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of St. Joseph Sale Dates: July 25 Thru July 31, 2010 Sale Price Effective Monday, July 26 through Sunday, Aug 1 Automotive Market Place CLASSIFIEDS Pages 10-14 Moody on The Market Pat Moody What if there was a guy standing by in Michigan’s Great Southwest to help you sort through the myriad plans at your disposal when it comes to your business’s telecom-munications issues? A guy who can walk you through cell phones, wireless services, long distance charges, toll free line access, paging and faxing, Internet and data ser-vices, equipment issues and more? What if that guy told you that he represents no ven-dors…that he actually sells no products, and is, in fact, completely independent of all ven-dors? Starting to sound almost too good to be true, isn’t it? Well, what if I told you this guy has current clients in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Illinois and is working with others even as this column goes to press? My friend Julie Payovich at Printek intro-duced him to me recently, and said that he is launching his new consulting business right here in St. Joseph. His name, by the way, is Jerry Sarno and he is a Strategic Partner with Schooley Mitchell Telecom Consultants. The best part of the deal is that it’s risk-free for each business involved. In essence, you pay no fee for Jerry’s service unless his firm makes approved recommenda-tions that save you money. The “fees” are completely self-funded from the savings you earn by adopting his recommendations. Interestingly, 70% of the time Schooley Mitchell reps don’t even recommend a change in carriers, because they can get better pricing for clients from existing suppliers. Plus, they have a 90% client retention rate nationally, after their original agreements expire. Sarno and his colleagues across the country work diligently to save organizations money on Continued on page 8 Please send your favorite horizontal photo with a brief description to MailMax at 2202 Plaza Drive, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 or email attached photo to Photos@FarAhead.com ATTN: MAILSUBMISSIONS: If you would like your photo(s) returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your photo submission. PATER atHomE Real Estate Guide ..Pg 9 ..Pg 7 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Check Out My Pad This little amphibian is enjoying the Frog Days of Summer. Photo by Kathryn Wolfe July 24, 2010 Huge & SavingS on Floor Samples Discontinued items! July 29-31 Saturday Thursday thru SPECIAL SALE HOURS Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Wed. July 28th to prepare for annual tent sale Sofas, Bar Stools, Lamps, Tables, Chairs, Thurs. & Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Recliners, Pictures, Bedroooms, Hutches, Pillows, Dining Room, Misc. Holiday Decorative items & Much More! Save up to 70% oFF (800) 884-5020 • 57530 M-51 South, Dowagiac www.imperialfurniture.net Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on July 24, 2010 S A n L E E T T
What if there was a guy standing by in Michigan’s Great Southwest to help you sort through the myriad plans at your disposal when it comes to your business’s telecommunications issues? A guy who can walk you through cell phones, wireless services, long distance charges, toll free line access, paging and faxing, Internet and data services, equipment issues and more? What if that guy told you that he represents no vendors… that he actually sells no products, and is, in fact, completely independent of all vendors? Starting to sound almost too good to be true, isn’t it? Well, what if I told you this guy has current clients in Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Illinois and is working with others even as this column goes to press? My friend Julie Payovich at Printek introduced him to me recently, and said that he is launching his new consulting business right here in St. Joseph. His name, by the way, is Jerry Sarno and he is a Strategic Partner with Schooley Mitchell Telecom Consultants. The best part of the deal is that it’s risk-free for each business involved. In essence, you pay no fee for Jerry’s service unless his firm makes approved recommendations that save you money. The “fees” are completely self-funded from the savings you earn by adopting his recommendations. Interestingly, 70% of the time Schooley Mitchell reps don’t even recommend a change in carriers, because they can get better pricing for clients from existing suppliers. Plus, they have a 90% client retention rate nationally, after their original agreements expire. Sarno and his colleagues across the country work diligently to save organizations money on their telecom spending by optimizing the current services and plans already in place for price and quality. A fair number of small-tomedium sized businesses actually unknowingly overpay, and Sarno and his crew work to resolve that. Expenses and programs can be daunting to sort through, and the confusion often leads to unnecessary spending. Schooley Mitchell has more than 10,000 clients throughout North America, and Sarno is the new local consultant for the firm. You can arrange for a needs analysis, a review of your options, project management services and more. If you’d like to pursue potential savings for your place of business, you can reach Jerry at 269-408- 8679 or 269-235-2497. You can also learn more at www.schooleymitchell.com/jsarno. Welcome, Mr. Sarno…and best of luck in your new venture.<br /> <br /> A young Niles woman who won the undying admiration of her colleagues several years ago when she was competing for the title of Miss Blossomtime continues to do remarkable work garnering the undying admiration of a growing contingent of fans in the world of cattle production. Danielle Foster, who won the title of Miss Heart of Blossomtime in 2007, went on to win the vote of her peers to take the title of Miss Congeniality that year. Assuming things continue to go well for her, Danielle expects to graduate next year from the University of Michigan. In the meantime, she continues to rack up an enviable track record in the business world. As a world class cattle breeder for her family’s enterprise, Seldom Rest Farms in Niles, Danielle has returned this week from a whirlwind trip to Denver, Colorado for the National Junior Angus Show themed “Rush the Rockies” this year. While she was there, she made several trips to the show ring to accept high accolades for exhibiting the Grand Champion Bred & Owned Cow and Calf Pair…the Reserve Grand Champion Owned Cow & Calf Pair…the Reserve Champion Two-Year Old…and the Late Junior Champion Heifer. She was also elected Chair of the Leadership Committee for the coming year by the National Junior Angus Association. Earlier this summer she picked up several key prizes at the Eastern Regional Junior Show in Bloomington, Illinois, and additionally was a Merit Scholarship Winner at the 2010 Atlantic National Angus Show this past spring. Two years ago, her personality and beauty earned her the title of Miss American Angus 2008 at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. These, by the way, are just the most recent trophies added to her personal showcase. She and her family are dedicated cattle producers with a long-running track record in Berrien County. Nice work, Danielle. Keep making us proud!<br /> <br /> Small business owners curious about SBA 504 financing options have a unique opportunity to attend a free seminar on Wednesday, July 28th from 7:30 until 8:30am at The Boulevard Inn in St. Joseph. Hosted by Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services, there is no charge for the event, however reservations are requested by calling Jennifer Swingler at 757-0295. Bank lenders, small business owners, even accountants are encouraged to attend the free session with Brian Picarazzi, Rick Dernberger and Julie Parker. You will learn how to finance a building with as little as 10% down…who qualifies for SBA 504 loans…what types of projects are eligible…how to structure the loan package… and timing issues. Register today!<br /> <br /> 6-Degrees in downtown Benton Harbor is planning their 1st Annual Giant Parking Lot Book Sale next weekend on the 31st of July and August 1st. The event is designed to benefit Emergency Shelter Services of Benton Harbor, and will feature thousands of pre-loved books that have been donated in virtually every genre. They are also planning live music, and a salute to the winners of the 6-Degrees Poetry Contest. The winners will actually read their winning entries on-site. The sale runs from 10am until 6pm Saturday and noon until 5pm on Sunday. The poetry contest is for kids in the K-12 school system, and entries will be accepted at the shop at 510 West Main Street in Benton Harbor up until 11am on Friday, July 30th. Poems can be long or short, funny or serious, rhyming or not. Good luck, kids!<br /> <br /> Speaking of luck…there hasn’t been an overly abundant supply of it for the DeBiak family in Bridgman of late. That’s why I’m asking your consideration for their company called FurBabies & Friends Pet Grooming. Mark & Debbie DeBiak launched the enterprise about 18-months ago. Things were off to a pretty good start until their daughter died last summer, forcing them to close things down for three months. They finally got back on their feet again last fall only to find Debbie entangled in an automobile accident this past January. The incident severely crushed her hand, and she only regained full use of the hand in late May. In essence, the shop has been closed almost as long as it has been open, and a lot of their loyal clientele sought services elsewhere. This time, the DeBiaks are hopeful that they are back in business for good, and look to serve your pet grooming needs. You can contact them for assistance at 269-465- 3780. Let’s hope that the tide has turned for these folks, and good fortune shines upon them.<br /> <br /> The animals of our area certainly earned a lot of good fortune over the past several weeks thanks to the long hours and generosity of Studio 807 owner Dave Banke and his crew. Dave and company sold parking spaces in the Studio 807 parking lot over Krasl Art Fair weekend and also during this past week’s Venetian Festival events. Thanks to their inventiveness, Animal Aid of Southwest Michigan is $2,000.00 richer! Banke and his team stayed throughout the day and well into the night until the last car was gone to make sure everyone was safe and sound. They also distributed literature regarding Animal Aid to their parking lot customers, so that the visitors knew that their fee was going to help the injured, abandoned and homeless animals of our community. Thanks, also, to Board Member Leigh Lash for sharing that good news with me, so that I could share it with you.<br /> <br /> Local businessman Barry Davis continues to grow his Metro Business Archives business through the acquisition of a second specialty truck designed to handle the tasks of on-site shredding at customer locations across the region. Increased demand for the shredding of critical documents led to Davis’ decision to add the second vehicle, in addition to their secure offsite facility at 1994 Plaza Drive in Benton Harbor. The firm is now also capable of baling all shredded material for shipment to paper recyclers who turn the shreds into napkins, paper toweling and the like. You can reach Barry for more information at 926-1944.<br /> <br /> The Dental Offices of Dr. Jeff Schmidt will be closed this week (July 22 through July 30th) to facilitate their move from their old location at 2800 Niles Road to a new site, just four-tenths of a mile away at 3012 Niles Road in St. Joseph. The new office is located at the intersection of Niles Road and Ansley in St. Joseph Township. The office’s phone number and hours will remain the same, and the entire staff of Judy, Trudy, Kathy, Brandi, Kim and Coreen are making the move as well.<br /> <br /> Get ready for another stellar Parade of Homes, presented by The Southwestern Michigan Home Builders Association. This is, in fact, their 14th Annual Parade, and it is larger than last year with lots of excitement on the block. The show runs from July 29th through August 1st and then again August 5th through the 8th. As a bonus this year, the Whirlpool Garageworks Gladiator (created for Gladiator by The Orange County Custom Chopper’s) will feature a specialty chopper during the first week of the parade. It’s the first such appearance in Berrien County. You can see the schedule at www.swmhba.com under Parade of Homes. Eleven properties will be on the tour this year with great ideas for additions, remodeling or new construction of your own. Be sure to check it out!<br /> <br /> Harbor Country has come to colorful life with the Umbrellas of Harbert gracing Red Arrow Highway. It’s always a solid indicator that summer is going full tilt with the stunning hand-painted market umbrellas peppered among the cool shops, art galleries and great restaurants. Sponsored by the Harbert Business Association, the artworks will be sold at a charity auction on August 21st beginning at 5pm. Enjoy the view will it’s still in place!<br /> <br /> While we’re in the neighborhood, Radio Harbor Country, 106.7 presents the 1st Annual Wavelength Music & Arts Festival in downtown Three Oaks next Saturday, July 31st from 9am until 11pm. Centered in Dewey Cannon Park, event organizers expect to draw a couple thousand people for “a day in the country that combines vintage country charm with big city talent.” Food and merchandise vendors will be set up in the park, as well as wine & beer stands. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. To learn more, and order tickets, go to their website online at www.wavelengthmusicfest.com. Main sponsor of the event is the Pokagon Fund.<br /> <br /> While Planned Parenthood’s cancer screening services will be the benefactor, you the audience get to enjoy An Evening with Anne Harris at The Livery, 190 5th Street in Benton Harbor’s Arts District this coming Tuesday, July 27th with tastes of the region at 7pm and Anne’s performance at 8. You can register online at their website at www.plannedparenthood.org/midsouthmi. Seats are limited, so don’t delay.<br /> <br /> That’s all for this week, kids. Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you next Saturday, right here in MailMax!