Business News

Hiawatha Chef wins Excellerator sales award

ESCANABA — Hiawatha Chef Supply of Escanaba and Appleton has won its fourth Excellerator sales award in eight years. The company grew its business with Excell Foodservice Equipment Dealer Network members by more than 25 percent last year, to become one of just 24 dealers to take a trophy at ...

Four Seasons Resort to hold grand opening

PEMBINE, Wis. — With new ownership in place, an iconic Wisconsin resort is set to host its grand re-opening on Saturday, June 8, after being closed for several years. Festivities commence at 11 a.m. The Four Seasons Island Resort in Pembine, Wis., is now owned by a group with extensive ...

Networking opportunities

ESCANABA — Harvard Business Review describes networking as a necessity in today’s world. They go on to explain, “A mountain of research shows that professional networks lead to more job and business opportunities, broader and deeper knowledge, improved capacity to innovate, faster ...

Hiawatha Chef owner attends conference

Courtesy photo Hiawatha Chef Supply owner Tracy Thompson (pictured far left) joined other food service equipment dealers’ and manufacturers’ representatives for an opening-night reception at the Excell 2019 Annual Conference held recently in Austin, Texas.

Crispigna’s plans to expand, remodel

ESCANABA — Andrew Crispigna, owner and CEO of Crispigna’s Foods, LLC. (Crispignas.com) announced his authentic, homemade, casual Crispigna’s Italian Restaurant has entered the expansion arena. Crispigna’s, which opened its doors in 1972, when it was founded by Andy’s father, Joe ...

Island Resort and Casino captures top magazine awards

HARRIS — The Island Resort & Casino once again garnered numerous awards from casino industry magazines. Island garnered nine “Best of Dining & Nightlife” Awards from the readers of Casino Player Magazine for the Midwest Region, and eight “Readers’ Choice Awards” from ...

Next UP hosts upcoming events

ESCANABA — The Bay Area Economic Club has adopted the new name of Next UP and is inviting you to our upcoming events. The new identity reflects our groups emphasis on providing our region with new and thought-provoking professional development opportunities and a defined goal to partner with ...

Column: Upper Peninsula Tourism Conference

ESCANABA — Would you like to have the opportunity to meet with the top executive at a hugely successful global marketing brand? If you are in business or working at an organization that has some element of marketing to it, the answer is likely yes. We all have this chance at the Uppertunities ...

Blue-Mystique adds Rapid River location

RAPID RIVER — Blue-Mystique has established a location in Rapid River at Rapid River Hardware, 10482 S. Main St. Jim and Lori Berg, owners of Rapid River Hardware, and Blue-Mystique outfitters will be offering kayak rentals for some summer fun. Blue-Mystique rents single and tandem sit on ...

mBank named Diversity Community Lender of Year

MANISTIQUE — mBank announces it has been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Michigan District Office as the 2018 Diversity Community Lender of the Year. The criteria for the Diversity Community Lender of the Year is as follows: The best support provided by a lender to ...

Tom LaChance joins Garceau Insurance

ESCANABA — Garceau Insurance welcomes Tom LaChance as a commercial lines specialist. LaChance will be responsible for developing new commercial opportunities and creating customized coverage solutions to the businesses in Michigan and Wisconsin. LaChance earned a bachelor of science from ...

GreenTree Auto Styling opens

Courtesy photo GreenTree Auto Styling recently marked its grand opening. Owned by Brendan Lambert, the business is located at 3205 Danforth Road, Escanaba,. The company offers premium automotive detailing, vinyl wraps and custom die-cut decals. “We aim to provide your car with that ...

Column: Uppertunities – an opportunity to communicate

ESCANABA — Countless studies have focused on how collaboration and teamwork set workplaces, events and activities up for success. A local example of the success and effectiveness of a collaborative effort is the working relationship between the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, Economic ...

Dr. Whitmer retires from family practice

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare announces Mary Whitmer, DO has retired from OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group – Gladstone. Dr. Whitmer’s last day serving patients in the Gladstone practice was Wednesday, May 1. Dr. Whitmer will remain on the OSF St. Francis Hospital ...

Tourism conference in Iron Mountain

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain’s Downtown Development Authority, Bay College, and Michigan State University Extension announced the upcoming Connecting Tourism Communities Conference, to be held on Tuesday, June 25, at Bay College West in Iron Mountain. Tourism is a growing portion of the ...

Column: The art of gathering

ESCANABA — While mindlessly scrolling through the Internet, I stopped at a graphic that caught my eye. It turns out to have been a book cover titled The Art of Gathering, How We Meet & Why It Matters. Although I cannot vouch for the contents of the book, the title alone sparked ...

Dr. Boes retires from OSF Medical Group

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group announces James Boes, DO, has retired from OSF Medical Group – Orthopedics. Dr. Boes’ last day serving patients was Friday, April 26. Upon Dr. Boes’ departure, patients may transition to one of the visiting orthopedic ...

New Business Owners: It’s a mistake to work for free

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a situation many new business owners land in — they’re so anxious to find customers and clients that they work for little or no money. Or take on projects they don’t like. These owners hope to get referrals, build a ...

Column: Fairgrounds not just busy during Fair Week

ESCANABA — Life in the off-season at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds is a busy one. From cleaning, plowing snow, maintenance on equipment, and preparation for the upcoming season, we are confident this summer will a great one. Part of preparing for this year’s festivities, we ...

Uneasy about the economy, some businesses hold off on hiring

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Samantha Martin does most of the annual hiring for her public relations firm in the first quarter. But not this year — clients worried about a slowing economy are cutting their budgets, and Martin has in turn scaled back her own ...