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Monday: In Business

Bell Forest Products Inc. improves energy efficiency with MEO

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Energy Office has awarded Bell Forest Products Inc. of Ishpeming a $9,844 rebate for energy efficiency improvements. “Bell Forest Products was part of the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive pilot program. The company will apply spray foam ...

Chamber Chat: Save the date for GINCC events this spring

The snow is melting. The birds are chirping. I think I’ve even seen a couple robins in the yard. We’re getting antsy for springtime around here! One could argue “it is spring!”, but I need to see (and feel) it to believe it. We’re in the planning process of some fun events coming up ...

Unpleasant surprises

NEW YORK — When Matt Barber and Joel Doub bought a fishing rod manufacturer two years ago, the plan was for previous owner Tom Morgan to stay with the business for five years to mentor them. But six months after the deal closed, Morgan died unexpectedly. “It forced us to sink or swim and ...

Partnership News and Views

col≤lab≤o≤ra≤tion /kəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n/ noun 1. the action of working with someone to produce or create something. When I speak of the accomplishments of the Lake Superior Community Partnership, I always remind folks that we don’t go it alone. Our partners, investors, ...

Free class offered at jewelry shop

MARQUETTE — Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers will host a free workshop on Diamond Buying on Wednesday. Hosting the session will be Lacee J. Hartzell, a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, a nonprofit organization that educates jewelers and others on a variety of aspects ...

LOW expectations

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Although small businesses vary widely in terms of size, industry and issues, they do appear to be generally united by a growing uneasiness about the economy. Several surveys and economic reports released in recent weeks show that ...

Slower manufacturing likely drag on small business optimism

NEW YORK — The growing evidence of a slowdown in manufacturing is likely contributing to the dip in small business optimism that began early in the year. Reports this month from the government and an industry group point to a drop in manufacturing activity. While the manufacturing sector is ...

In brief

Two awards programs name Global Response as finalist MARQUETTE — Global Response, The Brand Call Centers, has been named a finalist in two 2019 awards programs, sponsored separately by ICMI and ContactCenterWorld. “We are honored to be recognized,” Global Response Co-CEO Wendy ...

Get involved with GINCC networking 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 ...

Healthy eating

MARQUETTE - March is National Nutrition Month - Nutrition is often a topic of interest to anyone who wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Many may not know that a great resource to help someone develop an individualized nutrition plan is available right here in our community: the ...

Partnership News and Views

Well, it’s that time of year again for us to release our 2018 year-end results! We did so at our Annual Meeting on Northern Michigan University’s campus March 12. This was an opportunity for our stakeholders to come together to hear what we have been up to over the past year, as well as ...

Fust passes CPA examination

MARQUETTE — Charles A. Fust has passed the Uniform CPA Exam and has received his certified public accountant’s license by successfully meeting the education, examination and experience requirements outlined by Michigan’s State Board of Accountancy. Fust graduated magna cum laude from ...

RTI acquires Paradigm Spine

DEERFIELD, ILL. — RTI Surgical Holdings Inc., a global surgical implant company, recently announced it had completed the acquisition of Paradigm Spine, LLC, a leader in motion preservation and non-fusion spinal implant technology. “The acquisition of Paradigm aligns with RTI’s growth ...

Vulnerable to attack

NEW YORK — When cyberthieves attacked Empire Industries’ computer network, technology manager Rich Shemanskis could see files in the process of being infected by malicious software. “We were looking at the network, and I noticed it, and another guy noticed it. We’re looking at the ...

6 things small businesses can do to improve cybersecurity

NEW YORK — Small businesses can be more vulnerable to cyberattacks than larger companies because they often don’t have sophisticated and comprehensive systems to protect themselves from hackers, viruses, malware and what’s called ransomware. And owners who are focused on customers and ...

Larson achieves Circle of Success recognition with Ameriprise

MARQUETTE — Larry G. Larson, a financial adviser with Larson & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. in Marquette, has qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement in ...

Beth Millner Jewelry seeks applicants for nonprofit fundraiser

MARQUETTE — Beth Millner Jewelry in Marquette is now accepting applications for its fundraiser jewelry program. Every year, the business selects worthy nonprofit organizations located in the Upper Peninsula from a pool of applicants. Once selected, Millner designs a custom piece for each ...

Teal Lake Melt-Down returns for 3rd year

Have you seen the large, rust-colored structure on Teal Lake? If you have and you’re wondering what the heck it could be, I’m here to fill you in. That large structure is a mining head frame replica built by U.P. Fabricating, and the community is taking guesses as to when it will fall ...

Wausau Homes Marquette: Building custom homes for 50 years

Wausau Homes Marquette was honored to receive two prestigious awards at the 2019 Wausau Homes Builder Conference. They received the “Voice of the Customer Award” for an outstanding 92 percent rating and also received a “Top Legacy Builder Award” for 2018. “We are humbled and honored ...

Partnership News and Views

One of the Lake Superior Community Partnership Brand Pillars states, “We provide a wide variety of affordable and effective development services — for businesses and municipalities.” This pillar describes where our efforts are focused. In a nutshell, investments from our investors allow ...