Monday: In Business

‘Dislike’

By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network’s ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users’ ...

Retail rivals crash Amazon’s Prime Day party

NEW YORK (AP) — The gravitational pull of Amazon Prime Day is so strong on shoppers it’s benefiting other retailers as well, according to an early analysis from a key data group. On Monday, the first day of its 48-hour sales event, large retailers, those that generated annual revenue of ...

Bjork earns CISR designation

ISHPEMING — Iron Range Agency recently announced that Sara A. Bjork has earned the designation of Certified Insurance Service Representative, or CISR, following her successful completion of a comprehensive insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Service ...

Dr. Tim’s dog food not linked to DCM

HARVEY — Dr. Tim’s Pet Food Company, 2361 U.S. 41 South, has announced that none of its foods are on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of products linked to the heart disease, dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, in dogs. Formulation of Dr. Tim’s diets is performed by a ...

Business After Hours a good opportunity for all

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Business After Hours events. Since our calendar is filling up, I thought I’d take this opportunity to do a little refresher on them and how you can benefit. Hosting a Business After Hours event with GINCC is a great opportunity to show the ...

Businesses find problems, pitfalls in making goods overseas

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Danica Lause manufactured knitted hats in China for four years and struggled the whole time. “I was unable to achieve the level of quality control our brand requires in any of the factories we worked with in China,” says Lause, whose ...

LSCP offers resources for employers, employees

At the LSCP, we do approximately 500 business visits per year to make sure we understand the challenges and opportunities they are facing. The number one challenge we continue to hear, is the difficulty finding and retaining talent. So as an economic development organization, we have had to ...

In brief

AJ’s Walleye Lodge unveils new restaurant project LAKE GOGEBIC — AJ’s Walleye Lodge in the Lake Gogebic area announced that they recently broke ground on a new expansion project which will include a lakefront bar and grill scheduled to open late 2019. AJ’s Bar & Grill is going ...

Uncertainty can follow grief when small business owner dies

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — When Jim McLaughlin died suddenly from a heart attack at age 64, his family assumed they would have to close his homebuilding business. He’d made no plans for someone to succeed him at McLaughlin Construction, and there was no employee ...

Businesses must strategize to compete with online prices

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Business owners whose online competitors charge less — sometimes, dramatically less — need to strategize to make sure they survive. Anyone running a business is likely to be involved in a price war at some time, says Mark Bergen, ...

New state, local laws affecting business are now in effect

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — With the arrival of July 1, many states and municipalities have new laws and regulations in effect affecting small businesses. While statutes in jurisdictions outside a company’s location or operating area may not have a direct impact ...

Larsen joins Thrivent Financial

MARQUETTE — Jed Larsen of Marquette has joined Thrivent Financial as a financial associate with the organization’s east Wisconsin and upper Michigan regional office. Larsen supports Thrivent members by helping them develop sound financial strategies so they can prepare for retirement, ...

The Bistro On Baraga

MARQUETTE — Carol Holman is excited about the Bistro on Baraga, the retail outlet for the food services department at the new UP Health System-Marquette hospital. “Of course, our focus is still on taking care of the patients, following the dietary guidelines for them and providing ...

Starting the process: How to certify a small business

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Many small businesses can take advantage of contracting and other opportunities from large companies and federal, state and local agencies. They must qualify for certain categories, such as being at least 51% owned by women, ...

In brief

mBank gets SBA diversity award MANISTIQUE — mBank recently announced it were selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration Michigan District Office as the 2018 Diversity Community Lender of the Year. An mBank press release states that the criteria for the Diversity Community Lender ...

Tougher getting loans but businesses upbeat about future prospects

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Small business owners are upbeat about their companies’ prospects even as they have a harder time getting bank loans. That’s the finding of a second-quarter survey of owners by researchers at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio ...

Projects that matter to the U.P. and the state

In economic development, we sell our region. We market all the wonderful attributes that make companies want to do business here. For example: ¯ Natural beauty ¯ Recreational opportunities ¯ Low risk of natural disaster ¯ Strong work ethic/talent ¯ Low crime rates ¯ World ...

One Marquette Place

MARQUETTE — Community members will soon have the chance to see for themselves the much anticipated spectacular One Marquette Place apartments! June 13 is the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the community and all are welcome to stop by 401 South Lakeshore Boulevard for this special ...

Chamber Chat

Community and business go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. For a business to grow, a community needs to support it by utilizing the service or products offered. Building a business has some basic concepts and when done right can lead to a vibrant and successful outcome. ...

mBank promotes Todd Kilgren

MARQUETTE — mBank recently announced the promotion of Todd Kilgren to assistant branch manager at the Marquette Washington Street location. Kilgren has five years of experience working in the financial services industry and joined mBank in January as a commercial loan assistant ...