Business News

Column: Groundbreaking was a memorable day

ESCANABA — It was a beautiful morning when a large crowd gathered to break ground for the new home of the U.P. State Fair and Commerce Center Offices, Visitor Center and the Webster Marble and U.P. Veterans Museums during the U.P. State Fair. The number of people who turned out to witness ...

Sturdy promoted to financial advisor

MARQUETTE — Northstar Investment Management announces that Zachary Sturdy has been promoted to financial advisor. Sturdy joined Northstar as a research analyst in 2016 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Cisler College of Business at Northern Michigan University. ...

Tourism plays big role in July sales increases

LANSING — Back-to-school shopping and heavy tourism months in Michigan are to thank for a solid July sales month, according to the monthly Retail Index. “As you’d expect in July, northern Michigan tourist towns saw a big leap in sales,” said James P. Hallan, President and CEO of ...

Wanted: employees who have soft skills

ESCANABA — Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with the president of Northern Michigan University (NMU), Dr. Fritz Erickson and a variety of business leaders from Delta County. The purpose of this meeting was to determine how we could work together to improve opportunities for students in ...

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 ...