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Bank supports St. Vincent de Paul

Courtesy photo Kathy Johnson, a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul of Republic, accepts a check from Michael Kolasa, vice president and trust officer of The Stephenson National Bank & Trust. The funds will be used to stock the shelves of their food bank. For more information, or to support ...

Column: Remember local businesses

ESCANABA — With so much going on, let’s remember our local businesses and organizations. We just passed one of our major summer milestones, the 4th of July weekend. It was nice to see all of the activity take place in our communities. Events may have been a little smaller than in the past ...

Rising coronavirus infections threaten US economic recovery

BALTIMORE (AP) — Rising coronavirus infections across dozens of states are threatening the U.S. economic recovery, forcing businesses and consumers to freeze spending and keeping the unemployment rate stubbornly high. The government reported retail sales rose a sharp 7.5% in June, but the ...

Samet joins Garceau Insurance office

ESCANABA — Garceau Insurance has welcomed Jeff Samet to their office as a commercial lines specialist.  His responsibilities will include servicing existing clients, developing new commercial opportunities and creating customized coverage solutions for Upper Peninsula businesses. He ...

Upper Hand Brewery expands distribution

ESCANABA — A taste of the Upper Peninsula is headed to the Mitten. Upper Hand Brewery, a division of Bell’s Brewery, will end its drought of availability below the Mackinac Bridge. Beginning this fall, Upper Hand will begin distribution of its beer to the Lower Peninsula. “When we ...

Steve Arwood joins InvestUP staff

MARQUETTE — InvestUP announces Steve Arwood has joined the business development team as strategic initiatives advisor. Arwood, most recently chief executive officer of Miller Canfield Consulting in Lansingn, now is president of SDArwood Co., a firm established to provide strategic consulting ...

Mighty Deer Lick blocks available again

POWERS — Ted and Steve Janke of Powers, founders of the Mighty Deer Lick and the commercial deer feed industry, have paired with Mark and Cody Whitens to form NutriFeed. A company devoted to manufacturing premier animal feed products with a focus on the Mighty Deer Lick line of ...

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 ...