August 9, 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 for more information.
Some things to not miss in this issue....  
  • Non- Profit Administration Class Offered
  • Regional After Hours Event
  • Stuff the Bus Event
  • Cheboygan County Fair
  • New NCMC Pres. Coming to Cheboygan
  • 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
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 
Click here to download this schedule
Legs Inn Regional Networking Event

One of the most anticipated Business After Hours of the year is the annual Legs Inn gathering of the area chambers on Wednesday, Aug. 22nd. Join Cheboygan Area Chamber, Petoskey Regional Chamber, Harbor Springs Area Chamber , and Mackinaw Chamber of Commerce for the breathtaking view and great food!
Sponsor space is VERY limited, so contact Polly or Scott for more details, call 231-627-7183 or email 
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
Cheboygan County Fair Continues through Aug 11

Be sure to check out all that is happening at this years Cheboygan County Fair.  A full schedule of events and activities can be found by going to the fairs web site. 
McLaren Northern Michigan
Welcomes New Gastroenterologist

McLaren Northern Michigan is pleased to announce that gastroenterologist, Luke M.H. McCrone, MD, has joined McLaren Northern Michigan Digestive Health, working alongside James Doull, MD.  Dr. McCrone received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History of International Relations from Harvard University before continuing on for his medical degree from the University College Dublin School of Medicine in Ireland. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic, and completed his gastroenterology fellowship from Ochsner Medical Center in Louisiana..... Continue reading.

Click here to download the registration form for this years Churchill Classic
David Roland Finley, Ph.D began his tenure as president of North Central Michigan College on July 2, 2018.  With a promise of exciting new opportunities, and an emphasis on community and collaboration, Dr. Finley will be focusing on enhancing North Central's contributions to the community.  
Cheboygan citizens will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Finley at an informal "Meet the President" session to be held on Thursday, August 16. at the Straits Area Education Center at 504 Division Street from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  No RSVP is necessary.

Take Shepler's and Walk the Entire Bridge on Labor Day

Many Changes have been made to the 2018 Labor Day Bridge Walk. The most significant changes are the elimination of shuttle transportation for walkers, the start point of the walk is now in both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, and to be able to walk the entire bridge walkers must be at midpoint of the bridge by 10am and have their own transportation back to their vehicle. To help those that would like to have the experience of walking the entire bridge, this labor day, Shepler's Ferry is excited to be offering three direct departures that morning. Join them and enjoy a complete walk from peninsula to peninsula...... Click here to view the full press release.
Cheboygan Labor Day Bridge Walk

Bridge Walk is September 3 - 11:50 am... Cheboygan's answer to a Labor Day Bridge Walk begins at the East end of State Street bridge and travels to Festival Square.  A community picnic will be on hand at the conclusion of the walk.

Treasury Eliminates Donor Disclosure Rules for 501(c)6s

Treasury officials announced
that the IRS will no longer require tax-exempt organizations other than charities to disclose information about their donors as part of their annual returns. Continue reading.
Dislocated 911 Dispatcher Achieves New Career With Help from Michigan Works!

After Jay Mertes found himself laid off from his position as a 911 dispatcher, he became self-employed in home health care. He tried this career path for awhile, but he couldn't secure enough contracts to make this a viable source of employment. Jay realized he needed to make a change to support his family and wanted to return to school to obtain a Nursing degree. Unfortunately, he was unable to receive federal financial aid, due to already having a bachelor's degree in bible/youth ministry. Jay came to Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium to see if they could help with funding assistance to get him back to school.  With the help of Career Advisor Kay Golnick, Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium was able to provide Jay with tuition reimbursement, mileage reimbursement, and help with the cost of books and supplies. They even helped him purchase the scrubs he was required to wear.
Thanks to the assistance provided by Michigan Works!, Jay received his Associates degree in Nursing from Kirtland Community College and was shortly thereafter hired by Munson Healthcare. Jay says he's very thankful for all that Michigan Works! has done for him.

June Labor Demand Info for Prosperity Region 3
McLaren Northern Michigan

McLaren Northern Michigan is hosting free needle drop-offs in August in Cheboygan, Gaylord, and Petoskey. 
Gaylord Needle Drop-off
When: Monday, August 13, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Karmanos Cancer Institute of McLaren Northern Michigan
                              918 North Center Avenue, Gaylord
Future dates: October 8, December 10
Petoskey Needle Drop-off
When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: McLaren Northern Michigan Circle Drive
                              416 Connable Drive, Petoskey
Future dates: October 13, December 8
Cheboygan Needle Drop-off
When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Campus Circle Drive
                              748 South Main Street, Cheboygan
Future dates: October 25 (also Medication Dropoff), December 8
For all locations, the needles are required to be in an approved hard, impermeable plastic container. This event will only collect needles.

Lake to Lake Tour to Pass Through Cheboygan

With the completion of the North Western State Trail in 2016, the possibility of traveling from one Great Lake to another on a series of rail trails became a reality. This fully-supported bicycle tour gives participants the opportunity to dip their back wheel in Lake Huron and two days later to dip their front wheel in Lake Michigan.... click here to view the full press release

Dave Bennett at the Cheboygan Opera House

If you missed Dave Bennett last year at the Cheboygan Opera House, you MUST see him on August 18th  at 7:30. If you did see him, you'll be back. The show will be completely different, but equally great. Swing, Rock and Beyond is an entirely new show. Who knows what lies Beyond.... click here to read more
Over $27M in Training Funds Available to Michigan Employers; Application Deadline Approaches

The popular Michigan employee training fund, previously known as the Skilled Trades Training Fund, has gotten a new name this year but will still be offering over $27 million in training funds that employers can use to train their workforce. The newly named "Going PRO Talent Fund" makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employees. Training funded by the Talent Fund must be short-term and fill a demonstrated talent need experienced by the employer. Training must lead to a credential for a skill that is transferable and recognized by industry....
click here to read more.

Click here to download this flyer
Catholic Human Services Cheboygan Office is Moving

We are pleased to inform you that we have moved our office to a new location in Cheboygan. Beginning Monday, July 30, 2018, we will be providing services from our new location at 802 S. Main Street, Suite 4. It is just south of our current location. To find us, go to the East Clinic of the Mclaren Medical Building. Parking is between the East Entrance of the clinic and Main Street Fitness. Once inside, we are the first suite on your left. All services provided remain the same. Click here to read the full press release and click here to see a full brochure on services offered.
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