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Issue #56 March 2017

Infrastructure and economic development were the themes for the February session. Assertiveness, difficult conversations and communication were leadership skills taught to us by speakers and facilitators at the Lakeshore community room. The first speaker was Kevin Harju, Houghton County Road Commission went into detail how he and his team protect the needs of the motorists in Houghton area. With winter being their busiest months for snow removal purposes, nearly 2/3 of the budget is spent in the winter. The other 1/3 of the budget pays for patching the roads, and the department’s salaries. Both union and non-union workers work for the Houghton County Road Commission. During questioning it was asked if the recent increase in the speed limit in Michigan if it would influence revenues coming in? Mr. Harju explained that it would not increase the tax revenue. That is because the speed limit changes came from people who were going fast already. 85% of the cars were already going the faster speed. The law changed to accommodate the speeders. Most of the equipment is old and even when they bring in new equipment it’s dated and used. They are constantly having to repair broken down equipment. Continued on page 8

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Mark Your Calendars! Business After Hours/Open House Thursday, March 30th 5:30-7:30 pm. Featuring: • Complimentary hors d'oeuvres • Wine • Tours of the Club

Dress: Business casual. It was during the peak of the Calumet copper boom in 1903 that the Miscowaubik Club was founded. Named for the Native American term for red metal, Miscowaubik, it was originally built for wealthy area residents to enjoy world-class cuisine, impeccable service, billiards and other amenities. Today the Miscowaubik survives as the oldest consistently run private club in the U.S. and remains as a touch of the boom days of Calumets past, a cornerstone to many membership sponsored social and business activities still to this day. Current members are encouraged to bring family, friends, business partners, etc. to come in and become acquainted with all that Miscowaubik has to offer.

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

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Edward Jones Mike Lahti State Farm Insurance The Lighthouse ( Our Lady of Mercy) UP Engineers & Architects

Brian Donnelly, President Market Manager River Valley Bank, Houghton 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

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.

Richard Leivdal Director Sales & Marketing Gardenview Assisted Living & Memory Marilyn Clark Chief Executive Officer 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

Gail Sanchez- Owner 314 Shelden Avenue Houghton, MI 49931 906-370-6602

The Apartment building next to (MTU) Michigan Tech in Houghton.

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.

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Dana Johnson, facilitator, and steering committee member, facilitated a discussion on communication and difficult conservations. We learned how to handle those challenging situations that all leaders face, especially when one of the team members smells bad. Next was Karin Van Dyke, Finlandia Art-Jutila Center, facilitated a discussion on the creative industries and economic development in the area. Ms. VanDyke explained about the businesses that currently operate at Jutila and Finlandia’ s plans for developing one of the floors for condominiums. After Ms. Van Dyke spoke, Robbyn Lucier explained the difference between passive, aggressive, and passive-aggressive behaviors in people. She also taught us how to recognize these behaviors in themselves. Ms. Lucier taught us how to transform from one of those negative categories into the positive assertiveness category. Using assertiveness as a leadership skill will truly benefit this year’s class when they are in the field. After Ms. Lucier spoke, Marilyn Clark, CEO of Smartzone. Spoke to us about the role of the SmartZone in the Keweenaw. Putting an emphasis on teams, Marilyn said that’s the first step in the process. From inception of an idea to market under a professional marketing team is Ms. Clark and her employees do. For example, GS Engineering went through Smartzone, and this year funded three participants to Leadership Keweenaw. From the Downtown Development Authority, Susie Landers and Scott McInnes, Field Services, Michigan Municipal League spoke to us about Houghton’s downtown. We have multi-use in downtown with commercial at the street level, and residential, above. The streetscape project was completed a few years ago, which was a beautification of our rustic downtown. KEDA Executive Director, Jeff Ratcliffe, gave us an overview of the economic development initiatives currently underway in the Keweenaw counties. Our last speaker, Susan Burack, from Keweenaw Community Art Center, discussed community, culture and the arts. She was focusing on theater, music, sculpture, and art teaching us how culturally rich the Keweenaw is.

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Founding Partners

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

1 for each session 2 additional for Graduation Day

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

Sponsorships available!


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

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

Spark Plug Awards Dinner Gallery!

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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 Chamber of Commerce Newsletter


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. 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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Photos Business News New Hires Open Positions Updates about your Business

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

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.

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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 call the Daily Mining Gazette @ 906.482.1500!


More information on all of the following events can be found here.

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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

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.

Looking for a way to get your advertising message out to a fresh new crowd? The Chamber newsletter has a printed circulation of more the 120 local businesses. We can accept print-ready ads or build an ad for you…just ask for details. Email advertising is also available and reaches 1,700 email addresses! Newsletter and email advertising gets proven results – let us help you grow your business today! The deadline is the 20th of the month for the next month’s newsletter. For example, December 20 is the deadline for an ad in the January newsletter. Call us with questions! Ad rates per issue: Full page ½ page ¼ page 1/8 page Email campaign

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