Business News

Turnover: Preventing it and dealing with the aftermath

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A tight labor market and a shrinking pool of talented workers make “I’m quitting” some of the most dreaded words a small business owner can hear. Staff turnover is a fact of life, but it’s particularly painful at small ...

Column: Fair is always creating new memories

ESCANABA — Do you remember what the fair meant to you as you were growing up? A colleague recently said, “that was the chance for me to wear my new shoes for the upcoming school year against my mother’s wishes.” Even though the memory ended in her brand-new shoes being full of mud from ...

Four Seasons Island Resort to reopen

IRON MOUNTAIN — With new ownership in place, an iconic Wisconsin resort is set to reopen after being closed for several years while a ski and golf resort in the Upper Peninsula will receive a multi-million dollar facelift. The Four Seasons Island Resort in Pembine and Pine Mountain Ski and ...

Northern Sun Winery takes honors

BARK RIVER — Four estate grown wines from Northern Sun Winery and Vineyard of Bark River have again taken honors in the INDY International Wine Competition for 2018. “We’re proud that our consistently award-winning LaCrescent white (2016) was a gold medalist again,” said Northern Sun ...

Work of many hands makes fair possible

ESCANABA — Each year a myriad of people work to organize all the activities that go on during fair week. Fair organizers learned a long time ago that many hands make the work lighter. They’ve applied that to all the special events that go on. As it all comes together and everything happens ...

Sayklly’s The Candy Store has grand opening

MARQUETTE — The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony with Sayklly’s The Candy Store to kick off its grand opening. The owners, Julie and Kevin Robitaille, of the Sayklly’s factory in Escanaba recently opened the new store Sayklly’s The ...

Column: Escanaba welcomes National Trappers

ESCANABA — The nation’s largest trapping and outdoor expo is coming to the U.P. State Fairgrounds from July 26th through July 28th. This convention will attract an estimated 8,000-10,000 visitors to the Upper Peninsula over the three days it is hosted in Escanaba. Visitors will descend ...

Tyler Kobasic joins Premier Real Estate

ESCANABA — Tyler Kobasic, a newly licensed realtor, has joined Premier Real Estate. “Being newly licensed, I am excited to start helping my clients with the buying and selling process. I come from a business and tax/accounting background. With that knowledge, I have learned that being ...

On the road with a bus of honorary Yoopers

ESCANABA — Did you know that the Chamber of Commerce offers step-on guide services year round for bus tours coming through Delta County? It’s true! We are often asked to jump on a bus and acquaint guests with the many attributes of our waterfront community. The most recent was a 10-Day Lake ...

Trade pain: Small companies hit by import, export tariffs

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Time and effort have gone down the drain for Steve Gould, who is scrambling to find new customers for his gin, whiskey and other spirits since the United States has taken a tough stance on trade issues. Before the European Union ...

Column: Important parts of the community

ESCANABA — When I was given this opportunity to write about my experiences of being a student intern at the Delta County Commerce Center and working for the Delta County EDA, I did not know where to start. There are so many things to talk about, I could tell stories about all of the amazing ...

Column: Chamber adds to its membership

ESCANABA — The Delta County Area Chamber of Commerce has been in existence since 1921— and since then we have been on the leading edge, promoting our members and the issues that are important to their businesses and to the community in which we live and work. The Delta Chamber Board of ...

Gundlach Champion project featured

IRON MOUNTAIN — Design Cost Data Magazine highlighted the new Municipal Service Center project, which Gundlach Champion was contracted as general contractor and cost estimator by the city of Marquette. The design-build team of Gundlach Champion worked with Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber ...

Grover Real Estate office expands staff

MANISTIQUE — Grover Real Estate announces the addition of two salespersons. Abbey Wood, of Manistique, recently became licensed as a real estate salesperson. Growing up the daughter of an entrepreneur and builder, she shadowed her dad for years as he built cabins, homes, and small ...

Upper Edge caters to young professionals

ESCANABA — Are you a young professional who is looking for a group where you feel you can connect with other young professionals, learn new skills and get to know about the business world in Delta County? If so you might be interested in checking out Upper Edge of Delta County. Upper Edge ...

Business owners find communication helps in dealing with young staffers

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Rory Carlton is getting used to hearing younger staffers ask, “Why are we doing this?” It’s a question Carlton would never have asked his boss when he started working nearly 40 years ago. When he was given an assignment, he ...

Column: Summer tourism season underway

ESCANABA — The fun is just beginning for what looks to be a record breaking summer in Delta County filled with music in the parks, farmers markets, racing, conventions, sidewalk sales, fishing tournaments, and much more. Our community has once again prepared a host of events to attract ...

Young entrepreneurs overcome inexperience and skeptics

NEW YORK (AP) — The age-old issue came up again recently: A potential client asked Nate Hartmann, “Hey, how old are you?” Since Hartmann founded Yellow Box in 2010 at age 18, he’s encountered skeptics who doubted his company could design websites and create online marketing ...

Mackinac Financial to acquire Lincoln Community Bank

MANISTIQUE — The Directors of Mackinac Financial Corporation [Nasdaq: MFNC] (Mackinac), the holding company for mBank, and the Directors of Lincoln Community Bank (Lincoln) announced the execution of a definitive agreement for Mackinac to acquire Lincoln for $8.50 million in cash. ...

Business After Hours slated June 13

ESCANABA — Business After Hours will be held Wednesday, June 13, from 5 to 7 p.m, co-sponsored by OSF Health Care St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group and Valley Med Flight. The event will be held at the helicopter hanger near the Emergency Department. Please note the change of date for the ...