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Monday: In Business

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 ...

Select Realty welcomes Saari

MARQUETTE — Cassandra Saari recently joined the Select Realty team. Native to Marquette, Saari is familiar with the area. She has owned several businesses, from a multi-location massage therapy business to vehicle sales and repair, residential rental units and even a hotel. She has over 22 ...

Survey: Higher number of small businesses hurt by tariffs

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — A growing number of small business owners say the Trump administration’s trade tariffs and policy are hurting their companies. That’s one of the findings of a Bank of America survey of owners taken during July and August and ...

Reports: Small business hiring slow, likely to remain so

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Two reports released earlier this month show that small business hiring still lags behind the strong job growth reported at larger companies, and that owners are unlikely to increase their staffs significantly in 2020. Payroll ...

Hawaii ice cream company facing potential thaw in business

HONOLULU (AP) — While a taste for its flavors may continue, a Hawaii ice cream company is facing an unsavory blow to its business after a supply partner declared bankruptcy. Dave’s Ice Cream Inc. may have to reduce its supply after last month’s bankruptcy of national food and beverage ...

In Brief

Vast hires 2 new team members MARQUETTE — Vast in Marquette recently added two team members to its insurance agency. Sadie Owen, a Marquette native, has joined the Commercial Insurance Team as an account manager. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University in ...

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 ...