December 2018
Your Place for Business News, Local Events and Updates

Welcome to our Newest Chamber Members!



All Things Serenity Yoga & Event Center

Purchase (2) $50 gift cards the month of December and save $10!   Gift cards can be used on unlimited classes monthly, Thai BodyWork (yoga massage), Yoga Healthcare evaluation, assessment and plan, or toward a building rental for a party of any kind.  

The Event Center features a beautiful indoor and outdoor settings with the river as the backdrop.  The outdoor decks are very spacious and private.  The building is a charming 1860's full brick building which features space for beautiful indoor and outdoor weddings and receptions of 80 guests maximum.  Cost is $500/5 hours, $100 for every additional hour of rental.  Full amenities:  Indoor and outdoor tables and chairs, linens, dishes, decorations, etc. all included.  A full reliable vendor list is available for food, music, entertainment, etc.  Reunions, meetings, kids birthday parties and bachelorette Aerial Yoga parties:  Rental cost: $125/4 hours for small parties. 
9:00 – 10:00  AM Yoga body sculpting (hand weights optional)
10:00 -11:00  AM Beginner/Stretch - Learn and heal through yogic breathing, meditation & postures
6:00–7:00  PM Vinyasa - Breath-synchronized smooth flowing aerobic movement, dance-like
9:00 – 10:00  AM Yoga body sculpting (hand weights optional)
10:00 -11:00 AM Beginner/Stretch - Learn and heal through yogic breathing, meditation & postures
6:00 – 7:00    PM Fire & Ice (hot core power yoga with components of Pilates and Tabata followed by slow deep stretching)
6:00 – 7:00   PM Fire & Ice (hot core power yoga with components of Pilates and Tabata followed by slow deep tretching)
9:00 – 10:00 AM Yoga Body Sculpting (hand weights optional)
10:00 - 11:00 AM Beginner/Stretch - Learn and heal through yogic breathing, meditation & postures
8:00 – 9:00   AM Hatha/Aerial Swings - Holding postures/muscle building on the floor, or in the swings
6:00 – 7:00 PM Yoga for Every Body - Stretch, strengthen & enrich each person’s individual yoga practice

Facebook Page: All Things Serenity 

The Patio Frozen Treats

Looking for a fun way to say thank you to your customers or employees? The Patio can help with both!

The Patio offers Commercial Coupons which are business card sized coupons that local businesses can purchase in mass quantities at a discounted price. These coupons have The Patio’s basic information and logo on one side but the purchasing businesses logo and their coupon details on the other.

Planning an upcoming Holiday Party? The Patio also offers group discounts and catering!
Go to or email for more info!

Branch County Association of Realtors

The Branch County Association of Realtors® (BCAR) has been serving Branch County since 1958. This year marks BCAR’s 60th Anniversary!

The Installation / Christmas Party Committee has been busy collecting donations for the BCAR Installation of Officers / Christmas Party to be held on November 29th at The Broadway Grille. Special guest State Representative Eric Leutheuser will be in attendance as we administer the “Oath of Office” to the newly elected Board of Directors, after which we will present the Branch County 2018 “Realtor® of the Year” and “Affiliate of the Year” awards.

The committee has been hard at work since June, soliciting area businesses and BCAR members for items to include in a live auction, silent auction, raffle baskets, and door prizes. The money raised at the party is then donated to Branch County area charities. The goal is to beat last year’s donations of $3,000 to Back Pack Buddies, $3,000 to Teen Share and $3,000 to Foster Care Enrichment Fund!

The mission of the Branch County Association of REALTORS® (BCAR) is to be the voice for real estate in Branch County by protecting and upholding the REALTOR® profession, providing the members with value for their dollars, delivering convenient real estate information, services and programs so members can be successful while creating trust and loyalty between clients, members and the BCAR.


Sandy Duvendack Executive Officer
Branch County Association of REALTORS® 28 W. Chicago Street, Suite 1E
Coldwater, MI 49036
517-278-3192 Office
517-278-4164 Fax


Once again this year, AM 1590 and FM 95.5 WTVB will be your soundtrack for the Christmas holiday season. The station will kick-off its All Christmas format Saturday, December 8 and continue through Wednesday, December 26.  While regular local news, sports, the Delaney in Morning Show, and other features will continue, all the music played on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 will be Christmas.
In addition, the station's website will feature a special Merry Michigan page (, with holiday features, recipes, tips and ideas, and ways to give back during the Christmas season.

Binder Park Zoo Presents: Zoolights

The zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with brilliant light displays, festive décor and plenty of “oohs and aahs”! Celebrate the season with the whole family and plan a merry visit to the zoo to see winter hardy animals on exhibit, ride the carousel and enjoy special featured events each evening!
ZooLights is 4 weekends Friday - Sunday
November 30 - December 23
5-8 pm each night
$5 Binder Park Zoo Member
$6 General Public
Wild Africa is not open for ZooLights.
Dinner with Santa
One of the most memorable experiences at ZooLights is Dinner with Santa - a traditional family style meal with the jolly old elf himself!
Saturday, December 1, 8 and 15 from 5-7pm at the Conservation Hall of the Binda Conservation Discovery Center
Cost - $20 for adults (ages 11 and up), $15 for children (ages 2-10) and includes your admission to ZooLights.  Children under age 2 are admitted free.
Prepared by the Taste of Binder Park Zoo, dinner includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes & homemade gravy, mouth-watering macaroni & cheese, sautéed green beans, dinner rolls & butter, assorted holiday cookies and beverages.



Your Chamber Membership Cost-Justified

EVERY business, every non-profit, every organization in this community should examine its cost-justification in relation to becoming a part of the Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce. 
If you are already a member, you have probably done this exercise, and concluded that being a member of this business organization returns your business more than the $23/month it costs to belong. 
If you haven’t become a member, let’s cost-justify it now.
As a Chamber member, your organization demonstrates that it supports other businesses, champions the community, is a team player, and wants to be a part of a growing economy.  What’s that worth to your business?
Why should you commit that $23/month?  Because membership in the local chamber offers numerous benefits and keeps business owners on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within their community and local marketplace.  You must take advantage of available opportunities in order to earn a return, but the returns are there.
AND, research points out that consumers are more likely to do business with a company if it’s a member of their local chamber of commerce.  What’s that worth?
According a research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services, when potential customers know that a small business is a local-Chamber member, they are 44 percent more likely to view that business positively; and, 63 percent more likely to buy goods or services from the company.
Still don’t have the money or the time?  Consider the following:
  • Most consumers (59 percent) think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is a positive business strategy.  And, 26 percent find that Chamber membership adds positive impact to a business’ reputation. 
  • If a company shows that it’s highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., sits on the Chamber board, works as an ambassador, or volunteers), consumers are 12 percent more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.  It conveys a feeling that the member-company is trustworthy, is involved in the community, and is an industry leader.
  • A couple of study examples listed were that if consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 40 percent more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.  And, if those consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 43 percent more likely to consider choosing that company. 
Still not ready to join us?  
Let’s talk about community for a moment.  Why should we support other business-owners?  If the entire community is more successful, vibrant, profitable, isn’t that good for your business?   And, working with, and networking with, other business people who are like-minded in their support of community must be a benefit for your business. 
In my business, like most, I’m much more successful, if I can help other businesses that I work with to be more successful.  Why wouldn’t I want to do that?
If every area-business joined the Chamber, we’d have more resource to effect more positive results.  We’d have a bigger network to enhance each of our businesses.  We’d have a larger pool of expertise to draw from and to share.  And, we’d have financial advantages that would allow us to take on more projects, more education, more support in a variety of areas, and to have more impact in the community. 
The Chamber can be a tool that can effect change, and enhance business, as well as impact other areas in the community.  It seems like $23/month is a good investment.  Why not call the Chamber office today, (517)278-5985, or email the Chamber office today at to get involved? 

Community Leaders



Coldwater Chamber Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party


Coldwater Chamber Business for Breakfast, Sponsored by Oaklawn Hospital


-Ice Fest 2019-


Kiess Jewelry

The Branch County Community Foundation

The Coldwater Holiday Decoration Endowment:

In 1999, The City of Coldwater opened a fund to help repair, replenish, and restore the Holiday decorations around Downtown Coldwater. Over $88,000 was initially raised by the community and since then the fund has slowly dwindled as new decorations and light have been purchased and there have been repairs made to existing decorations. Please consider making a year-end donation to support the purchase and maintenance of the holiday decorations in Downtown Coldwater! 

The Forever Fund:
The Forever Fund within the Branch County Community Foundation has a broad impact on the community because it awards grants for any project or program that improves the quality of life in Branch County and it supports the Community Foundation's work toward that goal. It is the only fund where distributions aren't restricted to a specific cause. This year the Community Foundation was able to grant over $18,000 to programs and projects within Branch County and Colon  that ranged from supporting first responders to cultural awareness to homelessness prevention because of donations made to the Forever Fund. 

Shemel's Carpet

Coldwater Schools of Hope Reading Program

This is a United Way of Branch County program that has a goal of assisting elementary students to reach grade level reading. It is a one on one tutoring program of second grade students who are not reading at grade level. This program is a partnership with the Branch County United Way, The Great Start Collaborative, Coldwater Community Schools and the Kiwanis Club of Coldwater as the community partner.

The tutoring program was developed in response to legislation enacted by the state legislature requiring that third grade students are reading at grade level before advancing to fourth grade. The four partners came together to engage the Coldwater community in response to this need.

You can participate as a volunteer tutor and make a difference in a child’s life. A tutor meets with a student on a weekly basis for 30 minutes. During that time the student will read, and you will aid in vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension.

Each tutor receives training, tutor tools and support to be successful. The results for the program in the last two years has been impressive. Over 85% of the students participating and receiving the tutoring has reached or is only slightly below grade level reading. In the last year the group of dedicated tutors had over 1,000 hours of volunteer hours on the project.

Join us and be a part of something that is fun, meaningful and rewarding.

Contact us at, call the United Way of Branch County at 279-7129, or Jefferson Elementary at 279-5970.
Coldwater Schools of Hope Reading Program

Quincy Lights


Franke Center for Performing Arts


Advanas Foot & Ankle Specialists Holiday Food Drive

Stop in there Coldwater office located at 300 E Chicago St, Coldwater, MI 49036 to drop off a donation on Mondays or Wedenesday from 9am-130pm or on Thursdays from 9am-4pm!  Donations will be accepted up until December 6th!

Longstreet Living Presents: Sip & Shop


Coach Eby Youth Holiday Happenings


Corporate Partners

Chamber E-News - December 2018