October 2018 - Issue #75
Dear Chamber Members & Friends,

With a 24 hour news cycle full of negative headlines coming out of Washington, it’s easy to be turned off to anything relating to politics. It’s very important, however, to remember that there are still good people running for public office at all tiers of government, from city or village councils, to state legislature, and even at the federal level. Some of these people are your neighbors, and they likely have the same concerns you have.

General elections, where a President is on the ballot, have seen turnouts of 50-60% of eligible voters nationally. Midterm elections, which often decide control of two of the three branches of the federal government as well as the future of state and municipal leadership, see turnout closer to 40%. 

Your vote is your voice, and it is important that you be heard. If you don’t feel like you know the candidates or issues, take some time to educate yourself from neutral sources. For state and local candidates, you may be able to connect with them as they tour our communities, or reach out to them directly.

The deadline to register to vote is October 9 th , and the midterm election will be held on November 6 th . There is still plenty of time to make an informed choice. Vote!

Thank you for your support,

Brian Donnelly
Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
Top Chamber Supporters
Welcome New Chamber Members
Please support our Chamber Member Businesses!
Advance America: They are here for you between paydays with financial solutions to help meet your needs. Don’t forget, with their MoneyGram® services, you can also send and receive money, purchase a money order, and even pay bills all at one location. They are located at 850 W. Sharon Ave., in Houghton.

Visit their website here for more information.
Northern Perspectives, LLC : A property management company focused on the maintenance and restoration of historic buildings.

Visit their website here for more information.
Copper Country Community Arts Center: The CCCAC houses three galleries: the Kerredge Gallery with monthly professional artist and community exhibits; the Youth Gallery, featuring artwork by local students and young individuals; and the Artists Market Sales Gallery, which represents more than 200 local and regional artists.  In addition to the galleries the CCCAC is home to a classroom, ballroom, letterpress studio, clay studio and photo darkroom, as well as an art library and growing permanent art collection. The CCCAC offers art classes for all ages, hosts cultural events, and assists students and emerging artists launch art careers by providing exhibition and teaching opportunities.

Visit their website here for more information.
Thank you for renewing your membership
Please support our Chamber Member Businesses!
A - 1 Toy-Lets, LLC
Associate - Horst Schmidt
Bill Siler Contracting, Inc.
Bob Hager Agency, Inc.
Continental Fire Co.
Copper Country Kiwanis
Copper Country Veterinary Clinic
Country Village Shops
Crampton Surveying, Inc.
Eisenhower Center
Family Chiropractic Center
Gitzen Company
Great Lakes Accounting, PC
Hancock Coca Cola Bottling Company
Hannula Agency
InSight EyeCare
IR Telemetrics
Isle Royale National Park Service
Keweenaw Adventure Co.
Keweenaw Gem & Gift, Inc.
Keweenaw Waterway Cabins
Loading Zone II Bar & Grill
Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn
McDonald's Restaurant
McGrath, Inc.
Memorial Chapel Funeral Home & Plowe Funeral Home
Mine Shaft and Rock House Grill & Tavern
Nicholas Insurance Agency
Northern Light Cottages
Pat's Motorsports, Inc.
Ramada Waterfront
Stang Decision Systems
State Wide Real Estate of Houghton
Suomi Restaurant
The Jampot
ThermoAnalytics, Inc
U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc.
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Are you interested in being on the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors? Please fill out an application here . If you would like more information, please contact us.
Event Recaps
September 12th: The weather was absolutely perfect for our Annual Golf Outing . We would like to extend a thank you to all our players, sponsors, and donors that made our golf outing possible.

Hole-In-One Donors:

Eagle Sponsors:

Hole Sponsors:


Here are our golf outing results:

Top 4 overall winners:
1. Portage Lake Golf Course, 55
2. Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, 58
3. Copper Country Ford, 58
4. Range Bank, 60

Contest Winners:
Long Drive #2 (women): Deb Young
Longest Drive #2 (men): Randy McKay, 1 mile
CTP #4: Brian Juopperi, 12"
Longest Putt #9: Aaron Cosellian, 16'
CTP #14: Chuck Gaff, 47.75"
Longest Putt #16: Robbyn Lucier

Eagle #7 Skins Winner : Omer's Wyandotte Hills, $580
September 20th : Roger Woods gave attendees a great presentation on "What You Really Sell" Lunch & Learn, learning how to market your business and not just advertise, by using the power of the 5 Marketing Questions.
September 26th: Edochi, LLC hosted a Business Open House , which gave attendees a chance to get a glimpse inside 3 of Eagle River's most beautiful properties. To view the full album of pictures, please visit our Facebook page.
Member Spotlight:
Shelly J. Larson
217 Sixth Street | Calumet, MI 49913
Office 906-337-0356| Toll Free 866-337-0363| Fax 877-296-6641
Give us some background on yourself:
My family and I moved to the UP in 1995 for my husband's job as a school teacher. We then moved to the Keweenaw in 1999 where he is a teacher at Washington Middle School. We have two adult daughters.
I started working at Edward Jones in 2006 as an On-Call BOA (Branch Office Administrator). I was then promoted to a Sr. BOA before becoming a Financial Advisor in January 2013.
What are your business goals:
As a branch team, when people in the Keweenaw look for financial advice, we want them to know our office is the solution they are looking for in areas of planning for retirement and estate considerations. We want to challenge the status quo in service. We also want to empower people through education to define and meet their financial goals.
What is an interesting fact about your business that most people don't know:
I review insurance policies that people currently have and see if it still fits their needs. I check to see if there is any danger of the policy lapsing. We also sell insurance to clients to help them meet a need.
What keeps you here:
I love my job! I love the ability to help service my clients and help them reach their goals.
Is your business/organization interested in being in our member spotlight? Contact us for more details!
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Board of Directors
Brian Donnelly, President
Financial Service Representative
Superior National Bank

Matt Thyer - Treasurer
Up and Running Technology Solutions

Karin Van Dyke, Secretary
Vice President for University Relations
Finlandia University

Morgan Impola
Regional Engineer

Mary Myers
Account Executive
Carrie Richards
Partner Engagement Program Manager
Michigan Technological University

Angela Luskin
Health and Fitness Manager
UP Health System-Portage

Jan Cole
Managing Partner
Edochi, LLC

Marilyn Clark
MTEC SmartZone

James Desrochers
Associate Director, Industry Relations
Michigan Technological University
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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