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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Pa per. ws Ne Your Good December 3, 2011 www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 3, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 49 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 A couple of years ago, Overflow Church providing webcast services. The Benton 30 SERVING YOU LOCALLY FOR YEARS focus on economic gardening can lead to solid Township company which has been engaged in acquired the former Sears Store in the Orchards Pat growth when you follow the blueprint example of Harbor Graphics, right here in the heart of Michigan’s Great Southwest! A couple of doors down from Harbor Graphics, another local company is evolving to bring expanded services to the marketplace. Larry Coyle, President of TGA Recording Company tells me that they are now rapidly growing a list of clientele for which they are W hen Michigan Governor Rick Snyder delivered his inaugural State of the State address in Lansing early this year, a key compo-nent of his recovery plan was the concept of Economic Gardening . Essentially that concept looks at “second stage” entrepreneurial compa-nies that are experiencing and/or preparing for exponential growth in a variety of ways. One local company that continues to plant the seeds of success in their own economic gardening way has been bursting at the seams and is plowing head-long into 2012 with the power of a tractor on steroids. I have written before about the ongoing success over the years of Harbor Graphics Company of Benton Harbor. My friend Larry Graefen continues to shepherd his team through exponential growth through inno-vation and acquisition in the world of fleet graphics and in-store point of purchase mer-chandising signage. Structural steel is being erected for a 10,000-square foot addition to the company’s facility in the Urbandale Industrial Park in Benton Charter Township. That will bring Harbor Graphics capacity to 40,000-square feet over all when the project is complete later this month. HG’s parent company, Vomela of Minnesota , continues to grow through acquisi-tion of both competitors and ancillary firms that add value to their own product line. A couple of months ago they purchased the assets of SelectoFlash of West Orange, New Jersey , which has already pumped more than $3-million dollars in new sales into the HG line up this year. Incidentally, SelectoFlash was the originator of the blinking light barricades used for decades at road construction sites before the advent of the ubiquitous orange barrels we see along our high-ways and byways. The more than 50-year old company successfully transitioned to truck and bus graphics until declaring bankruptcy earlier this year. Earlier this month, the HG team acquired American Screen Art in Knoxville, Tennessee. Larry tells me that the fleet graphics half of American Screen Art’s business will be moved to the Benton Harbor operation, and the balance of that company’s business will be moved to a Vomela site in Highpoint, North Carolina. These new additions to the Vomela line-up will create a more than $150-million dol-lar corporation, and will nearly double the sales volume in Benton Harbor alone from 2010 to 2012. It was only about 18-months ago that HG acquired C-2 Media of New York, Denver and Vancouver . That broadened HG’s fleet capa-bilities to buses, taxi-cabs, and some retail store graphics. All of this growth on the local level has resulted in a dozen new employees at the Urbandale Avenue plant so far this year, and Larry anticipates adding another six to eight new workers in the New Year. Clearly, the Governor’s Continued on page 10 M oody FOR CHRISTMAS? TOP Dollar, Hands Down! NEED EXTRA MONEY We Buy Old Pocket Watches the production of audio and video works for decades has become quite adept at providing webcast forums for local companies and groups wherein they can provide up to three video cam-eras with smooth transitions between cameras, your PowerPoint and other meeting support documents. The TGA crew can supply turnkey operations including all the microphones, light-ing gear and playback capabilities for both audio and video content. The nice thing is you can have them produce the webcast directly from your place of business or other location or you can produce things in their fully equipped stu-dios on Urbandale Avenue. Through webcasting you can conduct a meeting locally and expand your audience globally. Nothing like increased participation while reducing time and costs. You can customize and brand the meeting invitations, registration and presentation with your own logo, conduct Q&A sessions with face-to-face video interaction, conduct polls, quizzes and surveys right in the middle of the webcast and more. Following your event you can get attendance reports showing who participated and for how long. You can even capture the entire event and make it available for later, on-demand viewing. Larry and the crew are at the ready to answer your questions and get you started. Give him a call at 926-7581 or at www.tgarecording.com. You’ll find them at 295 Urbandale Avenue in the Urbandale Industrial Park. Mall via donation from the previous owner. Now, in an effort to help the mall return to its glory days, the church has entered into a lease-to-purchase agreement with the owners of the mall, Sequoia Investments. The mall now has full and immediate access to the building and after 48-months will own the deed outright, allowing mall management to put a retail opera-tion back within those walls. Meanwhile, the church’s social business, the Mosaic Resale & Resource Center will move from its current location near the new Burlington store in Benton Township to space recently vacated by the 6-Degrees resale shop on Main Street across from Michigan Works. There they will share space with the new Overflow Coffee Café. That move will take place in January. Mosaic will be open through Christmas and then re-open on January 6 th in downtown Benton Harbor. Lots of happy couples become engaged dur-ing the holiday season each year, and Samantha Kelm from Simply Unforgettable Occasions of Stevensville is becoming quite resourceful in helping those who will be getting married. She has recently founded a new project she is calling the Southwest Michigan Bridal BASH. She contends that it will be an experience unlike any other in the region. Brides and grooms will have the chance to celebrate their engagement while beginning the tasks of wedding planning. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

When Michigan Governor Rick Snyder delivered his inaugural State of the State address in Lansing early this year, a key component of his recovery plan was the concept of Economic Gardening. Essentially that concept looks at “second stage” entrepreneurial companies that are experiencing and/or preparing for exponential growth in a variety of ways. One local company that continues to plant the seeds of success in their own economic gardening way has been bursting at the seams and is plowing head-long into 2012 with the power of a tractor on steroids. I have written before about the ongoing success over the years of Harbor Graphics Company of Benton Harbor. My friend Larry Graefen continues to shepherd his team through exponential growth through innovation and acquisition in the world of fleet graphics and in-store point of purchase merchandising signage. Structural steel is being erected for a 10,000-square foot addition to the company’s facility in the Urbandale Industrial Park in Benton Charter Township. That will bring Harbor Graphics capacity to 40,000-square feet over all when the project is complete later this month. HG’s parent company, Vomela of Minnesota, continues to grow through acquisition of both competitors and ancillary firms that add value to their own product line. <br /> <br /> A couple of months ago they purchased the assets of SelectoFlash of West Orange, New Jersey, which has already pumped more than $3-million dollars in new sales into the HG line up this year. Incidentally, SelectoFlash was the originator of the blinking light barricades used for decades at road construction sites before the advent of the ubiquitous orange barrels we see along our highways and byways. The more than 50-year old company successfully transitioned to truck and bus graphics until declaring bankruptcy earlier this year. Earlier this month, the HG team acquired American Screen Art in Knoxville, Tennessee. Larry tells me that the fleet graphics half of American Screen Art’s business will be moved to the Benton Harbor operation, and the balance of that company’s business will be moved to a Vomela site in Highpoint, North Carolina. These new additions to the Vomela line-up will create a more than $150-million dollar corporation, and will nearly double the sales volume in Benton Harbor alone from 2010 to 2012. It was only about 18-months ago that HG acquired C-2 Media of New York, Denver and Vancouver. That broadened HG’s fleet capabilities to buses, taxi-cabs, and some retail store graphics. All of this growth on the local level has resulted in a dozen new employees at the Urbandale Avenue plant so far this year, and Larry anticipates adding another six to eight new workers in the New Year. Clearly, the Governor’s focus on economic gardening can lead to solid growth when you follow the blueprint example of Harbor Graphics, right here in the heart of Michigan’s Great Southwest!<br /> <br /> A couple of doors down from Harbor Graphics, another local company is evolving to bring expanded services to the marketplace. Larry Coyle, President of TGA Recording Company tells me that they are now rapidly growing a list of clientele for which they are providing webcast services. The Benton Township company which has been engaged in the production of audio and video works for decades has become quite adept at providing webcast forums for local companies and groups wherein they can provide up to three video cameras with smooth transitions between cameras, your PowerPoint and other meeting support documents. The TGA crew can supply turnkey operations including all the microphones, lighting gear and playback capabilities for both audio and video content. The nice thing is you can have them produce the webcast directly from your place of business or other location or you can produce things in their fully equipped studios on Urbandale Avenue. Through webcasting you can conduct a meeting locally and expand your audience globally. Nothing like increased participation while reducing time and costs. You can customize and brand the meeting invitations, registration and presentation with your own logo, conduct Q&A sessions with face-to-face video interaction, conduct polls, quizzes and surveys right in the middle of the webcast and more. Following your event you can get attendance reports showing who participated and for how long. You can even capture the entire event and make it available for later, on-demand viewing. Larry and the crew are at the ready to answer your questions and get you started. Give him a call at 926-7581 or at www.tgarecording.com. You’ll find them at 295 Urbandale Avenue in the Urbandale Industrial Park.<br /> <br /> A couple of years ago, Overflow Church acquired the former Sears Store in the Orchards Mall via donation from the previous owner. Now, in an effort to help the mall return to its glory days, the church has entered into a lease to- purchase agreement with the owners of the mall, Sequoia Investments. The mall now has full and immediate access to the building and after 48-months will own the deed outright, allowing mall management to put a retail operation back within those walls. Meanwhile, the church’s social business, the Mosaic Resale & Resource Center will move from its current location near the new Burlington store in Benton Township to space recently vacated by the 6-Degrees resale shop on Main Street across from Michigan Works. There they will share space with the new Overflow Coffee Café. That move will take place in January. Mosaic will be open through Christmas and then re-open on January 6th in downtown Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> Lots of happy couples become engaged during the holiday season each year, and Samantha Kelm from Simply Unforgettable Occasions of Stevensville is becoming quite resourceful in helping those who will be getting married. She has recently founded a new project she is calling the Southwest Michigan Bridal BASH. She contends that it will be an experience unlike any other in the region. Brides and grooms will have the chance to celebrate their engagement while beginning the tasks of wedding planning. Couples will be invited to browse décor and Interact with local wedding professionals with products and services to offer. All the while they’ll be enjoying music, food, cocktails, dancing and visual demonstrations at the BASH. The event consists of some of the top wedding professionals in their field of expertise, and will take place on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at The Vineland Center in St. Joseph. Pre-registration began on the Friday after Thanksgiving and will continue up until February 17th. Tickets now are $8-each, but will rise to $10 if you wait until the day of the event. Vendors will showcase goods and services in a fun, informative and completely interactive way at the BASH. Swag Bags will be awarded to every bride on hand, and one lucky bride will win a Dream Wedding and a lucky groom will win a complete gaming package. Kelm’s co-founders include Daniel Hanson II, owner of Hanson Productions, Don Damron & Jennifer Malone from the Vineland Center, and Mary Hendrix of Simply Chic, who will conduct the interactive Fashion Show. You can pre-register online at www.swmibridalbash.com.<br /> <br /> A couple of weeks ago I gave you some of the bare essentials regarding Michael Rowe’s new venture with Spinecare. I’m happy to tell you that the office is now officially open for business and taking clients at 3134 Niles Road in St. Joseph, and his website is fully operational now at www.bestspinecare.com. Rowe is a native of Watervliet who returned to the community after earning his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic. He is also a graduate of Hillsdale College, who worked in the Metro Detroit market concentrating on rehab and preventative care. His lifelong dream and goal was to return to his roots in Michigan’s Great Southwest to establish his own practice. He also longed to bring something back with him that was not currently being offered: the spinal decompression therapy helpful in treating low back and neck pain. You can reach Dr. Rowe at 408-8439 for additional information.<br /> <br /> Also now open for business is the new Harbor Town Sales Center, showcasing the project for 17 new homes scheduled to be built in the next year as the result of a partnership between the City of Benton Harbor, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and Cornerstone Alliance. The Harbor Town neighborhood on Market Street between Eighth and Twelfth Streets will be marketed through the new sales center just opened at 170 E. Wall Street in Benton Harbor, a block away from City Hall. The center is open Saturday afternoons from 1 until 4pm or by appointment. Interested buyers can also contact Realtors Deb Patterson at 208- 3367 or Dan Morissette at 449-4198. You can also learn a great deal more regarding the project online at www.harbortownmi.com. <br /> <br /> Hungry holiday shoppers, or those just looking for good lunch and dinner options are increasingly finding Vitale’s Famous Subs in downtown St. Joseph. Now, teachers, faculty, and students across the region will do well to find the sub shop at 315 State Street downtown.<br /> <br /> Why? How about an automatic 10% discount on all purchases when you show your teacher or student ID? Owner Jason Rosenthal told me recently that he feels that a good education leads to a strong and healthy community, and he wants to help keep costs down for those engaged in the process. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 11am until 7pm during the Fall and Winter seasons. If you have questions, you can reach the shop at 985-0200.<br /> <br /> Another major way that you can keep the world of education working at its optimal best in the region this holiday season is through the Achieving Excellence Brick by Brick campaign being promoted by the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation. It’s your chance to become a permanent part of the new campus facility at St. Joseph High School. You can purchase an engraved brick for installation on the plaza at the new entrance to the high school or the new Performing Arts Center entrance. Not only will you be making a meaningful local purchase for friends and family members, you will be supporting academic excellence as funds raised are used for additional equipment, materials and programming for the school system. Best of all, you can do your shopping for these gifts online from the comfort of your own home or office at www.stjosephpublicschoolsfoundation.org. Or, you can call Christine Waterhouse at 926-3252. Do it today, before you set your MailMax aside and forget to sign on.<br /> <br /> If you love hockey, take note: the St. Joseph Sunday Night Adult Hockey League is looking for new players. It’s a recreational hockey league with no-check, no playoffs, and is open to all ability levels. You must be at least 25. The season runs through mid-March. If you are interested, please contact Eric Merrow at 269- 759-9130.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week. See you at the Rein Dog Parade which starts at noon today, and next Saturday right here in your MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> <br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org page 12 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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