As a valued Member of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, you are entitled to many Member Benefits with not only GINCC, but also the Small Business Association of Michigan!

CLICK HERE and HERE to see all of your GINCC benefits!

CLICK HERE to see all of your SBAM benefits!

In addition; If you have something you'd like to see added to our weekly eblast, whether it's your own event or someone else's, please email me at

Thanks, and have a wonderful day!

Kelsey Reyes
Executive  Director

Greater Ishpeming- Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce &
Western Marquette County Health Foundation
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The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is searching for more spaces to hold their monthly board meetings. 

Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 11:30AM to 1:30PM. 

The space must:

  • Be private. Walls or some time of enclosure is needed for privacy, as sensitive information is often shared within the meetings.
  • Be "food-friendly." Because our meetings are held during lunch time, we need to have a space that either serves lunch (a limited menu or just our meeting is okay) or is okay with board members bringing in lunch or having a caterer serve. 
  • Be flexible. Although our meetings are usually at a set time (the second Tuesday of the month from 11:30-1:30) there are occasions when we must reschedule for a different time during the month to accommodate board members' schedules. This usually means the same time, but a different date. 

The GINCC Executive Director will always call
1-2 weeks ahead of time to reserve the space, so there will be ample notice of the meeting for the "space provider." 

If you think your space would be a great option, or you know of a space we could inquire about, please email Kelsey at

Thank you!
Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) crews are headed to Tampa, Florida to  support restoration efforts after Hurricane Irma caused widespread outages.

"Earlier this (9/12/17) morning,  UPPCO crews departed from the Upper Peninsula to assist with the restoration effort," said UPPCO  Vice-President Brett French. "We understand the challenges being confronted by our Floridian
counterparts as they attempt to restore power to their customers and we're happy to assist."

"Our line-technicians and supporting staff will be joined by other utility workers from across the nation  to restore power to the customers that have been affected by Hurricane Irma," said French. "The  restoration effort will not impact our customers as we have retained sufficient resources here at home to  respond to inclement weather or other events that may affect our ability to deliver safe and reliable  energy to our customers."

UPPCO anticipates the crews will support the Hurricane Irma restoration effort through the end of  September.

Signs Now
For your upgraded way-finding systems, Signs Now will point you and your visitors in the right direction. 

How easily can visitors navigate your event, facility, or workspace? Are there adequate signs, maps, and communications that guide them to the right place? Does the signage enhance your brand while also complementing your decor? 

These are all questions you should be asking to ensure your space is built for optimum wayfinding success.

After all, wayfinding signs are not only required by law, they're also an integral part of a positive visitor experience! 

If signage deficiencies lead to confusion, frustration, and time-wasting, the visitor will likely resent the experience and look for the "exit" sign!

Fortunately, Signs Now is here to help you find a comprehensive wayfinding solution for all your events and locations. They'll create signage that meets visitor needs for efficiency, adheres to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) regulations, and incorporates branding elements such as your logo, graphics, and typeface.

Whether it's for offices, stadiums, campuses, or special events such as weddings, conventions, or charity runs, Signs Now will keep you and your visitors from feeling lost!

Call Signs Now today at (906) 228-2828 for a quote!
Accelerate UP
Thursday, September 14

Questions? Email Alex at
Van Riper State Park
September 15-17 & 22-24
Join Van Riper State Park for a weekend of spooktacular good times during Harvest Festival! There are three weekends of frightful fun to go: September 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24!

Friday night make boo-bread with the campground hosts, then head over to the pavilion for a Monster Mash dance!

On Saturday there will be face painting (fee involved), wagon rides, games and crafts, campsite decorating, and rounding out the evening will be trick or treating and the famous haunted hike!

Don't forget to join the hosts on Sunday morning to find out the winners of the site decorating contest. 

Camping reservations can be made HERE  or by calling 1-800-447-2757.
US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame
September 14-17

The US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame is hosting their Hall of Fame Enshrinement weekend beginning Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, September 17.

The PUBLIC EVENTS are as follows:

**A $15/person donation is suggested

Friday, September 15
  • 5-6PM Ski Jumper Reunion U.S.S.S.H.O.F | Museum Lobby Complimentary Beverages 
  • 6-7PM Enshrinement Dinner U.S.S.S.H.O.F | Museum Main Floor Complimentary Food & Beverages 
  • 7-9PM Class of 2016 Enshrinement U.S.S.S.H.O.F | Second Floor Complimentary Beverages FREE
Saturday September 16
  • 8:30-10AM Kiwanis Breakfast K.D. Hall | St. Johns Church Breakfast & Presentations $6/person
  • 11AM-5PM Non-Golfer History Tour U.S.S.S.H.O.F | East Parking Lot Marquette County Skiing History Tour PRIVATE EVENT
  • 11-11:30AM Golf Outing Registration Wawonowin Golf Course Deck Lunch and Golf Outing Registration FREE
  • 12-5:30PM Hall of Fame Golf Outing Wawonowin Golf Course Skins, Prizes and Fun on course $60 pp | $240 Team
  • 6-8:30PM Class of 2016 Banquet Wawonowin Golf Course Ballroom Buffet Dinner and Historic Stories $50/person


For questions, RSVPs, or tickets, please call 

Justin at (906)485-6323 or email   

40 Below Marquette
Friday, September 15
40 Below Marquette presents it's 6th Annual Young Professionals Conference on Friday, September 15 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette beginning at 9AM and concluding at 4:30PM.

To register for the conference, click HERE.
Michigamme Museum
Friday, September 15
    Questions? Call (906)323-6274.
Michigamme Township
September 16 & 17
Questions? Call (906)323-674, (906)235-0935, or (906)250-8583. 
Economic Club of Marquette County
Monday, September 18
The Economic Club of Marquette County will hold their September dinner meeting on Monday, September 19 at the Ramada Inn (412 W. Washington St., Marquette).

Social Hour  starts at 5:30PM and dinner will be served promptly at 6:30PM with the speaker presentation beginning at 7:30PM.
Non-members are encouraged to attend, with dinner cost of $40 per non-member or as a guest of a Economic Club member.

Please  make reservations by 5PM on the Friday prior to each meeting. 

To make reservations, call (906)315 -2155 and leave a message 
or email
Iron Range Agency
Tuesday, September 19
   Questions? Call Kelsey at (906)486-1111 
Tuesday, September 19

Join 40 Below at Congress Pizza (106 Main St., Ishpeming) for drinks, pizza, and networking at their September social from  5:30-7:30PM on Tuesday, September 19. 

A drink ticket will be provided for 40 Below members in attendance; this event is $5 for guests.

For more info, click HERE.
Travel Marquette
Tuesday, September 19
Join Travel Marquette for a deeper look into the arts & culture side of Marquette County!

Marquette County is known far & wide for our outdoor recreation. But growing in popularity is our incredible arts & culture scene! 

On Tuesday, September 19 from 10AM-12PM, enjoy a FREE two-hour classroom style presentation showcasing the Arts & Culture offerings of Marquette County. 
  Questions, or want to sign up? 
Call Anna at (906)228-7749 or 
Northern Michigan University
September 22 - 23
    Click HERE for more information.
906 Adventure Team
September 22 - 23
The Marji Gesick 100, a Point-to-Point adventure across Marquette County (Michigan), will begin Friday, September 22. Save the Date!

Climb 13,000 feet beginning in Marquette and ending downtown Ishpeming. Race against Tinker Juarez, 2016 Marji Gesick Champion, as he returns in 2017 to defend his title. 

This race is self-supported. There are no official aid-stations. GPS is required. To qualify as a finisher, you will be required to collect a poker chip from four checkpoints along the course. Location of checkpoints is not disclosed. They will be highly visible the day of the race. In the event you arrive at the finish line without all four checkpoint chips you will not be eligble for belt buckles, dollar bills or awards. Worried about not having aid-stations? Fear not as the community comes out in full force to support this event! 

Don't want to bike 100-miles? There is an equally memorable 50-Mile option for you to enjoy (suffer through). Don't want to bike 50-Miles? No problem! Try running it: 100-Miles or 50-Miles. Your choice. 

Click HERE for more information.
HONOR Credit Union
Saturday, September 23
Questions? Call (906)  346-4633 ext 5018.
Downtown Negaunee Association
Saturday, September 23
The Historic Downtown Negaunee Businesses are once again putting on a fabulous event, "Oktoberfest 2017," on Saturday, September 23. 

Enjoy "Gemutlichkeit," that feeling of warmth and friendship that they strive to provide in Downtown Negaunee. This "Fami ly Friendly Event" starts at 12 noon to 6PM and carries on through the evening. 

There will be different events, contests, and activities all day long on Iron Street, featuring the Jackson's Pit "Stein Holding Contest," food vendors, crafters, live music, Kid's Corner of festivities, pumpkin painting & more!

Different downtown businesses will be offering samples, specials, and discounts as well. It's Downtown Negaunee's Oktoberfest Time!

Vendor Spots are still avail able! $20 for a 10 ft by 12 ft space, and $35 for space, tent, & 1- 8 ft table. Electricity is available for $7 for the day. Vendors must provide their own generators, cords, and any supplies needed to run their booths. 

Please be aware of the weather factoring in, this is the U.P.! dress warmly, bring heaters if needed. This event is outside and the vendor fees are non-refundable. Set up for vendors may begin at 9AM  and all must be fully set up and vehicles moved by 11:45AM.  Take down may not begin until 6PM.

Keep up with the details on the Facebook Event Page!

Want to reserve a vendor spot? Have questions?  Call Hanna at 906-362-1426.
NMU Hospitality Students
Saturday, September 23
Get your taste buds ready! On Saturday, September 23 from 7-9PM, enjoy the NMU Hospitality Gala at the Marquette Commons (112 S. Third St., Marquette)!

This flavorful night will showcase the NMU Hospitality Program and includes amazing food, networking and entertainment hosted by DIGS and Double Trouble Entertainment in conjunction with the NMU Hospitality Program & Alumni Association, Travel Marquette, Marquette Downtown Development Authority and the KBIC Ojibwa Casino.

Only 300 tickets at $35/person available!  To purchase, click HERE.
Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum
Sunday, September 24
Questions? RSVP?
Call (906)475-6555, (906)362-0906, or (906)869-4702.
Ishpeming Area Historical Society & Museum
Tuesday, September 27
Beer, wine, and light finger foods will be served!

 Questions? Call (906)486-1111 or email  
Thursday, September 28
On Thursday, September 28 at 2PM, BizLaunch is offering a FREE webinar: 5 Social Media Tools You Can Use to Market and Promote Your Business.

Social media can be one of your most effective and affordable marketing tools if used properly. Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn, Google +, Pinterest ... the list goes on and it can be overwhelming.

At this session on the latest in social media you'll learn:
  • Which social media tools are ideal for your business.
  • How to use them to grow your business.
  • How to develop your own social media strategy.
  • How to produce content your audience wants to read or watch.
  • Where to find content to share with your community
  • How to track online social media mentions.
Social media marketing is effective and free. Attend this webinar and learn how to use it to grow your small business.

Registration is required. To register, click HERE.
Brogie's Tavern/The Warehouse Showroom
Saturday, September 30
Devil's Rejects and Dust n' Bones are 2 of the Minneapolis area's premier tribute bands. Devil's Rejects is a tribute to Rob Zombie and Dust n' Bones is a Guns n' Roses tribute. Infathom is a hard rocking band from right here in the UP, and they are going to open the show!

Watch these three bands rock the stage in The Warehouse for the end-of-the-season party. It's going to be a big one! 500 tickets will be available and are priced at only $18. 

This is an all ages show, but it's not rated G by any means, so use your own judgment on bringing your kids with you.

There will be a full bar available in the Warehouse (114 N. Second St., Ishpeming) so you don't have to miss a minute of the show!

Hard copy tickets will be available at Brogie's Tavern (106 N. Second St., Ishpeming) by 8/17. Don't miss out on this show, it's only on for one night!

For tickets, click HERE.
October 11 & 12
UP Health System - Bell (901 Lakeshore Drive Ishpeming) is holding flu shot clinics through the month of October. 

These clinics are fast and convenient, with no long lines and no hassle. Light refreshments will be provided.

The cost of the shot is $30. 

UPHS - Bell is accepting cash, check and Medicare Part B.

Flu shots are recommended for anyone ages 6 months or older who'd like to avoid the flu.

The clinics will take place at UPHS-Bell in the Medical Office Building Conference Room on  Wednesday, October 11 from 9AM to 7PM and Thursday, October 12 from 2PM to 8PM.

Questions? Call (906) 486-4431.
Thursday, October 12
Join Grow & Lead: Community & Youth Development (GLCYD) for the 2017 U.P. Non-Profit Conference on Thursday, October 12 from 8AM-5PM in the Great Lakes Rooms at Northern Michigan University!

Keynote Speakers
  • Opening Keynote: Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 
  • Closing Keynote: Matthew Downey, Program Director for Nonprofit Services, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

This year's workshop lineup includes:
  • Overview of Grant Writing - Kristen Beck, NMU Grants Office
  • Building the Board: The 6 Tools for Success - Jim LaJoie, Superior Health Foundation
  • Sensationalized Issues & The Volunteer Fallout - Nicole Fende, The Numbers Whisperer
  • Communities that Care: Prevention in Action - Kevin Weir, Dial Help
  • Major Gifts -  Pat Bray (preregistration required)
  • Apply the 1-page Nonprofit Organization Business Model Canvas - Jonathan Leinonen, Michigan Technological University
  • Follow the $$$ in the Nonprofit Corporation - Tami Seavoy and Trish Davis, Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, P.C.
  • All Hands on Deck - Dave Bonsall and Rachel Harris, Superior Consulting
  • Employability: Finding and Keeping Millenia - Ann Crandell-Williams, NMU Social Work Department
  • The 5 Steps to Set and Achieve Meaningful Goals - Rebecca Tervo, Life Coach
  • ACES - Linda Remsburg, Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development
  • Gamify to Attract, Retain, and Nurture Volunteers - Nicole Fende, The Numbers Whisperer
Additional workshops will be posted on the  conference website as they are confirmed.

Early Bird Pricing
  • Grow & Lead Member - $65
  • Non-member - $95
Early bird pricing is in effect until 
Friday, August 25. Registration rates increase $20 after  August 25. Scholarships are available for Grow & Lead members. 

The U.P. Nonprofit Conference features businesses that care about nonprofit organizations. Exhibit booths are available for $150, and include: 
  • One 8 ft table with space to hand a banner
  • Two chairs
  • An electrical outlet 
  • Wireless Internet access
  • One conference registration (additional representative may be added for $25 each)
Sponsors are being actively sought for the 2017 U.P. Nonprofit Conference. If you're interested in sponsoring, please contact Amy at

For questions, call  (906) 228-8919.
Friday, October 13
Cause for Paws Annual Gala is one of UPAWS biggest fundraisers of the year! Celebrate the bond between people and their pets, and support your local no-kill shelter at the same time. 

This year's Cause for Paws Gala will be held at the Marquette Masonic Building. Enjoy an evening of entertainment with hors d'ouevres, gourmet chocolate tasting, cash bar, 50/50 drawings, tons of raffle prizes, silent auction, live auction, and live music! 

Friday October 13 from 6-10PM, but don't get superstitious--this event is all about no tricks and just treats! This year's auction and bucket raffle selection will not disappoint! 

A utographed sports memorabilia, local artwork, jewelry, plenty of gift baskets, pet items, home dec or, beer, wine, a taste of Marquette County restaurant gift certificate package and so much more! Plus, a fabulous door prize drawing! 

A limited number of tickets will be available. Don't miss out on this great event--get your tickets today! 

Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door). 

All proceeds from the Cause for Paws Gala will go to help animals find a loving forever home.

Call (906) 475-6661 for more information, or visit  for more information on this fun event! 

Interested in becoming an event sponsor or donor? Please e-mail

Thursday, October 19


The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce (GINCC) is excited to present its 7 th Annual Dinner  on 
Thursday, October 19th  at the  Ishpeming Armory  (900 Palms Ave., Ishpeming). This year's theme is "The Great Gatsby," and will feature the short film,  Transformation

The event will include a social hour at 5:30PM and a formal dinner at 7PM with an inspirational program to follow, honoring our members and community members. The evening will conclude with the showing of Transformation, which will tell the story of Western Marquette County from the 1920s compared to the present day through photos and videos of the beautiful West End.

"The Great Gatsby" themed attire is encouraged. See suggestions here .


We are currently seeking sponsors for the Annual Dinner. To view the sponsorship details, please CLICK HERE 


If you are interested in attending the Annual Dinner, please CLICK HERE for the registration form.


During the Annual Dinner, we give out five awards: Chamber Member of the Year, Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. 

Four out of these five awards are voted on by you, so if you have someone you would like to see win an award, nominate them through our Annual Dinner Award Nomination Survey. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, and Organization of the Year  must be Chamber Members . Volunteer of the year does  NOT  have to be a Chamber Member. 

CLICK HERE  to find a Chamber Member.

Please fill out the survey below by October 1, 2017 and provide as much detail as possible. If you have a personal experience or story, please share it!

Thank you for your time! 
Questions? Call (906)486-1111 or email
Marquette Chamber of Commerce
October 19 - 22

The Fresh Coast Film Festival is the first of its kind: a documentary film festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment and resilient spirit of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. 

The festival will gather the best in environmental and cultural filmmaking from around the world while creating a venue for, and building a culture of, Great Lakes storytelling.
Fresh Coast will be held annually in October during the height of fall color season in the Lake Superior harbor town of Marquette, Michigan.  This year the Festival will be held October 19 through the 22.

Here the waves of an inland sea crash on the bedrock remains of the ancient Huron Mountains. A red lighthouse winks across the water at thousand-foot freighters slipping through the fog. Singletrack trails link a historic downtown with world class mountain biking, trail running and waterfalls. After a day of play, a vibrant brewing and dining scene rewards hard work with ingredients and inspiration drawn from the crisp clean waters of the world's largest body of fresh water, Lake Superior. We think you'll like it here.

For filmmakers and students Fresh Coast will mean an opportunity to interact with environmental thinkers, outdoors athletes and media professionals working in the outdoors industry. Who you know is as important as what you know and Fresh Coast is THE place in the Midwest to connect.

A key component of the Fresh Coast experience will be guided outdoor adventures to introduce visitors to the outdoor playground of the Marquette area. Rock climbing, yoga, waterfall hikes and mountain bike rides will all be offered as part of the Fresh Coast weekend.

So please join us for a weekend of storytelling, learning and outdoor recreation like no other.

For more info and to buy tickets, click HERE.
Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance
Friday, October 20

Join the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance for their next membership meeting, to be held from 9AM to 2PM at the Landmark Inn (230 N. Front St., Marquette) on Friday, October 20!

To register, and for more information, click HERE.

Questions? Call Holly at (906)280-2441.

910 US Highway 41 West, Ishpeming, MI 49849
(906) 486-1111