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(L to R) Dave Rinvelt, manager at The Car Center, and owner Bill Edwards. Co-owner Nick Edwards is not pictured.

(L to R) Dave Rinvelt, manager at The Car Center, and owner Bill Edwards. Co-owner Nick Edwards is not pictured.

The Car Center

Need a dependable company to repair your car after an accident? Need a windshield replaced or repaired? The Car Center, at 13399 White Creek, has you covered. Bill and Nick Edwards, owners of The Car Center in Greenville, opened up the Cedar Springs location in May, in the building formerly occupied by Cedar Body Shop.

The Car Center offers full service collision repair, and glass repair and replacement (on site or mobile).

“We have been serving the Greenville area for over 20 years, and are proud to now have a location so our customers can be serviced closer to home,” explained Bill. “We offer customer service unlike any competitor.”

He also noted that their technicians are the best in the industry. “Fixing cars is our job, but helping people is our business,” he said.

He said they hope to continue to grow and serve the Cedar Springs and surrounding areas.

They are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Call (616) 696-1830.

 

Nikki and Company Hair Design, Inc.

If you would like to try somewhere new to get your hair or nails done, check out Nikki and Company Hair Design, Inc. Owner Nikki Twichell said they are now open in their new location at 171 W. Muskegon Street, near the White Pine Trail. They offer haircuts, hair color, balayage hair, ombre hair, foiling, waxing, shellac nails, and more.

Twichell said her salon is unique because they have a boutique inside the salon, and the experience and education of the stylists there give them an edge over the competition. Try them out for yourself! Open Tuesday through Saturday. Call (616) 696-3192 for an appointment or more information.

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Scammers use Venmo to fool sellers

 

Trying to make some quick cash, need to sell your items online? Be wary of too good to be true online ads.

From the Better Business Bureau

The money transfer app Venmo can come in handy when you need to pay a coworker back for lunch or send money to friend. Just be wary when using the app with someone you don’t know. Scammers are exploiting it and scamming sellers.

How the Scam Works: 

You are selling a big ticket item (such as a computer, tablet, or car) on Craigslist or another online service. You find an interested buyer, and he or she is ready to make the purchase. But rather than pay with cash, the buyer suggests sending money through Venmo. You’ve used the payment app successfully to transfer money to friends, so you agree.

At first, everything seems fine. You get an alert from Venmo that the buyer sent the money, so you hand over the item. However, a few days pass, and you notice the funds never appear in your account.

It turns out you’ve been scammed. Transfers in Venmo take several days to process. Scammers take advantage of this by setting up transactions and canceling them before they go through. By the time victims realize they’ve never received the money, the scammers are long gone.

How to Avoid a Venmo Con:

Protect yourself when paying with Venmo by following this advice:

Use Venmo with friends: Protect yourself from scams by only using Venmo for its intended purpose—sending money to people you personally know.

Link Venmo to a credit card. As with many other purchases, using a credit card will help protect you if you don›t get the goods or services you paid for. Linking to a debit card or directly to your bank account does not give you that added protection.

Check your account to be sure that the money transferred: It takes a few days for Venmo payments to transfer. If you have any concerns that a payer didn’t really send the money, be sure to check your account directly.

To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker (bbb.org/scamtracker).

 

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Cedar Springs grad opens dentist office in Rockford

 

Dr. Chas Jensen with four-year-old patient Cece Burge.

Dr. Chas Jensen with four-year-old patient Cece Burge.

Long-time local dentist, Dr. Robert Mette retires from practice

Dr. Chas Jensen, both a Cedar Springs and Rockford native, has acquired the dental practice of Dr. Robert Mette, at 2 N. Monroe St. in downtown Rockford. The practice, which opened in early October, will now be called Rogue River Family Dental.

Jensen is a 2001 Cedar Springs High School grad and the son of Rick and Sue Jensen, of Cedar Springs.

Dr. Mette was a long-time and well-known dentist in Cedar Springs before moving his practice to Rockford in 2007. He retired in October 2016 due to health issues.

Dr. Chas Jensen (right) has bought the Rockford dental practice of Dr. Robert Mette. It will now be called Rogue River Family Dental.

Dr. Chas Jensen (right) has bought the Rockford dental practice of Dr. Robert Mette. It will now be called Rogue River Family Dental.

Dr. Mette was Dr. Jensen’s childhood dentist for many years, and was influential in his decision to become a dentist. At a young age, Jensen would ask questions about the profession when he visited Dr. Mette. While still at Cedar Springs High School, Jensen shadowed Dr. Mette to learn even more prior to college. Jensen then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Michigan State University and Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He eventually settled in Rockford.

“I’m very excited to be back in Rockford, a place I have always considered home,” said Dr. Jensen. “Rogue River Family Dental will continue to offer the same services families have come to know and trust right in the heart of downtown Rockford.”

In an atmosphere that is warm and inviting, Dr. Jensen specializes in comprehensive and cosmetic dentistry for the entire family. He enjoys working with children and looks forward to establishing a long-term professional relationship with families in the Rockford area.

“Dr. Mette and I have had a lifelong relationship spanning more than 20 years,” he said. “The opening of Rogue River Family Dental brings my career full-circle. I am honored to have the opportunity to build upon the solid foundation that Dr. Mette created and nurtured over the past two decades.”

Rogue River Family Dental, located at 2 N. Monroe St., is now accepting new patients. The office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information contact Rogue River Dentistry at 616-866-7720 or http://rogueriverdentistry.com.

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Small business Saturday | Nov 26

 

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Small Business Saturday on November 26, two days after Thanksgiving.

Small business Saturday was created to help drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S. When you shop locally, you help support your family, friends and neighbors.

While out doing your holiday shopping, be sure to stop in to local businesses in Cedar Springs to see what they have to offer! Click here to Check out the Chamber’s ad for more info.

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Rifle raffle winner

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The Sons of the American Legion, Glen Hill Squadron 287, of Cedar Springs would like to congratulate Burdette Helenius of Cedar Springs. Burdette’s winning ticket for the Rifle Raffle was drawn on November 12.  Pictured is Burdette holding his new Remington 7mm Mag and Squadron 287 Commander Dominic Merlington.

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Plan today to generate profits tomorrow

Ask SCORE

 

A business plan is an indispensable management and operating tool for using your time, capital and energy the most effectively. This plan of action for building a successful small business examines the environment in which you expect your business to operate, including potential problems, cyclical trends and opportunities.

If you plan to see financing, it is all but certain that a lender will require a business plan as part of the loan application. Putting your objectives in writing as you build a business plan also forces you to think realistically about sales, expenses, and short and long term goals. The more specific and measurable they are, the better. A complete business plan should identify target customers and how you will attract them; timelines for adding staff and infrastructure; approaches to differentiating your products and services from competitors’; and a host of other considerations. Ideally, it will show anyone who sees it that you’ve done your industry research, too.

Every business plan starts with a cover page containing your contact information (vital to loan officers and any other financial backers) and a warning that the document contains private information. The sections that follow include:

  •     Table of contents
  •     Executive summary
  •     Description of the company and its strategy
  •     Overview of the market
  •     Specifics of the product or service
  •     Plan for sales and promotion
  •     Financial issues and projections
  •      Appendix

A business plan benefits startup businesses as well as established enterprises that need to reassess their goals and strategies. SCORE counselors provide free, confidential counseling to help you develop, prepare, and improve a winning business plan.

SCORE’s counselors are ready to help you with any other aspect of your business, whether it is still a dream or has become your livelihood. For the SCORE chapter nearest you or to find a counselor online visit www.scoregr.org.

Get free and confidential counseling with SCORE, 111 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Call (616) 771-0305. Visit our website at www.scoregr.org or email us at score@grandrapids.org.

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Tips to save money and time running your small business

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(StatePoint) Being at the helm of a small business can be overwhelming. Whether you’re already your own boss or are thinking of making the leap, these tips from small business owners can help you get organized and boost productivity.

Make it Official

“If you’re thinking of starting a business, the simple act of making business cards will make you feel so much more official,” says Laura Essl, owner of “Blue Eye Brown Eye,” a calligraphy and design service.

Essl, who recently partnered with Staples as part of their #MakeMoreHappen campaign to help small business owners learn about resources to help them get things done, suggests the Staples Copy & Print Center as a go-to destination for business cards, note pads and other customized supplies. Like others too busy to go to the store, she calls their online ordering system and takes advantage of free delivery for orders over $49.99 as “the cherry on top.”

Make the Effort

If you are newly taking a crack at operating a business, you may quickly notice the little things you took for granted as an employee. No longer relying on someone else to provide basics like pens, paper and file folders, it’s important to supply your office cost-efficiently.

Buying supplies haphazardly while you happen to be grocery shopping, for example, as interior designer Anissa Zajac, owner of House Seven was doing at first, is neither a good strategy for staying organized or on-budget.

“I spend most of my time visiting clients and so I don’t need a lot of supplies, but I’ve discovered that making a special trip to an office supplies retailer is well worth it for the money I will save in the long run,” says Zajac.

Get Professional

When working from home, it can be tempting to let things lapse into chaos. But if you video conference, meet with clients or just want to get serious, it’s important to differentiate your home office from your home, at least mentally.

“What I previously called my office was a makeshift desk in my son’s playroom. It worked fine for me, as my requirements and hours were flexible, but now that my husband is working from home and conducting online business meetings and conference calls, we quickly discovered that toys in the background was just not a professional look,” says Shannon Peterson, lifestyle blogger behind “Much Most Darling.”

When upgrading your office, Peterson suggests stretching dollars by taking advantage of resources like the Staples Rewards program, which offers rewards on purchases, cash back on recycled ink cartridges and special coupons and deals. She also points out that you can enjoy further cost-savings when opting for the generic store brand, which, in most cases, is as high quality as name brand alternatives.

More cost and time efficient ideas for small businesses can be found by visiting Staples.com and by following #MakeMoreHappen on social media.

When money and time is tight, as it often is when running a small business, turn to smart strategies to take your business further with fewer resources.

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Small steps to take today to improve your retirement tomorrow

(c) Stephen Coburn - Fotolia.com Whether you plan to take it easy in your retirement or travel the globe, you will need sufficient resources to have the retirement you envision. As you make plans to meet your short- and longer-term savings goals, remember that saving for retirement is important.

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Whether you plan to take it easy in your retirement or travel the globe, you will need sufficient resources to have the retirement you envision. As you make plans to meet your short- and longer-term savings goals, remember that saving for retirement is important.

(StatePoint) While it is never too early or too late to prepare for retirement, today is always the right day to take action.

“Saving for retirement can seem overwhelming, but don’t wait to get started,” says Jamie Ohl, president, Retirement Plan Services, Lincoln Financial Group. “The sooner you start making contributions to a retirement account, the more opportunity you have to grow your savings.”

Unfortunately, only 19 percent of Americans say they are very prepared for retirement, according to the “2016 M.O.O.D. of America Survey” from Lincoln Financial Group. This National Save for Retirement Week, held October 16-22, learn some valuable steps you can take today to count yourself among the prepared.

  • Meet the match: Sixty-eight percent of Americans say trying to understand their retirement plan options can be an overwhelming process, according to a recent Lincoln Financial study. If there is one principle to remember when mulling over your options, it’s to take advantage of a match if it is offered by your employer. Not doing so is leaving money on the table.
  • Increase your contribution: Whenever there is an opportunity to put more into your retirement fund, take it. When you get a raise or a bonus, consider increasing your contribution. If you save money on other expenses in your budget, for example, canceling a cable subscription you don’t use, try to set aside a portion of the saved money for your retirement fund.
  • Meet with an advisor: Consider turning to a professional. The great majority of Americans—95 percent—trust their financial advisors and 90 percent say their advisor helps them achieve financial security. Relying on their expertise can help position you for a more comfortable retirement.

More retirement tips and resources can be found at LincolnFinancial.com.

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CS Brewing Company honored again

 

BUS-CSBrewery-front-viewNamed #5 in top 10 new breweries in Michigan

The Cedar Springs Brewing Company continues to win accolades from loyal customers and critics alike. In May, customers voted it the best brewery in West Michigan. In June/July, customers nominated them for their fried chicken and MLive visited and named them as one of the best (#11 out of 52) in their search for Michigan’s best fried chicken, calling it absolutely delicious. And now, they’ve done it again, coming in at number five out of MLive’s top 10 new breweries in Michigan.

Customers nominated their favorite new breweries all across the state (from 2012 til now), and then MLive reporters Amy Sherman and John Gonzalez visited 30 finalists before making their decision on the top 10. When writing about Cedar Springs Brewing Company, they talked about how owner David Ringler learned to brew in Germany, and how his love for their country, traditions and traditional beers is infectious. They called his German beers excellent examples of classic styles, and called the Cedar Springs beer, CSIPA, a subtle, clean, quality beer. “The beers have nothing to hide behind, and don’t need to,” they wrote. “Their taste speaks volumes.”

The top ten new Michigan breweries named by MLive were:

#10-One Well Brewing, Kalamazoo

#9-Territorial Brewing, Springfield

#8-Cognition Brewing, Ishpeming

#7-Tapistry Brewing, Bridgman

#6-Grand River Brewing, Jackson

#5-Cedar Springs Brewing Company, Cedar Springs

#4-Hop Lot Brewing Company, Suttons Bay

#3-Batch Brewing, Detroit

#2-Transient Artisan Ales, Bridgman

#1-Stormcloud Brewing Frankfort

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Rotary Honors Pat Capek

 

BUS-Rotary-Pat-CapekBy Tom Noreen

The Cedar Springs Rotary Club honored long time Rotarian Pat Capek at their July 27 meeting with an honorary Paul Harris Award for her many years as program chairman. Since 1990, Pat has arranged for programs at least three times a month for the club’s weekly noon meeting. Programs have included a group that brought a flock of parrots that chatted the entire meal, updates by regional non-profits, introduction of new businesses, mission trip reports, unique vacation experiences, students on schooling, exchange students, and the club’s Boy Scout Troop and Venture Crew.

Pat was one of the first three women to join the club. She joined in 1982 with Dorothy Bishop and Linda Hunt. She also past served as club president.

Her dedication in arranging these presenters definitely illustrates the Rotary motto: Service above Self.

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