Explore financial opportunities at luncheon

October 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the October installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon series. The event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 5 at Timber’s Inn Restaurant, 6555 Belding Rd., from noon to 1:30 p.m. The featured speaker is Chris Carlson, a financial advisor from Edward Jones Investments. Carlson will share his knowledge and expertise in his selected field during his presentation, “Financial Outlook and Opportunities.” Carlson is a financial advisor and partner with Edward Jones Investments. He earned a BS in economics from Elmhurst College and an MBA with concentration in finance from University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He earned his certificate in financial planning from University of California, Irvine, and has 20 years of experience in finance and investments. To attend this timely presentation, please call the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000, or e-mail to to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend, you must call and cancel prior to the event or you will be charged. The Bi-Monthly Luncheon is a wonderful way to enjoy good food, expert advice and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event. The luncheon is also a great networking opportunity, so participants are reminded to bring their business cards.

School Beat – September 3, 2009

September 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

Three issues demand attention, time by MICHAEL S. SHIBLER, Ph.D.  Superintendent of Schools Rockford Public Schools With the passing of each year, the summer months seem to fly by faster than in previous years even though each day of each year has the same number of minutes and hours! It is hard to believe that I have the privilege of beginning my 21st year as superintendent of the Rockford Public Schools (RPS). Where did the first 20 years go? While I realize we have together accomplished many good things for RPS kids, I also realize we have many more yet to accomplish. This summer has been very busy with many issues demanding our attention and time. In this article, I want to touch on three of those issues: bond issue projects, financial challenges, and the district’s new website. Bond Issue Projects If you will recall, the 2008 bond issue was designed to accomplish three major projects: add four to eight classrooms to six of our eight elementary schools, update instructional technology in all schools, and add 20 recreational/athletic fields throughout the school district. Many of these projects are either in the planning stages or nearing completion. For example, additional classrooms at Cannonsburg, Lakes and Roguewood elementaries are well underway. New carpeting is being laid throughout the high school—believe it or not, the high school is over 16 years old! The tennis courts at North Rockford Middle School and the high school are being replaced, and construction of athletic fields at the high school, East Rockford Middle School and Roguewood Elementary are ahead of schedule. Upgrades in instructional technology will continue throughout the summer. Comprehensive improvements to Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium took place this summer, with the installation of a multi-purpose synthetic field for use by the marching band, along with football, lacrosse, track, and other student-athletes. The new technology in athletic fields is called Mondo turf, which utilizes an environmentally friendly, bio-degradable substance called Eco-fill. The rededication of “The Ted” is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3, prior to the Rockford-Holt varsity football game. I hope you can attend. All other 2008 bond issue projects are in the planning or early development stages. Please refer to the district’s webpage at for ongoing progress reports. Financial Challenges […]

Second-generation financial company helps residents start over

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

With the economy offering challenges to many in West Michigan, Discovery Financial, a second-generation family business, helps residents starting over with new careers and business ventures. Begun by Marvin Muilenberg in 1951, the company is now in the hands of his son, David. Since beginning with the company, David brought in a partner, Jon Pettigrew and continued the growth of the company. In addition to David Muilenberg, ChFC, CLU and Jon Pettigrew, CRP®, ChFC, staff at Discovery also includes Megan Leach, Deborah Dalman, RHU®, and Heather Biggs. David Muilenberg believes the company’s values have been integral to the growth of the company, along with the experience offered by the staff. Collectively they offer over 50 years in financial services. “Our business is relationship-driven,” said Muilenberg. “We believe in providing solid, simple-to-understand advice on money management, retirement and insurance planning. Our customers become family. When they succeed we feel their successes along with them. Discovery Financial offers retirement income planning, life insurance audits, long-term care insurance, disability income, college education planning, wealth accumulation planning, group insurance and more. “We are not commission-based but fee-based, so we succeed when our clients succeed,” Muilenberg stated. Muilenberg, Pettigrew and Dalman all left a large insurance company to join Discovery Financial. They wanted to be independent with no restrictions to using  proprietary products. They wanted the ability to provide solutions to their clients, not just offer a product. Discovery Financial staff are among the most highly qualified and educated in the community, with two chartered financial consultants with advanced certification-CHFL, CLU, CFP and RHU. The friendly, relaxed atmosphere in the office puts clients at ease as they explore their financial options. It is important to each member of the Discovery team that the company holds high moral standards. “What makes us unique in the industry is that we believe the situation or the need an individual has determines what product we offer-not the commission paid,” Pettrigrew said. “It is our desire to build long-term relationships with our clients and their families. For the last six years Discovery Financial has been located at 971 Spaulding Street, Suite A in Ada, Michigan. They can also be reached by telephone at (616) 957-9999 or visit online at