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March 6, 2013 321 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 10, Niles, MI 49120 Phone: (269)683-3720 FAX: (269)683-3722 Email: Web:

Mission Statement: "To provide a positive leadership role in our Community using Chamber resources to promote our Member Businesses while developing new Business growth."

Chamber & Community Calendar Wednesday, March 6

Pawating Village Open House 4-6pm

Friday, March 8

A Prom Event at the Niles District Library 5:30-8:30pm

Saturday, March 9

Hypertufa Workshop & Backyard Birding at Fernwood

Saturday, March 9

Book Sales at the Niles District Library

Monday, March 11

Introduction to Spinning Niles District Library at 6pm

Friday, March 15

St. Patrick's Day Dinner at Fernwood

Saturday, March 16

Dyed Easter Egg Classes for Grown Ups 1-2:30pm & Ukranian Easter Eggs 1:30-3:30 at Fernwood

Tuesday, March 19

NECI: Cottage to Kitchen Training 3-5pm

Tuesday, March 19

Larders Writing Ring at 6pm Niles District Library

Wednesday, March 20

Salute to Business Annual Awards Dinner: Keynote Brett Eastburn Invitations are in the Mail Register EARLY!

Wednesday, March 20

Xocai – Health Chocolate at Riverfront CafÊ 6:30pm

Thursday, March 21

B2B Shopping Spree & Conference by Your Business Needs Fans

Chamber & Community Calendar Saturday, March 23

St. Mary’s Spring Bazaar & Food Drive 9am-2pm

Saturday, March 23

A Woman's Life at Fort St. Joseph 1-3pm

Saturday, March 23

Garden Symposium at Fernwood 8:30am-4pm Register

Saturday, April 6

All Beethoven Concert by Southwest MI Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, April 24

Business After Hours: Hosted by Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union

Wednesday, May 22

Business After Hours: Hosted by Tyler Automotive

Thursday, June 6

EXPOsing Greatness! Business EXPO Register Today

June 22

Arts in Motion Downtown Niles

Wednesday, June 26

Business After Hours: Open for Host

Wednesday, July 3

July 4th Fireworks Celebration

July 13-14

Niles Burn Run

August 1-4

Niles Riverfest

August 10-11

Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project Open House & US12 Heritage Route Garage Sale

Wednesday, August 28

Business After Hours Hosted by Chemical Bank

September 26-29

Four Flags Area Apple Festival

Friday, November 22

CFSSWM 7th Annual Festival of Lights

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Business After Hours Hosted by Fifth Third Bank

The Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce To Present

To Business Awards

Wednesday Evening, March 20th Orchard Hills Country Club , 2841 Niles-Buchanan Rd, Buchanan, MI You and Your Guests are cordially invited as we recognize the accomplishments of individuals and businesses

Salute to Business Awards Woman of the Year Man of the Year Business of the Year Industry of the Year Community Service Award Ambassador of the Year Ambassador Chair Award Past Chair Award Lifetime Achievement Award

5:00pm Cocktails (Cash Bar) 6:00pm Dinner Entrée Selections (Please indicate choice on reservation) Chicken Dijonnaise, Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Wild Rice, Pasta Primavera with Seasonal Vegetables


Presenting Brett Eastburn Motivational Speaker Club & Corporate Comedian Brett Eastburn was born with no arms and no legs, but more importantly, he truly believes that he was also born with no handicaps! Brett believes you're a success only if you choose to be. He also believes you are handicapped only if you allow yourself to be. Brett considers his body a very special gift to be used to inspire others to be the best they can be! Brett has spoken for corporate motivation events, corporate comedy/motivation events, club comedy, high schools, junior highs, grades 2-6, churches, industry, military, police groups, and more. Internationally acclaimed and respected motivational speaker that demonstrates his ability to overcome any obstacles. Brett has spoken to over a million people around the world, including Okinawa, Japan, Panama, Canada, Switzerland, and Mexico. Brett’s first book, “I’m Not Missing Anything” offers problem solving tools to assist anyone in achieving a successful and fulfilled life. His story and philosophy has lessons for everyone, from pre-teen to senior citizen. Read this book; you will never see things in the same way again. Brett’s book will be available for purchase after our awards dinner.

Cost $29.00/Person * Advance Reservations Only * SEATING IS LIMITED, REGISTER EARLY! Company Name_______________________________________________ Name_______________________________Entrée___________$_______ Name_______________________________Entrée___________$_______ Name_______________________________Entrée___________$_______ Name_______________________________Entrée___________$_______ Phone_______________________________Total Due $_______________ Pmnt. Type: Check_____Visa_____M/C_____Exp. Date_______________ Card#________________________________________________________ Name on Card_________________________________________________ Email________________________________________________________ Questions? 269.683.3720 RSVP by email: or fax 269.683.3722 No registrations or payments will be taken at the door. No refunds Or Mail form with payment to: 321 E. Main St. - Niles, MI. 49120

Pawating Village

Member Employment Opportunities Part-Time Teller: At Chemical Bank, we have a proud tradition of providing high quality customer service. We currently have a part-time position available at our Edwardsburg office. In this highly-visible position, you will operate a teller window, process banking transactions, and provide excellent customer service to our valued clients. In addition, you will identify your customer's banking needs and make sales referrals. We are seeking an outgoing and sales-oriented individual with effective communication/ interpersonal skills. A high school education or equivalent is also necessary. Experience in cash handling, customer service or sales required. Interested applicants can apply online by visiting our Careers page on our website: An Equal Opportunity Employer Regular Positions: Buchanan Part Time Teller & Edwardsburg Part Time Teller Summer Employment Opportunities 5/1/2013-8/31/2013 (30 Hrs. Per Wk) Niles Summer Teller & Buchanan Summer Teller

Congratulations to United Federal Credit Union UFCU has been named Outstanding Credit Union of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League! The award recognizes an individual credit union for its outstanding achievements in the areas of financial strength and performance, new and improved services to Members, new activities or programs, financial literacy efforts, community involvement, community service, legislative advocacy, and public relations marketing.

Cottage to Commercial: Ingredients for a Successful Food Business Whether you have dabbled with a home-baked cookie under the Cottage Food Law, or dreamed about bottling grandma’s spaghetti sauce, food products are serious business. This session will deal with basic food processing, regulatory requirements, business development resources, and related topics. Cottage to Commercial will be offered 3:00-5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 at the Niles Entrepreneur & Culinary Incubator 219 North 4th Street/2nd Floor, Niles, MI 49120. Michigan State University Extension Educators, Jean Nichols, Joanne Davidhizar, and Mark Thomas will teach the session. Niles Main Street and Lake Michigan College are co-sponsoring the program. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling 269-944-4126 by April 11, to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be met when possible. There is a $25.00 fee to attend a workshop that will help you have a successful small food business. Make checks payable to Niles Main Street, and mail to Niles Main Street, 333 N 2nd Street, Suite 303, Niles, MI 49120 by April 20.

You’re Invited! MARCH TASTING CELEBRATION & INFORMATION WEDNESDAY, March 20th @ 6:30 PM. RIVERFRONT CAFÉ, Niles, MI Come one! Come ALL and have a ball tasting All the 8 “ XOCAI HEALTHY CHOCOLATE “products ! Learn how to improve your health & your wealth through eating the true dark healthy all natural chocolate WITH Traci Lee Smith & Dennis Holsapple The American Red Cross is pleased to introduce Babysitting Basics, a new online version of the Babysitter’s Training course. Just like the in-person course, it teaches youth ages 11 to 15 the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Combining video and interactive activities, this convenient online course helps students develop leadership skills, learn how develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and the children in their care safe, engage children in age-appropriate activities, learn about basic child care and first aid, and more. The course costs $25, and does not replace the in-person Babysitters Training course being taught in local Red Cross chapters throughout West Michigan. Students who successfully complete the online course will be certified in basic babysitting knowledge and skills, but not first aid and CPR. Those interested in learning CPR/AED/First Aid skills can enroll in additional classes by signing up at To learn more about babysitting courses, visit

Planning and Preparation for the 2013 Annual Printed Business Directory is underway.

FINAL NOTICE Visit Call (269) 683-3720 Email Need Help with Your Taxes? Chamber Investment is 100% Tax Deductible View Our Member Accountants & Tax Preparers HERE Maintain Your Vehicle This Winter or Buy a New One View Our Member Automotive Dealers, Mechanics and Services HERE Home Maintenance and Improvement: Heating, Electrical, Septic and More View Our Construction, Repair & Improvement Members HERE Good Eats, Eat Local View Our Member Restaurants, Eateries and Pubs Banks, Credit Unions and Investments View Member Financial Institutions, Insurance & Investment Companies Get Fit, Stay Fit, Be Healthy View Member Fitness and Centers Have Fun, Get Out, Go Play View Entertainment, Parks and Recreation Get Involved in the Community View Member Organizations, Churches & Supporters Get Smart, Learn Local View Educational Opportunities Our Community is rich in service View Member Services Here Want to Market your business locally? View Member Marketing and Ad Services

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ALL BEETHOVEN CONCERT Margaret Beckley Upton Memorial Concert

Saturday, April 6, 2013 7:30pm Pre-concert Conversation at 6:30pm Performing the music of Beethoven is a central part of the life of every symphony orchestra. On this occasion we will perform three of Beethoven’s greatest works: the Prometheus Overture, the magnificent Triple Concerto, and the Eroica Symphony. Joining us as soloists will be the three master musicians of The Blakemore Trio: Carolyn Huebl violin, Felix Wang cello, and Amy Dorfman piano. Pre-Concert Conversations One hour before each concert, informal talks will give you insight into the evening’s music and music-makers directly from Maestro Fountain and guest artists! Post-Concert Conversations Adult Tickets $15-35 Join us immediately following each concert for a reception. Mingle with friends, Student Tickets $5 orchestra members, guest artists, and Music Director Robin Fountain. It’s the perfect (12 & Under Free) way to end an evening of beautiful music!

For additional information and tickets contact us at 269.982.4030 or visit us at

Rep. Pagel issues statement on passage of state-federal health exchange Lawmaker: Yes vote protects Michigan's interests State Rep. Dave Pagel, R-Oronoko Township, issued the following statement after voting in favor of House Bill 4111, which establishes a state-federal health exchange in advance of enactment of the Affordable Care Act: "A health care exchange is not our choice, but by accepting federal funding to establish a state-federal exchange, we can have a hand in how it is administered. Had we not partnered with Washington on this massive new program being forced upon us, we would have no role in protecting Michigan taxpayers and Michigan jobs. "House Republicans did everything we could to prevent a health exchange run by Washington alone because we want our doctors and patients in control of important decisions, not bureaucrats. This was moving forward one way or another, and with today's decision we are guaranteeing we have influence in how the program is run in Michigan. Our goal is to make sure the residents of our communities have access to quality health care, and a partnership with the federal government appears to be the best way to ensure that we keep the people of this state healthy and happy.“ The measure passed the House by a 78-31 margin.

Thursday, June 6th NEW LOCATION: Niles High School, 1441 Eagle Street, Niles, MI

FREE Admission Discover Local Business at the Fourth Annual EXPOsing Greatness business expo. The EXPO showcases Michiana’s best and brightest businesses. Come network and find info on local products and services. Enjoy free mini-seminars. Sample delicious food provided by local restaurants and top local chefs. Meet local business professionals, make new connections and reunite with old friends. Come one, come all.

FINAL Exhibitor REGISTRATION DATE: May 16, 2013 Early Bird Registration $100: (Register By March 31st) Member Registration: $135 (After March 31st) Download PDF Registration Forms Here Presented By : Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce Lake Michigan College at Bertrand Crossing Southwestern MI Economic Growth Alliance Leader Publications Michigan Works! Your Business Needs Fans

Sponsorships Are Now OPEN See Next Page

Title Sponsor

United Federal Credit Union

NEW 2013 Sponsorships Options for EXPOsing Greatness

Title Sponsor $5000+

Scholarship Sponsor $1000+

Corporate Sponsor $500+

• Sponsor/ Company will be named primary sponsor(s) of the Expo • Name to appear on printed materials • Name & Logo to appear on website with hyper-link to Company website • Recognition in E-News Letter • Sponsor Certificate • Opportunity to place material in handouts • Complimentary Double vendor space • Name to appear on printed materials • Name & Logo to appear on website with hyper-link to Company website • Recognition in E-News Letter • Sponsor Certificate • Opportunity to place material in handouts • Complimentary vendor space

• Name to appear on printed materials • Name & Logo to appear on website with hyper-link to Company website • Recognition in E-News Letter • Sponsor Certificate • Complimentary vendor space

Supporting Sponsor $100+

• Name to appear on printed materials • Recognition in E-News Letter

Reserve Your Sponsorship Today!

(269) 695-6491 Backyard Birding: Saturday, March 9, 10:00 am to noon Learn how to identify backyard birds and the best ways to attract even more species. Learn about feeders and seed, binocular use, field marks, natural history of our common species, and birding by ear. Binoculars provided or bring your own. $15 (Members $12) Register in advance.

Hypertufa Workshop: Saturday, March 9, 1:00 to 3:00pm Make a take-home trough from a mix of sand, peat moss, and cement that resembles real stone. With a simple recipe and some container molds, the possibilities are endless. Materials provided. $30 (Members $24) Register by March 7.

St. Patrick's Day Dinner: Friday, March 15, 6:00 pm Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so celebrate with an Irish brew and the tastes of a traditional Irish meal prepared by Chef Tim Carrigan, Fernwood’s resident Irishman. $15.95 per person. Reservations required by March 13.

Dyed Easter Egg Classes for Adults and Children Easter Eggs for Grown-ups: Saturday, March 16, 10:00 am to noon Create beautiful eggs to display for Easter using a variety of decorating techniques including marbling and botanical prints. Bring up to two dozen boiled eggs, an apron, and your imagination! $15 (Members $12) Register by March 14.

Easter Eggs for Kids: Saturday, March 16, 1:00 to 2:30 pm Kids ages 6 and up accompanied by an adult can create pretty dyed Easter eggs in this workshop. Bring one dozen hard-boiled eggs, an apron or old clothes, and lots of creativity! $12 (Members $10) per child. Register by March 14.

Ukrainian Easter Eggs for Grown-ups: Saturday, March 16, 1:30–3:30 pm For over 2000 years people have been decorating eggs in the spring to celebrate the renewal of nature and the green season. Wendy Jones shows how to create beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs using a wax resist process and traditional decorating symbols. Bring six hard-boiled (at least one hour) eggs; take-home materials are included in class fee. $26 (Members $21) Hurry! Only eight spaces available—Register by March 14.

Great Lakes Chapter of the Guild of Scientific Illustrators Exhibition: February 28 to April 14 Members of the Guild from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin display their watercolor and ink works in this juried exhibit of beautifully illustrated florals and botanicals. Artist demonstrations in the Gallery on March 16 and April 13, from noon to 3:00 pm.

Green Drinks: Saturday, March 16, 4:00 to 5:00 pm Green Drinks are free gatherings of like-minded folk with a passion for sustainability. Join us at Fernwood this month to network and exchange ideas! Following a planning session for Green Drinks organizers, the public is invited to attend the gathering that features local wine and beer between 4:00 and 5:00 pm.

Spring Garden Symposium: Meet the Tastemakers: Saturday, March 23, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm As part of Fernwood's Year of Taste, the spring garden symposium, Meet the Tastemakers, will feature four top-notch speakers and authors in the gardening field. Join us for a delicious and inspirational day as we explore our sense of taste and its connection to the garden with Krista Bailey, Bill Shores, Ellen Ecker Ogden, and Peter Hatch. Lunch prepared by Chef Tim Carrigan is included. The symposium is eligible for four master gardener continuing education credits. Register on or before March 17 to take advantage of special pricing of $80 (Members $64). Register between March 18 and 21 for $90 (Members $72). Sponsored by Vite Greenhouses and Edible Michiana.

Discounts & Coupons! We are now accepting special offers from Members who would like to offer other Members special discounts or coupons on products and/or services! See Discounts Here! Submit Coupons in jpeg or doc and Email:

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