Business

Six questions when making open enrollment choices

Each year, employers offer an open enrollment period — a window of time to select your benefits package for the coming year. It’s easy to overlook this opportunity and maintain the status quo, but this could be a costly mistake given the significant role benefits play in your financial ...

Aerospace expo at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON — The Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan, in partnership with Pure Michigan Business Connect, will host an aerospace expo Monday and Tuesday at Michigan Technological University. “Michigan has continuously been ranked as a top 10 state in aerospace manufacturing ...

Range Bank fundraiser nets $40K for flood relief efforts

HOUGHTON — Range Bank has presented $40,000 to the Portage Health Foundation’s Flood with Love Initiative for the ongoing repairs and recovery efforts in the Copper Country after the devastating flooding June 17. Range Bank showed its support by creating a Copper Country Relief Fund for ...

A place to gather in Felch

FELCH TOWNSHIP — They come before the sun is up, the logging and pickup trucks pulling in at 5 a.m. when the Nordic Trading Post gets the coffee brewing. By 6 a.m., customers already are settled into the tables and booths or counter seats, perhaps quickly fuel up with a hot breakfast or ...

New store Mully & Mo’s opens in downtown

IRON MOUNTAIN — A new shop that specializes in Hallmark merchandise and home decor has opened at 427 S. Stephenson Ave. in downtown Iron Mountain. Sammantha Swanson DeJesus co-owns the Mully & Mo’s shop with her husband, Roberto DeJesus. The name was inspired by their pets: ...

Forum to center on tax reforms

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance Small Business Retention and Growth Task Force will offer a forum on upcoming tax changes from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at Bay College West in Fornetti Hall. This free session with Shane Ellison of Anderson Tackman & Co. ...

Manufacturing Day event set for Friday at Bay West

IRON MOUNTAIN — Education, community and industry partners will come together Friday for a Manufacturing Day event at Bay College West, part of its Heavy Metal Tours campaign highlighting local skilled trades and technical career opportunities. Manufacturing Day will include 380 freshman ...

Open house on ELT program

GWINN — The Midwest Skills Development Center will host an open house for its electrical line technician program from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at 411 A Ave. in Gwinn. The event will include facility tours, pole climbing demonstrations and a chance to meet current and past students, instructors, ...

Clover campaign helps 4-H youth

IRON MOUNTAIN — Tractor Supply Company stores have launched the fall 4-H Paper Clover Campaign, with $1 clovers available at checkout through Sunday to support county, state and national 4-H programming. “For many years, the Paper Clover fundraiser has allowed us to provide thousands of ...

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 ...