Monday: In Business

Hartzell gets diamond diploma

MARQUETTE — Lacee J. Hartzell, sales manager at Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers, recently received her Diamonds Graduate diploma from Gemological Institute of America. To earn her GIA Diamonds Graduate diploma, Hartzell completed two written courses on diamonds and a one-week lab course, as ...

Braden earns insurance licensing

MARQUETTE — Kelsey Braden, team member at Encore Financial Group Marquette Area Consultants, obtained her health and life insurance license. Kelsey is part of the growing Marquette team, which is led by owner and financial adviser Theresa Sell. “Kelsey is a valuable part of our team ...

Next generation:Business owners mentor their heirs apparent

NEW YORK — The plan was for Greg Goodman to sell his auto supply store and retire about the time he turned 60. Then Plan B came along — his son Chandler decided to join and eventually take over the family business instead of becoming an architect. Goodman, now 54, is focusing on building ...

Bills could make small business 401(k)s easier

Small businesses could find it easier to offer 401(k) plans to employees under a pair of bills introduced in both houses of Congress. The bills, each called the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, would change federal laws to allow companies to jointly offer what are called multiple ...

Partnership News and Views

In this day and age, it’s vital for communities to have involvement from leaders and individuals to ensure a successful, thriving and enjoyable place to work and live. Communities need leaders with a vision to see the potential in areas for growth and improvement, as well as efficient ...

Spencer Huss earns CPA licensing

MARQUETTE — Spencer W. Huss, CPA, has passed the certified public accountant exam and has received his certified public accountant’s license by successfully meeting the education, examination and experience requirements as outlined by Michigan’s State Board of Accountancy. Huss ...

Storm takes over Meemic office

After 26 years as an agent for Meemic Insurance, Dwight Johnson is retiring and passing his business on to Kyle Storm. Meemic Insurance began in 1950 when seven teachers sat around a kitchen table and envisioned an insurance company that would focus on the needs of the educational community. ...

Dr. Louis Ostola new medical director of Inpatient Rehab

MARQUETTE — Last Monday, Dr. Louis Ostola began what he believes will be “a fun challenge.”That was the day he became the Medical Director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation at Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette, the only Inpatient Rehab Unit in the U.P.  Dr. Ostola is taking on the ...

Dr. Carl Eiben saluted for work with IRU

After serving 37 years as Inpatient Rehabilitation Medical Director, Dr. Carl Eiben will concentrate solely on outpatient medicine (consults and EMGs). “I’m excited about transitioning into outpatient medicine,” Dr. Eiben said. “I’ve been in this role for a long time. I’m proud of ...

Special pricing for Cosmic Glow Golf

CHAMPION — On Friday, Aug. 17, the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce will host our annual glow-in-the-dark, par-3 tournament, Cosmic Glow Golf. The event will take place at the Wawonowin Country Club in Champion. The first shotgun start will begin at 6 p.m. sharp with ...

LaFayette hired at mBank

ISHPEMING — mBank announces the recent hiring of Katy LaFayette as an Assistant Branch Manager for its Negaunee and Ishpeming branches. LaFayette began her career in banking in 2016 working directly with business and consumer clients helping them to meet their financial goals. She also ...

Range elects 5 directors

MARQUETTE — Range Financial Corporation held its Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 15 in Marquette. Five directors were elected. They are John F. Pillote M.D., Retired Physician; William C. Verrette, Owner/Director, Champion, Inc.; Janet R. Kuru, Retired CEO, Range Bank – Copper ...

Trade Pain: Small companies hit by import, export tariffs

NEW YORK — Time and effort have gone down the drain for Steve Gould, who is scrambling to find new customers for his gin, whiskey and other spirits since the United States has taken a tough stance on trade issues. Before the European Union retaliated against new U.S. tariffs with taxes of ...

Economic development ‘takes a village’

So with all the turmoil in the world today, oftentimes neighbor against neighbor, it was amazing to see the world come together around 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach. Hoping, praying, helping and willing them to be rescued and authentically celebrating when the impossible became ...

Animal Medical Center of Marquette relocates

MARQUETTE — Marquette native Kellie Holmstrom, doctor of veterinary medicine, is relocating the Animal Medical Center of Marquette to a larger facility at 3052 Wright St. This new location will allow staffers at the center to take the “pet out of petrified” and become a “Fear Free” ...

River Valley trains employees in dementia-friendly customer service

WAUSAU, Wis. — River Valley Bank staff members recently completed training to make their customer-service approach dementia friendly. Financial specialists, home lenders and Customer Experience Center team members, among others, were trained on dementia friendly practices in all 15 River ...

Need a loan? What about advice?

NEW YORK — Want a loan? Advice? When an employee needs help, many small business owners are comfortable mixing the personal with the professional and willingly provide some support. J. Colin Petersen has assisted staffers in a variety of ways: extra cash, lawyer recommendations, loaning a ...

Hard to do

NEW YORK — It’s not me, it’s you: Though it can be painful, sometimes, a business owner needs to break up with a customer. When Gil Gildner’s big client started paying more slowly and stopped communicating well, cash flow was at stake. “The payments became a week late, two weeks, ...

Small business lessons from Red Hen’s Sanders ouster

NEW YORK — Taking a political stand — like asking a White House press secretary to leave your restaurant — can be polarizing and risky. So experts say an owner who decides to act should do so with forethought and civility. The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, has become internationally ...

Partnership News and Views: Soo Locks are vital to economic prosperity

You may remember back in April, during a visit to Michigan, President Trump called on Congress to fix the Soo Locks. The locks remain the largest waterway traffic system in the country and allow freighters to carry critical supplies through the Great Lakes of Michigan. Just a Michigan issue? ...