Get Ready to Explore Mecosta County in 2020!It’s hard to believe that we are not only entering a new year but a new decade as well. As we are planning and moving forward to a prosperous new year, keep busy with events happening throughout Mecosta County.Hotel of the MonthCountry Inn & SuitesLocated off U.S. 131 in Mecosta County, our hotel places you near numerous lakes, trails and golf courses for outdoor amusement. If you are here on business, companies like General Mills and Ice Mountain are just minutes away, and families appreciate our proximity to Ferris State University's sporting events and art galleries.Look Forward to....Upcoming EventsSmall Businesses are Large Community SupportersAs the New Year begins we would like to say thank you to those of you who realized the value of supporting your local businesses. Because of you, our small businesses have been able to provide more goods and services to our community.Business of the MonthTransformation Fitness& WellnessTransformation and Wellness is a fitness studio, we offer One-on-One Personal training sessions for all age groups. We offer small workout classes, we have Morning class, noon classes on Monday's, Wednesday's, Friday's, and an array of evening classesShop LocalPurchase a Band of Locals Blue Band for just $10.00 and start saving with discounts and specials from local businesses.Best of all- there is no expiration date on the band! Bands can be purchased at The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium/Kilwins of Big Rapids, Mecosta County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and other participating businesses.With your Band of Locals Blue Band not only do you enjoy the benefits of specials and discounts with participating businesses in Mecosta County but also Osecola and Montcalm Counties.Focus on the Band of LocalsEvery Friday morning from 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. the Band of Locals has a radio segment with Steve from Sunny 97.3 hosted by Band of Locals President, Carlleen Rose. Each week different Band of Locals members are featured on air as they tell us what they're business is about and what you can expect from them! You can tune in on air at 97.3 or via Facebook Live on the Band of Locals page.What's Happening ArticleOn the first Thursday of each month the Mecosta County C.V.B and the Band of Locals partner together with a monthly article in the Pioneer Newspaper.Our monthly article highlights just a few of the wonderful events, happenings, and Band of Locals businesses throughout the community. Together, we want to make sure that everyone is well informed about your business and your latest happenings. We love promoting local!To view our article online, visit our website under MCCVB NEWS, or pick up a copy of the Pioneer the 1st Thursday of the month.Do you have an upcoming event?You can submit event information through our website, BigRapids.org by visiting the Community Events Calendar and selecting "Submit New Event" at the top of the calendar. You can also submit event information by emailing either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.Want to be featured on "Focus on Band of Locals"?Contact them via the Band of Locals Facebook page or by calling (231) 796-2502 and requesting Carlleen Rose.If you're a Band of Locals business that has a special you would like to share, please send all pertaining information to email@example.com.