Monday: In Business

Meet GINCC’s new executive director

As the new executive director of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to thank those who have been valued members of GINCC. Throughout my career, I’ve worked within the U.P. and the west end in different ...

Houston’s businesses inching back to work as waters recede

HOUSTON — Bobby Jucker has had it with hurricanes. In 2008, Hurricane Ike tore the roof off his business, Three Brothers Bakery. Now, he estimates, he's facing $1 million in damage and lost revenue from Harvey — the fifth time a storm has put his bakery out of commission. He's always ...

LSCP’s VanTilburg promoted

MARQUETTE — The Lake Superior Community Partnership recently announced the promotion of Mary VanTilburg to business development specialist. VanTilburg is from Alanson. She graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010 with a degree in business management. VanTilburg has been with the ...

Benefits of being a partner of the LSCP

Is your business a partner of the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP)? Did you know that the money you invest allows us to support economic development in Marquette County? The dues paid by our partners help us to provide business development services that help businesses in all sectors ...

The Corporate Chaplain

By Associated Press Staff CANTON, S.D. — When James Swanson works his way through Adams Thermal System Inc.'s plant, he greets employees and takes time to engage with anyone who wants to talk. To the untrained eye, it looks like Swanson might be cutting down on the plant's productivity ...

Volunteering straight from the heart

As a volunteer for Partridge Creek Farm and the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, it is both a pleasure and an experience of a lifetime for me to serve in a volunteer capacity. Each day when I walk through the doors of the chamber or the Partridge Creek Farm Office, ...

New addition to J. Carey Inc.

CHANNING — J. Carey Inc. of Channing, MI recently hired James Bruner as their new project manager. James “Bruno” Bruner has more than 20 years of experience as an arborist and has performed safety and assistant superintendent roles on numerous projects across the country. These ...

Man puts passion for pets into his own business

SPANISH FORKS, Utah — As the saying goes, either you’re a dog person or a cat person. Well, Gage Bowls loves all animals, but if he had to pick between the two animals, he’d probably prefer canines. His affinity for man’s best friend is apparent in his home-grown business, “Gage Dogs ...

Terms of economic development

Often times, I use terms like “life-cycle” or “stages” of business and explain to you how we use each stage to categorize and define the clients we work with at the Lake Superior Community Partnership. I started thinking about all the jargon used in economic development and how it can ...

Northern Michigan Bank, First Bank to merge

ESCANABA —The directors of First Bancshares Corporation, the parent company of First Bank Upper Michigan and Northern Michigan Bank and Trust announced have announced that an application has been filed with the appropriate regulatory agencies. NMB&T will merge into First Bank Upper ...

UPHS Family Medicine Residency Program: Loving life in the U.P.

MARQUETTE — Rachel Bush loves what she sees in her job as residency coordinator for the UP Health System–Marquette’s Family Medicine Residency Program. “Our teaching faculty is very committed to what they are doing,” Rachel said. “They want our residents to succeed.” Rachel, ...

Becoming a member of the chamber

Have you thought about becoming a member of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce? There’s never a time like the present! The mission of the GINCC is to enhance the community by building better businesses and relationships. The Chamber fulfills its mission through the ...

Symons, Frost appointed at Range

MARQUETTE — Range Bank announced the appointment of David Symons to the position of Vice President, chief financial officer of Range Bank. Symons joins the bank with more than 17 years of financial experience. “We are pleased to have David join our team as our new CFO,” Ken Palmer, CEO ...

Detroit luring manufacturers to industrial park, vacant land

DETROIT — Inside a fenced construction site on Detroit’s east side, heavy machines are digging, shoving and hauling away tons of dirt in preparations for the latest addition to the city’s industrial landscape. Auto parts supplier Flex-N-Gate is expected to bring 750 jobs to Detroit when ...

Creating good from difficult situations

As we are all well aware, the loss of the Empire Mine last year has had a significant impact on our region, in particular the west end of Marquette County. You also know that there has been an initiative, Project Empire, which was kicked off by the Governor a year ago in Negaunee. One of the ...

Flint developers hope engineering work helps Buick City site

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Economic development officials in Flint are making a push to revitalize the former manufacturing site that once produced every Buick that General Motors made. The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce was awarded a $197,000 federal grant to allow work to be completed ...

WHAT IS FOXCONN?

HONG KONG — Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group says it plans to build a $10 billion plant in Wisconsin to make liquid-crystal display panels, or LCDs. Little known to consumers, the maker of iPhones and other gadgets is a giant in the electronics industry thanks to ...

Morrison’s Gift Shop marking 45 years

ISHPEMING — Have you stopped by the adorable gift shop on Ash Street in Ishpeming? If not, you have been missing out. Morrison’s Gift Shop is in the Miracle Shopping Center across from the Ishpeming Cemetery. The Gift Shop has been selling beautiful and sentimental gifts for the last 45 ...

MOST to join UPHS Rehab Services

MARQUETTE — UP Health System recently announced Marquette Orthopedic & Sports Therapy has joined the team UP Health System Rehab Services. UP Health System Rehab Services is managed by UP Rehab Services, LLC of Marquette. Marquette Orthopedic & Sports Therapy has offered general ...

Businesses, cities cash in on total solar eclipse crowds

BARTLETT, Tenn. — Millions of eyes will be fixed on the sky when a total solar eclipse crosses the U.S. in August, and it’s likely many of them will be safely behind the special glasses churned out by a Tennessee company. American Paper Optics ramped up production for this year’s ...