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Monday: In Business

Unknowns about 2020 election make some businesses cautious

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — While the 2020 presidential election is still a year away, some business owners see their customers already becoming more cautious because of the unknowns about who will be the next president, and which party will control the ...

Global Biz

China’s auto sales down 5.8% in October BEIJING (AP) — China’s auto sales fell 5.8% from a year earlier in October as demand for electric cars plunged, an industry group reported Monday, extending a painful squeeze in the global industry’s biggest market. The Chinese auto market is ...

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Gollakner promoted to VP role MARQUETTE — Honor Credit Union recently announced the internal promotion of Jamie Gollakner. Formerly the manager of Honor's Member Center in Gwinn, Gollakner recently accepted the role of community assistant vice president for the banks Northern Michigan ...

Don’t forget to shop small during holidays

With the holiday season underway, here in Marquette County we truly have many reasons to be thankful. We are lucky to live in this wonderful community filled with amazing organizations, businesses and people. On behalf of the Lake Superior Community Partnership, we want to thank all of our ...

Report: Market for small businesses cools further

ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — The market for small businesses cooled further during the third quarter as fallout from trade wars made companies look less appealing to buyers. That’s the finding of a quarterly report analyzing small business sales released by BizBuySell.com, ...

Rising home prices, falling sales hurting small businesses

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Many small companies tied to the housing market are seeing a slowdown in business, one that’s forecast to continue well into 2020. Reports on home sales, the home remodeling market and sales of furniture and home furnishings show ...

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Voegtline appointed new CEO at Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice MARQUETTE — Jennifer Voegtline was recently appointed as the CEO of Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice. “We’re excited to have Jennifer lead our team,” Michelle Sellers, the hospice organization’s board ...

Small businesses strengthen communities

There was a time not long ago that a business person with a local retail establishment was able to make a living, raise a family and contribute to local community causes. These retailers were the bedrock of local downtowns and neighborhoods. Clothing, sporting good, tools, building supplies, ...

Holiday staffing issues a big stressor for business owners

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — In the early days of Kristen David’s law firm, she told staffers they could all take off the day after Thanksgiving. But before the holiday, they learned an upcoming trial would start Monday, right after the long weekend. “I had ...

All about the importance of public policy

public policy (noun): government policies that affect the whole population Public policy is not something everyone thinks about but is very important in how our society is managed. The Center for Civic Education defines specific attributes of public policy that help to expand on the above ...

In Brief

IncredibleBank wins award MARQUETTE — Independent Banker, an organization representing independent community banks in the U.S., recently named IncredibleBank, the Most Innovative Bank in America. IncredibleBank, which was established in 2009 as the online platform for River Valley Bank, ...

Year-end vacation crunch? Tips for business owners

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — One of the biggest juggling acts small companies face is a surge in business during the holiday season just when there’s an increase in staffers’ vacation requests. It’s a problem companies can contend with even if they’re not ...

Legally speaking

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — When business partners start a company together, they may not want to think about what could happen to their enterprise if one of them dies or gets divorced. Attorneys and accountants advise their clients to be prudent and create a ...

Report: Women company owners say they’re not taken seriously

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Women business owners can find it hard to be taken seriously even as their companies grow into multimillion-dollar enterprises. That’s the finding of a report released last week by Babson College and Bank of America that analyzed ...

Political talk disrupting your workplace?

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — With the next presidential election a little over a year away, small business owners will likely start seeing employees spending more time discussing politics. For many owners, that can be a problem because chats about politics can run ...

Vast welcomes new team members

Vast welcomes new team members MARQUETTE — Vast in Marquette recently added three team members to its agency. Adam Ely, a native of Marquette, has joined the commercial insurance team as an account manager. He received his bachelor’s of science degree from Northern Michigan University ...

A ‘bittersweet’ farewell for GINCC employee

On the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, I arrived for my first day of work at the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce. I was excited and ready to tackle the Annual Dinner event, which was three days later on the 19th. Fast forward to today, more than two years later, and ...

Small businesses increasingly a target for cybercriminals

NEW YORK — While small and mid-sized businesses are increasingly targets for cybercriminals, companies are struggling to devote enough resources to protect their technology from attack. That’s one of the findings of an annual survey of companies released by the Poneman Institute, which ...

Retail worry: Will wine, cheese tariffs hurt holiday sales?

NEW YORK — The tariffs the Trump administration is about to impose on wine, liquor and cheese from Europe couldn’t come at a worse time for small retailers. “It’s kind of scary in the sense that we’re getting to the holiday season,” says Joseph Kakos, owner of Kakos Fine Wine & ...

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Stark promoted at Swick Media MARQUETTE — Swick Media Services CEO Nancy O’Hare-Zika recently announced that Jackie Stark was promoted to general manager, effective Aug. 1. “Jackie has been Swick Media’s rock since she joined the team just over one year ago,” O’Hare-Zika said in ...