February 28, 2019
Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter

Welcome to this issue of the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter!  This newsletter goes out to nearly 2000 individual emails and is posted on our  facebook page  each week. It is designed to keep you informed of the latest info from your local Chamber of Commerce. Feel free to forward this Newsletter to someone who should be a member or is interested in information about what is going on in the Cheboygan Area. We want our information to get to as many inboxes as possible! Be sure to also visit our web site and community calendar at www.cheboygan.com/calendar/ for more information.
Some things to not miss in this issue....  
  • Black Mountain Nordic Classic, This Weekend!
  • New Staff Member Joins the Team!
  • Herceg Recertified with Association Executive Credential
  • Nominations Open and Sponsorships Available for Chamber Awards Dinner
  • MSU Jazz Lab to Perform at Cheboygan Opera House
  • and lots more great information from our members!
Have a great day!
Scott Herceg, CAE
Executive Director

From Polly... 
Welcome Theresa!

Scott and I are excited to introduce you to our new Administrative Assistant, Theresa Cole.  Theresa has been with us in the office for a couple of weeks now and is fitting in perfectly! She is with us three days a week and will be involved with many of our events and programs.  Stop by and say "hi" when you are passing through town or drop her a line at theresa@cheboygan.com.  The following is a short bio- that Theresa gave us for our Facebook page and the Chamber page in the Cheboygan Daily Tribune! 

"Hi there! I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.
My name is Theresa Cole, and I'm the new Administrative Assistant at the Cheboygan Area Chamber! Born and raised in Northern Michigan, I've enjoyed the benefits and beauty of our wonderful area for over forty years.  After meeting my husband in 2005, we settled in Cheboygan with our five boys and have put down roots.  I'm proud of the community we live in and excited to be a part of this organization! I look forward to seeing you all soon!
Annual Chamber Awards Dinner Nominations Now Open

UPDATE* All nominations are due into the Chamber office by 5pm on Friday March 1st!  You can email or fax your nominations if you would like... 


231-627-2770 (fax)

It's that time of the year again to nominate those outstanding Chamber and community members who are deserving of some recognition.  
There are 8 awards that will be given out at this years Chamber Dinner on Thursday March 21st.  The Frances & Gordon Spies Community Image Award, The Debbie Mesler Award, Citizen of the Year, Educator of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Organization of the Year, Business of the Year, and new for 2019... Entrepreneurial Business of the Year.  To make a nomination, simply download the forms from the link below, fill them out and return them via USPS, email, fax or drop them off at the Chamber office in Washington Park.

Annual Chamber Dinner Sponsorship's Available

The Annual Chamber Awards Dinner is slated for Thursday March 21, 2019.  We are now accepting sponsors for awards, entertainment, gift baskets and more...
Washington, DC, February 11, 2019 - The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has announced that Scott A. Herceg, Executive Director of The Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce and the Cheboygan Area Visitors Bureau has successfully completed the recertification process for the Certified Association Executive (CAEĀ®) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association management industry.   More than 4,200 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential with 154 of those in the State of Michigan. With this recertification, Herceg is one of only three CAE's managing organizations north of Grand Rapids.
Member News
This section is for news from our Members!

Being able to include information in this newsletter is an exclusive member benefit.  If you are not currently a member, but would like to be included in this publication please contact the Chamber office to find out how. 
  • Do you have a special event coming up that you want to get the word out about?
  • Do you have a new product that you want potential clients to know about?
  • Are you in search of new staff?
  • Do you have staff that you want to brag about?
  • This is your section to get your message out to members and the public..... Let us help you tell your story!
  • Send your articles to info@cheboygan.com
Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit

March 5 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Cost: FREE
Industry 4.0

Keynote Speaker: Andrew Storm, President and CEO of Michigan-based  Eckhart USA, an industry leader in Industry 4.0 technology implementation. 

Break Out: 
         1. Automation Alley -  Trends in Industry 4.0 Application
         2. TC NewTech/20 Fathoms - Creating, Incubating, and Catapulting Product and Process Innovations

Who should attend? Members, manufacturers, engineers, innovators, collaborators, and everyone invested in the success of Northern Michigan manufacturing!

Click Here to View Family Circle Magazine Article


Featuring Guest Vocalist Edye Evans-Hyde

Cheboygan, Michigan:

Come to the Cheboygan Opera House on March 12th at 7pm to hear Edye Evans-Hyde perform with Michigan State University's Jazz Lab. Edye has been awarded West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the Year and has been singing jazz, blue, and pop music for over 30 years. Edye has shared the stage with world-renowned blues singer Linda Hopkins, pop singer Michael Bolton, vocalist Maria Muldaur, actress Connie Stevens, the late Ray Charles, and Cuban trumpet player Arturo Sandoval. This is a free event for the public, so let's all give Edye a warm welcome to Northern Michigan.

"Edye Evans-Hyde combines scat singing with lyric interpretation while working part of the time in a vocal mode that brings her voice into the fold as another instrument in band." - The L.A. Jazz Scene

Fernelius Ford Lincoln

Straits Area Community Foundation Awards Over $10,500 in New Grants

CHEBOYGAN- The Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) recently awarded a new round of community grants covering Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. The Board of Trustees approved 13 new grants totaling $10,502. Of that amount, $5,277 was awarded in Community Impact Grants and $2,225 was awarded in grants from the Straits Area Youth Advisory Council (SAYAC). Grants were approved on February 6, 2019.   New Community Impact Grants are:  Click Here for Full Press Release


CHEBOYGAN: Citizens National Bank employees and its customers have raised almost $5,000 for the benefit of federal workers who have been affected by the government shut-down. On Wednesday, employees from Citizens National Bank boarded the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw to deliver a check for $3,680. Additionally, a donation of $1,226 was made to the Salvation Army, where a fund has been set up to aide other federal government workers...Click Here to Download Full Press Release

CFNEM Re-Accredited with Rigorous Philanthropic Standards

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) has been re-accredited with the nation's highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community FoundationsĀ® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere. CFNEM serves as the lead foundation for three affiliate foundations, including the Straits Area Community Foundation, which serves Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City.
"Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process," said Randy Royster, Chair of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. "This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan demonstrates a commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as it carries out its mission."... Click Here for Full Press Release

Regional, State and National News
Disclaimer:  Information presented in this section of the Chamber Newsletter does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce or its membership.  It is provided here as information only from other regional organizations that the Chamber has a business relationship with.  All decisions made by the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and or Staff are done so locally and independently in accordance with our bylaws and policies and for the betterment of our membership.
Cheboygan County
Community Foundation

Our purpose is to provide a federal and state qualified tax exempt foundation for residents and friends of Cheboygan County to donate income and assets which are federal and state tax deductible. Funds donated to the Cheboygan County Community Foundation are then used to support projects which create jobs, improve local educational opportunities, increase tourism visits, expand retail and commercial offerings, and enhance the overall economic health of Cheboygan County.
The foundation provides grants, scholarships, and other means of financial support for individuals, companies, organizations, and projects which support our mission and purpose.

Straits Area 
Community Foundation

Straits Area Community Foundation
has been affiliated with the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) since 1998.  We connect people who care about the future of Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City with the causes closest to their hearts.  By encouraging individuals to create permanent charitable endowments to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities, we can match donors' charitable interests with worthwhile causes by giving grants and scholarships to area programs and students.
SACF believes that the people in our communities, and those who care most about them, can strengthen them most effectively.  We are helping donors make an investment in their community to improve the quality of life for present and future residents of Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City - one that will last for generations to come.

Cheboygan Economic Development Group
The Cheboygan Economic Development Group is a private sector organization of Cheboygan County business people, community leaders, and volunteers who care deeply about helping create economic growth and educational opportunities for our citizens in this unique and wonderful corner of northern Michigan.
Helping to build sustainable economic growth is our mission. A future of good paying jobs for residents of all ages is our passion.   Click here to visit their web site.
News from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce

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Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Update

The Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce is an Associate Partner with the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance who advocates for our members to Michigan State Government as a collective Northern Michigan voice.  If you would like to find out more about the Alliance and what it is doing for Northern Michigan please go to their web site by clicking here . 
Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
124 N Main Street  |  Cheboygan  |  49721
231-627-7183  |  800-968-3302