Monday: In Business

Group: China backtracking on market opening

SHANGHAI — An American business group says China’s push to develop its own technology and other industries has “narrowed the space” for foreign companies to compete in its market. In a report released Tuesday, the American Chamber of Commerce in China urged Beijing to move faster on ...

Ambassadors made important trip to Lansing

Spring is in the air! That also means it is time for the Marquette County Ambassadors to invade Lansing for a couple days. This privately funded group consists of business, education and government leaders from the Marquette County region. This group is under the Lake Superior Community ...

LSCP has new board members

MARQUETTE — The Lake Superior Community Partnership has announced the induction of four new board members, Steve Adamini, Kate Havel, Scott Knaffla and Brian Sinotte. Adamini is retired from Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, PC and of counsel to the firm on real estate, ...

When should you pay for ‘free’ shipping?

First they wanted free. Now they want fast. As shoppers turn to the convenience of cyberstores, they crave shipping that can keep up with their demands. “For consumers, it’s one of the top things they’re looking for, and it’s a decision maker between buying at one site versus ...

Citigroup’s profits rise, helped by trading business

NEW YORK — Citigroup reported a first quarter profit that beat analysts’ expectation Thursday. Like its competitors, Citi benefited from higher trading revenue and interest rates. The New York-based bank said it earned $4.1 billion, or $1.35 a share, compared with $3.5 billion, or $1.10 a ...

Chamber implements wellness program

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is implementing the Chamber-Wide Wellness campaign. This began April 1 and ends on June 30. A motivator behind the Chamber-Wide Wellness program is simple. Recently, the city of Ishpeming was nominated as a finalist for the Michigan ...

UPHHH honors three employees

MARQUETTE — U.P. Home Health & Hospice and Private Duty Services recently announced the organization’s 2017 Employees of the Year. This annual award is based on peer nominations, and specific criteria, which includes “a commitment to quality patient care, teamwork and professional ...

Benchmarking key to moving forward

According to the dictionary, benchmark is “a standard of excellence, achievement, etc., against which similar things must be measured or judged.” You do it in your business, and we do it here at the Lake Superior Community Partnership. It’s benchmarking. By comparing yourself to similar ...

Business briefing

NEGAUNEE — Michael Hill and Seth Wixtrom of Michael’s Homes Inc., have earned the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist designation, identifying them as home builders and remodeling experts with the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of the ...

Trump’s pro-business stance buoys Saudi effort

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Saudi prince tasked with attracting foreign investment said April 3 that U.S. President Donald Trump’s pro-business administration can be a good thing for the kingdom as it overhauls its economy and prepares to publicly list shares of state-owned oil giant ...

McDonald’s Hamburger University: More than burgers

While McDonald’s corporate training program is called “Hamburger University,” it doesn’t actually teach students grilling techniques; it does much more than that. Hamburger U provides training in all aspects of Quick Service Restaurant operations, as well as focusing on business growth ...

Chamber introduces event catered to kids

ISHPEMING — On May 19, the Greater Ishpeming Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first Kid's event: The Chamber Children's Carnival, presented by J-Goods Plumbing and Heating. The event will take place inside and outside River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center from 5:30 to 7:30 ...

Lampinen named UPWARD COO

ESCANABA — The UPWARD Talent Council recently announced that Cherilynn Lampinen has become chief operations officer for the Upper Peninsula workforce development agency. “Cherilynn Lampinen brings the perspective of a business owner, along with the experience of working in positions of ...

CEO of airline association criticizes electronics device ban

MONTREAL (AP) — The head of the International Air Transport Association said recently it’s difficult to understand how banning electronic devices in carry-on baggage will improve flight security. In a prepared text of a speech, IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac calls on governments to work ...

Kudos Laser: Making personal gifts, treasures, more

(Phone rings, answered): “Hi, It’s Jon at Kudos Laser.” Customer 1: “Unh, it’s kind of a weird question, but could you engrave on a pair of Ammo Boxes for a wedding gift?” OR Customer 2: We give employee awards frequently and would prefer to buy locally. Is it true that ...

LSCP Foundation plays important role in community

Since I am always talking about the Lake Superior Community Partnership, I thought it only fitting to take a column to focus on the Lake Superior Community Partnership Foundation and the great work accomplished through its varying programs. We often talk about events, programs and work done by ...

Kucharczyk moves up at Range Bank

MARQUETTE — Range Bank has announced the promotion of Eric Kucharczyk to the position of Business Banking Officer at Range Bank. Kucharczyk is a graduate of Northern Michigan University where he earned a degree in business management as well as a graduate of the Michigan Bankers Association ...

Girard, Blewett receive promotions

MARQUETTE — Brett D. Girard, CPA, has been promoted to the position of senior manager in the audit department at Makela, Toutant, Hill and Nardi PC, in Marquette. Girard graduated summa cum laude from Michigan Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration ...

UPHSM laboratories: Critical to effective care

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette has at its fingertips multiple laboratories that provide doctors information critical to effective and efficient patient care. Working in close conjunction with UPHSM team of pathologists, the flow and cytogenetics laboratories offer vital test results ...

Flow Cytometry available in the U.P.

Flow Cytometry in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? It does indeed exist and the laboratory at UPHS-Marquette has it. So, what exactly is this enigmatic science? “Flow cytometry is a science that enables us to phenotype or identify leukemias and lymphomas,” says Martin Renaldi, Laboratory ...