January 2020 - Issue #89
Top Chamber Supporters
Welcome New Members
Please support our Chamber Member Businesses!
We're excited to welcome A-1 Drywall as a new member of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce!

A-1 Drywall has been providing drywall services and general contracting to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the last fourteen years. A-1 Drywall is fully licensed and insured.
The A-1 Drywall team does more than just drywall. They offer a variety of services and can handle any construction or remodeling project that you have in mind.

Visit their website to learn more:  http://a1-drywall.com/
Thank you for RENEWING your membership
AAA Copper Country Insurance Agency
Ambassador Restaurant
Associate - Steve Karpiak
Bucko's Party Store
Calumet Theatre
Center Ice Skate & Sport, Inc.
Charter Township of Calumet
Chassell Township
Copper Country Habitat for Humanity Re-Store
Copper Country Veterinary Clinic
Copper Harbor Trails Club
Cross Country Sports
D & L Janitorial Services, Inc.
D P Construction, Inc.
Dapple Gray Bed & Breakfast and Antiques
Dial Help, Inc.
Dollar Bay Linoleum & Tile Company
Farmer's & Merchants Mutual Fire Insurance
Frank A. Douglass Agency
Gartner's Gallery
Great Lakes Mineral Works
Houghton Community Broadcasting
Hyrkas Plumbing & Heating
InSight EyeCare
Isle Royale National Park Service
Keweenaw Co-op Market & Deli
Keweenaw Gem & Gift, Inc.
Kirkish Furniture
Leveque Agency, Inc.
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn
McGann Building Supply
Mercy EMS, Inc.
Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union
Mike Lahti State Farm Insurance
New Power Tour, Inc.
North Star bp - Calumet
Northern Light Cottages
Northern Lights Clubhouse
Pat's Foods and Festival Foods
Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Houghton
Peterlin Distributing
Pettibone, LLC
Portage Health Foundation 
Portage Lake District Library
Portage Quilt House, LLC
Protea Floral Design
R Crew, LLC dba The Tire Shop
Real People Media
Steve Zutter, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones - Hancock
Suomi Restaurant
Superior Graphics
Superior National Bank & Trust
Superior Screed Service
Superior Tax and Accounting Services
Surplus Outlet
U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc.
U.P. Kids
Up and Running Technology Solutions
UPWARD Talent Council
Waste Management, Inc.
Western U.P. Planning & Development Region
WLUC TV 6 and Fox UP - Gray Television

We're happy to announce a new partnership with the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). Current Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce members are eligible to these benefits below under this partnership agreement.

We encourage you to reach out and take advantage of these great benefits, or let us know if you have any questions, call 482-5240 or email  info@keweenaw.org
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Meet our NEW BOARD Members!
Jenn Jenich-Laplander,
Regional Communications and Engagement Lead for Aspirus Keweenaw and Aspirus Ontonagon hospitals and clinics

She has been on the Aspirus team for 10 years. As the regional communications and engagement Lead, Jenn oversees marketing and communications, media relations, and community outreach. Jenn is excited to join the Chamber Board and can’t wait to meet new people, collaborate and be a resource for local businesses, community members and leaders. Jenn resides in Laurium with her husband Adam, son Beckett, and a new bundle coming in 2020.

Mariah Summers,
Events Manager at the
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge

Mariah coordinates all aspects of events held at the Lodge, from giving site tours to newly engaged couples interested in holding a wedding, to directing their new trail running race, Back 9 Endurance. She started with the Lodge when she moved back to the area in May. Her husband was in the Army so they spent about 10 years living in different places of the United States, but the Keweenaw has always been their home! Mariah is excited as a new Board Member to represent Keweenaw County, the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and to be involved in supporting our community to make it the best place it can be to work, live, play, and visit.

Penny Milkey,
Owner of NSH | Houghton, MI

Penny was born in Marquette. She moved to Lake Linden in 2008 with her husband and three beautiful children.
Penny and her husband Ryan purchased NSH in 2013. After a few years of purchasing NSH, Penny resigned from her teaching position at CLK in 2016 to help her husband, Ryan, run the business. Recently, NSH became the first licensed medical marijuana facility in the UP. NSH recently renewed its medical license and they hope to obtain an adult-use license in the future. Penny is excited to be involved with the Chamber Board and appreciates the opportunity to serve the community with resources and knowledge.

Monica Freeman
Coordinator of External Relations
Finlandia University
As Coordinator of External Relations, Monica manages alumni relations, while being a member of the University's advancement team. An alumna herself, Freeman recently graduated from Finlandia this past May with a degree in Marketing and Graphic Design. Happy to be back in the snow, Monica is excited to be a part of the Chamber and to learn more about the inner workings of the local area.
Event Recaps
The Continental Fire Company | December 11, 2019

This event was hosted by Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce,
Keweenaw Young Professionals and
Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA).
The Keweenaw Holiday Hoopla, is a community holiday event that is full of networking, holiday spirit, live music, great food, photo booth and a
silent auction that raises funds for local skilled trades scholarships.

LAUNCH of Bridgefest NEW Website | January 2020
Congressman Jack Bergman + 70 Community Members
Congressman  Jack Bergman  visited our Keweenaw community and answered questions over lunch at the Bonfire Steakhouse on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Thank you to everyone that attended the Q&A!
Mark Your Calendars!
Upcoming Chamber Events
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 5pm-7pm
Gino's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge | Hancock
Copper Country Habitat for Humanity Restore
GRAND OPENING & Ribbon Cutting of Houghton Location
25th Anniversary of Copper Country Habitat
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Houghton Location - Hwy. 26
Submit Your Nominations:
2020 Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Awards

Have you experienced exceptional customer service at a local business? What about a great project that made a significant impact in the community? Do you know a young professional in the community that has made a difference?

Submit your nominations today! Deadline for nominations is February 7th. See the nomination form for category descriptions. 

  • Growth
  • Customer Service
  • Innovation / Transformation
  • Project of the Year
  • Young Professional of the Year
  • Community Contributor of the Year

Will be held on March 5th, 2020 at the Bonfire Steakhouse in Houghton. Networking and a cash bar begin at 5:30 pm. The dinner starts at 6:00 pm with the keynote speaker and awards ceremony to follow. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend. Please get your tickets by February 28th.

Tickets ($40 or a reserved table of 8 $320) can be purchased by calling the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce office 906-482-5240 or email info@keweenaw.org
Member Spotlight:
Café Rosetta is a local institution for food, coffee and community in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.

Run by people who love the Keweenaw! Café Rosetta is an independent, family-owned cafe located in the historic village of Calumet, Michigan. Whether you’re a hardy local or a visitor exploring this amazing area, we aim to fuel your Keweenaw adventure with the finest coffee and espresso, made-from-scratch meals, and plenty of inspiration for experiencing the wonder of Copper Country.

I have lived in the Keweenaw for most of my life, and never get tired of the freedom and solitude it offers. A twenty-minute car ride brings you to a spot on the shores of Lake Superior or a secluded hiking trail in the woods. Nobody around for miles—just you, the wild beauty of nature, and the people you choose to share it with.

Over the years and while traveling the country, I gained experience in coffee, and always hoped to one day run a coffee shop. A few years ago, I heard from a friend about a café going up for sale in our local village of Calumet. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to continue the legacy begun by the previous owners, while working with my family to create something of our own, that we could be proud of. 

I’ve spent time in many cafés and coffee shops throughout the country, but only a few really stand out in my memory. These are the places where everything is delicious and everyone feels welcome, from everyday regulars to people who are just passing through. Since our opening of Café Rosetta in 2010, we’ve worked steadily toward the goal of being that place where every cup of coffee is exceptionally good and everyone who comes in the door feels welcome. Along the way, we have been lucky to work with employees who love what we do and take pride in creating this experience along with us.  

In the end we hope to have created I am proud of having been able to create something that a lot of people really enjoy—an unpretentious and friendly gathering place where happy memories are made and adventures are planned over a cup of amazing coffee and delicious local food.

All of our menu items are prepared fresh daily with the finest natural ingredients locally sourced from neighboring farms. We are happy to offer gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan items on our menu, as well as in our daily selection of house-made soups and pastries.

Our sourcing partners include:
Byler Farms Eggs
Jim’s Trap Rock Greens
Calumet Farmer’s Market (Calumet, MI)
Mama’s Booch Kombucha (Iron River, MI)
Verns Cheese (Chilton , WI) 
Frontier Co-op

Our drink menu features Kickapoo Coffee, a small-batch roaster in Viroqua, Wisconsin. We love the smooth flavor and hearty roast of their coffees, and share their values for a food system built on strong relationships with local farmers.

We are community supporters through: my children attend the local schools and we enjoy sponsoring programs such as the High School Robotics team (CHS), Yearbook committee, Bike to School Events, PTA, Program Specials, Booster Club and teams.

We are also sponsor: CopperDog 150, the Great Bear Chase Ski Race, Swedetown Ski Trails, MainStreet Calumet events, Deer Chase Bike Race, Ride to Work Day, Aspirus Fitness Center and more!

We have enjoyed sponsoring and serving the Keweenaw National Historical Park, Youth Programs, Aspirus Hospital Recruiting, Fitness Center and Rehab Facility, Calumet Electronics and more.

We love to live and work here. Our families raise our children here and want to support our community by providing a safe, healthy and fun environment to grow! We are invested in the future of our community by recently purchasing the building and look forward to growth and stability in the future to sustain and protect the environment and community.

We enjoy and support the outdoors through employee membership/passes to Mount Ripley, Swedetwon Ski Trails and encourage camping, biking, rock picking in our beautiful Keweenaw. Our employees love and share these interests as well. We love to do what we do and love to share it with anyone also interested!

We have online ordering and our menu available at caferosetta.com

Thank You!

Manager/Business Agent: Amy Heikkinen 
Owner: Jake Heikkinen
Brother and Sister, family owned and operated.
Is your business/organization interested in being in our member spotlight? Contact us for more details!
Utilize this Chamber Member Only Benefit
Your Opportunity to Learn More
Contact the Chamber for free access to Skillshare
Skillshare is an online learning platform with thousands of classes in dozens of disciplines — including marketing, design, productivity, software training and more. Classes are suitable for a range of skill levels and are taught in an approachable way with a focus on practical application.

Additionally, many of the classes are taught by some of the best-known practitioners in their respective field (e.g. renowned designer Aaron Draplin teaches logo design, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk teaches social media strategy, TED Talk sensation, Simon Sinek teaches presentation skills, etc.) or in conjunction with some of the leading companies in a particular discipline (Mailchimp teaches email marketing, Atlassian teaches how to build a high performing team).

Each Skillshare class has an associated project to allow students to practice what they learn, and customized class recommendations based on individual interests and engagement will help give each participant a personalized experience tailored to their specific needs.
Accident Fund Insurance Discount Program
Upcoming Events
Thursday, January 9, 2020 5 PM–­7 PM at 1Q1 Coworking
Presentation begins at 5:30 PM, networking before and after.
Open to everyone but please RSVP.

1Q1 is excited to host Joel Vertin, Michigan Tech's Director of Digital Services from University and Marketing Communications, to learn about managing vs leading people. This award-winning presentation will inspire, motivate, and teach you to be a better.
Save The Date, Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 11 am - 9 pm, Dine & Donate for the Houghton High School Non-Alcohol Lock In Party Fundraiser. Dine in or Take Out from Joey's Seafood & Grill in Downtown Houghton to support the Houghton High School Non-Alcohol Lock In Party. Remember to mention the fundraiser to your server to donate 20% of your bill to support the Houghton High School Lock In.
Questions? Contact at mfdesroc@mtu.edu.
Part of the Surround Sound Music Series. In addition to local, regional and national new music composers and performers, the Pulse New Music Ensemble from Miami, Florida will be heading North to present a concert of music by living composers in a festival of new music featuring concerts, workshops and master classes. Please note events will be held in both the Rozsa Center and McArdle Theatre.
Is your business or organization having an upcoming event? Send us your flyer and we will include it in our newsletter - Email: info@keweenaw.org . Also - be sure to post your events on our community calendar!
Keweenaw Cash
The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer Keweenaw Cash: a gift certificate program that can be used at more than 300 Chamber member businesses. Since its launch, the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce has issued over $341,000 worth of Keweenaw Cash. That money goes right back into local businesses!

Keweenaw Cash can be purchased in any denomination, allowing the recipient more flexibility and enabling them to use the certificates at numerous businesses.

In addition to making great gifts, businesses can purchase Keweenaw Cash as bonuses, prizes, at fundraising events, as employee incentives or awards, retirement gifts, to mark a milestone, or as part of a welcome package for new hires.

Certificates come with an envelope and a list of all the participating businesses.
Please note we require at least a 24 hour notice when placing orders. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen certificates.

If you are a business and would be interested in being able to redeem Keweenaw Cash, please look into a   becoming a member   with the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce.

For additional information about Keweenaw Cash, to purchase certificates, or how you can accept Keweenaw Cash, call  906-482-5240  or email  info@keweenaw.org
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Board of Directors
Mary Myers, President
Account Executive

James Desrochers - Treasurer
Director of Advancement
Michigan Technological University

Angela Luskin, Secretary
Health and Fitness Manager
UP Health System-Portage

Morgan Impola
Regional Engineer

Jennifer Jenich-Laplander
Regional Communication and Engagement
Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital

Penny Milkey
Northern Specialty Health
Jan Cole
Managing Partner
Edochi, LLC

Todd Gast
Marketing Manager
Keweenaw Co-op

Carrie Richards
Partner Engagement Program Manager
Michigan Technological University

Mariah Summers
Events Manager
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge

Monica Freeman
Coordinator of External Relations
Finlandia University

Mary Sears, KEDA Representative
Brad Barnett, CVB Representative
Karin Van Dyke , Past President
Your Lansing Contacts
Do you have questions, comments, or concerns? Contact your legislators! 
U.S. Senators
U.S. Representative
State Senate District: 38
House of Representative District: 110 
Our roots run deep in the Keweenaw
Upper Peninsula Power Company was created in 1947 through a merger of three utilities. One of them, the Houghton County Electric Light Company, earlier acquired the interests of Peninsula Electric Light and Power, which began operating in the Keweenaw in 1884 – just five years after Edison invented the light bulb.
From the Edison bulb to high-tech electronics of today, you might say UPPCO has been providing “ U.P. Power ” for more than 130 years. 
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Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
902 College Ave, Houghton, MI 49931