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Column: U.P. Power is vision of InvestUP

ESCANABA — “U.P. Power.” It’s a phrase synonymous with U.P. high school playoff competition, and illustrates the energy and difference that result when Upper Peninsula communities come together. It is also the vision behind InvestUP: Bringing the assets of the U.P. together makes a ...

Delta Force P.I. gets business award

GLADSTONE — Delta Force P.I., LLC is being recognized as one of the 2020 awardees for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award, presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Delta Force P.I., LLC will be honored at an awards ceremony during the 16th annual Michigan Celebrates Small ...

Column: New flag at Chamber building

ESCANABA — On Sunday, June 14 the United States paused to recognize “Old Glory” on Flag Day and what it stands for. Celebrated every year on June 14, Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, ...

Column: Get involved in the Chamber Golf Outing

ESCANABA — You are cordially invited to mix business with pleasure at the Chamber’s annual Golf Outing, sponsored by Engineered Machine Products, on July 23 at Irish Oaks Golf Course in Gladstone. This is a perfect opportunity to network with friends who share two common interests – ...

Weise joins hospital as director of entity finance

ESCANABA — Kayla Weise has been named director of entity finance at OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group. Weise is responsible for day-to-day leadership, influence, and support to the people and processes that drive business performance of the Escanaba region. She ...

High layoffs suggest slow economic rebound

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months after the viral outbreak shut down businesses across the country, U.S. employers are still shedding jobs at a heavy rate, a trend that points to a slow and prolonged recovery from the recession. The number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits ...

Hiawatha Chef Supply celebrating 65 years

ESCANABA — Hiawatha Chef Supply, Inc. this year marks 65 years as a foodservice equipment and janitorial supplies distributor. The Michigan-based company originated in Escanaba and now has stores both there and in Appleton, Wis. The Appleton store this year celebrates 10 years of ...

Column: Chamber welcomes 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 ...

Column: Slowly getting back to life before pandemic

ESCANABA — Will we ever get back to life as it was prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic? Slowly but surely we are moving towards more businesses reopening. Governor Whitmer stated she was looking to move the U.P. to phase 5 of the “Michigan Safe Start” process. We should see more businesses ...

Construction of U.P. State Bank office in Marquette expected to begin soon

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula State Bank recently announced plans to open a full-service banking office in Marquette. President and CEO David Williams said the bank has been looking into the possibility of opening an office in Marquette for some time. “We’ve had the property for quite a ...

Upper Peninsula State Bank to expand

ESCANABA — Upper Peninsula State Bank has announced plans to expand to Marquette County. The bank recently purchased property located at 1016 W. Washington St. in Marquette (former location of Burger King restaurant) and has plans to build a full-service banking office to serve the greater ...

Column: Embracing the changing U.P. seasons

ESCANABA — I want to take a moment to encourage you to get in touch with the outdoors. Spring is here, which means more opportunities to get out, new activities, and of course, the sun. This year, I have challenged myself to embrace each season and the weather that it brings. You can probably ...

April sales drastically drop as pandemic closes Michigan stores

LANSING — Most stores were forced to close through the entirety of April due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the results of the Michigan Retail Index reflect the expected drastic decline in numbers. But there are positive signs as well, with 59% of retailers expecting increased sales ...

Column: See you at the fair

ESCANABA — The UP State Fair Authority’s executive committee recently met to discuss plans with resounding support and optimism for a great and successful fair this August. While we have hope for real freedom from all fear of the disease by then, we are also actively planning strategies ...

Restaurant chains see sales improving as dining rooms reopen

By Dee-Ann Durbin AP Business Writer Fast food restaurants — well equipped for drive-thru and takeout service — have fared better than sit-down restaurants as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the U.S., but that gap could start to close as dining rooms reopen. U.S. customer transactions ...

Column: Tourism outlook, Delta County

ESCANABA — Have you been thankful for living in the U.P. these past few weeks? I have. As measures are enforced to protect everyone’s health, it has given us all time to think about how lucky we are to live here. Every day I am thankful for being surrounded by trees and freshwater in ...

Column: Rewarding residents for staying home

ESCANABA — During this difficult time, we know our community members are looking for ways to support businesses in our waterfront community. The Delta County Chamber of Commerce is thankful for the opportunity to partner with the Community Foundation for the first wave of our “Save Now, ...

80 U.P. small businesses get relief grant

MARQUETTE — Eighty small businesses from across the Upper Peninsula have been notified that they will receive funding allocations as part of the Michigan Small Business Relief Grant Program. The grants are to be used by the recipients for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, ...

Column: What local businesses need to do

ESCANABA — With the impacts of COVID-19 on our local business community already in effect, in addition to good hand hygiene and common-sense precautions with your employees and patrons, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce and the American Association of Chamber Executives encourage all local ...

Pine Mountain Ski Resort has new manager

IRON MOUNTAIN — Pine Mountain Ski Resort in Iron Mountain has announced Sam Bracket has taken over as the manager of ski operations. Bracket has extensive experience within the ski industry including Mont Ripley in Ripley, Mich.; June Mountain, June Lake, Calif.; Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth ...