March 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 for more information.
Some things to not miss in this issue....  
  • Free Ice Skating This Weekend
  • Still Available for Chamber Awards Dinner!
  • McLaren Northern Michigan Recognized and Awarded
  • Mackinac State Historic Parks Hires Interpretation Coordinator
  • Vienna Boys Choir to Perform at Cheboygan Opera House
  • Presidential Scholarship Offered for Graduating Home School Senior
  • and lots more great information from our members!
Have a great day!
Scott Herceg, CAE
Executive Director

Annual Chamber Dinner Tickets and  Sponsorship's Available

Have you purchased your tickets for the Chamber's Annual Awards Dinner yet?  You can purchase online, in the office or over the phone.  Tickets are just $30 each in adavance, tables of 8 are available for $225.  This year dinner will be catered by the Great Lakes Grill, and we are offering a prime rib carving station along with chicken and vegetarian options.  Although the Annual Awards Dinner is only 2 weeks away, we still have room for a few more sponsors.  If you haven't reserved your sponsorship spot yet, call us today or send us your sponsorship choice after downloading the form below!

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Cheboygan High School Jazz Lab to Perform at Cheboygan Opera House

Featuring Guest Vocalist Edye Evans-Hyde
This article is a correction to last week which stated the MSU Jazz Lab would be performing at the Opera House.

Cheboygan, Michigan:

Come to the Cheboygan Opera House on March 12th at 7pm to hear Edye Evans-Hyde perform with Cheboygan High School'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

McLaren Northern Michigan
Recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care

Blue Cross Blue Shield recognized McLaren Northern Michigan as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated providers that demonstrate expertise and cost efficiency in heart care.
To receive a Blue Distinction Center+ designation, McLaren Northern Michigan needed to meet three measures, quality, access, and cost.
Hospitals that receive the Blue Distinction Center+ designation are evaluated using a combination of third-party data registries' quality information provided by hospitals and cost measures derived from Blue Cross Blue Shield companies' medical claims.
Research shows that compared to other providers, hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated providers.
For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated providers, visit

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Vienna Boys Choir Coming to the Cheboygan Opera House

Join us on Wednesday, March 20th 2019 at 7:30pm to see Vienna Boys Choir at the Cheboygan Opera House. The Vienna Boys Choir has a long history and tradition. Today, there are 100 choristers between the ages of nine and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. Together, the choirs give around 300 concerts each year, attended by almost half a million spectators around the world. The choir regularly tours Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Purchase tickets online or call the Box Office at 231-627-5432.

If you would like more information about this event, please call Lisa at 231-627-5432, or email

Click here to view the full press release!
McLaren Northern Michigan
Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

McLaren Northern Michigan is proud to have earned The Joint Commission's  Gold Seal of ApprovalĀ® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of ApprovalĀ® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. 

McLaren Northern Michigan underwent a rigorous onsite review on December 10, 2018. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care, and performance improvement.

"We congratulate McLaren Northern Michigan for achieving this designation," said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. "By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines McLaren Northern Michigan has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke."

"The Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification highlights the exceptional stroke care we provide to our patients and surrounding communities," stated Jennifer Woods, Interim CEO for McLaren Northern Michigan. "We strive to advance our care even further each and every day."

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Mackinac State Historic Parks Hires David Harkleroad
as Interpretation Coordinator

Mackinac State Historic Parks  is pleased to announce the hiring of David Harkleroad as Interpretation Coordinator. David began work on Monday, February 25, 2019, and his office will be in Mackinaw City during the winter and on Mackinac Island in the summer. David's primary focus will be at Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island.

            "We announce this hiring with confidence that David brings excellent skills and excitement to the position of Interpretation Coordinator," said Phil Porter, Mackinac State Historic Parks Director.


North Central Michigan College provides a Presidential Scholarship to one graduating senior from a home school within our service area. Presidential Scholarships are offered for full tuition (up to 20 contact hours per semester) and mandatory fees for four consecutive semesters (fall and winter only). Field study fees are not included. Scholarship recipients must register for the fall semester immediately following their spring high school graduation. This is a competitive scholarship.

To be considered, a student shall:
  • Complete an online Application for Admission to North Central by April 1 of their graduation year.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 overall high school grade point average (include a high school transcript complete through the nominee's seventh semester)
  • Submit a recommendation letter that addresses their academic potential and leadership qualities
  • Submit a statement that addresses academic and career goals and how North Central will help to meet those goals
  • Submit ACT/ SAT scores (ACT score of 18 or above for English and a Reading score of 21 or above; SAT (test prior to April 2016) score of 430 or above in English and a score of 450 or above in Reading); SAT (test starting April 2016) two-digit score of 25 or above in both English and Reading: SAT (test starting April 2016) three-digit score of 500 or above in English/Reading/Writing (ERW).
All documentation must be received no later than April 12, 2019. For more information, contact Renee DeYoung, Vice President of Student Affairs, at (231) 348-6618.

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

NCMC Hosting Winning Wines Competition and Tasting
North Central Michigan College and Straits Area Grape Growers Association (SAGGA) will host the Vines to Wines Conference on March 13, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Library Conference Center on the Petoskey campus. The event begins with a keynote address by Dave Anthony, owner of Northern Sun Winery near Escanaba, MI. The keynote will be followed by a report about ongoing research into what makes wine produced with cold hardy grapes exceptional. At 7 p.m., the event will transition into a wine tasting event where conference participants will have the opportunity to sample many regionally produced wines.
               The event is free to attend and open to the public (over 21 years of age). You must register in advance by going to and search for Vines to Wines Conference in Michigan.
               Prior to the conference, North Central Michigan College, in collaboration with the Straits Area Grape Growers Association, will host the Winning Wines of Northern Michigan - Vines to Wines Competition. Judging will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Deadline to enter is Friday, March 8.  For an entry form, please contact Jim Tisdel, North Central Corporate and Community Education, at 231-348-6613. 

For more information, visit, click on Community and Events, Corporate and Community Education/Workshops. 

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.
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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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