February 7, 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....  
  • Thank You From Commander Stone, Captain of USCGC Mackinaw
  • Dairy Queen Opening Friday!
  • Comic Expo Month at Cheboygan Library 
  • Nominations Open for Chamber Awards
  • Cupid's Shuffle at Cheboygan Carnegie
  • February is Heart Month
  • and lots more great information from our members!
Have a Great Day!
Scott Herceg, CAE
Executive Director

Welcome New Members

Stormy Kromer (Simply Marcella)

MFM Sport Fishing Charter & Guide Service
MSU Extension

Ewe & Me Meadows

Grand Re-Opening/  Ribbon Cutting at 
The Dirty Duck

Join us on Saturday February 16th, as we celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of The Dirty Duck with new owner Diane Heythaler.  There will be live entertainment throughout the day from The Lone Rangers and The Sturgeon Valley Boys, specials, delicious food and an official ribbon cutting with the Chamber at 4:00 pm.  Tell all your friends to meet ya' at the Duck!

You must RSVP to get your name on the list to be admitted to this event due to limited space.

Click Here to Register Online for Admittance to this Event

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
Take the Bus to Lansing to Support Cheboygan's Main Street Presentation!

Hi Everyone!  Cheboygan is making the trek to Lansing on Tuesday, February 12 to make a presentation to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in the hope of being named a Michigan Main Street community.  This process has been 3 years in the making!  We want to show Lansing that WE ARE A MAIN STREET COMMUNITY and would love to arrive in Lansing with Cheboygan cheerleaders!  To help us commute to Lansing, we are renting an Air Bear bus.  Cost is $40 per person, price includes bus transportation and "That's Cheboygan" t-shirt that you're encouraged to wear during Cheboygan's presentation to show your support.  If you would like to join the bus, please contact Kirsten Guenther - 231-627-9931 or kguenther@cheboygan.org by February 8, 2019.  There are a limited number of seats available so it's first come first serve.  Bus will leave from City Hall on February 12 at 8:30 a.m.  Help us STUFF THE BUS TO LANSING! 

USCGC Mackinaw open for public tours:  February 9th, 16th and 23rd from 10 am to 4 pm
Bring It ! Cheboygan
February Events Calendar

Here it is, once again!  The Cheboygan Super Group, Bring it! Cheboygan has complied a comprehensive listing of events, meetings and opportunities in our area for the month of February!  Check it out...

Click Here to Download February Calendar
Proudly Made in Cheboygan!

Scrolls Unlimited had the privilege of making a Rolled Scroll and Rolled Scroll Storage Box for Russian musician Simon Khorolskiy - Великое

 (Proudly Made in Cheboygan)

It is only 3.06 minutes long (Make sure you watch all the way to the end!!)

Click here to download this flyer
February is Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and McLaren Northern Michigan is recognizing this important month with free heart healthy activities. No matter where you live, we have something planned to help you can celebrate heart month.  

Wear red for heart disease awareness on Friday, February 1, 2019. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

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Click Here to View Full Schedule of Events

Click Here to Download pdf Schedule

Click Here to Download Complete February Schedule

Visit Fernelius Ford Lincoln for More Details


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.
Cheboygan Dairy Queen Opening Date

Hello. I just wanted to let you know that the Cheboygan Dairy Queen will be opening for the 2019 season on Friday February 8th. As of now our hours will be 11am-8pm. Thank you so much.
Tammy Batchelder
Manager at Dairy Queen
Online School Registration for MiCareerQuest Northeast Event Now Open
Registration is now open for MiCareerQuest™ 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.

The Cheboygan Housing Commission has an open seat on the Board of Commissioners. Must be a resident of Cheboygan Area School District with desire to promote decent, safe and affordable housing in our community. This is a volunteer position responsible for review of operating reports, attendance at 1 meeting per month (generally scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday at 12noon) and special meetings as needed. Prior experience with government programs, non-profit, business management, accounting or law is helpful but not required. Applications are available at the Cheboygan Housing Commission located at 659 Cuyler Street, Cheboygan MI 49721 or email cheboyganhousing@gmail.com .

Moran Iron Works to Build First Ever Kayak Launching Vessel in the Great Lakes

Moran Iron Works, Inc. (MIW) has signed a contract with Pictured Rocks Kayaking (PRK) to build a specialized passenger tour vessel. Together, and in conjunction with DLBA (a division of Gibbs & Cox, Inc.), they are creating a special purpose tour boat that is first of its kind in the Great Lakes Region.

The 64' by 19' vessel will be constructed out of aluminium at Moran Iron Works' headquarters in Onaway, Michigan. The purpose of this particular unnamed vessel is to escort 72 passengers and 36 kayaks around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for guided kayak tours. This vessel will feature a custom-designed kayak launch system that is tailored to meet the specific needs of offshore kayak launching. 

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
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