Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
November 16, 2020

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Elk Rapids * Torch River * Williamsburg
MDHHS issued a new emergency order that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising #COVID19 infection rates. We beat this last time by listening to the public health experts, we can beat it again. For more information about the order, visit bit.ly/2ICBRji.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

With indoor dining closed for the next three weeks, we will be compiling a list of the area restaurants offering carryout options, hours, and menu selections.

Will send out at the end of the week...LOOK FOR IT!👀

Public Meetings
About Your Community

Monday, November 16, Village Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m via Zoom
Wednesday, November 18, Beautification Commission 9:00 a.m
Thursday, November 19, Antrim County Board of Commissioners Meeting 7:00 p.m. Click for Agenda
Thursday, November 24, ER Planning Commission 7:00 p.m.
Village of Elk Rapids

Click to read: 2020 Fall Leaf Pickup
The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity is providing federal CARES Act funds to help those small businesses hit hardest by COVID-related closures and capacity restrictions expand their capacity. 
Funds may be used for a business to construct temporary structures such as canopies and igloos or purchase portable heaters, and more.
Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants, with a goal to award a minimum of 10 grants in each of Michigan's prosperity regions. 

Top 3 Small Business Holiday Marketing Tips for 2020

Use these strategies to grow sales and build customer loyalty this holiday season.
With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday in November kicking off the holiday shopping season, now is a good time for small businesses to boost sales. This year, 60% of consumers plan to do half or more of their winter holiday shopping at local retailers. Capitalize on this growth opportunity by using the following marketing strategies this holiday season........Continue Reading

PPP Forgiveness Factsheet
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers may be eligible for loan forgiveness if the funds were used for eligible payroll costs, payments on business mortgage interest payments, rent, or utilities during either the 8- or 24-week period after disbursement.
To help borrower's better understand how to apply, the SBA has prepared a new PPP factsheet that provides a high-level overview of how the forgiveness process works.  
Join us Small Business Saturday at the SBDC Virtual Marketplace
Saturday, Nov 28, 2 - 4 p.m.
Support Michigan businesses of color during Small Business Saturday by joining us for the Michigan SBDC Virtual Marketplace on Facebook Live hosted by Roland Martin: featuring businesses of color across Michigan.
Meet over 40 Michigan small businesses of color to learn about their products and services available to you. The Michigan SBDC has partnered with the SBA and the Michigan Economic Development Center to bring you this special Facebook Live event hosted by Roland Martin to help you celebrate supporting businesses of color this holiday season and beyond.
Upcoming SBA and Partner Trainings
  • 6 Essential Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs
Nov. 18, 11 a.m.; Register
  • Doing Business with Transit Agencies
Nov. 18, 10 a.m.; Register by emailing 
Kathleen Jones or  Ann Williams by 2 p.m. Nov. 16
  • Connecting with Suppliers/Buyers for Your Small Biz
Nov. 18, 1 p.m., Register
  • Types of Patent Applications and How to File 
Nov. 18, 12:30 p.m.; Register
  • Putting COVID-19 vaccine research in perspective with USPTO
Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m.; Register
  • Learn about Intellectual Property
Nov. 23, 5:30 p.m.: Register
  • Business Financing Roundtable - Northwest Region
Dec. 2, 9 a.m.; Register
  • Forming Your LLC or DBA, Do It Now
Dec. 14, 2 p.m.; Register
Work on your interviewing skills or your resume at a Northwest Michigan Works! Virtual Workshop.

Stay connected with Northwest Michigan Works! online at a Virtual Career Connection meeting where you can learn about job opportunities and improve job search skills while networking with other job seekers and professionals. On Tuesday, November 17 from 10-11:30 am, Career Connection will focus on Manistee area job opportunities, and on the same day from 2-3:00 pm, Career Connection will focus on job opportunities in the Petoskey area. On Thursday, November 19 from 10-11:00 am, Career Connection will focus on Traverse City area job opportunities. There is no charge to attend Career Connection but space is limited. Check the Northwest Michigan Works! Workshop Calendar for registration information.
Nov 17 at 3 PM EST – Nov 24 at 7 PM EST

Know someone looking to relocate to Michigan? Share this event with them!
This year, 9 regions around the state will host Back To Michigan, a series of virtual networking events where people interested in relocating to Michigan, and current residents who are unemployed, will be able to speak directly with hiring managers. Rediscover opportunities in the Mitten State by connecting with local employers and former residents.
You may be familiar with Thanksgiving weekend events that have happened around the state over the last nine years. These casual, professional networking events, usually hosted at a local bar, have become a tradition in many Michigan communities.
As with many things, Covid-19 has derailed the typical format of these events. So instead, communities around Michigan decided to come together for a collaborative, virtual career event happening between November 17-24, 2020 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. EDT.
Back To Michigan will feature region-specific events throughout the week leading up to Thanksgiving.
  • Return North, Tuesday, November 17
  • TC New Tech, Wednesday, November 18
  • Detroit & Flint, Thursday, November 19
  • ReThink West Michigan, Thursday, November 19
  • Capital Comeback, Monday, November 23
  • Discover Great Lakes Bay, Monday, November 23
  • Northeast Lower Peninsula, Tuesday, November 24
The benefits of attending:
- One-on-One face time with company recruiters in a casual environment.
- Community Ambassadors will be on-hand to answer any relocation questions you have.
- Local school district representatives will available for questions.
Learn more about Back To Michigan and register at www.backtomichigan.com.
Thank you to our state-wide event sponsor, Consumers Energy.
Royal Farms, Inc.
10445 N. U.S. Highway 31 * Ellsworth, MI 49729
Thanksgiving 2020 may look a little different than most years with smaller family gatherings. We are here to make sure your Thanksgiving is just as special! Check out some homemade goodies we will have available for you to order! 
ATTENTION! We have some important dates to share with you!
Due to Covid we are unable to do our normal Christmas craft shows so we thought we would do something a little different this year! Remember: Social Distancing and masks are required.
We are offering local pick up to make it easier and fair to the ones who wish to not shop in person.
If you have any questions feel free to call or email us.
(231) 331-4711 email: hello@aldenmillhouse.com
***** The sale is for these dates only. No exceptions! *****
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Indulge in an expertly prepared traditional Thanksgiving feast in the comfort of your own home. No shopping and no pots or pans to clean, our professional chefs do the work for you. This precooked meal serves four and is ready to take home with easy curbside pick up! Place your order by noon on Tuesday, November 24
Cost: $119 (serves 4 people) Questions? Call 231-631-2818.
The local Edward Jones office will be collecting Toys for Tots again this year. Unwrapped toys and games for babies through teens can be brought to our office from now until Dec.15th . The office is located at 100 River Street in Elk Rapids and is open 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00am to 4:00pm on Fridays.  For more information , or to have toys picked up call Lisa at 264.9433.  
All toys collected at this location stay in Antrim County.
One happy customer, a 13 year old who takes lessons from Bonnie....

"As a student of Ms. Bonnie Twiss, I enjoy her lessons very much because she makes learning piano very fun, and her personality is fun to be around! She has taken the Corona Virus very seriously with strong safety measures, while maintaining a high level of excellent instruction. When I leave my lesson, I am already excited for the next one!"

Elk Rapids District Library
(231) 264-9979

Open for 15 Minute Appointments. Schedule time to visit the Book Cellar too!
Curbside service still available Mon-Thurs 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fri-Sat 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Check out STEM Kits
Friske Farm Market * 10743 N. U.S. 31 Hwy * Ellsworth * www.friske.com
"Looking for volunteer hours? Norte is hosting its annual Cranksgiving where families ride bikes to our local grocery store and pharmacies, pick up items and then bike them to our local food pantry in town. Ride Bikes, Give Back, and Do Good together!

Nov. 22, meet at the Chain Hub at Rotary Park. 11 a.m.

Cheer Someone Up Today!

Send Flowers to Brighten Up Someone's Day!

Call Elk Lake Floral
(231) 264-8188

8628 Cairn Hwy. * Elk Rapids
Wildflower Soapworks * 231-264-8000
117 River St., Elk Rapids, MI
Just look at this!
12 Months of Suds!
12 of our seasonal soaps wrapped up and ready to go! Such a great family gift for the holidays!!

  • January ~ Reisling & Cabernet
  • February ~ Michigan Romance
  • March ~ Spearmint & Eucalyptus
  • April ~ Apple Blossom
  • May ~ Lake Michigan Breezes
  • June ~ Mackinaw Island Lilac
  • July ~ Summer Splash
  • August ~ Traverse Bay Cherry Almond
  • September ~ Lavendar
  • October ~ Witches Brew
  • November ~ Pumpkin Ale
  • December ~ Sparkling Snowflake

Wildflower Soapworks has so many gift giving ideas..
Stop in and see us. We are happy to help you with your shopping needs.

White Birch Lodge
571 Meguzee Point
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
This beautiful lakeside retreat is perfect for your next Up North getaway! Private beach access allows you to bring your gear and get active on the Lake or kick back and relax on shore. Come Explore!
White Birch Lodge is located on Elk Lake, just before the Elk River. Our accommodations are on the water and will be available to rent short and long term throughout the Fall and Winter. If you are interested in making a reservation please contact our office for more information! 
(231) 264-8271 | info@whitebirchlodge.org
WEEKLY UPDATE 11-14-2020

Where science, history, and art connect!

To: friends and family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: November 14, 2020
Re: News from Raven Hill!

Hi, Everyone! As I write this on Friday, November 13th, I am reminded of the fun our family had on this “holiday”. My dad was magnanimous in his offer to do the dishes every Friday, the 13th . Boy, did we make sure he kept his word. On some occasions, Dad got creative and would enlist help from Bill Bopp, his good friend and “partner in crime”. He and Bill would load the dirty dishes into laundry baskets, take them next door and use the Bopp’s dishwasher to “wash” the dishes. Great memories of times past! Continue Reading

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.

For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early across the country in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization's iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high. 


Our Thrift Store Manager Lucy wants to resume 10-5 operating hours (now 10-3), but we need more volunteers to make it happen. Please consider volunteering at ACTS from 3-5 pm on any days, Tuesday-Saturday. To get started, call Carol at (231) 267-3002.

Acme Christian Thrift Store
8925 M-72 East
Williamsburg, MI 49690
Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
305 U.S. 31 * Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 264-8202 * www.elkrapidschamber.org