September 6, 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
  • Invest Cheboygan is now Invest Cheboygan County
  • Cranberry Tour Tickets on Sale Now 
  • Mackinac State Historic Parks Fall Events
  • NCMC Fall Hours
  • Swing Dance Club in Cheboygan
  • 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
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  .  


We are very excited to be actively involved again this year in "Invest Cheboygan County," a Business Model Competition and Pitch Night similar to TV's Shark Tank. All Cheboygan County entrepreneurs and new business owners are invited to pitch your business plan for a chance at a share of $15,000 in startup funds plus an additional $6000 in services from area Chambers of Commerce! Public is invited to watch entrepreneurs vie for seed dollars to launch their business idea. The event will be held on  November 1st at the Cheboygan Opera House. If you are a creative entrepreneur with a business model for a location within Cheboygan County, and have been in operation less than two years, this is an opportunity for you to win a large sum of money, connect with investors, and get some free PR.  Information about how to register for this event can be found by clicking this link or by visiting any of the Chambers of Commerce in Cheboygan County or the offices of the City of Cheboygan.

Stay tuned for more updates on this signature Cheboygan event!

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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Bake Sale

Cornerstone Christian School
is hosting a bake sale on Friday September 14 from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm at Family Fare in Cheboygan.
All monies raised will go to student tuition assistance.

Community Gathers to Support Local Health Care

The McLaren Cheboygan Campus Guild hosted the 2018 Taste of Up North/Peace Pole Auction at Fernelius Toyota Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram showroom on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Over $28,500 was raised to support the McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Campus at this sold out event.   Thirty-seven hand crafted peace poles by local artists were auctioned off. Guests enjoyed food tastings from Audie's Restaurant, Black Sheep Baa & Grill, Great Lakes Grill, The Greenside Grille at Indian River Golf Club, Ken's Village Market in Indian River, Libby's CafĂ©, Mulligan's Restaurant, Pier 33, Rosa's Squeeze Inn, and Salty Wench Caramels.

Click here to view 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.
Michilimackinac at Work: Labor and Trades September 8-9

Michilimackinac was a hardworking community in the 18th   century, and the staff of Colonial Michilimackinac is ready to demonstrate exactly that on September 8 and 9.  Voyageurs, blacksmiths, laundresses, clerks and soldiers all plied their trades at the fort, employing both skilled and unskilled labor. Join the interpretive staff of Colonial Michilimackinac as they demonstrate a variety of tasks that made up the world of work at Michilimackinac in the 18th   century.
"Our guests will experience a wide range of skilled work that the historic residents of Michilimackinac performed to make the community function," said Craig Wilson, museum historian and head of interpretation at Colonial Michilimackinac.
Click here to download the full press release.

North Central Michigan College announces fall semester hours for all departments and offices, effective September 4.
The administrative and accounting offices, Student Services and Financial Aid Advising and Learning Support Services will be open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The College Store hours are:
Monday - Thursday............8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday.............................8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Library hours are:
Monday - Thursday.................. 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday .....................................8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
The Student and Community Resource Center - gym and fitness center hours are:
Monday - Thursday................6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday................................ 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday...................10 a.m. - 5 p.m. begins September 15-16
Closed Friday, September 7 - Sunday, September 9 for Cookout.
The Iron Horse Cafe will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 to the public. Hours are:
Monday - Thursday..........8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday..................................8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday.............................11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
For updated information on hours and events, go to

Spooky Specters and Lurking Lutins Await at Fort Fright October 5-6

Be wary of were-wolves and look out for lutins as you walk the lantern-lit path along the shore of Lake Michigan to Colonial Michilimackinac for Fort Fright the evenings of October 5 and 6. From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (last admission at 8:30 p.m.) on Friday and Saturday, eighteenth- century French-Canadian folklore comes to life. Visitors must tread lightly on the path along the shoreline, because as the sun sets on the horizon, all manner of monsters take over the fort and eagerly await your arrival inside. There are campfires glowing in the night where a voyageur tells eerie tales and warns you of the terror that might await you, before you approach the guarded gates of Colonial Michilimackinac. You are now on your own to enter the wooden palisade, a frightening world of fun and phantoms wrapped into one.
Click here to view the full press release

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.

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

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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