October 25, 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....  
  • Cheboygan Chamber named Outstanding Chamber of the Year
  • Business After Hours Tailgate Party
  • Meet the Addams Family
  • Invest Cheboygan County...reserve your seat now
  • Halloween Events & Trick or Treating
  • and lots more great information from our members!
Have a Great Day!
Scott Herceg, CAE
Executive Director

Cheboygan Chamber wins Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award

LANSING, MI - The Michigan Association of Chamber Professionals (MACP) recognized the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce with the 2018 Outstanding Chamber of Commerce Award-Small Chamber Category at the MACP Leadership Conference & Annual Meeting held at the Flint Institute of Arts on October 18. 
Welcome New Members

20 Applications Submitted, 11 Selected for 2018 "Invest Cheboygan County" New Business Pitch Night

Invest Cheboygan County is an entrepreneurial pitch night designed to help Start-Up Businesses be successful in Cheboygan County.  The Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Cheboygan, the Mackinaw City Chamber, Indian River Chamber, the SBDC of Michigan and  Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, have joined together to bring this opportunity to the Cheboygan Business Community.  

Here is how it works:  Area Entrepreneurs, representing businesses less than 2 years old, have an opportunity to present their business idea in front of the community, potential investors and a panel of judges similar to the format that is seen on the TV program Shark Tank on abc.  This event will be on November 1st at 5:30pm in the Cheboygan Opera HouseThe public is highly encouraged to attend and participate in the Peoples Choice Award.  

Here (listed in no specific order) are the 11 finalists selected to present at this years Invest Cheboygan County:

Brenna St. Clair- " Ellie's Place"
Kelley Erway- " Haulage"
Darcy Esterline- " Mack City Chips"
Jennifer Robydek- " Nautical North Family Adventures
Terry & Laurie Musclow- " Secrets on Main Bed & Breakfast"
Mary Hebert- " Cheboygan Carnegie"
Lisbet Bryan- " Wind Rose Gifts"
Ashley Brandt- " The Hayloft"
Tim Dowling- " Master Repairs LLC"
Paul Schoenith- " Main Street Automotive"

Marcella Costin- "Stormy Kromer by Simply Marcella "

Special thank you to the following local and regional entities that are financially supporting this event.  Those with active website links are current Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce Members :

North East Michigan Council of Governments
Northern Lakes Economic Alliance

There is no cost for the public to attend but please follow this link to let us know if you plan to attend.  We want to fill the Opera House and cheer on these entrepreneurs and their efforts to Invest in Cheboygan County! 

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

Do you know about the Cheboygan County Community Foundation?

Our Purpose:  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.
Meet the Addams Family!

from Kathy King Johnson, Executive Director of the Cheboygan Opera House
Northland Players brings you another family favorite, just in time for Halloween, Oct. 25 to 28. Come see your amazingly talented friends, families and neighbors in this kid friendly musical comedy. I'll be honest, there are some shady characters in this cast, including Thing and It. They're creepy and they're kooky, altogether spooky. And I haven't been able to track down Morticia, Gomez and Lurch. They may be nocturnal. Introducing to Cheboygan, the Addams Family!  Click here to read all about it.

Gaynor & Moline Receive National Recognition

Roger Gaynor and Linda Moline, licensed insurance agents at Encore Financial Group were recognized as top performing agents and brokers in the country by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This nationwide recognition as a member of the HealthCare.gov Champions Circle goes to agents and brokers for their success during the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment. Call them today at 231.627.1023 to make sure your health care coverage meets your needs!

Chaos, Commotion & Catastrophes at Secrets on Main this Sunday

Conversation over tea at Secrets on Main reveled that the ladies in Cheboygan where in need of more social interaction.  This gave way to a new "social club" calling themselves the Black Hatters.  This group of women (of all ages) gathers once a month at their headquarters (Secrets on Main) to share conversation, ideas, and food!  All are welcome and there is no commitment...  Join us for our Inaugural Annual Meeting this Sunday!  Our theme this week is bewitching, wear your black hat and bring your broom and a dish to pass! Call Laurie at Secrets on Main for details,  (833) 832-8963 or 

Live at the Carnegie

John Gravlin and Friends will be performing at Play The Carnegie on October 28th. 
John's vocals and guitar skills will be matched by his "friends", all   veteran musicians.  Jordan Yackel, a young woman with contemporary guitar and vocal skills, offers a stunning performance with an entirely different musical flavor. 
Showstoppers - you won't want to miss this!   
Performance 2-4pm. Admission by donation. Homemade Soup from Food Partner - Nourish 

Michigan Works! works closely with World's Largest Limestone Quarry

Carmeuse Lime & Stone in Rogers City Michigan is the largest limestone quarry in the world. They work closely with Michigan Works! conducting Talent Tours, participating in National Manufacturer's Day, and attending Career Expo's for middle and high school students from the surrounding communities. In 2017, Carmeuse was recognized as Region 3's Employer of the Year, and is dedicated growing their business and supporting the Northeast Region.

Drive for your TEAM

Ten Northern Michigan Schools are getting a chance to show their school spirit and earn money for their Athletic Programs in the Fernelius Drive for Your Team on October 12, 19, and 26. Teams and their supporters can visit either location in Cheboygan: Fernelius Toyota Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or Fernelius Ford Lincoln from Noon to 6 pm. 

Click Here to Read/ Download Full pdf

 *Disclaimer:  Valerie L. Willis For US SENATE-CONGRESS MI 2018 is a Chamber Member.  Any publication of materials submitted are not necessarily a representation of The Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce's views or an endorsement.

Medicare Annual Enrollment

ATTENTION: Medicare Eligibles, it's Medicare Annual Enrollment Period now through December 7! Time to make changes to your Medicare plan if needed. Check out these 5 tips for choosing a Medicare supplement plan. Need help navigating Medicare? Encore Financial Group is dedicated to making sure you understand your health care insurance options. Contact the health insurance team at health@efgrp.net or 231.627.1023 to learn more! Neither Encore Financial Group Nor its agents are connected the Federal Medicare Program.


Register now for the 2nd annual Northern Michigan's Largest Hiring Event, scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Ellison Place in Gaylord, Michigan.  Last year, more than 70 businesses met with more than 500 job seekers at the first annual event!  This event will once again bring together employers and prospective new employees from around Michigan and the Midwest. 
            Participating industries included, but not limited to, are healthcare, technology, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, agriculture and others.  Businesses can offer .....click here for 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 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

Michigan Chamber members receive an exclusive weekly review of legislative & political news in its Michigan News & Capitol Report e-newsletter. This newsletter is FREE to Chamber members.
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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.

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