Business News

U.P. firm gets small business award

NEWBERRY — A Newberry-based aerospace and military support system is receiving statewide recognition. Northern Wings has been selected as the Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Best Small Business of the Year. Northern Wings, a long-time client of the Northwest Michigan ...

U.P. Apprentice of the Year named

Courtesy photo Over 200 people met at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris on Saturday, March 9, for the eighth annual Upper Peninsula Apprentice of the Year recognition banquet. The winner of this year’s award was Dejian Dean, IBEW Local 906. Finalists were Joe Beaudry, IBEW Local 906 ...

U.Putt Family Fun Center plans opening

ESCANABA — U.Putt Family Fun Center, 2805 N. Lincoln Road, Escanaba, is planning to open its doors in May. The business will include indoor glow golf, an arcade, and food, according to owners Don and Vickie Martin. It also features mini golf, birthday party room, arcade, food court. The ...

Germain earns NAR advisor certification

ESCANABA — Christopher Germain of Premier Real Estate, Inc. has earned the nationally recognized pricing strategy advisor (PSA) certification. The National Association of Realtors offers the PSA certification to realtors as determining property values depends more than ever on professional ...

Column: Building UP our deeply rooted community

ESCANABA — On a busy afternoon, just over two weeks ago, the Commerce Center hosted an impromptu media event on the fairgrounds largely to thank the media and those in attendance for their unyielding support of the Commerce Center, the U.P. State Fair and the Greater U.P. Community. Ten ...

Maloney promoted to trust officer

ESCANABA – Todd Maki, president and CEO of First Bank, Upper Michigan, announces the promotion of Jenine Maloney to trust officer in its Investment Management Group. Maloney has been with the First Bank since 2013 and is responsible for investment management as well as trust and estate ...

Column: Find the value in your employment

ESCANABA — The idea of finding ones purpose or meaning can be found among many sources; one of them being employment. A job can allow you to feel significant knowing that you are contributing value to the world. Personally, I first experienced this when I dedicated my time to a specialized ...

Benetti, Sauve create investment firm

ESCANABA — Christopher Sauve and Dominic Benetti announce the creation of Great Lakes Wealth Advisors, a new investment advisory firm in Escanaba. Sauve has over 13 years of experience and is coming over from Tackman Capital Management. Benetti is coming over from Raymond James and has ...

Esky native Culbertson joins Krayden, Inc

DENVER, Colo. — Kathy Culbertson has joined Krayden, Inc. as a technical sales representative representing the states of Indiana, Western Michigan and Western Kentucky. Culbertson has an extensive background in sales and service management. She is the daughter of David and Carol Carlson of ...

Business owners deal with worker thefts

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — After Suelyn Farel got an email alert that someone had downloaded her entire customer database, she learned that two former employees had conspired to steal from her beauty products company. Farel had allowed the staffers to keep ...

New Chamber membership

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 ...

Vulnerable to attack: Businesses should boost cyber defenses

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When cyberthieves attacked Empire Industries’ computer network, technology manager Rich Shemanskis could see files in the process of being infected by malicious software. “We were looking at the network, and I noticed it, and ...

The beating heart of the Upper Peninsula

ESCANABA — The latest Pure Michigan commercial was unveiled at the Island Resort and Casino on Monday to an audience of tourism and community leaders who have been anxiously waiting to see it since the Hannahville Indian Community announced its partnership with Travel Michigan in October ...

Rhode is Pharmacist of the Year

MANISTIQUE — Mark Rhode, of Manistique, was honored as the Michigan Society of Community Pharmacists (MSCP) Pharmacist of the Year at the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) Annual Convention & Exposition, Feb. 22-24 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Rhode has been a ...

Crabb named VP, chief nursing officer

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group announces Lacey Crabb, APRN, FNP-C, has been named vice president and chief nursing officer at OSF St. Francis. Crabb will begin her new role in May 2019 upon the retirement of current CNO, Joy Hopkins. In this role, ...

Column: Beach, park development projects begin in summer

ESCANABA — Are you ready for summer? This winter has given us all a chance to embrace our Upper Peninsula lifestyle. Loads of snow and deep cold spells remind me of the years of growing up here. Some of the most exciting times were braving the weather and usually finding a lot of fun in the ...

Germain named Realtor of the Year

Courtesy photo Christopher Germain of Premier Real Estate in Escanaba was named the Realtor of the Year for 2018 by the Upper Peninsula Realtors. He has been a realtor since 2004 and has served an active roll in the real estate community. He served over 12 years on the Delta County MLS ...

Column: The value of Delta Force

ESCANABA — Having a career in economic development means I often spend time considering the economic impact to our community caused by possible hypothetical scenarios. That leads me to give thought to questions like, “If a local manufacturer expanded their operations and added 40 new jobs, ...

Changes in your business? You should plan, talk to staffers

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As Nick Haschka bought four small horticultural businesses over the past two years, he had to help his new employees navigate almost constant change. “They’ve had to get used to a new owner, new management style, and many new ...

Delta County Chamber gets 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 ...