November 21, 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....  
  • Support Downtown Cheboygan
  • Flying Pancakes
  • 2018 Parade of Lights Info
  • Make the Most of Your Membership
  • Holiday events, plans, offerings, opportunities and shopping
  • and lots more great information from our members!
Have a Great Day!
Scott Herceg, CAE
Executive Director

Holiday Office Hours

The Chamber office will be closed on Thursday November 22 & Friday November 23.  We will resume regular business hours on Monday November 26.  Thank you & Happy Thanksgiving!

Welcome New Members

2018 Parade of Lights & Community Christmas Party

Join us the evening of Saturday December 1st, for our Annual Parade of Lights and Community Christmas Party, brought to you by the DTE Energy Foundation.  The festivities will be at 4:30 pm when emcee Gary Engle of G-Man Entertainment starts spinning the holiday tunes in front of Festival Square.  The Parade of Lights will begin at 6:00 pm, with viewing available on Main St., from Court to State St.  Following the Parade we will Light the Community Christmas Tree at Festival Square and celebrate with a Community Christmas Party including visits with Santa, hot cocoa, popcorn, a Christmas carol sing-a-long and much, much more!  Stay tuned for more details.  If you would like to place an entry in the Parade...

Thank you to the sponsors of this year event!
(sponsorships are still available, call the office 231.627.7183 or email for details)

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Click Here to Register for the November Class

Novembers Class is Wednesday November 28th!
8 am, 12 pm or 5:30 pm

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. 
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Will You Support Downtown Cheboygan?

The City of Cheboygan is applying to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for consideration to become a Michigan Main Street Program Select Level Community.  This is a highly competitive selection process.  Only 3 communities are chosen each year.  Currently the City is in the "engaged" level of this program and is now ready to move on to the Select Level.  To apply for the next step, the community must provide letters of support from volunteers and business owners, as well as offer pledges of support financially.   Attached is the pledge sheet as well as sample letters of support.  Please consider endorsing /supporting this effort.  All documents must be sent to Kirsten Guenther, Downtown Enhancement Administrator - 403 N. Huron, PO Box 39, Cheboygan, MI  49721 OR email:

Deadline for submissions is:  Wednesday, November 28, 2018.  Thank you for your support in this revitalization effort for Downtown Cheboygan!  

A note from the Chamber......The Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce fully endorses this effort by the City of Cheboygan and would encourage anyone who has a love for Cheboygan and an enthusiasm for a strong, vibrant downtown core in our community, to write a letter of support for this program.  The more letters Kirsten has to include in our application, the more competitive Cheboygan will be in our bid for this economically trans formative program from the State of Michigan. 

November Community Events

Bring It! Cheboygan is at it again, rallying the community to participate, and engage in all that is happening in our great town.  This group of 400+ is tireless in their efforts to revitalize our community and they have created a comprehensive calendar that lists all of the goings on throughout our area, click on the link below to download and view...
Click Here to Register to Ring

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Celebrate your Buck at the Dirty Duck Saloon

Located at 7015 Twin Lakes Rd., the Dirty Duck Saloon offers a great menu including pizza and burgers, and lots of great beverage options behind the bar.  Stop by, say hello to new owner Diane Heythaler, and celebrate your hunting success!

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Teaming Up with Hospice

For National Hospice Month, Awakon Federal Credit Union is teaming up with McLaren Home Care & Hospice in support of the Cheboygan Hospice House.  
During the month of November, the Awakon branches in Onaway, Indian River, Gaylord, and Wolverine will be collecting items on the Cheboygan Hospice House wish list.  M cLaren Hospice is grounded in the mission to provide comfort and end-of-life care. Donations from the community help Hospice House staff and volunteers provide for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones.    Click Here for Full Press Release

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Grant Money Available for Community and Youth Projects

The Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) is now accepting grant applications for its Community Impact Grant and Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Grant cycles. Nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation, schools, churches (for non-religious purposes) and government agencies serving Cheboygan County and/or Mackinaw City are welcome to apply.
SACF Community Impact Grants may be used for a wide range of programs supporting residents of the SACF service area.  Click here to continue reading the full press release.

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MiCareerQuest Event Coming To Northeast Michigan

MiCareerQuestâ„¢ is coming to Northeast Michigan on May 28, 2019. This hands-on career readiness event targeting middle and high school students will inspire and direct young people to viable careers in high-demand occupations in the region and address the industry's need for future talent. Students grades 6-12 will be invited to the event, which will be held at the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway, MI.
The 2019 Northeast MiCareerQuest will feature four in-demand industries: Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, Healthcare, and Technology.
At MiCareerQuest, students will explore four industry quadrants and get to touch/feel/use actual tools, machines, and materials that they'd encounter during a day working in that industry. Exhibits will include hands-on interaction with... click here to read the full press release.  

More information regarding the 2019 Northeast MiCareerQuest can be found at  .

Giving Tuesday

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday. Local nonprofits are gearing up for #GivingTuesdayNEMI on November 27 - the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan and the Straits Area Community Foundation is providing the online platform and promotional tools for 60 nonprofits to participate in this exponentially growing day of worldwide giving. Five of those organizations are here in Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. To donate to local organizations, go to on November 27 from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. and support your favorite local causes!

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            North Central Michigan College is offering a great program opportunity this winter for individuals interested in a career in corrections.
            To help answer the need for corrections deputies with the Michigan Sheriff's department, North Central will offer a Michigan Sheriff's Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) Local Corrections Officer Academy from February 18 - March 15, 2019.  North Central Michigan College is an official site for the academy.  This academy is open to ... click here to read the full press release.

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Looking to hire welders and fabricators?

Join us each semester when companies are invited to participate in our Student Talent Expos! Our welding/fabricating students are prepared to meet and create great first impressions, demonstrate their skillsets, display their work, & provide resumes and welding qualification documents for your review. Students are often offered jobs before graduating.

December 13th - 9:30am - 12:00pm

9:30am-11:00am: Meet and Interview Graduates
11:00am- 12:00pm: Students will suit up in their welding gear and demonstrate their welding skillsets in the lab.

Visit us at
Contact: | (989) 733-4369 | 20902 Washington Ave. 
Onaway, MI 49765


 North Central Michigan College  's Luncheon Lecture will take a look at the Mackinac Bridge on Friday, November 30. The program will be held in the Library Conference Center on the Petoskey campus. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.
Kimberly Nowack, P.E., is the chiefengineer for the Mackinac Bridge Authority. She will talk about the history of Straits Area transportation and the amazing story of here to continue reading.

Reservations are required.  Call 231-348-6600 or email to reserve your place at the table.  Cost is $12 (cash or check only - at door) and includes lunch.

Team Carnegie announces David Whitney Kimble as the Architect of Record
for the Carnegie Campus Adaptive Re-use Project. David's world class experience and credentials plus his dedication and sensitivity to small towns, are the perfect fit for this transformational Cheboygan project. He has successfully inspected, evaluated and re-designed existing structures for continued operations in adaptive re-use, re-habilitation and preservation projects.
Kimble + Kimble, Harbor Springs, MI
American Institute of Architecture (AIA)
State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Certified
National Certification-NCARB, National Council of Architectural Registration Board
State Board Director of the Year AIA-Michigan
Historical Architect-State of Michigan
Licensed Architect: Michigan, Georgia, South Carolina
Master of Architecture, University of Michigan
Bachelor of Science, Architecture, University of Michigan
Bachelor of Science, Historic Preservation, Eastern Michigan University

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