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Lending money to employees can cause problems

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small business owners lend money to staffers who are short of cash before payday or who have unexpected expenses or crises. The risk bosses face is not getting paid back. Marcelo Melamed made several loans to a staffer who said he needed cash for things like fixing his ...

Wilbee-Amis joins staff of InvestUP

MARQUETTE — InvestUP, the private sector led economic development organization focused on driving economic growth and prosperity throughout the Upper Peninsula, announces the addition of Joanna Wilbee-Amis as director of business initiatives. In this role, Wilbee-Amis will work closely ...

As housing market wavers, brokers strategize to get buyers

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The persistently slow housing market has Debra Goodwin creating cooking videos to try to sell a house. Glenn Phillips finds himself explaining to sellers the reasons why they might have to take a loss on their homes. Real estate ...

Countdown to the fair

ESCANABA — Shortly we will be making a large transition to the new commerce center home in the multi-use complex on the corner of the U.P. State Fairgrounds. Before we make the big move, we needed to complete another transition — the annual move to the fairgrounds office below the ...

Businesses find problems, pitfalls in making goods overseas

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Danica Lause manufactured knitted hats in China for four years and struggled the whole time. “I was unable to achieve the level of quality control our brand requires in any of the factories we worked with in China,” says ...

Producer prices rise 0.1 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. producer prices rose modestly in June, another sign that inflationary pressures remain subdued. The Labor Department said Friday that its producer price index, which measures inflation before it reaches consumers, rose 0.1% last month, same as the increase in May. ...

Column: New Chamber members

ESCANABA — Tis the season for new beginnings. New building, new baby and new members. As I return from maternity leave after welcoming a beautiful baby girl in April, I have the pleasure of welcoming a great slate of new Chamber members who were presented and approved for membership at ...

Businesses grow wary about hiring

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Corri Smith is planning to hire a full-time project manager for her public relations firm and make her part-time assistant full-time. But she has a wary eye on the economy. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had some trouble ...

RaceDriven at Northern Motors site

ESCANABA — The power-sports company RaceDriven has moved into the old Northern Motor’s building in downtown Escanaba. This is an expansion of the company’s current distribution center located at 501 Stephenson Avenue in Escanaba. RaceDriven has been in business for nearly 13 years. The ...

Column: Gladstone, Escanaba parks vision plans

ESCANABA — As tourism picks up this summer, many Delta County businesses will feel an economic stimulus that will help them grow for the future. This allows businesses to invest in providing more amenities for guests to attract more customers and increase their bottom line. While the economic ...

Ferdinand’s marks 30 years

Courtesy photos Ferdinand’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 1318 Ludington St., Escanaba, celebrated its 30 year anniversary recently. Shown in the photos are owners Gregory and Pamela Mitchell, their grandson Nicholas Mitchell, and employees, Delta County Ambassadors, family and friends.

New building has many functions

ESCANABA — It’s always an exciting time when our community hosts the largest annual event in the Upper Peninsula, the U.P. State Fair. This year will be even more exciting with the opening of the dynamic multi-use complex under construction on the fairgrounds. It will be the new home of ...

LaPorte gets honor from Legislature

Courtesy photo State Rep. Beau LaFave, left, and Jim’s Dari-Kreme owner Dona LaPorte pose for a photo outside LaPorte’s business. LaPorte, who has owned the business for 40 years, was honored by the Michigan Legislature recently. LaPorte has owned the business for 40 years.

How LGBT owners boost chances to win big business contracts

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In the early days of his information technology company, Sam Lehman looked for ways to differentiate his business from its many competitors. As he searched online, Lehman found the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, or ...

Column: Generational differences in the workplace

ESCANABA — The active labor force in Delta County includes just over 16,500 people. This means that every community and business leader we do have is extremely important to the future of our region. So, as a community we need to do everything we can to retain their talent and perspective. ...

Lehto earn Premier Advisor distinction

ESCANABA — Wells Fargo Advisors has given Tim Lehto, senior financial advisor, first vice president – investments, the distinction of Premier Advisor. The Premier Advisor distinction is held by a select group of financial advisors within Wells Fargo advisors as measured by three or more ...

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 scheduled for June 6 at the Escanaba Country Club. This is a perfect opportunity to network with friends who share two common interests – business and GOLF! Our members tell us that ...

DS Tech offers SD-WAN-as-a-Service

ESCANABA — DS Tech, a managed technology services provider (MTSP), announced the company now offers SD-WAN-as-a-Service to its small to mid-sized business (SMB) customers. SD-WAN is a leading technology and according to research firm Gartner, “by the end of 2019, 30% of enterprises will ...

Menominee Granite Co. marks 100 years

MENOMINEE — Menominee Granite Co. (MGC) is celebrating 100 years of business with new owners Todd Schloegel and Christina Matty. They purchased the business along with Standard Monument (Marinette, Wis.) from Joe and Carla Wagner in January 2018. MGC manufactures granite monuments and ...

Can a business owner require staffers to get vaccinated?

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners worried about the spread of measles may want to be sure their staffers have been vaccinated, but before issuing any orders, they should speak with a labor law attorney or human resources consultant. An ...