Business network pays it forward

Courtesy photo Escanaba area members of Business Network International are shown. They are, front row, from left, Aaron Dieter, DS Tech; Corrine Detrich, UP Propane; Dominic Benetti, Raymond James Financial; Nick Swan, Muffler Man; Phil Baribeau, Escanaba Steam Laundry; Mike Berger, Home Comfort Plumbing and Heating; and John Luft, Luft Insurance; Back row, from left, Jen Drown, Sunset Lodge/Terrace Bay Hotel; Scott Knauf. The Grounds Nursery; Jennifer Bagwel, Astro UP Building Products; Gordon Chamberlain, Weissert Insurance; Sunday Quinn, Olson’s Lawnscape; Michelle Johnston, Pampered Pets; Sue Laskaska, Bay Veterinary Clinic; Brook Tulles, Rent A Maid; Amy Dyer, Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors; Wendy Holzenkamp, First Bank; Jeff Miller, Miller’s Action Office Supply; Matt Wiles, Wiles Food Services; Kim Rabitoy, WYKX/WDBC; Luke Hejmej, FedEx Ground; Charles Kang, U-Call We Haul Services; Jeff LaFave, Jeff LaFave Construction; Randy Malueg, Randy Malueg Certified Public Accountant; Gary Randall, E&E Furniture; Mark Wirhanowicz, Edwards Collision Center; and Patrick Kleen, Pioneer TV & Appliance.

ESCANABA — Each member of the Business Network International (BNI) in the Escanaba area was given $20 from the group’s general fund. They could pay it forward in any way they chose. Members kept track of what their money became, including having family members, friends and others in the community donate towards the cause. A grand total of $11,678 was paid forward within the community.

BNI meets every Wednesday at the Terrace Bay Hotel, located between Escanaba and Gladstone, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.