Driving Tourism and Economic Growth

Houghton Lake Events – Fun Year-Round.

Why Join

  • Prosperity – You prosper as the area prospers

  • Community Events – You benefit from the fundraising events and educational programs provided by efforts of the Chamber

  • Community Initiatives – You benefit from the collaborative efforts of the Chamber with the Houghton Lake merchants, Roscommon County Tourism Bureau, REDC and other groups/agencies

  • Marketing – The Chamber is responsible for publishing an annual Visitors Guide which is distributed locally and statewide. It is the most requested piece of literature by potential visitors.

  • Additional Benefits – Exposure on our website and other targeted advertising venues. A professional staff and volunteers work with and for you to promote your business and the Houghton Lake Area.

Each year the Chamber organizes events to drive tourists to the area.
These events benefit all businesses and the more support the Chamber receives from its members the more successful the event.

As a sponsor of an event you will get exposure through our website, marketing and on site recognition at the event. For some venues you will also be able to set up a booth/table at no charge.
Below are our current sponsorship opportunities:

Annual Fireworks Display – July 4th weekend

Sponsor an event today!
To learn more about any of these events call the Chamber at (989)366-5644 or email us at hlcc@houghtonlakechamber.org

The “Chamber Chat” Newsletter is put out weekly as an informative piece that highlights the upcoming events for the chamber and community.

  • August 2nd Edition of Chamber Chat
  • June 28th Edition of Chamber Chat
  • June 14th Edition of Chamber Chat
  • June 7th Edition of Chamber Chat
  • May 31st Edition of Chamber Chat
  • May 24th Edition of Chamber Chat
  • May 17th Edition of Chamber Chat
  • May 10th Edition of Chamber Chat
  • May 3rd Edition of Chamber Chat

You Need a Massage
10% off any stress reducing table massage a the Houghon Lake office only. (Book appointments online). Contact Don Sylvester (989)808-5113

State Farm Insurance and Financial Services
Free large atlas for insurance quote. Contact Elizabeth Fortino.

Motel – Crystal Pines
$10 off for visitors in motels. Contact Alleene Hutlo.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters
1/2 off ski rental on non holiday or non weekiend days. Contact Bob Frye.

Executive Taxi
$2 discount on any ride.

Lyman’s on the Lake
10% off on all live bait.

VIP Marketing and Publishing LLC
Free hosting for one year with new website design or website re-design. Must mention this offer.

Diebold Insurance
Chamber Members are eligible for Auto Owners policy discounts starting at 8% for business and personal insurance as well as automobile and umbrela policies.

B & B Sports Center
10% off of all products.

Anchor Inn
10% off food discounts also offered to police officers, firemen & local teachers.

Beachfront Hotel
10% off room rates.

5% off on any new business.

Blarney Stone Broadcasting Q100.3(WQON-FIM) & Y101.1 (WGRY AM/FM)
10% off for Chamber Members.

Ponder Consulting and Web Design
10% off a website or website re-designs.

Ausable Media Group, LLC
Free color with the purchase of any display ad in the Roscommon County Voice, Northwest Voice, or Voice of the AuSable.

107.9 CDY Up North Radio
15% Package Discount for Chamber Members

The Houghton Lake Chamber would like to offer the opportunity for its members to advertise their business on our site. The banner for your business will be placed on our site for 30 days for $25. Payments must be received prior to addition of ads. Please remit to : HLCC, 1625 W Houghton Lake Drive, Houghton Lake, MI 48629 or call our office at 989-366-5644 with your credit card information. If you already have a banner you can email it to our webmaster at sales@vipmarketingandpublishing,com If you need a banner designed please email any directions/requests to sales@vipmarketingandpublishing,com. Graphic design work begins at $10 for a basic banner with provided logo/images. This is a one time fee and will be billed by the Chamber.

Diebold Insurance Agency is pleased to announce that because of your membership in the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce you are now eligible for Auto-Owners policy Discounts starting at 8% for business and personal insurance as well as automobile and umbrella policies! This is possible because of an agreement between the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce, Diebold Insurance agency, and auto Owners Insurance company to provide you with local service at a special rate.

In addition to incredible group rates, a complete line of products, and prompt, friendly claim service, you may be eligible for additional discounts, depending on your individual circumstances.

Auto-Owners Insurance Group’s positive growth, secure investment portfolio and dedicated associates have set Auto-Owners apart from other insurance companies since 1916.

Diebold insurance Agency has been serving Northern Michigan since 1929, and we continue to exceed our customers’ expectations with our experience and dedication. Because we’re your friends and neighbors, we care about your success just as much as you do.

For mor information about this exciting opportunity and a thorough review of your insurance needs, call the Diebold Insurance Agency at (989)366-4606 or go to our website, www.dieboldinsurance.com. Be sure to ask for your Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce discount!

Benefits of Membership

Preferred Business Referrals
We always Recommend our members over all other businesses.

Business Literature Display
Only Chamber members are allowed to display their brochures, business cards and other materials in the Chamber office.

Membership Plaque
Displaying this plaque lets customers know that your business is reputable and that you are an advocate of the community.

Visitors Guide/Membership Directory
Copies are available for all members. In addition we mail over 250 copies annually.

Chamber Website
Only Chamber member are allowed to be listed or advertise on our website. Banner ads are available for $25 per month. You are provided with a link to your business as well.

Monthly Newsletter
We publish an electronic newsletter which includes news about Chamber events and you have the opportunity to include your businss updates and special events.

Member to Member Discount Program
This program is designed to offer discounts to your fellow Chamber members.

Mailing Labels
Mailing lists and labels of the Chamber membership are available upon request.

Conference Room
Members may use our conference room at no charge during our normal business hours.

Member of the Month
Each month we feature a member on our website and provide a special display in our office with flyers, business cards, etc. available for walk-in traffic.

Chamber Partnership Program

The Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce to provide you access to additional products and services that will benefit your organization. Plus, every time you order using our special “HLCC” promotional code, you support the Houghton Lake Chamber!

$49 first time purchasers

$29 renewal rate for returning customers who have purchased in the previous 12 months

Chamber Code: HLCC

Do I have to post labor law posters?
Yes, if you have one or more employees. Required notices exist so your employees are aware of their employment rights and various workplace laws and regulations. These postings must be available in a common area regularly visited by employees where they have an unobstructed opportunity to visit them.

How often do labor law posters change?
No one can accurately predict this as the posting revisions result from regulatory or legislative changes that follow no set time table. Notices also come from a number of different State and Federal agencies, which makes it very difficult for the average employer to know which notices are required, when they change or even where to find them.

Your Labor Law Compliance Poster Set includes all of the required notices that employers are required to display:

  • Michigan Law Prohibits Discrimination
  • Michigan Employment Security Act
  • Michigan Whistleblowers Protection Act
  • Michigan Right to Know/SDS Location
  • New or Revised SDS
  • Michigan Youth Employment Standards Act
  • Michigan Safety and Health Protection on the Job
  • Michigan Minimum Wage Law of 1964
  • Michigan Wage and Hour Division General Rules
  • Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law
  • Notice to Workers with Disabilities
  • Federal Minimum Wage (Your Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act)
  • Your Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act
  • OSHA
  • COBRA Posting

$129.00 MI Chamber members
$149.00 non-member
Chamber Code: HLCC

The HR Essentials Guide: From Hiring to Termination is your complete source for step-by-step instruction through the HR recordkeeping process.

Also included is a CD of the personnel forms and letters you need plus detailed and easy-to-follow instructions on their use, all in one inexpensive package. This time-saving package is the quickest and easiest way for a busy manager to stay on top of all the legal requirements without spending hundreds, if not thousands, on legal advice.

This one-of-a-kind guide will assure you of complete compliance with all the laws and regulations, plus give you convenient access to any form or letter you need to maintain your records. And, we’ve done all the research so you don’t have to.

This brand new edition has numerous changes and new requirements, which are mandatory for employee recordkeeping. Some of the updates include:

  • Changes to the I-9 form to reflect current law
  • Shortened Statute of Limitations Acknowledgment and Agreement
  • Requirement of interactive process under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Changes in the Accommodation forms to reflect the requirements of the interactive process
  • Changes in the military provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act and related forms
  • Updated Alcohol and Substance Abuse Issues to include explanation of medical marijuana
  • Revised and expanded COBRA explanation
  • HIPAA form possible changes as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The prestigious law firm of Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith invested hundreds of hours in creating this unique and accurate resource.

The Hiring to Termination Guide and CD can be purchased for just $129 for members and $149 for non-members; a small price to pay for the confidence that your personnel records could stand up to any lawsuit. There’s no better time than right now to protect your company. Order today!

$149.00 MI Chamber members
$199.00 non-member

Chamber Code: HLCC

Known as “The HR Bible” for Michigan and federal labor and employment law, many HR managers consider this guide for Michigan employers their #1 defense against costly lawsuits. This 430-page, 20-chapter guide covers topics from pre-employment policies, diversity initiatives and discrimination issues to wage and hour issues, social media in the workplace and unemployment benefits.

$129.00 MI Chamber members
$149.00 non-members
Chamber Code: HLCC

A well-prepared handbook lets employees know what to expect from you and what you expect from them and serves as a point of reference for supervisors. This easy-to-understand guide identifies Michigan and federal law relative to policies applicable to Michigan employers and presents topics appropriate for inclusion in employee handbooks, personnel policy books or similar manuals. Each section contains explanations and guidelines for specific policies, as well as sample policy language that can be used to create a company-specific employee handbook. This book comes with a CD containing the policies described in the book, and all 26 job descriptions.

$99.00 MI Chamber members
$129.00 non-members
Chamber Code: HLCC

This 100-page guide is designed to simplify the unemployment insurance process and show you how to save your company money, right now. It includes information such as how former employees qualify for unemployment insurance, how to protest and appeal claims, and how to reduce your company’s tax rate. This easy-to-read guide helps you step-by-step, and is written by one of the top unemployment compensation firms in the country – F.A.R. Management. Your understanding of this process will help protect your company from being over-charged and over-assessed, especially in light of the continual changes occurring in the unemployment compensation arena. As a bonus, you will receive a free CD with all the updated forms and documentation you need and free access to the searchable, electronic e-version of this guide.

$349.00 MI Chamber members (participating)
$499.00 non-members (participating)
$749.00 MI Chamber members (non-participating)
$899.00 non-members (non-participating)
Chamber Code: HLCC

We are seeing a lot of fluctuations in the compensation and benefits area, which is making it difficult for Michigan employers to know if they are paying their employees in line with the rest of the state and, more specifically, within their industry. And, of course, providing affordable health coverage, while remaining competitive with others in the industry, is a huge challenge. The Michigan Chamber has been offering a multi-industry salary and benefits survey for over 16 years that provides employers with current, accurate compensation information needed to attract and retain quality employees; and it allows competitors to share current wage information with each other while maintaining complete participant confidentiality. Learn how you can participate and gain immediate access to this wealth of information. More than 4,300 organizations participate across the United States with over 450 from the Great Lakes region and growing!

View the Chamber Compliance Center website
$0.00 MI Chamber members
$149.00 non-members
Chamber Code: HLCC
Free for Michigan Chamber members, insurance clients and qualified publication purchasers.
The Michigan Chamber Compliance Center is a site designed as a portal for information regarding employment law, tax policy, and environmental, health and safety laws. For each of these three categories you will find tools and resources, a list of agencies that govern these laws, the major laws that apply and the latest news. Learn what training, publications and services are available, find a list of forms, checklists and templates, read relevant articles, take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions and more!

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