Monday: In Business

Chamber Chat 11/12/18

For many local retailers and merchants, the holiday shopping season is one of the biggest income opportunities of the year. The competition from online retail keeps chipping away the local profit margin a little bit more each year. Because of that trend we need to start making a conscious ...

Treat your skin right

Flurries, crisp air, and the crunch of leaves beneath your feet all make curling up on the couch with a cup of tea sound appealing. However, this is definitely one event you will want to get off the couch for. Grab some friends and head down to Lakeshore Skin Care and Lakeshore Fitness Land ...

Partnership News and Views

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UPHS welcomes general surgeon

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette recently welcomed Dr. Sara Herrera as a general surgeon. Herrera is board-certified in general surgery and surgical critical care, and she also has a background in burn surgery and wound care. “I wanted to practice general surgery at a place that ...

Mackinac acquires Lincoln bank

MARQUETTE — Directors of Mackinac Financial Corp., the holding company for mBank, recently announced the closure of the all-cash acquisition of Lincoln Community Bank, of Merrill, Wisconsin. Lincoln was immediately consolidated into mBank and both branches opened as mBank locations Oct. 1. ...

Suffering from migraines?

Improving the quality of life for headache sufferers comes through a small but effective device being used by UP Health System-Marquette medical providers. Alisha Wasilewski, a Physician Assistant in the UPHS Neurology Department, said she has treated more than 100 patients with the device ...

Exciting GINCC events set for November

The fun never ends in the West End. We have two unique events coming up that you won’t want to miss! On Nov. 5 from 5–7 p.m., GINCC’s newest member, Phelps Square Apartments, will host an open house. Phelps Square Apartments is located at 700 E. North St. in Ishpeming. The community is ...

mBank helping Beacon House

MARQUETTE — Financial institution mBank recently announced its newest community outreach campaign by donating $100 for each qualifying checking, savings or money market account it opens now through Wednesday. Participating branches include all Upper Peninsula branches: Marquette, Negaunee, ...

Wells Fargo aids Northern Initiatives

MARQUETTE — Wells Fargo Bank made a $25,000 grant recently to Northern Initiatives, a community development financial institution, in support of helping to build a learning community of users of its customer portal, Initiate. Northern Initiatives makes loans to start-up and growing ...

Company owners must step in when staffers can’t get along

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — When four of Zach Hendrix’s staffers couldn’t get along or even speak to one another, he tried talking, cajoling and negotiating with them. But nothing worked. He couldn’t fire any of the staffers — they’re too critical to ...

Business highlights

Starbucks begins closing operations in Europe SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks is restructuring its European operations after several years of slowing sales. The Seattle-based coffee chain is selling 83 company-owned stores in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to its longtime ...

In brief

Jewelers helping first responders MARQUETTE — Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers has teamed up with Jewelry Innovations, a manufacturer and distributer of fine jewelry and developer of high-tech jewelry alloys, to help first responders stay safe while wearing jewelry on the job. The ...

Partnership News and Views

You have heard me talk many times about the talent shortage or “tight” labor market we are currently facing. We talk with businesses every day about their struggles for talent, what they are doing to attract and retain employees and we provide any type of assistance we can. One thing we ...

Wells Fargo’s profit rises to $6 billion in latest quarter

Wells Fargo, still haunted by multiple scandals, reported higher earnings in the third quarter Friday but still fell short of what analysts were looking for. Wells saw its earnings jump to $6 billion from $4.5 billion in 2017’s third quarter, although last year the bank had to set aside $1 ...

Chamber Chat

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new executive director of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to working with the chamber membership, along with other West End businesses and organizations, to showcase and enhance our ...

Global business leaders suspend ties with Saudi Arabia

LONDON — Global business leaders are reassessing their ties with Saudi Arabia, stoking pressure on the Gulf kingdom to explain what happened to a dissident writer who disappeared after visiting its consulate in Istanbul. British billionaire Richard Branson on Friday suspended business links ...

Facing bias as a female business owner? Here’s what to do

Women business owners who encounter gender discrimination from investors, customers or others often are taken aback initially. But over time they develop strategies to deal with painful and awkward situations. Here are five things a woman owner should do: ≤ Don’t show your anger. Show ...

Ghosted

NEW YORK — All seemed to be going well with Randolph Rice’s new receptionist. She asked for more responsibilities and got them, and said she was happy. Then, two months into the job at Rice’s law office, she didn’t show up for work or call in sick. Rice tried to reach her, but got ...

Despite strong economy, small business owners stay cautious

NEW YORK — Although the economy is strong and consumers are optimistic, many small business owners are holding fast to their cautious approach to expansion. The government’s latest estimate of second-quarter economic growth, released last week, showed that the gross domestic product ...

LSCP releases 2018 Vision Magazine

Each year, the Lake Superior Community Partnership releases Vision Magazine, which showcases some of the many businesses and organizations that make Marquette County what it is today. We have a great partnership with The Mining Journal who handles the advertising and works with LSCP staff on ...