2020 Chain of Lakes Guidebook can now be viewed on the chamber website:

The Books are Here! Will be distributing over next few weeks! Look for them at local shops and venues. If you need a new supply, email laura@elkrapidschamber.org

The cover is an amazing aerial shot of the Albatross (located in Elk River) taken by Jeff Turick of Lakehouse-Creative .

Public Meetings
Stay Informed of Your Community

Tuesday, July 28, 7:00 p.m. Planning Commission via Zoom

Monday, August 3, 7:00 p.m. Village Council Meeting
Antrim County creates the Antrim Promise to support local businesses

Antrim Promise supply request form: SUPPLY REQUEST

~~ New Members Featured ~~
Newton's Road Northwest
236 1/2 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 994-3684

Antrim Conservation District
4820 Stover Road
Bellaire, MI 49615
(231) 533-8363

Shop your favorite foods--fresh produce, meat, fish, honey, syrup and so much more--just as you always have! This summer will be a little different: please send only one shopper per family, wear a mask, and follow distancing and traffic flow guidelines.

List of vendors that have signed up... some may not be here every week.
Altonen Orchards * Amy Kate Designs/Lady Aberlin Soap Co. * BMG Enterprise (Blueberries) * Bear Earth Herbals * Boss Mouse * Charlevoix Moon Wine * Countryside Gardens * Erickson Family Farms * Fainting Robin Farm * Farmer White's * Gallagher Centennial Farm * Grateful Kitchen (GF) * Guntzviller's * Hammond's Pure Hone * Hillside Harvest Farm * Ken's Fresh Fish * MY TCBD * Natalie's Petals * Northern Growin * Ona Mission Honey Farm * Out of the Woods Farm * Pine Hill Nursery * Providence Farm * Rural Good * Saltless Sea Creamery * Shortie's * Silver Star Goods * Sobremesa Tamales * The Farm at Cherry Hill * Undertoe Farm (pre-order pickup only) * Walk Around Ranch * Water's Edge Sweet Tooth * Winnie's Originals.
Red Hot Winners!

More than 12,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2020 Red Hot Best competition, and if you were one of them, you saw we’ve changed it up. After more than a decade of sharing the winners in each category for Northern Michigan as a whole, we decided to dig into 11 different regions and discover the best in each unique area.

$4.5 Million in Small Business Restart Program Dollars for COVID-19 Recovery Efforts in Northwest Michigan
NORTHWEST LOWER, MI – Through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), more than $4.5 million in Michigan Small Business Restart Program dollars will be available to support Northwest Michigan small businesses as they work to recover from the impacts of COVID-19. All grants will be between $10,000-$20,000 each and can be used as working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, utility expenses, or other similar expenses. The application period for the competitive grant program will run from July 15 through August 5. Networks Northwest will administer grants in the 10-county region in close partnership with area economic development agencies. Local economic development professionals will review all applications received and distribute the grants to ensure industry diversity and impact in every county across the region. Grants will be awarded in mid-September.
"Too many small businesses have been faced with significant economic hardship over the last few months, including challenges with cash flow and resources to support working families in the region," said Networks Northwest CEO Matt McCauley. "I am proud of Northwest Michigan's resiliency thus far and fully anticipate our economy getting back to growth and investment in large part because of the direct, in the community, assistance provided by The Alliance for Economic Success, Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, MEDC, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, Northwest Michigan Works!, Northwest Small Business Development Center, and Traverse Connect "
Lisa Leedy, Executive Director of The Alliance for Economic Success, said, "As the backbone of our communities, small businesses in northern Michigan create prosperity, so we at AES are proud to be part of a team supporting the program to help them through these unprecedented times." 

To qualify for grant support, businesses must meet the following criteria, based on statutory requirements for the program:
  • A business or nonprofit that can demonstrate it is affected by the COVID-19 emergency
  • Needs working capital to support eligible expenses
  • Demonstrates an income loss as a result of the COVID-19 emergency
  • Has not received a grant through the Michigan Strategic Fund's Michigan Small Business Relief Program previously
Andy Hayes, President of The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance said, "The NLEA is excited about this opportunity to assist companies in our area. We appreciate the efforts from the MEDC, the Governor and our legislators.  These are tough times for sure, and these grants will help provide meaningful dollars to companies as we work through the challenges caused by COVID-19."
Stacie Bytwork, President of The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, said, "The Manistee area is excited to be able to participate in this process again. It was extremely important for our businesses in the first round and we want to thank the MEDC and legislators for another opportunity to have a greater impact."
Networks Northwest anticipates that approximately 300 businesses across the region will benefit from this program. Additionally, by statute, at least 30 percent of the competitive grants awarded under the program must be to women-owned, minority-owned, or veteran-owned eligible businesses. Statewide, $100 million in grants are being made available through the Michigan Small Business Restart Program, which is being funded through the federal CARES Act.
The Michigan Small Business Restart Program competitive grant application will begin Wednesday, July 15 at  michiganbusiness.org/restart .
$8.55 Million in COVID-19 Workplace
Safety Grants Available
  With employers across the state working to keep their employees, customers and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Michigan has launched the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program. These grants will provide small businesses matching funds of up to $10,000 to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread through the purchase of safety and health-related equipment and training in response to COVID-19. Grant applications will be available until Friday, August 7, 2020.
$1.25 Million in New Grant Funding Available from Michigan Economic Development Corporation to Assist Michigan’s Small Farms Implement COVID-19 Safety Measures
Join MEDC on the virtual red carpet for the Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards, streaming live at 6:00 pm on July 28. You can tune in here on Facebook, or watch the live stream at  michigancelebrates.org/main-event/ #MichiganCelebrates #MCSB2020
CARES Act Dollars to Support Small Businesses in Michigan
  Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 690 which will deploy more than $880 million in federal CARES Act funding to support COVID-19 response actions across the state. Key investments within the supplemental budget bill include: $100 million in small business restart grants to help small business owners, $60 million in rental assistance and eviction diversion; and $10 million in MIOSHA grants for protections to keep workers safe on the job.
 Toolkit Available for Businesses to Protect Workers and the Public
   To further protect workers and the community, Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order  2020-147  announced last week reiterates that businesses who are open to the public must refuse entry and service to individuals who fail to comply with wearing a face covering. The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) has provided a toolkit to help businesses protect their workers and the public while remaining safely open. LEO and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) have a set of online resources at  Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety  that provides guidelines, posters for employees and customers, factsheets, educational videos and a  reopening checklist  to keep workplaces safe.

Marketing in a Recession/Crisis
Question number one that you’re probably having is “should I continue my marketing plans, in this environment.” Consider what the market was when you developed your marketing strategy for this year. Before the end of March, the chances are that your business was doing well, and you had a lot of optimism for this year. That optimism fueled by strong sales most likely lead you to a pretty aggressive marketing strategy. However, as the year has turned out, there is a lot of reason for re-evaluating.
COVID-19 Small Business Support Webinars

Register for On-Demand Webinar Library https://sbdcmichigan.org/

Tues. July 28 1:00 pm
Don't Leave Money on the Table: COVID-19 Funds Available for Relief, Recovery and Restart

Don't miss out on funds that can assist your business! We will discuss the funding resources available nationally, statewide, and locally. We'll walk you through the Grant or Loan information and process, application process and eligible expenditures, and deadlines of loans available for your small business.
You will hear from all of our West MI SBDC Consultants: Marie Elliott, Jamaal Ewing, George Fotis and Liz Hoffswell. The discussion will be moderated by Mary Hartfield, West Michigan SBDC Training Consultant.
Click on list below for all sites that have the up to date information on COVID-19 and Business Assistance.

Lists are now available on website: www.elkrapidschamber.org

FOR SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE GUIDE: https://www.elkrapidschamber.org/55805-2/

Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA)   launched a new website for COVID-19 Workplace Safety.   #MaskUpMichigan
Visit www.Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety for guidelines, posters for employees and customers, fact sheets, educational videos and a reopening checklist. #COVIDWorkplaceSafety
Catch up on the region's latest economic news.
Scroll to end for Core Partner Updates and inspiring videos!
Click to read July Newsletter

Upcoming webinars are up on our  SCORE Mentors  website, which can be viewed here:

Thursday, July 30, 2020 1:00pm EDT
Tangible takeaways to get your website up and running with the essential pages you need to get yourself online.  Read more


Antrim County is updating its Community Park and Recreation Plan and they want to hear from you. Now is the time to speak up for what you want to see in your community. Results from this survey will help guide the decisions made by Antrim County commissioners for the future of your public outdoor spaces.

Anyone interested in providing input into the future of Antrim County’s Park and Recreation Plan should take this   SURVEY  before July 31, 2020.

The goal of the plan is to inventory existing facilities and resources, identify community recreation and open space needs and set a 5-year plan of action. A comprehensive plan derived from the input of its citizens will ensure that Antrim County, which boasts nearly 20,500 acres of freshwater lakes and rivers and 280 square miles of public and private forests, continues to be a destination sought for its abundance of year-round recreational activities. Using guidelines set forth by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this plan will have many potential benefits, including better environmental protection, efficiency in providing park and recreation opportunities, increased funding sources, greater potential for tapping into new, creative ways of accomplishing recreation goals, and enhancing public support for parks. Once complete, this plan will serve as a road map for future projects and opportunities necessary to enhance our natural and recreational spaces.
Great Lakes Equestrian Festival This Week!
Spectators are not allowed at this time
Check website and facebook for updates

You will be missed Cari!

Last day at River Pharmacy is Friday, July 31, 2020

We wish you well!

River Pharmacy
124 Ames Street
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 264-8165
Elk Rapids Rotary Club Awards $2,500 NMC Scholarships to three worthy recipients

Jordan Jansen, Parker Lawrence and Tanner McLean are the 2020 recipients of the Elk Rapids Rotary Club’s $2,500 scholarships to Northwestern Michigan College (NMC).

These scholarships are open to current ERHS or Sunrise Academy seniors and recent graduates who attend NMC and have at least a 3.0 grade point average. A Scholarship Committee made up of Rotary Club members reviews the applications, letters of recommendation and interviews applicants prior to making their determination on the three scholarship winners.

Here’s more information on this year’s winners:
Jordan Jansen is a 2020 ERHS graduate who is going to NMC to pursue an Associates Degree in nursing with the ultimate goal of becoming a nurse anesthetist. Jordan was the senior class president and a member of various clubs and varsity sports. According to one of her recommendation letters, “Jordan is unassuming and supportive of others and embraces faith, family and community in a multitude of ways.”

Parker Lawrence is a 2019 ERHS graduate currently enrolled at NMC seeking an Associates Degree in pre-med. Parker’s academic goal is to achieve a doctorate in Physical Therapy. Parker works many jobs to help pay for his education and one of his recommendation letters states that “He is driven and sets goals for himself that he not only meets but exceeds. He is polite, honorable, trustworthy and reliable.”

Tanner McLean is a 2020 ERHS graduate who will be entering the engineering tract of NMC’s “2 + 2” program in conjunction with Michigan Tech with the hope of becoming a robotic engineer. Tanner was involved in the Robotics Team, marching and concert bands and the bowling and golf teams while at ERHS. As stated in one of his recommendation letters, “While Tanner has accomplished many things both academically and technically (he has numerous inventions), he also has another side of him which is a person who is responsible, accountable and has a great concern for others.”

Congratulations to these fine young men and women! We wish you continued success in your future endeavors!
2020 Rotary Scholarship Winners Tanner McLean and Jordan Jansen hold certificates presented by Elk Rapids Rotary Club Scholarship Committee members Phyllis Chaphalkar, Karl Wittbold, Sherri Steffen-Detwiler and Craig Cameron. (Additional winner, Parker Lawrence, not pictured.)
We are happy you are here and thank you for your patronage. Please do your part to stay safe and keep Elk Rapids open!

As Elk Rapids and Antrim County begin reopening retail, restaurants, and other allowable activities on Friday, May 22, 2020 (as authorized under Executive Order 2020-92), residents and second homeowners are asked to Stay Safe to Stay Open. Continuing to keep our community safe by honoring Our Commitment to Community.

As you enter our Elk Rapids Community, you are confirming that you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and that you agree to follow the above Commitments.
Together, we can be a model for the State of Michigan and allow economic recovery in our region, without risking the health of our residents or capacity of the regions’ healthcare system. We are all dependent on one another to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 .
Elk Rapids Yoga Flow Now Offering Classes at the Beach!

Happy Summer!
We are moving two of our outside classes to the beach at Memorial Park next week and for the rest of the summer. The area by the playground offers shade while still being close enough to the water. Weather permitting, you will be notified by email 1.5 hours prior to class if cancelled. 

Tuesday: 9:00 am Vinyasa with Mary
Wednesday: 9:30 am Strength & Flexibility with Janet
You can go straight to the beach area, no need to stop at the studio.
We hope you will find beach yoga, as all classes, inspiring and peaceful while combining traditional yoga philosophy with asana and pranayama.
Summer Concert Series
@ the Harbor

Come join us at the harbor for our sunset concerts. Bring your chairs, a snack, and enjoy the music.

Entertainment line-up:
August 2: Flylite Gemini 7-9 pm
August 16; Escaping Pavement 7-9 pm
2020 Harbor Days Grand Marshal
Gordon Converse

Gordon found his way to Elk Rapids in 1948 as a boy, who with 3 of his friends, decided it might be fun to spend 3 weeks on Elk Lake picking cherries for a local farmer. That occurrence brought his mother and dad north, from their home in southeastern Michigan, to see if their boy was eating properly. The family fell in love with the region and began to establish roots. Gordon graduated from Alma College with a degree in Economics. While at Alma, he was President of his fraternity, Senior Class President and member of the Student Council. Following graduation, he turned down a job with IBM because it would have necessitated a move to New York. He, with his new wife Joan, moved to Elk Rapids in 1955.
His first job in Elk Rapids was with Super Tool Company where he learned a motion study program called MTM (Methods-Time-Measurement). His brother Denny and his wife soon followed and, as the family had been proficient in remodeling old houses, Denny talked Gordon into going into the building business with him. Wanigan became an incorporated entity January 7, 1957. Gordon retired from Wanigan Corporation exactly 50 years after founding the company with his brother Denny.
Active in the community, Gordon joined the local Rotary Club and became President in the early 1960’s. He was on site the day the Harbor began, probably dumping the first load of rubble for the new break wall. His service to the community never ended. His volunteerism is as follows: President of the local Chamber of Commerce for two years; two years chairman of the Board of the Methodist Church; member of the local Masonic Lodge; conceived of plan for Rotary Park; Secretary and Treasurer of the Elk River Inn Corporation. With seven other builders, he founded and became the First President of the local home builder’s association, the HBA of GTA. It now has over 450 members. 
During his busy life Gordon has always been involved with boating and served as a member of the Harbor Commission for over 25 years. He is still the proud owner of the AllStar IV. Golf has been a passion since his early college days. He still plays 3 times a week. Since retirement, Gordon and Joan have enjoyed a home they built in Citrus Hills, Florida. His wife passed two years ago after 63 years of marriage. 
Gordon’s family still remains in the area. Daughter Connie now runs Wanigan Corporation, the longest continuing operating business in the history of the town. Son Gordie is the proud owner-operator of Converse Sand and Gravel.
2020 Buttons are available at Wildflower Soapworks, Bayfront Beach and Bike,
Swim To You and Harbor Wear
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
Tentatively, Aug. 10-12 th , 5 – 8 pm at the church.     
Open for children ages 4 years old thru 5th Grade.
Pre-registration is required and starts July 20 th
God’s Helping Hands, Inc. will be doing their puppet
Ministry to present The Gospel. To register your child call the church office & leave a message,or visit the website to print the registration form and mail it back.
Space is limited .
Social distancing and face coverings will be observed by the Leaders & kids 5 & up.
Williamsburg United Methodist Church ®  5750 Williamsburg Rd Williamsburg, MI 49690
Church Office: 231-267-5792              Website:  wumctoday.com

Vino and Vinyasa Farm to Table Luncheon
August 1, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Combine some of your favorite things! Enjoy a farm to table luncheon at Royal Farms. Meet vinter, Sara McGuire of Royal Farms as you experience a wine tasting with her and share a glass with friends. Get a chance to stretch out on a yoga mat with a unique view of Grand Traverse Bay.

Visiting a thriving farm will spark a new interest in the preservation of our fields. Vino & Vinyasa will awaken your senses by combining Northern Michigan's finest pure nature with ancient traditions of taste and technique. Escape to our state's roots of Michigan agriculture and experience the joy and satisfaction of connecting with our heritage in an invigorating and inclusive yoga class.

Judith Wonacott, owner & founder of Bodywise Fitness & Wellness, has been teaching fitness for 20 years and is a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. This style of teaching is a full spectrum yoga class for all levels including beginners as well as challenging those who have studied for years.

Bring your own yoga or beach mat and all your yoga props. Or if needed, call ahead to have us reserve some for you. Please plan to arrive a half hour before event begins. Pre-registration required. Cost is $65 Click HERE for more info and to sign up.
Royal Farms is located at 10445 U.S. 31 in Ellsworth

This Library project will show what this community can do to stay "connected" during these uncertain times.

Our goal is to make an interconnected chain of cyanotype "flags" to string throughout our beautiful porch by September 26, 2020, World Cyanotype Day. An art installation of sorts!

Beginning July 14, 2020 you may come to the Library and pick up a packet with materials and directions, take it home to create your own cyanotype with the help of the sun. You will return it to us, washed and dried and we will assemble the "flag" chains and hang them on the porch. We will continue handing out packets until they are gone and assemble the chains as the finished prints are returned.

Participation in this project will be fun and easy for children as well as adults.

As with our 1000 origami crane project, we know this will be a beautiful example of what our community can create together!
To view 2 simple tutorials showing the making of a cyanotype print, visit our Elk Rapids District Library YouTube channel!
Harbor Cafe'

Our famous Cherries and Cream French Toast is here.

The local cherries from Rennie Orchards are ready. Starting Monday, July 13 through ... whenever the cherries are done for the season.. we will have be serving this delicious breakfast.
Big thank you to the folks at Rennie’s !!

129 River St. * Elk Rapids * (231) 264-8700
Music House Museum * 7377 U.S. 31 N. * Williamsburg
Mark Your Calendars....August 1-2, 2020 Petoskey Antiques Show

Located conveniently at 115 Ames St., Suite F in Elk Rapids.
Local gym is staffed Mon - Fri
9 am - 1 pm. or call for an appointment for other times.

Members have access 24/7. #getStrongER * (231) 498-2224

Castle Farms is Open for Self-Guided Tours
From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

• Masks must be worn on site by all guests over the age of 2.
• Social distancing of at least 6ft is required for those not from your own household.
• Our Welcome Center and Gift Shop has a maximum capacity of 25 people at a time.
• At this time, we are not offering guided tours or tram rides.
• Hand sanitizer stations have been placed around the Castle for guest safety.
You can expect our staff to be doing our part as well, by wearing masks and social distancing. We're excited to see you!

Castle Farms *1918 Cellars*5052 M-66 North*Charlevoix*231-237-0884* castlefarms.com * Facebook Page

Upcoming Events:

Come and enjoy 1918 Cellars Wine and Food from our newly opened Bistro while you listen to Paul Lamb on our Patio! 1918 Cellars can only have 50 individuals total in their licensed space. Inside seating for 25.

1918 Cellars asks that, on Castle Farms grounds, masks be worn at all times. Social distancing will be in place, though families can sit together. All others must be at least 6ft apart. Masks can be taken off while enjoying a glass of wine/hard cider or while seated inside the Tasting Room at a patio table. Guests can BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) for more comfy seating, though there will be some chairs on the premises. Weather permitting, music will be outside on the Wine Patio. If it is raining, music will be moved inside, allowing for a total of 25 guests.

Stories will be read at 10:15 am followed by a fun craft activity. Enjoy a treat and a cool beverage. At 11 am, you are welcome to explore the grounds around the Castle, and even meet a real unicorn! Roam through the Enchanted Forest to see fairies and gnomes in their natural habitat. Pose with Norm the Dragon or Sid the Sea Serpent!

*Masks are required on the Castle’s grounds, and can be removed once seated by household. All events will take place outdoors with social distancing requirements in place, along with frequent sanitizing throughout.

Each Story Time is themed to appeal to youngsters ages 3 through 12.
Safety & Well Being
Summer is a special time of year. We want to embrace it with safety as our top priority. Thank you for doing your part to keep our families and communities safe. 

More Outdoor In Person Classes
Tuesday and Thursday options for class have been added.....

 Gentle Yoga, Vino & Vinyasa, SUP Yoga

bodywise * 504 Bridge Street * Elk Rapids * (231) 264-6688

Greetings to everyone,

Hope this update finds you all busy and well. This week, a picture is worth a thousand words! First of all, people have been sending photos of bears, since my two encounters with bears here at Raven Hill!  Continue Reading Update on July 26, 2020

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.
Tune in to Newton's Road Facebook Live Page every Thursday at 4:30 - 5:00 p.m. through August 20
Newton's Road Northwest July Newsletter

A Note from our Executive Director, Barb Termaat

One of my favorite summer highlights thus far was reading the Blue Truck book to my grand-nephew age 2-1/2. He was so excited to find the wise old blue truck in the big city each time I turned the page! The libraries are mostly re-opened now--check out a STEM Kit from Kingsley, East Branch, Elk Rapids or Traverse City downtown. We're ramping up to add 5 more libraries this summer and fall with the generous support of the Biederman Foundation! ....... . Continue Reading July Newsletter
Help Wanted Classified

Hairport Salon and Spa of Elk Rapids is currently seeking a Licensed Cosmetologist and Nail Technician. Starting salary based on level of experience. Clientele base not necessary. Flexible schedule and safe working environment.

Please submit resume to hairport.salonandspa@yahoo.com .

If you have questions, please call (231) 264-8184

404 Bridge Street * Elk Rapids * www.hairportsalonandspa.com 
2020 Watershed Challenge Saturday, July 25 ~ Saturday August 22, 2020

2020 has been quite a year! With all our current challenges and uncertainty, there is one thing that has allowed us to escape and find some semblance of normal - getting outside and enjoying the numerous lakes, streams, and protected lands in our area...... Continue Reading
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