GREETINGS FROM GINCC
Tinseltown is coming to Irontown THIS SATURDAY, December 2!

From noon to 9PM, Iron Street in Negaunee will be hit with a Holiday Explosion!

Walk the Tunnel of Lights, get your Tinseltown Passport and fill it out by visiting participating businesses, grab some food and drinks, shop the Craft Show, watch the fabulous parade, stand in awe as the tree is lit by Santa himself, then be sure to get a picture with the Man in Red inside the Negaunee City Center!

It's a beautiful, family-friendly Holiday day of fun you definitely don't want to miss.

See you there!

Truly,
Kelsey

Kelsey Reyes
Executive  Director
Greater Ishpeming- Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce 
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CALLING ALL GINCC MEMBERS

PLEASE UPDATE YOUR MEMBER INFORMATION

Calling  all of our members:

Thank you to everyone who has sent in your updated information! 

Through the month of December, we will be going through and updating all of our Member information. We would greatly appreciate it if you could fill out the following form and send it back to us at ginccdirector@gmail.com.

            


IS YOUR BUSINESS DOING SOMETHING NOTEWORTHY?

Let us know by Friday, December 1! 

GINCC is calling out to businesses who in the past year have done something great, brought in new employees, added services, offer something new/unique, had something special that went unrecognized, etc.!

It's time for the Winter Edition Business on the Move publication in the Mining Journal, and we want to feature you! If you have something special to say about your business, send your story or any questions to Kelsey at ginccdirector@gmail.com. Let's show everyone all the great things happening in the West End! 

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HOLIDAY PUNCH CARD CAMPAIGN
GINCC

December is in 2 days, which means 20 more days of the Holiday Punch Card Campaign!

Click HERE for the printable Chamber Member list and see all the businesses that you should be saving your receipts from!

          


BE LOCAL, BUY LOCAL HAS LAUNCHED
GINCC & Marquette Chamber of Commerce

  
              

The app has launched! 

You can now download the "Be Local, Buy Local" app on your smartphone, create an account, and register your purchases from participating BLBL businesses. It's free and easy, and it enters you into a drawing to win a $100 Be Local Buy Local gift card EVERY WEEK!

How the program works:
For shoppers: 
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 participating  businesses.

For Businesses: By working together, local businesses can brand the importance of buying local and reaching customers
directly. Interested businesses can sign up through www.belocalbuylocal.today


WELCOME NEW GINCC MEMBERS

SERVPRO of the Upper Peninsula
  
SERVPRO of the Upper Peninsula  specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage situation. They also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business. With advanced "real-world" training facilities you know you are in good hands with SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula.
To see their Facebook page and learn more about them, click HERE. If you would like to get in contact with them, they are located at 301 Stone Street, Ishpeming, MI. Their number is (906) 204- 2450.

Ishpeming Area Wastewater Treatment Facility

The Ishpeming Area Wastewater Treatment Facility serves the area in making sure your water is clean and sanitary.  If you would like to get in contact with them, they are located at 700 Sunset Drive, Ishepming, MI, 49849. Their number is (906) 486-4391. 


CAREER OPPORTUNITY
The Mining Journal

  
                             


EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Northstar Employee Assistance Program

  
90% of your problems are caused by 10% of your employees. 
They are the employee that walks into your office, or you call into your office, and they have a personal issue you can't fix. You listen and think about how you can help, but you are not a trained professional counselor. Maybe you end up just ignoring the issue, avoiding the employee or maybe even deciding to let the employee go. How do your actions look to other employees?

If you have an EAP, you can refer this troubled employee to a trained professional counselor who can help him or her, and get that employee working again in a productive manner. Having access to an EAP program is a great management tool in that it gives management an option for helping a troubled employee deal with a personal issue.
  • They have 30 counselors in 15 locations throughout the U.P. ready to help your employees stay happy, healthy and productive.
  • Northstar EAP is a confidential service for employees that need counseling or assistance for themselves or household members in dealing with life's issues.
  • EAP programs are shown to provide an economic return to the employer, enhance morale and foster good employee relations.
  • They pride themselves in providing local, professional counselors with a unique sensitivity to how they approach each client's issues.
  • Offices are located throughout the Upper Peninsula and provide employees with friendly, professional service close to home.
  • They have many areas of expertise in dealing with life's issues: Family/Child, Marital, Anxiety, Addiction, Workplace, Grief and Stress.
Your employees are your most critical investment. NEAP wants to help support and grow that investment.

Contact at  906-225-3145 or at   www.northstareap.com for more information!
      
         


JERZIS 41 HOLIDAY FUND
Jerzis 41 Sports Bar & Grill
 
Jerzis 41 is reaching out to the community with a Holiday request.

Their goal for 2017 is to help 4 local families that are less fortunate. The Jerzis 41 Holiday Fund is created to help those in need within the community. With your support, there are many ways to give back to those in need. Food, clothing, and monetary donations can make a world of difference to a family, or to a single parent trying to raise their children.

Jerzis will 'adopt' 4 local families and help give them a memorable Holiday season. Each family will receive a catered dinner with all the fixings for Thanksgiving. For Christmas, a "Giving Tree" will be put up for community members to donate specific items for each family's needs, as well as a Holiday dinner. 

Please feel free to stop in to 9965 US Hwy 41, Champion, MI, 49814 to choose an ornament starting the week of November 17th. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please mail checks or talk to a server. Checks can be made out to "Jerzis 41" and cash is accepted as well.

100% of donations will go directly to the families in need.


LAST CHANCE - CAN YOU BE A FUNDING PARTNER?
Western Marquette County Health Foundation

 
LAST CHANCE TO APPLY 

Submit your letter to: 


HELP UPAWS WIN $25K
Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter
 
The Petco Foundation, in partnership with Petco, has selected UPAWS for a Holiday Wishes award thanks to an adoption story submitted by Kimberly Randolph!  

As a Holiday Wishes award finalist, they have the opportunity to earn up to an additional $25,000 - but they need your help! They need you to vote for them for the People's Choice Award Competition!

Voting is incredibly fast and easy. Just visit the Petco Foundation Facebook Page by clicking HERE, and vote fo r Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter: Kimberly Randolph's story titled,  "Adopted Cat has a Thirst for Adventure!"




POP-UP SHOP: LATE NIGHT SHOPPING
Earthly Treasures
Thursday, November 30

THURSDAY CARRIAGE RIDES AND SANTA HOUSE
Ishpeming Business Association
Every Thursday evening until Christmas

Every Thursday evening up until Christmas, there will be free horse-drawn carraige rides in downtown Ishpeming along with visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the ALL NEW Santa House! 

Thursday, Nov. 30
Thursday, Dec. 7
Thursday, Dec. 14
Thursday, Dec. 21

5-7 pm. See you there! 

VISIT WITH SANTA
Rare Earth Goods
December 2




Santa will be visiting from  4-7 PM.
 If you would like to bring your kids in and have Santa remind them of some bad behavior that needs to be changed, please have that request in writing along with your child's name and what they are wearing clothes-wise so Santa can recognize them, prior to your children getting in line. Santa wants all kids to be good and get good gifts for Christmas!

CHRISTMAS GALA
Old Gossard Building
November 30 - December 2 

Thursday, November 30: Start of Christmas season! 11am - 5pm there will be beverages and treats. 

A Holiday Fashion show will follow at UPtown Gifts. Refreshments start at 6 and fashion show starts at 6:30. Call (906) 702-5077 to reserve your spot! 

Friday, December 1: Frosting Friday, 10am - 4pm.

Saturday, December 2: "Family Day" featuring special guests Santa & Mrs. Claus, 10am-2pm! There will be a kid's drawing and treats. Vendors 10am - 3pm: Janet's Home-Baked Breads and Hand Painted by Cindy.

December 4-23: Gossard Building Hours: Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm. Saturday, 10am - 3pm. Closed Sunday.

TINSELTOWN
Downtown Negaunee
Saturday, December 2 

Come out to Downtown Negaunee for a community wide & family friendly event!

Tinseltown comes to Iron Street. Saturday, December 2nd 2017 from 12pm to 9pm Stand and cheer for the Holiday Parade (6:30pm), take some pictures with Santa, sing with the Caroling, watch the tree lighting, shop at the craft show, enjoy free drinks, appetizers, & specials in Downtown Negaunee's participating businesses. Fill out your shopping passport and drop it into Santa's mailbox for a chance to win a grand prize basket filled with treats, gift certificates, goodies, & more donated by the local businesses. 

Have questions or would like more information on how to get in the craft show? Call Hanna at (906)362-1426.

PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter
Saturday, December 2
Sunday, December 3 

Get a wonderful Holiday keepsake of your pet while benefitting UPAWS!

Simple Beauty Photography is donating their time and talent to help get you a quality photo of your pet with Santa. $10 gets you a 4x6 print, however extra prints will be available through Simple Beauty Photography.

Click HERE to download the order form to save time prior to coming to Mares-Z-Doats!

HOLIDAY BREAKFAST BUFFET
Ishpeming Lions Club
Sunday, December 3 

FREE SENIOR FINANCIAL SAFETY PROGRAM
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Marquette County
Wednesday, December 6
Learn how to protect yourself from identity theft, a range of senior scams (phone, internet, door-to-door) using a fun, interactive program including FRAUD Bingo. 

Registration is free, just call 315-2607 or 315-2658.

9am-12pm

Lost Creek Community Building, 200 Lost Creek Drive, Marquette, MI. 

A "turkey dinner" lunch will be provided at noon!

MOBILE FOOD TRUCK COMING TO ISHPEMING
Feeding America
Thursday, December 7 

SNOWMOBILE ADVISORY WORKGROUP
Earthly Treasures
Thursday, December 7

The Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup will hold its next scheduled public meeting at  10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Foggy's Steakhouse, E7876 W. State Highway M28 in Christmas, Michigan.

This group assists the Michigan Trails Advisory Council in performing its duties and responsibilities and provides the Michigan Department of Natural Resources advice related to the snowmobile program, including the creation, development, operation and maintenance of the designated snowmobile trail system.

The  complete meeting agenda can be found on the Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup webpage at  www.michigan.gov/dnr, under Commissions, Boards and Committees. Topics for the meeting will include, but are not limited to:
  • Preseason meeting report.
  • Lower Peninsula permanent easement work assignment.
  • Marketing efforts.
  • Upcoming dates and meetings.
Anyone seeking more information about the  Dec. 7 meeting, wishing to provide public comment on any snowmobile trail-related issue, or needing accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact Barbara Graves, DNR Parks and Recreation Division, at  517-284-6112 (TTY/TDD711 Michigan Relay Center for the hearing impaired) or visit the Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup website. 

14th ANNUAL CELEBRITY ART AUCTION
U.P. Children's Museum
Thursday, December 7

Thursday, December 7 starting at 5:30 pm, GINCC's very own Kelsey Reyes will be a Celebrity Artist in the 14th Annual Celebrity Art Auction! Kelsey and all of the other Celebrity Artists will be offering their pieces/works of art to be auctioned as a fundraiser for the Children's Museum. 

Late Shopping, Pop-up Shop, & Ornament Making with Liz
Earthly Treasures
Thursday, December 7

5-10 PM

Thursday Nights Pop-up Shop and Evening Shopping in Downtown Ishpeming.  Santa will be at Old Ish Park and Free Sleigh Rides through downtown.  Free Hot Chocolate and Cookies here at Earthly Treasures!

Pop-in and create your own very special Christmas Ornament! Creativity lead by Elizabeth Yelland - $5 includes all supplies and instruction! Children Welcome!


FEATURING:
LuLaRoe with Stacy Busch

TOYS FOR TOTS
Ishpeming VFW Post #4573
Sunday, December 10
VFW Post 4573 
310 Bank Street, Ishpeming, MI
Mon.-Fri., 3-6pm
Sunday, 4-6 pm

Sunday, December 10: The community is invited to participate in the Toys for Tots Christmas program to help the local children that are in need. You can bring any unwrapped toys to the Post until December 10.

The VFW is selling $10 raffle tickets to raise funds for the youth who are selected through the Voice of Democracy essay program to compete at a State and National level. The students are all from the greater Ishpeming area. Tickets can be purchased at the post directly during normal operating hours or during the Friday Fish Fry, 4p.m.-7p.m.

RICHIE YURKOVICH BAND
Ishpeming VFW Post #4573
December 9

STAINED GLASS WORKSHOP
Earthly Treasures
Tuesday, December 12
Stained Glass with Kathy Waters 

This is a 2 day class -  First day is Tuesday, December 12, second day is Thursday, December 14.

Class is limited to 5 beginners and 5 second timers. So call early to schedule your spot! 

Join us for a fun filled afternoon creating a custom Stained Glass Sun Catcher. This class is for both the beginners and seasoned students. Learn the basics of creating beautiful works of art from Stained Glass. All materials for this project will be supplied. 

Class is $40 for both nights - You Must CALL Stacey @ Earthly Treasures 906-485-1033 to register. NO online registrations accepted. Class is limited and expected to fill up fast - call early!

A CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD TEA PARTY
Hanna's Tea Times
Wednesday, December 13

Christmas traditions vary across the world, but in every country; one thing is the same; Christmas is a time to celebrate. This Holiday Season- gather your friends and family to travel the world with a Tea Party celebrating Christmas traditions from around the Globe. 

Join us at the Midtown Bakery & Cafe in Downtown Negaunee Wednesday, December 13th at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $27 per person and include a four course meal and your choice of beverage, an endless pot of tea or coffee. The reservation tickets must be purchased in advance at the Midtown Bakery no later than Saturday December 9th. This Christmas Around The World Tea Party is brought to you by Hanna's Tea Times.

LUNCH PLANS?
Give Bell Cafe a try!

Click HERE to see the menu this week.

COMING UP...

Thursday, Dec. 14: Open House at Native Nails Salon (Ishpeming), 5-7pm. 

Sunday, Dec. 17: Breakfast with Santa at the Wawonowin Country Club, 10am. Click HERE for details. 

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018: Rotary Club of Ishpeming/Negaunee's 34th Annual Dinner Dance: An Evening of Romance in the Great Lakes Room at NMU. 6pm-9pm.

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