October 2019 - Issue #86
Dear Friends,

Happy FALL and Welcome to October! We have lots of events going on this month, make sure to stay tuned! We will continue with our monthly breakfast series,our monthly lunch and learns, our Halloween Family Fun afternoon at Street Treat and much more!

In addition to our events, we want to celebrate YOU! Are you interested in showcasing your business to the community? Would you like to say thank you to your customers? We would like to extend you the opportunity for you to host a Business After Hours or Open House. Contact us to reserve your spot for the 2019-2020 season today!


Karin Van Dyke
Board President
Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
Top Chamber Supporters
Thank you for renewing your membership
A+ Pest Management 
Associate - Horst Schmidt
Baraga Telephone
Bill Siler Contracting, Inc.
Bob Hager Agency, Inc.
Calumet Theatre
Community Action Agency
Copper Country Kiwanis
Copper Country Veterinary Clinic
Copper Island Engraving
Copper World
Country Village Shops
D & L Janitorial Services, Inc.
David Monticello
Down Wind Sports
Eagle River Sunset House
Eisenhower Center
Electric Brewing Supply
G & J Site Solutions, Inc. 
Hancock Coca Cola Bottling Company
Horner Flooring Company
Houghton County
InSight EyeCare
IR Telemetrics
Keweenaw Adventure Co.
Keweenaw Gem & Gift, Inc.
Keweenaw Auto Body
League of Women Voters of the Copper Country
McDonald's Restaurant
Memorial Chapel Funeral Home & Plowe Funeral Home
Mine Shaft and Rock House Grill & Tavern
Nicholas Insurance Agency
Northern Light Cottages
Pasty.Net, Inc.
Pat's Motorsports, Inc.
Quincy's Restaurant
Society of Saint John/The Jampot
Stang Decision Systems
State Wide Real Estate of Houghton
Suomi Restaurant
Superior Smiles
ThermoAnalytics, Inc.
U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc.
U.P. Oil Company & Sharon Ave Convenience
Village of South Range
Xpress Self Storage
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Event Recaps
September 11th - On the behalf of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce THANK YOU to the 34 teams who came out and braved the course conditions and had a great day of networking and golfing yesterday.

THANK YOU to our Ace Sponsor: David Kent Consulting

THANK YOU to our Hole - in - one Sponsors:  Copper Country Ford  and  The Tervo Agency

THANK YOU to all the local businesses who provided donations for our raffle.
THANK YOU to Mark and Paul, and staff of the  Portage Lake Golf Course  for hosting and making this outing a sucessful Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce event.

2nd Place:  Copper Country Ford
3rd Place:  Peterson's Fish Market

Long Drive #2 (Women): Molly Mikesch
Long Drive #2 (Men): Jimmy Brey
CTP #4: Steve Langley 10'9"
Longest Putt #9: Hugh DePaulis
CTP #13:  Walmart Houghton
Longest Putt #16:  Phil Raffaelli  20'4"

Skins Winner $600

See you next year  ⛳️
September 24th - Thank you to Mary Myers and  TV6 & FOX UP  Digital Sales Team Members for leading our WEBSITE WORKSHOP Lunch & Learn.

Congratulations to  City of Hancock  for winning the exciting door prize!

Thank you to  Keweenaw Co-op Natural Foods Market & Deli  for the delicious lunch!
September 28th: Congratulations to Protea Floral Design on their new location at 100 Navy Street in Hancock. Protea celebrated their Grand Opening this past Saturday.

For more pictures, click here.
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Member Spotlight:
I am Todd Gast, Marketing/Outreach Manager at Keweenaw Co-op. I am originally from Dollar Bay, MI and I attended Michigan Tech and graduated from Michigan State University with a BFA in Graphic Design. I escaped the region many years ago to see how the rest of the world operated and landed on the eastern seaboard. I spent most of my adult life in New York City as an Art Director/Graphic Designer specializing in editorial design, corporate design, advertising, marketing, public relations and communications. In 2017, Keweenaw Co-op was looking for a new Marketing/Outreach Manager and I was looking to make a change in my life — perfect timing. Moving back to the Copper Country is allowing me the opportunity to give back to the community that gave me so much to me while growing up. Even though I have moved back to the U.P. — I still maintain a client base in New York City, Providence, Boston and Philadelphia — freelancing on a contract basis, providing client services to various companies.
Keweenaw Co-op was established in 1973 as a pre-order bulk-buying club to provide the community with natural and organic foods. Our first home was the back room of "Funky's Karma Cafe" in downtown Houghton, MI. In 1986 — after moving two more times significantly increasing our product line and supporting a paid staff — Keweenaw Co-op moved to our current location at 1035 Ethel Avenue in Hancock and opened as a "full-line grocery, gourmet market & deli." Today, Your Co-op provides high quality, minimally processed and packaged products at the lowest prices possible. We offer fresh LOCAL, regional and organic choices whenever the season provides and we feature alternatives for those that may have food sensitivities — we feature healthy vegan, vegetarian and omnivore options for the entire community. We also have the best Deli in town and the only “Fresh Juicer” in our region. THANK YOU COPPER COUNTRY for 45+ YEARS of Support! 
Q: How many years has Keweenaw Co-op been in business?
A: Our anniversary is November 8th and we are just wrapping up celebrating our 45th year in business.
Q: What are some interesting facts about your business most people don’t know?
A: You don’t have to be an owner at Keweenaw Co-op to shop here — everyone is welcome at any time. We are all about our local community and local products — we currently support 24+ local growers/farmers. 
Q: Do you have any advice for new business owners?
A: There is plenty of need and plenty of business opportunities to fill that need — it takes hard work. Find your niche and get down to work.
Q: What are your business goals?
A: Growing our business, reaching more people with our outreach programs and supporting our community in any way we can. We believe that with a healthy/prosperous business we can do more outreach and do more good deeds in our community.
Q: How can people keep up to date on what’s happening at your company?
A: Join our community and be “in the know” about news/events and super special FLASH SALES by submitting your email address here .
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Upcoming 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
Director of Advancement
Michigan Technological University

Morgan Impola
Regional Engineer
Jan Cole
Managing Partner
Edochi, LLC

Todd Gast
Marketing Manager
Keweenaw Co-op

Brian Donnelly
VP Director of Retail Banking
Superior National Bank

Carrie Richards
Partner Engagement Program Manager
Michigan Technological University

Mary Sears, KEDA Representative

Brad Barnett, CVB Representative
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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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