Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
March 1, 2021

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Ellsworth * Elk Rapids * Kewadin * *Rapid City * Torch River * Williamsburg
Please join us for a ribbon-cutting celebrating the opening of ER Beautique.

Saturday, March 6, 2021 @ Noon

Located at: 212 River Street, Suite 111 (lower level)
This Friday and Saturday, March 5 & 6, the Downtown Elk Rapids Association is hosting a "Lord of the Rings Scavenger Hunt" inspired by the showing of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy at the Elk Rapids Cinema beginning March 5 through March 25.

First, purchase a map for $5 at any of the locations listed below. In addition, you can purchase discounted Movie Tickets for $5 each (child or adult) for any showing of The Lord of The Rings during the March event. Remember, movie tickets also make great gifts! (Please note that the scavenger hunt and discounted ticket purchase are only available this Friday and Saturday. Movie tickets purchased can be used at ANY Lord of the Rings showing in March)

Then, start your journey to the Shire, pass through the Misty Mountains, take a dip in the Brandywine River, go through Fangorn's Forest, and do not forget to explore both Gondor and Mordor in search of artifacts! Once you find at least 6 artifacts, turn your map into any participating location and you could win a $25 Gift Certificate from one of 12 Downtown stores.

During this time, the theater can seat up to 75 comfortably and provides plenty of social distance for all to relax and enjoy a movie. This beautifully restored Art Deco Theater has been updated with state-of-the-art digital projection and is located in Beautiful Downtown Elk Rapids. Please help us support this wonderful, family-friendly business in Elk Rapids by purchasing tickets for you and your family.

The $5 scavenger hunt map supports other events like this to assist local businesses as they continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Map and Artifact Locations:
Flour Pot Bakery * My Michigan Roots * Mullaly's 128 * Stuff N Such
Nifty Things * Cellar 152 * Traverse Bay Farms * Wildflower Soapworks
Town Club * Nature Connection * Word Love Goods * Bayfront Beach and Bike
2021 Save the Dates (so far)

April 22, Earth Day
Green Elk Rapids invites the community to join them in celebrating Earth Day, April 22 over several days, with the international theme of "Restore Our Earth". Join citizens, businesses, and students to create local business activity, have some fun, showcase your creativity, and create more awareness of environmental issues. Create a Trashformation; display your earth-friendly items; offer an earth-friendly entree. Details coming soon!
May 15 - Super Recycling Day 9 am - 3 pm
May 22 - Curbside Recycling, Village of Elk Rapids
May 29, 10 am - 4 pm - Arts & Craft Show
June 12 - Wooden Boat Show
June 30 - Fishing Seminar @ Harbor
July 17, 10 am - 4 pm - Arts & Craft Show
August 4 - 7 Harbor Days Festival
September 5, 10 am - 4 pm - Arts & Craft Show

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

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

Public Meetings about YOUR Community

Monday, March 1, ER School Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.
Monday, March 1 ER Village Council Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 4, Antrim County Board of Commissioners 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 4, Parks & Rec Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Village of Elk Rapids Website: www.elkrapids.org
Beginning Mon. Jan. 11, MDHHS is moving forward with the vaccination of:
  • Michiganders age 65 and older
  •  Frontline essential workers (firefighters, police, corrections workers, inspectors)
  •  Child care and PreK through high school staff
  •  Congregate care facilities (homeless shelters, juvenile justice, child care staff)
To find a vaccine and schedule an appointment, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine, and select Vaccine Locations.

You can also visit the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at http://nwhealth.org/ and pre-register for your priority group.
Call (231) 715-5557
Covid Hotline Number is: 1-888-535-6136
In case you missed it! Building on a month of strong Paycheck Protection Program results, the Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps that will further promote equitable relief for America's mom-and-pop businesses. These simple progressive steps by the Biden-Harris Administration further demonstrate the commitment to racial and gender equity, reaching low and moderate-income, rural, urban, and other underserved areas. The SBA has established a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees that end on March 9, 2021, at 5:00 pm ET. Additionally, the Agency will:
  • Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP's funding formula for these categories of applicants
  • Eliminate an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-financial fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal
  • Eliminate PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP; and
  • Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawfully residing in the U.S. by clarifying that they may use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.
These actions will help to lay the foundation for a robust and equitable recovery for small businesses across the country. Small businesses employ nearly half of the American workforce; they create 2 out of 3 net new private-sector jobs; they reinvest 68% of revenues to build and sustain communities.
Borrowers can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program by downloading the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application and working with a participating PPP lender through the SBA Lender Match tool
Friendly reminder! Those looking to apply for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant will need to be registered in the U.S. government's System for Award Management, SAM.gov. SBA has created a video tutorial that guides you through the process, and you can find it on the SVOG's website at www.sba.gov/svogrant.
Don't get caught!
We keep hearing stories of businesses being fined for not complying with various COVID-19 related regulations. Here's a reminder that many resources are available, including a FREE COVID-19 Response & Preparedness Template from SBAM.
Networks Northwest
PO Box 506
Traverse City, MI 49685-0506
(231) 929-5000
Michigan WORKS! and Talent Development
Career and Employment Fairs March 2, 3 & 4
Northwest Michigan Works! and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) will host three virtual hiring events providing job seekers the opportunity to connect one-on-one with more than 80 employers. 

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
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Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce ~ Summer Intern
Good Samaritan Family Services ~ Administrative Assistant
Hairport Salon & Spa ~ Stylist Full or Part-Time
Michigan Lake Products ~ Help Wanted

March 2, 2021, 1:00pm EST
From your website to social channels, following these online marketing tips can help new customers find you and accelerate your growth. Read more

March 4, 2021, 2:00pm EST
There are important changes to the PPP helping sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals receive more financial support. Read more

202 E. Grandview Pkwy. Traverse City
(231) 947-5075 www.traverseconnect.com
Traverse Connect, along with our community partner members in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee, bring to you this virtual event which includes speakers, panel discussions, and networking for a day of learning and listening. The Summit will offer an approach towards implementing a strong welcoming and affirming culture in the five-county region. Through this day's discussions and presentations, we will explain what this means and why it is important to area businesses and the community's economic growth.

Are you driving the ship or are you letting things play out day-to-day in your business without a clear strategy for success? We identify the main ways that a lack of action and limiting beliefs can derail your business and squander your progress.
We walk through all the ways that you can turn from passive inaction to assertive productivity in your business and watch it transform for the better through decisive action and confidence.
Through the course of this one-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to build confidence and clarity in your business that translates into motivation, purpose, and intentional action.
$55 Traverse Connect Investor * $75 Non-Investor

Grass River Natural Area
6500 Alden Hwy., Bellaire
(231) 533-8576
check online for other great events: www.grassriver.org
Thursday, March 4 @ 1:00 p.m.
NMC @ Grass River Natural Area

Discover the art of tapping maple trees by learning both traditional and modern methods. Tap into the science of maple syrup production, tree identification, equipment needs, and get instruction for small-scale DIY projects. The first class meets via Zoom and the second meets in the field at Grass River Education Center (6500 Alden Highway, Bellaire) to see the process and equipment in action (dress to be outdoors). This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate. Wear a mask to the second class. Cost is $69 through NMC Extended Education. Register through NMC at https://www.nmc.edu/.../find-a.../adult-classes/index.html
Late Winter Tracking
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, Noon to 1:00 pm

Free Zoom program
Join Emily Burke to explore the science and art of wildlife tracking. Late winter is a perfect time of year to learn or improve this skill, with snow and the mud created from melting snow providing great mediums for preserving tracks. In this program, you will discover how to identify tracks of Northern Michigan mammals to the species level, discuss gait and animal movement patterns, and learn how to glean information like an animal's direction, speed, and when it traveled through the area, all from its tracks! Go to grassriver.org to register and get the Zoom link.
We are open for the season!
Tuesday - Saturday 11-6!

Please pardon our dust as we make room for the LARGEST selection of Stand Up Paddleboards in Northern Michigan. Here is a sneak peek to move your mind into warm sunny days to come. Let us help you build a Lifestyle of Fun in 2021!

Please stop in and help us welcome Karl to the Bayfront Family! Karl has lived in Northern Michigan his entire life and is an avid lover of biking, kayaking, and anything outdoors! 

Bayfront Beach & Bike
130 River Street * Elk Rapids
(231) 498-2295

Happy March!
Wildflower Soapworks wants to share the love this month by offering
$7 off a purchase of $35+ on their website!
Check out www.wildflowersoapworks.com Use code: LUCKY7
Located at 117 River St. * Elk Rapids * (231) 264-8000
Silly Sister’s Pottery
Spring Class Announcement
Hi Everyone!  Silly Sister will begin a new round of Pottery Classes (Round 5.0) for March – April, 2021, as detailed below. As this may be a repeat round of classes for at least some of you, classes will be geared BOTH toward newbie potters, as well as continuing potters. Instruction and demos will be geared toward multiple levels of ability, so never worry about getting bored! 

Sign-up will start on Friday morning, March 5, 2021, at 9 a.m. (please not before) Send email only to: dbmoline@torchlake.com

Click HERE for class dates and times, cost, sign-up sheet, and for more detailed information.
Short's Brewing Co. Announces Double Soft Parade Release
What’s better than Short’s flagship fruit ale made with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries? The answer—Short’s flagship fruit ale with DOUBLE the raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Yes—for a limited time only at the end of March, Short’s Brewing Co is releasing Double Soft Parade. In addition to massive fruit additions, this beer will pack a punch with bright, fruit-forward deliciousness and a higher ABV. The super limited release is also limited to independent retailers in Michigan. After many mom-and-pop stores struggled through 2020, Short’s wants to thank these retailers for their support, and give consumers another reason to hit up their neighborhood beer spot......Continue Reading
ERDL - (231) 264-9979 www.elkrapidslibrary.org

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

The Backpack Program provides weekend food for kids in Elk Rapids Schools who normally eat breakfast and lunch at school, but can be home without adequate food on weekends.
Did you know that just $10 will usually buy a case of Spaghettios, or soup, or macaroni and cheese? Whatever you are able to give goes a long way towards helping growing kids feel comfortably full every day of the week.
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".

Join citizens, businesses, and students to promote community, create local business activity, have some fun, showcase your creativity, and create more awareness of environmental issues. 
A few ideas to jump-start your thinking:
-create a Trashformation (a creation made from recycled items, with an environmental message, clever or witty) 
-host a Trashformation from the high school classes or show one in your store window, in your yard, on your porch 
-display your earth-friendly store items for sale
-show practices you do for the sake of the planet 
-offer an earth-friendly entree or vegetarian item in your restaurant; share the recipe
-identify a special restored or recycled feature of your building...the floor, the tiles, beams, the history
-offer your space for an activity or exhibit
-draw an environmental cartoon for your window.

Plans include several stations on Saturday, April 24, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. with activities and exhibits relating to environment topics.
More details coming soon! Check greenelkrapids.org for updates.
Dog Sled Rides in King's Orchards
Every Tues & Wed 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Thru March 17, 2021
Enjoy this winter with a dog sled ride through the orchard hosted by Second Chance Mushers every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the winter. The course is 1/2 mile in length. The cost per sled load is $35. Sign up and find out more info at:
Restaurant Weeks @ Pearl's
Three courses for $25. Starting February 22 thru March 6th.

Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen * 617 Ames St. * Elk Rapids (231) 264-0530
ACTS * 8925 M-72 East * Williamsburg, MI 49690 * (231) 938-2990

To: Friends and Family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: February 27, 2021

We have lots of exciting events planned for this spring & summer! Below is a sample of what is coming! First, Raven Hill is hosting a Zoom session on CLIMATE CHANGE on Monday, April 5th at 7 pm. The presentation is called, “Must we, Can we, Will we change?” Robin Gleason was trained by former Vice President Al Gore and will a speaker for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, an organization whose purpose is to educate the public and inspire action on climate change. This engaging presentation is for audiences of all types, so people everywhere, including Northern Michigan, can join together in working for solutions. The presentation will last about an hour, and everyone will have the opportunity to ask questions. Sign up to attend by calling or texting Cheri at 231.675.6025. Please share this invitation with family and friends. This world belongs to all of us. Let’s all work together to take care of it.
Second, 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. The indoor facilities of Raven Hill will be reconfigured to showcase exciting new “eyes-only” exhibits of shells, skulls, rocks, and other intriguing artifacts. “Mother of Pearl Treasures” featuring pearl buttons is one new display waiting for visitors to experience. Raven Hill’s Animal Room, is also “eyes-only” for now. Still, the Center will remain a place to immerse yourself in a world of discovery. Don’t forget to mask up and plan to spend the day exploring inside and out. To further enhance open-air learning, the Center is currently fundraising to install the CONNECTIONS TRAIL this spring. This half-mile walkway will parallel the existing Taxi Trail and feature 40 learning stations.. Continue Reading
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.