Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Small Business Saturday!
Getting ready to shop? This Saturday, November 26 is Small Business Saturday. Go out and support your local retailers!

1. You’ll help create jobs in the community
Money spent in the community will go back into it in the form of creating employment opportunities. According to the Small Business Administration, the 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all sales in the U.S. Plus small businesses have provided 55 percent of all jobs and 66 percent of all new jobs since the 1970s. When you make a purchase at a small business, you are doing your part to stimulate the local economy.
2. Your tax dollars stay local.
Shopping at small businesses helps keep money within the neighborhood. A series of studies by the research firm Civic Economics found that 48 percent of purchases at local independent businesses go right back into the community, compared to less than 14 percent of sales made at chain stores. Your tax dollars stay locally, going toward public services, better schools, and libraries.
3. Small businesses give back to the neighborhood.
Small businesses go beyond writing a check to a local cause. They’re more likely to develop partnerships and strengthen ties with people in the neighborhood. Brick and mortar establishments can serve as community hubs, such as the coffee shop that holds open mic night or the pizza parlor that sponsors little league fundraisers.
4. Shopping at one local business helps other local businesses.
By shopping at a business in the neighborhood, you’ll most likely stop by other independent retailers in the vicinity. On top of that, some small businesses tend to offer products that are made locally, creating a ripple effect in the local economy. You can use this handy store locator tool to find businesses in your neighborhood that will be participating in this year’s SBS.
5. Small businesses offer more unique products.
You can get away from the mass-produced items found at big box chains by shopping at an independent retailer. You’ll be able to find locally made gifts that are perfect for your significant other or enjoy a one-of-a-kind specialty drink at the local watering hole.
6. It helps keep communities diverse.
Sure, we all love and go to the mainstream retailers, but can you imagine what it would be like to live in a place with nothing but non-descript strip malls? By participating in Small Business Saturday, we’re making sure independent businesses thrive by adding to the vibrancy and uniqueness of a community. It would be tough for the charming trinkets shop or the mom and pop deli around the corner to stay afloat without your patronage.

Monday, November 21, 2016

With the holiday season upon us, here are 11 enchanting things that you must do in Michigan:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Technology is changing the way we all do business.

Friday, November 11, 2016

History of Veterans Day

As we honor those who fought for this country, we wanted to reflect back on what Veteran's Day really means. Here's an interesting article:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Up North - Where does it start and what does it mean to you?

October 31, 2016

The beauty of fall in Michigan…deep blue skies, crisp cool air, sun-drenched fiery maples and stands of beautiful hardwoods. With the Michigan fall color tour season in full swing, many Michiganders are planning their annual color excursions. Indeed, Michigan is a remarkable place to meander Up North through sleepy little towns where beautiful fall colors, cider mills, and the warmth of sharing it all with family and friends makes for a perfect getaway.

For Michiganders the term Up North in itself has significant meaning and often holds a soft spot in our hearts. Think about what Up North means to you – where is your Up North? It may not take too much thought to be overwhelmed with memories of laughter, great food, and even the wonderful aroma of the great outdoors or a campfire on a cool night. You know the spot – where that special town or activity brings that feeling only Up North in Michigan can bring. Whether it’s in the form of a U.P. pasty smothered in gravy or that special little gift shop, a tour of Michigan’s fine wineries or a fall steel head run, Up North in Michigan has a special place in our hearts.

We asked a few of our employees here at Main Street Bank where Up North starts and what Up North means to them. Here’s what they had to say:

Margie Atler
“Growing up, my family spent many summers up in Harrisville. As a child, “Up North” started as soon as I could see Lake Huron out of the car window. Being at the lake was the best! My brother and I were always competing to see who could find the most Petoskey stones, catch the most tadpoles or build the biggest sand castle.”

Cathy Montrose
“Up North to me is getting away from it all and spending time with family, fishing, four-wheeling , hiking , a trip to  the Tahquamenon Falls,  Lake Superior and White Fish Point picking up stones along the shores.  Sitting around a campfire at the lake listening to the loons, roasting marshmallows, making s’mores and counting the stars in the sky, it’s so clear in the U.P.  Up North is not just about summer they have beautiful fall colors for a hike in the woods or kayaking on the lake and winter - there is plenty of time for cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing. The U.P. is a favorite spot for me, many memories are made in the U.P. all year round.” 

Dmitry Kondratyev
“My Up-North starts with Grand Heaven and goes all the way up to Leelanau Peninsula. Grand Haven is my family’s favorite weekend escape spot during hot summer months. A day on the beach, followed by live music under starry skies is a perfect combination to relax body and soul. The winding roads around wineries of Leelanau County offer breathtaking views of Grand Traverse Bay. My favorite picture spot is at Sutton’s Bay Ciders. White River runs in between Grand Haven and Grand Traverse Bay and has a special place in my heart. It reminds me of the time my father and I spent together fishing salmon. Lastly, I may have to return to Ludington, as I have recently learned that it is one of the three points of a mysterious Michigan Triangle.”

Sue Olszewski
“Iargo Springs is my treasured spot up north.  Located in Oscoda, Michigan, it offers a breathtaking view of the Au Sable River.  This site features an observation deck 300 feet above the river.  There are several additional viewing decks and an extensive boardwalk path through the natural springs.  Some springs have dams that create waterfalls.  A descending stairway, consisting of 294 steps, leads to crystal clear natural springs.  There are numerous areas to stop and rest along your journey.  Simply enjoy the stunning view and sights and sounds of wildlife.  The farther down the steps you go, the more lush, quiet and peaceful it becomes.  If you are adventurous for a mystical journey, definitely visit Iargo Springs.  It is spectacular and admission is FREE!”

So where does Up North begin for you? And please, tell us about that special up place you hold in heart. We’d love to hear from you!

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