November 1, 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....  
  • Business After Hours Tailgate Party
  • Invest Cheboygan County TONIGHT!
  • Open House at Scrolls Unlimited
  • Team Carnegie hires new Operations Director
  • Veterans Dinner November 11
  • 2018 Parade of Lights Info
  • 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

2018 Parade of Lights

Join us the evening of Saturday December 1st, for our Annual Parade of Lights.  The Parade 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!  Stay tuned for more details.  If you would like to place an entry in the Parade...

Business After Hours

Join us for a Tailgate Business After Hours.  Thursday November 8th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at First Community Bank.  This month's After Hours is being hosted by 
First Community Bank and   AirNorth Communications .  Wear your favorite team apparel and join in the fun!  Cost is $5 for Chamber Members and $10 for those who are not yet Chamber Members.

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

Join us on Tuesday November 13 for 2 different Ribbon Cuttings.  First we will welcome Screen Graphics Co. Inc. located at 5859 S. Straits Hwy. in Indian River at noon, then at 5:30 pm we will help Lindsey Vork Photography celebrate the Grand Opening of her studio at 2038 Maple Grove in Cheboygan.  Join us for refreshments and fun!
20 Applications Submitted, 10 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 10 finalists selected to present at this years Invest Cheboygan County:

Brenna St. Clair- " Ellie's Place"
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. 
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  • 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!
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Innovative Hip Millennial

Karen (Myers) Robertson has joined Team Carnegie. Her skills, talents and abilities  are a perfect match for the challenging renovation and programming of the  Carnegie Campus. She graduated from Cheboygan High School and attended North Central  Michigan College. If you want to rent the Carnegie, or join the Play the Carnegie lineup, or  learn about our Holiday Bazaar, call Karen. 231.420.6665 or email 
Karen also manages our website and social media.
Karen, is one of Cheboygan's emerging and dedicated young professionals, committed  to Cheboygan's prosperity. She is a proud member of a fifth generation Cheboygan family.  
Her husband Craig works for Rivertown Spas and Pools. Their son Declan attends first grade at Bishop Baraga School and Dawson attends Cheboygan Head Start.

Nonprofits Benefit From Charitable Gifts From Retirement Funds

ALPENA - As the end of the year approaches, many people may have "Take Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from IRA" on their to-do list. And it is likely that many are unaware that their RMD can be used to make a tax-free charitable donation.
"With the end of the tax year coming during the most popular season for charitable giving, unneeded IRA distributions are a great way to support our communities," said Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) Executive Director Patrick Heraghty. "Aside from the tax benefits of this, giving back is a great way to lift our own spirits, and help others at the same time."
For those eligible, donating IRA funds to charity through a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) may yield the biggest tax bang for your charitable buck. According to Heraghty, this method of giving appears to be growing in popularity. He says the Community Foundation and its affiliate foundations, including the Straits Area Community Foundation, have seen a steady increase in these types of donations over the last few years.

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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.

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 here for the full press release

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Northern Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross has several volunteer opportunities available.  If you are interested in sharing your time and talents, please visit The American Red Cross website, and click "apply now".

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 *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 or 231.627.1023 to learn more! Neither Encore Financial Group Nor its agents are connected the Federal Medicare Program.

Please welcome the newest CATeam Member in Eastern UP/Region 3, Lindsey Miller!

Submitted from Michigan Economic Development Corporation  - Lindsey is a graduate of Michigan State University and resides at the tip of the mitt in Cheboygan.   Lindsey's background includes over 10 years in the banking industry and most recently worked with communities to assist with housing developments at Northern Homes Community Development, a subgrantee of MSHDA.   Lindsey was an active member on the DDA board and enjoys being an entrepreneur and a business owner in the Cheboygan community.
Lindsey's contact information:
Mobile:  231.260.2185

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.

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