MEDC SURVIVAL GRANTS
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$55 Million Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program
The Michigan Strategic Fund today approved the $55 million Michigan Small Business Survival Grant program to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses that have experienced a significant financial hardship due to the recent COVID-19 emergency “gatherings and face mask orders.” The program was part of Senate Bill 748 signed into law by Governor Whitmer on Dec. 29, 2020.
The application period for the grant will open at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and run through Noon EST on Friday, Jan. 22.

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to businesses that are fully closed, with grants of up to $15,000 awarded to businesses that have been partially closed, or otherwise are open and can demonstrate an impact. All applications received during this period will be reviewed by the 15 economic development organizations, representing all 83 counties, that will serve as the administrators of these grants; funding is not first come, first serve.

Details on program guidelines, eligibility requirements and resources to help businesses prepare for the application process ahead of time are available at www.michiganbusiness.org/survival .
 
 
$3.5 Million Available for Live Event Venue Grants
The Michigan Strategic Fund also approved the $3.5 million Michigan Stages Survival Grant program to provide relief to live music and entertainment venues that have experienced a significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was part of Senate Bill 748 signed into law by Governor Whitmer on Dec. 29, 2020.

The application period for the grant will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 and run through Noon EST on Thursday, Jan. 28 with grants of up to $40,000 awarded to eligible venues. All applications received during the application period will be reviewed by the Michigan Independent Venue and Promoter Association, who will recommend final grant awards to the MEDC by Feb. 28 for disbursement.

Details on program guidelines, eligibility requirements and resources to help businesses prepare for the application process ahead of time are available at www.michiganbusiness.org/stages .
 
 
Michigan UIA Begins Paying $300 Supplemental Benefit Payments
The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has started issuing $300 weekly Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) payments to an estimated 365,000 claimants on regular state unemployment insurance and Extended Benefit programs this past weekend. The PUC supplement, which is payable from Dec. 27, 2020 through March 13, 2021, provides an additional $300 per week to all eligible unemployment recipients who receive at least $1 for the week. Claimants do not need to take any action to receive this additional weekly benefit, it will be paid automatically after they certify.

Learn more here .
  
Employee Assistance Grants Application Process to Open Jan. 15
The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation announced it will administer the application process for the Employee Assistance Grants under Senate Public Act 257 of 2020. Employees impacted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Gathering and Face Mask Order that took effect on Nov. 18, 2020 are eligible to apply for one-time grants up to $1,650 during the application period of Jan. 15-25.

Employees in the hospitality, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services sectors in Michigan are eligible to apply online at mrlaef.org/money beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 15 with applications due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 25.

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SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for more than 50 years.

Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and thanks to our network of 10,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at a very low cost. Learn more about SCORE.

If you'd like to talk to a local Northern Michigan mentor, call 231-347-4150 (Petoskey Chamber), 989-731-0287 (Otsego Economic Alliance), or 906-643-7515 (Mackinac Economic Alliance) and leave a message. Someone will return your call.
Health Department of Northwest Michigan COVID-19 Update  
Current vaccination status  
 
Residents in Phase 1B and seniors 65 and older are continuing to be scheduled into upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics offered by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. 
 
View the MDHHS prioritization guidance here.  
 
Pre-registration for vaccination for eligible individuals continues and appointments are being scheduled as the vaccine becomes available. To pre-register, complete the COVID-19 Pre-Registration Form on the health department website. Those unable to complete the form online or who have other barriers may call the Senior Hotline at 231-715-5557 for assistance. Residents are asked to either complete the online form or call; it is not necessary to do both. If an email was provided in your submission, a verification email will be sent to notify you that your registration has been received.  
 
“We understand how eager the public is to get a vaccine and protect themselves from COVID.  We are working as efficiently and effectively as we can to schedule them and administer the vaccine,” said Health Officer Lisa Peacock. “We hope our community understands that our staff and partners are working on their behalf to advocate for a more consistent and greater supply of the vaccine,” she said. 
 
The health department continues to receive questions from community residents wanting to know when their appointment will be scheduled. At this time, we are unable to provide a timeline due to vaccine allocations known only a week at a time.  
  
Today, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan is reporting 15 new cases: Antrim (6), Charlevoix (5), Emmet (3), and Otsego (1) counties. As of 4 p.m. today, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan is reporting: 
  • Total COVID-19 cases in the following counties: Antrim (804), Charlevoix (944), Emmet (1,340), and Otsego (1,085).  
  • Recovered COVID-19 cases in the following counties: Antrim (557), Charlevoix (762), Emmet (1,062) and Otsego (863).  
  • Confirmed COVID-19 associated deaths in the following counties: Antrim (18), Charlevoix (11), Emmet (33), and Otsego (25). 
 
The State of Michigan is reporting 540,115 cases and 13,865 deaths.  
 
Stay up to date on the latest information in the Health Department of Northwest Michigan jurisdiction by liking and following our Facebook page and visiting our COVID-19 Data Dashboard. To locate a testing facility, visit the Michigan COVID-19 Test Finder website. To track the risk levels of COVID-19 pandemic indicators, visit the MI Safe Start Map website. For more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the MDHHS vaccine website or the CDC vaccine website. 
 
Celebrate all that is Chocolate at Chocolate Covered Boyne
February 12 & 13

There are many reasons to spend the day in Boyne City, but nothing as sweet as chocolate indulgences throughout downtown. This is your chance to experience chocolate desserts and specials at participating businesses on February 12 & 13 during regular business hours, in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Spend the day shopping in downtown’s unique shops and then get a dessert to take home with you from one of the many eateries. While the public dessert contest will not be able to be held this year, due to COVID-19, restaurants will be offering special desserts. Be sure to add a dessert when calling to order a to-go meal. A judged portion will still take place, with the winner announced on the Boyne City Main Street social media and in the weekly newsletter. Eateries who would like to register for the dessert contest can visit: https://forms.gle/fUeX4cnKvNVFxWPr8

To view a full list of participating businesses visit, www.boynecitymainstreet.com

Chocolate Covered Boyne is the best way to chase away the winter blues and indulge in delectable creations, all conveniently located in downtown Boyne City. 

For additional information and details, please contact Kelsie King-Duff, Boyne City Main Street Executive Director at 231-582-9009 or via email at mainstreet@boynecity.com
Public invited to “Resilient Restaurants” discussion via Zoom on Friday

The public is invited to attend a special Zoom meeting of Team Boyne at 9 a.m. this Friday. This Main Street committee will be hosting a discussion of "Resilient Restaurants" - how our local dining establishments have adapted during the pandemic. What ideas they have tried, what's worked, what hasn't, what they've learned that may stick around in the future. Here is a link to the meeting.

Restaurant managers participating in the discussion will be Sarah Niederpruem of Cafe Sante, Mike Castiglione of Stiggs Brewery and Kitchen, and Christine Tate of Lake Street Pub.

Team Boyne meetings have typically included a group of people interested in improving the local economy, but the committee is opening it up to the public this month. In addition to hearing a discussion about how our restaurants are coping, the meeting will also include quick updates from City Manager Michael Cain, Main Street Executive Director Kelsie King-Duff, Boyne Chamber Associate Director Lisa Luebke, and other community leaders. 

The meeting will also be recorded so anyone can watch it later. That link will be included on social media and in the Chamber/Main Street newsletter next week. Anyone with questions may contact committee chairman Jim Baumann, jimbaumann1@gmail.com.
Check out the 2020 Boyne City Main Street Impact Report

2020 was quite a year! While it no doubt brought many challenges, we have so many things to celebrate as a community as well. Check out the 2020 Impact Report from Boyne City Main Street for a look at what we’ve been up to! CLICK HERE

"Now Premiering 2021" Main Street Slide Show - Watch Now
Chamber member benefits   |    Member application   |  Call 231-582-6222 or email us
Now, more than ever, the Boyne Area Chamber is working to provide resources, share information, and meet the needs of our members.

For more information on joining the chamber or member benefits, call us at 231-582-6222 or email info@boynechamber.com

Learn How to become a Premier Member by contacting the Chamber at 231-582-6222 or email us at info@boynechamber.com
Thank You Boyne Tough
Chamber Members

B.A.C. Gallery
Barden Lumber
BC Tap Room
Bingham Well Drilling
Boyne City Motel
Boyne City PirateFest
Boyne Country Heating Cooling & Plumbing
Boyne District Library
Camp Quality Michigan
Challenge Mountain Resale Store
Dodson Group Payment Solutions
Edward Jones - Ruth Skop
Eyes on Main
Harbor House Publishers
Hoenicke PC
Hubble Insurance
Kilwins Boyne City
Kiwanis Club of Boyne City
Lakeside Farm
North Harbor Christie's International Real Estate
Northwest Garage Door
Park View Family Dentistry
Ralph Gillett, CPA
Robert Banner Law
Schraw & Associates
SPUDS Boyne
State Farm Insurance - Mark Patrick
Synergy Electric
The Farley Calendar Company and Promo Products Co.
Timber North Vacation Management
Wilmot Electric

The Boyne Tough Add-On Option. It is an optional one-time $100 add-on to your membership renewal. Your additional contribution will allow the Chamber to retain ALL memberships and continue to adhere to our mission of advancing the economic, industrial, professional, cultural, and civic welfare of the Boyne Area. 
2021 Boyne Area Chamber Advertising Opportunities

Are you looking for ways to promote your business or non-profit? The Boyne Area Chamber has several advertising opportunities available.

You can also reach our readers with your advertising message in our weekly e-newsletter with an ad and a link for as little as $50 . Ad space is available for all future weeks. Your message will be seen by more than 3,800 readers with a 50% open rate each week!

In addition to the advertising opportunities available in our Thursday Edition, we have added a dedicated newsletter. This newsletter will go out on Monday or Tuesday weekly and will be dedicated to you and your business message.

Looking to target fellow business members? New in 2021, advertise in the Members only newsletter. This will be a monthly newsletter for Chamber Members ONLY.

If you would like information on how to send a dedicated e-newsletter or a display ad to our 3,800 newsletter recipients or are interested in the members only e-newsletter contact  kim@boynechamber.com or call 231-582-6222
Boyne City Main Street (DDA) wants to hear from you!

We are currently working through renewing our TIF (Tax Increment Financing) plan which will help us set a vision for the next 15 years in downtown Boyne City. Your feedback will help us prioritize all of the fun projects and great ideas into actionable items! The quick survey can be taken here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9H6HFJC
CAMP DAGGETT AND BEARCUB OUTFITTERS ANNOUNCE VIRTUAL TORCHLIGHT SNOWSHOE EVENT ON JANUARY 30-31
 
 The ever popular Bearcub Outfitters Torchlight Snowshoe Outing will become a virtual snowshoe event for Camp Daggett on January 30 and 31. Bearcub Outfitters invites individuals to rent snowshoes for $5.00 at their store at 321 E. Lake Street on January 30-31 (rental fees go to Camp Daggett). Bearcub will be collecting donations for Camp Daggett in the store. While at the store, participants can purchase tickets for exciting prizes. Participants can then take their own individual hike, and post photos online. Tag @bearcuboutfitters & @campdaggett on Facebook or Instagram to be entered in a drawing for Bearcub Outfitters gift certificates. If not on social media, email pictures to sales@bearcuboutfitters.com.
 
For more information, go to https://www.campdaggett.org/bearcub-snowshoe-for-daggett/. “Cross your fingers that we can resume our usual Camp Daggett Torchlight Snowshoe on February 27,” states Becky Philipp-Kranig, owner, Bearcub Outfitters. For additional information, go to www.bearcuboutfitters.com.
 
To learn more about Camp Daggett, visit www.campdaggett.org.
Charlevoix County Community Foundation Adds New Trustees

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of two (2) new trustees; Angie Nachazel and Keith Carey.
Angie Nachazel has been the secretary at East Jordan Elementary School for over fifteen years. She is an East Jordan native and has been active in the community in many ways. She served on the Miss East Jordan Scholarship Board for 19 years, the Jordan Valley District Library Board, the City of East Jordan Parks and Recreation Committee, EJPS Extravaganza Committee and was also a member of the East Jordan Enrichment Advisory Committee at the Community Foundation.  Angie is married to Scott Nachazel and together they have two boys. Ted is a technical writer for Michigan Scientific Corp. and Jacob is an accounting major at Western Michigan University. In her free time, Angie enjoys mountain biking or hiking on the local trails and boating on Lake Charlevoix. “It’s an honor to serve as a member of the Community Foundation Board of Trustees,” she said, adding, “it’s such a positive and helpful organization that provides so many resources to help our communities.”
               
Keith Carey is 4Front Credit Union’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, where he has directed the communication and advertising efforts of the Traverse City-headquartered financial institution since its inception in 2015. He is a graduate of Alma College, earning a degree in History, and spent his early professional life holding policymaking and small business lobbying positions in Lansing. Born and raised in Charlevoix, Keith returned home in 2007 with his wife, Heather. They have two children – Camden, a freshman at Charlevoix Middle/High School and a member of the Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), and Taryn, a sixth grader at Charlevoix Elementary School. Keith is active in Charlevoix’s youth and high school football programs and volunteers with the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. “I’m really excited to join the Board of the Community Foundation,” he said, “and I’m looking forward to doing all that I can to work to advance the Foundation’s mission.”

Don Jess, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Trustees, is looking forward to working with the new trustees. “Angie and Keith are the kind of thoughtful people who will be great additions to our Board,” adding, “their perspectives and engagement will benefit the Community Foundation as we work to broaden our impact right here at home.”

Including the new appointments, the Foundation's Board of Trustees includes fifteen members, representing all regions of Charlevoix County. Other trustees include; Carol Burton of Beaver Island; Evelyn Howell, Monica Peck, Josette Lory, and Lori Meeder of Boyne City; Tim Manchester of Boyne Falls/Walloon Lake Area; John Doskoch, Don Jess, and Bob Hoffman of Charlevoix; and Jennifer Boyer, Bill Lorne, Fred Malpass, and Tami Vincent of East Jordan.

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a grassroots charitable organization made up of various funds – all of them established by local donors. Some funds are earmarked for specific causes, and others are open-ended to meet changing needs. The funds are held in permanent endowment, so they can continue to grow and generate income to enhance the quality of life in Charlevoix County, now and for generations to come. For more information about the grant-making process, establishing a fund, or making a gift, please contact the Charlevoix County Community Foundation at (231) 536-2440, or online at www.c3f.org
Start 2021 off right with the SBDC's new webinar series - SBDC CARES.

The SBDC and partnering vendors are ready to assist in getting your small business back on track by offering you free webinars through CARES Act funding. Webinar topics will include:

January SBDC Cares Webinars

Wednesday, January 20 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Thursday, January 21 at 2:30M to 3:30 PM

Tuesday, January 26 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Thursday, January 28 at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
NETWORKS NORTHWEST
MiCareerQuest Northwest Going Virtual in 2021,
Kick-Off Meeting Set for January 27
 
Northwest Lower Michigan’s largest career exploration event for students is going virtual in 2021. MiCareerQuest™ Northwest will be held online May 12, 2021. Anyone interested in learning more about MiCareerQuest™ Northwest can attend a Kick-Off meeting on Wednesday, January 27 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm via ZOOM. Those attending will be able to interact with the platform to be used at the live event and see demonstrations of what virtual exhibits will look like. 
 
MiCareerQuest™ Northwest is a career and college readiness event for 9th and 10th-grade students. Local employers from Agriculture, Construction, Healthcare, Hospitality, IT, Manufacturing, and more will come together to create a unique interactive virtual career exploration experience. Students will find out what it’s really like to be a nurse, machinist, computer programmer, chef, veterinarian, and more, directly from the people who do these jobs every day.
 
To RSVP and receive the ZOOM link for the January 27 meeting, email susan.ward@networksnorthwest.org.
 
For more information about MiCareerQuest™ Northwest go to nwm.org/micqnw.
Rural Stakeholders Comment on New Office of Rural Development Northern Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the creation of the Office of Rural Development, which will be housed under the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). MDARD is under the leadership of Upper Peninsula native and former legislator, Gary McDowell. Rural economic developers and their partners from across the state have advocated for such a move, bringing a similar concept forward in 2020 for consideration. The Governor’s actions today reinforces her support for our rural communities and acknowledges their uniqueness.

“We are extremely excited by today’s announcement of an Office of Rural Development in Michigan,” commented Lake Superior Community Partnership CEO, Amy Clickner. “This is the time for rural Michigan to shine with endless economic opportunities within reach. The pandemic has shed the light on our ability to work from where we choose to live, and in the case of rural, that means regions that provide a clean, safe environment with a low risk of natural disaster and incredible quality of life. We are grateful to Governor Whitmer for raising up rural in Michigan.”

“This is a big deal for the Upper Peninsula and rural Michigan,” said Invest UP CEO, Marty Fittante. “We are grateful to Governor Whitmer for her leadership in embracing this idea. Embedding an Office that focuses on rural issues and opportunities within the Administration is forward thinking, and makes Michigan a national leader on advancing rural prosperity. The Governor’s timing in creating the Office is especially opportune, as the pandemic, despite all its challenges, has also brought opportunity with it for the Upper Peninsula. But there are challenges that stand in the way. So, the focus and resources that come through this Office can be a difference-maker. That is why we look forward to working with the U.P. legislative delegation to ensure the Office has the necessary resources to help the U.P. and rural Michigan prosper.”
“This is an important step in recognizing the unique issues of rural Michigan – and especially rural northern Michigan,” said Stacie Bytwork, the chairperson of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance and president of the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce. “As we all know, everything is different in rural communities – from attracting and retaining talent, to childcare, to cyber infrastructure – and the list goes on and on. The creation of this office will help elevate the issues of rural Michigan and promote rural prosperity.”

About the Lake Superior Community Partnership: The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) is Marquette County’s leading resource for economic development, providing a wide variety of affordable and effective development services. The LSCP helps its partners make the connections that matter – between businesses, organizations, leaders and legislators, and provides a powerful legislative voice for programs and policies that strengthen the regional economy. More information on the Lake Superior Community Partnership can be found at www.marquette.org.

About Invest UP: Invest UP is a privately-funded non-profit organization that provides proactive leadership to achieve economic prosperity across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Invest UP measures success through its four strategic objectives: Promoting the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; Talent Enhancement; Business Advancement; and Business Attraction. To learn more about Invest UP, visit: https://www.investupmi.com/

About the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance is a coalition of chambers and economic development organizations including the Alpena Area Chamber, Benzie County Chamber of Commerce, Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce, Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce, Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, Traverse Connect, Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake Superior Community Partnership, Boyne Area Chamber, Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce, Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce, Sault Area Chamber of Commerce, & Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. The Alliance exists to advocate for rural northern Michigan and move forward rural-centric business policy. To learn more about the Alliance, visit: https://nmichiganbusiness.com/
4th Annual Walloon Lake Winterfest

The Village of Walloon Lake is hosting the 4th Annual Walloon Lake Winterfest on Saturday, February 20th, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The event will take place at Barrel Back Restaurant, The Village Green Park, and Tommy’s Walloon. 
 
Winterfest is a family friendly event, with outdoor activities for kids of all ages. There will be complimentary ice skate rentals in a variety of sizes for the whole family, and free ice skating at the ice rink located in the Village Green Park. Snowshoe and Cross-Country Skis are available for rental at Tommy’s to explore local hiking trails. *Weather permitting. Warm up inside with a complimentary Hot Chocolate Bar provided by Walloon Lake Inn.
 
Explore Local Distilleries, Breweries & Wineries including: Wise Men Distillery, Beards Brewery, Shorts Brewery, Long Road Distillers, High Five Spirits, Boyne Valley Vineyards, and more. Drink tickets can be purchased on site from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Enjoy Barrel Back all-day Happy Hour specials from 12:00 PM -6:00 PM.
 
Giveaway prizes from Barrel Back Restaurant, Wise Men Distillery, Boyne Valley Vineyards, Tommy’s Walloon, Walloon Lake Inn, and Hotel Walloon. Drawings will be held every half hour with the Grand Prize beginning a Two Night Stay at Hotel Walloon to be given away at 4:00 PM. *Must be present to win. Live Ice Carving in the Village Green Park with Food Network’s Ice Brigades and Wise Men Distillery Ice Luge.
 
The Petoskey Snowmobile Club will be holding their 3rd Annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride. The ride begins at the Petoskey Snowmobile Clubhouse (4172 Evergreen Trail, Petoskey, MI 49770) and will end at Barrel Back Restaurant to be showcased on the lake. Gas is available at the Blue Facilities Building and Snowmobile parking is available for the event. Enjoy free Bean Soup at the Bean Pot while enjoying the Vintage Snowmobiles. All donations collected with be going to the Petoskey Snowmobile Club.
 
Thank you to our sponsors: Hotel Walloon, Barrel Back Restaurant, Wise Men Distillery, Tommy’s Walloon, Walloon Lake Inn, and Petoskey Snowmobile Club.
NCMC Launches Building Tomorrow Together Campaign with Virtual Event

Join us as we kick off the Building Tomorrow Together campaign, a $9.9 million investment in North Central’s facilities, technology, and student resources.  The virtual event will feature messages from Petoskey entrepreneurs Kalin Sheick, Ben Slocum, and Pete Manthei, plus North Central trivia and more than $500 in prizes!  Preregistration is required at https://ncmcfutures.eventbrite.com.
Boyne City Housing Commission is Currently Accepting Applications for Housing Waiting Lists

Boyne City Housing Commission is currently accepting applications for the following WAITING LISTS: Public Housing (Litzenburger Place Apts. and Family Housing), Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher and Deer Meadows Apts. Applications can be obtained at 829 S. Park St., Boyne City, MI 49712 or by calling (231)582-6203. Equal Housing Opportunity.
Boyne District Library Updates

Our doors are open again! If you prefer, curbside pick-up and 24/7 lockers are still an option. Our hours of operation remain the same, but time inside is limited to 30 minutes.
M-F: 10am-7pm
Saturday: 10am-2pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm
Call if any questions 231-582-7861

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
We will be having an expanded Friends Book Sale during the first few weeks of February. Specialty items, photography books, etc.
Upstairs at your friendly BDL.
For The Love Of Books
February 1st-14th
Local Business Updates
SOMMERSET POINTE -The Pointe Fish and Grill "on the go" is in full effect!
Come see us at Boyne Mountain Wednesday 4-8, Thursday 4-8, Friday 12-8, Saturday 12-8, Sunday 12- 4:30ish

ODAWA CASINO - is sponsoring a blood drive in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan on Wednesday, February 3th, 2021 from 1 pm to 7pm. Please note the change in time. The location is the Michigan Huron Room, located at Odawa Hotel (1444 US 131, Petoskey). Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are encouraged by visiting HERE or email Marty Van De Car at mvandecar@odawacasino.com. Let’s save some lives!
All who donate or attempt to donate will receive $5.00 free slot play at Odawa Casino!

WHI-SKI INN - Grab your family and head on down the The Whi-Ski Inn. Our safe, sanitized pods on our front deck can seat parties of 2-6. You can enter the restaurant to place your To Go Order and buy a drink while you are waiting. Drinks out around our fire pits are the best! 231-549-3346

CHARLEVOIX AREA COMMUNITY POOL - Here is our schedule from Jan 2 to Jan 17. Currently, all Aqua Exercise classes are cancelled due to state health department mandates until Jan 15. Families with kids: please come during OPEN SWIM times and bring your own swim toys. Limit of 15 people in the pool at one time. Please wear a mask when entering the building but not in the pool. Two family bathrooms are available. Click HERE to see the schedule. Pricing at www.charlevoixpool.org.

COUNTRY NOW & THEN/UP A LAZY RIVER - Our retirement sale is in progress, we still have quality inventory here at the store. We have many displays that we are selling including this beautiful Antique Cabinet that is from the late 1800's - early 1900's that was originally in the Kaden's Building in Boyne City. Stop in and check us out we are open 7 days a week and inventory is going fast. Thank you for your continued support.

BARREL BACK RESTAURANT - Get your gear packed and ready. It’s going to actually look like winter in Northern Michigan this weekend!
Stop by Barrel Back for hot beverages that’ll warm your bones after a day of playing outdoors. Outdoor heated patio seating and curbside delivery available 11a-8p daily.
231-535-6000 Updated menus are available online at www.barrel-back.com

BOYNE CITY TAPROOM - Weekly Specials
Tuesday - $10 1/2 pound Burger & Pint
Wednesday- Kids eat free with purchase of any other meal.
Thursday- 2 for $25 Mix or Match Quesadillas or Tacos
Friday & Saturday - 2 for $30 Prime Rib Dinners (10 oz cut) or 2 for $40 Prime Rib Dinners (16 oz cuts)
Updated Winter Menu and EASY online ordering available. Offering To-go Food & Cocktails! Visit www.bctaproom.com to place your to-go orders!
Check out our fire pits on the Patio, available on a first come first serve basis.
NEW ....Outdoor Dining on the Patio is coming! We’re excited - our outdoor service area will be ready soon. Watch Facebook for updates!
We’re helping our buddies from Ole' Timers Cluckin' Fried Chuckin' again this weekend! Along with our normal Taproom menu, the Cluckin Chunkin’ guys will be frying up chicken this weekend! You can find their menu on our online ordering system! Give’em a try!
LAKE STREET PUB - Happy Hour- Enjoy 1/2 OFF all appetizers every day, 2-5pm! Available for curbside pickup and outdoor dining by reservation in our “Pub Pods”.
 
We are happy to announce that we now have 5 “Pub Pods” available! These heated pods seat up to 6 people. They are available for reservation up to a day in advance. Due to limited seating, these are available for a time limit of one hour. We allow 1/2 an hour between bookings for sanitation and ventilation. Give us a call at 231-497-6031 to book your spot! Check out our menu at www.lakestreetpuboyne.com
JORDAN VALLEY OUTFITTERS - Get out and enjoy the Great Outdoors! Our eco-tours are available all year round with our one-of-a-kind winter rafting adventures led by one of our experienced guides, so you’re free to take in the scenery over hot chocolate. Give us a call at 231-536-0006 to make your reservations. We may be on a trip at the river, so please leave a message.
Chamber Members- Please send us your business updates, specials, entertainment schedules, or any information about your business you would like to share in the newsletter. This is one of your benefits as a chamber member. Help Us Help You!!!
Municipal News
 
CITY OF BOYNE CITY - Caroline Kennedy was sworn in on Friday, Jan. 15th as the City's Clerk/Treasurer following the retirement of Cindy Grice. Caroline comes to us with a wide variety and long history of governmental experience.
Welcome Caroline!


CITY OF BOYNE CITY - Avalanche winter park activities: Trails are being groomed for walking/snowshoeing and biking. Restrooms are available but the warming house will not be open at this time. The rink is open!!! 4pm to 9pm weekdays, 11am to 9pm weekends.
The sledding hill is open!!! 11am to 9pm weekends. 4pm to 9pm weekdays.
For questions, call City Hall 231-582-6597 and we will continue to post updates on our page.

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY TRANSIT - Passenger Transit and Delivery service available, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm. Call 582-6900 to arrange for rides and/or deliveries. Open to all residents of Charlevoix County. Transit will be closed January 1st for the New Year Holiday.
CHARLEVOIX COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING
Meals Update – Meal Calendar Attached HERE.
·    We are providing Hot Home Delivered Meals to our home bound clients by $3 donation.
·    We are providing weekly Disaster Meals delivered by reservation to any Charlevoix County resident 60 years old or older so that our most vulnerable do not need to leave their homes as often. This is a once a week delivery of a Hot Meal and 6 frozen meals. This need to be ordered through the COA office 231-237-0103 on the Thursday before the week you want it and is a $3 donation per meal. 
·    We are continuing to provide Hot Curbside Pick-up meals at each of our Senior Centers five days a week by $3 donation – NO Reservations needed!
 
Activities Update
·    January 7 at 1:30p Zoom Caregiver Support Group – call Sheri for invitation to participate at 231-237-0103.
·    On a weekly basis we are handing out information, education and Virtual Activity packets with our Home Delivered, Disaster and Curbside Pick up meals.
·    Once a month on the 3rd Friday of the month we will be handing out Fun Grab Bags that will have games, puzzles, and craft activities to keep our aging adults engaged with more hands on fun.
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Please print our Calendars, “Like” our Facebook Page “Charlevoix County Commission on Aging”, follow us on Instagram “Charlevoixcountycoa” and look all the other goings on either on the Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter page or the Menus / Calendars and Activities pages of our website. charlevoixcounty.org/Commission_on_Aging
Education News
BOYNE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS -Ready to hit the trails again? Registration is open for the spring season of Norte's Youth Mountain Bike Team. We can't wait to see you (and your awesome attack positions) out there.
NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE Department of Corporate and Community Education is offering a series of free financial classes led by Bill Hansen from Edward Jones. The series will be presented via Zoom on Tuesdays, February 2nd-23rd and will feature these topics: Rules of the RoadRetirement by DesignTime Matters: A Woman’s Retirement Outlook, and What Happens When the Paychecks Stop. A new class in the History Series has also been added. Odawa and the Civil War will be presented online by Eric Hemenway on February 3rd. For a full list of Lifelong Learning classes, click here. 
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HELP WANTED
Looking for staff? Make a job posting!
 
Chamber member businesses looking to hire staff are encouraged to post their jobs on the chamber website job posting page. You can do this with your member log-in with just a few simple steps. If you need assistance with your log-in, email lisa@boynechamber.com. These jobs are all listed on the Jobs page now:

Full Time Teller at Charlevoix State Bank Details
Communication Specialist at Great Lakes Energy Details
Customer Service Representative at The Britton Weber Agency - Details
Various Positions at Boyne Mountain Details
Massage Therapist at Boyne City Massage & Details
Accounts Payable at Char-Em ISD Details
Assistant Bookkeeper at Northern Michigan Escapes Details
Full & Part-time Caregivers at Pineview Cottage Details
News Briefs
PRIME RETAIL SPACENOW AVAILABLE FOR RENT. 118 Water Street in Boyne City. 900 sq ft retail selling space with 600 sq ft storage space. Call Bob Kroondyk 231-675-5018 for additional information.

300 SF OFFICE SPACE for lease for $300/month. Convenient location at the corner of Front & Main Streets in downtown Boyne City. First floor of the Atrium Inn with private exterior entrance. Includes heat, A/C, electricity and trash, shared restroom. Nearby public parking. Contact Lee at LE Design, cell phone: 317.258.1419 email: lsehrlich@ledesign.biz.

DOWNTOWN BOYNE CITY, WATER STREET \SPACE FOR LEASE
Downtown retail/office space for lease on highly desired north/sunny side of most visited main street. (Previous Harbor Wear/Boyne Trading Co; two doors down from Red Mesa). Wood floors throughout, high ceilings with original tin, and additional windows along brick river walk. High visibility with ideal front-window presence. Approximately 950 sq ft, plus dedicated bathroom. Call 231-582-9299 for more information or to schedule a site visit.

OFFICE SPACES AVAILABLE – 800sf - 1,924sf of office space available. Located in a beautiful building, center of town with lake views and natural light on One Water Street above Cafe Santé. $12/sf/yr includes common area maintenance (excluding utilities, internet, and trash). Call 989-732-9722 or www.cattdevelopment.com

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