Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
September 14, 2020

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Elk Rapids * Torch River * Williamsburg
Open Forum To
Be Held With Village Council Candidates

The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open online forum for interested voters who want to hear the views and comments of the six candidates running for the Elk Rapids Village Council. The forum will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, September 23, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, and will be facilitated by Village resident Rick Bellingham. Each candidate will be allowed two minutes to give voters an overview of why they are running. Candidates will then be asked a series of questions regarding issues facing the community. Finally, audience participants will be allowed a chance to ask the candidates their own specific questions. The election is Tuesday, November 3.

Everyone is welcome to join the Zoom forum. To access the Zoom link and passcode, go to business.elkrapidschamber.org/news.

For more information contact the Chamber at info@elkrapidschamber.org or 231-264-8202. 
ER Chamber Annual Golf Outing
Hello Golfers!
Hope to see you at Antrim Dells --Thursday 9/17--for the annual Elk Rapids Chamber Golf Outing.

$85/person and $325/foursome after Thursday, 9/10.
The registration form is attached (and the brochure with more details). Call the Chamber at 231.264.8202 or email your team’s registration back to maryl@elkrapidschamber.org.
  • Registration begins at 10:45 am
  • Shotgun start at 11:30 am, 4-man scramble
  • Awards at 3:30 pm
Pricing (includes golf, box lunch, and range balls):
  • Regular (through September 9): $75/per person, $275/foursome
  • Late (September 10-17): $85/per person, $325/foursome
  • Checks or credit cards accepted
Registration Options:
  • Fill out the attached registration form, scan and email it to maryl@elkrapidschamber.org
  • Call the Chamber at 231.264.8202 and give us the golfer registration info and credit card over the phone
  • Drop the form and fee off at the Chamber office
This is one of only two revenue-generating events the Chamber is able to host this year…we hope you’ll come out, have fun, and support the Chamber as we continue to support the local business community.
Looking forward to seeing you this Thursday.....September 17!
Join us with Norte for a
Ribbon Cutting @ 5:00 p.m.
to celebrate the Grand Opening
of the "Bike Library" Shed
Elk Rapids Bike Library!

Norte has cool news to announce! Elk Rapids is raising their very own, very orange bike library. The Norte Bike Library will be the place for families and friends to borrow bikes, meet up, and ride. 

SAVE THE DATE: September 17, 2020, at 5 PM –– Rotary Park, near the giant white swan. 

We're so excited to see Antrim County gaining more access to free, safe bikes to use to stay active, healthy, and happy. 
Friday's 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Now through October 2, 2020

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.

~~ New Chamber Members Featured ~~

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
1313 Boyne Ave.
Boyne, MI 49712
(231) 582-6482

Paradise Pines Resort
917 S. Bayshore Dr.
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 944-8925

Public Meetings
About Your Community

Monday, September 14, Village Council Special Meeting 5:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, September 14, ER School Board Meeting 6:00 p.m. Virtual
Monday, September 14, Harbor Commission, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Monday, September 14, Milton Township 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 15, Housing Authority 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 16, Beautification Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, September 17, ZBA Meeting--Cancelled

Back-To-School Uncertainty Teaches Employers to Get Creative
Many employers are grappling with how to help workers and their families balance work and their children's education. As the first day of school approaches – employers are learning how to provide support by getting creative. Read more

Quick Links

Work on your interviewing skills or your resume at a Northwest Michigan Works! Virtual Workshop. Join us online for an Interviewing Skills workshop:

Tuesday, September 15 from 10-11:30 am or
Thursday, September 17 from 9-10 am.
We are also offering a Resume Workshop Friday, September 18 from 2-3 pm.
There is no charge to attend our Virtual Workshops but space is limited. Check the Northwest Michigan Works! Workshop Calendar for registration information.

Manufacturing Day Goes Virtual: More Than 1,500 Local Students And 20 Schools Participate Annually

Among all that has changed in a COVID-19 world, there’s one thing that hasn’t: A desire to excite local middle and high school students about careers in manufacturing.
To that end, Manufacturing Day – an annual event connecting students with Grand Traverse manufacturers – is on this year, but as a virtual event. Continue Reading
Google Analytics: Finding Treasures in a Sea of Data

DATE & TIME: September 16, 2020, 1:00 pm EDT

How are customers finding your website? Learn how Google Analytics can help you identify your most valuable digital marketing channels and website pages. The session will also teach you how to gather demographics data on your website visitors and monitor search rankings for your most important search terms.
Join us online for this one hour webinar hosted by Freddy Hunt, Senior Content/SEO Manager at One Up Web.
Bring your questions as the chatbox will be open!
Veteran Supporters,
Due to the overwhelming positive response to The Dave Abbott Memorial Northwestern Michigan Veterans Golf Outing campaign, we are postponing the outing from:

September 13, 2020 to October 4, 2020

This is due to the fact that A-GA-MING cannot accommodate the number of registrants we have for the September date. The shotgun start time will move to 10:00 a.m. with registration from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.
We greatly appreciate the fantastic support for our veterans through this event and we deeply apologize for the inconvenience. We understand that some people may not be able to switch to the new date and we will provide refunds to those who can’t. Please contact either Jerry Hubbell or Rich Newer to facilitate processing of your refund or if you have additional questions.
Thanks again for your support and we hope you will join us on October 4, 2020.
Jerry Hubbell (231) 883-8769 * Rich Newer (248) 960-5647
Free Ideal Protein
Weight Loss Seminar
Call for Meeting Options

Tuesday September 15, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.

Come learn about the doctor supervised Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program proven to promote fat loss, naturally suppresses appetite, and provides nutrition education and support to maintain weight loss. Sample foods available on the program.

Admission is free, but please RSVP, call 231-264-0700.
Presented by Dr. Ann Kuenker
Elk Rapids Skin & Laser Clinic * 516 Bridge Street * Elk Rapids
(Mon. Sept. 14 in Traverse City, Thurs. Sept. 17 in Petoskey)

You’re invited to participate in the second of four virtual public open houses hosted by Consumers Energy to gather suggestions for its Clean Energy Plan. The plan eliminates coal and helps achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
At the open houses, Consumers Energy wants to learn what’s most important to their customers and key stakeholders and to learn their vision of the state’s energy future. 
The second session will be Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 2:00 p.m. and will focus on the Road to Renewable Energy. To participate in the open house, visit www.MICleanEnergy.com for links to join the event. The open house is scheduled to last 45-minutes.
Additional open houses will be held:  
  • 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13: Protecting Our Planet
  • 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10: A Smarter Energy Future
The public input will help inform Consumers Energy’s suggested Clean Energy Plan updates to the Michigan Public Service Commission in June 2021.
Samaritas is now offering both in-person and virtual tours at the Williamsburg location. To schedule a tour, call Kristen Koon at 231-590-0226 and/or visit virtually by clicking link below for virtual tour: https://www.samaritas.org/Senior-Living/Locations/Traverse-City/Virtual-Tour.

Also offering a short stay getaway option. A furnished Independent Living apartment that someone can stay in and try them out for a month or so with no deposits needed and no long term commitment!

Samaritas * 4354 Mt. Hope Rd. * Williamsburg * (231) 938-4673

Where science, history, and art connect!

To: friends and family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: September 12, 2020
Thanks to Networks Northwest and the Michigan Small Business Restart program for their grant award of $10,000 to give Raven Hill working capital for operational expenses until we can safely open again. And thanks to everyone in this wonderful community for their continued support during these strange times.  .....Continue Reading Update on September 12, 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.
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Elk Rapids District Library
For more information about the bond, please visit:

Dockside Spring Fling for Grass River Natural Area moves to Fall
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
5:00 – 9:00 pm
Each year the Dockside Restaurant on Torch Lake holds a fundraiser for the Grass River Natural Area. This year will be no exception though the event moved from its usual springtime slot to an early fall date. New owners Ruben Meneses and Brandon Nichols assured GRNA that the popular season opening fundraiser would continue, but COVID-19 delayed the event until the end of summer when they felt confident that new operational procedures were in place.  Fifty percent of all sales from 5 – 9 pm on the 22nd will be donated to Grass River Natural Area, so GRNA can continue to meet their mission "to conserve and protect its watershed and provide opportunities that increase knowledge, appreciation, and community-wide stewardship of the natural environment".  The Dockside is located on the Chain of Lakes watershed served by the Grass River, so Meneses and Nichols value the protection that GRNA provides just north of their popular waterside establishment.  Masks will need to be worn, social distancing will be in place, and the popular deck will be open if weather permits. The Dockside is located at 6340 Old Torch Lake Dr, Bellaire MI 49615.

For additional information contact betsy@grassriver.org or call 231.838.0269.
Picture above are GRNA Executive Director receiving the 2019 Dockside donation from Ruben Meneses (left) and Brandon Nichols (right).
acme drive in


Our Thrift Store Manager Lucy wants to resume 10-5 operating hours (now 10-3), but we need more volunteers to make it happen. Please consider volunteering at ACTS from 3-5 pm on any days, Tuesday-Saturday. To get started, call Carol at (231) 267-3002.

Acme Christian Thrift Store
8925 M-72 East
Williamsburg, MI 49690
Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
305 U.S. 31 * Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 264-8202 * www.elkrapidschamber.org