Minutes of Last Meeting – Mar 13

Bring it Cheboygan!
     Thanks to Dave Johnson for hosting the March meeting—and to the helpers who brought chairs—and Alishia Sanford for the delicious snacks from Brick Oven Bakery!
     Committee Updates
TRAILS—Bobie noted that funding for two bike stations has been donated to the city. They are to be at Festival Square and the Trailhead. The info has been given to Tom Eustice regarding what to purchase.  The Nordic event at Black Mountain the first weekend in March hosted 80 skiers from Michigan, Canada and outstate. Several Bring it! volunteers helped during the event. We would like to be more involved in the planning and publicity of the event next year as there are opportunities to bring skiers to downtown Cheboygan. Packages could be arranged to offer hotel, meals, entertainment, etc. to skiers.
WINDOWS—Christmas displays have changed over to historical photos and other content. There are several broken windows in storefronts, however, that are hazardous and should be replaced. Alishia will check with property owners and/or realtors to determine how  and when they can be replaced.
Other suggestions for windows include: Mullett Twp. Centennial this year, spotlighting historic centennial farms, checking on use of Vistaprint decals.
FARMERS—Lowell Beethem reported that the Farmers Market has joined the Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce.  Eileen Burr announced an upcoming Cottage Food Class that she is leading with MSU Extension Services. The class is instrumental in teaching what is required for those preparing food for sale to the public. The 2-hour class is $20, at North Central College  (Cheboygan Campus, 504 Division St.) on May 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The flyer is attached. For more info, call Eileen at (231) 627-5955 or email her at bure9@yahoo.com.
COMMUNICATION—Beth Bridgman has set up a Bring it! website—but needs additional content to keep it viable. Dominique Pack and Travis Neuman volunteered to be on the Communications Committee with Beth. Both Dominique and Travis have also had success in promotion through Facebook.  
     Chamber of Commerce. Scott Herceg noted that Bring it Cheboygan! has been nominated for Organization of the Year. While Chelsea’s Closet was the winner announced at the Cheboygan Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, it was an honor to be considered.  The next Business Expo will be held at the Ice Pavillion on Thursday, May 4. Prospective exhibitors should contact the Chamber for booth space. 
     DDA. Kirsten Guenther announced that the Michigan Main Street program does not allow unlimited attendance as we believed previously. The first session will be Thursday, April 13, which I will be attending. Others include City officials and business owners. Kirsten said that those interested in attending future sessions should contact her.  Sessions will be: April 13, May 8, July 18, August 17.
     Announcements. East Side Alive planning meeting was scheduled for later that evening to discuss ways to promote businesses east of Main Street. A group from Bring it! attended to hear business concerns.  A Fundraiser for Jolie Hile will be held at Eagles on Sat. April 1, 6:00-10:00 p.m. Hile is 
 undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer. Entry by donation. Music, raffle and more. Robert Patino, owner of Mother Nature’s Remedies announced a weight loss program at the store. He has lost more than 25 lbs. to date. To learn more, call him at (231) 597-0062. 
     NEXT MEETING  Monday, April 3, 9:00 a.m. at the new Mix & Mingle Bakery (formerly Purple Tree Coffee).   If you have a new topic to be included on the agenda, let me know please. 
THANKS TO ALL THE PEEPS who keep our Store Windows looking good!

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