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Business News

Upper Peninsula State Bank to expand

ESCANABA — Upper Peninsula State Bank has announced plans to expand to Marquette County. The bank recently purchased property located at 1016 W. Washington St. in Marquette (former location of Burger King restaurant) and has plans to build a full-service banking office to serve the greater ...

Column: Embracing the changing U.P. seasons

ESCANABA — I want to take a moment to encourage you to get in touch with the outdoors. Spring is here, which means more opportunities to get out, new activities, and of course, the sun. This year, I have challenged myself to embrace each season and the weather that it brings. You can probably ...

April sales drastically drop as pandemic closes Michigan stores

LANSING — Most stores were forced to close through the entirety of April due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the results of the Michigan Retail Index reflect the expected drastic decline in numbers. But there are positive signs as well, with 59% of retailers expecting increased sales ...

Column: See you at the fair

ESCANABA — The UP State Fair Authority’s executive committee recently met to discuss plans with resounding support and optimism for a great and successful fair this August. While we have hope for real freedom from all fear of the disease by then, we are also actively planning strategies ...

Restaurant chains see sales improving as dining rooms reopen

By Dee-Ann Durbin AP Business Writer Fast food restaurants — well equipped for drive-thru and takeout service — have fared better than sit-down restaurants as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the U.S., but that gap could start to close as dining rooms reopen. U.S. customer transactions ...

Column: Tourism outlook, Delta County

ESCANABA — Have you been thankful for living in the U.P. these past few weeks? I have. As measures are enforced to protect everyone’s health, it has given us all time to think about how lucky we are to live here. Every day I am thankful for being surrounded by trees and freshwater in ...

Column: Rewarding residents for staying home

ESCANABA — During this difficult time, we know our community members are looking for ways to support businesses in our waterfront community. The Delta County Chamber of Commerce is thankful for the opportunity to partner with the Community Foundation for the first wave of our “Save Now, ...

80 U.P. small businesses get relief grant

MARQUETTE — Eighty small businesses from across the Upper Peninsula have been notified that they will receive funding allocations as part of the Michigan Small Business Relief Grant Program. The grants are to be used by the recipients for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, ...

Column: What local businesses need to do

ESCANABA — With the impacts of COVID-19 on our local business community already in effect, in addition to good hand hygiene and common-sense precautions with your employees and patrons, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of Chamber Executives encourage all local ...

Pine Mountain Ski Resort has new manager

IRON MOUNTAIN — Pine Mountain Ski Resort in Iron Mountain has announced Sam Bracket has taken over as the manager of ski operations. Bracket has extensive experience within the ski industry including Mont Ripley in Ripley, Mich.; June Mountain, June Lake, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth ...

Column: Look toward the future

ESCANABA — Today marks day five of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2020-21 suspending activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. Thankfully for those of us who live in this beautiful waterfront community; the exception that allows for individuals to leave their ...

Integrity Custom Builders gets award

ESCANABA — Integrity Custom Builders, an independent Stratford Homes’ Builder in Escanaba, was recently recognized for its 2019 outstanding sales achievements. The prominent award was presented to Rick and Lori LaMarch of Integrity Custom Builders during the Builder Appreciation Dinner at ...

Column: What a difference a week makes

ESCANABA — The COVID-19 virus has invaded our lives whether we have the actual virus or not. We have seen policies, updates and tips to prepare us come out hourly. Once this is a distant memory, we will remember how did we react and treat each other? Did we display the leadership needed to ...

Michigan Small Business Relief Program to provide assistance

LANSING — Economic assistance for small businesses around Michigan that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus gained approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced. “We understand small businesses across our state are ...

Column: Craving culture

ESCANABA — My name is Baylie Bullington, and I am originally from Lander, Wyoming, nestled beside the Wind River Range of the Rocky Mountains. I spent most of my life growing up on a ranch located on the Wind River Reservation, which is home to the burial sites of famous Native Americans such ...

Coronavirus forces small businesses to rethink their strategies

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Renee and Michael Brown planned to open a third location for their coffee company — and put their plans on hold when the coronavirus hit. Sales at the Browns’ San Francisco coffee shop, Weaver’s Coffee & Tea, are down ...

Column: Work at the fairgrounds

ESCANABA — As spring slowly starts to make its way into the Central Upper Peninsula, the activities on the U.P. State Fairgrounds are already moving at a fast pace for both the fairgrounds maintenance team and the events held on the fairgrounds. The maintenance team has spent the winter ...

Cleary Building employees honored

Courtesy photo Cleary Building Corp. Branch Manager Greg Arnold and Building Sales Specialist Phil Pasanen were recently recognized for outstanding sales performance in 2019. They work out of the company’s Escanaba branch office. Arnold won Cleary’s Excellence in Sales Award, and Pasanen ...

Manistique auto dealership has new owners

MANISTIQUE — Brian Boucher and Greg Bink announce they have purchased the former Curran Chevrolet-Buick dealership in Manistique, which will immediately be known as TEAM Chevrolet-Buick Automotive. Existing Chevrolet, Buick, and GM customers can continue to receive the great service ...

Column: Delta Force class of 2020 starts program

ESCANABA — “Leaders are like eagles - they don’t flock ... you find them one at a time.” — Anonymous — — — Delta Force, a proven and effective leadership program, is designed to empower diverse individuals of our community with the knowledge, skills and inspiration to ...