100 Main Street | P.O. Box 137
East Jordan, MI 49727
Ph: 231-536-7351 | Email: info@ejchamber.org



“Mingle and Jingle” set for Saturday, November 27th

East Jordan’s newest event “Mingle & Jingle” is ready to celebrate the upcoming holidays on Saturday, November 27th! Starting at 4:00 PM everyone is invited to help Mayor Mark Penzien and Citizen of the Year Luanne Reed light the community tree located on the corner of Spring and Hammond Streets. Following the tree lighting get ready to participate in East Jordan’s largest Christmas Caroling event around the lit tree with Mark and Luanne leading the songs. After the caroling head to The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix, located at 204 Water Street to the First Ever “Jubilee of Trees for 501-C3’s”, Twenty-five decorated trees have been donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals for this unique silent auction. Winning bidders will select the local 501-C3 from a list to make their donations to. Over 25 local 501-C3’s have signed on to be in the donor list.

The Jordan Valley Community Band will perform a musical program from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM and there will be light refreshments available. The East Jordan Co-Op Nursery’s popular Holiday Bake Sale is taking place from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM at The Boathouse.

After viewing and bidding on the trees, pick up your shopping passport card, be sure to get it punched and then get ready to shop, dine and celebrate our local businesses that evening and throughout the season! A huge community business basket will be given away to a lucky winner. To be eligible to win, passport cards must be turned in to the Chamber Office by December 3rd. drawing will be on December 6th. You must make five purchases and get your passport punched by the business at time of purchase. Participating businesses throughout East Jordan will have spectacular sales, promotions and refreshments that evening. To see the list of “Mingle and Jingle” businesses – visit the Chamber website at www.ejchamber.org. Also that evening the Jordan River Arts Council will be open at 301 Main Street with their Gift Shop and Holiday Gift Market and will be giving a free ornament to children that evening. After 8:00 PM the Holiday Cheer Jingle Trail will be taking place at downtown participating restaurants and wine bar. See Chamber website for complete details.

“Mingle and Jingle” is being bought to the community to kick off the upcoming holiday season and to showcase all of the fabulous products and services the East Jordan businesses offer. No supply chain shortage, great selection and excellent customer service is available. Support the businesses, organizations and professionals who support your activities, special events and lifestyle throughout the year! Remember…every $100.00 spent locally instead of on-line shopping, $68.00 of it stays locally!

For more information, contact the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-536-7351, e-mail info@ejchamber.org or on our website at ejchamber.org

State of the Community 2021


Please contact the Chamber Office by October 21 to reserve your spot and lunch selection (see below).

$20 for Chamber Members        $25 for Not-Yet-Members

Cash, Check or Credit Card Accepted

231-536-7351 or info@ejchamber.org


All sandwich’s include chips, pasta salad, pickle, cookie & water

Shaved Roast Beef

Sliced cheddar cheese

Horsey sauce

Crisp lettuce

On a onion bun


Chicken Salad

On a pretzel bun


Slices Roasted turkey

Sliced Swiss cheese

Crisp lettuce

Sliced tomato


On a brioche bun


Caesar Salad

Breezeway Fall Color Cruises – 2021

3 Cruise Dates: Saturday, September 25, October 2 & 9

Take a beautiful fall color ride on the 26 miles of C-48 The Breezeway. Start you day at Royal Farms in Atwood and pick up your “goodie bag”, from 10:00 AM – Noon, filled with trip tips, coupons, color tour map and many other surprises. Travel at your own pace stopping along the way at the many farm markets, festivals, corn mazes, restaurants, shops, and much more.

Jordan Valley Color Tour Map

Joining Jordan Ribbon Cutting

Congratulations to the East Jordan Downtown Development Authority and the City of East Jordan on the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Joining Jordan project.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrKQjPoriTs

Traverse Magazine – The Breezeway

A wonderful article about The Breezeway ran in Traverse Magazine.

Check it out here: Article


Ellsworth Community Housing Survey


The newly formed Ellsworth Community Housing Solutions Committee is conducting a housing survey to help assess the housing needs for single adults, families and seniors living or wishing to live in Ellsworth. You are invited to participate in this anonymous survey containing 13 questions and an opportunity to share your opinions on housing, your current or future housing needs. Members of the Ellsworth Community Housing Solutions Committee organized by the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce include: Hugh Campbell – Village of Ellsworth President, Alex Busman – Banks Township Supervisor, Lynn Spearing – Village of Ellsworth Council Member, Jane MacKenzie – Executive Director Northern Homes Community Development, Mary Peterson – Village of Ellsworth Downtown Development Authority Board Member and Mary H. Faculak – President/CEO East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce.

Surveys are due back by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The committee will begin to review the results at their April 21st meeting.

For more information contact Mary at the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce Office, 231-536-7351 or info@ejchamber.org

Click here to take the survey: https://forms.gle/iwhTLFEyW95QapFi8

Call to Artists – Jordan Art Walk

Jordan Art Walk- Call to Artists

Project Summary: Jordan Art Walk
You are invited to submit a sculpture for placement in a new sculpture walk exhibit in East Jordan Michigan. Our goal is to integrate works of art into our city’s natural environment that will engage and resonate with our citizens and visitors. This is a collaborative project of the City of East Jordan, the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of the Jordan and the Jordan River Arts Council
Project Description and Theme:
The exhibit theme is our relationship to our abundant natural resource of water. This may include but is not limited to water activities, cycles, quality, wildlife, cultural concepts.
Sculptures will be located along a route connecting the east and west sides of East Jordan. An attractive new municipal project, “Joining Jordan” now being completed joins the two parts of the city where the Jordan River empties into Lake Charlevoix. This project has added access to pedestrian, bicycle and motorized vehicle traffic. Sculptures will be placed on city property along this pathway and into the downtown area. We feel the two projects will only serve to complement each other.
Budget Description:
The sculptures will be in place for 3 years and will be for sale by the artist with a 20% commission to the committee. If sold, the work of art will remain in place until the end of the exhibit (or be replaced with another sculpture by the artist with approval of the committee) There is a stipend of $500 for the artists selected for the exhibit. Concrete pads will be provided to fit the works of art. Security and liability will be under the auspices of the city. Artists will be responsible for transporting, installing and de-installing the art work.
Please submit up to 3 entries digitally by March 31st to the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce for jurying (info@ejchamber.org). Multiple views of each sculpture may be submitted. Artists will be notified of acceptance by April 15th and installations will take place by June 1st.
A jurying committee of local artists and citizens will make selections based on the following criteria:
(1). Artistic merit of the original work.
(2). Art work must be of a safe design, construction, and have the ability to be safely secured.
(3). Art work must be durable for outside display year- round.
(4). Art must be compatible with the unique setting of the East Jordan environs.
(5) A completed Information sheet shall accompany photographs of each piece submitted (please see attached).

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Support Our Local Businesses

Please, please, please support our local businesses!! We all need to support each other through these times! These upcoming weeks will be challenging for our businesses. Remember… all those local businesses who have supported your ball teams, events… PLEASE support them NOW so they are able to keep their doors open. The Chamber is gathering menus of our member restaurants who will be having carry out and/or delivery services. As we get them they will be posted on this home page under “Don’t Miss”. Please patronize these wonderful business

Support Our Local Restaurants

Please, please, please support our local businesses!! We all need to support each other through these times! These upcoming weeks will be challenging for our businesses. Remember… all those local businesses who have supported your ball teams, events… PLEASE support them NOW so they are able to keep their doors open. The Chamber is gathering menus of our member restaurants who will be having carry out and/or delivery services. As we get them they will be posted on this home page under “Don’t Miss”. Please patronize these wonderful businesses.


East Jordan – Downtown Development Authority

March 19, 2020


Small Businesses – What’s available and how you can utilize these resources!

During these challenging times, it is important for small business owners to know what resources are available to them and their employees. The leadership within the City of East Jordan, the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority, and the East Jordan Public Schools are eager to keep our community up-to-date on what the state of the community is and how we are all impacted by the recent events with COVID-19. As business owners, it is best to inform ourselves of the status of the pandemic and what assistance is or is not available at this time. This information has been compiled in an effort to organize the updates that are specifically pertinent to businesses in our town.


March 17 – “Governor Gretchen Whitmer today formally requested the U.S. Small Business Administration to issue an Economic Injury Disaster declaration for the state.” By formalizing this request, this ensures as much funding as possible will become available to assist small businesses across the State of Michigan.

March 18 – Governor Whitmer submitted a request for all regions in the entire State of Michigan to be eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

March 19 – The Governor’s request was approved.


The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a sector of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBDC is a great resource to utilize for business counseling in general, but specifically at these stressful times. Any business owner can sign up for their services and an administrative staff member will forward the inquiry to the appropriate advisor based on the industry you are in. You will not only receive their counseling at NO COST but will automatically be signed up for updates from them and the SBA.

Legislation has been passed awarding $1B to the SBA for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (aka. Disaster Loans or Small Business Disaster Loans) for temporary loss of revenue to small businesses. To be eligible, each governor must submit a request for the various regions within their state. On March 18, Governor Whitmer submitted a request for the entire State of Michigan. With the approval of this request on March 19, Michigan small businesses may now apply for a loan.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is offering $10M in grants (<50 employees) and loans (<100 employees). Additional information is included in the link below.


On Monday, March 17, the Department of Treasury announced they will postpone Sales, Use, and Withholding tax payments due on March 20 until April 20. This will allow an additional month for businesses to organize their funds prior to paying these taxes. Before relying on this waiver, ensure your payment schedule is eligible by reading the information in the link included.


As some businesses are able to keep their employees, many may have to make difficult decisions at this time pertaining to their staff. Unemployment benefits have been expanded to employees that fall into certain categories that may otherwise not be eligible for these benefits.

Because of the numerous pieces of legislation that have been proposed, there are many options for employers who cannot afford to keep all of their staff – however not all the details are known at this time. The MEDC has offered a breakdown of the different options to assist employers in making the right decisions for themselves and their employees.


The SBDC is offering free webinars for business topics related to COVID-19. There is a library of webinars available, as well as live webinars that you can sign up for. This link also offers answers to questions they have received from small businesses that may be helpful in your quest for additional information.


For information specific to business operations, community assistance, closures, etc. sign up for the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce newsletter.

For information on East Jordan Public Schools, dates of school closure, and meals provided by EJ Café, visit their website or follow their Facebook page.

For COVID-19 information, visit the Center of Disease Control. For COVID-19 information specific to the State of Michigan, a separate website is available.

Thank you for doing your part to help our community during these challenging times. This is the time to band together, support one another, and do the best we can to stay strong for each other!
We will get through this.

For questions, please e-mail Taylor Malpass, DDA Coordinator, at taylor@northernlakes.net.

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