had Hidden - 03/19/10 12:29 PM
Day One of the Home Show Had Hidden Treasures  
Today was day one at the Home Show in Big Rapids. Lake and Lodge Realty LLC has a booth there and was excited about the possibilities. Number of vendors was down and being the only real estate company couldn't hurt, right...eh. Hours were from 10am till 7pm and maybe 300 people wandered through. Just when we were entering depression from the lack of people we noticed that silver lining. We had all sorts of networking time so we went booth to booth and met some great folks that had some really … (0 comments)

 
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