Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
February 22, 2021

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Ellsworth * Elk Rapids * Kewadin * *Rapid City * Torch River * Williamsburg
Ribbon Cutting
Short's Pull Barn/Tap Room
February 17, 2021
Leah (w/scissors) and Joe (w/ sword) Short center stage
Short's Pull Barn celebrating the opening of their new Tap Room located at 211 Industrial Park Dr., Elk Rapids.

Short's Pull Barn is open:
Mon-Thurs 2:00 ~ 10:00 p.m.
Fri-Sun 11:00 a.m. ~ 10:00 p.m.
2021 Save the Dates (so far)

April 22, Earth Day
Green Elk Rapids invites the community to join them in celebrating Earth Day, April 22 over several days, with the international theme of "Restore Our Earth". Join citizens, businesses, and students to create local business activity, have some fun, showcase your creativity, and create more awareness of environmental issues. Create a Trashformation; display your earth-friendly items; offer an earth-friendly entree. Details coming soon!
May 15 - Super Recycling Day 9 am - 3 pm
May 22 - Curbside Recycling, Village of Elk Rapids
May 29, 10 am - 4 pm - Arts & Craft Show
June 12 - Wooden Boat Show
June 30 - Fishing Seminar @ Harbor
July 17, 10 am - 4 pm - Arts & Craft Show
August 4 - 7 Harbor Days Festival
September 5, 10 am - 4 pm - Arts & Craft Show

Farmer's Market Registration Now Open
Friday's June 11 ~ October 8, 2021
8:00 a.m. until Noon

Please email laura@elkrapidschamber.org with any updated event dates you may have!

Public Meetings about YOUR Community

Tuesday, Feb. 23 ER Planning Commission 7:00 p.m.

Monday, March 1, ER School Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.
Monday, March 1 ER Village Council Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Village of Elk Rapids Website: www.elkrapids.org
Beginning Mon. Jan. 11, MDHHS is moving forward with the vaccination of:
  • Michiganders age 65 and older
  •  Frontline essential workers (firefighters, police, corrections workers, inspectors)
  •  Child care and PreK through high school staff
  •  Congregate care facilities (homeless shelters, juvenile justice, child care staff)
To find a vaccine and schedule an appointment, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine, and select Vaccine Locations.

You can also visit the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at http://nwhealth.org/ and pre-register for your priority group.
Call (231) 715-5557
Covid Hotline Number is: 1-888-535-6136
SBA and Partner Training
The SBA and our resource partners have a variety of training coming up for business owners at different stages of development.
Already in business, join us and our partners for important training that can help you understand key SBA-backed financing options. Just getting started? In addition to the financing options you need to know about, upcoming training can help you understand the basics and start-up strong.

Resilient People and Organizations: Who Bounces Back? 
Feb. 23, 11 a.mRegister Here

Webinar: PPP Update, SBA Debt Relief, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and SBA resources to help you recover
Join us for a series of webinars hosted by the SBA Michigan District Office in partnership with the Office of U.S. Senator Gary Peters. We'll discuss PPP updates and loan forgiveness, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, SBA Debt Relief, and new services from our funded resource partners to help you survive and recover from the pandemic.
Feb. 25, 11 a.m., Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan Regions; 
Feb. 25, 1 p.m., Mid-Michigan and West Michigan Regions;  
March 3, 11 a.m., Detroit and Wayne, Washtenaw, and Monroe Counties;  
March 3, 1 p.m., Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, and Saginaw Counties;  
Catch up on the region's latest economic news.
Scroll to end for Core Partner Updates plus videos you'll share!
Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA) launched a hotline to help answer COVID-19 workplace guideline questions. Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health may contact MIOSHA using the hotline at 855-SAFEC19 (855-723-3219). 

MIOSHA also has a set of online resources at Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety that provides guidelines, posters for employees and customers, fact sheets, educational videos, and a reopening checklist to keep workplaces safe.
Don't get caught!
We keep hearing stories of businesses being fined for not complying with various COVID-19 related regulations. Here's a reminder that many resources are available, including a FREE COVID-19 Response & Preparedness Template from SBAM.
The Michigan Works! Association is committed to providing in-depth training opportunities for every workforce development professional.

The Association has a wide array of upcoming training opportunities that cover a variety of topics including information technology, TAADI, digital recruiting strategies, OSMIS, diversity, equity and inclusion, and MORE!

There's training for every workforce development professional - sign up for a training (or two) today!......... VIEW TRAINING HERE
There is no charge to attend Career Connection but space is limited. Check the Northwest Michigan Works! Workshop Calendar for registration information..... http://www.nwmiworks.org/job-seeker/workshops.html
Click on Visit Jobs Posted Button ^
Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce ~ Summer Intern
Good Samaritan Family Services ~ Administrative Assistant
Hairport Salon & Spa ~ Stylist Full or Part-Time

Shoestring Solutions to Common Startup Issues
Tuesday, February 23, 1:00 pm

The idea of starting a business can be quite daunting, and especially in today’s times.

In this hands-on startup webinar, USA TODAY senior small business columnist and author of The Small Business Bible, Steve Strauss will help you understand what the most common startup pitfalls are and how to avoid or solve them - without spending a lot of money!

Topics of this session include:
  • Getting a website for free (or almost free!)
  • DIY legal and operations
  • Marketing on a shoestring
  • And more...

202 E. Grandview Pkwy. Traverse City
(231) 947-5075 www.traverseconnect.com

Join Ryan Gleason, Manager of the Great Lakes Region for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to hear about what is happening at the federal level. Ryan will provide a federal legislative update and then take questions from investors.

This is FREE and open to Traverse Connect Investors only. Limited to the first 100 registrants
Are you driving the ship or are you letting things play out day-to-day in your business without a clear strategy for success? We identify the main ways that a lack of action and limiting beliefs can derail your business and squander your progress.
We walk through all the ways that you can turn from passive inaction to assertive productivity in your business and watch it transform for the better through decisive action and confidence.
Through the course of this one-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to build confidence and clarity in your business that translates into motivation, purpose, and intentional action.
$55 Traverse Connect Investor * $75 Non-Investor
In celebration of National Cherry Month, Friske Orchards is offering this online special. Click on the link to place your order: https://friske.com/shop/frozen-cherries-montmorency-red-tart-1603725642/
Friday, February 26 @ 6 - 9 pm
Thursday, February 25 @ 1:00 p.m.
NMC @ Grass River Natural Area

Discover the art of tapping maple trees by learning both traditional and modern methods. Tap into the science of maple syrup production, tree identification, equipment needs, and get instruction for small-scale DIY projects. The first class meets via Zoom and the second meets in the field at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire) to see the process and equipment in action (dress to be outdoors). This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Wear a mask to the second class. Cost is $69 through NMC Extended Education. Register through NMC at https://www.nmc.edu/.../find-a.../adult-classes/index.html
Grass River Natural Area
6500 Alden Hwy., Bellaire
(231) 533-8576
Lantern light reflecting off of freshly fallen snow is a great way to enjoy the forest in winter. Enjoy an evening ski on GRNA’s groomed ski trails, or snowshoe the boardwalk to the river. We will have a warm campfire at the Center pavilion and the heated building will be open and staffed, with one group/household allowed indoors at a time. Masks are required inside the Center and at the Pavilion. Come any time during the 3-hour, self-guided, "open-house" style ski or snowshoe. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. If it is clear there may be moonlight. $5 per person. Adult snowshoes, and child skis and snowshoes, are available for rent at the Grass River Center for an additional $5 rental fee during the program or bring your own.

Surprise someone special with FLOWERS....

Five weeks of flowers for $60.00

*First bouquet comes with a vase
*Next Four come wrapped
*Delivery FREE within 10-mile radius
*Delivery on Mondays

First delivery is on Monday- March 1, 2021,
order by Saturday, February 27, 2021

Elk Lake Floral & Greenhouses
8628 Cairn Hwy * Elk Rapids
Connie Misico * 231-264-8188
The Grand Rapids Boat Show has been postponed. Grand Bay Marine is having an in-store boat show at their Traverse City location, February 18th-28th. They will have over 30 boats on display in their safe and heated showroom.
* Text them today to schedule your appointment 231-943-0333 *
Grand Bay Marine * 291 N. US Highway 31 S. * Traverse City, MI
Elk Rapids School's "Way to Grow" Program will be distributing swag bags and yard signs to Elk Rapids participants. Please contact Joann Miracle @ Lakeland Elementary at 231-649-9898 or jmiracle@erschools.com.
ERDL - (231) 264-9979 www.elkrapidslibrary.org

For craft instructions and Story Time with Miss Sue and Jacquie, Click on: YouTube Channel for ERDL
The Backpack Program provides weekend food for kids in Elk Rapids Schools who normally eat breakfast and lunch at school, but can be home without adequate food on weekends.
Did you know that just $10 will usually buy a case of Spaghettios, or soup, or macaroni and cheese? Whatever you are able to give goes a long way towards helping growing kids feel comfortably full every day of the week.

February online sale www.kingorchards.com

King's is offering cherry recipes in the market to celebrate Cherry Month
4620 N. M-88 * Central Lake * (231) 544-6479 *
Dog Sled Rides in King's Orchards
Every Tues & Wed 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Thru March 17, 2021
Enjoy this winter with a dog sled ride through the orchard hosted by Second Chance Mushers every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the winter. The course is 1/2 mile in length. The cost per sled load is $35. Sign up and find out more info at:
Restaurant Weeks @ Pearl's
Three courses for $25. Starting February 22 thru March 6th.

Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen * 617 Ames St. * Elk Rapids (231) 264-0530
ACTS * 8925 M-72 East * Williamsburg, MI 49690 * (231) 938-2990

To: Friends and Family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: February 20, 2021
Re: Weekly Update

Greetings, Everyone! What an exciting week it has been. On Thursday afternoon, February 18, 2021, Raven Hill watched excitedly as NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover landed on the surface of “the red planet”. The rover traveled almost 300 million miles, leaving Earth about 6 months ago. Perseverance prepared for its long journey during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk said, "The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission embodies our nation's spirit of persevering, even in the most challenging of situations, inspiring and advancing science and exploration. The mission itself personifies the human ideal of persevering toward the future and will help us prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet in the 2030s.". Continue Reading
Mission: Raven Hill Discovery Center provides a place that enhances hands-on and lifelong learning for all ages by connecting science, history and the arts. Check us out daily on Facebook and the website (www.MiRavenHill.org) for informal learning activities, photo memories, updates, and more. We may also be reached via email (info@miravenhill.org) or phone: 231.675.6025. Stay safe and keep in touch, everyone.