Main Street updates list of small business resources

Main Street From Boyne City Main Street:
We've continued to update our list of small business resources and support services for that have come to our attention during this uncertain time. Check the link below, and do not hesitate to reach out if we can assist you with anything. This will continually be updated (found on our website and social media) as more information becomes available.
Not only will we do our best to provide support to you and your business, we will continue to remind other businesses and local residents of ways they can still support you during this time that seems to be changing minute by minute. Several curbside to-go spaces have been set up downtown for use by all businesses. Locations are pictured on the map with our list of resources. Click here for the full document.


Kelsie King-Duff
Executive Director
Boyne City Main Street
COVID Bingo    
Dash and Dine Bingo - Easy as 1, 2, 3!
Weekly winners will get a $20 Chamber Check
1. Receive deliciousness curbside or delivered from a Boyne Area Chamber member eatery.
2. Dash home = social distancing.
3. Comment with photos and/or video of you enjoying your purchase on the Boyne Area Chamber Facebook page.
Be sure to show your receipt as proof of purchase.
  • Repeat until you have a BINGO on the card pictured above.
  • Monday, March 23, a winner will be randomly chosen.
  • Winner will receive a $20 Chamber Check.
  • Contest will continue weekly until COVID-19 mandates are lifted.
> Printable list of 14 Boyne Area eateries offering take-out service, some with delivery.
County Transit  eliminates fares and adds delivery service
In these times of unprecedented uncertainty, Charlevoix County Transit continues to work hard to provide necessary services for the county residents. On Thursday, they announced that in addition to eliminating passenger fares, Transit will be adding additional services to assist our county residents who need assistance getting food and other essential supplies. Delivery of groceries, food pantry, and meals ordered from the senior centers will begin immediately. 
To arrange for delivery, please call at least one day in advance to allow for scheduling; same-day requests for delivery will be scheduled based on appointment availability. For grocery and meals that require payment, the items must be paid for before Transit will pick up and deliver.
In an effort to continue to promote COVID-19 mitigation practices, Charlevoix County Transit encourages all riders to consider using public transit for essential travel only (medical, grocery shopping, work). We have increased our cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles to provide as safe of an environment as possible. 
> For additional information, contact the dispatch office at 231.582.6900.
How to get your favorite Farmers Market products 
Boyne City Farmers MarketWith the Boyne City Farmers Market closed right now, are you wondering how to be stocked with your favorite market products?  Market Manager Jordan Peck had this to say in the market's weekly newsletter: "We want you to know that good food and your familiar farmers and producers are only an e-mail or phone call away. So, find your vendors in the list provided, contact them, place your order and arrange a pick-up method that is safe for all concerned."
Family Fare reserves two mornings for older shoppers
SpartanNash and their retail stores, including Family Fare in Boyne City, are setting aside time twice per week for store guests most at risk of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19), including older adults, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals. 
> Reserved hours will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m.
As we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, we remain committed to the well-being and safety of our family of associates, customers and communities, as well as supporting health officials and government leaders to contain the virus. We are enacting these reserved hours to help protect our most vulnerable store guests, and we are asking our other customers to observe these hours for those most at risk in our local communities. Learn more.
BC Hardware offers delivery and discount for credit cards
Statement from Boyne City Hardware: 
With the spread of COVID-19 across the world and country, we want to offer support and a steady hand knowing many in our town are fearful. The following are steps we are taking to do our part:
  • CASH IS DIRTY! Until the National Emergency is over, we are offering a 5% discount in addition to any other discounts for using your credit card. 
  • For the most part, we are open regular business hours, however, for the first time in 46 years since opening the store, we will be closing at 5:30 pm on Fridays beginning March 20.
  • We are offering curbside pick-up and HOME DELIVERY within the limits of Boyne City and Boyne Falls. Call the store for details, 231.582.6532.
  • We have limited our check-out to one cashier and terminal at a time, and are placing "marks" on the floor to have customers stand 6 ft. apart while inline to check-out.
  • All employees will wear gloves while working.
  • We have temporarily canceled pretzel samples, but are offering complimentary gloves for customers (while supplies last), please be kind and only take one pair per person.
  • We have closed our bathroom to the public. 
  • We are sanitizing countertops, computers, credit card machines, phones, door handles and other commonly touched surfaces every 15 minutes, at minimum.
  • We have sent home any employees at high-risk with pay.
  • If possible, we are encouraging the first hour of shopping to be dedicated to seniors and others at-risk if possible.
  • Full statement.
Veterans Park Pavilion cupolas near completion

Pavilion cupolas get copper roofs; Pavilion nears completion
  Despite COVID-19 and City Hall being closed, Boyne City continues to make progress. While lots of people have been saying recently, "Doesn't that just top it all?" construction in Boyne City actually does. Work on the Boyne City Veterans Park Pavilion expansion and conversion into a year-round community facility reached a new high point on Thursday, March 19th, with the installation of cupolas on the Pavilion's new covered picnic shelters. 
Workers adding the copper roof.
 The Kroondyk Construction crew topped it all by raising and putting finishing touches on twin cupolas. The cupolas are graced with copper roofs to tie into the copper roof elements on top of the nearby marina lighthouse. Like most of the Pavilion project the cupolas and their roofing were created by local craftsmen. Dan Adkison, who created the lighthouse copper roof back in the 1990's, was recruited to build the new cupola roofs and their ornamentation. The result, when completed, will be a blending of the best of the design of the nearby lighthouse and the recently constructed City Facilities building. 
  The next major change for the Pavilion project will be the unwrapping of the rest of the picnic shelters structures, which have been enclosed over the winter months to allow the contractors to set the brickwork, siding and other materials out of the elements. In addition to the picnic shelters, the Pavilion, set for completion in April, will sport new glass overhead doors to enclose the main gathering space, a heating system to keep it warm and usable all year-round, a new commercial kitchen, a new exterior accessible restroom (for a total of five restrooms), new storage areas, a fire suppression system and more. Full press release.
North Central North Central to close campus, move to virtual learning, postpone commencement and nurse pinning
North Central Michigan College announced that its Petoskey campus and Cheboygan and Gaylord centers will be closed beginning March 20 through April 19. All classes, including online classes, labs and clinicals, at all campus locations will be delivered via remote instructional methods effective April 6 through the end of the semester.
Through May 8, all campus events are canceled. Commencement and Nurse Pinning, previously scheduled for May 8, are postponed. Students who fulfill degree requirements for the Winter 2020 semester will have the credential posted to their transcripts by May 22, which can be used as proof that a degree was earned. Diplomas will be distributed by mail at a date to be determined.
The Residence Hall will be closed through the end of winter semester. Individual appointments may be made for students to retrieve their belongings. 
Registration for summer and fall semesters is underway and will continue despite the campus closure. The Financial Aid department and academic advisors will communicate via phone and email to help students register for classes and apply for scholarships.
To streamline communications moving forward, the North Central website will be the vehicle for all Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates. 
Full press release with information on a Student Emergency Fund and the Campus Cupboard food pantry.
Consumers Consumers Energy Foundation announces $500,000 in grants in response to COVID-19
The Consumers Energy Foundation is supporting two statewide organizations with a $500,000 contribution to help enhance critical services for Michigan children, seniors, and those who may need assistance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The contribution will provide $250,000 each to the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the Michigan Association of United Ways. 
The Food Bank Council of Michigan will distribute the funds to its regional food bank network to fill gaps where schools are unable to provide food for children, vulnerable seniors, and the anticipated growing need that will surface as more people cannot work due to COVID-19.
The Michigan Association of United Ways will share the funding with United Way organizations located in Consumers Energy service areas that have set up or are deploying emergency response activities in their local communities. 
In addition, Consumers Energy enhanced its Matching Gifts Program by matching employee contributions to local food banks/pantries, homeless shelters, community foundations, and their local United Way organizations.
News-Review offers free access to website news coverage
News Review In light of the emergency situation going on in the country, we have decided to "drop" the metered wall of the Petoskey News-Review, Charlevoix Courier and Gaylord Herald Times. We want to make sure all of our readers are able to access vital information at
However, because of technical issues, we are unable to completely "drop" the meter on our sites completely, so we are going to set the meter at a very high number of free views per month. In this case 1,000 free views. This means you will still see a metered countdown on stories you click. If you reach 1,000 views, let us know and we will increase the meter even further.  We will offer this until April 6 and will reevaluate if we need to continue with this plan. 
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Humane Society closed to public except by appointment
Humane Society The Charlevoix Area Humane Society will be closed to the public until further notice. Anyone interested in adoption may visit by appointment with pre-approved applications only. Dog adoption application. Cat adoption application.
The shelter is limiting public exposure by requiring public access to the shelter to be for interested adopter parties and for actual adoptions only, and all adoptions will be by appointment only. All other inquiries are welcome by phone 231-582-6774 or email to
At this point in time we are not accepting any new volunteers or community service workers. We are also suspending any current volunteer operations until further notice. Entry to the shelter will be by a required verbal safety checklist, conducted by office staff.
> If you have any questions, contact director Scott MacKenzie at 231-582-6774.
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HELP WANTED                        Check the listings on our  Jobs Page
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:

Personal Care Aide at The Brook Retirement Community. Starting wage $13 per hour. Housekeeping starting wage $11 per hour, cooks starting wage $12 per hour. Apply online at and select a Brook location.
College Student Summer Interns at Northern Lakes Economic Alliance - Details.
Housekeeper at Courtyard by Marriott Petoskey - Details
Part-time cook, no weekends, at Charlevoix Senior Center - Details
Assistant Harbormaster for the City of Boyne City - Details  
> CANCELLED - April 4th Northern Michigan Hiring Event in Gaylord. Organizers plan to reschedule.
Takeout U
You can print our updated list of eateries offering take-out, curbside pickup and meal delivery
Two days ago, this newsletter printed a comprehensive list of 14 local restaurants and food providers who are offering  enhanced take-out, curbside pickup and delivery options. We have updated that list and made it available here as an easy to print PDF document
Performers announced for expanded Gazebo concert season
Gazebo The Boyne Area Chamber has announced its Evenings at the Gazebo schedule, and we are excited to offer an extended season with 10 concerts this summer. The 2020 series is presented by Black Diamond Broadcasting with concerts held in Old City Park on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. 
Concerts are made possible by additional support from local businesses and individual sponsors. Seven of the 10 concert sponsorships are still available. Band sponsors are featured on a logo banner displayed at all concerts and they get to introduce the band on concert nights. Sponsors also have their name or logo included on all promotional materials, listed on our website, listed in our weekly newsletter, and on Facebook. 
> New this summer, concessions will be available each week! Challenge Mountain will begin the season on June 17. Sunnyside will then be there every Wednesday for the rest of the summer until August 19. Stay tuned for all the delicious details..
> Here are details on sponsorships, and you can sign up by emailing or calling the chamber at 231-582-6222. 
Black Diamond > Here is the 2020 summer schedule, sponsored by Black Diamond Broadcasting. Details on each band are online at
June 17 - Full Moon Jam Band
June 24 - Calamity Jane
July 1 - 1000 Watt Prophets
July 8 - Jay Daniel Band, sponsored by Pat O'Brien & Associates
July 15 - Wyatt & Shari Knapp
July 22 - On Tap, sponsored by Pat O'Brien & Associates
July 29 - Mike Dhaseleer 
August 5 - Awesome Distraction
August 12 - Full Circle
August 19 - Billy McAllister "Perfectly Frank" Sinatra Tribute, sponsored by Boyne Co-op True Value
Raven Hill RAVEN HILL DISCOVERY CENTER closed Friday, March 13, and will remain closed until April 11 or longer, depending on future developments with COVID-19. Families are welcome to come and walk the grounds at Raven Hill, but we ask that they please call 231.675.6025 first to let us know they are coming and when, so that we can control the number of visitors at any given time.

4FRONT CREDIT UNION has announced the suspension of walk-in lobby service across its 15 branch network. Appointments will be accepted at all locations.
MOWING SERVICES - Charlevoix County is seeking quotes to provide mowing services along the Little Traverse Wheelway and the Boyne City to Charlevoix Trail, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, this year. Here is a link to the request for quotes, which is posted on the County website.
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:
OFFICE SPACES AVAILABLE - 800sf, 1,430sf, 1,440sf, or 3,670sf 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
RETAIL AND/OR OFFICE SPACE available on Lake Street in downtown Boyne City. Approximately 2000 sq.ft. Public parking lot adjacent. Call 517-230-0914.
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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