November 29, 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
  • Register to Ring
  • 2018 Parade of Lights Info
  • Good Morning Cheboygan!
  • 106.3 MAC FM is taken over by Santa's Elves
  • Holiday events, plans, offerings, opportunities and shopping
  • and lots more great information from our members!
Have a Great Day!
Scott Herceg, CAE
Executive Director

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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Member News
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Holiday Tradition of Honoring Your Loved Ones

For many years, the McLaren Cheboygan Campus Guild "Tree of Lights" has been a meaningful way to celebrate the life or memory of a loved one.
"When you donate to the Tree of Lights, a dove-shaped ornament with the name of your friend or family member will be hung on a tree in the lobby of the Cheboygan Community Medical Center for all visitors to admire," said Brenda Butts, McLaren Cheboygan Campus Guild President. "I give to the Tree of Lights every year in memory of my family members. It's a great way to honor them at the holiday time."
Community members who make a donation to the Tree of Lights not only honor a loved one, but support the McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Campus to expand its services, technology, and treatment options. As a not-for-profit organization, all the money raised by the Guild through the Tree of Lights will stay in the community to support the Cheboygan Campus...   Click Here to View Full Press Release

December 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...
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Accidentals to Teach Songwriting to Cheboygan Students

"Bringing music to the kids of Cheboygan is a gift to our community," says Cheboygan Area Arts Council Executive Director, Kathy King Johnson. "We're proud to be part of town who supports music in the schools." The Cheboygan Area Arts Council, sponsor of the event, has promoted arts in education in Northern Michigan Schools for over 40 years...   C lick Here for Full Press Release

Bring the kids down after their visit with Santa Claus to listen to a Christmas Story at Purple Tree Books, then get ready... the Parade of Lights starts at 6 pm with the Community Christmas Party and Tree Lighting to follow in Festival Square!
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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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Play the Carnegie  - 
Holiday Style

December 2 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Children from Cornerstone Christian School will lead off our afternoon of entertainment singing Christmas carols.
The Cheboygan Catholic Community Children's Choir will follow, filling the air with joyful singing.  Finally, Wyndham and Charlie Reager and Dale Rieger will perform familiar music of the season ranging from Jingle Bell Rock to White Christmas. Admission by Donation. Soup from Nourish. 
You won't want to miss this!

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!  

Tanner Electric Announces

Tanner Electric, a new Cheboygan Area Chamber Member would like to announce that  they are now a fully authorized Generac Dealer and will provide install and maintenance services.  Contact Jason Tanner by calling 231-238-2700 today or emailing him at to find out how they can help you with all things Generac.

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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

North Central Michigan College has announced that the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) Success Program has been created for North Central nursing students. The program consists of a live HURST NCLEX review which will take place on the Petoskey campus in February for second year nursing students. 
Time for this review will be built into students' medical/surgical schedule. Attendance is mandatory for the week-long live review. Following the review, there are four required tests which must be taken. Additionally the NCLEX exam fee and licensing fees will also be paid for those students who complete the review package in its entirety and take their board exam by July 15, 2019.
"Those who follow the HURST NCLEX preparation have very high NCLEX pass rates," states Dr. Jamie Pagels, Dean of Nursing, Allied Health and Science at North Central. "This success program will also help our nursing students take here to read the full press release
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