Monday: In Business

Partnership News and Views

So let’s go back to Feb. 2 when Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. CEO Lourenco Goncalves, challenged our community to show our support for mining in Michigan as he weighs his options to expand operations in Michigan or Minnesota. Let me tell you, while it sounded like an easy task, it kept me up at night ...

TEAM Wireless now in Marquette

MARQUETTE — Locally owned Verizon authorized retailer, TEAM Wireless, recently began operating the Marquette and Iron Mountain Verizon locations. “We’re meeting with all current Verizon employees of Iron Mountain and Marquette and we’re excited at the possibility of adding them to our ...

The future of treatment

At present, UPHS is in the midst of a clinical trial investigating the WaveCrest device, a one-time permanent implant that serves to seal off the left atrial appendage. The trial is the next step toward FDA approval for the WaveCrest device. WaveCrest, if approved, would be the second device ...

Team Rodda grabs groceries for hospice

If you haven’t already noticed, the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce’s very own president, Tia Rodda, and her husband, Scott, are dancing for Hospice — Dancing with Our Stars Marquette County Style, that is! And Team Rodda has a special fundraiser going on right now ...

New changes at River Valley Bank

MARQUETTE — River Valley Bank recently announced a new hire and promotion for its assistant market manager positions at their two locations in Marquette. Stacy Hollenbeck was named the assistant market manager at the 1140 W. Washington St. location, a press release states. Prior to joining ...

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 ...