Business News

Couples learn how to be business partners

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Debbie and Gary Douglas sometimes need to remind each other, this is your business partner talking. In business together for 16 years, the Douglases have found that being co-owners of a public relations firm requires them to be ...

Column: Building our community

ESCANABA — As someone who is new to Delta County, I find myself asking others who migrated to the area, why here? Although each journey is interesting and unique in its own way, the two motives that ring true to all the stories told are family and jobs. From the beginning, I could sense that ...

Ouch! Some business owners may be shocked by lost tax breaks

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As small business owners compile their income tax returns, they may have an unpleasant surprise — some popular business deductions have disappeared or been reduced under the new tax law. While the law gave small business owners ...

Cloverland names president and CEO

DAFTER — Cloverland’s board of directors announced the appointment of Michael (Mike) Heise as the cooperative’s new president and chief executive officer, effective Feb.11. In this leadership role, Heise will focus on top priorities for Cloverland, which include developing its four-year ...

Baybank announces three promotions

GLADSTONE — Michael Nardi, president and CEO of Baybank, announces three recent promotions. Julie Sacheck has been promoted to the position of assistant vice president. Born in Ford River, Sacheck is a 1996 graduate of Escanaba High School. She received her license in cosmetology in 2000, ...

Webster Marble Museum on its way home

ESCANABA — For more than a decade, the organizations of the Commerce Center have worked hard planning our vision for a collaborative facility located on the busiest thoroughfare in the Upper Peninsula. With the recent incredible show of financial support by the John and Melissa Besse ...

Ribbon cutting held at Key Realty

Courtesy photo A ribbon cutting held recently at Key Realty. Shown are owner/broker Jamie Solis-Beaver, along with real estate agents Scott Mosier, Nathan Brabon, Jessica Pelto, Sara Anderson, Brooke Gudwer-Perry, Ron Lantange, receptionists Krista Delisle and Elaine Trumble, Ambassadors of ...

Sault Tribe purchases Shunk Rental Properties

KINCHELOE — The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently acquired Shunk Rental Properties, located in Kincheloe, Mich., adding 87 rental properties to Sault Tribe’s property management company, DeMawating Development. DeMawating Development paid the $1.9 million purchase price ...

Column: Looking forward to a day with Delta Force

ESCANABA — At the Delta County Economic Development Alliance (EDA), one of our favorite opportunities is facilitating a session of the Delta Force Leadership Program. Delta Force, organized by the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, is an annual course offered to a fresh class of students. The ...

Foundation offers leadership training

MARINETTE — The M&M Area Community Foundation (MMACF), in partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), will host leadership training for community members throughout Marinette and Menominee counties. The three session class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays ...

Micheau elected to Fair Association Board

ESCANABA — Vickie Micheau, executive director of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce and management agent for the Upper Peninsula State Fair, was elected to serve on the board of directors for the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions during the organization’s 134th Annual ...

Instacart launches delivery service in Esky

ESCANABA — Instacart, a retail delivery service whose shoppers hand pick and deliver items from local stores, announced it is expanding into the Escanaba area. The service began Thursday. Escanaba area residents can now order from Meijer and have their groceries and everyday essentials ...

Column: Building Upper Peninsula tourism

ESCANABA — Tourism is having a great impact on the economy of the Upper Peninsula and has been on a positive trend in the past decade. Areas around the Upper Peninsula have been featured on a national level in the news, on television shows, and in international magazines, as well as ...

Fire and Ice winter gala returns

ESCANABA — It’s that time of year again. Time when you hear the Chamber of Commerce talk about their Midwinter Gala. For years the event was referred to as Love Affair and fondly described as the “adult prom.” After a brief hiatus when it was determined the community missed this winter ...

Trenary Home Bakery has new owners

TRENARY — Trenary Home Bakery announces that after three and a half years of ownership Andy Reichert has sold the bakery to Marquette locals Marco Dossena, Brianna Wynsma, and Nucci Cerioli. The new ownership trio has dug their roots in the Upper Peninsula, with Dossena and Wynsma being ...

What is, isn’t available for businesses during shutdown

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners are increasingly feeling the impact of the partial government shutdown that’s in its 17th day. Agencies including the Small Business Administration and the IRS are not providing information and services, ...

Keirsten Smith joins St. Francis Hospital

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group welcomes Dr. Keirsten Smith to their Medical Staff. Board certified in family medicine and sports medicine, Dr. Keirsten Smith will join Drs. Mary Whitmer, Scott Randall, Charles Olsen, Erik Rubright, and Nurse ...

Hospital welcomes Stephen Smith, MD

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group welcomes Dr. Stephen Smith to its medical staff. Board certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Stephen Smith will join Drs. Steven Dosh, C.N. Raveesh, Ronald Sherman, Fred Shaw and Physician Assistant Tiffany Molinari at OSF ...

Column: Delta Force members being selected

ESCANABA — Members of the Delta Force Class of 2019 are being selected! The purpose of Delta Force is to introduce and orient new leaders to our community, identify individuals who have displayed strong tendency toward civic involvement and assist them in increasing their potential to become ...

Expect 2019 to be quiet in Congress for small business

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Small business issues often win bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but given the divisions in the incoming 116th Congress, advocates for companies have low expectations. Even after lawmakers deal with the partial government ...