July 26, 2018
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....  
  • Non- Profit Administration Class Offered
  • Downtown Music Fest....is Here!
  • MDOT Public Input Needed
  • Summer Concert Series Schedule 
  • Make the Most of your Membership
  • Sidewalk Sales are Coming
  • and lots more great information from our members!
Have a Great Day!
Scott Herceg, CAE
Executive Director

Cheboygan Area Chamber News, Info & Upcoming Events
Non- Profit Administration 101 Class Offered

( Corrected date informatio n) Sorry for any confusion.
Running a Non-Profit Organization in our modern economy and changing culture can be difficult.  Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a class to any Non-Profit Organization that is interested in learning some basic tips and best practices for the success of their organization.  Topics covered will be: 
  1. How to budget and raise funds for your operations
  2. How to recruit new members and provide value to current members
  3. How to develop your Board of Directors and empower your leadership
  4. How to use local marketing resources to help tell your story
  5. How to match your desired mission with your mission statement and your perceived mission
This class is being taught by Scott A Herceg, CAE, Executive Director of the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce.  Scott is a Certified Association Executive and Organizational Development Specialist with fifteen years of experience Managing / Directing community non-profit organizations and membership based associations.  He is also the author of "The 5 M's of Non- Profit Management"   
When Tuesday , August 14th at 5:30pm
Where:  Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 124 N Main Street, Cheboygan
Cost to attend:  $5 per person for Chamber Members and $10 per person for the general public.
To register:  Call the Chamber Office 231-627-7183 or email info@cheboygan.com 
Click here to download this schedule

Make the Most of Your Membership

"Wow, we can do that?" That is a statement that we hear many times from Members. It usually comes after we, as Chamber Staff, help them solve a problem they are having in their business, by offering them a solution through one of our Member Advantages. That is why a Chamber of Commerce exists, to help Members solve problems. We do that through a whole list of Member Advantages or some people call them Member Benefits. These are tools, programs, resources and strategies that are designed to help give a business a competitive advantage or just make life easier. And they are exclusively available to Chamber Members. That is why businesses pay dues to be a Member of the Chamber of Commerce. That annual dues payment gives them access to all those Advantages. But it is a pretty big list and different parts of it can be forgotten. To help members keep these advantages fresh in their mind we are once again holding a "Make the Most of Your Membership" session a couple times during the year.

Our next sessions will be on Wednesday August 1st at 8:00am, Noon and 5:30pm.

Click here to read the full article with more information about this valuable program....

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
Community Trail Influencers Needed

Top of Michigan Trails Council is on the move! The adoption last year of our new mission statement has expanded our focus: we Advocate for new trail connections, Maintain the trails on the ground, and Promote the use of trails for the health and enjoyment of Northern Michigan residents and visitors. We exist to AMP up our trail network!
Would you like to be a part of planning for the future of our trail network? Click here for more information. 
Scrolls Unlimited

If you are curious what we do... just stop in!
Also...  Want to thank Roger Duffiney for the great paint job he did on our gift shop front window.
805 E. State Street
(800) 219-9019

Illuminations Massage 

It's here! Illuminations Massage is open for business in Cheboygan as well as the original office in Indian River with Lucile Strom D.C.   Come in and say hello at Plaza 27 Monday's, Wednesdays, and Friday's from 12-6 (between Dar's Hallmark & Miracle Ear. Appointment times are flexible, and still available Tuesday/Thursday in Indian River, too.
There's even room to retail some of the best oils, candles, and balms that a body could want. (Very helpful skin care!). Thanks for everyone's support. For members: watch your mail boxes for a couple of nice give-always.   Nanette.

Click the flyer above for more information about this conference and how you can participate
Click here to download this poster
Click here to download this poster
Click here to download this poster
North Central Michigan College's Corporate and Community Education department is offering a two-week CNC Exploratory Course online at no cost.  Individuals interested in a new career in manufacturing are encouraged to complete the course to determine if it is what they want. There is no cost and no obligation. Once the CNC Exploratory Course is completed successfully, individuals may enroll in the "Just in Time" training module, which can be started at any time. Financial assistance may be available for the Just in Time training module.
Here's how to start...... Click here for more


Join the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum on Saturday, July 28th for family fun aboard the Mackinaw. From 11 am - 12 pm Author of Michigan Chillers "Great Lakes Ghost Ship" Johnathan Rand will be there to sign the book about this ship, as will local author Mike Fornes. Hot dogs, chips and pop will be served from 12pm - 1pm. Nautical-themed kid's games will be from 1pm - 2pm. The Icebreaker will also have former crew aboard to talk about what it was like to work aboard the ship. General admission charges apply.
Be a Tourist in Your own Home Town

Be a Tourist in Your Own Home Town.   Residents and Businesses have an opportunity to schedule custom tours of historical Cheboygan sites. Explore Cheboygan, the non profit tour company based at the Cheboygan Carnegie, offers tours at your convenience. Business people on the front lines of visitor contact are the ideal conduit for promoting Cheboygan's assets.   Learn about Andrew Carnegie and how he became the "Bill Gates" of his day. Carnegie  maintained the belief that "The man who dies wealthy, dies disgraced."  Hear about the historic Carnegie, and what it cost the City of Cheboygan to build.  See the iconic Cheboygan Opera House from behind the scenes!  Hear about the superstars of their day who appeared there-Annie Oakley, John Phillip Sousa, and a heard of horses.  Visit the Front Range Light-one of 6 historic Cheboygan Light Stations. Learn about the Crib Light, and why it's called that; hear about its move to shore.  Learn the history of the gracious Newton-Allaire house.  And, find out how Archibald Newton earned the money to build Cheboygan's first brick house.  Visit Secrets on Main for tea, along with  stops at historic Huron Street churches. Hear about the sheriff's residence and jail, and why the second story cells were never used.  Learn about the original Burt Lake cabin on the History Center property.   Tours are just $10 per person. Children under 12, free.  Call to reserve a spot (231) 420-6665. More at cheboygancarnegie.com.

MDOT Seeks Public Comments
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking public comment on its draft 2019-2023 Five-Year Transportation Program. The draft document, which is updated annually, includes information about MDOT's mobility initiatives, revenues and a list of specific transportation projects planned for the next five years in each of MDOT's seven regions. You can view the program document on the MDOT website at www.michigan.gov/mdot5yearplan, as well as an interactive map showing the location, description and proposed construction year for upcoming projects
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 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 Partners with Regional Economic Development Organization

For several years now the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce has been a partner with the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance in their efforts provide economic development resources to Northern Michigan.  Follow this link to see what NLEA is doing to grow our regional economy.

Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
124 N Main Street  |  Cheboygan  |  49721
231-627-7183  |  800-968-3302