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Cub Scout presents check to Nature Center

 

Ryan Hess with Howard Christensen board members and Ryan’s younger siblings.

Ryan Hess, of Cub Scout Pack 3220, presented a check of $430.66 to Howard Christensen Nature Center last Saturday, August 4.

“We are so grateful for his donation,” Kim Gillow, on behalf of the Nature Center. “He is the best!”

Ryan needed to raise money for a community project for his Cub Scout badge. His older brother had done a can drive for a student with cancer, so Ryan decided he wanted to do one for HCNC, who had lost money due to an embezzlement. In addition to the can drive, he and his mom invited the Dark Knight of Michigan and the Cosplay Crusaders to the Cedar Springs Historical Society Car Show, where people got a chance to sit in the bike back for a donation. The pack also sold their beef sticks, with the proceeds going to HCNC.

Ryan in the Critter Room and Interpretive Center.

He is optimistic that they will be able to pay some bills or get another animal for the critter room. 

“I’m lucky I got to get in the $400s. It feels awesome,” he said. 

“Thanks to Cub Scout Pack 3220, The Dark Knight of Michigan, Cosplay Crusaders, and Cedar Springs Historical Museum Car Show and our community for making Ryan’s project successful!” said Ryan’s mom, Dana Hess. 

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Cedar Springs Brewing Company beer found across Kent County

 

Brewery announces draft distribution of their Küsterer Bier brand beers

Cedar Springs Brewing Company is proud to announce a new partnership with West Side Beer Distributing. The brewery’s historical and traditional Küsterer Bier brand lagers and ales are now available on tap at bars and restaurants in Kent County.

“We are very excited to partner with Cedar Springs Brewing Company and help grow the Küsterer brands’ distribution throughout the Kent County market,” said West Side Beer Distributing Key Account Manager Kyle Klopcic.

West Side Beer Distributing is a beer wholesaler based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company provides Anheuser Busch products as well as over 40 craft and import beer brands to customers in the Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Romulus areas. 

In June, the distributor began providing Cedar Springs brews on draft at its retailers within Kent County. 

“We are fortunate to have some outstanding wholesalers available within our home market, but we felt West Side was the best fit for us and will allow us to service our retail customers more efficiently,” said David Ringler, director of happiness at Cedar Springs Brewing Company. 

Cedar Springs Brewing Company’s Küsterer Bier line is named for Christoph Kusterer, a German immigrant who arrived in West Michigan around 1844. One of the earliest brewers in Grand Rapids, Kusterer helped establish a brewing legacy that lasted over a century.

Cedar Springs Brewing Company pays homage to that legacy with their eponymous brand. The beers in the Küsterer Bier brand are brewed following German and Bavarian traditions and include a variety of Weissbiers (Hefeweizens), Pilsner, Märzen, Bocks, Dunkels and other lagers. Find them on draft throughout Kent County now. 

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Coming soon: Flo’s Wood Fired Pizzeria

 

If you’d like to try an authentic Sicilian wood fired pizza, you shouldn’t have long to wait. Flo’s Wood Fired Pizza will be opening in late August at 4425 14 Mile Rd (formerly the site of the old Crazy Horse saloon).

This will be a brand new location and concept for Dan and Davide Uccello, who own several restaurants in northern Kent and Montcalm County. “This will be the first wood fired pizzeria in our restaurant group,” they said.

The pizzeria will offer authentic wood fired pizzas, traditional appetizers, salads, and flat bread sandwiches. What is unique is that patrons will see them do it. 

“We will provide an open kitchen concept so you can watch us make your food, and we also imported a meat slicer to slice all meat per order,” they explained.

For those who would like a glass of wine with their pizza, St. Julian’s Winery will have a tasting room right next door.

The brothers said they plan to grow this concept into 10-plus locations over the course of 10-12 years.

Visit their website at floswoodfired.com, or their Facebook page to get updates on when they will open.

Business hours will be Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight.

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Angel Nails

Are you feeling like a nice relaxing pedicure? Do you need to get your nails done? Angel Nails at Cedar Springs Meijer is under new ownership and owner Jennie Nguyen is excited to show you what they can do.

Nguyen said one thing customers will like is that they have more nail techs than the previous owners. They do full set manicures, pedicures, waxes, and more. And new customers get $10.00 off. Just mention you saw it in the Post that they get $10 off.

Nguyen said what makes her business different from other nail salons is that Angel Nails has a nice, friendly atmosphere. “The customer is our first priority. We always take time with our customers; there is no rush. And we offer good services at a decent price,” she said.

Their hours are Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info call 616-696-2988. You can also follow them on Facebook at Angel Nails at Cedar Springs Meijer.

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Culver’s opens for business

Tom Goldsmith cuts the ribbon. Photo courtesy of video supplied by Gary Kuhlmann.

Residents in Cedar Springs will have another option to choose from now when dining out.

Culver’s, a fast food restaurant specializing in butter burgers and frozen custard, had their grand opening and ribbon cutting Monday morning, July 16, at 9 a.m. Owner Tom Goldsmith gave a short speech before cutting the ribbon, and then the workers gave out free custard to the many people on hand for the event.

Culver’s is located on White Creek Avenue, just south of 17 Mile.

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Larry’s Tire, Inc. to invest in new facility 

A regional tire reseller is consolidating its area locations into a new 68,000 SF facility in Howard City.

The Right Place, Inc.<https://www.rightplace.org/> and the Montcalm Economic Alliance<https://www.rightplace.org/for-local-business/montcalm-county> (MEA) announced that the organization recently completed an economic development project with locally-owned Larry’s Tire, Inc.  Larry’s Tire, Inc. recently purchased the former Universal Products, Inc. building on 19342 Lake Montcalm Road in Howard City. The company intends to consolidate its three operations in the surrounding area into one location. The 68,500 square foot building had remained vacant for several years. Larry’s Tire plans to make significant investments in building upgrades. The consolidation will retain 30 jobs, with a potential of 30 possible new in the future as the business continues to grow and diversify.  “We were close to making an offer on a location outside Montcalm County,” said Larry Cole, Owner, Larry’s Tire, Inc. “But, representatives from The Right Place intervened after receiving a call from Isabella Bank. This location fits perfectly into our model, offers us plenty of room to consolidate all three businesses, and provides room to grow.”  

Larry’s Tire resells and recycles tires from major consumer retail stores throughout Michigan. Tires that can’t be resold are shredded and taken to the Pierson Landfill as filler. Additional tire shredding for landscaping, playgrounds and other uses may provide future growth areas for the business. “While the new business attraction projects get a lot of press, the retention and organic growth of local businesses provides great satisfaction,” said Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Business Development for The Right Place in Montcalm County. “Filling this large building in Howard City with such a business is the icing on the cake!”  

For more information, visit: http://www.rightplace.org/for-local-business/montcalm-county  

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Positive attitudes generate positive results

 

SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business

Free Business Counseling

 

Everybody has a bad day at work at least now and then. If you’re not careful, those bad days can become the norm rather than the exception for your small business. Without a positive attitude among everyone involved with your business (including yourself), a business suffers in tangible and intangible ways. Employees with poor attitudes affect customers negatively, discourage other workers from doing their best, and fail to perform to their own level of capability. Customers can sense when the person helping them is indifferent about their work, and they may wonder if it extends through the entire company.

When examining employee attitudes, start with your own. Be genuinely interested in the other people you work with-not only employees but also customers and suppliers. Respect your employees’ dignity. Let them know that they are important to your and your business and that high performance will be rewarded. Help employees identify realistic approaches to making them feel fulfilled by their jobs. While you want to be sensitive to the emotions of employees, do not ignore poor performance.  When an employee does not perform up to standards or has made a mistake, meet with him or her in private to discuss the issue.

Include your employees as team members. Ask for their suggestions and respect their ideas-even if you do not always agree with them. When you implement an idea contributed by an employee, remember to give the employee credit. This practice helps all employees see their value to the company the way you see it.

Allow employees input into the business operation when you can reasonably do so. For example, if your small business were to conduct an employee survey, would you then be willing to respond by making changes in the business? If left unaddressed, the problem areas that surface within companies and can lead to employee dissent and hinder productivity in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

If you would like to discuss employee surveys and team-building, contact SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business.” SCORE is a nonprofit organization of volunteer counselors providing free, confidential advice to entrepreneurs. For the Grand Rapids SCORE chapter, call 1-616/771-0305, or find a counselor online at www.scoregrandrapids.org.

These ASK SCORE articles are submitted by the Grand Rapids Chapter of SCORE where there are 35 SCORE counselors ready to serve you and your business needs. To reach the Grand Rapids office call 1-616/771-0305, or find a counselor online at www.scoregrandrapids.org.

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Set realistic goals for your web site

 

SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business

 

The advantages of having a business website have been well documented. For some customers, your site is the first place they will gain awareness of your company. From there, the opportunities appear endless.

An effective website is one that is meeting both your business’s needs and the informational needs of visitors to the site. Assuming that you already have established a Web site, how do you think it’s doing on both fronts? Clearly, an unproductive Web site will be a waste of your money and your visitors’ time.

Here are some factors for objectively evaluating your site-to see it not only through the lens of your business goals but also through the eyes of a prospective customer. It should:

• be current. Making regular changes to the home page is vital to sustain the interest of regular visitors.

• be located easily using the major search engines. ·

• have working hyperlinks to other relevant sites, such as a trade or professional association whose members are potential purchasers.

• be easy to navigate. The files and graphics should be small enough that most visitors can download them quickly. Links within the site should make it easy for a visitor to get back to your home page.

• offer customers and prospects relevant information-that is, material that will help them understand  your products and services and their potential value to them.

• be a secure site, if you are conducting e-commerce on it.

• personalize or customize information for different segments of your market.

• use cookies or other features to capture information about your site visitors and their buying habits without costing them significant time.

• offer customers an easy way to contact you with questions or feedback without their having to leave the site. (And you should be able to respond promptly.)

To sum up, you want your Web site to work for your visitors if your larger goal is to maximize your business potential. So every now and then, step back and become the person you’d like to visit your site.

To learn more about the many dimensions of marketing on the World Wide Web, contact SCORE. SCORE counselors  donate their time to consult with and mentor entrepreneurs  providing free and confidential business counseling to America’s small business owners. Call the Grand Rapids SCORE chapter at1-616/771-0305, or find an online counselor at www.scoregrandrapids.org.

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Culver’s to open in July

Construction on the new Culver’s on White Creek Avenue is moving right along.

By Judy Reed

Come mid-July, residents in Cedar Springs (and those traveling US-131) will have another restaurant to choose from. Culver’s, a restaurant chain famous for their butter burgers and frozen custard, is building a new restaurant near the southeast corner of 17 Mile and White Creek, behind the gas station, and across the street from Big Boy.

According to owner Tom Goldsmith, they plan to have a crew of 60 team members. “We will have a diverse team of full and part time, friendly and energetic people ready to help deliver the Culver’s mission statement of ‘Every guest who chooses Culver’s leaves happy,’” he said. (Watch for their help wanted ad in next week’s issue).

The Post asked Goldsmith what drew him to Cedar Springs. “Cedar Springs is a community that has a culture that believes in the same values Culver’s does.  Service, family and a commitment to doing things the right way. Culver›s and agriculture go hand in hand and strong groups like the FFA make us very excited to join the Cedar Springs community,” he explained.

Goldsmith said they are shooting for a mid-July opening.

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The Cedar Springs Lions Club

Last month Russell Scott (L) and Dr. Andy Setaputri (second from left) were welcomed into the Cedar Springs Lions Club. Jerry VanderWal (in the vest) was their sponsor, Art Probst the initiation officer. 

The Cedar Springs Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the North Kent Senior Center, 44 N. Park St., Cedar Springs. For more info email cedarspringslions@gmail.com. You can also follow their Facebook page. Just search for Cedar Springs Lions Club.

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