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Hillman Area Chamber of Commerce

14797 State Street South - Suite 2
P.O. Box 506
Hillman, MI 49746
(989) 742-3739
(989) 742-2605

Upcoming Chamber Events:

June 19 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office,
                        Patchwood Plaza)

June 29 - Circus - Hillman Elementary School - 5:00 & 7:30 - Tickets available at the chamber office.

July 17 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office,
                        Patchwood Plaza)


Upcoming Local Events:

For a full list of events for the year see out Calendar.


May 19, 2018 - Blessing of the Bikes




Chamber Meeting

HIllman chamber meeting

Photo taken from the November 8th 2016 meeting.

Pictured above:

President Jim Paczkowski, Patchwood Products Inc.
Vice-President Mark Sorensen, Sorensen's Grass Lake Resort
Secretary Aimee Smith, Hillman Real Estate
Treasurer Sue Schlak, Chemical Bank
Trustee Margaret Kirby
Trustee John Post
Kathy Bradley, Michigan Works!
Jason McElrath, Hillman Community Schools Superintendent/Principal
Cindy Bruskey, Thunder Bay Community Health Clinic
Michael Maddox, MediLodge of Hillman
Tim Milko, OnSight Outdoors
Sandy Samp, Sandy Dee's Sewing & Quilt Shop
Thomas Schram






Welcome to Hillman Area Chamber of Commerce in North East Michigan

Hillman is a community in Montmorency County 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.


What's New?

Added Blessing of the Bikes & ATVs Flier
Added Blessing of the Bikes & ATVs Brochure

Added Ride With Santa Flier
Added Buck pole Flier
Added Banquet Flier     &     Invitation
Added VJ Day Brochure
Added Blessing of the Bikes & ATVs Newspaper Article
Added WW2 Gun Shoot Flier
Added Blessing of the Bikes & ATVs Flier
Added Blessing of the Bikes & ATVs Brochure

Buck Pole News Article from the Alpena Paper (added 11-17)
Ride With Santa Flier (added 11-8)
Annual Chamber Banquet Flier (added 9-28)
Buck Pole Flier (added 9-28)
VIDEO - VJ Day (added 8-31)
Boosters Party - Aug 13 at Patchwood Plaza (added 7-26)
Buck Pole 2016 (added 7-26)
VIDEO - Mill River Days (added 7-13)
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 

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 for 2017!

Hillman Lions Club
Montmorency County
Allband Communications
Discount Disposal, LLC
Ginop Sales Inc.
Hardies Electric
Hillman Easy Mart
Hillman Community Radio
Hilltop Party Mart
Huron Distributors Inc.
Mary's Garage-Less Place
Montmorency Title (A Member of Lighthouse Group)
Onsight Outdoors
Property Care Management
Valley Machine
VanPamel's Hometown Diner, LLC


Hillman Radio Station

The Hillman Radio Station is now broadcasting on 103.5 FM

Website: http://hillmancommunityradio.org 

[ Facebook Page ]


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


VIDEO - VJ Day - August 13, 2016

In honor of Victory Over Japan Day, VFW Post 2356 hosted their annual V-J Day Parade through Downtown Hillman on Saturday, August 13th.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE - https://vimeo.com/180179713

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

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


VIDEO - Mill River Days - July 2 & 3, 2016

The Village of Hillman kicked off the month of July with plenty of arts and crafts, music, cars and entertainment for all ages. What initially started as a fundraiser for the Brush Creek Mill ten years ago has since become an annual community-wide event.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE - https://vimeo.com/174370530

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

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


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








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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)


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.









 - - - PAST EVENTS - - -




May 2017







April 2017










March 2017












February 2017












January 2017













FREE Ride With Santa - Dec 10 at Patchwood Plaza














Buck Pole - November 15 & 16, 2016













Annual Chamber Banquet - October 18, 2016












Business After Hours - Sept 21, 2016



Hillman Real Estate will be hosting the next Business after hours on Sept 21st at 5:30 PM. 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




Blarney Castle Appreciation Day

Blarney Castle held an appreciation day in Hillman on September 1st.

Hillman BP     M 32     Hillman, MI 49746




STTF Funds for Training





Boosters Bash Party - Aug 13 at Patchwood Plaza

Open to the Public, not just booster members.

Aug 13th
8 PM - Midnight
Tickets at the door $5 each
Band - Royston Rednecks
Located at Patchwood Plaza
All Donations go to the Hillman Athletic Boosters
For more information call Aimee Smith at 742-4594





We NEED Buck Pole Sponsors & Volunteers!

We are looking for business sponsors for the NEW portable buck pole. The cost is $250.  If you are interested in being a business sponsor with your name on the pole please let us know in the next few weeks.

We will be looking for smaller donations and gifts next month.  If interested please give us a call at 989-742-2605.

We are also looking for people to be on the buck pole committee. Please give us a call at 742-3739 if you are able to help.










JULY 2016

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.












JUNE 2016

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.




June 7th 2016 - Business After Hours

Business after Hours
(Top O' Michigan Insurance Agency)

DATE: June 7th 2016
TIME: 5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Top O' Michigan Insurance Agency, Inc.
150 State Street, Hillman, MI 49746











MAY 2016

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.





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

Click [HERE] to see flier.





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







MARCH 2016

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.




























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.








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.




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.





Buck Pole Results - 2015

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 Bailerís 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, Zimmerís Cafe & 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.

[ 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 Cafe.

Click [HERE] to see the Flyer




Business After Hours - September 8, 2015

Hosted by
Sorensen's Grass Lake Resort

We had a good turnout despite the weather. It was a beautiful evening and a nice meal was provided by Sorensen's.

[See More Photos]



















JULY 2015

Cyber Security Class - July 30 2015

The cyber security class was presented on July 30th by Michelle Thren from Chemical Bank. The class learned about different types of threats out there due to our life in the digital age and how to better protect ourselves from fraud and scams. If you didn't attend the class, you really missed out on a lot of good information.












JUNE 2015

Business After Hours - June 9, 2015

The June 9 Business After Hours was a success with 40 people attending.  People got to mingle with other businessmen, bankers, public officials, and accountants.  We even more people will attend the next one.

Click [HERE] to see the photos for June 9th.


Sorensen's Grass Lake Resort - 50 Years!

We would like to congratulate Sorensen's Grass Lake Resort for their 50 years of service to the community.



Hillman Hardware - 50 Years!

We would like to congratulate Hillman Hardware for their 50 years of service to the community.

Click on photo to see a larger picture.








50 Years Plaque

A 50 year plaque was presented to Sorenson's Grass Lake Resort and Hillman Hardware by the Chamber congratulating them on their 50 years of service to the community.


MAY 2015   

The Blessing of the Bikes

May 19, 2015

See more Photos [Here] 

www.bikeridershillman.com has a good selections of photos from the event too.







Past Events Calendar



July 26-30 - Montmorency County 4-H Fair
August 5-6 - Lewiston Timbertown Festival

August 13: V-J Day Celebration - Don't miss out on all the events in town!
     Parade at noon
     Fireworks at dusk
     Party at Patchwood Plaza - after parade to 1-4 p.m. - 100% FREE - Hotdogs, drinks, popcorn, cotton candy, mechanical bull, goodies for the kids - 742-2605
     Bounce House for the kids - 12:30 - 2:00 at Medilodge of Hillman
     Elk Viewing Carriage Rides - 1:30 - 3:30 at Thunder Bay Resort  $5 adults, $3 children 
          27800 M-32, Hillman 800-729-9375
     Brush Creek Mill - Concession stand, gift shop & More   742-2527
     Boosters Bash Party at Patchwood Plaza 8 p.m.-Midnight - 742-4594

August 16 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office, Patchwood Plaza)
September 14 - Afternoon Affair - 2:00-4:00 - Brush Creek Mill
September 20 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office, Patchwood Plaza)
September 21 - NEW DATE! - Business After Hours - 5:30 PM - Sponsored by Hillman Real Estate
September 23-25 - Atlanta Elkfest

October 18 - No morning chamber meeting due the the Annual Banquet
October 18 - Annual Chamber Banquet
October 31 - Halloween

November 8 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office, Patchwood Plaza)
          1 Week Earlier - Due to opening day deer season being on the 15th
November 11 - Veterans' Day
November 12 - St. Augustine Craft Show - Hillman Community Center
November 15 & 16 - Hillman Buck Pole
November 19 - Deer Camp Craft Show - Brush Creek Mill 


March 21 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office, Patchwood Plaza)
                 After our chamber meeting we decided it would be a good idea to invite our
                 area farmers to be a part of the next chamber meeting.  If you know a local
                 farmer, please let them know to come to our next meeting.

March 22 - Business After Hours - 5:30 - Medilodge of Hillman

April 6 - Representative Triston Cole will be holding office hours at Patchwood Plaza
                  from 3:30-4:30 PM.  Come and meet your representative!
April 8 - VFW 11th Annual Chile cook off
April 15 - Easter Egg Hunt - Medilodge of Hillman - Starts at 12:00 Noon
April 15 - Easter egg hunt - Medilodge of Hillman & Hillman Area Chamber of
April 16 - Easter
April 18 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office, Patchwood Plaza)

May 13 - Blessing of the Bikes - Hillman Area Chamber of Commerce -
                    Downtown Hillman - 11 am registration - Blessing starts at noon.
May 18 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office, Patchwood Plaza)
       Date changed from the 16th to the 18th.

June 1 - 30 Northeast Michigan Artist Guild Art Display - Many original
               art pieces for sale - Brush Creek Mill
June 10 & 11 - Free Fishing Weekend - DNR

August 1 - Adopt-A-Highway Pickup - Meet at Patchwood Plaza at 9AM
                         for brief safety meeting and start pickup.  Volunteers needed.
                         If anyone can help out please call 742-3739 to let us know
                        you can make it or show up Tuesday morning.
August 12 - V-J Day Celebration - VFW Post #2356 - Parade at noon,
                         fireworks at dusk - Downtown Hillman 
August 15 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office, Patchwood Plaza)

August 17 - Thunder Bay Community Health 35 Year Anniversary Party 4-7 pm
                         15774 State Street, Hillman - 4-7 pm - Dedication @ 5:00 pm
                         Food and Beverages to follow ceremony - SEE FLIER

September 19 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office,
                        Patchwood Plaza)

October 18 - Annual Banquet - Hillman Area Chamber of Commerce
                          at Patchwood Plaza - See Flier - See Invitation

November 2 - Annual Veteran Benefit Fair - 11 am to 3 pm at Patchwood Plaza
November 15 - Buck Pole - By the Dairy Queen









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