Monday: In Business

GINCC office has new look

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce has a new look! So many wonderful changes are taking place, and we hope you’re as excited about them as we are. In June, we updated our logo. Check it out on our Facebook Page! In July, gained our treasured Chief Volunteer Debra ...

Stores hoping people keep shopping on Cyber Monday

NEW YORK — After offering online deals for days, retailers are rolling out even more promotions for Cyber Monday, hoping to keep people buying stuff on their smartphones or computers. Shoppers are expected to spend $6.6 billion on Cyber Monday, up more than 16 percent from a year ago, ...

Frost to take over for Dawidowski

MARQUETTE — After 42 years in the financial industry, Danny Dawidowski, senior vice president and trust and wealth management officer for Range Bank, has announced his retirement effective March 30. Range Bank’s Board of Directors also announced the appointment of Jack Frost, senior ...

Feeling the squeeze

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — From a 2-acre plot on north Merritt Island, Steve Crisafulli looks at rows of orange trees, searching for a glimmer of hope for Brevard's dying citrus industry. Crisafulli — a Merritt Island resident whose last name has been synonymous with the citrus business for ...

Supporting the growth of local businesses

We’ve talked in the past about a successful economic development strategy needing three main functions in its portfolio: - Attraction - Retention/Expansion - Start-Up As any good businessperson knows, it costs less to retain a customer than it does to attract a new one, and the ...

Ruck hired at Bennett Media Group

Ruck hired at Bennett Media Group MARQUETTE - Bennett Media Group recently announced the hiring of David J. Ruck as creative director. He will be responsible for all filming, photography and editing for BMG clients as well as leading the creative process for their growing team. Ruck, a ...

Freelancers, small businesses struggle to get paid

NEW YORK — For many freelancers and owners of small businesses, signing up clients and completing projects is just one part of the work. Trying to get paid can be almost as time-consuming. Sandy Sloane needed 11 months of persistence before one client paid in full for her publicity and ...

Ishpeming’s annual Ladies Night Out set for Wednesday

Annual Ladies Night Out in Ishpeming will be back this Wednesday! This year is the biggest this event has ever been, with over 40 vendors! On top of businesses having specials, food, music and goodies, there will be a punch card that you can pick up at your first stop. The goal is to get as ...

Hillier recognized for leadership

MARQUETTE — Jay Hillier, certified insurance counselor at VAST in Marquette, was recently recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, a leading national insurance professional organization. Hillier was awarded a certificate ...

Lakeshore Skin Care & Lakeshore Fitness Land & Water Studio:

Lakeshore Skin Care & Lakeshore Fitness Land & Water Studio opened its doors over six years ago and have been advancing professional skin care and fitness ever since. They feature the most current medical aesthetic procedures, product lines, and fitness classes in the Upper Peninsula. ...

LSCP celebrating 20 years

Believe it or not, the time is here! Time to kick off the celebratory year of the LSCP’s 20th anniversary! For those of you who are too young to remember, the LSCP was created during the loss of the K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base. This was a devastating blow to our region that caused ...

GEI acquires Traverse City firm

MARQUETTE — GEI Consultants Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, ecological science and engineering firms, announced its recent acquisition of Inland Seas Engineering, a Traverse City-based engineering consulting firm. The merger of the two firms ...

Companies are looking for diverse ad teams to avoid blunders

NEW YORK — CoverGirl executive Ukonwa Ojo was struck when the team from an ad agency entered the room to pitch ideas for revamping the cosmetic company's image. For the first time in Ojo's more than 20-year career in business, she found herself working with an African-American creative ...

Branstrom joins Thrivent Financial

ISHPEMING — Brett Branstrom of Marquette, MI, has joined Thrivent Financial as a financial representative with the organization’s East Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula of Michigan Regional Financial Office. Branstrom offers comprehensive financial strategies, personal customer service and a wide ...

Range Financial declares dividend

MARQUETTE — Range Financial Corporation, the holding company for Range Bank N.A., declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.30 per share payable on Sept. 15 to the shareholders of record on Sept. 1. “This is the third cash dividend declared this year” said Kenneth Palmer, president. ...

GINCC prepares to launch annual Holiday Punch Card Campaign

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to launch its annual Holiday Punch Card Campaign beginning Wednesday! The Punch Card Campaign encourages people to spend their money locally with chamber member businesses while doing their holiday shopping, versus ordering ...

Women who own businesses find bank loans harder to get

NEW YORK — Getting a bank loan is still a struggle for many women who own businesses. Kirsten Curry has had three rejections in the past six months and is waiting to hear from a fourth bank. Curry, owner of Seattle-based Leading Retirement Solutions, has applied to national banks, a ...

SizeUp available for businesses

As it is budget time for many businesses, I thought it would be a good idea to remind you of a great tool we have that can assist our partners and the business community. The program, available to LSCP partners, is called “SizeUp.” SizeUp is software designed to show businesses how they can ...

Kimball to lead Invest UP

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula native Joan Kimball was recently appointed as the first executive director of Invest UP, the U.P.-wide, privately funded economic development initiative. Kimball, a Laurium native and graduate of both Marquette Senior High School and Northern Michigan University, ...

Redesign, move, declutter

NEW YORK — Triangle Pest Control's original workspace was a 2,000-square-foot garage housing 25 people — the technicians who did the bug control work, as well as all the sales and support staffers. It was hard for employees to handle phone calls when everyone sat so close together. "We ...