April 18, 2019
Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter


Welcome to this issue of the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter! This newsletter goes out to more than 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 website  and  community calendar  for more information.
Some things to not miss in this issue...

  • City to Host a Public Participation Forum
  • Earn a chance to win a free Chamber Membership
  • Business After Hours at the Brewery, Tonight!
  • Holiday Specials and Happenings
  • Job Fairs, Expos, Community Parties...
  • and lots more great information from our members!

Have a great day!
Scott Herceg, CAE
Executive Director

P.S. Check out our new look! What do you think? Huge thanks to Theresa and Polly for collaborating on this and making it look so good!
*Attention Chamber Members: 
 Registration forms were mailed, but you can also

2019 Cheboygan Business Expo brought to you by  American Gas Products
~*~*~*~ ATTENTION! ~*~*~*~

MEMBERS, within the next few days, we will be sending out a special e-blast about possible certification-earning courses that may become available through a joint effort between the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce and North Central Michigan College. In order to tailor these offerings to fit more of our membership's needs, we'll need your input! When you receive the e-blast, please read it carefully and respond so we know how to best help you and your businesses. Thank you!
April Business After Hours at Cheboygan Brewing Company
Join us for a Business After Hours.  Thursday April 18th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Cheboygan Brewing Company.  This month's After Hours is being hosted by 

Come help them celebrate being named one of the Top 50 Companies in Michigan to Watch! Cost is $5 for Chamber Members and $10 for those who are not yet Chamber Members.
Mother Nature's Remedies - Member of the Month
We have started a new program at the Chamber. We are randomly selecting one business or organization per month to be featured as our member of the month. We are partnering with  Lindsey Vork Photography  on this project and think it is highlighting the winners very well.... Please check out our April Member of the Month,  Mother Nature's Remedies !

Spring Membership Drive
We want to make sure that every business in the Cheboygan Area has an opportunity to get the advantages of Chamber Membership. To help with that mission we are having a Spring Membership Drive from April 15 to May 15. During that month there will be great "Join Now" opportunities and special incentives for current members who invite a new member to join. Click here to learn about the Advantages of Membership and email the Chamber Staff to find out how you can get a chance to earn a free membership for a year by recruiting a new member!
Want a chance to win a free year of membership? Read the article above to find out how!

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  info@cheboygan.com !
Click image above to download flyer!
Little Traverse Conservancy is calling YOU! The frogs are too!
It's time to spring into action! Wood frogs and spring peepers will be singing soon, salamanders will be heading to vernal pools to find mates and American kestrels are already seeking out their nests.
Join us this spring in our citizen science program, what we call, EcoStewards! Citizen science efforts enable us to learn what is on the land and what we are protecting. Whether you have special skills in birding, plant or wildlife identification, carpentry, or want to learn a new skill, you can get involved. Volunteer opportunities include:
Frog & Toad Monitoring
Vernal Pool Monitoring
Forest Health Surveying
American Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring
Bird or Bat Surveying
Bring us your passion, ideas and friends, and we can put you to work! Learn more on our volunteer page and fill out this form to be contacted about volunteer opportunities. 

Little Traverse Conservancy 
3264 Powell Road, Harbor Springs, MI 49740 | 231.347.0991 | ltc@landtrust.org
Gaylord Job Fair a Big Draw for Employers and Job Seekers
On Saturday, April 6th, over 170 job seekers attended the Michigan Works! Gaylord Job Fair held at the Gaylord Intermediate School gymnasium.

Over 40 local businesses were represented hoping to fill 100s of jobs. Industries included tourism, retail, hospitality, food service, transportation, health care, general labor, public safety, and more, offering part-time, seasonal, and full-time opportunities.

Overall, job seeker feedback was very positive, with attendees stating the event offered a variety of employers and opportunities.

“The fair was very helpful in looking for myself and two other family members who were not able to attend,” said Sandy B.

“It was fantastic!” agreed job seeker Nevada Dudd. “A lot of friendly people and a great way to meet lots of employers.”

Employers reported that the event...
Hack-ma-tack Inn & Restaurant Opening for the Season on MAY 1st!

Doors open at 5pm

And don't forget to call for your Mother's Day reservations!


8131 Beebe Rd
Cheboygan, MI 49721
Click image to download a copy of this flyer!
Click image to download a copy of this flyer!
McLaren Northern Michigan 29th Annual Children’s Health Fair
Petoskey, MI – For 29 years, northern Michigan community agencies have been participating in the McLaren Northern Michigan Children’s Health Fair. Taking place in April, the “Month of the Young Child,” this free education focuses on events and activities for newborns to 12 year olds.

Providing a fun family atmosphere, the Children’s Health Fair is an educational environment where parents can learn best practices to keep children healthy and safe.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at the Petoskey Middle School, located at 801 Northmen Drive, off of Mitchell Street in Petoskey. The event will have many activities for parents and children, including:

Action Hero Fun Run – held outside. Bring a “hero” cape (weather permitting)
Fire engine and helicopter tours (weather permitting)
Face Painting...
Youth Art Show
ATTN young artists: The Cheboygan Area Arts Council , Reusch Jewelers , and the Cheboygan Area Public Library co-host the 24th Annual Cheboygan Youth Art Show from May 1st through May 8th.

The exhibition will be held at the Cheboygan Area Public Library , Lower Level Gallery. Show hours run concurrently with Library hours: Monday through Thursday, 10am to 8pm, Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm, and Sunday 10am to 3pm. The Open House and reception is Friday May 3rd from 4:30 to 6:30 with refreshments. Attendees choose the “People’s Choice Award” by ballot. 2018 People’s Choice Award went to Abby Wade with “Flower Forest.”

Each selected piece of art receives a certificate of participation. Once these winning art pieces are placed in the Library Gallery an additional panel of judges will jury the best work of art from each grade. Blue ribbons and prize gift packages, sponsored by Reusch Jewelers, will be awarded for first place in each class. Second place winners will receive a red ribbon.

To submit artwork, contact Sean McNeil at mcneils@chebschools.com
Airport After Hours Set for April 24, 2019!

Don’t miss the 16 th Annual Airport After Hours to be held Wed. April 24 th , 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pellston Regional Airport . One lucky attendee will win a $500 gift card to Delta Airlines. Many of the sponsors will be offering prizes as well. The event will feature great food by Hoppies Landing and a cash bar. The cost to attend is just $7.00/person. Because this is a fund-raising event for the Air Service Task Force, punch cards or comp passes from area chambers will not be accepted. This is a multi-chamber networking event promoted by the chambers of commerce and visitors bureaus from St. Ignace, Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, Cheboygan, Indian River, Petoskey, and Harbor Springs. 

Airport After Hours sponsors include:

DNR Names Shannon Hanna Deputy Director
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger today announced that Shannon Hanna has been named natural resources deputy for the agency, an appointment that will take effect following the May 31 retirement of Bill O’Neill, the department’s current natural resources deputy.

Hanna has more than 20 years of experience with the DNR, most recently as assistant chief of the department’s Forest Resources Division since January 2018. In that role, Hanna has worked on developing the division’s latest strategic plan; helped with new initiatives, such as the Good Neighbor Authority, in which DNR staff assist in managing timber on federal lands; and been elected to and will serve on the Michigan State University Forestry Advisory Board. Starting out as a seasonal employee, Hanna worked with the DNR for five years in that capacity before being hired on full-time in 2003. She spent 10 total years in the field (five seasonal and five as a wildlife technician) before taking a biologist position in Lansing, working in the department’s privately owned cervidae program (a designation that includes game ranches and hunting ranches).
Hanna credits her early field work for giving her the broad experience and perspective needed to effectively oversee Michigan’s natural resources.

“I worked at different field offices throughout the state in southeast, south-central and southwest Michigan, as well as the Upper Peninsula,” Hanna said. “I appreciate those small beginnings in the field because I was able to do amazing things, like fly to count moose in the aerial survey we conduct every other year, help raise osprey, install water control structures at our managed waterfowl areas, and work with groups like Pheasants Forever and the National Wild Turkey Federation on habitat projects around the state.”

Later in her career, Hanna moved into policy and regulations for the DNR Wildlife Division, tackling some of the more complex initiatives including the first management regulations for chronic wasting disease, the restructuring of Michigan’s hunting license package and challenges surrounding feral swine.
As DNR natural resources deputy...

McLaren Northern Michigan Awarded 5-Star Hospital Rating from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Petoskey, MI – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that McLaren Northern Michigan has been awarded a 5-star rating, the highest rating possible for quality and safety. McLaren Northern Michigan has received a 5-star rating consecutively since the first hospital Star Ratings began in 2016.

A total of 3,725 hospitals nationwide were included in the analysis, which ranked hospitals from one to five stars based on distinct measures broken down into 7 categories, including mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging. A 5-star rating places McLaren Northern Michigan in the top 7.9% of hospitals in the country.

“McLaren Northern Michigan is dedicated to providing quality patient care and high customer satisfaction,” stated Jennifer Woods, MSN, RN, Interim CEO of McLaren Northern Michigan.

News from the City

Get the latest news, happenings and announcements from the City of Cheboygan with the "City Review" which is the City of Cheboygan's Newsletter. The spring edition is now out and may be accessed  by clicking this link.
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 County Community Foundation

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.
Straits Area Community Foundation

Straits Area Community Foundation has been affiliated with the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) since 1998. We connect people who care about the future of Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City with the causes closest to their hearts. By encouraging individuals to create permanent charitable endowments to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities, we can match donors' charitable interests with worthwhile causes by giving grants and scholarships to area programs and students.
SACF believes that the people in our communities, and those who care most about them, can strengthen them most effectively.  We are helping donors make an investment in their community to improve the quality of life for present and future residents of Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City - one that will last for generations to come.
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 of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
124 N Main Street | Cheboygan | 49721
231-627-7183 | 800-968-3302