GINCC is teaming up yet again with the Marquette Chamber of Commerce to relaunch the
county-wide Be Local Buy Local program! 

GINCC & the MCC cooperatively ran the program during the 2016 holiday season with
tremendous success. 

A more user-friendly mobile app, quick and easy sign-up for businesses, and a special Be Local Buy Local gift card are just some of the exciting improvements!

The relaunch of the program will be ongoing past the 2017 holiday season.

Last year's success included:
  • 103 Participating business locations
  • 2,074 participating app users
  • 5,798 registered purchases
  • $548,809 in sales to local businesses

Anyone with a smartphone can participate by downloading the app and registering their purchases from
participating businesses. Every week a drawing is held, and the winner will receive $100 certificate usable at local

By working together, local businesses can brand the importance of buying local and reaching customers
directly. Interested businesses can sign up through

  • Businesses can begin signing up now. 
  • App users will be able to download the app November 20th.
Remember, when you shop local, your dollars stay local. Happy shopping!


Kelsey Reyes
Executive  Director
Greater Ishpeming- Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce 
Quick Links
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The Holiday Punch Card campaign has officially started! 

Are you saving your receipts? We've had some folks bring in theirs already, so there's beginning to be some healthy competition as to who will win the prizes! Remember, donating to non-profits (who are GINCC Members, of course!) is a valid entry -just make sure to get a receipt. UPAWS, Chamber Member churches, etc. all count. Click HERE to see who is a Chamber Member so you can start getting some ideas as to where you want to shop!


Signs Now

Signs that Lead to Sales: How to Make the Most from Retail Signage

An effective retail sign is like a salesperson - it helps get you noticed, drives customers to your store, and generates more sales. But how do you make it effective in the first place? 

Whether it's a promotional banner, point-of-purchase display or dimensional sign, ask if your signage has these three sales-boosting qualities:
  • Specific - does it answer shopper questions by including relevant details?
  • Simple - does it follow the five-second rule, conveying its main theme quickly?
  • Well-placed - is it in the ideal spot for maximum visibility and impact?
Get it right, and your sign will get more customers - and more sales - to your store.

Click HERE to learn more and to let Signs Now help your business grow!

Marquette Chamber of Commerce

The Marquette Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce they are hiring a new team member with the upcoming opening of Ampersand Coworking.

Do you know someone who is creative, outgoing, and likes to build community? 

Click HERE to see the job description and read more about this great opportunity.

Western Marquette County Health Foundation


Eagle Mine
Wednesday, November 8


Join Eagle Mine for an update on all that is happening within their company. They hold  updates twice a year to give the community a quick overview of operations and find out what's on your mind. You're encouraged to come and ask questions about their operations and activities.

This forum will be held at Thunder Bay Inn, located at 400 Bensinger, Big Bay, MI, 49808, from 5:30-7PM. 

Food and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call (906) 273-1550.
Grow and Lead Community Youth Development
Thursday, November 9

Grow & Lead Member Only Networking Webcast
10 AM Eastern Time

Join GLCYD for a general check up on what's good, what could be better, and what resources are helping you meet your mission. Mastermind participants will be unmuted and a facilitator will be asking questions of the group. Membership with Grow & Lead will be verified before webcast log in information will be sent. Space is limited to 8 participants. 

Click HERE to register.

To read more about what you will get out of the Member Mastermind, click HERE for insight on what happens during the hour long call. 
Rare Earth Goods
November 9 - November 23

Brogie's Tavern
Friday, November 10

Remember the movie? Remember the sounds of the 90s?  Reality Bites, a tribute to 90s pop/alternative/Rock is coming to Brogie's Tavern!

Get there early, it fills up quick. This will be a scaled back sort of acoustic-ish but not all the way type night. Get your friends together and dress in your favorite 90s throwback fashion!

Click HERE to see more about Reality Bites!
Historic Vista Theater/PAAC
Saturday, November 11

At long last, Drag Queens and Drag Kings will grace the stage at the Historic Vista Theater! Expect a big show on their big stage with songs from your favorite musicals, 3 Queens, 3 Kings, special guests, and more.

Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm

Tickets are available online (click HERE) and at the door:
$20 VIP tickets 
Limited seating in the front rows next to the catwalk and special gift

$10 General Admission
$5 Students (including college students!)

All funds raised from ticket and concession sales will go toward keeping the Historic Vista Theater open as a safe, welcoming place for all people to be themselves.
Earthly Treasures
Tuesday, November 14
Thursday, November 30

Northern Lights Watercolor with Sarah Tulle

A fun filled social evening of painting with talented artist Sarah Tule! This is a beginning art class that will help you explore the world of watercolors. Bring your own beverage of choice to sip while you paint. All painting supplies and step by step instruction will be provided to paint the featured subject above. 

Class is $25 - You must CALL Earthly Treasures 906-485-1033 to register. NO online registrations accepted. Space is limited and expected to fill up fast - call early!

Pop-up Shops: Late Night Shopping
Benefitting the Women's Center

Vendors include:
Kathy Coron, Amazing Jewelry Creations
Anna Harasim Miller, Clever Container Consultant

The Women's Center will also be in the shop with information. 10% of Earthly Treasures sales this evening will be donated to the Women's Center. Shop local, support local!
VFW Post 4573
Saturday, November 11

On Saturday, November 11, the Ishpeming VFW Post 4573 will be hosting a dance at the VFW Post, located at 310 Bank Street, Ishpeming, MI, from 2 PM-6PM. 

The cost is $10 at the door. The Richie Yurkovich Band will be playing a variety of music, and there will be refreshments and a meal available at a low price.

Everyone that loves dancing, good music, and a good time is invited! 

For more information, pelase call (906) 4850-4856.

Simple Beauty Photography 
Saturday, November 11
Saturday, November 18

Simple Beauty Photography is teaming up with PINC. photography for the White Shoot 2017! This is a perfect opportunity for beautiful Holiday cards.

Where: FlowerWorks on Third Street in Marquette.
When: Saturday, November 11, 9 AM - 4 PM | Saturday, November, 18, 9 AM - 4 PM.
Price: $135 for one child, and $25 for each additional child or family member. Children will be captured individually and together. 
You will receive an online royalty free album with 12-20 images that you can print and publish however you choose. Albums will be returned to you within one week of your shoot.

To prepare, dress your child in light colored clothing. White, khaki, pastels, and gray will all stun with the backdrop. Primary colored accessories make a nice addition as well. 

To schedule, private message PINC. photography on Facebook by clicking HERE. Include your date preference and whether you prefer morning or afternoon. 

River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center 
Sunday, November 12

Vendor and craft show at River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center from 12-5 PM. Come see what goodies you can stock up on for the Holidays!

Negaunee Public Library
Tuesday, November 14
Tuesday, November 21
Tuesday, November 28

Afternoon storytime is changing! Join the Negaunee Public Library on Tuesdays from 4:30-5PM for a story or two and then build with LEGO bricks and other blocks.

This storytime is free to the public and suitable for children ages 3 years and older. Children under 7 years must be accompanied by a loving adult.

Ishpeming Business Association 
Wednesday, November 15

Mark your calendars!

Annual Ladies Night Out in Ishpeming will be Wednesday, November 15

There will be a Ladies Night punchard available at participating businesses. Punch cards begin and end on Wednesday, November 15 ONLY. One punch card per personFill your card with punches and you will be entered for a chance to win an Ishpeming Business Association gift certificate, good at any member business! You must have 26 of the 42 businesses stamped to be entered into the drawing. To be entered into the grand prize, 34 of 42 businesses must be stamped. Leave your card with the last business you visit! 

Some businesses will close as early as 6 PM, and some are open as late as 2 AM! 

Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library 
Wednesday, November 15

Join the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library to talk about "The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan. All are welcome to attend and enjoy casual, friendly discussion about their latest book club pick. See you there!

Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library 
Thursday, November 16
The Library Board meets the third Thursday of every month from 7-8PM. These meetings are open to the public and have a portion for public comment.

NICE District's Child and Family Resource Center
Saturday, November 18

UPtown Gifts
Saturday, November 18

You're invited! 
Coffee, snacks, jewelry/craft sale by Jackie B. - along with a book signing & reading by BG BRADLEY! An event you won't want to miss! Mark your calendars - a wonderful way to spend a Saturday. Come and enjoy!

Local author B.G. Bradley will be reading from his novel, Winter Heart at 1 p.m. and signing copies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To learn more about the author, click HERE to see his Facebook page.

Midtown Bakery & Cafe and Hanna's Tea Times
Saturday, November 18
Step back in time and celebrate in 1863 the year President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring "Thanksgiving Day" a National Holiday. Discover the history of one proud and hard working woman who campaigned to make this a National Holiday- Sarah Josepha Hale. 

Dine at the Midtown Bakery & Cafe' Saturday, November 18th at a 6:30pm evening seating of a fine Thanksgiving feast served on fine bone China, silverware, crystal glassware, & beautiful table linens brought to you by Hanna's Tea Times. The cost is $27 per person, this includes your dinner, & a beverage of a pot of hot tea or endless cup of coffee. 

Reservations are required by purchasing your tickets in advance at the Midtown Bakery & Cafe' by Monday, November 13th until 6:00pm.

Give UP Health Systems - Bell a try!
  For their weekly menu, click HERE.


November 23: IshpeTurkey Trot Thanksgiving Day 5k and 10k walk/run. Click HERE for more details. 

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