March 22, 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 website and community calendar for more information.
Some things to not miss in this issue....  
  • Main Street Awarded Select Level
  • Cheboygan Brewery Top 50 in State
  • McLaren has new CEO
  • Chamber Dinner Award Winners are all listed on Facebook Page
  • and lots more great information from our members!
Have a great day!
Scott Herceg, CAE
Executive Director

Inland Lakes Snowmobile Club - Member of the Month

Beginning this month, we have started a new program at the Chamber. We are randomly selecting one business or organization per month to be featured as our member of the month. We are partnering with Lindsey Vork Photography on this project and think it is highlighting the winners very well....  Please check out our March Member of the Month, the Inland Lakes Snowmobile Club!

 Member of the Month Feature March 2019  Inland Lakes Snowmobile Club

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Cheboygan Announced for Select Level of the  Michigan Main Street Program

LANSING, Mich. - The cities of Cheboygan and Eaton Rapids have been selected by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to take part in the Select Level of the Michigan Main Street program, MEDC announced today (March 18th).

As part of the Select Level of Michigan Main Street, these two communities will receive five years of intensive technical assistance from MEDC with a focus on revitalization strategies designed to attract new residents, business investments, economic growth and job creation to their central business districts.
"I'm excited to see how these two communities will grow within the next five years," said MEDC CEO Jeff Mason. "With the support of the Main Street program and the MEDC, I believe we can positively transform the downtowns and commercial districts in communities to ensure their place on Michigan's path toward our future."
The Michigan Main Street Program aims to... click here to read the full press release. 
Cheboygan Brewing Company Honored as One of the 2019  "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch"

Cheboygan Brewing Company will be honored at an awards ceremony during the 15th Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards Gala, May 8, 2019, in Lansing, MI.
Cheboygan Brewing Company offers absolutely pure and well-brewed
craft beer throughout the great state of Michigan.
"We are very excited and honored to receive this recognition. It reflects the commitment, ownership and hard work of every person on our team. We are very optimistic about our continued growth and future business direction."- Managing Partners Mark Lorenz and James McClurg.
Companies who are selected as a "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch" are a remarkable group of.... click here to read the full press release.  
It's 2019 Michigan Brewery Madness! Vote for the best brewery in Michigan

Cheers to 2019 Michigan Brewery Madness!
For those in the March Madness spirit but not necessarily looking for a sports bracket, The Detroit Free Press decided to give the concept a twist: They picked 64 of Michigan's best breweries, dropped them into a college basketball-style bracket and created a pretty slick system for you to vote your favorites into the next round. 

Cheboygan Brewing Company is in there, of course. But so are many others. 
At more than 330 breweries, Michigan has the fourth-most in the country. Entries for the bracket were selected based on size, ratings, past awards and popularity. 

How it works: First-round voting begins now and will end at noon Monday. The second round will begin Monday afternoon with a new round of polls. After that, new rounds will begin around noon every Thursday and Monday until we determine a champion.

Let the Michigan Brewery Madness begin!  Click here to enter the Michigan Brewery Madness

MSU Extension Offering Communicating Through Conflict Training

Communicating through Conflict workshop includes relevant framework and discussion that provide participants with tools and techniques to manage conflict situations more effectively. This special one-time training will be offered FREE for the community. Join us Monday, March 25th  from 5-8pm at the Cheboygan Library.

Registration requested at


North Central Michigan College's Luncheon Lecture series will take a look at sleight of hand in a lecture entitled "The Art of Illusion," on Friday, March 22. The program will be held in the Library Conference Center on the Petoskey campus. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

               " The hand is quicker than the eye."  "Seeing is believing."  "I saw it 
with my own two eyes."  "We have an eyewitness."  These sayings will be tested as you are presented with simple illusions that will entertain you, challenge your awareness and give insight into how your eyes, mind and thought processes work.   The presenter will be Mike Shore, retired vice president and chief risk officer of Consumers Energy, Jackson, Michigan.
Reservations are required. Individuals registered for January 25 will not be automatically re-registered. 

Call 231-348-6600 or email to reserve your place at the table.  
Cost is $12 (cash or check only - at door) and includes lunch.

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central's mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College, and a Veteran Friendly School. North Central was recently named #1 Community College in Michigan by
McLaren Northern Michigan Names New CEO

McLaren Northern Michigan officials announced today (March 21) the appointment of Todd Burch to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Burch brings more than 16 years of executive leadership experience within hospitals, health systems, and managed care organizations.
"A national executive search produced a slate of highly qualified candidates. While always a difficult decision, Todd stood out as a proven leader in health care with a particular affinity to... click here to read the full press release

Click here to download this flyer!
Michigan Works! Job Fairs

This April Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium will be hosting four job fairs across northeast Michigan. Michigan Works! Job Fairs are the largest multi-employer job fairs in the region, with over 150 area employers expected to participate and hundreds of jobs available. Job seekers can expect full-time, part-time, and seasonal openings.

Job fair dates, times and locations are as follows:

GAYLORD: Saturday, April 6th, 11am-1pm at the Gaylord Intermediate Schools gymnasium, 240 E 4th St

MACKINAW CITY: Saturday, April 13th, 11am-1pm at the Mackinaw City Recreation Center, 503 W Central Ave

GRAYLING: Tuesday, April 16th, 3pm-5pm at the Grayling Ramada Inn, 2650 I-75 Business Loop

ALPENA: Tuesday, April 23rd, 3pm-5pm at the Alpena Community College Park Arena, 665 Johnson St.

Learn more at:   
Click here for Harvest Thyme's Website

New Fishing Access Coming to Downtown Cheboygan

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is pleased to be working with the City of Cheboygan to design and engineer additional fishing access along the Cheboygan River. Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust's "Access to the Great Lakes Fishery" program, the Watershed Council will provide public engagement and pay for design and engineering as phase one of the project.   Key partners here to read the 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 . 
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