November 15, 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....  
  • 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

Dirty Duck Saloon

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

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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...
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

SAFCU Christmas Loans are Back

Straits Area Federal Credit Union is once again offering Christmas Loans.  The Cheboygan location will be open select Thursdays from 5 - 8 PM for Christmas Loans only (see dates & times below).  Stop in, call or visit their website for details.

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.
This Sunday Only-
The Dunder Deefs, Live at The Carnegie

One of our favorite groups, The Dunder Deefs, are "Playing the Carnegie" on Sunday November 18th from 2:00-4:00pm.  This duo, featuring guitar and keyboard, as well as vocals, has a charming way of putting their own stamp on every song they play.  
Admission by donation. Soup provided by Nourish.

(November 7, 2018) - In the tenth year of its nationally renowned program, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has designated 4,630 physicians in 1,700 practices across Michigan as patient-centered medical homes. Designated practices meet patients' needs by providing more personalized whole-person care. This change in practice patterns has resulted in higher quality care with better outcomes and lower costs. This is because of preventative and coordinated care that helped patients avoid emergency room visits and hospital stays.  

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  .

National Manufacturing Day Events Continued Throughout Northeast Michigan

While Manufacturing Day was October 5th, student events continued throughout October and into November. Manufacturing Day allows manufacturers to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.  

Nonprofits Benefit From Charitable Gifts From Retirement Funds

 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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All You Can Eat Flying Pancakes with Santa

Mark your calendars because, Santa Claus is coming to town with his elves, lots of fun, good food and excitement for the annual Breakfast with Santa for the Cheboygan Learning Center. On Saturday, December 8, children, parents, grandparents and those who are young at heart, are invited to attend.   The elves have their griddles and flippers ready for you to "catch" their famous flying pancakes. You too can enjoy All-You-Can-Eat pancakes, sausage, orange drink, and coffee with Santa and his elves from the Chris Cakes flippers.

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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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Join Us For A Special Strength For Cripps Fundraiser

Join us during Cheboygan's Hospitality Night for a special Strength For Cripps fundraiser! Straits Area Federal Credit Union has opened their doors to allow us to raise money for the real-life superhero Adam! From 5-8pm there will be baked goods, gift wrapping, and  #strengthforCripps  bracelets sold all by donation and Jasmine Rose taking pictures for $5 and Nicki Kryska selling makeup and clothing, Danielle Whitinger-Brach will have a table of Lularoe leggings for sale, and MORE! Money will go directly to Adam, Jocelyn, and Hayden :)
Please stop by and show your support! We're looking forward to making this night about support, friendship, and STRENGTH!

When you have your strength for Cripps goodies, remember to stop by other businesses taking part in this fun community event!

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.

            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.
Welcome to the 2018 Readers Choice Awards!

These awards celebrate and recognize the best our community has to offer. We invite you to vote for your favorites in dozens of categories. If you make more than 25 votes, you'll be entered in a sweepstakes to win $100 in Cheboygan Bucks!
Votes will be accepted between November 8th and November 15th.
It's easy to do. Simply choose a category, vote for a business and fill in your email address. Continue and complete the registration form.
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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.
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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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