Sept. 17, 2020
Here's how local businesses are coping

We asked our members how they are doing these days, when many of us have had to change how we conduct business. If you’d like to be featured in our Member Spotlight and share some of your ideas and coping strategies, please take this short survey. Then we will share them with our newsletter readers and social media followers.

We've received some great answers! Here are 27 in recent weeks and one more this week (below):
Rebecca Adams, Admired In Harbor:

"While my job might be officially deemed non-essential, our clients really made us feel that we are essential, and they are essential to us."
What have you had to do differently since the pandemic began? 
Previously, we have always followed the guidelines set forth by the state of Michigan for our cosmetology establishment license. Since the pandemic we’ve added additional requirements and precautions set forth by the governor’s orders. We are a safe environment to visit and receive services.

What has worked?  
So far everything that was required has worked well. We all have come together and we are so grateful to be back at work. Our clients are so grateful to be getting services, and everyone has been kind, generous and positive.

What has NOT worked?  
There are things that have taken a little longer to get used to, but all in all we are able to do our jobs and give a quality service and make our clients happy.

What is the most important thing you have learned in the past few months?
While my job might be officially deemed non-essential, our clients really made us feel that we are essential, and they are essential to us.
Anything else to share? 
Admired In Harbor is taking new clients for massage, nails and hair. You can reach us at 231-242-4884 to make an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

> Admired In Harbor, 930 State St., Suite 19, 231-242-4884.
Admired in Harbor ribbon cutting

Chamber staff, board members and ambassadors held a ribbon cutting Monday to welcome new member Admired in Harbor at 930 State Street in Fairview Plaza, Harbor Springs.
This Member Spotlight appeared in the September 17th edition of Harbor Happenings. Here is the rest of that day's e-newsletter:
New partnership = member jobs posted at college
The Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce has paired up with the Career Development Office at North Central Michigan College. The college has agreed to assist our chamber members with getting your job openings to their students.
Post your opening with the Chamber and with NCMC Career Development at the same time. Just email and we will post on our Jobs web page and in our newsletter, as well as forward the information to Doug Tippett, Career Development Specialist at the college. We hope this new alliance will assist you with filling some of your much needed vacancies.

> We have jobs listed from 16 employers in the Help Wanted section of this newsletter - just scroll down, and also check our Jobs Page for new listings.
26th Annual Taste of Harbor postponed until 2021
It is with deep regret that the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce and event organizers Mary Ellen Hughes and Jenny Brower have decided to postpone the Taste of Harbor Springs until 2021. The Taste raises funds for culinary scholarships for area students and also supports the Harbor Springs Chamber, which hosts and assists with the event. “It’s a real bummer,” Mary Ellen Hughes commented, “but we’ll just have to look forward to next year – so save this date, Sept. 18, 2020, for the 26th Annual Taste of Harbor Springs. Until then – everyone stay safe and please support our local restaurants.”
Safe Harbor masks and window clings available

Our original order of Safe Harbor face masks sold out quickly, and more are still available at the Harbor Springs Chamber office, 368 E. Main Street from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional masks are available for $10, and Safe Harbor window clings are $3, including sales tax.

HARBOR SPRINGS T-SHIRTS ON SALE! - A few of our popular shirts designed by local artist Mary Hramiec Hoffman of Hramiec Hoffman Gallery are available for $10 (regular price $25). We have one women's large shirt and 3 men's medium shirts remaining. T-shirt illustration.
Chamber Gazebo open Fridays and Saturdays

The Chamber’s Visitor Information Gazebo on the Waterfront near Stafford’s Pier restaurant is staffed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Sunday this weekend. Our fall hours begin next week when we will be open on Fridays and Saturdays. Our “Gazebo Guys” - Fred Tabor, Dave McSherry and Larry Richey - are there to answer questions and give out brochures, maps and information to visitors.

The Chamber office at 368 Main Street is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We ask that you wear a mask if you come visit us, and we'll be following social distancing guidelines. You're also welcome to call us at 231-526-7999.
Campaign underway to ensure Northwest Michigan communities are counted in last month of Census
A campaign is underway in Northwest Lower Michigan in response to a new Census response deadline slated for September 30. Getting an accurate count is challenging under usual circumstances but it is even more difficult during all the disruptions related to COVID-19. The Northwest Counts campaign focuses on boosting responses in the parts of the region with the lowest Census response rates.
The ads will drive traffic to a new web page,, that will help make responding to the Census easy. The campaign is being coordinated by Networks Northwest, which is serving as the regional Census Hub Administrator for the statewide Be Counted Census 2020 Campaign.

A complete and accurate count is vital for communities and it is important for everyone to fill out the Census including permanent and seasonal residents, renters, college students, and immigrants. Census data is used to distribute funding for road repairs, school improvements, and social programs.

New NLEA President David Emmel to start Oct. 1 - Story

Schools and cities spared in state budget proposal - Story

County officials: Wear masks, wash your hands, be civil - Story

Employee retention could be a problem for Emmet County - Story

How much plastic really gets recycled? - Story
City of Harbor Springs news

> Master Plan Survey #1: Natural Character of Harbor Springs
A primary goal of the City of Harbor Springs elected and appointed officials is to incorporate the values and priorities of City residents in the administration of City government. The Master Plan is an important tool toward that end. It is the document that guides all future land use decisions for the next twenty years, or more. To that end, the City has created a series of surveys that gauges the community’s thoughts on several Master Plan goals. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Survey #1 is related to the current Master Plan’s Goal #1: “The City of Harbor Springs will retain its distinctive natural character defined by its waterfront setting, substantial bluffs and hillsides, and views of Little Traverse Bay.”

Additional surveys will be conducted on other aspects of the Master Plan in the future.

Upcoming city meetings on Youtube:
City Council, 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Oct. 5 & 19
Downtown Development Agency (DDA), 7:30 a.m. Oct. 1.
Planning Commission, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Oct. 1 & 15.

City website has details, calendar and more information
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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St. Vincent de Paul Walk/Run fundraiser is Saturday at Zorn Park

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVdP) will hold its 5th local Walk/Run for the Poor at 8:30 a.m. Saturday September 19th at Zorn Park in Harbor Springs. This is one of the society’s major fundraising events of the year, and they encourage those who can to participate in the walk and donate to help those in need. In these extraordinary times many have found themselves asking for assistance for the first time in their life.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international volunteer organization founded in 1833. Its members are dedicated to personal service of the poor, and for 175 years the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has provided individual services to the most vulnerable in communities throughout the United States. No work of charity is foreign to the organization.
This is a COVID-19 safe event as the walk is held outdoors and it is easy to social distance from other participants. You can
get friends to sponsor your walk and increase the effect of your participation.

> For more information contact the Holy Childhood of Jesus office (231-526-2017) or click here for walker registration form, pledge form, and event map. Checks can be made out to Saint Vincent de Paul and delivered or mailed to 150 W Main St. Harbor Springs, MI 49740.
North Central Michigan College supports Michigan's free-tuition program for front line workers
North Central Michigan College has announced it will serve as a Frontliners Champion to support the Futures for Frontliners program unveiled last week by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
“We believe strongly that those who maintained critical infrastructure during the state shutdown this past spring are heroes and deserve our thanks,” Dr. David Roland Finley, president of North Central declared.
“Providing frontline workers who’ve yet to earn a college degree access to tuition-free community college – to pursue their dreams – is a wonderful way to say ‘thank you.’ They certainly earned it.
As a Frontline Champion, North Central Michigan College has committed to making sure area employees know about this exceptional opportunity.
Futures for Frontliners offers Michiganders who worked in essential industries during the April 1-June 30 period, but do not have a college degree, free tuition to their local community college to pursue an associate degree or a skills certificate on a full-time or part-time basis while they continue to work.
Those without a high school diploma or equivalency may also participate. These individuals are eligible for services to help them prepare for and complete this credential and go on to a community college or job training program. The application period runs through December 31 of this year with enrollment available beginning in January of 2021.
> Apply and learn more about Futures for Frontliners.
Online session: “What I’ve Learned from COVID-19

North Central Michigan College Corporate and Community Education is partnering with Tip of the Mitt SCORE to offer “What I’ve Learned from COVID-19.” This online session will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, by Joe Walker of Maple Bay Consulting.

Winston Churchill said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” What will we do differently as a result of COVID? Will we make those changes permanent? Can we improve our businesses and jobs? Our personal lives?

Attendees will get an opportunity to spend an hour reflecting on what we have learned from the COVID crisis. Hear success stories from other businesses that can be applied to your own business, and then commit to a written action plan to capitalize on opportunities that will improve the future of our own lives and the lives of our colleagues, friends, and family.

> Register here for the October 1st session. There is a $49 fee.
Citizens National Bank appoints two new directors
Citizens National Bank board of directors has appointed Scott Landon and Dana Andrews as new members of the board of directors. Both call Northern Michigan home while owning and operating their own businesses.
Landon is a 1992 graduate of Cheboygan High School and immediately went to work in the family business, Landon Auto Parts Inc./CARQUEST, working his way through all aspects of the company to eventually becoming its president in 2012.
Scott Landon
Dana Andrews
Dana Andrews is a 6th generation Petoskey native, having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Hope College and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Dana served in the United States Marine Corps and during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dana’s diverse background includes military service, as well as careers in corporate management and consulting. He eventually moved back to northern Michigan where he owns and operates retail stores including Sturgeon River Pottery and NorthGoods in Petoskey.
Wendy's Clean Team offering fall specials
Wendy's Cleaning & Services is offering some great Fall Sale specials for new customers. Wendy’s Clean Team will clean your house for $40 per room, with a three-room minimum, up to 10 rooms.

They also have a floor-cleaning special of $105 to clean all the floors in your home (up to 2,000 sq. ft.). That includes vacuuming all carpet and rubs and mopping all hard-surface floors. Wendy can customize this offer for larger homes as well. Call 231-881-5208 or visit for more information.
Free webinar will help businesses sell to the government
Tip of the Mitt SCORE and NCMC Corporate and Community Education are partnering to bring a free webinar to the business community on the basics of selling to the Federal Government and the State of Michigan.
The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 22, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Register in advance for this meeting by going to the SCORE website, and click on Take a Workshop. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Presenter Coury Carland is a procurement counselor at the Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
Comedian Mike Young to perform
The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is thrilled to be open and presenting limited capacity, socially distanced, live events. Attend with confidence and your mask. The Center has worked hard to create a responsible space for staff, volunteers, artists, and patrons. Each show will be socially distanced and limited to 132 patrons.

  • COMEDIAN MIKE YOUNG, Sept. 26 - Returning to Center Stage after opening for Bob Saget last September, eccentric comedian Mike Young brings his rated R-ish act home for a night of laughs. A native Detroiter, Mike Young is a comedian, writer, and director who got his start in stand up comedy. All seats $25.

This weekend at the Lyric Theatre
TENET playing daily. Last chance for Coup 53 & I Am Woman. The Way I See It & A Chef's Voyage open Friday. Cakes of Versailles & Kajillionaire open 9/25.
Our Restaurant Guide is updated online

Harbor Happenings is moving our Restaurant Guide online. We will continue to update it and provide any restaurant news here in our newsletter with a link to the online guide. It includes info on 24 restaurants offering both dine-in and take-out service. The latest update:

TURKEYS CAFE & PIZZERIA - After scaling back to offering only carry-out for a couple of weeks, we are again open for dine in and carry-out the rest of the fall. Closed Wednesdays. 

> Restaurant managers are asked to send updates to
Chamber members: help us promote you!

Let us know about your business news, promotions and events - it’s a free benefit of membership.

> REACH 750+ WITH YOUR AD or press release in Harbor Happenings. You’ll get great local exposure - our newsletter goes out to nearly 1,800 people and is opened by more than 750 each week. Here are your advertising options:
  • Display ad and web link at the top of the newsletter - $60.
  • Exclusive e-blast featuring your business - $125

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
> Chamber members are invited to post their job openings on our Jobs Page. Log in to post, or email for assistance.
NEW... send us your job posting and North Central Michigan College will automatically post it on their jobs board!

LEGS INN - Line cook and servers for fall color season. Details.

ACE HARDWARE - Freight Room Manager and Sales Representatives. Details.

BIRCHWOOD INN - Front desk receptionist. Details.

HIGHLAND HIDEAWAY BED & BREAKFAST - Housekeepers, $13/hour. Details.

PRESTON FEATHER BUILDING CENTER - Building Material Sales Counter. Details.


CARPENTER, Experience preferred - Adelaine Construction, Inc., 8555 Commerce Court Harbor Springs, Experience Preferred. Details.

DELI CLERK, NIGHT STOCK, STARBUCKS BARISTA AND SERVICE CLERK - D&W Fresh Market, 1163 US 31 North Petoskey. We offer competitive wages (most positions beginning at $12) and flexible scheduling. Anyone interested can apply at

CAREGIVER - Angel Heart Home Care, Petoskey. Details.

CLINIC ATTENDANT/MEDICAL ASSISTANTS and other positions - Bay Street Orthopaedics & Spine, Petoskey. Details.

RADIOLOGY TECHNICIAN - Bay Street Orthopaedics & Spine, Petoskey. Details.

PART TIME SALES ASSOCIATE - New Beginnings Resale Store, 650 West Conway Road Harbor Springs. Details.

PERRY FARM VILLAGE - Resident Assistant Positions - We currently have 2 Full Time positions open. Twelve hour shifts, one Midnight ( 6:30pm – 7am ) Position and one Daytime position ( 6:30am – 7pm ). We will also consider Part-Time employees. I worked part-time at Perry when I was a Nursing Student at NCMC. It was a wonderful learning experience working in an Senior Independent Community and segued nicely with my class schedules. People can apply directly online at by clicking on careers and then search for Harbor Springs.

HARBOR WEAR of Petoskey and Harbor Springs is seeking enthusiastic part-time sales associates for our casual family clothing stores. Experience is not necessary but we are looking for friendly people who will enjoy working with customers. Please apply in person at Harbor Wear at 161 State St, Harbor Springs (231-526-6922, contact Candace) or 319 E Lake St, Petoskey (347-2664 contact :Judith or Katie).

PINEVIEW COTTAGE Assisted Living and Memory Care is looking to hire full and part-time caregivers - second and third shift. $500 sign-on bonus for full-time, $250 bonus for part-time. Our luxury assisted living/memory care community is looking for caring, compassionate, detail-oriented and dependable caregivers. Position includes assisting our residents with bathing, dressing, grooming, medications, activities and meal service in our fine dining room. Premium wages, and comprehensive benefits, paid time off & paid holidays. Call Dean at 810-516-8928.

PINEVIEW COTTAGE - We are looking for a beautician one or two days a week. Call us if you love working with our elderly. Ask to speak with Brooke, 231-412-6069.

PIERSON’S GRILLE & SPIRITS is hiring year-round staff. Looking for positive, high-energy, outgoing, friendly professionals to join our team! Call 231-526-2967 or fill out an application online at

TURKEY'S RESTAURANT is now hiring for all positions. Come in to 250 E. Main Street and pick up an application or call Jeff or Sara at 231-526-6041.

BC PIZZA of Harbor Springs is now hiring delivery drivers. Please call 231-526-2424 or email to inquire. 930 State Street, 231-526-2424.
300 jobs available at virtual hiring events

More than 300 jobs in healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality and services will be featured at Northwest Michigan Works! Virtual Hiring Events later this month. The online events will include more than 20 employers from around Northwest Michigan and will give job seekers the opportunity to learn about current job openings and connect directly to employers. The Manufacturing Virtual Hiring Event will be Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 9 am to 12:30 pm. The Health Care Hiring Event will be Thursday, Sept. 24 from 9 am to 1 pm. The Hospitality/Service Hiring Event will be Friday, Sept. 25 from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Different employers will present every half hour at each of the events. There is no charge to participate in the hiring events but participants must register for each day they plan to attend. Participants can attend any of the presentations on the days they register for.
Thank you, 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!

  • Law Offices of Daniel J. Harris
  • Bank of Ann Arbor
  • Admired in Harbor
  • Emmet Brick & Block
  • Thomas & Milliken Millwork
  • Highland Hideaway Bed & Breakfast
  • Pleasantview Winery
  • Bar Harbor
  • Two Glass Gents

> Call 231-526-7999 or email us.
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Disclaimer: Information presented in the HSACC Newsletter does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce or its membership. It is provided here as information only, as provided by member businesses & local organizations.