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Column: A Chamber Christmas toast

ESCANABA — We take this opportunity in the last Daily Press business page article before Christmas, to thank our waterfront community for helping us with the many endeavors and projects of the past year. We would never have accomplished what we did without your dedication and support. We ...

Small businesses need help with labyrinth of state, local laws

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When American Rhino, a retailer inside Boston’s Faneuil Hall, expanded to an unused space on the landmark building’s second floor, the company discovered the labyrinth that is local laws and ordinances. “There were lots of ...

Independent booksellers persevere despite Amazon and rising costs

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Mulvihill has felt optimistic enough about selling books that he bought a third bookstore within the past two months. “The industry is much better than it was — the last four to five years have been pretty healthy,” ...

Tourism improves local quality of life

ESCANABA — Visit Escanaba is the destination marketing organization for Delta County. We work to attract new and returning visitors to the area by spending resources on ad campaigns that run outside of the region, and by supporting improvements to the community that make this a better place. ...

Holidays bring phishing scam surge aimed at small business

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The email looked legitimate, so Danielle Radin clicked on the link it contained, expecting to have her products included in a holiday gift guide. “I instantly regretted it,” says Radin, owner of Mantra Magnets, a website that ...

Thankful for chamber board

ESCANABA — The fourth Thursday in November is one of my most favorite days of the year. What’s not to love about Thanksgiving! You get to spend the entire day eating delicious food and catching up with family and friends. It’s also a time, as the name suggests, to give thanks. In ...

Providing a unique experience is retailers’ holiday strategy

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As Amy Witt prepared for the grand opening of her Dallas clothing store, she read up on the demise of thousands of chain stores this past year so she wouldn’t repeat their mistakes. “Big box retailers are selling 20,000 ...

Column: Busy year at fairgrounds

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds has had a very productive 2019. The last half of 2019 saw another record-breaking year for the U.P. State Fair held in August. September was equally successful as the fairgrounds hosted the Annual U.P. Steam and Gas Show over Labor Day weekend, ...

Race-Driven names general manager

ESCANABA — TJ Thomas has joined Race-Driven’s Polaris & KTM dealership in downtown Escanaba as general manager. The announcement was made by Brian Heiting, CEO of Race-Driven. In his role, Thomas will oversee all dealership operations, including sales of new and pre-owned Polaris ...

Walmart starts grocery pickup service

Courtesy photo Walmart Escanaba recently celebrated the opening of its new grocery pickup service. Pictured are Store Manager Christine Bauer and staff along with Chamber Board Chair Sue Helgemo and Ambassadors of Delta County.

Holiday staffing issues a big stressor

NEW YORK (AP) — In the early days of Kristen David’s law firm, she told staffers they could all take off the day after Thanksgiving. But before the holiday, they learned an upcoming trial would start Monday, right after the long weekend. “I had given them the weekend off. They had made ...

Column: Celebrate Webster L. Marble Day

ESCANABA — As we bid farewell to Halloween, we quickly transition our prep towards the next upcoming holiday. And while others from across the country may assume that would be Thanksgiving, we here in God’s Country know that the next holiday arrives on Nov. 15 with the opening of ...

Northern Auto Detail open for business

Courtesy photo On Saturday, Oct. 26, members of the Delta County Ambassadors celebrated a ribbon cutting with Northern Auto Detail owner Keith Beauchamp and members of the community to commemorate the opening of his bricks and mortar location at 1402 Ludington St.

Delta Chamber has a mission

ESCANABA — Did you know that October is designated as Chamber of Commerce month in Michigan? It’s true! And, while the month of October has come and gone, we still want to take this opportunity to communicate with our waterfront community the mission of the Delta County Chamber and describe ...

VanAire Inc. ships large equipment

Courtesy photo VanAire Inc. shipped out three 14-foot by 66- foot dissolved air flotation tanks along with other wastewater treatment equipment recently. The equipment was shipped to North Carolina to one of the largest pork processors in the United States. The dissolved air flotation system ...

Rising home prices hurting small businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Many small companies tied to the housing market are seeing a slowdown in business, one that’s forecast to continue well into 2020. Reports on home sales, the home remodeling market and sales of furniture and home furnishings show the spreading fallout from rising prices ...

In owners’ divorces, businesses can become part of the fight

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When one of Zach Hendrix’s three business partners said he was getting divorced, sympathy turned into shock as everyone realized that a soon-to-be ex-wife could become a co-owner. “Because we failed to forecast this life event ...

Column: Consider joining the next Delta Force

ESCANABA — The call for applications for the 2020 Delta Force Leadership begins now! Delta Force is entering its 19th year and has added value to those who participate as well as to those around them. Delta Force graduates are exposed to the inner workings of our community, to the ...

George wins real estate corporate award

ESCANABA — Lynn George of State Wide Real Estate of Escanaba recently received special recognition for having achieved Sales Associate of the Month in the State Wide Real Estate Inc. network of offices for August 2019. George has 36 years of experience both as an associate broker realtor ...

Pure Michigan drives growth

ESCANABA — Visit Escanaba is the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Delta County and supports marketing efforts to attract visitors and residents to our region. Our organization’s mission is to enhance and enrich the economy and community in Delta County while pursuing initiatives ...