Business News

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 ...

Valley Med Flight honors employees

ESCANABA — Valley Med Flight has recognized two Upper Peninsula staff members as Employees of the Year.” Valley Med Flight employs more than 100 pilots, mechanics paramedics, nurses and support staff in its large coverage area ranging from Montana to Michigan. Escanaba base pilot Conrad ...

Column: U.P. history conference to be held locally

ESCANABA — I always love this time of year! Family and friends get together and share stories about the past. I remember how much I enjoyed going to my grandparent’s farm and talking with them about what it was like growing up. Those stories really kindled my interest in history about our ...

Welding business has new owners

MANISTIQUE — Jim’s Welding And Machine will host an open house at the shop located at 327 N. 5th Street in Manistique from 2 - 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4. New owners Mike and Jessica Columbus will offer coffee and cookies and a tour of the longstanding Manistique business. “We’ll offer ...

Escanaba credit union gets five star rating

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — BauerFinancial Inc. announces Peninsula Federal Credit Union, Escanaba, has once again been awarded its highest (5 Star) rating for financial strength and stability. Earning a 5-Star rating indicates this credit union excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, ...

Hook joins OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital

ESCANABA — OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group is pleased to officially welcome William Hook, MD, to their staff. While Dr. Hook has been serving on the OSF St. Francis Hospital Medical Staff for six years, providing call coverage in the obstetric and nursery unit, he ...

VanAire expands ownership to Soderman

GLADSTONE — VanAire, Incorporated announced Steven Soderman will join Tony Lambert and Eric Miller as an owner of the Gladstone-based manufacturing company. “I am grateful for the opportunity and proud to be part of carrying out VanAire’s commitment to its customers, employees, and the ...

Spirit of giving is alive and well in Delta County

ESCANABA — “For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi While I can’t take credit for the quote, I can say, with confidence, that the spirit of giving is alive and well in our waterfront community! It’s obvious that many people living here truly believe that ...

Increased hires, sales shape strong November

LANSING - November continued the positive sales trend for Michigan retailers, according to the monthly Retail Index survey that Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) conducts in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Detroit branch. The seasonally adjusted performance index ...

Column: Shop locally this holiday

ESCANABA — Although it is always imperative to promote shopping locally, the holidays allow us to emphasize investing in our own community in a fun and festive way. Shopping local is beneficial for everyone involved. As the customer you receive one of a kind, quality products and services ...

Classic Auto Collision at Gold Class status

ESCANABA – Classic Auto Collision announced its achievement of Gold Class status, the industry standard for training that contributes to complete and safe repairs. Only 10 percent of collision repair businesses currently meet the rigorous training requirements necessary to earn the Gold Class ...

Bad review? Owners should address online reviewers’ concerns

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Schweig thought he had a satisfied customer when a woman who bought outdoor furniture in March 2017 posted a five-star review online. Less than a year later, it was down to one star after a squirrel chewed a hole in one of the ...

Column: Winter tourism update

ESCANABA — Delta County is an amazing place any time of year, but winter offers special experiences for visitors that are worth telling the world about. Our access to nature offers guests a variety of options when they visit including ice fishing, snowmobiling, trail sports like cross country ...

Invest in the company or retirement? More owners opt to save

NEW YORK (AP) — In John Holloway’s early years as an entrepreneur, saving for his own future wasn’t a priority. “I invested a lot of money into one of my first businesses and came out break even at best. I am kicking myself for not setting some of that money aside for retirement,” ...

Businesses face higher labor, vendor costs

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Diners are willing to pay more at Manhattan’s upscale Gotham Bar and Grill, but price increases these days aren’t about snob appeal — the restaurant is contending with higher costs, particularly from rising wages. “We have ...

Column: Opportunities available in Delta County

ESCANABA — Being privileged enough to live in God’s Country, we all had a lot to give thanks for over dinner last Thursday. Something I felt especially grateful for are the many excellent employers we have here in Delta County. In fact, when it comes to quality of employment opportunities ...