June 2019 - Issue #82
Top Chamber Supporters
Please Welcome Our New Chamber Members
Please support our Chamber Member Businesses!
Jim's Foodmart, Houghton

Family-owned and managed since 1969, shopping at Jim's Foodmart is a Houghton tradition. Offering the finest cuts of meats, fresh produce, delicious baked goods, convenient deli foods, entertainment supplies, and a wide variety of grocery items, Jim's is a full-service supermarket with friendly, experienced staff ready to help you.

To learn more visit their website: http://www.jimsfoodmart.com/

Their mission is "To enhance our membership's financial well-being by providing reliable & affordable financial products while welcoming new members to the credit union way of "banking".

To learn more visit their website: https://www.torchlakefederal.com

"Buying a home is an exciting, and at times, daunting process. With so many moving parts, it's hard to know if the approaching closing date will go smoothly. At Transnation Title Agency, we offer a closing experience that excels at dotting the "i's" and crossing the "t's" to ensure a smooth transaction. Whether you are a buyer, seller, or an agent, your complete satisfaction is our goal".

Visit their website today for more information: www.transmi.com
Northern Hardwoods, Atlantic Mine

"Northern Hardwoods is backed by Longyear, a privately held Michigan-based asset manager with a 145-year track record for growing long term value. In addition to timber products, Longyear operates across a spectrum of markets and asset classes.

As a long term investor and employer, Longyear has, is and will continue to support prosperity in our community where we employ hundreds of people and contractors.

As Northern Hardwoods looks to the future, Longyear’s ongoing financial stability will continue to provide the foundation for growth, acquisitions, and expansion, and chart a solid path forward."

Visit their website for more information: https://www.northernhardwoods.com/
Thank you for renewing your membership
Eagle Harbor Inn, Inc.
GrandBridge Business Centre  
Houghton Housing Associates
InSight EyeCare
Krupp's Resort
Portage Lake Cabins
Sherwin Williams Company
Upper Peninsula Audiology
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Mark Your Calendars!
Upcoming Chamber Events
Dear Chamber and KEDA Supporters,

Reminder: Our co-branded Keweenaw Alliance Breakfast meeting will be held Wednesday, June 12th, at the Finnish American Heritage Center. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. Breakfast is served by 7:15. The program starts at 7:30.

Our featured presentation: Marlin Lee, Executive Director, of the Calumet Theatre

We are still looking for a June breakfast sponsor, if you are interested please contact the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce at info@keweenaw.org.


Sponsorship of each meeting is $350.00 and covers the cost of breakfast. We provide verbal acknowledgment at the beginning and end of each meeting as well as a listing on the Chamber and KEDA website, meeting email announcements, and agendas. The sponsor also has the opportunity to make any announcements at the beginning of the meeting. If you are interested in sponsoring a breakfast meeting, please contact Tara at the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce (info@keweenaw.org) or Jeff at the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (jeff@kedabiz.com).
This is a Special Business After Hours for Chamber Members!

RSVP is required, if you are interested in attending please contact Tara at info@keweenaw.org
Bridgefest 2019
Join us during Bridgefest weekend for some FREE family fun!

Touch - A - Truck is a family-friendly event designed to allow children to explore, climb, and TOUCH vehicles of all shapes and sizes. There will be fun for everyone in the family.

This will be taking place at Keweenaw Chevrolet parking lot in Houghton on Saturday, June 15th from 9:30am - 1:30pm.

-Meet and Greet Michigan Tech Huskies
-Rock Painting
-Petting Zoo
-Pony Rides
-Food and more!
Join us during Bridgefest weekend for the Keweenaw Classic Car Show happening at the Keweenaw Buick GMC parking lot in Hancock on Saturday, June 15th from 9:30am - 1:30pm.

Registration from 8:30am to 9:15am
Trophy Presentation at 1pm

The classic rock band "Rewind" will be playing from 10am - 1pm

T-shirts will be given to each car entry, and a trophy and prize will be given to the Best in Show.

For more information please call the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce at 906-482-5240.
Bridgefest, with our presenting sponsor, Keweenaw Chevrolet in Houghton and Keweenaw Buick GMC in Hancock would like to invite you, your friends, and family to the Jon Davis Memorial Fireworks ! The fireworks will begin at dusk near the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park in Houghton.

We have an amazing show lined up, we hope to see you there!

Come early and enjoy food, vendors, music and other fun family friendly activities!
We are excited to announce our Bridgefest 2019 music line up!

Friday, June 14th
9-Midnight The SuperSuits

Saturday, June 15th
3-6PM Neverlund
6:30-8:30PM Trevor Ohlsen
Keweenaw Chevrolet | BUICK | GMC will have ALL 400+ MAKE & MODEL vehicles MOVED to the Copper Country Mall parking lot!

Special Community Pricing | Food & Pop | Door Prizes

Thursday 13 | Friday 14 | Saturday 15

Bridgefest 2019 is Presented by Keweenaw Chevrolet in Houghton and Keweenaw Buick GMC in Hancock.
Event Recaps
May 8th: Thank you to all who attended our May Keweenaw Alliance Breakfast.

Thank you to George Stockero, Superintendent and Shawn Kolbus, CTE Director of the Copper Country Intermediate School District for giving an excellent presentation on CTE programs available to our students. During this breakfast the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance also awarded nine $750 scholarships to students from our local schools.

Preston Smith - Baraga High School
Cale Anttila - Calumet High School
Blade Warren - Chassell Township Schools
Dan Sirvio - Dollar Bay High School
Olivia Erickson - Hancock Central High School
Lynn Greenhoe - Houghton High School
Rylie Anderson - Jeffers High School
Jade Junkin - Lake Linden Hubbell High School
Trevor Nankervis - L'Anse High School

We would also like to give our sincere appreciation to our May breakfast sponsor: Copper Country Intermediate School District
May 18th: UP Health System - Portage had a wonderful ribbon cutting and open house for their Express Care Clinic in Calumet complete with an excellent BBQ and facility tours!

Congratulations UP Health System - Portage!
Member Spotlight:
Give us some background on yourself/your business.
Sam’s vision was to be more than just a guide and outfitter when he purchased Keweenaw Adventure Company (KAC) in 1999. He planned to be a “catalyst of change and of growth for the tourist economy… [he] desired to contribute to conservation and education efforts for the land that he loved.” He has succeeded and now KAC has a reputation of being “advocates, trail builders, community organizers and folks who like to have a good time.” 

When Shelby (Sam’s partner in business and in life) joined in on the KAC team in 2013, she brought with her a decade of involvement in the environmental field and the philosophy that “one’s personal health is inseparable from the health of our natural environment” – both of which she integrates into her management of KAC.

How many years have you been in business?
This is our business's 25th Anniversary Season! And for over two decades, Sam has been a steward of the trails, working within the greater community promoting the economic and recreational benefits of mountain biking that contribute to the area’s tourist-based economy and well-being. He has personally donated thousands of hours to trail building, maintenance, community events, and volunteer-based boards.  

Who are the people in the background of your organization?
All of KAC staff — our mechanics, shop representatives and guides — undergo customer service training, interpretive training (from the geology to history to economics of our region) and risk-management training. Our staff are professionals, who impart their knowledge of responsible travel to our customers thorough instruction, interpretation & storytelling and various safety measures.  

Do you have any advice for new business owners?
KAC fosters in its staff the philosophy of “we could” vs. “you should” and “be the change you wish to see” in an effort to empower staffers to play a more proactive role in the company. Staff members are also given the optional opportunity of paid “Professional Development” and/or self-initiated “Special Projects” that are meant to positively impact the business as a whole.   

How can people keep up to date on what's happening at your organization?
Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and our monthly E-Newsletter.

Anything else you want the community to know about your business?
On the whole, KAC enacts ethical business practices that today are being defined on an international scale as sustainable and/or responsible tourism. We’re a guide & outfitter company that truly values, respects and supports our pristine natural areas, our culturally rich heritage, our local community and economy. We understand our crucial role in facilitating meaningful experiences for visitors — experiences that “connect people with awe and respect to the Keweenaw Peninsula” — ultimately making regional tourism sustainable while maintaining the region’s character and sense of place. We are not just now jumping on the responsible tourism bandwagon, we have been riding it since our inception.
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.
Congratulations to Our Members!
Congratulations to 101 Quincy Coworking on their One Year Birthday Celebration last month!
Studio 13 celebrated the end of a first successful year in business last month! Congratulations!
Baby E's BBQ celebrated their One Year Anniversary last month! Congratulations Baby E's!
Congratulations to Swift True Value Hardware on celebrating your 150 years last month!
Portage Paddle Sports celebrated their Houghton location Grand Opening last month! With locations now in Houghton and Hancock, they are here to serve our community. Stop by and check them out this summer!
Chamber Member Events
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
Karin Van Dyke, President
Vice President for Advancement
Finlandia University

Mary Myers, Vice President
Account Executive

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

James Desrochers - Treasurer
Associate Director, Industry Relations
Michigan Technological University

Morgan Impola
Regional Engineer

Brad Barnett
Apple Blossom Mercantile
Carrie Richards
Partner Engagement Program Manager
Michigan Technological University

Jan Cole
Managing Partner
Edochi, LLC

Todd Gast
Marketing Manager
Keweenaw Co-op

Brian Donnelly
VP Director of Retail Banking
Superior National Bank

Mary Sears, KEDA Representative
Franklin Township
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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902 College Ave, Houghton, MI 49931