Business

Romitti: Employees reason for growth of Midwest companies

IRON MOUNTAIN — “The key to running a successful business,” said Kevin Romitti of Iron Mountain, “is finding the right people who really care and then giving them the opportunity to earn a decent living.” He should know. After two decades, his Midwest family of companies employs 40 ...

A half-century of selling groceries for Tadych’s

Tadych’s Econofoods is celebrating 50 years since the first store opened its doors in 1968. When you ask 78-year-old founder Jim Tadych why he has been in the supermarket business for more than a half-century, he will tell you it is because he loves people. Being able to fill the needs ...

Rainbow Gifts to mark 10th year in business Saturday

NORWAY — Rainbow Gifts will celebrate its 10th year of business with an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Rainbow’s End Alpacas at W6139 U.S. 2, on the west side of Norway just west of the Norway Spring. Rainbow Gifts started in 2008 in a small 195-square-foot building the ...

Northern Initiatives event today at 51st State Brewery

MARQUETTE — Northern Initiatives continues to commemorate 25 years of helping small businesses start and grow with a party tonight at Kingsford’s 51st State Brewery. Northern Initiatives is a Community Development Financial Institution that provides loans and knowledge-building services ...

Volunteers needed for Tax-Aide program

LANSING — AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, offers free, in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. ...

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 ...