Business News

CUPPAD offers business workshops

ESCANABA — With funding from the Regional Prosperity Initiative, the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD) will be offering various workshops in the coming months: Energy Efficiency Education for small business and agricultural producers, and Website ...

mBank donates computers to school

MANISTIQUE – Computers were recently donated to St. Francis de Sales School by mBank in Manistique. These computers will support classroom instruction well into the future. Don Erickson, principal at St. Francis expressed his gratitude for the donation. “I cannot thank Kelly (George) ...

First Bank Upper Michigan merger set

ESCANABA — The directors of First Bancshares Corporation (First Bancshares), the parent company of First Bank Upper Michigan (First Bank) and Northern Michigan Bank and Trust (NMB&T) announced that an application has been filed with the appropriate regulatory agencies. NMB&T will ...

Dollar General grand opening in Spalding

SPALDING — Dollar General’s newest store at W3750 US 2/41 in Spalding is now open. In its new location. Dollar General will celebrate the store’s official grand opening on today with free prizes and special deals. Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers at the store will receive a $10 ...

Savings Insurance Agency receives honor

MANISTIQUE — At its recent executive/agency round table meeting, Frankenmuth Insurance recognized Savings Insurance Agency of Manistique as a Preferred Partner for 2016. This prestigious distinction is awarded to independent agencies who’ve demonstrated commitment to providing ...

Bay offers MIOSHA training boot camp

ESCANABA — Bay College is now offering the MIOSHA Level One MTI Boot Camp. MTI Boot Camp has been especially prepared for those students who have not taken any MTI courses previously and have an interest in improving their knowledge of safety and health in the workplace. The courses, taught ...

Verso mill a finalist in energy awards

ESCANABA — Twenty-three businesses, organizations, and individuals from across the state have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards, which recognize people and organizations in Michigan that have taken firm, meaningful actions to improve energy ...

Michigan retail sales up, bucking national trend

LANSING — Michigan retailers are on a roll, with June marking the fourth straight month of positive year-over-year sales, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. More than half of retailers ...

Stafford joins St. Francis Hospital clinic

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group welcomes Allison Stafford, PA to its walk-in clinic. Stafford received her bachelor of science degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids and her master of science in physician assistant studies from Midwestern ...

Mackinac Financial Corp. hits $1B assets

MANISTIQUE — Mackinac Financial Corporation, the bank holding company for mBank, announced second quarter 2017 income of $1.680 million, or $.27 per share, compared to a loss of $.125 million or ($.02) per share for the second quarter of 2016. Net income for the first six months of 2017 ...

Remote work the norm even at small firms

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — At more small businesses, any watercooler chat takes place in a messaging app. Staff meetings are held via Skype. There might not even be an office. Having a remote staff can be a good fit for many companies. Among the upsides: It ...

Pam’s Petals opens in Escanaba

ESCANABA — Floral shop Pam’s Petals opened in May at 1208 Ludington St., Escanaba. Owned by Pam and Jason Frossard, the business carries fresh cut flowers, houseplants, Carson’s chimes, candles and other floral supplies. “We arrange flowers for all occasions — sympathy, ...

U.P. State Bank expands to Gladstone

GLADSTONE — Upper Peninsula State Bank Board of Directors, officers, and staff gathered with development partners and city officials Wednesday to celebrate the ground breaking of Upper Peninsula State Bank’s newest office location in Gladstone, located at 1 Lowrie Avenue, on the corner of ...

Ashley Furniture HomeStore to open new store in Marquette

MARQUETTE — Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Escanaba is expanding to offer an additional location in the Upper Peninsula. The expansive showroom will be located on US-41 in Marquette across from the Marquette Mall. Extensive remodeling to both the interior and exterior of the new location is ...

Where’s my raise? 5 reasons pay isn’t rising

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight years after the Great Recession ended, the economy is steadily churning out jobs, and the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low. Yet for most Americans, a key measure of economic health — pay growth — still lags behind pre-recession norms. That isn’t likely ...

US services firms expand at faster pace

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service companies expanded at a faster pace last month, pushed up by slightly better sales and a pickup in new orders. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, saidthat its services index rose to 57.4 in June, from 56.9 in May. Any ...

Long-term US mortgages rise to high level

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week to highest level since mid-May. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said that the rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages rose to an average 3.96 percent from 3.88 percent last week. It stood at 3.41 percent a year ago. The rate on ...

Requests for jobless aid rise to 248,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Slightly more Americans applied for jobless aid last week, but the number of people seeking benefits has stayed near historic lows that point to a robust job market. Weekly applications rose by 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 248,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The ...

Huntington

Huntington Bank holds ribbon cutting

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Mark Elegeert, branch manager for a Huntington Bank branch, located inside the Escanaba Meijer’s store, does the honors during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the branch Wednesday as representatives of Huntington, Meijer, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, and the ...

Johnson DSTECH

Johnson joins DSTech technical team

ESCANABA — DSTech of Escanaba announces the addition of Jared Johnson, of Gladstone, Johnson will be joining the company as a network technician. He has previously worked for Big Smile Technology in Gladstone where he served as IT manager. In that position, he gained valuable experience in ...