Monday: In Business

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? ...

GLRC welcomes Clare Mulford

MARQUETTE — Great Lakes Recovery Centers recently announced Clare Mulford has moved into the role of chief operations officer. Mulford has been with GLRC since the fall of 2017, starting as a behavioral health project coordinator, adding the title of prevention services coordinator a few ...

Mackinac to make acquisition

MANISTIQUE — Mackinac Financial Corp., the holding company for mBank, recently announced that it will purchase the stock and acquire all assets of Lincoln Community Bank, of Merrill, Wisconsin. The $8.5 million cash transaction is expected to close late in the third quarter of 2018, ...

Working with the young crowd

NEW YORK — Rory Carlton is getting used to hearing younger staffers ask, “Why are we doing this?” It’s a question Carlton would never have asked his boss when he started working nearly 40 years ago. When he was given an assignment, he just completed it. But Carlton, like other ...

Chamber Chat

It’s that time of year again — time for Negaunee’s Pioneer Days celebration! This year’s Pioneer Days will take place July 6 through July 14 throughout Negaunee, beginning with the fun-filled alumni softball games and concluding with the fireworks over Teal Lake. The parade theme this ...

Rapavi returns to Mark Aho group

MARQUETTE — The Mark Aho Financial Group recently announced the hiring of Josh Rapavi as a client associate. Rapavi will deal in customer relations and work closely with financial advisers to provide service to clients. The Marquette native previously interned with the financial group ...

Trailhead Holistic hosts celebration

MARQUETTE — Trailhead Holistic Health Collective this week will celebrate its one-year anniversary at its office. The collective will be offering complimentary group samplings of acupuncture and Ayurveda. There will also be social time with light snacks. The celebration, which is free and ...

Small businesses vulnerable to cyberattacks, then don’t act

Small businesses suffered a barrage of computer invasions last year but most took no action to shore up their security afterward, according to a survey by insurer Hiscox. It found that 47 percent of small businesses reported that they had one attack in 2017, and 44 percent said they had two ...

A new sharp perspective

MARQUETTE — Dr. Katie Petrin is pleased with a new type of imaging equipment that’s making surgery both quicker and even more safe than ever at UP Health System-Marquette. It’s called the Visera 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) System, delivering four times the pixels, higher resolution, ...

Partnership News and Views

As we head to the mid-way point of 2018 (can you believe it?) I thought it was a great time to review the activities of the Lake Superior Community Partnership and its partners from the first half of the year. Kicking off the year, we held our annual meeting and annual dinner. The meeting is a ...

UPHP names Bicigo as COO

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Health Plan recently announced the promotion of Melanie Bicigo to chief operating officer. Last year, longtime UPHP President and CEO Dennis Smith announced his retirement, effective July 1. Melissa Holmquist was named Smith’s successor as CEO, leaving the ...

Businesses seek to expand opportunities for disabled workers

NEW YORK — On any weekday morning, Miles Thornback is working on marketing campaigns for real estate agents or dealing with tricky tech issues at the office. Thornback, who has cerebral palsy, got hired three years ago at the RE/MAX Prestige real estate agency in Costa Mesa, California, ...