May 2019 - Issue #81
Photo courtesy of the Houghton Beautification Committee , we appreciate all of their hard work to make Houghton beautiful!
Top Chamber Supporters
Please Welcome Our New Chamber Members
Please support our Chamber Member Businesses!
Please help us welcome our new Chamber Member, Peters Building Contractors !

"Our team builds your dream, whether that dream is a work of modern architecture or a soaring timber frame—our experience managing the supply chain and executing on-site yields remarkable and efficient results. Based in Houghton, Mich., we provide new home construction and renovation services in Houghton and the Keweenaw Peninsula."

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Follow them on Instagram: @petersbuildingcontractors
Please help us welcome our new Chamber Member,  Manninen’s Cabins , located in Chassell.

"Come relax and take in the quiet beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Our seven log cabins overlook Otter Lake, a 900-acre sport fishing, paddling, and boating paradise. Built by Finnish settlers in the 1930s, the cabins offer full kitchens and baths, cozy comforts and traditional Scandinavian décor."

Visit their website here:
Like/Follow their Facebook .
Instagram: @manninenscabins
Please help us welcome our new Chamber Member,  The Acciacca Agency - Farm Bureau Insurance , located in Houghton.

"As a Farm Bureau Insurance agent in the Houghton area, I provide the best life insurance, homeowners insurance, auto insurance, farm owners insurance and commercial insurance available in the state.

We're a Michigan-only insurance company and have been since our founding in 1949. We've been named among the top 100 insurance companies ranked by written net premiums by National Underwriter.

I'll work to answer your questions and understand your unique insurance needs. We can match your needs to the best products to protect your family from the risks of everyday life."

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Visit their website here.
Please help us welcome our new Chamber Member,  Chassell Bay Cottages !

Relax and unwind in their clean and cozy waterfront vacation rentals, where the sounds of Portage Lake wash right up to your door. 
Visit  for more information or book your stay on Airbnb or Home Away.
We are excited to welcome Cafe Rosetta as a new Chamber Member!

Cafe Rosetta is an independent, family-owned cafe located in the historic village of Calumet. They 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 the Copper Country.

Visit their website:
Like/Follow them on Facebook !
Thank you for renewing your membership
  • AmericInn Lodge and Suites
  • Anderson Welding & Manufacturing,Inc.
  • Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw Rotary
  • Century 21 North Country Agency
  • Copper Country Intermediate School District
  • Credit Services, Inc.
  • Culver's
  • Darrell Guitar - Realtor
  • Goodwill Industries - Calumet Training Center
  • Houghton Rotary Club
  • Houghton Super 8
  • Hyrkas Plumbing & Heating
  • Mine Shaft and Rock House Grill & Tavern
  • Nitro Consulting, Inc.
  • The Tire Shop
  • U.P. Oil Company
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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, May 8th, 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: Skilled Trades Scholarship Awards. Career and Technical Education in the Keweenaw: An update on CTE with George Stockero, Superintendent and Shawn Kolbus, CTE Director, Copper Country ISD.

Thank you to our May breakfast sponsor: Copper Country Intermediate School District


Meetings-to-date (sponsors needed):
June 12th, 2019 - Presentation from Marlin Lee, Executive Director, Calumet Theatre

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 ( or Jeff at the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (
This is a Special Business After Hours for Chamber Members only.

RSVP is required, if you are interested in attending please contact Tara at
Bridgefest 2019
Several opportunities are available during Bridgefest weekend! To learn more email about how you can be involved!
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.

All entries MUST be parked between 8:30am - 9:15am or AFTER parade on Friday night, in designated areas.

If you are interested in being involved and bringing a vehicle please reach out to the Tara at the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce 906-482-5240 or by email at
Join us during Bridgefest weekend for the Keweenaw Classic Show happening at the Keweenaw Buick GMC parking lot in Hancock on Saturday, June 15th at 9:30am, - 1:30pm.

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

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

For Classic Car Entry please contact Tara at the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce 906-482-5240 or at
Bridgefest with our presenting sponsor, Keweenaw Chevrolet in Houghton and Keweenaw Buick GMC in Hancock would like to invite you and your friends and family to the Jon Davis Memorial Fireworks ! The fireworks will begin at dusk by 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

Bridgefest 2019 is Presented by Keweenaw Chevrolet in Houghton and Keweenaw Buick GMC in Hancock.
Event Recaps
April 17th: Thank you to all who attended our first co-branded Keweenaw Alliance Breakfast meeting.

Thank you to Marty Fitantte for giving a great talk about Invest UP.

We would also like to give our sincere appreciation to our April breakfast sponsor: Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union
Member Spotlight:
Give us some background on yourself/your business.
Our seven log cabins were built on the shores of Otter Lake by my grandparents (Ilmari & Flora) and opened in 1937. My parents (George & Ruth) purchased the resort in the 1950s, and expanded and grew the business until their retirement in 2012. I am proud to be the third generation owner/proprietor of this special place.
The cabins offer full kitchens and baths, cozy comforts, and Scandinavian décor.

How many years have you been in business?
Manninen’s Cabins have been family-owned and operated for over 80 years. Rented by the week, the cabins will re-open to guests on June 29, 2019. The regular season, starting in 2020, will run May-September.

What’s an interesting fact about your business most people don’t know?
Our largest cabin (Yksi #1) was originally an old log farmhouse nearby that was purchased, disassembled log by log, and reassembled on the Manninen property in the 1930s. It showcases the original Finnish square log building techniques. Visible hash marks are seen on the logs, which were made to ensure they were reassembled in the correct order!

Do you have any advice for new business owners?
Don’t just meet the needs of your customers. Exceed them.

What brought you to the area?
I grew up in Chassell and at Otter Lake, and graduated from Michigan Tech. My career in Great Lakes and environmental policy has spanned over 25 years, but I’ve always had the dream of moving back to the Keweenaw and running the cabins. My career now allows me the flexibility to make it happen.

What are your business's goals?
To offer a place for people to reconnect and unwind in the beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Manninen’s Cabins is a family-oriented resort and includes boats with the cabins for fishing, paddling and sailing/surfing. Manninen’s Cabins is and always will be a place where kids can be kids. A traditional Finnish sauna is also available.

How does being in this community affect your business?
The Keweenaw offers so much history and beauty, which only broadens the appeal to visit the area and stay for a week (or more) to explore. The area’s Scandinavian heritage is also something that Manninen’s Cabins celebrates and promotes.
Is your business/organization interested in being in our member spotlight? Contact us for more details!
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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: . 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
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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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