Hillman Area Chamber of Commerce

14797 State Street South - Suite 2
Hillman, MI 49746
(989) 742-3739
(989) 742-2605

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Welcome to Hillman Area Chamber of Commerce

Hillman is a community in northern Michigan that is perfectly poised for economic development, and they are looking for a few good businesses to share this opportunity with. Few places offer such big city amenities in such a beautiful rural setting. This small town already boasts excellent, affordable city water, sewer lines, and an excellent road system.

Surrounded by an abundance of natural and cultural resources, residents can find affordable land, innumerable lakes and rivers, top-notch golf, and a wide variety of higher education facilities within their reach. Businesses are attracted to the abundant and willing workforce, affordable living, and close proximity to commercial airports.

For community-minded business owners looking for the right setting to grow and prosper their business, Hillman is an economic opportunity just waiting to happen.


Upcoming Events:

June 22 – Skeeter the Advance Clown – 1 PM to 3:30 PM - IN HILLMAN  
                     Hillman Library - 1:00 - 2:00
                     Medi Lodge - 2:00 - 3:00
                     Radio Interview - 3:00 - 3:30

Mill River Days:
July 2 - 10 am - 3 pm Craft show at the Brush Creek Mill
July 2 - 12:00 pm - Bridge Walk
July 2 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Indoor Singer Butch Runyon at the Brush Creek Mill
                                       Facebook - YouTube
 July 3 - 9 AM - Car Show - Dowtown Hillman
July 3 – 2 PM and 4:30 PM - Circus –  Hillman Elementary football field
July 3 - Fireworks at dusk at Emrick Park

July 19 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office)


What's New?

VIDEO of the 2016 Blessing of the Bikes & ATV's (added 6-24)
Jacques Family Restaurant - New Counter (added 5-31)
Blessing of the Bikes & ATV's - May 21, 2016 (added 5-31)
May 19th - Highway Cleanup (added 5-31)
PHOTOS - Blessing of the Bikes & ATV's (May 21, 2016) (added 5-25)
Skeeter the Advance Clown - June 22 (added 5-17)
Blessing of the Bikes Flier (added 3-31)
Business After Hours - June 7 (added 3-15)
Business After Hours - March 8 (updated 3-18)
Hillman Radio Station (added 1-27)
Buck Pole Results (added 11-19)
State Representative Triston Cole (added 11-19)
Crosswalk News (updated 11-6)
Chamber Banquet Turnout- October 21 (added 10-28)
Buck Pole (added 10-28)
Lumber Grading Class Turnout (added 10-5)
Brochures Available 
50 Years Plaque Presented to Hillman Hardware and Sorensen's Grass Lake Resort 

July Newsletter 
     June Newsletter 
     May Newsletter 

     April Newsletter 
     March Newsletter 

    February Newsletter 
    January Newsletter 
    December Newsletter 
    November Newsletter 
     October Newsletter 
     September Newsletter 
     August Newsletter 
     July Newsletter 

NEW photos!
    PHOTOS - Blessing of the Bikes & ATV's (May 21, 2016) (added 5-25)
    Chamber Banquet - October 21 (added 10-28)
    Business After Hours - Sorensens Grass Lake Resort - September 8, 2015 
    V-J Day Parade - August 8, 2015 
    Mill River Days - July 4, 2015 


New Members

Congratulations to our Newest members!

Kruzel Insurance
Well-Connect (Geothermal Heating & Cooling) 
• Bucks & Does Beauty Salon
• Hillman Real Estate
Crystal Flash 
Forces for Kids / Moral Purpose Media 
• Zimmer's Corner Cafe


VIDEO - Blessing of the Bikes & ATV's - May 21, 2016

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE - https://vimeo.com/168098182

Thanks to David LaClair from Sunrise Cable Network to filming the event.

Sunrise Cable Network
Onaway, MI
(989) 306-0089


Circus - July 3

Hillman will be having a circus on July 3rd at the Hillman Elementary football field.

Times will be 2:00 pm and also at 4:30 pm.

Advance ticket prices are $10 for an adult and $7 for a child or senior.

At the door prices are $13 per adult and $8 per child or senior.

No charge for children under 2 years.

We hope everyone will come and bring their kids and family.


Business After Hours – Sept 13, 2016

Hillman Real Estate will be hosting the next Business after hours on Sept 13th. We hope everyone will be able to attend, and thank you to Hillman Real Estate for hosting the event.

Hillman Real Estate
331 N. State Street


Jacques Family Restaurant - New Counter

Have you stopped by Jacques Family Restaurant to see the new counters?

Jacques Family Restaurant
14962 State St.
Hillman, MI 49746
Phone: 989-742-4813



 - - - PAST EVENTS - - -



Skeeter the Advance Clown

Skeeter the Advance Clown is scheduled to be in Hillman on Wednesday June 22 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Her schedule is below.

      Hillman Library - 1:00 - 2:00

      Medi Lodge - 2:00 - 3:00

      Radio Interview - 3:00 - 3:30

Skeeter’s 20 minute assembly program is entertaining, but educational as well. She “teaches” the students in a fun way. Skeeter incorporates History, Math, Spanish, American Sign Language, Listening, Following directions and Cooperation. She will ask for a few volunteers to help her on stage, and she will also do a little slight-of-hand magic.


Blessing of the Bikes & ATV's - May 21, 2016

The 22nd annual Blessing of the bikes & ATV’s event was a success with over 400 bikes stopping in Hillman to be blessed.

We would like to thank the sponsors and those who donated gifts for the event. We would also like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to make the event a success.


May 19th - Highway Cleanup

Mark and Lorraine from the Hillman Area Chamber of Commerce picked up trash on the side of the highway May 19th in preparation for the Blessing of the Bikes & ATV’s event.


March 8th - Business After Hours

The March 8th after Hours was sponsored by VitalCare – Hospice of the Sunrise Shore.

It was an interesting evening with discussion about Hospice, the numerous services that are available through Hospice of the Sunrise Shore and VitalCare and the various good things they are doing. They have a vision for a future hospice home in Alpena or Montmorency county to join VitalCare’s already existing Hospice Houses in Petoskey & Cheboygan. Anyone interested in sponsoring them or assisting to fulfill their vision, please contact 989 742-2605.

Barbara Rigg who is a Hospice Nurse Liaison and spoke at the event.
Bob Coen, the Spiritual Care and Marketing Team Member.


Hillman Radio Station

The Hillman Radio Station is now broadcasting on 103.5 FM

Website: http://hillmancommunityradio.org 

[ Facebook Page ]


Buck Pole Results

Hillman Area Chamber of Commerce 2015 Buck Pole Results

Largest Rack – (12 point) – James Sobek – Shot in Hawks
Largest Rack under 16 – (10 point) – Chase Stewart (15) – Shot in Hillman
2nd Largest Rack – (9 point) – Dale R. Johnson – Shot in Hillman
Heaviest Buck – (10 point) – Nichole Ruthko – Shot in Hillman
2nd Heaviest – (9 point) – Flynt Schulze – Shot in Rust Township
Largest Antlers by a Lady – (9 point) – Lauren Taurianen – Shot in Hillman Township
1st Hung – (8 point) – Ken Lounsbery – Shot in Hillman Township

$399 - 243 Gun Package for Kids – Donated by Onsight Outdoors
$399 - Mossber Patriot w/Scope – Donated by A-1 Woods & Water
$535 - Head Mount – Donated by Advanced Wild Life Designs
$65 - Skin, Cut, Vacuum Pack, Freeze – Donated by Bailer’s Sausage
$65 Gift Package – Donated by Northern Styles
$50 Gift Certificate – Donated by A-1 Party Store
$40 Gift Certificate – Donated by Hillman Hardware
(4) $20 Gift Certificates – Donated by Chauncey’s, Charley O’s, Zimmer’s Café & Subway in Carter’s Acres

Thank you for taking care of the Buck Pole:
• Sam Higdon
• Rick Schalkofski
• Dave Rader

We also want to thank the following:
• Those who scored the racks at the Buck Pole
• The sponsors who provided the advertising
• Any Chamber member that participated in any way to the buck pole
• Anyone else who supported the Hillman Chamber buck pole.


State Representative Triston Cole

On Saturday Nov 4, State Representative Triston Cole was at Patchwood Plaza from 3:30-4:30 PM  to make himself available to meet with the public and answer any question anyone may have had.


Crosswalk News

Winter is upon us, please keep a close eye out for children using the crosswalk.  Talk with your children, grandchildren, and other family members and tell them to cross at the crosswalk, even when the crossing guard is not in season as drivers are more aware of children at the crosswalk.

Reminder: Children will be using the crosswalk
7:30 am. - 8:00 am.
and 3:15 pm. - 3:45 pm.  Monday - Friday.

Thank you and have a safe day.
Hillman School Crossing Guard - Crystal Hermann


December 8th 2015 - Business After Hours

The A-1 Party Store sponsored the December 8th Business After Hours.

It was held  at the New Radio station (1201 West 2nd Hillman)

We are also looking for a sponsor for the March 2016 Business After Hours. Contact the chamber office if you are interested.



Buck Pole Donation Tickets
The buck poke is selling donation tickets for $1 or more to help with the operating costs of the pole. You can purchase a ticket and show your support for the buck pole at the following locations:

A-1 Woods & Water
A-1 Party Store
Avalon Bar
Chauncys Pub
Hi-Way Inn / Tumbleweed Saloon
Hillman Hardware
Patchwood Plaza

There is also going to be a donation bucket at the buck pole to raise money to build a new buck pole.

[ Click Photo below for a larger View ]


Chamber Banquet Turnout - October 21, 2015

We has a good turnout at the annual Chamber banquet with approximately 80 people attending. We had a 1/3 front page article in the Alpena newspaper and also an article in the Montmorency County Tribune.

We would like to thank A-1 Party Store, the VFW, Patchwood Plaza, Zimmer's Corner Cafe, all the businesses who donated the prizes, and all the board members for their donation to the event.

The banquet was catered by Lisa Zimmer from Zimmer's Corner Cafe

You can see more photos of the event [ HERE ]

(Thanks to the Montmorency County Tribune for the above photo)

Below is a photo from the 1989 Chamber Banquet


Lumber Grading Class

We has a successful grading class September 21-25, 2015 at Patchwood Plaza and now 15 more people are qualified and have a certificate to do wood grading. A fine lunch was presented by Zimmers Corner Café.

Click [HERE] to see the Flyer



Chamber Meeting

The last chamber meeting was held on June 21st at the chamber office
(Patchwood Plaza 14797 State Street Hillman, MI).  

The next meeting is scheduled for July 19th at 9 AM.


Featured Business

We plan to feature a business in the next newsletter. Please let us know if you would like to be considered for the featured business.










For your information: Have you ever had visitors to our area ask about local attractions? We have so many interesting places to visit, and things to do, such as visiting the sinkholes, the local trails looking for Elk, finding the lighthouse, or, the Maritime Heritage Center.

Your Hillman Chamber is here to help. We have a variety of brochures, information sheets, and maps. Please, either direct your customers to the Chamber office, or call our offices (742-3739) to help them and yourselves.

Remember: Our office location: Located in the Patchwood Plaza on Sate Street South. Hours: Tues thru Thursday. 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.


My Town Hillman

On July 15th, Hits FM held their morning show at Jacques Family Restaurant.

“My Town” is a weekly series aired throughout the summer and will feature a different town each week. The week of July 13th we will spend the week talking about Hillman! We will highlight historical aspects, special events, organizations and businesses. We will interview knowledgeable historians, the Mayor, the Chamber of Commerce and help promote “Where to Go and What to Do” while in town!

HITS FM (94.9 FM & 103.3 FM)
WKJC FM (104.7 FM)
WIOS AM (1480 AM)


Chamber Newsletter - July 2016

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Chamber Newsletter - June 2016

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Chamber Newsletter - May 2016

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Chamber Newsletter - April 2016

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Chamber Newsletter - March 2016

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Chamber Newsletter - February 2016

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Chamber Newsletter - January 2016

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Chamber Newsletter - December 2015

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Chamber Newsletter - November 2015

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Chamber Newsletter - October 2015

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Chamber Newsletter - September 2015

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Chamber Newsletter - August 2015

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Chamber Newsletter - July 2015

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Chamber Newsletter - June 2015

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Sprucing up Hillman

June 26, 2015

Jan and Daniel working to spruce up the flower bed.


Hillman Tigers

We would like to congratulate the Hillman Tigers Girls Softball League for a good run at the playoffs.

The Hillman Area Chamber of Commerce is very proud of you in your run in the playoffs.

We would also like to congratulate the boys 2015 District Champions.

















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