Great Lakes Bay Businesses

Family-friendly businesses located in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

It’s a Material World – and YOU can help!

There are families right here in Bay County that are struggling from day-to-day to provide for their own basic needs, some of them may be your own neighbors. Poverty looks different in every community, some have a huge homeless problem, in other communities, it is more hidden – you have to look for it.  Once […]


Who is behind making our region a mecca for family-friendly events and places? Read “Colorful Characters… and Tasty Tidbits” — our local version of People magazine. Get to know the Faces and Places of our Great Lakes Bay region! Saginaw, MI, 989.397.8386, Michelle Mersy is a Certified Professional Coach through the Institute for Professional […]


Jen is a work-at-home mom, parent to three, and she’s been a stepparent for over 15 years. She is well-equipped to discuss and write about the great, and the not-so-great, details of all-things-parenting. Along with spending quality time with her family, Jen enjoys music, chocolate, camping and relaxing. And laughing! To learn more about Jen and her writing follow her […]

Bay Commitment College Access Network

The Bay Commitment College Access Network is giving hope for a brighter future to many in our community. WHAT IS IT: It is a FREE resource for local students that promotes post secondary education.  It offers scholarship and financial aid guidance, assistance in choosing a career path and college, access to college resources and the […]

Local program helps kids get a “Great Start”

Jill Armentrout of Birch Run is Parent Liaison for the Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative. In this position contracted through the Saginaw Intermediate School District, she coordinates the Parent Coalition, bringing the parent voice to the early childhood system and outreach to families. She is the mother of two daughters. Leading researchers have found that […]

A Healthy Halloween Treat

  A Healthy Halloween Treat Written by Dr. Daniel Kehres.  Dr. Kehres is a wellness physician and owner of Kehres Health & Chiropractic, in Saginaw, Michigan. A HEALTH HALLOWEEN TREAT ALTERNATIVE I love Halloween. The weather is great, apple cider is in season and it is fun to see kids dressed up for trick or treating. […]