August 30, 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....  
  • Welcome New Members
  • State of the Community Tickets on Sale Now
  • Show Your Spirit Cheboygan
  • Mackinac State Historic Parks Fall Hours
  • Cranberry Tour Tickets
  • DALMAC is Coming!  Do you Speak DALMAC?
  • and lots more great information from our members!
Have a Great Day!
Scott Herceg, CAE
Executive Director

Welcome New Members!
The following are Members that have joined over the summer! 
Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op
Holiday Hours

In observance of Labor Day, the Chamber office will be closed on Monday September 3.  We will resume regular business hours, Tuesday September 4.  Thank you & enjoy the Holiday Weekend.

Cranberry Tour Tickets
on sale Tues. Sept. 4

It's that time of year again.  The Michigan Cranberry Co. will be opening their gates for 500 lucky visitors on Friday October 12.  The only way to visit the Cranberry Farm is via bus tour, which is organized by the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets for these tours will go on sale, Tuesday September 4 at 9 am.  You can purchase your tickets by stopping in to the Chamber office, located at 124 N. Main St., Cheboygan, call the office at 231.627.7183 or on our website  .  

Show Your Spirit Cheboygan

The Cheboygan Chamber is joining forces with Downtown Cheboygan to rally our community around our Cheboygan Chiefs!  We are inviting all Cheboyganites and businesses to show your support by wearing black & orange on Fridays, and decorating your homes, offices and stores in our schools colors.  Let's show our students and student athletes know that we are proud of them and cheer them on in all of their academic and athletic endeavors!  Take pictures of your staff, family, office or store and share on Facebook and or Instagram!  #fireupchiefs!, #downtownchiefnation, #cheboyganrocks, #cheboyganchamber, #chamberchiefs 
State of the Community Breakfast October 5.  Tickets on Sale Now.

In case you haven't noticed, there is a lot going on in Cheboygan these days. There are at least one or two new businesses opening each week it feels like. Some buildings are being renovated while others are coming down to make way for the next page of history. There are also numerous groups and organizations that are actively involved in so many different causes and efforts, for the betterment of Cheboygan, that sometimes it is hard to know which one to follow.   The Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce would like to help clear up some of that potential confusion.  

On the morning of October 5th 2018, at the Cheboygan Opera House, the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce will produce its State of the Community Breakfast.  The goal of this event is to report the most accurate and up to date information to the community on a variety of topics through key note speakers and a compiled report from many of the organizations doing the economic and community development work.  Click here for more information on topics, speakers presenting and how to attend this event.

Tickets are $10 per person or $15 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Chamber Office or by calling 231-627-7183.  They can also be purchased on line at  

We hope to see everyone there at this great event for our community.

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
Alice's Named Top 11 Brunch Spots in Michigan

In an article from the website ONLY IN YOUR STATE, written by Sophie Boudreau they ranked restaurants from around the state of Michigan that were the best brunch locations and had the best prices. Click here to read the whole article. Check out #10
North Central Michigan College, Look out for the Cookout September 9th
The public is invited to North Central Michigan College's 21st annual cookout and 60th  anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 9 from noon to 3 p.m. on the Petoskey campus. The cookout is a fundraising event for the North Central Michigan College Foundation Scholarship Fund.  
Click here to read the full press release

Michigan Works Helps Local Business to Train 9 and Hire 2  Thanks to Skilled Trades Training Grant

Bliss Painting of Alpena is a painting company that specializes in residential, commercial, and industrial wall coatings and coverings. They've been voted the #1 painter in Alpena for 5 years in a row now. Because of this honor (as well as national awards in painting), Bliss has given back to their community by doing charity work for churches, schools, and non-profits. But, like many skilled trade companies, they struggled with finding the right candidates who want to work in their industry, often having to hire people with no experience and spend precious time training them for many months at a time.
Master Repairs

Come see you us down at Master Repairs for the ultimate screen protector!!! The cellhelmet liquid glass screen protector goes on any phone, tablet, or electronic device to aid in the prevention of screen damage.  This product is backed with a warranty that the company will reimburse you up to $300 to have your screen fixed if it does break!!! Online these protectors go for $59.99, come down and see us and snag one for $35 for cell phone or $45 for a tablet and we will even install it and register your warranty for you!!!  299 S. Main st., Cheboygan.   231-838-0558
Scrolls Unlimited 

Would you rather read your wedding vows from a sheet of paper... or a scroll!
Visit Scrolls Unlimited's website by clicking here.
Spare Time Lanes

Spare Time Lanes & Recreation will open for the season on Tuesday September 4.
They are located at 7934 N. Straits Hwy, Cheboygan.  Spare Time Lanes & Recreation offers leagues, parties, a pro shop and a sports bar with full menu.
This is Family fun made affordable,  with daily food specials, glow bowling, family fun day pricing regularly available.

Click here to download this flyer
The DALMAC is Coming!

Dear Cheboygan Chamber Members,

On Saturday, September 1, 2018, Cheboygan High School will be hosting approximately 300 bicyclists who are riding the annual DALMAC ~ Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw Bicycle Tour.
A shuttle from the school to downtown Cheboygan is being provided to cyclists so they can come into town to enjoy ice cream, snacks, an extra meal, an adult beverage, or a walk.
DALMAC riders bring enthusiasm and important financial benefit to the towns they visit.
We invite you to enjoy their visit and welcome them into your establishment.
If you would like to learn more about DALMAC, please visit their website at .
Thank you!
Al Simons
Event Coordinator

P.S. Another DALMAC volunteer will be Snail-mailing a stack of "DALMAC Spoken Here" signs to the Chamber of Commerce.  They are (approximately) 8.5 by 11 inch hard stock poster cards that the businesses should post in a window (or anywhere), as this lets ALL bicyclists know you are inviting them in.  There are about 300 cyclists coming thru Cheboygan, but literary, thousands of Michigan cyclists (yes, even cyclists on other Michigan tours) are familiar with this sign and its meaning.  We encourage the businesses to leave these up year-round!  To get a sign for your business please contact the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce
Mackinac State Historic Parks Fall Hours

Mackinac State Historic Parks has sent us word that their sites will switch to fall hours starting on Monday, September 3. All of their sites except Fort Mackinac will close for the season at the end of the day on Sunday, October 7. Fort Mackinac will remain open through Sunday, October 28.
Fort Mackinac
September 3 - October 7: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., last admission at 4:30 p.m.
October 8 - October 28: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., last admission at 3:00 p.m.
The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
September 3 - October 7: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Colonial Michilimackinac
September 3 - October 7: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., last admission at 4:30 p.m.
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse
September 3 - October 7: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., last admission at 4:00 p.m.
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park
September 3 - October 7, Monday-Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., last admission at 4:00 p.m.
September 3 - October 7, Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., last admission at 4:00 p.m.

For more information and up to date schedules please visit their website:    

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.
To Read This Week's Capitol Report Click On The Following Link (Or Load Into Your Web Browser Address Window):

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