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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer In and around downtown Restaurant Week • Shopping •Luminary Festival • Light Up The Bluff • Reindog Parade • Horse Drawn Trolley Rides • Visit Santa’s House Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on November 12, 2011 November 12, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 46 have a newborn daughter, Lia. Congratulations, Andrew, and welcome to the world of busi-ness. As you finalize plans for your own Thanksgiving celebration, the folks at Round Barn Winery are having some fun with the holiday by pointing out that travelers aboard the Mayflower actually loaded more beer and wine onto their ship than they did water. They are offering up a trio of wines for your dinner table that they have dubbed the Turkey Trifecta, in the form of their Cranberry, Gewurtztraminer, and Red Demi-Sec wines. You can even download festive Happy Thanksgiving wine labels to spice up your dinner fun. Find it all online at www.roundbarnwinery.com or stop by their tasting rooms in Baroda, Union Pier and Saugatuck. If you’ve always dreamed of helping make somebody’s Thanksgiving dinner table sparkle with your delicious offerings, but just don’t have the resources to create things prop-erly in a licensed kitchen, there may be hope on the horizon. Ron Goldy would like your feedback regarding the potential for a Kitchen Incubator concept in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Getting into the food business in any capacity can be difficult, costly and some-times discouraging. The process of building or renovating and licensing a kitchen can be a very frustrating undertaking. Many simply give up on otherwise great ideas. The Kitchen Incubator could help minimize the risks involved, and provide round-the-clock access Continued on page 11 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat W ith Thanksgiving now less than two weeks away…it might not be a bad idea to practice giving thanks for some of the ways in which we’ve rebounded from the low points in the state of the local economy of late. At least one solid measure of that rebound was issued in recent days when the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States was released showing the state of Michigan a solid #2 in the nation for economic health. Before the critics go off half-cocked, the report is not just some rosy opinion from people in ivory towers. The rankings are based on critical analysis of important indica-tors such as personal income, tax revenues, employment, and housing prices. Only the state of North Dakota managed to rank higher, and before you scoff at that notion, please recognize that North Dakotans are enjoying a substantial economic boom in there state driven by oil exploration. Governor Rick Snyder did not try to take credit for the turn-around, suggesting instead that “Michiganders are pulling together to do what’s best for our state and the results are paying off.” Reaction was also swift from Mike Finney, president of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation who cited the report as “Good news and it shows that Michigan is ripe for economic growth.” In essence, by lowering business taxes, elimi-nating the Michigan Business Tax , and removing other barriers to growth, Michigan is leaping from one of the bottom tax climates in the nation to a more competitive position. Our crew at Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce can further corroborate the uptick in business activity based on early returns from our recent Business Blitz program, wherein we paid face-to-face visits to nearly 45 local companies of all types and sizes to grab a quick economic snapshot of the health of the local economy. While we heard stories up and down the success scale, we heard a lot of good news about increased hiring plans, expansion projects, and growing revenues at many local companies. The task of sifting through the numbers in preparation of the upcoming executive summary is a work in progress, but shortly the full report will be released to Chamber Board Members, the participants in the study, and eventually to the full membership of the organization and the general public. As the lead researcher on the project with access to all of the reports, grades, anecdotal comments and concerns, I can project right now that we have a great deal to be thankful for, beginning with the men and women who drive the wheels of commerce in the local business community, providing jobs, paying taxes, and helping our region continue a pattern of success. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks. Continued on page 10 M oody I know that not everybody will be enthralled with the Bloomberg report or the Blitz results because too many people still don’t have the job that they want in order to celebrate an ordinary Saturday, let alone a Happy Thanksgiving. Nevertheless…there are at least a handful of happy campers who have recently joined the world of work thanks to the growing enterprise of Abonmarche Consultants of Benton Harbor. The engi-neering and architecture firm has added half a Christmas Open House dozen new people to their ranks in the last couple of weeks including three new players in their Fort Wayne office and one each in South Bend, Manistee and at the headquar-ters in Benton Harbor. New to Fort Wayne are Project Manager Graham Lewis, Project Surveyor Aaron Springer, and Administrative & Marketing Associate Denise Peacock. At South Bend, Matthew Glass is a new Project Manager. In Manistee, Amy Cook has joined the architectural group, and in Benton Harbor, Terrie Armstrong is a new part-time Receptionist/Secretary. Congratulations to the Abonmarche team on additional new growth! Andrew Lawrick is a mighty thankful guy this holiday season. Not only is he launching his new business, he’s doing so with the knowledge that he has scored higher on his technical training than anyone if the five-year history of the franchise start-up known nation-ally as Fabulous Floors. Lawrick just returned from the rigorous training regimen in Columbus, Ohio , carrying the honor of best technician in the company. His new business, Fabulous Floors is open for business at 3820 M-139 in St. Joseph. He will resurface hardwood and laminate floors with a new process that is completely dustless and odor-free. On top of that, your floors can be walked upon just a few hours after the resurfacing is complete, and the process costs about a third of traditional floor refinishing methods. You can learn at www.fabulousfloorsusa.com/mi or you can call Andrew at 269-277-5074. Andrew is married to Gina Lawrick, and they 20% off* Save 10%* Store Wide Friday, Nov. 18th, 9 a.m.– 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19th, 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20th, 12 p.m.– 4 p.m. Enjoy Refreshments! Christmas & Fall Accessories Now ndays! Su ru n h e t p h O 0t th 2 . v No ec . 18 m. D 4 p. 12-57530 M-51 South • Dowagiac, MI • (800) 884-5020 Free Layaway • www.imperialfurniture.net • *In stock items only. 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Pat Moody

With Thanksgiving now less than two weeks away…it might not be a bad idea to practice giving thanks for some of the ways in which we’ve rebounded from the low points in the state of the local economy of late. At least one solid measure of that rebound was issued in recent days when the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States was released showing the state of Michigan a solid #2 in the nation for economic health. Before the critics go off half-cocked, the report is not just some rosy opinion from people in ivory towers. The rankings are based on critical analysis of important indicators such as personal income, tax revenues, employment, and housing prices. Only the state of North Dakota managed to rank higher, and before you scoff at that notion, please recognize that North Dakotans are enjoying a substantial economic boom in there state driven by oil exploration. Governor Rick Snyder did not try to take credit for the turn-around, suggesting instead that “Michiganders are pulling together to do what’s best for our state and the results are paying off.” Reaction was also swift from Mike Finney, president of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation who cited the report as “Good news and it shows that Michigan is ripe for economic growth.” In essence, by lowering business taxes, eliminating the Michigan Business Tax, and removing other barriers to growth, Michigan is leaping from one of the bottom tax climates in the nation to a more competitive position.<br /> <br /> Our crew at Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce can further corroborate the uptick in business activity based on early returns from our recent Business Blitz program, wherein we paid face-to-face visits to nearly 45 local companies of all types and sizes to grab a quick economic snapshot of the health of the local economy. While we heard stories up and down the success scale, we heard a lot of good news about increased hiring plans, expansion projects, and growing revenues at many local companies. The task of sifting through the numbers in preparation of the upcoming executive summary is a work in progress, but shortly the full report will be released to Chamber Board Members, the participants in the study, and eventually to the full membership of the organization and the general public. As the lead researcher on the project with access to all of the reports, grades, anecdotal comments and concerns, I can project right now that we have a great deal to be thankful for, beginning with the men and women who drive the wheels of commerce in the local business community, providing jobs, paying taxes, and helping our region continue a pattern of success. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.<br /> <br /> I know that not everybody will be enthralled with the Bloomberg report or the Blitz results because too many people still don’t have the job that they want in order to celebrate an ordinary Saturday, let alone a Happy Thanksgiving. Nevertheless…there are at least a handful of happy campers who have recently joined the world of work thanks to the growing enterprise of Abonmarche Consultants of Benton Harbor. The engineering and architecture firm has added half a dozen new people to their ranks in the last couple of weeks including three new players in their Fort Wayne office and one each in South Bend, Manistee and at the headquarters in Benton Harbor. New to Fort Wayne are Project Manager Graham Lewis, Project Surveyor Aaron Springer, and Administrative & Marketing Associate Denise Peacock. At South Bend, Matthew Glass is a new Project Manager. In Manistee, Amy Cook has joined the architectural group, and in Benton Harbor, Terrie Armstrong is a new part-time Receptionist/Secretary. Congratulations to the Abonmarche team on additional new growth!<br /> <br /> Andrew Lawrick is a mighty thankful guy this holiday season. Not only is he launching his new business, he’s doing so with the knowledge that he has scored higher on his technical training than anyone if the five-year history of the franchise start-up known nationally as Fabulous Floors. Lawrick just returned from the rigorous training regimen in Columbus, Ohio, carrying the honor of best technician in the company. His new business, Fabulous Floors is open for business at 3820 M-139 in St. Joseph. He will resurface hardwood and laminate floors with a new process that is completely dustless and odorfree. On top of that, your floors can be walked upon just a few hours after the resurfacing is complete, and the process costs about a third of traditional floor refinishing methods. You can learn at www.fabulousfloorsusa.com/mi or you can call Andrew at 269-277-5074. Andrew is married to Gina Lawrick, and they have a newborn daughter, Lia. Congratulations, Andrew, and welcome to the world of business.<br /> <br /> As you finalize plans for your own Thanksgiving celebration, the folks at Round Barn Winery are having some fun with the holiday by pointing out that travelers aboard the Mayflower actually loaded more beer and wine onto their ship than they did water. They are offering up a trio of wines for your dinner table that they have dubbed the Turkey Trifecta, in the form of their Cranberry, Gewurtztraminer, and Red Demi-Sec wines. You can even download festive Happy Thanksgiving wine labels to spice up your dinner fun. Find it all online at www.roundbarnwinery.com or stop by their tasting rooms in Baroda, Union Pier and Saugatuck.<br /> <br /> If you’ve always dreamed of helping make somebody’s Thanksgiving dinner table sparkle with your delicious offerings, but just don’t have the resources to create things properly in a licensed kitchen, there may be hope on the horizon. Ron Goldy would like your feedback regarding the potential for a Kitchen Incubator concept in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Getting into the food business in any capacity can be difficult, costly and sometimes discouraging. The process of building or renovating and licensing a kitchen can be a very frustrating undertaking. Many simply give up on otherwise great ideas. The Kitchen Incubator could help minimize the risks involved, and provide round-the-clock access to clients who would be charged based on the time they need, the equipment they use, and the storage space required. Since our region enjoys an abundance of the necessary raw products, and many other parts of the food chain infrastructure, the prospects for such a kitchen are ripe. If you think you would be a user of such a facility, you can now show your interest by participating in a survey designed to gauge the potential for the project. Send an e-mail to sjbhkitchensurvey@gmail.com by the end of the year. You will receive a link to the survey to help identify your potential use and the features you would want going forward. Filling out the survey does not obligate you in any way toward future use of the facility should it become a reality. Who knows… maybe someday we’ll all be eating your world famous Thanksgiving stuffing!<br /> <br /> If, on the other hand, you’d just like to acquire some new culinary skills so that the family isn’t throwing their plate of food back at you during the football game, my friends at Perennial Accents are firing up their fall cooking class schedule. Next Saturday, the 19th, Chef Ryan Thornburg from the Bistro will offer up “Fall Classics with a Chef’s Touch” from 2 until 4pm. If you want to take a break from holiday shopping on Saturday the 26th, instructor Marilyn Mann is stands ready to help you “Dazzle Your Holiday Foods,” from 11am until 1pm. You must register in advance for classes at www.perennialaccents.com. Watch for other free offerings you can simply walk in on in coming days as well. You’ll find Perennial Accents at 220 State Street in Downtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> To help you decorate for the season, Crystal Springs Florist hosts their “Deck the Halls” open house today, Saturday, November 12th, from 8am until 5pm featuring Santa’s arrival at 3:30pm. There will be free gifts for everyone…and a host of great prizes, so get in the mood and get to 1475 Pipestone Road in Benton Harbor today. Don’t miss it!<br /> <br /> Next Saturday, The Box Factory for the Arts fires up the celebration with an open house and new exhibits in all galleries from 9am until 3pm on the 19th. The Berrien Artists Guild artists and artisans will be featured in all three galleries during the open house exhibits which will remain in place through January 3rd. Included in next Saturday’s events will be a “Taste of the Box,” which is a bake sale in the café area with live music and refreshments. Be sure to check out the “Old Tyme Christmas” in the Robert Williams Gallery featuring gift suggestions from the members. You’ll find the Box Factory on the hill at 1101 Broad Street in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> The Benton Harbor Arts District has a couple of new additions coming with the joint grand opening on Friday, November 25th, of Main Street Galleries and M’s Jemz.<br /> Situated between New Moon Gallery & Tabor Hill’s Wine Tasting Room, the doors will open at 6pm that Friday. The Main Street Galleries will present internationally acclaimed artists in collaboration with the Lakeside Center for the Arts, along with new ceramic works by John Wilson. M’s Jemz will feature hand-crafted and custom-designed jewelry by Miranda Skibbe, and a bead shop, wherein Miranda will also conduct classes in beadworking. To learn more, stop on by or call 269-925-2708. Welcome!<br /> <br /> If you like both art work and the art of surfing, Third Coast Surf Shop hopes to see your smiling face at their downtown St. Joseph headquarters next Saturday, the 19th, for their second featured Surf Art Exhibition. For the first time ever in Michigan the work of Chicago-based surfer Mike Killion will be showcased. His photography has appeared in numerous national publications and in worldwide exhibitions. A reception to launch the exhibition will take place from 5 until 8pm next Saturday, along with a number of in-store sales. The shop is located at 212 State Street in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> Berrien County babies need your help!<br /> <br /> My friends at the Great Start Parent Coalition are hosting a major Diaper Drive this month with a target of reaching 15,000 diapers by November 30th. There are multiple sites where you can drop off donated diapers of any size including all Berrien County Walgreens, and Edgewater Bank locations… the Benton Harbor, Eau Claire, Galien and St. Joseph Libraries…the YMCA…and many churches and schools. The diapers will be distributed to local food banks, shelters, and home visiting programs. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted by the folks at Berrien RESA in Berrien Springs. Thanks for whatever help you can provide.<br /> <br /> That’s all the time and space again this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you next Saturday, right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of<br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> page 12 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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