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Monday: In Business

THIS WEEK’S BUSINESS PROFILE: Comprenew

MARQUETTE —Is your business updating its electronics and you’re not sure what to do with the items you no longer need? Are you an individual with a new computer who wants to make sure your old model is properly recycled? Comprenew is here — including an office and store in the Upper ...

News from the Greater Munising Area

Applications regarding a second round of grant funding for small Michigan businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 are now available with a deadline of Aug. 5. Through the Michigan Small Business Restart Program grant, $100 million will be dispersed to businesses throughout the state, with ...

Big salmon, big win: Palmer native wins Lake Michigan tournament

MARQUETTE — Sometimes it pays to get up in the wee hours of the morning to enjoy a pastime. For Mike Laituri — who lives in Whitewater, Wisconsin but hails from Palmer and is a 1985 Negaunee High School graduate — getting up early on July 17 resulted in netting, literally, a ...

Workers turn into amateur sleuths to track virus cases

NEW YORK — Jana Jumpp spends eight hours a day updating a spreadsheet — not for work, but a recent hobby: figuring out how many of Amazon's 400,000 warehouse workers have fallen sick with the coronavirus. Amazon won’t give a number, so Jumpp tracks it on her own and shares what she ...

Gov. Whitmer appoints U.P. resident to real estate board

ESCANABA — Christopher M. Germain, of Escanaba, is a realtor with Premier Real Estate, Inc., president of the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors and a captain with the Ford River Township Fire Department. He holds an Institute One Certification from Holloway’s Real Estate Institute. ...

Small business restart grant applications now accepted

MARQUETTE — In an effort to continue to support small businesses, the Michigan Small Business Restart Program will provide funding to local economic development organizations which will provide grants to eligible small businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 pandemic and ...

Chamber Chat: Following virus response plans

Following Our COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plans As part of the reopening, all businesses were required to develop a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan. These were put in place to help slow the spread of the virus and create a safer environment for employees and customers. It ...

THIS WEEK’S BUSINESS PROFILE: Northern Michigan Land Brokers

MARQUETTE — Looking for a new home? Is a camp or cottage on the wish list? In search of the perfect property for the small business you have always dreamed of opening? Perhaps that dream parcel of waterfront or woodlands? Northern Michigan Land Brokers are ready to help you with that. They ...

A new era begins at Jon’s Auto

MARQUETTE — Just 52 days after Jon’s Auto started a new era of ownership, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But new owners Brian Kipling and Mike Guenette did not let that get them down. In the midst of the stress of the pandemic, the new owners of Jon’s kept things in perspective. “What do ...

News from the Greater Munising Area

Since recently moving back to Munising, friends living in other areas have asked about my rural hometown and what makes it special. “I’ve only driven through it, what’s there to do?” or “I’ve been on a boat tour, but that’s it,” are the most common phrases I’ve heard. While ...

Partnership News and Views

It is wonderful to see businesses and organizations continued the reopening process! While we all realize that things are definitely not as they used to be, we continue to adapt to the “new normal” and begin to live our lives outside our homes. The last three months while challenging have ...

Apple re-closes some stores, raising economic concerns

Apple’s Friday decision to close stores in four states with surging coronavirus cases highlights a question that other businesses may soon face: Stay open or prepare for more shutdowns? Apple, like many other major U.S. retailers, shut down all of its U.S. locations in March. On Friday, it ...

AMC Theaters reverses course on masks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s largest movie theater chain changed its position on mask-wearing less than a day after the company became a target on social media for saying it would defer to local governments on the issue. AMC Theaters CEO Adam Aron said Friday that its theaters will ...

Chamber Chat: PPP and EIDL funds are still available

Federal economic recovery money is still available for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) expanded the eligibility and conditions for loans required to help small businesses recover from the economic shutdown. The Economic Injury ...

California wine tasting rooms, hotels welcome back tourists

SAN DIEGO — California wineries started uncorking their bottles and welcoming people back to their tasting rooms Friday as the state’s $145 billion tourism industry gears up with hotels, zoos, museums and aquariums also allowed to reopen. With COVID-19 cases in the state still growing, ...

NMSFA names U.P.’s Grossman top forester in co-op management for 2020

The Northeast-Midwest State Foresters Alliance has named Jerry Grossman of Newberry as the Cooperative Forest Management Forester of the Year. Jerry received the award in recognition of his dedication and contributions to sustainable forest management, the forestry profession, and his ...

News from the Greater Munising Area: New mural depicts different era

Although beer now flows at local breweries and other establishments in the area, a large mural depicting a real-life still bust in Prohibition-era Munising was recently installed on the east side of the former Corktown Bar building at 109 Elm Ave. The mural shows two Michigan state troopers, ...

Partnership News and Views: Entering a new phase in the U.P.

We have made it to Phase 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan! It has certainly been a long three months for everyone, learning to adjust to what comes next. The virus certainly left no one immune to the effects. Whether you or someone you know has had the virus; you have been on the frontlines in ...

Airline shutdown creates challenges for rural Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In April, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Atqasuk’s tribal coordinator Millie Frankson received word that the grocery order she was counting on wouldn’t be delivered to her remote arctic village. To get her $535 worth of food, she would have to drive two hours ...

Chamber Chat: COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

As part of the reopening all businesses are required to have a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan in place and readily shared with employees along with being available to the public when requested. The plans are broken down into levels of risk of exposure to COVID-19 if present in the ...