Monday: In Business

Tradeoff: No cash but faster lines as restaurants forgo currency

NEW YORK — The lunchtime lines at Dos Toros move faster these days — customers don’t fumble for bills or coins, and employees don’t make change. Since around New Year’s, the Mexican food chain has been cashless. “For the vast majority of customers, there’s no reaction at all; ...

Barton now a private wealth adviser

MARQUETTE — Patricia K. Barton, with Ameriprise Financial, financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., has become an Ameriprise Financial private wealth adviser. Barton with an office in Marquette, is among the 15 percent of roughly 10,000 Ameriprise Financial advisers ...

VAST, Iron Range Agency recognized

MARQUETTE — At a recent executive meeting, Frankenmuth Insurance recognized VAST of Marquette, and Iron Range Agency of Ishpeming as “Preferred” partners for 2017. The distinction is awarded to the top 15 percent of all independent agencies representing the insurance company, and is ...

Retailers hope for certainty as Supreme Court hears tax case

NEW YORK — Retailers are hoping for a resolution this year from the Supreme Court, which hears arguments Tuesday in a decades-old dispute: Whether companies must collect sales tax on items sold in a state where they don’t have a store or other building. If the court backs government ...

Chamber Chat

One of our main goals at the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is to bring together people of the community. Local business owners and community members alike are encouraged to attend, because we want to guide you to make meaningful connections. Creating personal and ...

Thomson nominated for board seat

MANISTIQUE — Mackinac Financial Corporation, the holding company for mBank, recently announced that Martin A. Thomson was nominated for appointment to its board of directors. The appointment is subject to the closing of the merger agreement with First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp ...

IRS head sees huge task with new tax law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of the IRS says the current tax-filing season has gone well, while acknowledging the tough challenge the cash-strapped agency faces of administering the new tax law that will affect 2019 returns. Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter tells Congress that some ...

China: Xi comments don’t settle US dispute

BEIJING — China says President Xi Jinping’s pledges to cut import tariffs on cars and open China’s markets wider were not meant as an overture for settling a tariff dispute with Washington. State media on Thursday cited a commerce ministry spokesman as saying negotiations were impossible ...

Trump may explore Pacific trade talks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has asked trade officials to explore the possibility of the United States rejoining negotiations on the Pacific Rim agreement. He pulled the U.S. out last year as part of his “America first” agenda. Farm-state lawmakers say that at a White House meeting ...

Volkswagen replaces CEO Mueller

FRANKFURT, Germany — Volkswagen replaced CEO Matthias Mueller with core brand head Herbert Diess on Thursday and said it is creating a new management structure to enable faster decision-making as autonomous and electric cars transform the industry. The German automaker said in a statement ...

‘Neighbors helping neighbors’

NEGAUNEE — Many people driving the busy U.S. 41 corridor in the central part of Marquette County might not notice the sign in front of a building located between Teal Lake Avenue and Baldwin Avenue in Negaunee. The sign reads “UP Health System: Negaunee Medical Associates” and the ...

Partnership News and Views

While you are familiar with the Lake Superior Community Partnership and our economic development efforts in Marquette County, you may not realize that there are similar organizations across the Upper Peninsula that serve the same purpose in their communities. You may surmise that we fight for ...

Houghton County hotels recognized

CALUMET — The board overseeing the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau recently announced that three local hotels have been awarded the annual “Best of Brand,” which recognizes top performing hotels and their staff members. The AmericInn of Calumet took home the award for “Best ...

Magic, expertise and service help independent toy retailers

NEW YORK — When a young customer returned to Mary Arnold Toys a few days after an Easter egg decorating event, store owner Judy Ishayik asked the child, “How is your egg?” The little girl responded with a big smile, and her mother thanked Ishayik, telling her, “That's so ...

LSCP seeks official reaccreditation

ac·cred·i·ta·tion (əˌkrediˈtāSH(ə)n/) noun 1. the action or process of officially recognizing someone as having a particular status or being qualified to perform a particular activity. “the accreditation of professionals” Many professions have statewide, national or ...

Potocki joins Marquette Pediatric

MARQUETTE — Marquette Pediatric Dentistry recently announced the addition of Dr. Melisa Potocki to its staff. Potocki, a Canada native who grew up near Detroit, attended the University of Michigan for undergraduate studies and completed her dental degree at the University of Kentucky ...

Beth Millner Jewelry fundraiser

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula company Beth Millner Jewelry is now accepting applications for its fundraiser jewelry program. Beth Millner will design a custom piece of jewelry for each selected organization and donate a portion of the proceeds from each one sold for an entire year, a press ...

Chamber Chat

There are many benefits to being a chamber member! Are you taking advantage of them? Being a member of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Chamber of Commerce can benefit you in a variety of ways! We offer our members perks like marketing opportunities, free/low-cost resource meetings, ...