Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
April 5, 2021

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Ellsworth * Elk Rapids * Kewadin * *Rapid City * Torch River * Williamsburg
Be in the 2021 Chain of Lakes

Let Visitors know:
  • who you are!
  • where you are!
  • what you have to offer!
  • ad links directly to your website!

15,000 copies printed
6,000 copies distributed to DOT centers throughout Michigan
Digital Copy on Chamber Website

For Information Advertising in the Chain of Lakes Publication for 2021, or to become a member so you can be included, please contact laura@elkrapidschamber.org or call (231) 264-8202
Interested in having your business listed in the Business Directory of the Guidebook? For information on becoming a member, email laura@elkrapidschamber.org.

2021 Save the Dates (so far)

April 10, Hiring Fair 10 am - 2 pm held at Amvets
April 22, Earth Day
April 24, Earth Day Community Activities Day
May 1, Kentucky Derby Day Downtown ER
May 7-8, Mother's Day Shopping Event ~ ER
May 15 - Super Recycling Day 9 am - 3 pm
Shredding Service from9 am - Noon, @ Government Bldg. parking lot
Super Recycling listings will be posted soon at greenelkrapids.org
May 22 - Curbside Recycling, Village of Elk Rapids
May 29, 10 am - 4 pm - Arts & Craft Show
June 1-15, Art Galleries present "15 days of Art"
June 11-12 - Wooden Boat Show
June 30 - Fishing Expo @ Harbor 4-7 pm
-DNR Survey Ship "Steelhead" in Harbor 3:30-5:00 pm
July 13, 10 am - 5 pm Elk Rapids Garden Walk
July 17, 10 am - 4 pm - Arts & Craft Show
August 4 - 7 Harbor Days Festival
September 5, 10 am - 4 pm - Arts & Craft Show

Arts and Craft Shows
May 29, July 17, and September 4

Farmer's Market Registration Now Open
Friday's June 11 ~ October 8, 2021
8:00 a.m. until Noon


For information on the Wooden Boat Show
Registration, schedule, sponsorships, advertising, Click on https://elkrapidsharbordays.org/events-schedule/forms-and-applications/

Please email laura@elkrapidschamber.org with any updated event dates you may have!

Public Meetings about YOUR Community

Monday, April 5, ER Village Council Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 8, ER Library Board Meeting 5:00 p.m
Check website www.elkrapidslibrary.org for meeting information

Village of Elk Rapids Website: www.elkrapids.org
In case you missed it! 

On March 30, President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending.........Learn more
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application Informational Webinar
This informational webinar will highlight the opening of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application which is scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 2021. Join us as we cover what documentation eligible entities will need to apply for an SVOG, insight on what the SVOG application process will look like and more.
As a reminder, all potential SVOG applicants will need to be registered in the federal government’s System for Awards Management (also known as SAM.gov) to apply. As the SBA prepares to open the SVOG applications, the dedicated SBA website, www.sba.gov/svogrant, which includes frequently asked questions, video tutorials (including one on how to get registered in SAM.gov), a preliminary application checklist and eligibility requirements, is the best source for program information.
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law, which provides additional relief for the nation's small businesses and hard-hit industries for programs the SBA is currently administering and adds new efforts. Specifically, the new law includes:
  • $7.25 billion additional for the Paycheck Protection Program, including to expand eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services
  • Additional funds are allocated for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, and now allows businesses to apply for both a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, and the SVOG
  • $15 billion additional for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) payments, including NEW $5 billion for Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance payments for those hardest hit
  • NEW: $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund for industry-focused grants
  • NEW: $100 million to establish a Community Navigator pilot program; grants will go to eligible organizations supporting efforts to improve access to COVID–19 pandemic assistance programs and resources.
Click to:

4-06 Starting a Business 9am
4-06 Entrepreneur's Toolbox: How to Grow Your Business Online with a Blog
4-06 How to Win at Social Media
4-06 Starting a Business
4-07 Starting a Business Webinar -NEI Detroit
4-07 Government Contracts - How You Respons to Federal Solicitations
4-08 Google: Learn the Basics of Google Ads
4-08 Stepping Back: Pass the Torch or Sell Your Business?
4-08 Entrepreneur's Toolbox: How to Develop a Sales Strategy for Linkedin PT 1
4-08 Reducing Conflict and Increasing Communication
4-08 Writing a Business Plan

April 6, 2021, 1:00pm EDT
How soon will the economy return to pre-pandemic levels? What are the latest small business jobs figures? Get the answers to these questions and more. Read more
April 8, 2021, 1:00pm EDT
In recognition of National Volunteer Month, CEO of SCORE Bridget Weston and SCORE Certified Mentor and District Director Ed Coleman share their expertise. Read more
  • Friday, April 9, 2021
  • 11:00 AM  12:00 PM
Since the pandemic started a year ago, many white-collar and production jobs have come back but many lower-wage workers remain jobless because they are in industries that have not yet recovered.
Join the Michigan Works! Association for a panel discussion about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on jobseekers across Michigan.
There is no charge to attend Career Connection but space is limited. Check the Northwest Michigan Works! Workshop Calendar for registration information..... http://www.nwmiworks.org/job-seeker/workshops.html
Networks Northwest
PO Box 506
Traverse City, MI 49685-0506
(231) 929-5000

202 E. Grandview Pkwy. Traverse City
(231) 947-5075

This webinar is open to both Traverse Connect investors and non-investors:
$30 Traverse Connect investors
$55 non-investors
This event is sponsored by TAHRA - Traverse Area Human Resource Association. Register today and find your seat at the table!

Join the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee for the webinar Another Seat at the Table: Actionable Steps to Having a Diverse & Inclusive Workplace on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 11 AM - 1 PM.
Adapted from the full program, this two-hour webinar will help identify practical steps that will assist your company in achieving growth goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Learn valuable tools from speaker Cindy Miller, trainer, life coach, and Certified Behavioral Consultant.

Member News
The 2021 Harbor Days Button Contest is now open!
Click HERE Print this form and submit your design by April 30, 2021.
603 Bridge St.
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 264-9192

Big Moving Sale!

If you haven’t heard our building has been sold and we are moving to a new location in Elk Rapids...... So we are having a BIG sale to move out some great Antiques.

Sale will be 30-50 % off!
Hours are Wed- Sun 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m thru April 11, 2021
Come over and see what deals you can find. We look forward to seeing you!
212 River Street * Elk Rapids
(231) 463-4556 www.elkrapidsyogaflow.com/workshops
We are excited to offer a 5-class beginner series beginning Monday, May 3rd at 11:15 am. This is a perfect class for students new to yoga, returning to practice after a hiatus, or anyone wanting to revisit the basics to deepen their practice.
This series will offer a supportive environment with all the supplies necessary to establish a fun and rewarding yoga practice. All you need to bring is yourself, a mat and all the needed props will be available in the studio. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own mat and/or other items if you prefer.
Students will learn a little yoga philosophy, breathing techniques, and many of the yoga postures traditionally found in yoga classes. The series will be progressive, building on previous classes and allowing the body time to adapt to the practice before advancing to the next posture.

In addition to the designer retail showroom located at 3586 Bunker Hill (corner of U.S. 31 N.) in Williamsburg, Urban Diversions now has an outlet center located in Traverse City.
Tinker Tailor has partnered with Master Dry Cleaner as a local drop-off location. Drop your dry cleaning (wedding gowns too) at Tinker Tailor located at 504 Bridge Street, Elk Rapids, and let us do the driving.

(231) 409-7498 www.shoptinkertailor.com
Spring Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
L👀k for new summer hours

6500 Alden Hwy ~ Bellaire
(231) 533-8576
check online for other great events: www.grassriver.org
Open Mon-Saturday
Grass River Center
open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Restrooms, educational exhibits, and the gift shop are available inside. A staff Naturalist is available to answer questions and provide directions. Stop in and see us! Masks are required when coming indoors"
Summer Clay Camp
July 13-16, 2021
Art Rapids' popular Summer Clay Camp is planned for July 13-16, 2021 at the Walk of Art Sculpture Park. We have two separate camps, one for 5 to 8 year-olds in the mornings and one for 8 to 12 year-olds in the afternoons. This year's theme is Putting A Face on Trees for the younger kids ($85 for three mornings) and Totem for the North Woods for the older kids ($125 for four afternoons).
Registration opens April 1. Please visit www.artrapids.org for a full description and to enroll. 

Support Project Graduation 2021

Drop off
returnable cans

(231) 264-5512

Add Beauty to the Community and Support Your Garden Club
~ Buy a Brick! ~

While 2020 has had its challenges, one thing that continues to add beauty and respite to visitors and locals alike are the 10 community gardens maintained by the members of the Elk Rapids Garden Club.  Support for these gardens comes from the Club’s fundraising efforts and in 2020 the Club’s major fundraiser, the Garden Walk was canceled.

Interested in supporting the Garden Club’s great work? You can still do so by purchasing a brick on the Club’s Patron’s Path located at the Pedestrian Bridge Garden. A great way to honor someone special and the purchase is tax-deductible. Go to www.elkrapidsgardenclub.com/support/patronspath for further information and to complete your application. 
ERDL - (231) 264-9979 www.elkrapidslibrary.org

For craft instructions and Story Time with Miss Sue and Jacquie, Click on: YouTube Channel for ERDL

ERDL is working with Green ER and the Friends of the Library to host a "green" book exchange on Saturday, April 24. If you have any books with an environmental theme or message that you would like to donate, please put a note on books that they are for GreenER and drop them off during regular business hours.
🌺 Spring Specials 🌸

Complimentary Quick-Dry Hair Towel
w/ $50 Retail Purchase
Free Sample (stylist choice)
w/any Hair Service
~ While Supplies Last ~ 
404 Bridge St. Elk Rapids, MI (231) 264-8184
Green Elk Rapids invites the community to join them in celebrating International Earth Day, April 22, over several days from Wednesday, April 21-Sunday, April 25.
This year's international theme is "Restore Our Earth".
Green Elk Rapids Earth Day Celebration,
Saturday, April 24, 11:00-1:00 p.m.

First stop Information station, River Street at Joe Yuchaz Walkway.

Recycling station, River Street at Joe Yuchaz Walkway.

Pollinator garden station, Dexter Street. 

Green infrastructure & green practices station, Harbor Marina parking lot. 
Library station, Elk Rapids District Library, 300 Isles of Pines/Harbor Drive & Cedar Street. 

Eco Club student station, 204 River Street.

Pine Hill Nursery station, 204 River Street. 

Citizen charging station, River & Cedar Street.

Trashformations exhibits, Downtown River Street.

Local Foods display. Cellar 152. Stop in and see the local foods display and Farm Market information. 

NOTE: See greenelkrapids.org for updates.  Current Covid-19 restrictions will be observed at all stations.

Blacksmith Class @ Samels Farm
Saturday, April 24, 2021 8:30 - Noon

Hands-on class ** Learn to bend black iron
Fee- $40.00

Call Ted to register: 231-313-2032

Samels Farm * 8298 Skegemog Point Rd., Williamsburg, MI 49690


Have a song 🎹
in your heart 🤎💜
Bonnie Twiss Music Instruction
  • Piano Lessons
  • Music Composition & Theory
  • All Ages Welcome-
  • In Elk Rapids,
  • Call (248) 648-9741 or (231) 498-2181
  • Healthy Safety Protocols Observed
  • Gift Certificates Available
  • Piano Lessons are available year-round. 

To: Friends and Family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: April 3, 2021

Welcome to April, Everyone!

April showers may bring May flowers, but April also brings many birds back to northern Michigan from their winter homes. After the Vernal Equinox, the official beginning of spring in late March, a range of bird species arrive, including our state bird, the robin. Here at Raven Hill, the robins have been back for a couple of weeks, but I look forward to mid-April when the loons begin to appear here in the north. Soon after arriving here to breed, loon pairs work together to build their nest on the ground beside water or in shallow water. Then the adults incubate the eggs for about 30 days until they hatch. While baby chickens & ducks are precocious and can feed themselves right away, loon babies are semi-precocious. They hatch down-covered and active, with their eyes open. However, they depend on their parents for food. Baby loon chicks can swim & dive two or three days after hatching. For a couple of weeks, they rest on their mother’s back after swimming & diving, so they can warm up. By 12 weeks, they can fly. .......Continue Reading
The Center is REOPENING on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The Center will be open to the public from noon to 4 pm, pending state pandemic guidelines. Due to COVID, visitors are asked to call 231.536.3369 and make an appointment to visit.
Mission: Raven Hill Discovery Center provides a place that enhances hands-on and lifelong learning for all ages by connecting science, history and the arts. Check us out daily on Facebook and the website (www.MiRavenHill.org) for informal learning activities, photo memories, updates, and more. We may also be reached via email (info@miravenhill.org) or phone: 231.675.6025. Stay safe and keep in touch, everyone.