February 2019 - Issue #78
Top Chamber Supporters
Please Welcome Our New Chamber Member
Please support our Chamber Member Businesses!
Portage Lake Construction located in South Range, they specialize in all aspects of carpentry, concrete, foundations, septic systems, sewers, water systems, site work, docks, and breakwalls.

Visit there website here:  https://portagelakeconstruction.com/
Thank you for renewing your membership
J & A Penegor, Inc.
Keweenaw Co-op Market & Deli
Michigan - American Water Company
Peninsula Copper Industries, Inc.
Rukkila, Negro & Associates, CPAs, PC
Travel Leaders/Superior Travel
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Business After Hours
Schedule yours today!
Are you interested in hosting a Business After Hours?

Business After Hours is a great opportunity to increase recognition and exposure, network, with fellow members, establish an identity, increase community engagement, visit with old acquaintances and make new connections.

If you're interested in hosting a Business After Hours in 2019, please send us an email at info@keweenaw.org or call us at 906-482-5240.
We want to hear from you!
Topic: Lunch & Learns
To best suit our Chamber Members we are asking you to take a short survey of what Lunch & Learn topics you are most interested in. We will try our best to bring these topics to you.

This survey is completely anonymous, and should take less than 1 minute to complete.
Mark Your Calendars!
Upcoming Chamber Events
2019 Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Awards

The Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Awards is a celebration that recognizes local businesses, organizations, community projects, and individuals for their efforts during the past year. 

Will be held on March 7th, 2019 - Networking and a cash bar begin at 5:30pm. The dinner starts at 6:00pm with the keynote speaker and awards ceremony to follow. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend. Please get your tickets by February 28th.
Tickets can be purchased here.

Michele Dupras, Founder and Creative Director of Revisions Design Studio. Revisions' handcrafted goods have been sold by large companies, such as West Elm, Urban Outfitters, and Target. They have had their products on display at the MoMA and Tiffany & Co., and their designs have been featured on the Property Brothers, The Today Show, in Martha Stewart magazine, Midwest Living, and Better Homes & Gardens. In 2015, Michele expanded Revisions to include a one-of-a kind lifestyle boutique in downtown Marquette, MI.
Bridgefest 2019
Bridgefest 2019 planning is currently in full swing and we need YOUR help! Several opportunities are available, whether you're interested in volunteering, sponsoring or being a vendor.

Visit the Bridgefest website for more information; call 906-482-5240; or email bridgefest@up.net
Event Recaps
February 6th Lunch & Learn: Mary Myers of TV6 and FoxUP gave an excellent presentation on "Your Business in the Digital Marketing Age."

Sponsored by the Keweenaw Co-op.
What is the background of your organization?
Gino’s Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge has been a staple of Hancock for generations. Located on an iconic intersection of U.S. 41, the restaurant and cocktail lounge serves up delicious homemade Italian food, including classic recipes for meat sauce, raviolis and pizza that have been passed down through three generations of Gino’s ownership. 

Who are the people in the background of your organization?
Gino’s was purchased in early 2018 by three of Hancock’s Miron girls and their husbands. That includes Lisa and Bill Rosseau, Julie and Bob Lang, and Tracie and Daryll Williams. Daryll serves as the general manager, and the rest of the ownership can be seen daily inside of the restaurant as they look to take a business that’s been a staple for generations and bring it back to the highly reputable restaurant it was for decades. In addition to that ownership group, the kitchen is led by head chef Jamie Hager. Hager is another Hancock native. She has been instrumental in the introduction of incredible new menu items like lasagna, an amazing Friday fish fry and weekly sandwich specials that customers love. 

What is the one biggest change you’ve made? 
The biggest change is the The Patio at Gino’s. We live in a beautiful region, and there’s nothing better than sitting outside in the Keweenaw summer sunshine with friends and family. We’ve made that possible with our patio, and we can’t wait to welcome families back this summer for its second season. 

We should also mention that The Back Room at Gino’s is available for rent. The space is perfect for corporate retreats, family celebrations, team/club banquet and large business meetings. It’s been very popular since we opened, especially around the holiday season. If you’re looking for a space to use for your next gathering, don’t hesitate to reach out to us about it!

What is one thing you’re most proud of so far?
In less than a year we’ve taken a historic Hancock business that appeared to be down and out and resurrected it in a way that generations of Copper Country residents can be proud of. Our atmosphere is welcoming, our menu has something for everyone, our prices are reasonable, our waitstaff and kitchen staff are welcoming and passionate, and we’ve been able to fill our parking lot every week with satisfied customers. 

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by and see the new place, be sure to come out as soon as you can!

What is an interesting thing about your organization that most people don't know?
The official business name is Block’s Place as the restaurant and cocktail lounge was opened in part to remember Claude “Block” Miron, father of the three sisters who co-own the restaurant. Claude and his wife Darlene, along with their six daughters, ran the Crystal Room in downtown Hancock for many years. The six girls have fond memories of their time growing up with the Crystal Room and couldn’t help but get back into it the restaurant business when the opportunity presented itself in early 2018. Next time you’re in Gino’s, check out the Block’s Place sign above the bar and be sure to cheers your neighbor in his memory or enjoy The Block Burger, his namesake menu item. 

How can people keep up to date with what’s happening at Gino’s?
Every week we’re introducing new specials, every quarter we’re bringing in a fresh set of seasonal menu items and every chance we can we’re doing something fun. Did you see our ice bar during Winter Carnival? We’d love to have you be part of the fun by following us on Instagram , Facebook or Twitter . Better yet, head over to ginosofhancock.com and sign up for our weekly e-mail newsletter!
Is your business/organization interested in being in our member spotlight? Contact us for more details!
Utilize this Chamber Member Only Benefit
Your Opportunity to Learn More
Contact the Chamber for free access to Skillshare
Skillshare is an online learning platform with thousands of classes in dozens of disciplines — including marketing, design, productivity, software training and more. Classes are suitable for a range of skill levels and are taught in an approachable way with a focus on practical application.

Additionally, many of the classes are taught by some of the best-known practitioners in their respective field (e.g. renowned designer Aaron Draplin teaches logo design, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk teaches social media strategy, TED Talk sensation, Simon Sinek teaches presentation skills, etc.) or in conjunction with some of the leading companies in a particular discipline (Mailchimp teaches email marketing, Atlassian teaches how to build a high performing team).

Each Skillshare class has an associated project to allow students to practice what they learn, and customized class recommendations based on individual interests and engagement will help give each participant a personalized experience tailored to their specific needs.
Chamber Member Job Opportunities
AAA-Copper Country Insurance Agency seeks a Sales/Agent Customer Service Representative 

Previous experience in the insurance industry preferred, however we will train the right individual who has experience delivering exceptional customer service, with the willingness to learn and develop new skills in the insurance industry. 

Responsibilities would include greeting customers, process payments and service requests. Marketing and Sales of insurance products.

Skills required are excellent computer skills, ability to multitask in a busy office. Ability to interact in a professional and caring manner with clients. Must be organized and with a keen eye for detail and accuracy.  

AAA Copper Country Insurance Agency
1107 Ridge Road, Suite 2
Houghton, MI 49931
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: info@keweenaw.org . Also - be sure to post your events on our community calendar!
Are you familiar with 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
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

Will Schuett
Marketing PRI Specialist
UP Health System-Portage

Brian Donnelly
VP Director of Retail Banking
Superior National Bank
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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902 College Ave, Houghton, MI 49931