March 11, 2021
We're celebrating women in business this month
March is Women's History month and we want to celebrate chamber-member businesses that are owned or managed by women. To make this happen, we are asking women movers and shakers to give us their perspective by answering three short questions and sending us a picture. Click here to take the survey.

And if you know a chamber member who you’d like to see featured in our Women’s History Month spotlight, please forward them the above link or email your suggestion to Bonnie Kulp,

Here are responses from four women business leaders:
Elaine Warner
Collins & Associates Insurance
Account Manager and Personal Lines Team Lead

A highlight of managing your business:
I love working in the insurance industry - it's a relationship and trust business, and I love being a problem-solver. I have incredible clients that I work with on a daily basis - they inspire & push me to be the best version of me. I love what I do - every day.

What inspires you?
I love the quote: "Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back."
I am who I am because of who I surround myself with... other strong and confident women leaders.
Advice for young women in business today: 
Whatever you decide to do in life, make sure it makes you happy. Set high standards for yourself, and don't just settle. Find an influential mentor and follow their lead - the right person may be difficult to find, but once you do they will be impossible to forget.
Margaret Tvedten
Tvedten Fine Art
I have owned and operated the Tvedten Fine Art gallery for 26 years at 394 East Third Street in Harbor Springs. I represent over 25 full time professional artists, the majority of whom are from Michigan. It is very important to me to provide a beautiful, comfortable, and relaxing atmosphere in which to view the artwork.

A highlight of managing your business?
One of the best parts of having the gallery is the continued relationships I build with my clients and my artists. It is wonderful to be able to offer outstanding contemporary artwork that helps to complete a beautiful space for the owners and the artists!

What inspires you?
Putting beautiful creations in beautiful spaces continues to inspire me. The gallery is a win-win business, and I love that!
Advice for young women in business today: 
Imagine what you desire - then WORK for it. If you fail, learn the lessons and start again.
Kathie Breighner
Concierge Publications
Owner/Publisher since 1988. Website.

A highlight of managing your business?
What began as one publication, Concierge, grew over the years to several others, many websites, and a national health and safety publication for childcare providers. Watching the community change and grow is why I keep doing this. It is so much fun!

What inspires you?
For me, there are two kinds of people, givers and takers. I don't ever want to be the latter.

Advice for young women in business today?
Just do it! You will learn as much from mistakes as successes. You will make great friends. You will learn to use criticism as awakenings while being able to not let it become a burden. Being a part of a community is a gift. Share what you have learned and never stop learning!
Shelby Ferguson
The Day's Design
I am the owner and lead designer, I've held that position since I started The Day's Design in autumn of 2012.

A highlight of managing your business?
We started as a wedding planning business, but in 2014 an evolution started as we were immersed into the floral side of the wedding industry and it's been one of the best business decisions I've made. As cliche as it may sound, each event is a high point. The Day's Design is honored to be a part of some of the biggest celebrations in people's lives. Having even just a small part in those momentous occasions, the opportunity to share joy and beauty in the form of flowers, is a privilege we don't take lightly.
What inspires you?
Loving well, living loved, and being a blessing to others. We are here to serve others, sharing the message of joy and hope through fresh flowers.

Advice for young women in business today?
Don't be afraid to fail. Not every idea, event or meeting is a raging success. Learn from this. It's not all about YOU. It's about what you can do for others, how can you show love? How can you bless others? People before profit.
These women in business profiles were included in our weekly Harbor Happenings newsletter on March 11, 2021. Other stories from that newsletter are below. If you would like to subscribed to our newsletter, please email
Missed it? You can watch Business Builders online

If you were not able to attend the Business Builder webinar on March 3rd, you can watch the 45-minute session on YouTube. This virtual event on "Staying Motivated During Challenging Times" was cosponsored by the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. Our presenter, Cindy Hunt of Journeous, brings years of experience leading system-wide change and in international and domestic education. She has trained thousands of people nationally and internationally. Thanks to Cindy for a great presentation and thanks also to event sponsors Chase, Meijer and Tip of the Mitt Score.

Chamber plans Bowling Down Main Street for April 3, new summer music and movie events for summer
Not every town closes a street to let kids bowl, but Harbor Springs does. On Saturday, April 3 from noon to 2 p.m., kids of all ages will be able to, quite literally, bowl down Main Street. Join in the fun, rain, shine, snow, wind, summer-like temps - you name it, we'll be there, at the intersection of State and Main, next to Johan's Pastry Shop. Everyone will of course be social distancing and wearing masks. Johan’s is set to provide hot chocolate and doughnuts for the kids, and the Rocking Horse Toy Company will provide grab gifts for children. Big thanks to those sponsors plus Birchwood Farms and Northern Lights Recreation, which supplies bowling balls and pins.

Looking ahead to summer, three new events organized by the chamber have been approved to be held in city parks by the City Council.

TUESDAY NIGHT MOVIES IN THE PARK will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. on July 6 and July 20 in Zorn Park. A+ Entertains is providing the outdoor movie screen and equipment, and the Lyric Theatre will provide popcorn. Three sponsor opportunities are available for Movies in the Park.

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC IN THE PARK - The chamber is also organizing this music series on four Friday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Event sponsors for this new event are Stafford's Pier, The New York Restaurant and Reeve Cottage Interiors. Two more sponsor opportunities are available.

Here are the dates and performers:
  • July 16 - Holly August
  • July 23 - Dede Alder
  • Aug. 6 - Keith Scott
  • Aug. 13 - Tyler Parkin

Bring your blanket, chair, picnic basket, takeout meal and beverage from a local restaurant and enjoy these performers' beautiful sounds.

LITTLE BAY LIVE! - The chamber is facilitating plans by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) to present a new outdoor performances series at Marina Park on four Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. - July 11 & 25 and Aug. 15 & 29.“Little Bay Live!” is an extension of the online program, Little Bay Concerts, started in spring of 2020 offering online music performances connecting the Orchestra to the community and providing performing opportunities for GLCO musicians during the COVID-19 shut down.
“Little Bay Live!” will feature small ensembles of GLCO musicians performing outdoors for residents and visitors. The goal of this program is to make music accessible to more people of all ages; to present casual, live performances; to bring classical music to people in the communities where they live; and to provide opportunities for GLCO musicians to perform.

> SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES - Contact Bonnie at the chamber,, if you would like to sponsor Music in the Park or Movies in the Park.
Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry volunteers, from left: Mary Spanburgh - United Methodist Church, Annette Markus - Holy Childhood of Jesus Parish, and Kaye Frang - First Presbyterian Church. Not pictured is Tom Bethke - Stutsmanville Chapel.

Food pantry serves families in need every Monday
Chamber Executive Director Bonnie Kulp recently visited the Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry, took these pictures and learned more about this important organization.

The pantry provides food assistance to area families mostly in the Harbor Springs School District but also to others in need in Emmet County. It is always open on Monday mornings from 9 until 11:30 AM including most holiday Mondays. Due to following COVID guidelines, they are distributing food "curbside" but still allowing families to choose what they want and need.

Carolyn Sandford provided us with this interesting short history, starting from when local farmers would provide excess food for their less fortunate neighbors.
Food Pantry is a busy place on Mondays.
> To contact the food pantry, call 526-2017 ext. 143, or write P.O. 23, Harbor Springs, MI.
Chamber searching for new office space
The Harbor Springs Chamber has started to search for new office space, and we’re open to suggestions and ideas from our members and the community.

By the end of this year, the chamber will have to move from its current office, which it has shared with the Andrew Blackbird Museum at 368 Main Street, for the past 20 years or so.
In January, 2020, the City Council approved a final two-year lease for the chamber as part of a plan to have the Andrew J. Blackbird Museum fully operational as a visitors attraction. The City plans to begin discussions with the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society to see if an agreement can be reached for their assistance in managing this collection.

The chamber will need an office with space for two staff members, a copy machine, file cabinets and displays of local information and materials. The chamber is open to options that would include sharing office space. If we find a space that is somewhat larger than we need, we are open to partnering with another small office or business that also needs space. Ideally, we would like to be in or close to the downtown, but we are flexible on that option as well.

Anyone with space available between now and the end of the year is invited to contact Bonnie Kulp, Chamber Executive Director, at 231-526-7999 or

> News-Review stories on the museum transfer and the chamber lease.
Stamp your name on a brick at the Gazebo
The Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce needs your help. Our beloved gazebo at the waterfront near the Pier restaurant, is in disrepair.

We are selling stamped bricks to be placed on the walkway to the gazebo to assist with the cost of its repair.
This past summer, even with shortened hours and a shorter season, our Gazebo Guys greeted more than 700 people from all over Michigan and the nation.

We plan to have the bricks placed this spring with a grand reopening in the fall of 2021 or spring of 2022.

Click here to purchase your brick now. Single bricks are $100 (4x8-inches) and double bricks (8x8 inches) are $250. If the certificate is to be a gift mailed to a different address, please make sure to note that address, along with your personal message. Each 4 x 8 brick permits 15 letters and/or spaces per line, two lines maximum. The 8x8 bricks are 4 lines of 15 letters and/or spaces per line. Add this information within the Comments section during check-out.

NOTE: All bricks that are currently placed at the Gazebo will be cleaned and replaced.
Boyne Highlands Mountain Cam shows a bluebird day at 12:30 p.m. on March 9th.

Live webcams in and around Harbor Springs
  • Steeple Cam from atop Holy Childhood Church - View
  • Lyric Theatre, downtown - View
  • Graham Real Estate webcam on the bluff - View
  • Nub's Nob Ski Area - View
  • Boyne Highlands Resort - View
2021 Harbor Springs Special Events Calendar

Some dates are tentative, some are subject to change, pending pandemic restrictions.

* = Chamber events | ** = Chamber Foundation events | *** = Other events

March 18 – State of the Community* Virtual Zoom meeting with 6 local leaders.*
April 4 - Last day of ski season at Nub's Nob***
May 29 - Harbor Springs Farmers Market opens for the season***
June 15 - Harbor Springs Business and Restaurant Expo * (TBD)
June 24 - August 19 - Street Musique, 6:30-8:30 p.m.** (weekly on Thursdays)
June 29 - Night of the Arts Gallery Walk*
July 1 - Blessing of the Fleet, 6 p.m.*** (Historical Society)
July 4 - Parade*, Art Fair & Fireworks**
July 6 - Tuesday Night Movies in Zorn Park, beginning at dusk*
July 9-11 - 40th Annual Blissfest*** (TBD)
July 11 - Little Bay Live! Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra - Marina Park, 4-6 p.m.*
July 16-17 - Shay Days*** (Historical Society)
July 16 - Holly August performs, Friday Night Music in Marina Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m.*
July 20 - Tuesday Night Movies in Zorn Park, beginning at dusk*
July 23 - Dede Alder performs, Friday Night Music in Marina Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m.*
July 25 - Little Bay Live! Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra - Marina Park, 4-6 p.m.*
July 30 - Aug 1 - Little Traverse Yacht Club 60th Ugotta Regatta (TBD)***
Aug. 6 - Keith Scott performs, Friday Night Music in Marina Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m.*
Aug. 12 - Harbor Springs Car Festival**
Aug. 13 - Tyler Parkin performs, Friday Night Music in Marina Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m.*
Aug. 15 - Little Bay Live! Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra - Marina Park, 4-6 p.m.*
Aug. 25 - Regional Business After Hours at Legs Inn* (TBD)
Aug. 20-21 - Harbor Springs Sidewalk Sales*
Aug. 29 - Little Bay Live! Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra - Marina Park, 4-6 p.m.*
Sept. 18 - Taste of Harbor Springs, Marina Park*
Oct. 1-31 - Skeletons Arise*
Oct. 5 - Harbor Stars Awards Dinner*
Nov. 13 or 11-14 - Ladies Night (Weekend) Out*
Nov. 27 - Christmas Tree Lighting*
Dec. 4 - Merchants Holiday Open House*

>This calendar will be updated in future newsletters and on our website as more details and updates become available.

  • Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning

  • Chamber to host State of Community - Story

  • We’re on the list of most romantic small towns - Story

  • School district seeks help exploring bond possibilities - Story

  • MTM On The Road finds creative, local art at HANNI Gallery - Story
City of Harbor Springs news

Upcoming city meetings on Youtube:
  • City Council, 7 p.m. March 15.
  • Downtown Development Agency (DDA), 8 a.m. April 1.
  • Planning Commission, 5:30 p.m. March 18.
  • Full city calendar.

City Hall has reopened to the public, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Please consider calling or e-mailing City staff to conduct businesses that does not need to be conducted in person. Due to state epidemic orders, public meetings still must be held remotely for the time being.

City website has details, calendar and more information.

Promote yourself... send us your news.
Dining Guide moves online; Turkey’s closes for spring break

We have moved our Dining and Takeout Guide to our website. Check here for details on hours and more

Restaurants and bars are allowed to be at 50% capacity up to 100 people with an 11 p.m. curfew. Because seating capacity is limited, reservations are encouraged at most restaurants. Dine-in customers must wear masks until seated at their tables and are required to provide their contact information when they enter.

Latest updates:

STATE ROAD PROVISIONS will feature all-you-can-eat pasta for $20 (or $16 for one bowl) on Tuesdays starting March 16.
TURKEY’S closed on March 8th to complete inventory and allow staff to take time off for an elongated Spring Break. They will be reopening on April 29th - just in time for their Annual Cinco de Mayo party on May 5th.

> Restaurant managers with updates may email
Harbor Brenn owner honored as agent of the year
Ashley Brower Whitney, CIC, President and Owner of Harbor Brenn Insurance Agencies, was presented the Forsetlund Award recently by the Big I of Michigan at their Annual Convention. This year the annual convention was held virtually. The Big I of Michigan, formerly known as the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents, presents five awards each year. The Forsetlund Award, also known as the agent of the year award, is presented to honor the agent nominated and chosen for their meaningful contributions to their agency and community. Receiving this award is a distinctive honor within the Independent Insurance Agency group and it’s wonderful to see all of the things Ashley has done locally rewarded. Congratulations Ashley!
Ashley Brower Whitney
Doktor Kaboom makes science fun March 20-21

Back by popular demand, nothing says science like Kaboom! An interactive, science-driven experience with Doktor Kaboom is taking over Center Stage at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts on March 20 & 21. Join us for a live experience as the hilariously wacky scientist blends science and comedy in his series of spectacular demonstrations of the physical sciences directly tied to curriculum standards. Entertaining for all ages, Doktor Kaboom creates an environment where science is for everyone.

Doktor Kaboom is coming to the Great Lakes Center for the Arts.
Karmanos promotes colorectal cancer Awareness
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Northern Michigan recognizes March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women; however, there are a variety of screening tests available to detect colorectal cancer early.

Early colorectal cancer has no symptoms, so regular screening is vital to early detection. There are a variety of screening tests available, and many can find and remove polyps before they turn into cancer. “According to the American Cancer Society, people at average risk should begin screening tests at age 45; whereas, people at an increased risk should speak with their health care provider before age 45,” said Katrina Bezak, NP, Regional Director for Karmanos Cancer Institute. “Screenings offer the best chance to have colorectal cancer found early when treatment can be most successful.”

To schedule a colorectal cancer screening, talk to your primary care provider or gastrointestinal specialist for a referral. If you do not have a primary care provider, find one today at
Katrina Bezak: "People at average risk should begin screening tests at age 45."
CTAC and Blissfest present 8 area performers in “Live from Crooked Tree” on March 25
Distant Star will conclude the concert.
Photo courtesy of Josef Kissinger.
On Thursday, March 25, from 7 - 10 p.m., Crooked Tree Arts Center and Blissfest Music Organization present “Live from Crooked Tree,” a live-stream collaboration as part of the Michigan Music Alliance's “Spread the Music 2021” fundraiser for pandemic musician relief.

“Live from Crooked Tree” is part of a four-day event hosted by local non-profit the Michigan Music Alliance (MMA). From March 24 - 28, the MMA will host a 200-act virtual festival to support the Michigan Artist Relief Fund.

Local musician Mark Blaauw-Hara is set to open and emcee the March 25 event at CTAC. The event’s lineup includes 20-minute sets by the following Northern Michigan musicians: Charlie Millard, Elizabeth Landry, Bruce Smith, Robin Lee Berry, Sean Miller, Caroline Barlow, and Holly Keller-Thompson. “Live from Crooked Tree” will conclude with a rip-roaring 30-minute set with the Distant Stars.
4Front one of ‘best and brightest’ companies to work for
The National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has named 4Front Credit Union one of 2020’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation.
This honor is not a first for the leading northern Michigan financial institution, as. 4Front also claimed the national recognition in 2018 and 2019. Out of 1,700 nominations from the spring of 2020, 4Front was chosen among just 183 national winning organizations for the prestigious title. 4Front is honored to sit among other top named companies including, Butterball Farms, Sony Electronics, and Bell’s Brewery.

“This prestigious honor would not have been possible without the support from our team members who have helped us tremendously on our journey to being named once again a Best and Brightest company to work for,” said Andy Kempf, CEO of4Front Credit Union. “Despite the many challenges that 2020 brought, together we have maintained a fun and active work environment that includes competitive pay, excellent benefits and state of the art facilities and equipment, all of which have contributed to this recognition. We look forward to carrying this title for many years to come.”
SCORE webinar can help improve your website
Tip of the Mitt SCORE is proud to bring a free webinar to the business community on Making The Most of Your Website in 2021. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 16, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Register in advance by clicking here.
A confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the meeting. If you cannot attend at this time, participants are still encouraged to register.

Join Marcie Wolf of Abuzz Creative to learn why your small business needs to have a modern, up-to-date website for generating new leads, offering online sales, taking online food orders, making pre-paid appointments, and accepting online payments. If you're a small business owner who is still on the fence about having a website, or you need to learn how to use what you have, join us - this seminar is for you.
College lecture examines U.S. immigration realities 
North Central Michigan College will host an international lecture on the realities of the U.S. immigration system. Rev. Wayne Dziekan will use his field experience as an immigration advocate and his work on Catholic social doctrine to share insight on common questions related to this complex subject. The free lecture will be held via Zoom at 12 p.m. on March 16. Pregistration is required.

“Why don’t the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. without legal status bother to get papers? What are some real solutions to unauthorized immigration? These are some of the most misunderstood questions concerning the topic of immigration in the U.S.,” Dziekan said.

Ordained since 1994, Dziekan is a Roman Catholic priest with the Diocese of Gaylord and a member of the Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese in Traverse City.
Rev. Wayne Dziekan
Ram signs support high school girls basketball

The Harbor Springs girls basketball team is conducting a fundraiser, selling street address and door/window Ram signs. These high-quality signs are made of durable aluminum and they are reflective, just like street signs. Whether it’s a pizza delivery or visitors, no one will have trouble finding your house – day or night.

Girls basketball Coach Mike Vandermus said, “They come with holes for either mounting to the side of your mailbox post or on a wall or door. This fundraiser not only will help pay for important equipment and camps for our girls basketball team but will also be a great way to show school pride throughout our community without being too gaudy or too subtle. Please take a moment to check out the options and create your own sign on the website by March 14th.
WRC Men's Group presents a Community Conversation

Join the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan today, Thursday, March 11th at 5:30 PM as we gather virtually to talk about creating safe and thriving communities built on respect, integrity and compassion. The conversation kicks off with special guest Ben Van Dam, who will share how Van Dam Custom Boats created and implemented a set of fundamental values for their business.

To RSVP and receive a Zoom invitation, please email Please share this invitation with others who may be interested in learning their role in creating safer communities, today and going forward.
LYRIC THEATRE - Last chance for Oscar favorite Nomadland, Tom & Jerry and Blithe Spirit. Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman & The Father join Raya this Friday. Our refreshment stand has reopened. Showtimes and tickets.
Final Lunch Lecture: Beethoven and the Ode to Joy
North Central Michigan College’s popular Luncheon Lecture series will present its final program, Beethoven and the Ode to Joy, in a virtual format on Friday, March 19. The presentations are free, however pre-registration is required.

Orchestras across the world had planned to celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven in 2020 before COVID-19 struck. Although he is often hailed as a hero who overcame deafness to compose some of the greatest music ever written, there is much more to his story. Amanda Sewell, Ph.D., music director for Interlochen Public Radio, will survey his life and music, focusing on some less well-known facets, including his long affair with a married woman known as “Immortal Beloved.” Sewell has written a biography of Wendy Carlos, the composer of “Switched-on Bach” published by Oxford University Press.
> LIFELONG LEARNING - Osher Lifelong Learning Spring Semester classes have just been added In partnership with the University of Utah. Over 30 new classes offered online from the comfort and safety of your home. Registration is only open for 6 days - March 12th - 17th.
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We can create your ad or give you the specs to have your people do it. We invoice you after your ad runs. To send us your news, reserve your ad or ask questions, contact
One post lists your jobs on chamber website and North Central Michigan College
> Chamber members are invited to post their job openings on our Jobs Page. Log in to post, or email for assistance. When you send us your job posting, North Central Michigan College will automatically post it on their jobs board.

> Check our Jobs Page for new listings.
CONWAY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES - Technician needed, including the potential for near-term advancement. Duties include floor care, carpet cleaning, vent cleaning, janitorial and pressure washing. Training provided. Flexible hours. Bonuses paid on consistent job performance. Full or part-time. Raise after 30 days. Immediate opening. Call (231) 487-9300 or email

WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER - Full-time therapist - Details.
Cashier-clerk, full and part-time positions at Gold Mine resale store. - Details.

GREAT LAKES ENERGY is actively hiring qualified IT candidates. Open positions include Business Analyst III, Information Technology Specialist, and Network Engineer. GLE is growing and we offer a comprehensive benefit package, including company-paid health care, 401K, and pension. Details.

LITTLE TRAVERSE YACHT CLUB - Seasonal help. Details.

BOYNE HIGHLANDS jobs in housekeeping and food and beverage. Work where you love to play! Details.

HARBOR SPRINGS MATTRESS COMPANY - Mattress production worker. Details.
Thank you and welcome, new Chamber members!

These local businesses and organizations have joined the Harbor Springs Chamber in recent weeks. We'd love to have you join them - and us!
Business resources and COVID-19 updates

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and

Covid-19 Resources from the NW Michigan Health Department

Template for a Preparedness and Response Plan for a lower risk business (MS Word)

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