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The city of Charlevoix, Michigan
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Manager's Office
Planning & Zoning Department
Police Department
Fire Department
Parks & Recreation
Street Department
Human Resources
Property Assessment
Golf Course
Charlevoix Municipal Airport
Electric Department
Waste Water Treatment
Water Treatment Plant
Business Services


“Charlevoix the Beautiful” signifies more than just the lakes, sunsets, beaches, shops and wooded trails of our area. If you take a closer look you will find that our area is a wonderful place to do business year round, with advantages and amenities not found in other communities. The City of Charlevoix values our existing businesses and recognizes that attracting new business is vital to our economic stability and quality of life. Despite the economic challenges facing Michigan’s economy, Charlevoix’s location, numerous community assets, diversified workforce, and land development options make our area an wonderful place to live and do business. Charlevoix and the surrounding area is an excellent location for businesses of all types including commercial, retail, professional services, manufacturing, industrial, and agricultural. Even if your business is not within the city limits, we still value your contributions to the region and are here to help in any way we can.

A quick list of Charlevoix’s assets and benefits are below. There is more detailed information and resources below about applicable City departments, local and state organizations, amenities, and the Charlevoix school system.


  • Numerous properties and locations available for all types of businesses including commercial, industrial, manufacturing, retail, and professional services. Property values are coming down making land very affordable for business locations and residential properties for your employees.
  • Diversified workforce in Charlevoix and the surrounding area. There are numerous other communities within a short commute of Charlevoix that offer a broad workforce to choose from with many different specializations.
  • Excellent quality of life, scenic views, access to water, public beaches, golf, skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, sailing, community pool, amazing library, numerous festivals and events, all with small town character.
  • Fiber-optic network and high speed Internet coming soon.
  • Industrial park and Industrial facilities tax abatement program.
  • Active Downtown Development Authority.
  • Multiple transportation opportunities by air, water, and road. The City has a municipal airport. (click on airport to the left) Other options include the Pellston Airport (35 miles and the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City (45 miles Local trucking companies are available to help you ship products nationally. Charlevoix also borders Lake Michigan making freight by water possible.
  • Low-cost, public-operated utilities: city electric, sewer and water utilities.
  • Community hospital, nursing home facility, assisted living, housing authority.
  • Strong city-wide infrastructure program.
  • Cultural center: art fairs, band pavilion, district library, historic landmark and performing arts center, Circle of Arts.
  • Conference and meeting facilities.

City of Charlevoix
- Office of Planning and Zoning
- City Clerk’s Office
- Downtown Development Authority

Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Committees and Teams
- Business Assistance Team
- Events and Functions Committee
- Industrial Development Committee
- Government Relations
- Ambassadors
- Retail Committee
- Scholarship Committee

Charlevoix Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
Business Networking International (BNI)
Manpower, Inc.
Michigan Works!
Northwest Michigan Council of Governments
Northwest Michigan Industrial Association (NWMIA)

Charlevoix School Systems
- Charlevoix Public Schools
- Northwest Academy
- St. Mary School

North Central Michigan College
Charlevoix Public Library



Office of Planning & Zoning
Phone: 231-547-3265 |

The Office of Planning and Zoning can assist you in finding a business location with the appropriate zoning, access, and public utilities. There are a wide variety of properties in the City in excellent locations for you and your business. There may be properties within the City that could potentially be rezoned to accommodate your business if consistent with the City Master Plan. The Planning Office can also assist you in placement and size of signage. In addition, the Office of Planning and Zoning can assist you in the development plan review process which may be necessary for change of uses, structural alteration, additions and new constructions.

For additional information, please call the office or click on the Planning Office tab to the left.

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City Clerk's Office
Phone: 231-547-3250 |

The City Clerk’s office administers and approves business licenses for anyone providing goods or services within the City. The Business License Application is available to download here. Once completed applicants may e-mail, send by mail, or fax to 231-237-0329. Payment may be required when the application is submitted. You may pay with cash or check.  Credit cards are not accepted at this time. Depending on the complexity of your application requirements, it will take anywhere between XX and XX weeks for you to receive your license.

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Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

Lindsey Dotson:  Executive Director

Phone: 231-547-3250 |

The Charlevoix Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was organized on April 19, 1982 to act as a downtown development authority under Michigan Public Act 197 of 1975, with the following responsibilities:

  • to correct and prevent deterioration in the downtown development district;
  • to encourage historic preservation;
  • to create and implement development plans, and;
  • to promote economic growth.

The Charlevoix DDA has invested over $100 million in the infrastructure of Downtown Charlevoix since its inception over 25 years ago.

The Charlevoix DDA is made up of nine members, eight of whom are appointed by the Mayor. The Mayor serves as the ninth member.

For more information, please visit the Charlevoix DDA’s website by clicking

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Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 231-547-2101| |

The Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce exists to serve its members. It acts as an energizing and vitalizing force in the greater Charlevoix community. The Chamber strives to unite individuals, retail, and industrial business for the promotion of commerce and betterment of the community. Led by a 9-member board of directors, the chamber’s daily operations are managed by an executive director and professional staff of two. The Chamber is a non-profit organization with nearly 500 business and individual members, and growing strong. The Chamber provides a community resource where residents, visitors, and those considering relocating here will discover a wealth of information about the area. A good way for your voice to be heard is to be active in the Chamber. If you have an interest in joining any of the following committees, please feel free to contact the Chamber.

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A good way for your voice to be heard is to be active in the Chamber. If you have an interest in joining any of the following committees, please feel free to contact us.

Business Assistance Team. Purpose:  To create and implement innovative programs designed to stimulate and support entrepreneurship.

Events & Functions. Purpose:  To provide guidance and assistance to the many Chamber events including, but not limited to: Apple Fest, Car Raffle, Charlevoix Art and Craft Show, Farmer’s Market, Chamber Golf Outing, Summer Solstice Art Show and the Taste of Charlevoix.

Government Relations. Purpose:  Specifics to be determined.

Ambassadors. Purpose: To effectively promote membership to the Chamber to new and prospective members, while encouraging current members to maximize their membership. Ambassador members are volunteer liaisons between members and the Chamber staff, and will achieve this mission through attending Chamber events, Ambassadors meetings, and having awareness about Chamber events/programs to share with other members.

Retail Committee. Purpose: Coordinates activities, events, and promotions to benefit the retail community of Charlevoix.  This involves, but is not limited to, promotion of Downtown Summer Sidewalk Sales, Merchants Christmas Open House, Indoor Sidewalk Sales, and various advertising promotions and other special events such as the Easter Egg Hunt

Scholarship Committee. Purpose: To establish and award a scholarship to a Charlevoix Graduate.

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Charlevoix Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: (CVB)
Phone: 800-367-8557 | |
Office Location: 109 Mason Street, Charlevoix, MI 49720

The goal of the Charlevoix Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is to market and promote Charlevoix, Michigan as an overnight destination to travelers, tour groups and meeting planners.

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Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA)
Phone: 231-582-6482 | |
Office Location: 1313 Boyne Ave, Boyne City, MI 49712

The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA), founded in 1984, serves Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet Counties in the NW Lower Peninsula of Michigan, USA. The mission of the NLEA is to: “Enhance the economy in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties by acting as a resource to retain and create quality jobs.”

We draw on the resources of our many partners, including our core partners; Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, and Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District. Working closely with various local, state and federal economic development agencies and our many elected representatives, we employ a team approach to economic development.

The NLEA serves as a resource center for communities, companies, and citizens in the four county region. Local companies are provided information or referrals on business-related matters. Business owners are provided ongoing business assistance services on a wide array of topics from starting up, to expanding, or relocating here. Local communities also receive assistance to prepare them for high quality development or redevelopment.

Contact the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance for more information on a business workshop series, covering informative and relevant business topics designed for small business.

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Business Networking International (BNI)
Phone: 231-547-2699 |

BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. We offer members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts and most importantly, business referrals.

The local chapter of Business Network International is the Up North Network and consists of Charlevoix and Emmet county businesses. BNI meets 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Fridays at the Charlevoix Public Library. Visitors are welcome. Call Dianne DuPont at 231-547-1701 for more information.

BNI’s primary objective is to assist its members in ways to improve their business and to educate them concerning how they can effectively network. Business people get business when their expertise is known and others reach a comfort level with them. BNI provides a forum that allows members to meet other business peers who need to know effective and efficient business people.

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Manpower, Inc.
Phone: 231-547-3971 |
Office Location: 267 Creekside Drive, Petoskey, MI 49770

Manpower Inc. is a world leader in the employment services industry; creating and delivering services that enable its clients to win in the changing world of work. Founded in 1948, the $22 billion company offers employers a range of services for the entire employment and business cycle including permanent, temporary and contract recruitment; employee assessment and selection; training; outplacement; outsourcing and consulting. Manpower's worldwide network of 4,100 offices in 82 countries and territories enables the company to meet the needs of its 400,000 clients per year, including small and medium size enterprises in all industry sectors, as well as the world's largest multinational corporations. The focus of Manpower's work is on raising productivity through improved quality, efficiency and cost-reduction across their total workforce, enabling clients to concentrate on their core business activities.

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Northwest Michigan Works!
Phone: 231-347-5150 |
Office Location: 2225 Summit Park Drive, Petoskey, MI 49770

Northwest Michigan WORKS! provides a wide variety of services to every sector of the economy in the ten-county Northwest Michigan region. These services include:

  • Business Services: We provide free human resources information and assistance to small and large businesses. Business Liaisons assist employers with employee recruitment and training, and connect businesses with other resources such as start-up and expansion counseling (SBTDC) and government contracting (PTAC).
  • Job Seeker Services: Job seekers receive help with writing resumes, career information and job search, interest assessments, and more in the job seeker resource rooms. Career Advisors assist job seekers with accessing publicly-funded programs for returning to school or on the job training.
  • Learning Labs: Adults attend the Michigan WORKS! Learning Labs to receive individualized instruction for increasing job skills or obtaining a GED.
  • Youth Services: Youth of the Northwest Michigan region can receive specialized assistance from a Youth Advisor. Services include employment assistance, drop-out prevention, internships, summer jobs for disadvantaged youth, social behavior and soft skills training, and more.

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Northwest Michigan Council of Governments
Phone: 800-692-7774 |
Office Location: 506 Dendrinos Drive, Traverse City, MI 49685

Mailing Address: PO BOX 506, Traverse City, MI 49686

Northwest Michigan Council of Governments is a regional organization serving units of government, businesses, non-profits, community organizations, and individuals. 

Our mission is to build stronger communities and improve quality of life in Northwest Michigan. Our hallmarks are public-private partnership, innovation, collaboration and sustainability.

We provide a variety of programs and services within the region, with particular emphasis on partnerships, economy of scale, and leveraging resources to address common concerns among multiple organizations or across sectors. Our primary service categories are: workforce development; business & economic development; regional planning & community development; community safety.

Founded in 1973, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) facilitates and manages programs for the ten counties in our region. These programs include Northwest Michigan Works, Workforce Development Board, Northwest Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, TeamWork NorthWest, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center program, Northwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, KAL-TEC, Healthcare Regional Skills Alliance of Northwest Michigan, the Regional Planning Department and the Regional Repository for US Census data.

Northwest Michigan Council of Governments provides services to businesses in an effort to spur economic growth in our region. We believe that small business is the foundation of our economy, and its success disseminates to all residents of the region. Through various partnerships, NWMCOG works to assist entrepreneurs and existing companies in achieving success.

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Northwest Michigan Industrial Association (NWMIA)
Phone: 231-632-3432 | |
P.O. Box 2452, Petoskey, MI 49770

When one mentions "industry" another's mind focuses on most major metropolitan areas. However, industry is alive and well in Northern Michigan.

The Northwest Michigan Industrial Association established in 1974, represents seven counties; Emmet Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Grand Traverse, Cheboygan, and Kalkaska.

Though seldom in the headlines, the Northwest Michigan Industrial Association's 98 companies employ over 8,000 people with an annual combined payroll of nearly $200 million.

Our goal? To serve any need a manufacturer may have in conducting business in Northern Michigan. From training seminars, technical recruiting efforts, training with area colleges, consulting and coordinating with area physicians concerning industrial accidents, safety employment physicals, workers' compensation claims, to the monitoring of and influence in reforming legislation pertaining to workers' compensation, single business tax, unemployment contributions, and OSHA's Right-To-Know laws - to name a few.

As our services are varied, so are the products our membership manufactures; from wood and paper products, plastics and electronics, to die casting, steel fabricators and die makers.

Our associate membership consists of business that provide services to the manufacturing facilities; including utility companies, colleges, financial institutions, hospitals and freight companies.

The Northwest Michigan Industrial Association is geared to progress... serving the industry needs of today and working for the future. Our motto? United we are strong - Divided we are weak.

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Charlevoix Public Schools
Phone: 231-547-3200 |
Admin Building:104 E St. Mary’s Drive Charlevoix, MI 49720

Charlevoix Public schools offer stellar education in a small-town setting. In addition to being smart and well-educated our students are encouraged to give back through community service projects. All students receive vocational training in computers and many take advantage of the top-notch construction programs, health occupation programs and award-winning manufacturing and robotics programs.

District Facts Class
"C" School District
Total District Enrollment: 1376
Administration: 5
Certified Staff: 90
Support Staff: 53

Initiatives and Recent Developments
We have many innovative programs which include all K-3 teachers trained in the Four Blocks Balanced Literacy Program, the STAR reading program (community volunteer program), a District Steering Committee comprised of certified and support staff, community members, administration and board of education which oversees all curriculum, curriculum mapping, School to Work/Career Pathways program, we were a pilot site for the new 8th grade Science MEAP test and a pilot site for Michigan Literacy Progress Profile, and we work in partnership with the local hospital for Occupational Health courses and the business community through the Chamber of Commerce.

Accomplishments and Distinctions
Our high school has had North Central Accreditation since 1928.  In the Spring of 2003 the High, Middle and Elementary Schools were accredited by NCA. Charlevoix Schools were commended for its efforts to provide a quality program of education for our students. 76% of this year’s seniors will receive the State Merit $2,500 Scholarship. We have received National awards for our Robotic and Future Program Solving Teams. We consistently graduate nearly 97% of our students and 85% went on to post secondary schools in 2001. We had National Merit finalists in 2000 as well.

Academic Programs
Our Superintendent is a member of the Annenberg Fellows Program, which is a think tank for Superintendents across the nation. We have a well-rounded curriculum with full time certified teachers teaching music, art, physical education, library, and computers in each building K-12. 61% of our high school students take Foreign Language classes each year. We participate in D.A.R.E., Jr. Achievement and provide a summer school program. Our Future Problem Solving, Olympics of the Mind, and Robotics Teams have been State Champions and/or participated at the National level. We offer in partnership with the local hospital Occupational Health courses. Our Construction Technology courses are State vocational technology certified. Our Seminar/Block Schedule has been a model for schools.

Facilities and Resources
An $18,825,000 bond issue was approved in the fall of 1999 to build a new 121,000 sq. ft. high school, which includes a 600-seat auditorium, a 2000 seat gymnasium, and state of the art vocational, science, technology, and media center areas. The bond included renovation of the current high school into a 5/6 – 7/8 middle school campus. A new elementary computer lab, science lab, and media center was also built with bond proceeds. The renovated middle school has a Modular Based Technology Center. These new and renovated buildings will meet the needs of students far into the future. 

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Northwest Academy
Phone: 231-547-3200 |
115 W. Hurlbut Street Charlevoix, MI 49720

Northwest Academy is a charter school in Charlevoix that emphasizes technology and arts. Small class sizes allow for more one to one contact between teacher and student. Northwest Academy seeks to provide a top-notch educational program while working with each student to develop his or her strengths, instilling students with the confidence they need to succeed in today’s world. NWA was chartered in 1996 by Saginaw Valley State University, who had a vision to provide Charlevoix children with an exemplary education by engaging students in the educational process.

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St. Mary School
Phone: 231-547-9441 |
1005 Bridge Street Charlevoix, MI 49720

St. Mary School is a Catholic Elementary School offering quality Christian education for students from pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. Established in 1906, St. Mary has a long history of providing outstanding faith-based educational opportunities.

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North Central Michigan College
Phone: 888-298-6605 |
Office: 1515 Howard Street Petoskey, MI 49770

Just 17 miles away in Petoskey, North Central offers a number of opportunities for workforce training through their Business and Industry Training (IBIT) program. Students can choose from applied science and arts associate degree programs and for further education, Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees are also available through North Central’s University Center.

The Institute for Business & Industry Training (IBIT) is a division of North Central Michigan College created in 1988 to respond to the needs of area business and industry. IBIT is service-oriented and quickly reacts to requests from businesses for flexible, creative, customized employee training. In order to stay competitive, today's worker must continually acquire new skills, learn to use complex equipment and function as a more efficient part of the work team. IBIT offers the means for area businesses to keep their employees well-trained in current technology and processes.

What does IBIT do for area businesses?

Needs Assessment -IBIT identifies employee training needs for new & existing firms.

Employee Upgrade - IBIT delivers courses in technological and human resource skills needed to keep today's workforce competitive.

Customized Training - IBIT offers industry-specific courses at times which fit the company's production schedule at the company site or on campus.

Employability Training - IBIT provides classes in basic employment skills, reading comprehension, communication and business math for people who are unemployed or underemployed.

Funding Assistance - IBIT helps secure state & federal funds to offset training costs for qualified businesses.

Computer Software Training - IBIT provides hands-on training in the latest business software programs at their computer lab on campus or on laptop computers at company locations.

Online & Computer-Based Training - For individuals and companies with individualized training and scheduling needs, IBIT arranges technical training available online, in video and CBT formats.

Business Conferences & Seminars at North Central's Conference Center feature excellent audio/visual facilities, food service & overnight lodging by arrangement.

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Charlevoix Public Library
Phone: 231-547-2651 |
220 Clinton Street Charlevoix, MI 49720

Charlevoix Public LibraryThe Charlevoix Public Library is a wonderful asset to Charlevoix and the surrounding area. The library building, which was the old Charlevoix Middle School, underwent significant renovations and reopened in September of 2006. This 34,000 square foot facility is an architectural gem both inside and out, complemented by beautiful landscaping outside. The library features a wonderful staff, numerous educational workshops, conference rooms, a large inventory of books, and an exceptional youth area.

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Although the City of Charlevoix website is updated frequently, it may not be as current as information available at City Hall.  Information contained in the City Code section is intended for reference only and should be verified by calling the Clerk’s office at (231) 547-3250 or the City Manager’s office at (231) 547-3270.

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