Business

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 ...

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 ...

NI to invest in diverse entrepreneurs

MARQUETTE — A $316,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Diverse Community Capital Program will help Northern Initiatives invest in diverse small business owners and entrepreneurs, according to a press release from the organization. It also brings Northern Initiatives ...

NI receives award

MARQUETTE — Among the 135 lending institutions in the state of Michigan, Northern Initiatives has been selected to receive the 2016 Small Business Administration District Director’s Award. It recognizes Northern Initiatives as the most active SBA Community Advantage lender in the state, ...

mBank hire Bal as assistant VP

MANISTIQUE — mBank recently announced the hiring of Josh Bal as assistant vice president, mortgage loan officer, located in Marquette. Bal has more than nine years of experience in the banking industry, with five of those years spent in mortgage lending, as well as holding positions in ...

Trawick joins Thrivent Financial

MARQUETTE — David Trawick, of Ishpeming, has joined Theresa Sell’s team at Thrivent Financial as a financial associate with the organization’s East Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Regional Financial Office. Trawick offers financial strategies, personal customer service and financial ...

Range holds shareholders meeting

MARQUETTE — Range Financial Corp. held its annual meeting of shareholders on May 16 in Marquette. Five directors were elected. They were: Peter W. Frazier, Plant Engineer, Fraco, Inc.; Anita A. Johns, Holiday Travel Vacations; Allan L. Koskey, Retired, Koskey Funeral Home, Inc.; Stephen D. ...

Tegge honored by Commonwealth

MARQUETTE — Rich Tegge, an independent financial adviser affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network and president of Wealth Strategy Group in Marquette, has achieved Commonwealth Business Experience status for 2017. This distinction recognizes success based on a ranking of annual ...