Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
November 23, 2020

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Elk Rapids * Torch River * Williamsburg
MDHHS issued a new emergency order that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising #COVID19 infection rates. We beat this last time by listening to the public health experts, we can beat it again. For more information about the order, visit
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and

Public Meetings
About Your Community

Tuesday, November 24, ER Planning Commission 7:00 p.m.

Village of Elk Rapids
Click to read: 2020 Fall Leaf Pickup
With a COVID Vaccine on the Horizon, Should Your Organization Require Employees to Get Vaccinated?
Due to being in certain businesses or industries such as first line healthcare, some employers will require employee vaccination as a condition of employment. But what about employers that do not have an immediate and urgent reason to require inoculation?.........Read more

Top 3 Small Business Holiday Marketing Tips for 2020

Use these strategies to grow sales and build customer loyalty this holiday season.
With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday in November kicking off the holiday shopping season, now is a good time for small businesses to boost sales. This year, 60% of consumers plan to do half or more of their winter holiday shopping at local retailers. Capitalize on this growth opportunity by using the following marketing strategies this holiday season........Continue Reading

PPP Forgiveness Factsheet
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers may be eligible for loan forgiveness if the funds were used for eligible payroll costs, payments on business mortgage interest payments, rent, or utilities during either the 8- or 24-week period after disbursement.
To help borrower's better understand how to apply, the SBA has prepared a new PPP factsheet that provides a high-level overview of how the forgiveness process works.  
Join us Small Business Saturday at the SBDC Virtual Marketplace
Saturday, Nov 28, 2 - 4 p.m.
Support Michigan businesses of color during Small Business Saturday by joining us for the Michigan SBDC Virtual Marketplace on Facebook Live hosted by Roland Martin: featuring businesses of color across Michigan.
Meet over 40 Michigan small businesses of color to learn about their products and services available to you. The Michigan SBDC has partnered with the SBA and the Michigan Economic Development Center to bring you this special Facebook Live event hosted by Roland Martin to help you celebrate supporting businesses of color this holiday season and beyond.
Upcoming SBA and Partner Trainings
Nov. 23, 5:30 p.m.: Register
  • Business Financing Roundtable - Northwest Region
Dec. 2, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Forming Your LLC or DBA, Do It Now
Dec. 14, 2 p.m.; Register
Work on your interviewing skills or your resume at a Northwest Michigan Works! Virtual Workshop.

Stay connected with Northwest Michigan Works! online at a Virtual Career Connection meeting where you can learn about job opportunities and improve job search skills while networking with other job seekers and professionals. On Tuesday, November 24 from 2-3:00 pm, Career Connection will focus on job opportunities in the Petoskey area. There is no charge to attend Career Connection but space is limited. Check the Northwest Michigan Works! Workshop Calendar for registration information.
Preparing to Speak
ο»Ώto a Lender
Team SBA Roundtable Webinar December 2
NORTHWEST LOWER, MI – Before you apply for a business loan, first attend a free financing roundtable. Our Preparing to Speak to a Lender - Team SBA Financing Roundtable webinar will debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing. The webinar will be
ο»Ώheld Wednesday, December 2 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
The "team" consists of two lenders, an SBA representative, an SBDC business consultant, and business owners like you. You will get firsthand information on what credit criteria your lenders are looking for. The team will answer all your financing questions and give you advice on what steps to take to achieve your goal of starting or expanding a business using bank financing options. We will explain how the SBA loan guarantee can work for you. The roundtables are best suited for those who have good credit, a solid business idea or existing business, and some money to invest in the business.
Webinar speakers include: Cathy Gase, Lead Economic Development Specialist, Michigan District Office, SBA; Kristen Miller, Vice President, SBA Product Specialist-Sr, Huntington National Bank; Chris Wendel, Business Coach, Northern Initiatives; and Annie Olds, Northwest MI-SBDC Regional Director, Networks Northwest. 
There is no charge to attend the training, but pre-registration is required at to join the webinar. For more information, contact the SBDC at or 231-929-5060.
The webinar is being facilitated by MI-SBDC Northwest Regional Center in partnership with the SBA, Huntington Bank, Northern Initiatives, and Networks Northwest.
Nov 17 at 3 PM EST – Nov 24 at 7 PM EST

Know someone looking to relocate to Michigan? Share this event with them!
This year, 9 regions around the state will host Back To Michigan, a series of virtual networking events where people interested in relocating to Michigan, and current residents who are unemployed, will be able to speak directly with hiring managers. Rediscover opportunities in the Mitten State by connecting with local employers and former residents.
You may be familiar with Thanksgiving weekend events that have happened around the state over the last nine years. These casual, professional networking events, usually hosted at a local bar, have become a tradition in many Michigan communities.
As with many things, Covid-19 has derailed the typical format of these events. So instead, communities around Michigan decided to come together for a collaborative, virtual career event happening between November 17-24, 2020 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. EDT.
Back To Michigan will feature region-specific events throughout the week leading up to Thanksgiving.
  • Return North, Tuesday, November 17
  • TC New Tech, Wednesday, November 18
  • Detroit & Flint, Thursday, November 19
  • ReThink West Michigan, Thursday, November 19
  • Capital Comeback, Monday, November 23
  • Discover Great Lakes Bay, Monday, November 23
  • Northeast Lower Peninsula, Tuesday, November 24
The benefits of attending:
- One-on-One face time with company recruiters in a casual environment.
- Community Ambassadors will be on-hand to answer any relocation questions you have.
- Local school district representatives will available for questions.
Learn more about Back To Michigan and register at
Thank you to our state-wide event sponsor, Consumers Energy.
Catch up on the region's latest economic news.
"Joining Jordan" Project * Boyne City Main Street Award * Can you Explain Your Tax Bill? * Going PRO * Workforce Housing * Boyne Forest Trails! * and other good news!
Scroll to end for Core Partner Updates plus videos you'll share!

Holiday Window Night Award

  Scheduled for the week of December 7, 2020
Sponsored by Elk Rapids Women  

Dear Elk Rapids business owners,
Are you ready to show your holiday spirit? Mark your calendars and get your seasonal decorations out for the annual Window Night Award, sponsored by Elk Rapids Women.
This tradition started in the 1950s when the local Business and Professional Women’s group wanted to encourage the community to decorate for Santa’s arrival. Though our group’s name has changed, the tradition has not! Each year our committee of anonymous judges visits local businesses to pick the best holiday display. Judging is based on:
Christmas Appeal 30%
Originality 25%
Work and Effort 15%
Visual Appeal 15%
Neatness 15%
All decorated business windows/displays in the Elk Rapids area will be judged. If you think you might be missed due to your out-of-the-way location, just send us your address and directions, and we’ll make sure you are on the judges’ list. 
Judging will commence after dark during the week of December 7, so remember to spotlight your decorations and keep the lights on! The committee will announce the winner on Thursday, December 10. Winners will be notified and their names will be posted in the Elk Rapids News, as well as on the Elk Rapids Women’s Facebook page.
If you have questions, contact us at
remember to Keep those lights on!
During this time it would be so cool to "Light up the Town" with Christmas lights and decorations! Something everyone can enjoy.
Eat. Drink. Support!

Tired of your own cooking?
Why not "lively up your day" with some take-out...and help keep your local restaurants thriving!

ο»ΏRestaurants offering take-out
Note: Hours could change, best to call ahead
American House Wood Fired Pizza
(formerly Siren Hall) Opening 12/1
πŸ“ž (231) 264-6062
⏱ Tues-Sat 4-8pm
πŸš— Curbside * take-out

Blue Pelican
πŸ“ž (231) 544-2583
⏱Thurs-Sat 5-8pm
πŸš— curbside pickup only

Cellar 152 Pub & Provisions
πŸ“ž (231) 264-9000
⏱ Wed-Sat 12-7pm
πŸš— curbside * take-out
Click to: Order On Line
   deli counter & retail open
Cocktails to Go!

Chang Express
πŸ“ž (231) 264-9140
⏱ Mon-Fri 11am-8pm Sat 3-8pm
πŸš— take-out * curbside
     party tray delivery

Cone Corral & Pizzeria
πŸ“ž (231) 264-6880
⏱ Mon, Wed-Sat 4-9pm
πŸš— takeout * curbside

Ethanology Distillation
πŸ“ž (231) 498-2800
🌐 to order online:
πŸš— patio pick-up

Flour Pot Bakery
πŸ“ž (231) 264-9732
⏱ Wed 6am-2pm, Sat 7am-1pm
🌐 theflourpotbakery
πŸš— curbside * walk up window
      call ahead for special orders

Grand Traverse Resort/Aerie Restaurant
πŸ“ž (231) 631-2818
 order by 11/24 for Thanksgiving

Mico's Torch Riveria
πŸ“ž (231) 322-4100/322-3104
⏱ Mon-Wed 5-9pm Thur-Sat 4-10pm
Sun 4-9pm
πŸš— takeout * curbside
Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen
πŸ“ž (231) 264-0530
⏱ Everyday 11am-8pm
πŸš—  Curbside * online ordering

Pelican's Nest
πŸ“ž (231) 533-9000
⏱ Everyday 4-8pm
πŸš—  curbside only
     full menu & specials available

Reflect Bistro (inside Cambria Hotel)
πŸ“ž (231) 264-0377
⏱ Everyday 7am-9pm
πŸš—  take-out * curbside

Short's Brew Pub (Bellaire)
πŸ“ž (231- 498-2300 x 2
⏱ Sun-Thur 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
πŸš— curbside * take-out * delivery (in-town)
      weekly/daily specials

T.J. Charlies
πŸ“ž (231) 264-8819
⏱ Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat 7am-6pm,
Fri Fish Fry 11-6pm
Sat 3-6pm ribs and chicken
Sun 7am-1pm
πŸš— Take-out * delivery within village limits
Town Club
πŸ“ž (231) 264-9914
⏱ Everyday 12-8pm
πŸš—  take-out
Townline Ciderworks
πŸ“ž (231) 883-5330
⏱ Thurs-Sun 3:00-6:00 pm
πŸš— takeout
Waterfire Vineyards
πŸ“ž (231) 498-2753
⏱ Fri-Sun 12:00-6:00 pm
πŸš— outdoor service * curbside pickup
Royal Farms, Inc.
10445 N. U.S. Highway 31 * Ellsworth, MI 49729
Thanksgiving 2020 may look a little different than most years with smaller family gatherings. We are here to make sure your Thanksgiving is just as special! Check out some homemade goodies we will have available for you to order! 
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Indulge in an expertly prepared traditional Thanksgiving feast in the comfort of your own home. No shopping and no pots or pans to clean, our professional chefs do the work for you. This precooked meal serves four and is ready to take home with easy curbside pick up! Place your order by noon on Tuesday, November 24
Cost: $119 (serves 4 people) Questions? Call 231-631-2818.
Take and Bake Feast * Short's Brew Pub
Call (231) 498-2300, press 2 to order
Time to order!
Farmer White's
Thanksgiving pies and dinner rolls.

ο»ΏCall (231) 632-1500 or stop in to order

11373 S. U.S. Highway 31

ATTENTION! We have some important dates to share with you!
Due to Covid we are unable to do our normal Christmas craft shows so we thought we would do something a little different this year! Remember: Social Distancing and masks are required.
ο»ΏWe are offering local pick up to make it easier and fair to the ones who wish to not shop in person.
If you have any questions feel free to call or email us.
(231) 331-4711 email:
***** The sale is for these dates only. No exceptions! *****
The local Edward Jones office will be collecting Toys for Tots again this year. Unwrapped toys and games for babies through teens can be brought to our office from now until Dec.15th . The office is located at 100 River Street in Elk Rapids and is open 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00am to 4:00pm on Fridays.  For more information , or to have toys picked up call Lisa at 264.9433.  
All toys collected at this location stay in Antrim County.
The Music House Museum is holding a Virtual Silent Auction starting November 20 and ending December 4 to help support our operational and technology needs for the rest of the year and through our off-season. The Music House Museum is continually indebted to our donors’ generosity. Please help by β€œvirtually attending here:
A GREAT IDEA for a Christmas Gift!

One happy customer, a 13 year old who takes lessons from Bonnie....

"As a student of Ms. Bonnie Twiss, I enjoy her lessons very much because she makes learning piano very fun, and her personality is fun to be around! She has taken the Corona Virus very seriously with strong safety measures, while maintaining a high level of excellent instruction. When I leave my lesson, I am already excited for the next one!"
Friske Farm Market * 10743 N. U.S. 31 Hwy * Ellsworth *
If you are looking for a way to continue your yoga practice and stay safe, we are here for you. Classes are on ZOOM every weekday morning.

Are you looking for the ZOOM codes? We hope to connect with you. Please email us: or text or call: 231-264-6688. 
Thanksgiving Classes
Classes are offered Thanksgiving week including Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Thank you for your support this year and through the 18 years of business in Elk Rapids! 

ο»ΏCheer Someone Up Today!

Send Flowers to Brighten Up Someone's Day!

Call Elk Lake Floral
(231) 264-8188

8628 Cairn Hwy. * Elk Rapids
Wildflower Soapworks * 231-264-8000
117 River St., Elk Rapids, MI
Just look at this!
12 Months of Suds!
12 of our seasonal soaps wrapped up and ready to go! Such a great family gift for the holidays!!

  • January ~ Reisling & Cabernet
  • February ~ Michigan Romance
  • March ~ Spearmint & Eucalyptus
  • April ~ Apple Blossom
  • May ~ Lake Michigan Breezes
  • June ~ Mackinaw Island Lilac
  • July ~ Summer Splash
  • August ~ Traverse Bay Cherry Almond
  • September ~ Lavendar
  • October ~ Witches Brew
  • November ~ Pumpkin Ale
  • December ~ Sparkling Snowflake

Wildflower Soapworks has so many gift giving ideas..
Stop in and see us. We are happy to help you with your shopping needs.

White Birch Lodge
571 Meguzee Point
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
This beautiful lakeside retreat is perfect for your next Up North getaway! Private beach access allows you to bring your gear and get active on the Lake or kick back and relax on shore. Come Explore!
White Birch Lodge is located on Elk Lake, just before the Elk River. Our accommodations are on the water and will be available to rent short and long term throughout the Fall and Winter. If you are interested in making a reservation please contact our office for more information! 
(231) 264-8271 |
WEEKLY UPDATE 11-21-2020

Where science, history, and art connect!

To: friends and family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: November 21, 2020
Re: Thanksgiving greetings from Raven Hill

Hello, Everyone!
I know you have heard this too many times already, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website says, β€œAs cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.” For many of us, it will likely make it a very different Turkey Day this year. In an attempt to β€œlift” your spirits, I share the following memories and ideas with you.  Continue Reading
Check us out daily on Facebook and the website ( for informal learning activities, photo memories, updates and more. We may also be reached via email ( or phone: 231.675.6025. Stay safe and keep in touch, everyone.
STEM Career Investigator 
Sustaining STEM Opportunities Across our Region
(TRAVERSE CITY - Northwest Lower Michigan) Newton's Road is delighted to announce the launch of the Career Investigator for Northwest Michigan. This online platform helps students explore STEM-related careers that are in high demand in our region, as well as nationally recognized local programs that result in great-paying jobs--often before students graduate. 
Jason Slade, Director of Technical Academic Area at NMC, and his staff have been a key provider of career pathway data. He states: "The Career Investigator website built by Newton's Road has already become a critical component of our career advising. While the tool is still in development, it has already become one of my "go to" resources to highlight the exciting high-wage, high-skill STEM careers in the region. The Career Investigator isn't just for high school students, but is beneficial to parents, adults seeking retraining, high school counselors and the community in general. It highlights cutting edge careers and provides the educational pathway to get there. These pathways include everything from Career Tech Center programs to apprenticeships to certificates to 2 and 4-year degrees. As the Career Investigator grows, it will become an even bigger part of informing the community of the opportunities that exist in the region. I am very excited by this and thankful for the work of Newton's Road!".......................
Career Investigator
This is VERY COOL!

For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early across the country in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization's iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high. 


Our Thrift Store Manager Lucy wants to resume 10-5 operating hours (now 10-3), but we need more volunteers to make it happen. Please consider volunteering at ACTS from 3-5 pm on any days, Tuesday-Saturday. To get started, call Carol at (231) 267-3002.

Acme Christian Thrift Store
8925 M-72 East
Williamsburg, MI 49690