August 2, 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....  
  • Non- Profit Administration Class Offered
  • Michigan Election Information
  • Stuff the Bus Event
  • Entrepreneurial Conference Information
  • Sidewalk Sales are....Now!
  • and lots more great information from our members!
Have a Great Day!
Scott Herceg, CAE
Executive Director

Cheboygan Area Chamber News, Info & Upcoming Events
Non- Profit Administration 101 Class Offered
Running a Non-Profit Organization in our modern economy and changing culture can be difficult.  Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a class to any Non-Profit Organization that is interested in learning some basic tips and best practices for the success of their organization.  Topics covered will be: 
  1. How to budget and raise funds for your operations
  2. How to recruit new members and provide value to current members
  3. How to develop your Board of Directors and empower your leadership
  4. How to use local marketing resources to help tell your story
  5. How to match your desired mission with your mission statement and your perceived mission
This class is being taught by Scott A Herceg, CAE, Executive Director of the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce.  Scott is a Certified Association Executive and Organizational Development Specialist with fifteen years of experience Managing / Directing community non-profit organizations and membership based associations.  He is also the author of "The 5 M's of Non- Profit Management"   
When:  Tuesday, August 14th at 5:30pm
Where:  Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 124 N Main Street, Cheboygan
Cost to attend:  $5 per person for Chamber Members and $10 per person for the general public.
To register:  Call the Chamber Office 231-627-7183 or email 
Click here to download this schedule
Legs Inn Regional Networking Event

One of the most anticipated Business After Hours of the year is the annual Legs Inn gathering of the area chambers on Wednesday, Aug. 22nd. Join Cheboygan Area Chamber, Petoskey Regional Chamber, Harbor Springs Area Chamber , and Mackinaw Chamber of Commerce for the breathtaking view and great food!
Sponsor space is VERY limited, so contact Polly or Scott for more details, call 231-627-7183 or email 
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. 
  • Do you have a special event coming up that you want to get the word out about?
  • 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!
  • Send your articles to
2018 Candidate Forum is LIVE

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.  As part of their ongoing mission they ave compiled two valuable resources for our Chamber Members.  The first is a virtual candidate forum where the Chamber Alliance asked candidates questions about Northern Michigan issues and recorded their responses.  The results of the 2018 Virtual Candidate Forum are now LIVE and can be accessed through these links. click here to view the blog. Click here to view the forum.  Additionally the Chamber alliance has also provided us with information about all the Ballot Proposals for this year.  That information can be accessed by  Clicking here for the 2018 Ballot Proposals.  
McLaren Northern Michigan
Welcomes New Gastroenterologist

McLaren Northern Michigan is pleased to announce that gastroenterologist, Luke M.H. McCrone, MD, has joined McLaren Northern Michigan Digestive Health, working alongside James Doull, MD.  Dr. McCrone received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History of International Relations from Harvard University before continuing on for his medical degree from the University College Dublin School of Medicine in Ireland. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic, and completed his gastroenterology fellowship from Ochsner Medical Center in Louisiana..... Continue reading.

Scrolls Unlimited

If you are curious what we do... just stop in!
Also...  Want to thank Roger Duffiney for the great paint job he did on our gift shop front window.
805 E. State Street
(800) 219-9019

Illuminations Massage 

It's here! Illuminations Massage is open for business in Cheboygan as well as the original office in Indian River with Lucile Strom D.C.   Come in and say hello at Plaza 27 Monday's, Wednesdays, and Friday's from 12-6 (between Dar's Hallmark & Miracle Ear. Appointment times are flexible, and still available Tuesday/Thursday in Indian River, too.
There's even room to retail some of the best oils, candles, and balms that a body could want. (Very helpful skin care!). Thanks for everyone's support. For members: watch your mail boxes for a couple of nice give-always.   Nanette.

Treasury Eliminates Donor Disclosure Rules for 501(c)6s

Treasury officials announced
that the IRS will no longer require tax-exempt organizations other than charities to disclose information about their donors as part of their annual returns. Continue reading.
Click the flyer above for more information about this conference and how you can participate
Dislocated 911 Dispatcher Achieves New Career With Help from Michigan Works!

After Jay Mertes found himself laid off from his position as a 911 dispatcher, he became self-employed in home health care. He tried this career path for awhile, but he couldn't secure enough contracts to make this a viable source of employment. Jay realized he needed to make a change to support his family and wanted to return to school to obtain a Nursing degree. Unfortunately, he was unable to receive federal financial aid, due to already having a bachelor's degree in bible/youth ministry. Jay came to Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium to see if they could help with funding assistance to get him back to school.  With the help of Career Advisor Kay Golnick, Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium was able to provide Jay with tuition reimbursement, mileage reimbursement, and help with the cost of books and supplies. They even helped him purchase the scrubs he was required to wear.
Thanks to the assistance provided by Michigan Works!, Jay received his Associates degree in Nursing from Kirtland Community College and was shortly thereafter hired by Munson Healthcare. Jay says he's very thankful for all that Michigan Works! has done for him.

McLaren Northern Michigan

McLaren Northern Michigan is hosting free needle drop-offs in August in Cheboygan, Gaylord, and Petoskey. 
Gaylord Needle Drop-off
When: Monday, August 13, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Karmanos Cancer Institute of McLaren Northern Michigan
                              918 North Center Avenue, Gaylord
Future dates: October 8, December 10
Petoskey Needle Drop-off
When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: McLaren Northern Michigan Circle Drive
                              416 Connable Drive, Petoskey
Future dates: October 13, December 8
Cheboygan Needle Drop-off
When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Campus Circle Drive
                              748 South Main Street, Cheboygan
Future dates: October 25 (also Medication Dropoff), December 8
For all locations, the needles are required to be in an approved hard, impermeable plastic container. This event will only collect needles.

Lake to Lake Tour to Pass Through Cheboygan

With the completion of the North Western State Trail in 2016, the possibility of traveling from one Great Lake to another on a series of rail trails became a reality. This fully-supported bicycle tour gives participants the opportunity to dip their back wheel in Lake Huron and two days later to dip their front wheel in Lake Michigan.... click here to view the full press release

Click here to download this poster
North Central Michigan College's Corporate and Community Education department is offering a two-week CNC Exploratory Course online at no cost.  Individuals interested in a new career in manufacturing are encouraged to complete the course to determine if it is what they want. There is no cost and no obligation. Once the CNC Exploratory Course is completed successfully, individuals may enroll in the "Just in Time" training module, which can be started at any time. Financial assistance may be available for the Just in Time training module.
Here's how to start...... Click here for more

Be a Tourist in Your own Home Town

Be a Tourist in Your Own Home Town.   Residents and Businesses have an opportunity to schedule custom tours of historical Cheboygan sites. Explore Cheboygan, the non profit tour company based at the Cheboygan Carnegie, offers tours at your convenience. Business people on the front lines of visitor contact are the ideal conduit for promoting Cheboygan's assets.   Learn about Andrew Carnegie and how he became the "Bill Gates" of his day. Carnegie  maintained the belief that "The man who dies wealthy, dies disgraced."  Hear about the historic Carnegie, and what it cost the City of Cheboygan to build.  See the iconic Cheboygan Opera House from behind the scenes!  Hear about the superstars of their day who appeared there-Annie Oakley, John Phillip Sousa, and a heard of horses.  Visit the Front Range Light-one of 6 historic Cheboygan Light Stations. Learn about the Crib Light, and why it's called that; hear about its move to shore.  Learn the history of the gracious Newton-Allaire house.  And, find out how Archibald Newton earned the money to build Cheboygan's first brick house.  Visit Secrets on Main for tea, along with  stops at historic Huron Street churches. Hear about the sheriff's residence and jail, and why the second story cells were never used.  Learn about the original Burt Lake cabin on the History Center property.   Tours are just $10 per person. Children under 12, free.  Call to reserve a spot (231) 420-6665. More at

MDOT Seeks Public Comments
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking public comment on its draft 2019-2023 Five-Year Transportation Program. The draft document, which is updated annually, includes information about MDOT's mobility initiatives, revenues and a list of specific transportation projects planned for the next five years in each of MDOT's seven regions. You can view the program document on the MDOT website at, as well as an interactive map showing the location, description and proposed construction year for upcoming projects
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