Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
November 30, 2020

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Elk Rapids * Torch River * Williamsburg
Ribbon Cutting at
Word Love Goods
141 River Street
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
From left to right: Maryl Kohl, Barb Mullaly, Alissa Winers (owner), Doug VanCura, Linda Park, Vickie Heidt, and front row..."Molly" the dog!
The Chamber Launches
“Operation Winter Warmth”
In a year of tremendous challenge, many families are feeling more of an economic pinch than usual. Good Samaritan Family Services, an Antrim County non-profit, is attempting to meet those needs by providing families with food, clothing, and emergency services. Bec Johnson, Resale and Pantry Director, says this year’s most urgent needs are snowpants and snowboots for children. In response, “Operation Winter Warmth” has been launched by the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will be accepting cash, check, and credit card donations to help purchase 100 pairs of snowpants in varying sizes for boys and girls, as well as snowboots. Sam’s Club in Traverse City will be the retail provider and has also generously donated $1000 to the project.

“Good Samaritan does tremendous work for Antrim County families, and we are proud to support their efforts,” said Tom Shelder, Chamber board president. “We’re confident our great community will step up and help us meet this goal of 100 snowpants and snowboots.”

To contribute:
·        call the Chamber at 231.264. 8202
·        mail a check to P.O. Box 854, Elk Rapids, MI 49629
·        email info@elkrapidschamber.org
When you order online from a local business....you can pick it up curbside today.
Same day service!
It doesn't get much better than that!
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.

Public Meetings
About Your Community

Thursday, Dec. 3 Antrim County Board of Commissioners Meeting
9:00 a.m. via Zoom Click for Agenda
Thursday, Dec. 3 ER Parks & Recreation Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 7 ER School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 7 ER Village Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Support Small Business

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has launched its #SupportLocalMI campaign to help raise awareness of the impact we can make when we choose to support the Michigan small business community. According to the Michigan Retailers Association, if only one in 10 out-of-state purchases were switched to local stores, Michigan would gain $1.2 billion in increased economic activity, creating 10,600 new jobs........Read more

Thursday: December 3, 2020, 2:00pm EST
Every company ever created started as an idea that inspired other people to join and believe in the cause and over time businesses forget and lose that passion. Read more

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.  
Upcoming SBA and Partner Trainings
Tue 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Topic: Google Workshop
 Online Facilitated by West Michigan Regional Center at GVSU
Wed, Dec. 2
Wed 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Topic: Financial and Accounting
 Online Facilitated by MI-SBDC Northwest Regional Center
Wed. Dec 2
Wed 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Topic: Starting a Business
 Online Facilitated by FLINT
Thurs. Dec. 3
Thu 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM Topic: Financial and Accounting
Thurs. Dec. 3
Thu 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Topic: eCommerce
 Online Facilitated by West Michigan Regional Center at GVSU
Friday, Dec. 4
Fri 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Topic: Government Contracting
 Online Facilitated by FLINT
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, December 1 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, December 3 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.
Preparing to Speak
to a Lender
Team SBA Roundtable Webinar December 2
NORTHWEST LOWER, MI – Before you apply for a business loan, first attend a free financing roundtable. Our Preparing to Speak to a Lender - Team SBA Financing Roundtable webinar will debunk the myths and demystify the process of small business financing. The webinar will be
held Wednesday, December 2 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.
The "team" consists of two lenders, an SBA representative, an SBDC business consultant, and business owners like you. You will get firsthand information on what credit criteria your lenders are looking for. The team will answer all your financing questions and give you advice on what steps to take to achieve your goal of starting or expanding a business using bank financing options. We will explain how the SBA loan guarantee can work for you. The roundtables are best suited for those who have good credit, a solid business idea or existing business, and some money to invest in the business.
Webinar speakers include: Cathy Gase, Lead Economic Development Specialist, Michigan District Office, SBA; Kristen Miller, Vice President, SBA Product Specialist-Sr, Huntington National Bank; Chris Wendel, Business Coach, Northern Initiatives; and Annie Olds, Northwest MI-SBDC Regional Director, Networks Northwest. 
There is no charge to attend the training, but pre-registration is required at SBDCMichigan.org/training to join the webinar. For more information, contact the SBDC at sbdc@networksnorthwest.org or 231-929-5060.
The webinar is being facilitated by MI-SBDC Northwest Regional Center in partnership with the SBA, Huntington Bank, Northern Initiatives, and Networks Northwest.
Networks Northwest
PO Box 506
Traverse City, MI 49685-0506
(231) 929-5000
Networks Northwest Receives National Award
for Housing Study

Networks Northwest has received a 2020 Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for a Target Market Analysis showing the demand for housing in northwest Michigan.........

Holiday Window Night Award

  Scheduled for the week of December 7, 2020
Sponsored by Elk Rapids Women  

Dear Elk Rapids business owners,
Are you ready to show your holiday spirit? Mark your calendars and get your seasonal decorations out for the annual Window Night Award, sponsored by Elk Rapids Women.
This tradition started in the 1950s when the local Business and Professional Women’s group wanted to encourage the community to decorate for Santa’s arrival. Though our group’s name has changed, the tradition has not! Each year our committee of anonymous judges visits local businesses to pick the best holiday display. Judging is based on:
Christmas Appeal 30%
Originality 25%
Work and Effort 15%
Visual Appeal 15%
Neatness 15%

All decorated business windows/displays in the Elk Rapids area will be judged. If you think you might be missed due to your out-of-the-way location, just send us your address and directions, and we’ll make sure you are on the judges’ list. 
Judging will commence after dark during the week of December 7, so remember to spotlight your decorations and keep the lights on! The committee will announce the winner on Thursday, December 10. Winners will be notified and their names will be posted in the Elk Rapids News, as well as on the Elk Rapids Women’s Facebook page.
If you have questions, contact us at elkrapidswomen@gmail.com.
remember to Keep those lights on!
During this time it would be so cool to "Light up the Town" with Christmas lights and decorations! Something everyone can enjoy.
Shop, Eat & Stay Local
Eat. Drink. Support!

Tired of your own cooking?
Why not "lively up your day" with some take-out...and help keep your local restaurants thriving!

Restaurants offering take-out
Note: Hours could change, best to call ahead
American House Wood Fired Pizza
(formerly Siren Hall) Opening 12/8
📞 (231) 264-6062
 Tues-Sat 4-8pm
🚗 Curbside * take-out

Blue Pelican
📞 (231) 544-2583
Thurs-Sat 5-8pm
🚗 curbside pickup only

Cellar 152 Pub & Provisions
📞 (231) 264-9000
 Wed-Sat 12-7pm
🚗 curbside * take-out
Click to: Order On Line
   deli counter & retail open
Cocktails to Go!

Chang Express
📞 (231) 264-9140
⏱ Mon-Fri 11am-8pm Sat 3-8pm
🚗 take-out * curbside
     party tray delivery

Cone Corral & Pizzeria
📞 (231) 264-6880
⏱ Mon, Wed-Sat 4-9pm
🚗 takeout * curbside

Ethanology Distillation
📞 (231) 498-2800
🌐 to order online:
🚗 patio pick-up

Flour Pot Bakery
📞 (231) 264-9732
⏱ Thur-Fri 6am-2pm, Sat 7am-1pm
🚗 curbside * walk up window
      call ahead for special orders

Grand Traverse Resort/Aerie Restaurant
📞 (231) 631-2818
 Make your holidays holly jolly with Christmas Dinner to go from Aerie Restaurant and Lounge!
Available on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this festive feast is just $185 and it feeds four people.
Get yours today and save 15% with code SAVE15! http://ow.ly/dJGF50Cv8uZ

Mico's Torch Riveria
📞 (231) 322-4100/322-3104
⏱ Everyday 11:30 - 9 pm
🚗 takeout * curbside
Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen
📞 (231) 264-0530
⏱ Everyday 11am-8pm
🚗  Curbside * online ordering

Pelican's Nest
📞 (231) 533-9000
⏱ Everyday 4-8pm
🚗  curbside only
     full menu & specials available

Reflect Bistro (inside Cambria Hotel)
📞 (231) 264-0377
⏱ Everyday 7am-9pm
🚗  take-out * curbside

Short's Brew Pub (Bellaire)
📞 (231- 498-2300 x 2
⏱ Sun-Thur 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
🚗 curbside * take-out * delivery (in-town)
      weekly/daily specials

T.J. Charlies
📞 (231) 264-8819
⏱ Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat 7am-6pm,
Fri Fish Fry 11-6pm
Sat 3-6pm ribs and chicken
Sun 7am-1pm
🚗 Take-out * delivery within village limits
Town Club
📞 (231) 264-9914
⏱ Thurs-Fri-Sat 12-8pm
🚗  take-out
Townline Ciderworks
📞 (231) 883-5330
⏱ Thurs-Sun 3:00-6:00 pm
🚗 takeout
Waterfire Vineyards
📞 (231) 498-2753
⏱ Fri-Sun 12:00-6:00 pm
🚗 outdoor service * curbside pickup
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.
Free Ideal Protein
Weight Loss Seminar
Call for Meeting Options

Tuesday December 8, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.
Come learn about the doctor supervised Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program proven to promote fat loss, naturally suppresses appetite, and provides nutrition education and support to maintain weight loss. Sample foods available on the program.
Admission is free, but please RSVP, call 231-264-0700.
Presented by Dr. Ann Kuenker
Elk Rapids Skin & Laser Clinic * 516 Bridge Street * Elk Rapids
(Mon. Dec. 7 in Traverse City, Thurs. Dec. 10 in Petoskey)
The Music House Museum is holding a Virtual Silent Auction starting November 20 and ending December 4 to help support our operational and technology needs for the rest of the year and through our off-season. The Music House Museum is continually indebted to our donors’ generosity. Please help by “virtually attending here: http://charityauction.bid/musichouse
Virtual Events at Castle Farms
Virtual Winter Wonderland
Buy Tickets before Tuesday 12/1 at 11:59 p.m.
Enjoy a festive afternoon from home!
Tickets are $5 per child. Includes a craft, a letter to fill out for Santa, a snack, cocoa, and a link to a pre-recorded video of Mrs. Claus reading a couple of stories!
For more information and buy tickets: CLICK HERE
Virtual Santa's Workshop
Buy Tickets before Tuesday 12/1 at 11:59 p.m.
Partake in a fun holiday experience from the comfort of your home!
Tickets are $15 per child. Includes an activity kit and a private link to a pre-recorded video of Santa giving instructions on your craft along with a message of holiday cheer. The activity kit contains a keepsake craft, a snack, cocoa, and a gift from Santa Claus.
Activity kit pickup times can be found on our website, along with the TICKET LINK.
Friske Farm Market * 10743 N. U.S. 31 Hwy * Ellsworth * www.friske.com
If you are looking for a way to continue your yoga practice and stay safe, we are here for you. Classes are on ZOOM every weekday morning. erbodywise.com

Are you looking for the ZOOM codes? We hope to connect with you. Please email us: info@erbodywise.com or text or call: 231-264-6688. 
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
Don’t forget to swing by our shop today and pick up something special for you or your loved ones. This Cyber Monday shop with PROMO CODE: whitebirch10 for 10% off
Link to shop below or visit our website and click the “shop” tab today! Promo code is valid now through cyber Monday 11/30
WEEKLY UPDATE 11-28-2020

Turtles and Treehouses!

To: Friends and Family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: November 28, 2020
Re: Greetings from Raven Hill!

Hello to Everyone! Raven Hill’s Treehouse was built in 2008 in response to author, Richard Louv’s book, LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS. Louv writes of nature-deficit disorder, lamenting the time children spend inside “plugged in” and encouraging parents and teachers to help kids reconnect with the natural world around them, in an effort to encourage creative and critical thinking skills. Designed in the shape of a maple leaf, the Treehouse draws families to the woods, as they explore inside, outside and around the structure. There are voice pipes for communicating and periscopes focused on the two trailheads. Visitors can write on the slate board & enjoy the marble roll.  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.
STEM Career Investigator 
Sustaining STEM Opportunities Across our Region
(TRAVERSE CITY - Northwest Lower Michigan) Newton's Road is delighted to announce the launch of the Career Investigator for Northwest Michigan. This online platform helps students explore STEM-related careers that are in high demand in our region, as well as nationally recognized local programs that result in great-paying jobs--often before students graduate. 
Jason Slade, Director of Technical Academic Area at NMC, and his staff have been a key provider of career pathway data. He states: "The Career Investigator website built by Newton's Road has already become a critical component of our career advising. While the tool is still in development, it has already become one of my "go to" resources to highlight the exciting high-wage, high-skill STEM careers in the region. The Career Investigator isn't just for high school students, but is beneficial to parents, adults seeking retraining, high school counselors and the community in general. It highlights cutting edge careers and provides the educational pathway to get there. These pathways include everything from Career Tech Center programs to apprenticeships to certificates to 2 and 4-year degrees. As the Career Investigator grows, it will become an even bigger part of informing the community of the opportunities that exist in the region. I am very excited by this and thankful for the work of Newton's Road!".......................
Career Investigator
This is VERY COOL! https://www.nwmicareers.org/

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