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Issue #54 January 2017

What is the Leadership keweenaw Program? Leadership Keweenaw is a leadership development program that challenges participants to broaden their understanding of the Keweenaw and develop their leadership skills through networking, education, activities and community involvement. In the December session for the Leadership Keweenaw Program the theme was values and ethics. The participants were able to get an overview of the court system by Brittany Bulleit who is a assistant prosecuting attorney and Kevin MacKey who was a former public defender. They talked about what they experience and the types of conflicts they run into. The speaker for the Value, Ethics, and credibility addenda was Spencer Stang. He talked about the game theory and tit for tat theory for various decision making situations. He had the audience interested and some contemplating real life situations.

Inside This Issue Website Renewing Members New Members Chamber Event Photos Want to Save Money? Events

The Leadership Keweenaw Program members listening to Brittany Bulleit.

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CHAMBER WEBSITE: Our website offers members exposure to those visiting the Keweenaw and those living in and outside the area. In the last two months, we had 10,400 hits to our Chamber website 5,000 of which were member page hits, an average of 1000 page visits to our events calendar, Job Postings views were 1940, and over 500 hits to the Hot Deals page (coupons). Since our website went live December 1, 2015 we have had visitors request additional information from Chamber members; requested additional information be emailed to them and the remainder requested information via a return call or by mail. Wouldn’t you like to have some of these referrals and exposure? Be sure to visit the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce website at and make sure you have the most current and up-to-date information available. What’s exciting about the new website, is our members are able to access and update their own information once you get set-up. You can post your own Job Postings and Hot Deals/Coupons too. Chamber of Commerce members have an exclusive members’ only section available to them called the Members Information Center (MIC). Please attend a Chamber 101 session to learn hands on about all of the Chamber benefits available to you.

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Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize the dedication of our renewed members!

Brian Donnelly, President Market Manager River Valley Bank, Houghton

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Baraga Telephone Bill Siler Contracting, Inc. Credit Services, Inc. Down Wind Sports Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association Loading Zone II Bar & Grill McGrath, Inc. Mine Shaft and Rock House Grill & Tavern Society of St. John / The Jampot Vic Pietila Insurance Agency Village of South Range Quincy Restaurant

Jan Cole, Vice-President Managing Partner Edochi, LLC

Matt Thyer, Treasurer Owner Up and Running Technology Solutions

Karin Van Dyke, Secretary Vice President for University Relations Finlandia University

Richard Leivdal Director Sales & Marketing Gardenview Assisted Living & Memory

Marilyn Clark

Thank you for your continued support!

As always, we are continuing to strengthen the core programs of the Chamber of Commerce and have some great committees in place. I would like to encourage all of our Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce members to reach out to other businesses to join and support the areas business community. We welcome Chamber members to be actively engaged in recently identified volunteer opportunities. We would love to engage some retired business people in the community as well. The more involvement and engagement, the more exciting opportunities “Your Chamber” can provide. Please contact the Chamber office at 482-5240. 6

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MTEC SmartZone Beth Hoy Assistant Director, Business & Program Development Great Lakes Research Center Michigan Technological University

Carrie Richards Dual Career Program Coordinator Michigan Technological University

Great Lakes Mineral Works consists of the Valley View Quarry, Valley View Concrete (residential, commercial), snow removal, and self-site storage trailer services. They provide both the manufacturing and sale of the areas most diverse Quarry aggregates, along with screened top soil, masonry sand, road gravel, drain field stone, crushed mine rock, and decorative stone. Amy Moyle 46702 Highway M-26 Houghton, Michigan 49931 906.483.7976 |

Downtowner Lounge & Motel is family owned and operated in downtown Houghton with great food prices, drinks, and a great view.

Downtowner Lounge & Motel Aimee Romps, Owner 100 Sheldon Ave. Houghton, Michigan 49931 906.482-7305 |

Joining online is easy‌ visit, fill out the form and submit payment. If you have any questions, please call the Chamber office at 906.482.5240. Keweenaw .org


Established February 1, 1994, Northern Lights Clubhouse is a program for people with mental illness. Northern Lights Clubhouse is based on an international model referred to as the “Clubhouse Model”. Membership is voluntary and involves an effort between staff and members. The program is based on a “work ordered” day. Staff and members work side by side in various units that are vital to the operation of Clubhouse. Northern Lights Clubhouse Chad Johnson - Director 1027 Ethel Ave Hancock, MI 49930 906.482-0741 |

Joining online is easy… visit, fill out the form and submit payment. If you have any questions, please call the Chamber office at 906.482.5240. Keweenaw .org


The City of Houghton Police Department - John Donnelly, The City of Hancock Police Department -Wayne Butler, and Brian McLean from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department also took the time out of their busy schedule to talk about their experiences, how to get involved, and some inspirational wisdom. The participants also had the privilege of learning some Personal missions, visions, and values from Mary Jane Hatton. One participant enjoyed this particular session because she learned that it is imperative that we develop ourselves and the best way to do so is by understanding our values and goals. The final speaker Jody Johnson talked about managing and resolving conflicts. She showed them different methods of body language to use such as appropriate hand gestures while interacting with others. Thank you to all the speakers that took the time to talk to the Leadership Keweenaw participants.


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Sponsors (If interested in sponsoring a month that is available, please call the Chamber office at 482.5240.) • January 12, 2017: Education & Workforce Development • February 9, 2017: Economic Development & Infrastructure • March 9, 2017: Environment & Stewardship • April 13, 2017: Health Wellness & Community services - Sponsored by: UP Health System - Portage

• May 11, 2017: Closing Retreat & Graduation – Sponsored in part by UPPCO.

Sponsorships available! 1 for each session 2 additional for Graduation Day


Steering Committee Ruth Archer, Michigan Technological University Marilyn Clark, MTEC SmartZone Kathy Flagstadt, Michigan Rehabilitation Services Mary Jane Hatton, Finlandia University Dana Johnson, Michigan Technological University

Devin Leonarduzzi, MTEC SmartZone Cathy Luchessi–Gedda, Superior National Bank Robbyn Lucier, UP Health System – Portage Scott MacInnes, City of Houghton

Participants Amanda McConnon, Michigan Technological University Angela Hoffman, Michigan Technological University Brennan Wade, GS Engineering Cassy Tefft de Munoz, Michigan Technological University Christopher Hatton, Individual Devin Leonarduzzi, MTEC SmartZone Don Bigelow, GS Engineering

Morgan Impola, UPPCO Robert Tarvis, Jr., Village of Calumet Ryan Clark, Individual Sally Osentoski, Michigan Works! Steven Walter, GS Engineering Tina Tesluk, UP Health System - Portage

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Interested In Getting Involved? The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce works to attract, support and develop area businesses like yours. Participating in community events is a great way to network and create visibility for your company in the community.

For more information about upcoming events, check out our calendar: Let us know if you have an upcoming event you want included on our calendar or in our next newsletter. We are looking for photos of people doing business in the Keweenaw, to use on our website and in our newsletters. If you have photos you’d like to share, send them to Please include information on who took the photo and where it was taken so we can give proper credit. Thanks!

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For more information on the benefits of Chamber membership, visit or call our office at 906.482.5240 to see how we can help your business launch, grow and achieve its full potential. Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce 902 College Avenue Houghton, MI 49931 p. 906.482.5240 f. 906.482.5241 e. Chamber

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Tip: Getting the Most of Your Chamber Membership! Have you ever checked with your insurance agent and said you were a Chamber Member? Incase you didn't know, you may be eligible for a discount which will more than pay for your Chamber Membership, all by just being a Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce Member! A recent conversation with a chamber member highlighted benefits of how huge these discount benefits can be… a savings of $2500 for that one business. Call your insurance agent and check to see what your savings could be depending on your needs and services. Pass this on to potential new members, this could cover the cost of their membership… everyone should be a Chamber Member! A complete list of Chamber Member Insurance providers can be found here: Joining online is easy… visit, fill out the form and submit payment. If you have any questions, please call the Chamber office at 906.482.5240.

The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce takes seriously the promotion of all our communities businesses, churches and civic organizations. Informing others of the finest things we have in our area, as well as, the goods and services available is an important part of each of our days and planned activities.

We are honored to be able to provide brochure space for each of our members and feel it is important to keep YOUR brochures, placed in the display racks in the Chamber lobby, and are important to many hundreds of visitors looking for attractions, services and products. Keweenaw .org


Is your business interested in hosting a Business After Hours, Morning Brew, or having a ribbon cutting? Do you have an idea for a Lunch and Learn? Contact Trina at the Chamber 906.482.5240.

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Is there a business that you know of that should host a Ribbon Cutting or Business After Hours to celebrate a milestone? Send us their information and we would be happy to contact them! Chamber businesses have the opportunity to sign up for Business After Hours, Morning Brew, and Ribbon Cuttings to celebrate their grand opening, open house, or ground breaking. Along with Chamber Members, your staff members and support team, Chamber staff, Chamber Board of Directors and Chamber Ambassadors attend the event to help you celebrate! A photograph of your event will be seen by many through the Chamber newsletter, as well as the Chamber’s Facebook page and Twitter site.

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If you have photos or stories you would like to share, please send them to Please include who took the photo, where it was taken, and who wrote the story, so we can give proper credit.

Thank you!

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The SBA Learning Center offers free online courses available to businesses and entrepreneurs. You can find a link to this resource through your Member Information Center (MIC) on the Chamber’s new website. The SBA offers courses such as; Introduction to Pricing, Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights, Strategic Planning, Savings Plans for Small Businesses to name just a few. Check often as courses change and there is bound to be something there that will help you and your business continue to succeed.

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Contact the Chamber to learn more about the benefits of membership today! 482.5240

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1. Log into the Member Information Center (MIC) 2. Familiarize Yourself with the MIC Dashboard 3. Visit and Edit your Company’s Profile 4. Edit Employee/Rep Information 5. Visit and Edit the Website Information Section a. Organization Information b. Add Social Links c. Add Description, Hours of Operation, Driving Directions d. Add Keywords 6. Put Your Pin on the Map

Did you notice any businesses who were not listed? We would appreciate your help in recruiting them as a member, to help grow the Chamber network and strengthen “Your Chamber”. We have some great articles from the business community and a directory of Chamber members. We hope you continue to do business with your fellow members and support the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce. We continue to be the clearinghouse of business information and resources. We provide area information to locals and visitors concerning businesses and attractions. Last year, the InBusiness was distributed to Chamber members, which included our area lodging to put in rooms and lobbies, universities and area hospitals/clinics for their waiting rooms. If you have an expo, business seminar, workshop or other opportunity to utilize the InBusiness Magazine, please give the Chamber office a call. If you would like to have additional copies of the InBusiness Magazines at your business, please help by picking up your InBusiness magazines from the Chamber office. The InBusiness is always available online at on the homepage.

Work on the 2017 Edition has begun! Do you have suggestions for an article? Do you have business or event photos from the area, please give us a call!

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Hot Deals

Anyone can submit hot deals they are free for Chamber Members and a small fee for non members. Call the Chamber for a pricing list. 906.482.5240

Job Postings

All Chamber Members can submit for free a job opening through the Member Information Center which is found here:

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The MISSION of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce is to improve the community and economic vitality of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The VISION of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce is to create a sustainable, diverse, and vibrant economy that fosters excellent quality of life. The PHILOSOPHY of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce is such that we believe we can achieve our vision through effective leadership and collaboration with other organizations, business leaders, and community members while working with integrity towards the achievement of common goals through shared resources, skills, and ideas.

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