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Meet Tyler Gilland, Our May “Get Caught” Recipient

BCVision is challenging community members to “Get Caught” moving Battle Creek forward through job creation and training, talent development, and community vitalization.

MEET TYLER GILLAND

Tyler Gilland is a Freshman Social Studies teacher at Battle Creek Central High School and is dedicated to encouraging the progress of his students. When Tyler was in High School, he made decisions that could have impacted his life and career negatively. Tyler came to the realization that the chances of success were very slim if a change was not made in his life. With support from passionate teachers, he was able to get on track. The support from these teachers inspired Tyler to give back and become a teacher himself.

Talent Development

Tyler goes beyond the classroom setting when it comes to the enrichment of his students. “I want to pay it forward. I’m the beneficiary of the people who helped me. I want to do what others don’t want to do. We need another representation of what it looks like to be a successful individual in the community.”

In addition to his teaching duties, Tyler is active in the Summer School program, National Honor Society and Link Crew, which connects his freshman students to upperclassmen who introduce the freshmen to life at Battle Creek Central. He also is an Assistant Basketball Coach and has helped the teams win back-to-back District Championships in 2016 and 2017.

Tyler says he wants to show his students how to lead by example. He wants to show that creating an environment where a student can lead is the first step to fostering an environment where every student is able to pay it forward.

Tyler believes education is the proactive way to save lives. “I didn’t have what I know now growing up. I want to be the one who protects students and keeps them from trouble.” Tyler believes that by providing education and connections with students, he can help students to grow as people.

Watching students interact with Tyler, you can see that he is helping to move Battle Creek forward. We salute Tyler for his work and helping to inspire future generations.

The Best Part

Tyler says the best part about Battle Creek is the people who refuse to give up on Battle Creek. “This city has so many people in so many sectors, industries and institutions who are dedicated toward making this a place where kids can achieve their true potential. People, more so than the institutions they represent, are also working hard to disrupt systems of inequity, challenging the old way of doing things.”

Do you know someone who is helping to move our community forward? Learn more about how to nominate someone today. Make sure to read about our past “Get Caught” recipients like Carmen Meinhardi, Vickie Brennan and so many more!

Battle Creek: An All-America City

The All-America City Award is an award competition that has been put on by the National Civic League since 1949. This competition recognizes communities across the United States that are working to create strong engagement, collaboration, inclusivity, and innovation within their cities.

We are proud to announce that for the second year in a row, Battle Creek has been recognized as an All-America City. In June, leaders, volunteers, and families from our city will head to Denver, Colorado to compete for the national title.

Reflection

To become an All-America City, we reflected on our past, our present, and what our future could hold. In our application, we examined our weaknesses and challenges, as well as strengths like our diverse community. We also identified the progress we have made in a variety of programs across our city.


To become an All-America City, we reflected on our past, our present, and what our future could hold. In our application, we examined our weaknesses and challenges, as well as strengths like our diverse community. We also identified the progress we have made in a variety of programs across our city.

In 2015, we examined areas of Battle Creek that could be improved. With the help and input of our community, we found that we should focus on jobs, talent development, and creating a culture of vitality.

Our Initiatives

These three areas of improvement are highlighted in the initiatives that we submitted in our 2019 All-America City application. The initiatives we highlighted are: Operation Fit, Crisis Intervention Team and Recover Center, and the School Behavioral Health Collaborative.

Operation Fit has been working in schools to decrease childhood obesity in Calhoun County. The Crisis Intervention Team and Recovery Center is a collaborative effort between Summit Pointe and the Battle Creek Police Department which provides training on how to address mental health and substance abuse issues in our community. The School Behavioral Health Collaborative is an initiative by Battle Creek Public Schools that addresses the social and emotional well-being of our students.

Follow Along

For the next two months, Battle Creek will be campaigning to be the 2019 All-America City! Follow along by interacting with us on social media and using the hashtags #happeningbc and #AAC2019.

Alongside our many community partners, we are working to move Battle Creek forward. Find out how you can get involved in Battle Creek, as well as how you can help us become the All-America City by visiting our website.

An image of Dan Rombaugh standing in front of a drain cleaning sign.

Focus On Dan Rombaugh: Quality Service in Battle Creek

Battle Creek is filled with local businesses that have a passion for providing the best service to our community. They do this through unique and genuine approaches to customer service. To keep this spirit alive, local business owner, Dan Rombaugh, has created a friendly and approachable setting to serve the people of Battle Creek.

Meet Dan Rombaugh

Dan Rombaugh is an entrepreneur and the owner of DR Drain Cleaning in downtown Battle Creek. Dan first got into the drain cleaning business about 25 years ago, and he’s stuck with it ever since. After noticing that the Battle Creek area was in need of a reliable drain cleaning service, Dan created DR Draining Cleaning in order to help the people of Battle Creek.

Dan’s company stands out in Battle Creek, thanks to the company’s exceptional customer service. He understands what it’s like to be busy or running a little late and that circumstances may come up. In those events, people might need to reschedule. Because of this, DR Drain Cleaning has flexible scheduling and pricing.

A Commitment to Developing Job Skills

Currently, Dan has three full-time employees who work hard on each and every job. When Dan and his employees set out to clean drains, whether they’re commercial or residential, the team ensures that they do each step of the process right so they can provide the best service possible.

Dan’s commitment to quality service stems from the environment he creates at DR Drain cleaning. “You have to be a people person. When I was hiring a couple of my guys, we started from scratch… We train them to know the business inside and out from my prospective, so there are no bad habits.”

Keeping the Momentum Going

If you are considering starting a business in Battle Creek, Dan offers advice on how you can keep your momentum going. “I didn’t have a ton of support when I started my business. Everybody thought I couldn’t do it. But starting my business has been a great way to meet new people, and the business has been doing really well.”
Dan encourages the entrepreneurs of Battle Creek to keep their heads up through the hard times and to push forward while focusing on the goal.

We love sharing the stories of those in Battle Creek who are moving us forward. They do this by creating a culture of vitality and showing a commitment to developing local job talent. Do you know somebody who we should Focus On? Click here to send us their name, contact information, and what they are doing to make a difference.

Want to help us move Battle Creek forward? Join us! Click here to get involved!

A pagoda in Battle Creek, Michigan is over a crowd of people who are enjoying the summer in the city.

Free Things to Do in Battle Creek

Summer days are almost upon us. Once that warm weather hits, it’ll be time to make memories outdoors with our family and friends. Luckily, there is no shortage of fun to be had in Battle Creek in the upcoming months.

In preparation for summer, our staff has put together a list of free summer events we are looking forward to in Battle Creek.

Summer Concerts

What better way to celebrate summer than with some amazing music? Enjoy summer evenings with concerts hosted every Thursday by the Post Band. The concert series starts on June 6th at 6 p.m. in the Festival Market Square.

Movies in the Park

Bring your chair and blanket to Mill Race Park once a month for a movie in the park! This event is free and all movies are family friendly. The fun starts at dusk, but get there early for great seats! On June 7th the movie will be Ralph Breaks the Internet, on July 19th the movie will be Space Jam, and the final movie will be Incredibles 2 on August 9th. Don’t miss out!

International SummerFest

International SummerFest is back on Saturday, August 17th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! We are so excited for our favorite event of the year, and this year will be bigger than ever. That’s why we are moving the event to Kellogg Community College in order to accommodate more people. Join us for the 41st year of SummerFest, the festival that celebrates the rich history and culture of Battle Creek. We can’t wait to see you there!

Maranda’s Park Party

Maranda’s Park Party will be in Battle Creek this year on Thursday, July 18th at the Carson/Rizor Athletic Field. This free event includes entertainment, community resources, and free lunch for anyone under the age of 18. The fun kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and lasts for 2 hours. Make sure to stop by.

The excitement doesn’t stop here. For a full list of summer events in Battle Creek, check out our Downtown Event list!

 

Bernie Kerschbaum smiles in front of a sign for Rosler Metal Finishing USA in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Meet Bernie Kerschbaum, Our April “Get Caught” Recipient

BCVision is challenging community members to “Get Caught” moving Battle Creek forward through job creation and training, talent development, and community vitalization.

Meet Bernie

Bernie Kerschbaum, the April “Get Caught” campaign recipient, is the CEO of the local headquarters of Rosler Metal Finishing USA. Rosler employs 115 people, with over 60% of employees living in Battle Creek.

Bernie is more than just a CEO. He is an active business member in Battle Creek and a believer in Battle Creek schools. Bernie is the chair of Battle Creek’s Manufacturing Consortium, which includes representatives from roughly 70 different companies. 

A Culture of Vitality

Bernie and Rosler are creating a culture of vitality in Battle Creek by helping the city thrive. Through Bernie, Rosler sponsors activities for the employees’ children, which includes supporting local teams for everything from sports to robotics. Bernie also ensures that students who are on the robotics teams are mentored by employees of Rosler.

Bernie recognizes that these students are the future of manufacturing. By providing mentorship, Battle Creek’s students are prepared to enter the workforce.

Keeping the Momentum Going

Bernie is passionate about bringing the business community together to help support the rest of Battle Creek. He knows that one facet of Battle Creek cannot survive without the other. Bernie is working to ensure that “schools are providing the right education for the future workforce,” and also striving to make sure “we have the resources we need for employees, especially people who are new employees and have come to live and work in Battle Creek.”

Bernie shares that the “Get Caught” recognition reinforces that what he is contributing to Battle Creek is helping the city to thrive. “What I do and what I encourage all other business leaders to do means a lot. I want to show that what we are doing is the right thing, and I hope that it inspires others.”

The Best Part

Bernie says that the best part about Battle Creek is the community. “It’s a great place to raise my kids. There’s a lot to do, but it’s small enough to run into people you know. Schools are large enough to provide academics and small enough that you can make connections with other parents.”

Do you know someone who is helping to move our community forward? Learn more about how to nominate someone today. Make sure to read about our past “Get Caught” recipients like Carmen Meinhardi, Vickie Brennan and so many more!

Multiple young professionals network at a networking event.

Networking Tips

Looking for a job can be stressful and can often feel like a tireless journey. One great way to start making connections and get an interview is to begin networking. Networking is the activity of interacting with others to exchange information and knowledge, develop professional skills, and create connections.

A network lets you reach more people who can help you find the right job for you. Our Leadership Teams have three tips for networking that can help you create meaningful connections in Battle Creek. 

Create Connections

Start creating connections everywhere you go. Talk to local business owners, talk to their employees, and invite your neighbors over for dinner or a game night. People you interact with every day may just have the connections you need to kick-start your next career.

Attend Events

Battle Creek is a vibrant city with a variety of events. From Ignite BC to Netwalking (that’s networking and walking) with the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce, there are plenty of opportunities in our city to find an event that can interest you. Make sure to follow the Chamber of Commerce on Facebook to see all of their upcoming events and visit the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau website for all the current events in the city.

Help Others

Networking is all about forming connections. Don’t take a one-sided approach to it. Help others in your network get connected to the resources and people they need. You can even help them find a job or introduce them to a person who can help them grow professionally.

BCVision’s goal is to create a thriving community where there is equitable opportunity for everyone in Battle Creek to have the income, education and resources they need to be successful. One of the ways we are doing this is through creating jobs and developing talent.

Networking plays a huge part in developing job talent. Reach out to us today to learn more about networking opportunities in Battle Creek.

 

Coach Granger writes on a whiteboard at Battle Creek Central High School.

Focus On Coach Granger: Helping Students Grow

The culture of Battle Creek Central’s varsity football team is extremely unique and rare. We’ve shared one story about a member of Central’s football team, Coach Casey, who was our first Get Caught recipient. Now we have more good news coming from the team.

Meet Coach Granger  

Lorin Granger is the varsity football coach at Battle Creek Central and is dedicated to fostering the success of his team, both as a whole and as individuals. When he was a high school student, Coach Granger made some decisions that negatively impacted him. It wasn’t until his high school football coach helped him out of his rut that his life began to turn around. The kindness displayed by Granger’s coach is what inspired him to become a coach, as well. He hopes to pass on the lessons his coach taught him.

Coach Granger goes beyond the sport by getting to know his players outside of the game. “I want to know the names of their parents. I want to know the names of their brothers and sisters. I want to know how they’re doing in school. I want to know about the things they’re dealing with outside of school, and I think it’s a constant cycle of building trust. But the key is they have to know you care about more than just football.”

Coach Granger says that when his players know that he cares about them as a player and a person, they are more likely to believe that he truly wants what’s best for them.

Keeping the Momentum Going

Coach Granger feels he has yet to reach all of the goals he has set for the team. This might be because he is always looking for new goals to achieve. While the team has had great success and made amazing accomplishments, there is still a lot more work to do.

Coach Granger knows that his job will never get easier because football will continue to be difficult, and so will striving for the team’s trust and commitment. However, he knows that someday he’ll look back on all he’s done and realize how far he’s truly come. The coach will be able to see that everything he has worked so hard for has actually paid off.

The Best Part

Coach Granger said the most rewarding part of coaching is watching the players realize their dreams. “Most of these guys dream of playing college football. Some of them just want to graduate high school because no one in their family has done it before. It makes you pretty proud when you know that’s what their dream is and when you see them accomplish it.”

We love sharing the stories of those in Battle Creek who are moving us forward and creating a culture of vitality. Do you know somebody that we should Focus On? Please click here and send us their name, contact information and what they are doing to make a difference. Want to help us move Battle Creek forward? Join us! Click here to get involved!