Chamber of Commerce
14797 State Street South - Suite 2
P.O. Box 506
Hillman, MI 49746
Upcoming Chamber Events:
2 - Annual Veteran Benefit Fair - 11 am to 3 pm at Patchwood
15 - Buck Pole - By the Dairy Queen
21 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office,
Upcoming Local Events:
November 11 - Veterans' Day
November __ - St. Augustine Craft Show -
Hillman Community Center
November 15 - Hillman Buck Pole - Hillman Area Chamber of Commerce
November __ - Deer Camp Craft Show -
Brush Creek Mill
November 23 - Thanksgiving
For a full list of events for the year see
President Jim Paczkowski, Patchwood Products
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
Cindy Bruskey, Thunder Bay Community Health Clinic
Michael Maddox, MediLodge of Hillman
Tim Milko, OnSight Outdoors
Sandy Samp, Sandy Dee's Sewing & Quilt Shop
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.
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
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.
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.
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
- - - PAST EVENTS - - -
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
NEW DATE - SEPT 21
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
Hillman Real Estate
331 N. State Street
Blarney Castle Appreciation
Blarney Castle held an appreciation day in Hillman on September
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STTF Funds for Training
Boosters Bash Party - Aug 13 at Patchwood Plaza
Open to the Public, not just booster members.
8 PM - Midnight
Tickets at the door $5 each
Band - Royston Rednecks
Located at Patchwood
All Donations go to the Hillman Athletic Boosters
For more information call Aimee Smith at 742-4594
BUCK POLE 2016
We NEED Buck Pole Sponsors &
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 3
will be having a circus on July 3rd at the Hillman Elementary
Times will be 2:00 pm and also at
Advance ticket prices are $10 for an adult and $7 for a child or
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.
Skeeter the Advance
the Advance Clown is scheduled to be in Hillman on
Wednesday June 22 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Her schedule
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.
for a few volunteers to help her on stage, and she will also do
a little slight-of-hand magic.
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
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
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.
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
The A-1 Party Store sponsored the December 8th Business After
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.
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
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
Hi-Way Inn / Tumbleweed Saloon
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,
& Subway in Carter's Acres
Thank you for taking care of the Buck Pole:
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.
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
(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.
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.
Business After Hours - June
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.
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!
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
House for the kids - 12:30 - 2:00 at Medilodge of Hillman
Viewing Carriage Rides - 1:30 - 3:30 at
Thunder Bay Resort $5
adults, $3 children
27800 M-32, Hillman
Creek Mill - Concession stand, gift shop & More
742-2527 Boosters Bash Party at
Patchwood Plaza 8
p.m.-Midnight - 742-4594
16 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office,
September 14 - Afternoon Affair - 2:00-4:00 - Brush Creek Mill
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
18 - No morning chamber meeting due the
the Annual Banquet
18 - Annual Chamber Banquet
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
11 - Veterans' Day
12 - St. Augustine Craft Show - Hillman Community Center
15 & 16 - Hillman Buck Pole
19 - Deer Camp Craft Show - Brush Creek Mill
21 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office, Patchwood Plaza)
After our chamber meeting we decided it would be a good idea to
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.
22 - Business After Hours - 5:30 - Medilodge of Hillman
6 - Representative Triston Cole will be holding office hours at
from 3:30-4:30 PM. Come and meet your representative!
April 8 - VFW 11th Annual Chile cook off
15 - Easter Egg Hunt - Medilodge of Hillman - Starts at 12:00
April 15 - Easter egg hunt -
Medilodge of Hillman
& Hillman Area Chamber of
April 16 - Easter
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.
1 - Adopt-A-Highway Pickup - Meet at Patchwood Plaza at 9AM
for brief safety meeting and start pickup. Volunteers
If anyone can help out please call 742-3739 to let us know
you can make it or show up Tuesday morning.
12 - V-J Day Celebration - VFW Post #2356 - Parade at noon,
fireworks at dusk - Downtown Hillman
15 - Chamber Meeting - 9 am - (At the Chamber office, Patchwood Plaza)