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Column: Livestock expo unites community

ESCANABA — The U.P. State Fair Authority made the decision in July to postpone the annual fair due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19. This is the third time in its history that the fair will not take place, once during World War II and again during a polio epidemic. Fair week in ...

Community relations coordinator named

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group has named Joanna Wilbee-Amis as community relations coordinator. Wilbee-Amis is accountable for implementing Ministry marketing and communications strategies in the Escanaba region. In this role, she is also responsible for ...

Retailers report better sales over May

LANSING — June 2019 had a Retail Index rating of 42.1. Retailers were dealing with a very rainy spring that dampened tourism and sales overall. The 100-point index provides a snapshot of the state’s overall retail industry. Index values above 50 generally indicate positive activity; the ...

Column: History of an iron smelting town

ESCANABA — Few places in the world do I feel as though I can be within a town and simultaneously be  in nature. One of those places is Fayette Historic State Park. I was lucky enough to spend time researching and getting to know what life might have looked like back in the 1800s and I have ...

Sault Tribe, cannabis firm announce partnership

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Lume Cannabis Co. (Lume), Michigan’s largest vertically integrated cannabis operator, announced they have been awarded an adult-use marijuana retail license on Sault Ste. Marie Tribal lands. The historic ...

McBroom honored by business group

LANSING - The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), announced state Senator Ed McBroom earned the organization’s “Guardian of Small Business” award for his record of small-business support this session. In addition to other criteria set by the NFIB Michigan Leadership ...

Store gives 50% of profit to U.P. charities

MARQUETTE — Bill Leisenring has created the company U.P. Authentic to provide a selection of curated products from U.P. artisans and businesses and will give 50% of the profits back to U.P. charities. U.P. Authentic is collaborating with Sayklly’s Candies from Marquette, Shabby Chic Rustic ...

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 ...