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Monday: In Business

Businesses defending against flu outbreak

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — As this winter’s flu outbreak intensifies, small business owners try to keep their companies from being overwhelmed by employee absences. At Gold Medal Wine Club, any surfaces people are likely to touch, including the coffee ...

Schwenke promoted

Schwenke promoted NTH Consultants, Ltd. announced Jan. 2, the promotion of Brett Schwenke, as "a key leader within the company to support the firm’s growing energy strategic marking initiative,” a press release states. Brett Schwenke has been instrumental in strengthening NTH’s ...

Hatfield joins Select Realty

Shantina Hatfield is the newest addition to the Select Realty team of agents. Coming from northern lower Michigan, she joins Select with nearly 7 years experience as a top producing REALTOR® from a large brokerage. “With an entrepreneurial drive and unique depth knowledge, she is able ...

Placemaking enhances area

Editor’s note: This is part one of two in a column series focusing on placemaking projects within Alger County. The second part will appear in one month. If you’ve visited Munising or Grand Marais within the last few years you may have noticed that the gateway communities surrounding ...

What’s coming up for LSCP?

As we enter 2020, my mind is all over the board with things that need to be accomplished at the Lake Superior Community Partnership this year. I'm not going to lie, sometimes it becomes overwhelming to think about! Kicking off the year we have our annual meeting on February 12, that is open ...

Local care

MARQUETTE — Dr. Keith Connolly, MD, wants potential orthopedics patients to know he’s a native Yooper who returned to the region so people don’t have to leave the area to have the procedure that’s part of his specialty: anterior hip replacement. “I want people here to know I came ...

In Brief

Sleep medicine clinic opens MARQUETTE — A sleep medicine clinic in Marquette is now available to Upper Peninsula residents. “Levata, means ‘rest’ in the Finnish language and it can have a great impact on the quality of your life,” a press release about the new clinic states. “If ...

Chamber Chat

Picture this. You’re home with the kids on a snowy Saturday afternoon. They’re antsy from being cooped up and need to let out some energy. You’re tired too but still want to get a workout in, cook dinner, and spend some quality time with family. You remember seeing a flyer waiting in line ...

In brief: Easy Ice acquired

MARQUETTE — Easy Ice LLC, the “leading provider of commercial ice machine rental and related services,” announced it has been acquired by Freeman Spogli & Co., management and other investors in a recent press release. Easy Ice’s co-founders, Mark Hangen and John Mahlmeister, and ...

Privacy gets attention at CES tech show

LAS VEGAS — Once a hidden and under-the-radar topic, privacy got more attention at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas this week. Startups now volunteer information about how they’re securing your data and protecting your privacy when you use their heart rate monitor or cuddly robot. Roybi, ...

Alger County’s shop local campaign reaches $2M mark

With the recent holidays now behind us, we’re proud to announce the Alger County Chamber of Commerce had another successful year with its campaign that encourages people to spend their dollars locally. Each year, Rekindle the Spirit — a festive event held in downtown Munising — takes ...

Some big things coming in 2020

Happy New Year! Here’s to wishing you all have a healthy and prosperous 2020 ... and if you own a business, want to buy or start one, or are an existing business with challenges or opportunities to tackle, let our team at the Lake Superior Community Partnership help put you on the road to ...

California law will force small businesses to rethink staffing

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. The law puts tough restrictions on who ...

Hakkola joins UPHS-Marquette

Hakkola joins UPHS-Marquette MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette recently welcomed Jacob Hakkola, MD, to its Vascular and Interventional Radiology Team. Dr. Hakkola, an Escanaba native, attended college at Michigan Technological University to major in electrical engineering. As an ...

Get involved with GINCC opportunities

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization that bridges businesses with the community, champions the buy local philosophy, promotes the West End of Marquette County as a whole to visit, live and explore, along with embracing the historical roots that ...

California consumer privacy law can affect businesses across U.S.

NEW YORK — If the thousands of Californians who use Josh Simons’ app for musicians demand next month that Vampr delete their personal information, Simons will be ready to comply. The social network company expects to be one of many businesses nationwide subject to the California Consumer ...

Businesses facing new overtime rules in new year

NEW YORK — The new year brings new overtime rules for employers including small businesses and in turn, a pay raise for an estimated 1.3 million workers. The Labor Department rules that go into effect Jan. 1 raise to $684 per week, or $35,568 a year, the threshold at which employees are ...

mBank welcomes Decker as new branch manager in Marquette

MARQUETTE — mBank recently announced Kyle Decker as the new branch manager at its location along McClellan Avenue in Marquette. Decker has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northern Michigan University and has over five years of experience in the financial industry and in customer ...

GINCC welcomes new communications, marketing assistant Corinna Peterson

Hi there! I’m Corinna Peterson and I’m taking on the exciting role of communications and marketing assistant at the Greater-Ishpeming Negaunee Chamber of Commerce. I was (thankfully) born and raised in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Though it took me seven years, I finally made ...

Kristina Behrens joins Ameriprise, Flourish Financial Partners

MARQUETTE — Kristina Behrens has joined the Marquette office of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. as a financial adviser. She is joining Flourish Financial Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise located at 1501 Division St., Marquette. “We are excited to have ...