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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Declaration of Interdependence

As many of you know, I’m participating in a year-long study this year on the concept of Conscious Capitalism. In simple terms, it’s about how those businesses who do good things to improve the human condition in their community ultimately see larger profits. It’s a win-win. The business grows while those people around them grow too.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Really Good Business

Last month I introduced the concept of Conscious Capitalism to the membership at the State of the Community Luncheon. Some members responded by saying, “Carlin has gone all ‘Bernie Sanders’ on us!” Since today is primary election day, I thought I should clear the record, to let you know what we’re really trying to accomplish with our Thriving Petoskey initiative.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Hello Chamber Members and Friends, Your chamber’s Board of Directors met last Tuesday at their Annual Meeting where they approved the chamber’s budget, strategic plan, and board meeting schedule for 2016. They also reviewed our current financial status, and looked back on the accomplishments of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2015. I’m proud to report that your chamber of commerce is in sound condition. You can be assured that the chamber staff, board of directors, and volunteers are utilizing your investments in the chamber in a prudent way that offers strong programming while maintaining a reasonable fund balance. Since the chamber belongs to all of you, as investors, we owe it to you to provide this annual report. We tried to keep it as brief and easy to read as possible.
Monday, March 23, 2015

BALLOT PROPOSAL - BE IN THE KNOW, From Your President, Carlin Smith

Sometimes education is the best advocacy and that’s the case with Ballot Proposal 15-1 which will be before Michigan voters on the May 5th ballot. This complicated proposal is designed to raise the necessary $1.2 billion needed to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges without hurting the School Aid Fund and local units of government. With the help of our Director of Government Relations, Kent Wood, I’ve developed this message as a way to help you better understand the proposal.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Vote Yes for Athletic Complex

The blue signs are everywhere saying, “It’s Time.” I have to agree. It’s time for the Community Athletic Complex at Petoskey Schools. It is time for this next phase of growth for our schools. It’s time to retire an outdated athletic complex. It’s time to take advantage of some retiring debt to make this affordable for taxpayers. It’s time to improve safety and bring all of our athletic facilities onto the school campus.

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