The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is actively searching for a Communications & Marketing Assistant!

The Communications & Marketing Assistant promotes the West End community, its local events, and helps to increase membership and sponsorship throughout the year.

If you or someone you know would like to apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:

For a FULL job description, please visit

Applications will be accepted through September 18.

Thank you!

Kelsey Reyes
Executive  Director

Greater Ishpeming- Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce &
Western Marquette County Health Foundation
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Please submit cover letter & resume to:
For a full job description, please visit
City of Negaunee
     Questions? Call (906)362-1810.
Ishpeming VFW Post 4573
Fridays Starting September 8
Beginning Friday, September 8 the Ishpeming VFW Post 4573 will have Friday Night Fish Fry every Friday, cooked and served by volunteers.

A variety of tasty fish dinners will be served from 4-7PM at the Post (310 Bank St., Ishpeming). In addition, golden fried chicken, ribeye steaks, and burgers can be ordered. All items are available for takeout.

Questions? Call (906)486-4856.
Van Riper State Park
September 8-10, 15-17, & 22-24
Join Van Riper State Park for a weekend of spooktacular good times during Harvest Festival! There are three weekends of frightful fun to go: September 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24!

Friday night make boo-bread with the campground hosts, then head over to the pavilion for a Monster Mash dance!

On Saturday there will be face painting (fee involved), wagon rides, games and crafts, campsite decorating, and rounding out the evening will be trick or treating and the famous haunted hike!

Don't forget to join the hosts on Sunday morning to find out the winners of the site decorating contest. 

Camping reservations can be made HERE  or by calling 1-800-447-2757.
Brogie's Tavern, Lake Effect Entertainment, 
& Double Trouble Entertainment
Friday, September 8
For tickets, click HERE.
Western Marquette County Health Foundation
Friday, September 8
Click HERE to register or sponsor!
Call (906)486-1111 or email  for more information.
Michigan Brewers Guild
Saturday, September 9
The 2017 U.P. Fall Beer Festival will take place Saturday, September 9 beginning at 1PM, overlooking Lake Superior in scenic Mattson Lower Harbor Park, downtown Marquette. 

Attendees can choose from over 600 locally crafted beers from more than 80 Michigan breweries. 

Festival guests can also enjoy a wide array of tasty food from area restaurants (available for purchase), and listen to a talented line-up of musicians while they sip their beer.

To buy tickets, click HERE.
Monday, September 11
To register, click HERE.
Tuesday, September 12
 On Tuesday, September 12, join BizLaunch for a FREE webinar from 2PM to 3PM for a look at Low Cost or No Cost Marketing Tools you can use to grow your business!

Increase your sales with targeted, low cost/no cost marketing tools. You will learn how to develop simple and inexpensive marketing strategies for your business. We will discuss:
  • Basic marketing rules you need to know.
  • How to identify your ideal target market and ways to engage them.
  • How to understand your market and know your customer.
  • How to identify your key differentiates.
  • How to develop a simple marketing plan.
  • Effective online and offline marketing tools you can start using today.
Attend this webinar to learn how to get big results from a small budget!

To register, or for more info, click HERE.
The Boxcar Boutique
Tuesday, September 12
 On Tuesday, September 12, join The Boxcar Boutique from 6-8PM for Cupcakes & Cocktails!

The Boxcar is located at 211 S. Main St. in Downtown Ishpeming. 

It's time for another ladies night! come out to enjoy shopping (new inventory!) and Courtney's cupcake bar! 

Get ready for some awesome door prizes, as well!

For more info, click HERE.
Anytime Fitness
Tuesday, September 12
The kids are back to school and it's time to focus on you! 

Join Mandy on Tuesday, September 12 from 9-10AM at Anytime Fitness (130 N. Pansy St., Ishpeming) for this special class to help you unwind from a busy summer.

It will be an hour-long yoga style class with plenty of stretching.

For more info, click HERE.
40 Below Marquette
Friday, September 15
40 Below Marquette presents it's 6th Annual Young Professionals Conference on Friday, September 15 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette beginning at 9AM and concluding at 4:30PM.

To register for the conference, click HERE.
US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame
September 14-17

The US Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame is hosting their Hall of Fame Enshrinement weekend beginning Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, September 17.

The PUBLIC EVENTS are as follows:

**A $15/person donation is suggested

Friday, September 15
  • 5-6PM Ski Jumper Reunion U.S.S.S.H.O.F | Museum Lobby Complimentary Beverages 
  • 6-7PM Enshrinement Dinner U.S.S.S.H.O.F | Museum Main Floor Complimentary Food & Beverages 
  • 7-9PM Class of 2016 Enshrinement U.S.S.S.H.O.F | Second Floor Complimentary Beverages FREE
Saturday September 16
  • 8:30-10AM Kiwanis Breakfast K.D. Hall | St. Johns Church Breakfast & Presentations $6/person
  • 11AM-5PM Non-Golfer History Tour U.S.S.S.H.O.F | East Parking Lot Marquette County Skiing History Tour PRIVATE EVENT
  • 11-11:30AM Golf Outing Registration Wawonowin Golf Course Deck Lunch and Golf Outing Registration FREE
  • 12-5:30PM Hall of Fame Golf Outing Wawonowin Golf Course Skins, Prizes and Fun on course $60 pp | $240 Team
  • 6-8:30PM Class of 2016 Banquet Wawonowin Golf Course Ballroom Buffet Dinner and Historic Stories $50/person


For questions, RSVPs, or tickets, please call 

Justin at (906)485-6323 or email   

Michigamme Museum
Friday, September 15
    Questions? Call (906)323-6274.
Michigamme Township
September 16 & 17
Questions? Call (906)323-674, (906)235-0935, or (906)250-8583. 
Economic Club of Marquette County
Monday, September 18
The Economic Club of Marquette County will hold their September dinner meeting on Monday, September 19 at the Ramada Inn (412 W. Washington St., Marquette).

Social Hour  starts at 5:30PM and dinner will be served promptly at 6:30PM with the speaker presentation beginning at 7:30PM.
Non-members are encouraged to attend, with dinner cost of $40 per non-member or as a guest of a Economic Club member.

Please  make reservations by 5PM on the Friday prior to each meeting. 

To make reservations, call (906)315 -2155 and leave a message 
or email
Iron Range Agency
Tuesday, September 19
   Questions? Call Kelsey at (906)486-1111 
Tuesday, September 19

Join 40 Below at Congress Pizza (106 Main St., Ishpeming) for drinks, pizza, and networking at their September social from  5:30-7:30PM on Tuesday, September 19. 

A drink ticket will be provided for 40 Below members in attendance; this event is $5 for guests.

For more info, click HERE.
Travel Marquette
Tuesday, September 19
Join Travel Marquette for a deeper look into the arts & culture side of Marquette County!

Marquette County is known far & wide for our outdoor recreation. But growing in popularity is our incredible arts & culture scene! 

On Tuesday, September 19 from 10AM-12PM, enjoy a FREE two-hour classroom style presentation showcasing the Arts & Culture offerings of Marquette County. 
  Questions, or want to sign up? 
Call Anna at (906)228-7749 or 
906 Adventure Team
September 22 - 23
The Marji Gesick 100, a Point-to-Point adventure across Marquette County (Michigan), will begin Friday, September 22. Save the Date!

Climb 13,000 feet beginning in Marquette and ending downtown Ishpeming. Race against Tinker Juarez, 2016 Marji Gesick Champion, as he returns in 2017 to defend his title. 

This race is self-supported. There are no official aid-stations. GPS is required. To qualify as a finisher, you will be required to collect a poker chip from four checkpoints along the course. Location of checkpoints is not disclosed. They will be highly visible the day of the race. In the event you arrive at the finish line without all four checkpoint chips you will not be eligble for belt buckles, dollar bills or awards. Worried about not having aid-stations? Fear not as the community comes out in full force to support this event! 

Don't want to bike 100-miles? There is an equally memorable 50-Mile option for you to enjoy (suffer through). Don't want to bike 50-Miles? No problem! Try running it: 100-Miles or 50-Miles. Your choice. 

Click HERE for more information.
Downtown Negaunee Association
Saturday, September 23
The Historic Downtown Negaunee Businesses are once again putting on a fabulous event, "Oktoberfest 2017," on Saturday, September 23. 

Enjoy "Gemutlichkeit," that feeling of warmth and friendship that they strive to provide in Downtown Negaunee. This "Fami ly Friendly Event" starts at 12 noon to 6PM and carries on through the evening. 

There will be different events, contests, and activities all day long on Iron Street, featuring the Jackson's Pit "Stein Holding Contest," food vendors, crafters, live music, Kid's Corner of festivities, pumpkin painting & more!

Different downtown businesses will be offering samples, specials, and discounts as well. It's Downtown Negaunee's Oktoberfest Time!

Vendor Spots are still avail able! $20 for a 10 ft by 12 ft space, and $35 for space, tent, & 1- 8 ft table. Electricity is available for $7 for the day. Vendors must provide their own generators, cords, and any supplies needed to run their booths. 

Please be aware of the weather factoring in, this is the U.P.! dress warmly, bring heaters if needed. This event is outside and the vendor fees are non-refundable. Set up for vendors may begin at 9AM  and all must be fully set up and vehicles moved by 11:45AM.  Take down may not begin until 6PM.

Keep up with the details on the Facebook Event Page!

Want to reserve a vendor spot? Have questions?  Call Hanna at 906-362-1426.
NMU Hospitality Students
Saturday, September 23
Get your taste buds ready! On Saturday, September 23 from 7-9PM, enjoy the NMU Hospitality Gala at the Marquette Commons (112 S. Third St., Marquette)!

This flavorful night will showcase the NMU Hospitality Program and includes amazing food, networking and entertainment hosted by DIGS and Double Trouble Entertainment in conjunction with the NMU Hospitality Program & Alumni Association, Travel Marquette, Marquette Downtown Development Authority and the KBIC Ojibwa Casino.

Only 300 tickets at $35/person available!  To purchase, click HERE.
Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum
Sunday, September 24
Questions? RSVP?
Call (906)475-6555, (906)362-0906, or (906)869-4702.
Ishpeming Area Historical Society & Museum
Tuesday, September 27
Questions? Call (906)486-1111 or email 
Brogie's Tavern/The Warehouse Showroom
Saturday, September 30
Devil's Rejects and Dust n' Bones are 2 of the Minneapolis area's premier tribute bands. Devil's Rejects is a tribute to Rob Zombie and Dust n' Bones is a Guns n' Roses tribute. Infathom is a hard rocking band from right here in the UP, and they are going to open the show!

Watch these three bands rock the stage in The Warehouse for the end-of-the-season party. It's going to be a big one! 500 tickets will be available and are priced at only $18. 

This is an all ages show, but it's not rated G by any means, so use your own judgment on bringing your kids with you.

There will be a full bar available in the Warehouse (114 N. Second St., Ishpeming) so you don't have to miss a minute of the show!

Hard copy tickets will be available at Brogie's Tavern (106 N. Second St., Ishpeming) by 8/17. Don't miss out on this show, it's only on for one night!

For tickets, click HERE.
Thursday, October 12
Join Grow & Lead: Community & Youth Development (GLCYD) for the 2017 U.P. Non-Profit Conference on Thursday, October 12 from 8AM-5PM in the Great Lakes Rooms at Northern Michigan University!

Keynote Speakers
  • Opening Keynote: Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 
  • Closing Keynote: Matthew Downey, Program Director for Nonprofit Services, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

This year's workshop lineup includes:
  • Overview of Grant Writing - Kristen Beck, NMU Grants Office
  • Building the Board: The 6 Tools for Success - Jim LaJoie, Superior Health Foundation
  • Sensationalized Issues & The Volunteer Fallout - Nicole Fende, The Numbers Whisperer
  • Communities that Care: Prevention in Action - Kevin Weir, Dial Help
  • Major Gifts -  Pat Bray (preregistration required)
  • Apply the 1-page Nonprofit Organization Business Model Canvas - Jonathan Leinonen, Michigan Technological University
  • Follow the $$$ in the Nonprofit Corporation - Tami Seavoy and Trish Davis, Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, P.C.
  • All Hands on Deck - Dave Bonsall and Rachel Harris, Superior Consulting
  • Employability: Finding and Keeping Millenia - Ann Crandell-Williams, NMU Social Work Department
  • The 5 Steps to Set and Achieve Meaningful Goals - Rebecca Tervo, Life Coach
  • ACES - Linda Remsburg, Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development
  • Gamify to Attract, Retain, and Nurture Volunteers - Nicole Fende, The Numbers Whisperer
Additional workshops will be posted on the  conference website as they are confirmed.

Early Bird Pricing
  • Grow & Lead Member - $65
  • Non-member - $95
Early bird pricing is in effect until  Friday, August 25. Registration rates increase $20 after  August 25. Scholarships are available for Grow & Lead members. 

The U.P. Nonprofit Conference features businesses that care about nonprofit organizations. Exhibit booths are available for $150, and include: 
  • One 8 ft table with space to hand a banner
  • Two chairs
  • An electrical outlet 
  • Wireless Internet access
  • One conference registration (additional representative may be added for $25 each)
Sponsors are being actively sought for the 2017 U.P. Nonprofit Conference. If you're interested in sponsoring, please contact Amy at

For questions, call  (906) 228-8919.
Friday, October 13
Cause for Paws Annual Gala is one of UPAWS biggest fundraisers of the year! Celebrate the bond between people and their pets, and support your local no-kill shelter at the same time. 

This year's Cause for Paws Gala will be held at the Marquette Masonic Building. Enjoy an evening of entertainment with hors d'ouevres, gourmet chocolate tasting, cash bar, 50/50 drawings, tons of raffle prizes, silent auction, live auction, and live music! 

Friday October 13 from 6-10PM, but don't get superstitious--this event is all about no tricks and just treats! This year's auction and bucket raffle selection will not disappoint! 

A utographed sports memorabilia, local artwork, jewelry, plenty of gift baskets, pet items, home dec or, beer, wine, a taste of Marquette County restaurant gift certificate package and so much more! Plus, a fabulous door prize drawing! 

A limited number of tickets will be available. Don't miss out on this great event--get your tickets today! 

Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door). 

All proceeds from the Cause for Paws Gala will go to help animals find a loving forever home.

Call (906) 475-6661 for more information, or visit  for more information on this fun event! 

Interested in becoming an event sponsor or donor? Please e-mail

Thursday, October 19


The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce (GINCC) is excited to present its 7 th Annual Dinner  on 
Thursday, October 19th  at the  Ishpeming Armory  (900 Palms Ave., Ishpeming). This year's theme is "The Great Gatsby," and will feature the short film,  Transformation

The event will include a social hour at 5:30PM and a formal dinner at 7PM with an inspirational program to follow, honoring our members and community members. The evening will conclude with the showing of Transformation, which will tell the story of Western Marquette County from the 1920s compared to the present day through photos and videos of the beautiful West End.

"The Great Gatsby" themed attire is encouraged. See suggestions here .


We are currently seeking sponsors for the Annual Dinner. To view the sponsorship details, please CLICK HERE 


If you are interested in attending the Annual Dinner, please CLICK HERE for the registration form.


During the Annual Dinner, we give out five awards: Chamber Member of the Year, Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. 

Four out of these five awards are voted on by you, so if you have someone you would like to see win an award, nominate them through our Annual Dinner Award Nomination Survey. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, and Organization of the Year  must be Chamber Members . Volunteer of the year does  NOT  have to be a Chamber Member. 

CLICK HERE  to find a Chamber Member.

Please fill out the survey below by October 1, 2017 and provide as much detail as possible. If you have a personal experience or story, please share it!

Thank you for your time! 
Questions? Call (906)486-1111 or email
Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance
Friday, October 20

Join the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance for their next membership meeting, to be held from 9AM to 2PM at the Landmark Inn (230 N. Front St., Marquette) on Friday, October 20!

To register, and for more information, click HERE.

Questions? Call Holly at (906)280-2441;

Holiday Travel Vacations
October 20-27, 2018
Journey to Cuba with Holiday Travel! This trip is designed to help you better understand Cuba's people, politics, history and culture. You will visit sites
that illuminate the island's colonial and revolutionary past! 

In meetings with artists, community leaders, business owners  and farmers, you'll get a range of perspectives on life in Cuba today. You'll dine in private, home restaurants (paladares), take in  some of Cuba's terrific music and art, AND have the chance to sample the famous Cuban rum and cigars!

Experiences for this HOLIDAY TRAVEL group
  • A welcome reception at La Bonita paladar
  • A farm tour and dinner party with chef Luigi Fiori
  • Lunch at an organic farm in the stunning ViƱales Valley
  • A private salsa dance lesson5 nights in Havana 
  • 2 nights in Trinidad de Cuba


Double Room Price:$5,995 per Person

Single Room Price: $6,995 per Person

  • Roundtrip air from Chicago, with American Airlines
  • 7 nights of accommodations, with daily breakfast
  • 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Drinks with meals (limited)
  • Bottled water while touring
  • Airport transfers in Cuba
  • 6 days of touring in a private, air-conditioned
  • bus with a licensed, English-speaking guide
  • Site entrance fees
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Tips to hotel porters and housekeeping
  • Tips at lunches and dinners included in the trip
  • Hotel service fees and taxes
  • Cuban entry visa
  • Cuban departure taxes
This trip will operate under a General License - Humanitarian Project (section 515.575).

Questions? Call Laura at (906)228-6355 

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