Boyne Chamber Top 10 of 2020

2020 was a hard year, but it wasn’t all bad! In true Boyne Spirit, the community came together to support each other and coined the phrase "Boyne Tough".

We have a list of 10 good things that happened at the Boyne Area Chamber this year.

  1. Successfully retained ALL our members, thanks to the support of generous donors that added the BOYNE TOUGH donation to their membership dues
  2. Added 15 NEW Chamber Members
  3. Increased Facebook followers by 933 with a 1.8 Million Reach
  4. Newsletter subscribers increased by 600 with a 48% open rate
  5. 500K visitors to our website
  6. Received $10,000 grant from Consumers Energy for the Our Town Chamber Check Promotion
  7. Joined with East Jordan & Charlevoix Chambers for a $10,000 Chamber Recharge Raffle
  8. Qualified for a Michigan Restart Grant.
  9. 12,000 Visitors/Business Directories printed and distributed
  10. Jingle Boyne holiday shopping promotion with great prizes donated by generous members
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 or call 231-582-6222

The fight against the novel coronavirus was boosted earlier this month, with the announcement of vaccines being distributed across the nation.
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan announced last week it has received its initial “Phase 1A” allocations of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We have been working hard to vaccinate the first-priority group of medical first responders, EMS personnel and public health staff who will be needed to vaccinate the rest of the priority groups,” the health department said in a statement. “At the same time, hospitals have also begun vaccinating their employees and the pharmacies designated under a federal contract have begun implementing their vaccination plans for long-term care facilities and other congregate settings.”
Health Department of Northwest Michigan vaccination clinics will be scheduled each week, are available by appointment only and will begin expanding beyond medical first responders and EMS personnel to other health care workers as they finish these groups.
The health department said it will continue to follow the phased approach based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention prioritization guidance.
Phase 1A clinics will serve healthcare workers who are not being vaccinated through a hospital or other organization, and it is anticipated the process may take several weeks.
“While Phase 1A clinics will not be open to the general public, we are looking ahead to plan for future phases and want to remind the public that it is likely phases will overlap,” the health department said in a statement.
The health department, which serves Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties is also asking healthcare agencies and healthcare workers who identify themselves as part of Phase 1A to complete a vaccination information form, which may be found at
The health department will use the information to contact employers and/or individuals via email in Phase 1A when clinical appointments open for scheduling.
To view phased, priority group information, view the Michigan COVID-19 vaccination prioritization guidance at
Vaccination clinics are anticipated to grow weekly, the health department said, and community members who are interested in volunteering to support the clinics and other health department needs may register by visiting the Michigan volunteer registry at
The health department is actively monitoring the volunteer registry database for potential volunteers in communities.
“This is a very busy, but exciting time for all of us,” said Lisa Peacock, health officer with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. “We are eager to provide vaccinations to our communities at large, and we continue to plan for this next step while continuing to vaccinate priority groups in order to have a seamless transition.
“We are asking our community members interested in assisting the local COVID-19 response to visit the MI volunteer registry,” Peacock added. “It is important that we continue to work together to take care of our communities.”
For more information, visit
State Offers Webinar to Assist Restaurant Owners

The State of Michigan understands that COVID-19 has caused tremendous economic hardships for the restaurant industry. In response, the State has developed a set of resources to help restaurants with their operations during the pandemic. Several State Departments are hosting a webinar for restaurant owners and representatives on Tuesday, January 5 from 3:30-4:15PM to discuss the financial, health and workplace safety resources available.
To join the webinar visit here
Restaurant owners and representatives with questions about the State’s resources and programs are encouraged to email and the question may be addressed during the webinar.
Who: Representatives from several State Departments.
What: A webinar for restaurant owners and representatives to discuss the full set of financial, health and workplace safety resources available.
When: Tuesday, January 5 from 3:30-4:15PM.

Where: Restaurant owners and representatives can join via the following Teams link:
Why: Restaurant owners and representatives are encouraged to join the webinar for a full explanation of the state’s financial, health and workplace safety resources available.

Congrats to Violet Holm and Family for winning the Christmas Lighting Contest! Thank you to the Boyne Area Chamber for the $50 Chamber Check prize! Let’s do it again next year!

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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

Learn How to become a Premier Member by contacting the Chamber at 231-582-6222 or email us at
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
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. 
Releases New Quarterly Publication

In an effort to keep our businesses up to date, the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance has released a new quarterly publication. The Alliance looks forward to growing this service to meet the needs of our regional business community.  
The Alliance is a coalition of 16 chambers and economic development organizations and over 7,000 member businesses from all across northern Michigan. The coalition exists to advocate for rural northern Michigan and move forward rural-centric business policy.  
End 2020 with a charitable gift!

Even taxpayers who do not itemize can benefit in 2020 from a charitable deduction. Section 2204 of the CARES Act allows for an above-the-line deduction of up to $300 per taxpayer for a cash donation to a public charity (other than a donor-advised fund or supporting organization under Sec. 509(a)(3)).
Reminder of free & confidential business assistance available through Boyne City Main Street & MI Small Business Development Center 

Boyne City Main Street is pleased to have a partnership with the Michigan Small Business Development Center which provides free and confidential business consulting. A great collection of on-demand webinars about a wide range of topics are also available. We have had great feedback on these services from the businesses in our community who have utilized the resources. Contact Boyne City Main Street at for more information, or the SBDC directly at
Boyne City Main Street Board Member Application

Boyne City Main Street (City of Boyne City Downtown Development Authority) is seeking applications for two full term board positions. Upon appointment from the City of Boyne City Commission, the term would start in February 2021 and expire January 2025. To apply, fill out the Board Member Application here and email to Kelsie King-Duff, Executive Director, at by Monday, January 11th at 4:30 p.m.
A Changing of the Guard at Lake Charlevoix Association

For the past 50 years, the mission of the Lake Charlevoix Association has been to protect the natural quality and beauty of the lake, promote safe, shared use of its water, and advocate for sensible and sustainable practices for its use and development. In order to make this happen, the LCA relies on a nine-member board of directors who are dedicated to protecting and preserving this lake.

2020 marks the retirement of three board members who between them, served a total of 28 years. Mike Dow joined the LCA board in 2007, bringing with him a deep love of the lake and skill sets in both non-profit organizations and finance. Sherry Pursel joined the LCA board in 2011, bringing with her a love of public education that allowed her to become a major force behind the Students Experience Lake Charlevoix project in which every fifth or sixth grade student in the county spends a half-day on the lake with experts from EGLE, the U.S. Coast Guard, multiple environmental organizations and a large cadre of volunteers. Larry Levengood joined the LCA board in 2014 after decades of service in the Health Department of Northern Michigan. His knowledge of water-related health issues served the board across many projects that have protected and preserved the water quality of our lake.

The Lake Charlevoix Association would not be where it is today without their dedicated efforts to promote positive use of the lake, educate the next generation of lake users, and protect it against natural invaders and harmful activities.
Camp Daggett is happy to announce plans for summer camp 2021, and also thanks to all of the camper families who pre-registered for summer 2021 by rolling over their deposits from 2020.
Applications for new campers will be available on the Camp Daggett website only,, beginning February 1. Applications will not be available at area schools or chambers of commerce. These applications will need to be printed and mailed back to camp along with a deposit. Please know that availability is limited and can be checked on our website.
To contact the registrar, families may call the office at 231-347-9742 and dial extension 101, or email The office is open and able to respond Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“The Camp Daggett Staff and Board of Trustees thank all of our families for continuing to place your trust in us to provide a fun, meaningful, and safe camping experience for your children,” states Rick Gross, Acting Executive Director. “While we are confident we will be able to hold a camping season in 2021, alterations may need to be made to ensure the safety of your camper and our communities.”
“There may be some slight programming changes, changes to the schedule, or changes to our drop off and pick-up procedures, but campers will still experience what it means to put ‘The Other Fellow First,’” states Nathan Fleshman, Summer Camp Director. “But our staff remains committed to making Camp Daggett the magical place it usually is.”
Boyne City Women Support the Safe House at Annual (Abbreviated) Event

What began as a morning coffee get-together to benefit area women celebrated its 7th year. The December 18th event was abbreviated, of course, due to social distancing awareness with masks required for the outdoor event held at Avalanche Nature Preserve in Boyne City.

Guests were treated to traditional French quiche, mini pastries and coffee graciously crafted by Gilda’s Bakery of Boyne City. (And leftover treats were donated to hospital workers and Boyne City Community Christmas volunteers.)

Initiated by Michele Nickel-Frasz and Brittney Book, both of Boyne City, the benefit supports the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s (WRCNM) Safe House. According to the website (, “The Safe Home provides a secure, caring and supportive place for survivors to heal from the emotional and physical pain of domestic abuse and regain control in their lives. Over the years, thousands of women and their family members seeking refuge have been provided shelter, meals and all their daily needs at no cost.”

The annual event typically attracts 50 – 75 area women who give monetary donations, personal care items, and gift cards. “We brainstormed to create an abbreviated event, so we could still support the Safe House while maintaining social distance and requiring masks,” share Brittney and Michele. “Outside at Avalanche was perfect—everyone was supportive of distancing and masks.” Attendance was down this year as expected due to the Covid-19 pandemic, though donations were in abundance with over $1,400 raised, in addition to many gift cards and gifts, like bath products and everyday personal care items.

For those who are interested in supporting WRCNM, visit “Regardless of the area non-profit you may support, giving always lifts your spirits,” the women express. “Especially during this challenging year, remember to support charitable organizations (like WRCNM, Challenge Mountain and Good Neighbors Food Pantry) whenever you can. It could be a neighbor, a colleague, or your child’s schoolmate you are helping.”

The 2021 event is tentatively scheduled for Friday, December 17, 2021, at 8:30am. All are welcome.
There's a new brew in town! Rock 105 & 95.5 has our own brew, available at Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen, Boyne City! Check out Real Rock Lager, an authentic German beer, available for a limited time. You can order it online and pick it up curbside! Grab a growler today.
Local Business Updates
MATELSKI LUMBER - Eliminate the cold weather issues with HOT, HOT sales!! Sale ends February 14th!! Prime-Linx Pre Primed Boards. Call today 231-549-2780

BOYNE VALLEY VINEYARDS - The tepee is up! Now taking reservations for igloos and our tepee. Open daily through January 3rd. The maximum seating is 6 people from the same household. Due to social distancing restrictions we do not offer tastings. Glass and appetizer service only. To reserve call 231.373.2090.

We invite you to join our Advent Season on-line worship through Facebook live-stream. You do not need a Facebook account: just open your internet browser (Google, Edge, Bing, Yahoo, or similar) and enter: Or find us on Facebook, @EpiscopalBoyne.
Every Sunday morning, we are live at 10:00am.
Episcopal Church of the Nativity receives mail at PO Box 228, Boyne City MI 49712.

SUNNYSIDE - Starting this weekend you can look forward to seeing the Side Hustle parked outside. We will be posting our take out menu. You will be able to use Facebook messenger to place take out orders, or just walk up and place an order.

SPUDSBOYNE -50% all Christmas Merchandise. Open Tuesday-Friday 11-5; Saturday & Sunday 10-5.

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

What is it?
Free meals to anyone who needs it. No questions asked.
How do we order?
Order by phone. Pick any of our menu items. Order as much or as little as you need. We are open from 4pm-8pm. 231-497-6100. Alcohol excluded. Let us know it's a free meal when you call. Please plan on around 1 hour for your pickup time.
Why are you doing this?
Because the pandemic is hard on all of us. We want to help out our community by providing the same yummy meals that we share with our friends and family.
We have collected many donations to keep this program going. If you would like to donate, email
Last weeks meal relief is sponsored by Jamie Woodall Realtor of Pat O'Brien Real Estate. Jamie’s attitude and passion for helping others has only grown into doing the best for his clients in real estate.

BARREL BACK RESTAURANT - Just remember, when you’re missing your favorite dishes - we’re missing familiar faces!
Stop in for a drink and some yummy eats on the patio at Barrel Back. We have outdoor seating available 11am-8pm daily.

BOYNE CITY TAPROOM - Holiday Weekend Prime Rib Special   2/$30, 10 oz Prime Rib, Baked Potato, Vegetable Medley, Roll. Add a Snow Crab Claw for $12 or a whole pound for $22.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 4pm-8pm
Patio/ Fire Pits will be open again this weekend, call to reserve time around the fire pit! 459-4487. Watch Facebook for Patio Drink Specials!
$10 Growler Refills
Every Tuesday- $10 Burger and Beer Night
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!
Offering To-go Food & Cocktails! Visit to place your to-go orders!
LAKE STREET PUB - Happy Hour Daily 2-5PM Enjoy 1/2 OFF all of your favorite Lake Street Pub appetizers every day, 2-5pm! For Curbside Pickup, just call 231-497-6031
We are happy to announce that we now have our Pub Tent available! This heated igloo seats four people. It is available on a same-day call ahead basis for an hour at a time. We allow 1/2 an hour between bookings for sanitation and ventilation. Give us a call at 231-497-6031 to book your spot!
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 - Avalanche winter park activities: Trails are being groomed for walking/snowshoeing and biking. The sledding hill is open for sledding. Staff will start flooding the ice rink for skating this week in hopes to have it ready by New Years day. Restrooms are available but the warming house will not be open at this time. Please help us spread the word as we are sure many people are wondering. 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.

BOYNE DISTRICT LIBRARY - As an arduous 2020 comes to an end, please note the Boyne District Library will not be open or operational December 24th through January 3rd.
Here are some important things to consider regarding your library materials:
1. All due dates have been extended to January 4th.
2. No materials delivered from other libraries arrive until January 4th. 
3. The dropbox is still available and will be emptied on a regular basis.
4. If you have a hold right now, expect to be called with a reminder to pick them up.
5. Holds can be picked up until Wednesday evening (December 24th) and we'll try to get everything left over put into our 24/7 pick-up lockers.
Please call 231-582-7861, email, or reach out to us on facebook if you have any questions. See you next year!
School News

BOYNE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Early Learners has 3-year-old openings starting January 4th!
We have not had yet
any preschool closings due to COVID, we follow safety protocols for ALL students and staff.
Monday - Friday
Full days $35
Half days $25 must be picked up by 12:30
  • Potty trained required
  • Scholarships may be available
  • Registration fee $25
  • All children 3-Years-Old (by December 1, 2020) can attend the tuition-based program as needed.
NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE - has a great job platform resource! Employers can follow this link to create a company profile and begin to post jobs and connect with students, alumni and community members. While this is a job platform designed to get students, alumni and community members into career employment, all jobs are welcome. This process takes very little time. If you have any questions about this process let us know and we can connect you to the right person! 
Season’s Greetings from North Central Michigan College

As we near the finish line on 2020, I find myself reflecting on the busyness of an unpredictable year. The accompanying emotions are many, but the sharpest of them is pride. I am proud to be part of a campus community that puts our students and their success first, no matter the challenges or adversity.
Each one of you has a vital role to play in North Central’s success, and I thank you for the many ways you have shown your support this year. As our holiday card promises, big things are on the horizon in 2021, and your support is what makes it all possible.
Thank you for being part of our North Central family. I extend my best wishes to you and your loved ones for a healthy holiday season and a happy new year. Enjoy the e-card below.
Sincerely, David
New Advertising Opportunity Available

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. If you would like information on how to send a dedicated e-newsletter or a display ad to our 3,800 newsletter recipients, contact or call 231-582-6222

You can also reach our readers with your advertising message and a link for as little as $50 in our Thursday edition. 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!

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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 These jobs are all listed on the Jobs page now:

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
Portfolio Asset Manager at Northern Michigan Escapes Details
Full & Part-time Caregivers at Pineview Cottage Details
Cooks & Hosts at Lake Street Pub - Details
Senior Center Cook at Charlevoix County Commission on Aging- Details
Sales Representative at The Britton Weber Agency - Details
Project Coordinator at Mitchell Graphics - Details
News Briefs
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:

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

VISITORS GUIDE - The Boyne Area Chamber's Visitors Guide/Business Directory is available as a digital magazine as well as a beautiful 4-color printed magazine. It contains interactive content, including page-turning, links to websites and video, as well as a full search function. To view the digital publication, click here

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