February 21, 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....  
  • New Staff Member Joins the Team!
  • Hockey Tourney Coming to Cheboygan
  • Nominations Open for Chamber Awards
  • Mackinaw Open for Tours to Say "Thank You!"
  • 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!

Welcome New Members

MSU Extension

Ewe & Me Meadows

Bay Bluffs- Emmet County Medical Care Facility

Annual Chamber Awards Dinner Nominations Now Open

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...
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
USCGC Mackinaw open for public tours:  February   23rd from 10 am to 4 pm
Binational Community Foundations and Conservation Partners Support Lake Huron Water Quality: Seek Community Input and Engagement

February 12, 2019 - Alpena, Mich. - Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan has partnered with shoreline community foundations and conservation partners from the United States and Canada to create a regional plan of action to help Lake Huron communities ensure the long-term health of the Great Lakes. Facilitated by Northeast Michigan conservation nonprofit Huron Pines, the Lake Huron partners are creating a plan of action with a set of community recommendations. Before the plan can move forward, the partners are seeking input from the residents and stakeholders of Lake Huron communities.
We encourage your input and invite your participation by February 28 in a short 10 question survey. The survey link can be found at cfnem.org, or directly at  
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W8TJBBC  ...


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

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


Multi Team Hockey Tournament Coming to Cheboygan - Show your Support

We all know that Cheboygan is a Hockey Town, but believe it or not there are places that don't think of Cheboygan when they think of a city to travel to for Hockey Tournaments.  The Cheboygan Ice Pavilion has a group of volunteers that is working to change that.  This coming weekend will be the second weekend in a row that Cheboygan has hosted a multi- team hockey tournament on our ice.  And there are more tournaments on the horizon.  This weekend Feb 22-24 will see 12 different teams from all over the state come to experience Cheboygan and all that we have to offer.  Many businesses are displaying a special "Welcome Hockey Players" sign in their window to let those visiting families know that we love having them here.  The Chamber has distributed many of these signs but we know we did not get to everybody that may need one.  If you would like to show that your business is ready to cater to visiting hockey families, please print out a sign and place it in your window.  Who knows, maybe your business will be remembered as the best thing about visiting Cheboygan for Hockey.  We want to send them home with some great memories about Cheboygan away from the ice too.  Because, lets face it....Cheboygan is going to win the tourney, right?  


Dear Chamber Member:  
I am writing today announcing that I have established a NEW business relationship with a group of concerned Conservative Citizens that have formed a corporation called, AS THE SUN RISES.US  
They are based in Michigan and what they do is they HELP PEOPLE. In fact, their Life Coaches and Staff, help people solve problems or help people through situations they find themselves in that they don't have the funds to solve the problem or cannot get out by themselves. So what ATSR does is lets say a Veteran who needs a home who is homeless and he can prove he had already been to the other help entities, such as the two we have here in town, but was turned down for help, he can come to ASTHESUNRISES.US and receive THEIR help. What this group does is raise money through their business sponsors selling products and donating the money to AS THE SUN RISES to help that person. And in turn, since this is NOT a FREE program, the person can volunteer to help offset the costs ATSR helps them with. This is called PAYING IT FORWARD. These people do not receive cash they receive the help asked for. People HELPING People! ... Click Here to Read Full Letter

Calling All Nurses and Students

Wouldn't it be great to learn about a prospective employer and the team you would be working with before committing to an interview or accepting a job? Well, this is your opportunity! 
Held on Saturday, February 16 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the McLaren Northern Michigan cafeteria, the Northern Nursing Expo is an opportunity to get to know the nursing leadership, gain knowledge of the services provided, and find out what rewarding careers are available...  Click Here to View Full Press Release

It's Tax Time!

The charitable donation deduction allows you to lower your taxable income for donations or gifts to qualified, tax-exempt organizations. To get the deduction, you must file Form 1040, the form you use for an individual or joint income tax return. You also must itemize your deductions on Schedule A on Form 1040. 
"If you are 70 ½, you can donate directly from your IRA to the charitable organization and it does not count toward your income.  It does count toward your RMD requirement."
The Straits Area Community Foundation has served Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City since 1998, and holds a collection of permanently endowed charitable funds supporting a broad range of nonprofits and causes. SACF works closely with donors to connect them with the causes they care about most, and to ensure those causes are cared for today, tomorrow, and forever. SACF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM), which holds combined assets of over $45 million. CFNEM serves as the administrative arm and through this partnership is accredited through the rigorous National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations for its affiliate foundations.  Please visit us at  www.sacf.net  for more information, how to donate, scholarship information, and how to apply for grants.


North Central Michigan College will begin the renovation of its 50-year-old Main Classroom Building (AD/CL) in 2019.  This renovation project is designed to provide our students with an engaging and exciting learning environment with tools and technology to prepare them for the challenges of a dynamic, creative, entrepreneurial, digital world.
Recently, the State of Michigan awarded $3.4 million toward this project, with the College seeking an additional $4 million match toward its completion. The new addition will be completed in the....click here to read the full press release.
On the Road to a New Future

Will first started working with Michigan Works! through the WIOA Youth Program. He was homeless, living with his girlfriend's family, and trying to find a way to go back to school or at least get some other job training. He had attended a community college in Grand Rapids right out of high school, even playing on their baseball team, but after a year he could no longer afford his schooling. With no other financial help, Will was forced to quit school and get a job to try to make ends meet. As he was trying to find work, he began working Michigan Works! and their Out-of-School Youth Program. He also became dual enrolled in Michigan Works! WIOA Adult program as well. After working with Michigan Works! staff to research what career path he'd be interested in, Will decided he'd like to obtain his CDL. With help from Michigan Works!, Will was enrolled in the Road Warriors Truck Driving School...  Click Here to Read Full Press Release

Click Here to View Family Circle Magazine Article

Online School Registration for MiCareerQuest Northeast Event Now Open
Registration is now open for MiCareerQuestâ„¢ Northeast, the largest hands-on career exploration experience for middle-high school students ever planned for Northeast Michigan.
Over 1,200 students from Alpena, Alcona, Cheboygan, Crawford, Montmorency, Otsego, Oscoda, and Presque Isle counties (and surrounding areas) are expected to attend the May 28th event being held at the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway, MI. Students will interact with representatives from more than 50 companies and organizations. A broad range of in-demand occupations will be showcased in the event's four career quadrants: Construction, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Technology.
The school registration link can be found on the Michigan Works! Northeast website: www.DiscoverNortheastMichigan.org/MiCareerQuest.aspClick 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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