Business News

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 ...

Derocher steps down as managing broker

ESCANABA — Having been in an ownership role for 30 years and after selling Coldwell Banker Pro to Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors in June 2017, Darlene Derocher has announced that she is stepping down as sales manager to make way for new leadership to attract and retain talent as well as to ...

Column: Making the move to Delta County

ESCANABA — I grew up in Grand Haven, Mich.. — Coast Guard City, home of the Musical Fountains, Pronto Pups, and sandy shores. More commonly known and simply said, I am a troll. After just visiting my hometown, the six-hour drive provided ample time to reflect on the place I was leaving ...

Small businesses must learn new tax law or pay the price in 2019

By Joyce M. Rosenberg AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners who don’t take time to understand the new tax law may be in for a painful filing season next spring. While accountants and tax attorneys always recommend owners review their finances and meet with tax ...

Delta Deli opens doors in Gladstone

GLADSTONE — With the help of family and friends, Steve and Mary Richards opened a new business on Delta Avenue in Gladstone this month called Delta Deli. The idea of opening a restaurant at 824 Delta Ave. came about through Steve and Mary’s retirement and Mary’s love of the building ...

Limestone Federal Credit Union gets award

LANSING — The Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) announces four Michigan credit unions are national-level recipients of a 2018 Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Award. CUNA’s Louise Herring, Dora Maxwell and Alphonse Desjardins Awards recognize credit unions throughout the United ...