Within Charlevoix and Emmet Counties, four of the Chambers of Commerce planned to hold Chamber Expos. The Charlevoix, Harbor Springs and the Petoskey Chambers were to have held their Expos in the spring. Northern Community Mediation (NCM) has always participated in these three events. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, these events have been cancelled for 2020.
On the other hand, the Boyne City Chamber has held its Expo in the fall. The Boyne City Chamber is in the process of evaluating whether or not they will host an Expo in 2020. If they do decide to schedule an Expo, in all probability NCM will participate.
What is an expo? A lot of fun. The various companies, organizations and associations within the service area of the specific chamber each have a booth where they display what they have to offer. Additionally, restaurants have booths so that everyone can get a “taste of the north.”
Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce Expo
Case Manager Caroline Smith with Charlevoix Circle of the Arts mascot
On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chamber Expo from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Castle Farms in Charlevoix.
Northern Community Mediation was one of 61 organizations that had a booth at the event. Of those 61 vendors, 10 provided delicious food: The Cantina, Harbor View Cafe, The Blue Pelican, Bridge Street Tap Room, Graze Catering, American Spoon, Friskes Faarm Market, East Park Tavern, Harwood Gold cafe, and French Quarter New Orleans Bistro.
In 2019, over 500 people attended the event in addition to all of the people who represented their companies and organizations. It was definitely a worthwhile event.
The Charlevoix Chamber Expo was to have been held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Petoskey Chamber of Commerce Expo
Mediator Amy Stikovich holds bowl for drawing of door prize by Case Manager Caroline Smith
On Thursday, April 18, 2019, the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chamber Expo from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Odawa Casino in Petoskey. Over 75 vendors participated. And, there was delicious food from numerous restaurants in the area.
As always, Northern Community Mediation had a booth at the Expo. This gave the staff an opportunity to promote NCM, socialize with community members, and in general, have a very pleasant evening. NCM gave away a floral arrangement as a door prize.
The 2020 Petoskey Chamber Expo was to have been held from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, April 16 at the Odawa Casino.
Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce Expo
Although the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce did not hold an Expo in 2019, they had one scheduled for May 12, 2020. Due to COVID-19, that event has been canceled.
Boyne City Chamber of Commerce Expo
The Boyne City Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Chamber Expo in the fall. In 2019, the event was held from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the Boyne City High School on Friday, October 18.
The date and times for the 2019 Boyne City Chamber Expo have yet to be announced. Rest assured, however, Northern Community Mediation will be a participant because we look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the event.