Business News

Vulnerable to attack: Businesses should boost cyber defenses

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — 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 ...

The beating heart of the Upper Peninsula

ESCANABA — The latest Pure Michigan commercial was unveiled at the Island Resort and Casino on Monday to an audience of tourism and community leaders who have been anxiously waiting to see it since the Hannahville Indian Community announced its partnership with Travel Michigan in October ...

Rhode is Pharmacist of the Year

MANISTIQUE — Mark Rhode, of Manistique, was honored as the Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists (MSCP) Pharmacist of the Year at the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Annual Convention & Exposition, Feb. 22-24 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Rhode has been a ...

Crabb named VP, chief nursing officer

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group announces Lacey Crabb, APRN, FNP-C, has been named vice president and chief nursing officer at OSF St. Francis. Crabb will begin her new role in May 2019 upon the retirement of current CNO, Joy Hopkins. In this role, ...

Column: Beach, park development projects begin in summer

ESCANABA — Are you ready for summer? This winter has given us all a chance to embrace our Upper Peninsula lifestyle. Loads of snow and deep cold spells remind me of the years of growing up here. Some of the most exciting times were braving the weather and usually finding a lot of fun in the ...

Germain named Realtor of the Year

Courtesy photo Christopher Germain of Premier Real Estate in Escanaba was named the Realtor of the Year for 2018 by the Upper Peninsula Realtors. He has been a realtor since 2004 and has served an active roll in the real estate community. He served over 12 years on the Delta County MLS ...

Column: The value of Delta Force

ESCANABA — Having a career in economic development means I often spend time considering the economic impact to our community caused by possible hypothetical scenarios. That leads me to give thought to questions like, “If a local manufacturer expanded their operations and added 40 new jobs, ...

Changes in your business? You should plan, talk to staffers

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As Nick Haschka bought four small horticultural businesses over the past two years, he had to help his new employees navigate almost constant change. “They’ve had to get used to a new owner, new management style, and many new ...

Delta County Chamber gets new members

ESCANABA — The Delta County Area Chamber of Commerce provides an avenue for our business people to play a leadership role in building a healthy, vibrant community. We are a partner to every community, every business and every citizen. When a business joins the Delta County Area Chamber of ...

Couples learn how to be business partners

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Debbie and Gary Douglas sometimes need to remind each other, this is your business partner talking. In business together for 16 years, the Douglases have found that being co-owners of a public relations firm requires them to be ...

Column: Building our community

ESCANABA — As someone who is new to Delta County, I find myself asking others who migrated to the area, why here? Although each journey is interesting and unique in its own way, the two motives that ring true to all the stories told are family and jobs. From the beginning, I could sense that ...

Ouch! Some business owners may be shocked by lost tax breaks

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As small business owners compile their income tax returns, they may have an unpleasant surprise — some popular business deductions have disappeared or been reduced under the new tax law. While the law gave small business owners ...

Cloverland names president and CEO

DAFTER — Cloverland’s board of directors announced the appointment of Michael (Mike) Heise as the cooperative’s new president and chief executive officer, effective Feb.11. In this leadership role, Heise will focus on top priorities for Cloverland, which include developing its four-year ...

Baybank announces three promotions

GLADSTONE — Michael Nardi, president and CEO of Baybank, announces three recent promotions. Julie Sacheck has been promoted to the position of assistant vice president. Born in Ford River, Sacheck is a 1996 graduate of Escanaba High School. She received her license in cosmetology in 2000, ...

Webster Marble Museum on its way home

ESCANABA — For more than a decade, the organizations of the Commerce Center have worked hard planning our vision for a collaborative facility located on the busiest thoroughfare in the Upper Peninsula. With the recent incredible show of financial support by the John and Melissa Besse ...

Ribbon cutting held at Key Realty

Courtesy photo A ribbon cutting held recently at Key Realty. Shown are owner/broker Jamie Solis-Beaver, along with real estate agents Scott Mosier, Nathan Brabon, Jessica Pelto, Sara Anderson, Brooke Gudwer-Perry, Ron Lantange, receptionists Krista Delisle and Elaine Trumble, Ambassadors of ...

Sault Tribe purchases Shunk Rental Properties

KINCHELOE — The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently acquired Shunk Rental Properties, located in Kincheloe, Mich., adding 87 rental properties to Sault Tribe’s property management company, DeMawating Development. DeMawating Development paid the $1.9 million purchase price ...

Column: Looking forward to a day with Delta Force

ESCANABA — At the Delta County Economic Development Alliance (EDA), one of our favorite opportunities is facilitating a session of the Delta Force Leadership Program. Delta Force, organized by the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, is an annual course offered to a fresh class of students. The ...

Foundation offers leadership training

MARINETTE — The M&M Area Community Foundation (MMACF), in partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), will host leadership training for community members throughout Marinette and Menominee counties. The three session class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays ...

Micheau elected to Fair Association Board

ESCANABA — Vickie Micheau, executive director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce and management agent for the Upper Peninsula State Fair, was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions during the organization’s 134th Annual ...