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Monday: In Business

Uncertainty can follow grief when small business owner dies

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — When Jim McLaughlin died suddenly from a heart attack at age 64, his family assumed they would have to close his homebuilding business. He’d made no plans for someone to succeed him at McLaughlin Construction, and there was no employee ...

Businesses must strategize to compete with online prices

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Business owners whose online competitors charge less — sometimes, dramatically less — need to strategize to make sure they survive. Anyone running a business is likely to be involved in a price war at some time, says Mark Bergen, ...

New state, local laws affecting business are now in effect

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — With the arrival of July 1, many states and municipalities have new laws and regulations in effect affecting small businesses. While statutes in jurisdictions outside a company’s location or operating area may not have a direct impact ...

Larsen joins Thrivent Financial

MARQUETTE — Jed Larsen of Marquette has joined Thrivent Financial as a financial associate with the organization’s east Wisconsin and upper Michigan regional office. Larsen supports Thrivent members by helping them develop sound financial strategies so they can prepare for retirement, ...

The Bistro On Baraga

MARQUETTE — Carol Holman is excited about the Bistro on Baraga, the retail outlet for the food services department at the new UP Health System-Marquette hospital. “Of course, our focus is still on taking care of the patients, following the dietary guidelines for them and providing ...

Starting the process: How to certify a small business

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Many small businesses can take advantage of contracting and other opportunities from large companies and federal, state and local agencies. They must qualify for certain categories, such as being at least 51% owned by women, ...

In brief

mBank gets SBA diversity award MANISTIQUE — mBank recently announced it were selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration Michigan District Office as the 2018 Diversity Community Lender of the Year. An mBank press release states that the criteria for the Diversity Community Lender ...

Tougher getting loans but businesses upbeat about future prospects

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Small business owners are upbeat about their companies’ prospects even as they have a harder time getting bank loans. That’s the finding of a second-quarter survey of owners by researchers at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio ...

Projects that matter to the U.P. and the state

In economic development, we sell our region. We market all the wonderful attributes that make companies want to do business here. For example: ¯ Natural beauty ¯ Recreational opportunities ¯ Low risk of natural disaster ¯ Strong work ethic/talent ¯ Low crime rates ¯ World ...

One Marquette Place

MARQUETTE — Community members will soon have the chance to see for themselves the much anticipated spectacular One Marquette Place apartments! June 13 is the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the community and all are welcome to stop by 401 South Lakeshore Boulevard for this special ...

Chamber Chat

Community and business go hand-in-hand. You can’t have one without the other. For a business to grow, a community needs to support it by utilizing the service or products offered. Building a business has some basic concepts and when done right can lead to a vibrant and successful outcome. ...

mBank promotes Todd Kilgren

MARQUETTE — mBank recently announced the promotion of Todd Kilgren to assistant branch manager at the Marquette Washington Street location. Kilgren has five years of experience working in the financial services industry and joined mBank in January as a commercial loan assistant ...

UP Steel Center now offers U-Hauls

GWINN — U-Haul Company of Michigan recently announced that UP Steel Center has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Gwinn community. UP Steel Center, at 275 M-553 will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for ...

Small Businesses Big Concerns

NEW YORK — Every hour that one of The Advance Group’s trucks is stuck in highway or bridge traffic, it costs the moving company around $200. And with 40 trucks trying to get into Manhattan daily and contending with the New York metro area’s deteriorating infrastructure, the price of lost ...

Need to learn more about business? You have many options

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Many small business owners who never went to business school feel at a loss when they’re trying to assess their companies’ finances, managing their staffers or marketing their products or services. There are many resources available ...

Navigating the LSCP website

As you know, websites can oftentimes be the cornerstone of a company or organization’s marketing efforts. It is no different at the Lake Superior Community Partnership where our website is the most comprehensive tool we have to assist our wide variety of users. Today I thought I would ...

TAVR: ‘A major change in health care’

MARQUETTE — You can hear the enthusiasm in the voice of Dr. David Pesola, Interventional Cardiologist, when he talks about Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement — TAVR — a procedure offered at UP Health System-Marquette. “This (procedure) is a major change in health care,” Dr. ...

In brief

Local Hampton Inn earns Hampton by Hilton recognition MARQUETTE — The Hampton Inn by Hilton Marquette Waterfront has been awarded a Circle of Excellence award from Hampton by Hilton. The award signifies the hotel as one of the top performing properties within the brand and is only ...

20th annual LSCP Golf Outing nears

The LSCP Marketing Team has been planning our second largest fundraiser of the year. We know there are many golf outings over the course of the summer and are thankful our partners and the community continue to support ours. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000, which will go directly toward ...

Scrap ‘Obamacare’? Maybe not all, Trump administration says

WASHINGTON — Scrap “Obamacare”? Well, maybe not all of it. The Trump administration is arguing in court that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. But at the same time, Justice Department lawyers recently suggested that federal judges could salvage ...