Monday: In Business

First Bank, Riverside help 4-H

First Bank, Upper Michigan, announced that a contribution was to be made to the 4-H organizations in Delta, Marquette and Dickinson Counties to provide the organizations with membership assistance for the youth of their counties. First Bank is joined by Riverside Auto Group in sponsoring ...

Lawsuit protocol

NEW YORK — When a small business is involved in a lawsuit, an owner’s concern can’t only be about winning or losing — it also has to be about making sure the company stays on track. Owners who have been sued or who brought lawsuits themselves must meet with lawyers, gather evidence ...

Fourth quarter looks good for small, independent retailers

NEW YORK — The latest retail sales report from the government augurs well for small and independent retailers for the fourth quarter, with one possible snag: the impact of trade tariffs. Overall retail sales rose 6.4 percent in July from a year ago, and sales from non-store retailers, which ...

LSCP releases its latest data booklet

Each year the Lake Superior Community Partnership researches and compiles economic data important to our community. The data booklet is created with the help of Economic Modeling Specialists Incorporated, or EMSI. EMSI compiles data from over 90 different federal, state and private data ...

Stockinger named assistant VP

MARQUETTE — mBank recently announced the hiring of Kari Stockinger as assistant vice president, mortgage loan officer, in Marquette, effective immediately. Stockinger started her banking career over 11 years ago in northern Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a ...

A ‘joint’ operation

Dr. Wally Pearson has been performing joint replacement surgery at Bell — both the “old” Bell Memorial and the “new” UPHS-Bell — for 22 years now. Dr. Pearson said it’s that other facilities are good as well, but Bell has done something quite special in the joint replacement ...

In Brief

Thrivent, UPAWS transport dogs NEGAUNEE — Ann Brownell, community outreach and volunteer coordinator at the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, recently completed a successful relocation effort for sheltered dogs from southern states. The dogs, transported from overpopulated shelters in ...

NMU’s annual Fall Fest offers opportunity

As summer continues to grace us with its hot presence, the last thing you want to think about is “back to school.” However, if you’re a business in Marquette County, consider giving a little attention to the upcoming Fall Fest event happening at Northern Michigan University. When ...

The business itself

NEW YORK — For many small businesses, the easiest thing to sell right now might be the business itself. Buyout activity is booming, and the prices being paid are at or near records for companies up to $50 million in value, brokers say. Many small-business owners are fielding more cold calls ...

Couple keeps going after antiques shop closes

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — After about four decades in existence, L&M Furniture closed this month on Market Street. But Louis Farrick, who owned the store with his wife Marge, isn’t about to exit the antiques business anytime soon. “I’ll never be out of the antique business,” said ...

Partnership News and Views

Stampede Feed & Seed is a local family owned business conveniently located in Ishpeming at 604 Lakeshore Drive, just off the highway. They carry everything a pet owner would need, from animal feeds to work boots to equine supplies! Whether you own a dog, cat, bird, horse, pig, chicken, ...

Hartzell gets diamond diploma

MARQUETTE — Lacee J. Hartzell, sales manager at Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers, recently received her Diamonds Graduate diploma from Gemological Institute of America. To earn her GIA Diamonds Graduate diploma, Hartzell completed two written courses on diamonds and a one-week lab course, as ...

Braden earns insurance licensing

MARQUETTE — Kelsey Braden, team member at Encore Financial Group Marquette Area Consultants, obtained her health and life insurance license. Kelsey is part of the growing Marquette team, which is led by owner and financial adviser Theresa Sell. “Kelsey is a valuable part of our team ...

Next generation:Business owners mentor their heirs apparent

NEW YORK — The plan was for Greg Goodman to sell his auto supply store and retire about the time he turned 60. Then Plan B came along — his son Chandler decided to join and eventually take over the family business instead of becoming an architect. Goodman, now 54, is focusing on building ...

Bills could make small business 401(k)s easier

Small businesses could find it easier to offer 401(k) plans to employees under a pair of bills introduced in both houses of Congress. The bills, each called the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, would change federal laws to allow companies to jointly offer what are called multiple ...

Partnership News and Views

In this day and age, it’s vital for communities to have involvement from leaders and individuals to ensure a successful, thriving and enjoyable place to work and live. Communities need leaders with a vision to see the potential in areas for growth and improvement, as well as efficient ...

Spencer Huss earns CPA licensing

MARQUETTE — Spencer W. Huss, CPA, has passed the certified public accountant exam and has received his certified public accountant’s license by successfully meeting the education, examination and experience requirements as outlined by Michigan’s State Board of Accountancy. Huss ...

Storm takes over Meemic office

After 26 years as an agent for Meemic Insurance, Dwight Johnson is retiring and passing his business on to Kyle Storm. Meemic Insurance began in 1950 when seven teachers sat around a kitchen table and envisioned an insurance company that would focus on the needs of the educational community. ...

Dr. Louis Ostola new medical director of Inpatient Rehab

MARQUETTE — Last Monday, Dr. Louis Ostola began what he believes will be “a fun challenge.”That was the day he became the Medical Director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation at Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette, the only Inpatient Rehab Unit in the U.P.  Dr. Ostola is taking on the ...