July 19, 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....  
  • Entrepreneurial Conference in Northern Michigan
  • Michigander Visits Cheboygan!  One more time.....
  • Ladies Afternoon Tea Planned 
  • City of Cheboygan to Hold Public Hearing
  • Summer Concert Series Schedule 
  • Downtown Music Fest....Coming Soon!
  • Make the Most of your Membership
  • and lots more great information from our members!
Have a Great Day!
Scott Herceg, CAE
Executive Director

Cheboygan Area Chamber News, Info & Upcoming Events
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 info@cheboygan.com 
Join the Cheboygan Area Chamber for a viewing of Google's Small Business Summer School!

Event to be held on Wednesday July 25th, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at EXIT Realty Premier 1160 E. State St. Ste B Cheboygan, MI
Please contact us (231)627-7183 or info@cheboygan.com with any questions
Google Small Business Summer School Livestream workshop: Lessons to standout online, build customer relationships and get ready for the holiday season.  Click here for more information and to reserve your space.

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
Michigander Bicycle Tour

Once again Cheboygan will be hosting between 400 and 500 cyclists for the annual Michigander Bicycle Tour sponsored by the Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance. Most of the cyclists will be camping at the Cheboygan Area High School. which will also be the jumping off spot for both the Two Day Ride and the Six Day Ride.
You can expect riders to be downtown the evenings of July 13, 14,15, and 21 and in the late afternoons of July 14, 15, 16, 21. Look for the riders to be shopping, seeking entertainment and looking for refreshments.

Click here for a tentative schedule of events for this ride.
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. 
Cheboygan Farmers Market News

The Cheboygan Farmers Market is excited to announce that we started having musicians at the market on Saturday, July 7 and will continue through Saturday, September 1. Our market vendor, Alishia Sanford, has organized the following music events. Each musician will have a donation box available. These musicians are volunteering to play for donations. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Generally, the music will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please join us to enjoy the music and the market. If you are interested in being a musician at the market, please contact Alishia, through the Brick OvenClick here for a full schedule of musicians and more info about special features at the Market.
McLaren Northern Michigan Dedicates Heart & Vascular Center

McLaren Northern Michigan officially dedicated and named its Heart & Vascular Center in honor of Robert W. Considine on Monday, July 16.  The dedication was made after Mr. Considine made a lead gift in honor of the care provided to him by Louis A. Cannon, MD, Intervention Cardiovascular Specialist; Senior Program Director, Heart and Vascular Center; and President, The Cardiac & Vascular Research Center of Northern Michigan.  "Dr. Cannon and saving the lives of cardiac patients at this hospital have been very important to me," Considine said. "I've made gifts in the past to fund equipment and further the life-saving work performed by Louis and his team. For this donation, I wanted to leave a legacy and honor Louis who once told me I would 'not [die] on his watch."  Mr. Considine's donation will fund a new catherization lab and equipment, as well as the purchase of new Robotically assisted Percutaneous Coronary Intervention technology. It will also create the Robert W. Considine Heart and Vascular Program Endowment Fund to build on the program's strength and reputation as one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases as determined by Truven/IBM Watson Health.  "I am truly moved by the generosity of Mr. Considine," Cannon said. "His gifts have literally helped save the lives of hundreds of cardiac patients. Our program is strong because of his commitment and support."  "The dedication of Robert W. Considine Heart & Vascular Center will impact patients for generations to come," added David Zechman, President and CEO of McLaren Northern Michigan. "We are grateful to Mr. Considine for supporting the work of Dr. Cannon and his team, as well as our vision to impact the lives of the patients who rely on McLaren Northern Michigan for their care."  If you would like to learn more about the Robert W. Considine Heart & Vascular Center or to make a gift, please visit mclarennorthernbuilds.org or call (231) 487-3500.

Bike Swap scheduled for Saturday, July 21

Is your garage overrun with two-wheeled vehicles? A used bicycle sales event (aka Bike Swap) will take place at the Trail Center, 1687 M 119, on July 21 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Proceeds will benefit maintenance of our local trails!  Bike Swap bicycles MUST BE IN RIDEABLE CONDITION! Drop off bikes for sale at the Trail Center between 7 and 10 AM on July 21. Pick up unsold bikes between 3 and 5 PM on the day of the sale. At least 40% of all sales will benefit Top Of Michigan Trails Council trail maintenance costs. Of course, you may choose to donate 100%! All donations will be acknowledged with a tax receipt. What an ingenious way to clear out the garage!  This event will be held rain or shine. Call Bill Prall with questions: (231) 838-0741

Summer Newsletter from The City of Cheboygan

The latest issue of the City's newsletter is out and we wanted to make sure that it got as wide a distribution as possible.  We at the Chamber work very closely with our City of Cheboygan Management to produce many of our events and programs for the community.  Follow this link to read all the latest news and information from the City of Cheboygan
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
Information on Upcoming Library Millage Vote

The Cheboygan Area Public Library Board of Trustees have approved a proposed increase to the library millage. The proposal will now be put forth on the August 7, 2018 ballot. The millage provides operational funding for the library. The increase, if approved by votes, will increase the millage rate by $0.35 per $1,000 of taxable value, meaning those living in a home with a taxable value of $50,000 will see a $17.50 increase in their annual library taxes. According to the new millage's ballot language, $194,000 in additional library funding will be collected when first levied in 2018. Library Director, Mark Bronson, has said the additional funding is needed for library improvements including maintenance of the building, updates of technology and furnishings, increased staffing and additional hours of operation. People interested in helping with the millage campaign or making a donation to the campaign can use the email address: CAPLMillage@gmail.com send donations to Emily Claire at Purple Tree Books 323 N. Main St. Cheboygan 49721.

Who said CHRISTmas is in July??
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Click here to see Our NEW 2018 CHRISTmas Ornament Catalog

Start your boat engines: 'World's Toughest Outboard Marathon' revs up northern Michigan

Excerpt from the Chicago Tribune.....
Picture a soapbox derby on water running for two days, and you get some idea of the Top O' Michigan Marathon. Streamlined boats - big enough for only one rider - zip over 80 miles in two days through the Inland Waterway that links Cheboygan on Lake Huron southwest to Crooked Lake, just east of Petoskey, via Mullett and Burt lakes, and Indian and Crooked rivers.
This year's event, its 70 th anniversary, takes place Aug. 11 and 12 and is expected to draw a record 100 entries.  Click here to read the full article.


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.

The City of Cheboygan has taken the first step to opening an economic window of opportunity within the Downtown Development district. On recommendation from the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the City will hold a public hearing on July 24th at 7:00 pm at the Cheboygan City Hall  to establish a Commercial Rehabilitation District and a Commercial Redevelopment District.  They are being assisted in this project by Northern Lakes Economic Alliance.  For more information on this project click here to read the full article on NLEA's web site.
Click here to download the registration form for this years Churchill Classic
Click here to download this flyer
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
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