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Monday: In Business

Michigan Future Business Index presented

Every year Chris Holman and the Michigan Business Network (MBN) make their way to Marquette County to share the results of their Michigan Future Business Index. As noted by MBN: “The semi-annual Michigan Future Business Index has been commissioned by Accident Fund Insurance Company of ...

Bulletin Board

Online Lakes course offered MARQUETTE — The Michigan State University Extension Introduction to Lakes online course is being offered January 2020 and registration is now open. This nationally recognized six-week course is in a convenient self-paced online format and is designed for lake ...

Tips to help small business owners avoid phishing scam

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Phishing scams that infect a computer and potentially allow hackers to invade bank and other accounts are highly preventable — but it takes eternal vigilance on the part of computer users. Even small business owners or employees who ...

Businesses need help with labyrinth of state, local laws

NEW YORK — When American Rhino, a retailer inside Boston’s Faneuil Hall, expanded to an unused space on the landmark building’s second floor, the company discovered the labyrinth that is local laws and ordinances. “There were lots of twists and turns — you really don’t know ...

Biz Tips

With state and local governments frequently adding laws, ordinances and regulations, small business owners likely will find it hard or impossible to keep track of all the requirements they must meet in the course of running their companies. Whether they’re employers, doing construction ...

In brief

MARQUETTE — Armada Media Partners, based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, recently announced the purchase of Sovereign Communications radio stations in Marquette and Iron Mountain. Armada already owns and operates Bay Cities Radio, a five-station group based in the Marinette/Menominee area, and ...

Importance of investing in Marquette County

In several columns, I have worked to communicate the value of investing in an economic development organization (edo) in your community. It is amazing, yet not unique to the Lake Superior Community Partnership, that being able to clearly and concisely define our value proposition or our ...

Spotlight on lung cancer

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month, putting the spotlight on the deadliest form of cancers. And it’s also a time to make sure the public knows there is a new hope for early detection: lung cancer screening. “Lung cancer is the leading case of cancer-related deaths,” said Heather ...

Larson named marketing, communications director at UPHS

MARQUETTE — UP Health System recently announced the addition of Janell Larson as UPHS director of marketing and communications. Larson earned her bachelor’s of science in business administration at Central Michigan University where she studied marketing and management, and brings 21 ...

Let the holiday rumpus commence

Happy Thanksgiving! The day that families and friends gather to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. Followed by the official kick-off to the holiday shopping season: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. And that’s all before we even get four days ...

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 ...

In brief

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 ...

In brief

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 ...