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Monday: In Business

Takeaways from the worst jobs report in US history

BALTIMORE (AP) — Brutal. Horrific. Tragic. Choose your description. The April jobs report showed, in harrowing detail, just how terribly the coronavirus outbreak has pummeled the U.S. economy. Most obviously, there’s the 14.7% unemployment rate, the highest since the Great Depression. And ...

Downtown Seattle brought to ‘screeching halt’ by virus outbreak

SEATTLE — With the U.S. unemployment rate spiking to levels last seen during the Great Depression, people in Seattle have felt some of the deepest impacts as the first city to grapple with a major COVID-19 outbreak. Jon Scholes, president and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association, said ...

Chamber Chat: COVID-19 and the impact on community events

Community events are going to be a lot different this summer as we continue to mitigate and navigate the coronavirus pandemic. While there have been several cancelations already announced many organizations are evaluating how to proceed with modified traditional events or moving the event to ...

Getting back to work: Business owners making changes so staff feels safe

NEW YORK — Before the coronavirus outbreak, furniture deliveries at Sunnyland Outdoor Living meant two employees sitting side-by-side in a truck. Now, one will be driving the truck while the second follows in a car. And when Sunnyland’s workers reach a customer’s home, “we’ll deliver ...

News from the Greater Munising Area: Warmer days on the horizon

Waterfalls are now flowing thunderously into streams and rivers and the ice has mostly thawed around Munising Bay. Higher temperatures are projected throughout the week, and the welcome signs on the eastern and western ends of Munising were switched from images of ice caves and snowmobiling to ...

Partnership News and Views: Economic Development Week: It’s here!

Created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016, the goal of Economic Development Week (EDW) is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere. Economic Development ...

Farmers face impacts of Smithfield plant closure

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Mike Ver Steeg grew up on the family farm where his dad raised pigs and sold them to the John Morrell & Co. plant in Sioux Falls. Ver Steeg, 47, now runs Prestige Pork in Inwood, Iowa, with the help of his own son. Like his dad did, Ver Steeg sells his hogs to ...

Hairdressers put finishing touches on salon business

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Kathy Eckroth and Elaine Berger will miss their clients. They’ve seen generations of them. The two Mandan hairdressers closed their salon, Hair 2000, on March 19. They’re retiring after 48 years working together -- the last 20 as business partners -- feeling the ...

What to know about applying for gig work during the COVID-19 pandemic

NEW YORK — A leap in U.S. unemployment has thrown a spotlight on one type of work in high demand during the coronavirus pandemic: Gig work delivering groceries, meals and packages. Some app-based delivery companies have announced hiring sprees to cope with a surge in online shopping. That ...

News from the Greater Munising Area: Showing support in pandemic

While there is presently an array of uncertainties and challenges faced around the world, Alger County residents and businesses have put forth various initiatives to help their neighbors and community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following groups of people highlighted are some of many ...

Partnership News and Views: Economic development during a crisis

What a crazy world we live in these days. I keep saying it’s like living in a bad movie, or like the movie “Groundhog’s Day”! I also wonder if sweatpants and baseball caps will be standard attire in the workplace once we go back. What about Zoom? Everyone is setting up not only work ...

Wiped out of toilet paper? Here’s a few reasons why

What does toilet paper have to do with a global pandemic? Nothing. Yet millions of people have been panicking about their household supply. Stores shelves have been emptied. Amazon is often out of stock. And social media is bursting with jokes and pleas for a roll or two. The good news: ...

Medicaid Health Plans of America elects new board

WASHINGTON, DC — Medicaid Health Plans of America recently announced it has named a new slate of officers and one new member to its nine-member board of directors to lead the association. MHPA represents managed Medicaid plans across the country, and the election brings “an experienced ...

Tips to help you work from home and remain focused

Personally, I love working from home. I enjoy it but I know some people hate it and are counting down the days until they can get back to their standing desks. Some people love the social aspect of the office, chatting in the break room, and coming home after a long day of work. Some people ...

‘Not so sweet’

MARSHFIELD,Vt. (AP) — The sap has been flowing for weeks in trees in maple country, but syrup sales may not be so swift, with restaurants and specialty food shops closed, sugaring events canceled and fans staying home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. In the largest ...

Partnership News and Views

First and foremost, I hope that you and your family are doing well during these uncertain times. This is certainly a new normal for all, but I believe that together we can persevere. Our community and people around the country have responded in amazing ways. If you look around our community ...

News from the Greater Munising Area

Several robins gathered in my front yard the other day, searching the cold ground for earthworms or insects. A sure sign that spring has arrived in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. While residents in our state are currently mandated by the governor’s office to stay home and safe due to the ...

March is Colon Cancer Screening Awareness Month

MARQUETTE — Colon Cancer Screening Awareness month may be drawing to an end, but it’s an important diagnostic tool patients should be aware of all year long. “Standard advice to patients is that everybody needs colon cancer screening at age 50, or potentially sooner based on certain ...

Chamber Chat

As we continue to navigate the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic the GINCC has been working on compiling accurate information to share and doing our best to encourage supporting local businesses. We recommend everyone follow recommendations from the State of Michigan and the Centers for ...