Business

Oktoberfest sponsor

Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority will host its annual Oktoberfest from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. This year’s event is sponsored by First National Bank and Trust. Oktoberfest will include continuous entertainment, polka dancing, contests and German food and refreshments.

EDA breakfast on Wednesday

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance will host an Investor Update breakfast on Wednesday. It will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain. A buffet style breakfast will be provided and there is no cost to ...

New name for gently used shop

IRON MOUNTAIN — After a year and a half in business, Consignment Mamas in downtown Iron Mountain has become Echo Boutique. Owners Cassy Hendricks and Ashley Maenpaa said they made the change in name and operation to get away from consignment sales. They are now buying merchandise outright ...

Logo Sportswear joins Advanta Print

IRON MOUNTAIN — Local business Logo Sportswear is becoming part of Advanta Print, 407 Carpenter Ave. in Iron Mountain. This acquisition better positions Advanta Print for quality screen printing and embroidery in the Dickinson County area, making the shop more efficient to support a growing ...

Chamber welcomes life coach Sarah Rice

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for new business Sarah K. Rice, Life Coach, LLC. Rice’s office opened this year in Suite L105 at 427 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain. As a life coach, mentor and motivational speaker, ...

Verso completes loan repayment

MIAMISBURG, Ohio — Verso Corp. announced that as of Sept. 10 it has paid in full its senior secured term loan facility. The original value of the term loan at its inception on July 15, 2016, was $220 million. The final payment of approximately $50 million plus accrued interest was paid from ...

Sawyer International’s DuRay named Airport Manager of the Year

MARQUETTE —Sawyer International Airport’s Duane DuRay has been named Airport Manager of the Year by the Michigan Association of Airport Executives. DuRay received the award at the 66th MAAE annual fall conference. DuRay has worked on projects for flights, safety and airport ...

Foxconn, Wisconsin to work together on ginseng industry

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn has signed an agreement to jointly develop Wisconsin’s ginseng industry and grow its newly established Wisconsin-based brand. The Taiwan-based company announced the deal Tuesday. Foxconn Health Technology Business Group signed the agreement in Wausau with the ...

For Kingsford man, landscaping is Second Nature

KINGSFORD — After working for a landscaping company in Quinnesec for eight years, Jason Pietrantonio thought it was only natural to strike out on his own in 2016 by starting Second Nature Landscaping. “I’ve always like landscaping, and I wanted to learn more about it. I put my time in ...

Thrivent offers free workshops on planning for college costs

IRON MOUNTAIN — Thrivent Financial will host a free educational workshop to help parents of high school students with their college planning. The 60-minute College Planning Strategies workshop will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Kingsford High School auditorium, 2000 Pyle Drive in ...

Sanders sponsorship

The Scott Sanders Farm Bureau Insurance Agency once again has agreed to be a major sponsor for the Dickinson County Hospital Foundation’s annual “Scramble for the Health of It.” The event raises money to support projects and programs through the Hospital Foundation such as ImPact ...

New clinical medical assistant program at Bay

ESCANABA — Bay College Training and Development will offer a new clinical medical assistant program starting in October. This non-credit workforce development program is designed to prepare students for the National Health Career Association Certified Clinical Medical Assistant national ...

Contrast Coffee of Iron River awarded $25K Elevate grant

IRON RIVER — Iron River-based Contrast Coffee has earned a $25,000 Elevate Small Business grant from FHLBank Indianapolis. It was among 11 small businesses in Michigan and Indiana awarded Elevate Small Business grants by FHLBank Indianapolis. Contrast Coffee paired with First National ...

Wisconsin to hit highest loss of dairy farms since 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is on pace for losing the most dairy farms this year since 2013. The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Wisconsin lost 47 dairy farms in August alone, the Wisconsin Public Radio reported . There were fewer than 8,400 licensed ...

CoVantage Credit Union gets grant for commercial rehabilitation financing

ANTIGO. Wis. — CoVantage Credit Union recently was awarded a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution Fund. CDFI grants help financial institutions like CoVantage support economically disadvantaged communities. The CDFI grant will allow CoVantage ...

Farmers market behind City Hall today

IRON MOUNTAIN —The 2018 Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisans Summer Market will be held today. Due to the Road and Trail Half-Marathon, the market will be moving to the parking lot behind City Hall. The market will run every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through Oct. 13. It is managed ...

Good Earth Salon joins Chamber

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Good Earth Salon in downtown Iron Mountain recently became a member of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce. The salon opened its doors in August 2013. Owner Kate Pearson, along with the help of her husband, Michael, and family renovated a historic brick building at ...

MSU names new director for UP research center

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University Extension and MSU AgBioResearch have named James DeDecker as the director for the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, effective Jan.1. UPREC serves as the hub for integrated crop and livestock research and outreach for ...

Tax reform changes that may affect small businesses

For small business owners, managing the bottom line of their company is often a top priority. If you operate a business of any kind, it’s important to understand the impact of the tax law changes that took effect in 2018 and how they may affect your business. Here are some of the ...

IM Half Marathon Silver Sponsors

The seventh annual Iron Mountain Road and Trail Half Marathon, presented by First National Bank & Trust and The Mariucci Family Foundation, will start at 8 a.m. Saturday near City Hall in downtown Iron Mountain. The event includes a half marathon; a half marathon three-person relay; a half ...