March 2020 - Issue #91
Dear Chamber Members & Friends,

Welcome to March!
Thank you to all who came out to make the Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Awards a huge success. We honored six individuals and organizations who accomplished inspiring things in 2019. We received over 85 nominations, which shows that our community has a lot to celebrate!

Our keynote speakers Andy Langlois and David Manson, Co-Owners of Blackrocks Brewery located in Marquette shared their entrepreneurial journey.

Thank you for your support,

Mary Myers
Board President
Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
Top Chamber Supporters
Please support our Chamber Member Businesses!
Bridgefest Seeks Vendors
Thank you for RENEWING your membership
Please support our Chamber Member Businesses!
A+ Pest Management 
Bill's B & B Bar
Copper Country Veterinary Clinic
Crown Cleaners
Eagle Harbor Inn, Inc.
Isle Royale Resorts - Rock Harbor Lodge
Keweenaw Automotive
King Copper Motel
Michigan - American Water Company
Mine Shaft and Rock House Grill & Tavern
Nicholas Insurance Agency
Northern Specialty Health
Protea Floral Design
Re/Max Douglass Real Estate
Studio 13
New Benefits Available to your Business
We're happy to announce a new partnership with the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). Current Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce members are eligible to these benefits below under this partnership agreement.

We encourage you to reach out and take advantage of these great benefits, or let us know if you have any questions, call 482-5240 or email
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Event Recaps

Lunch & Learn | Adam Taivalkoski | Endless Referrals

Sponsored by Keweenaw Co-op
Our Second Leadership Keweenaw 2020 session at a GLANCE!
Leadership Keweenaw was held at ATDC Building on Michigan Tech Campus. Keweenaw Leadership has 22 participants from local, area businesses and organizations. This is a group that will participate in SIX sessions in the Keweenaw to focus on leadership skills, strengths, skills and expertise in the workforce.

Brian Donnelly of Superior National Bank and Trust did a presentation on Customer Service. Dave Olsson of the Marketing Department Inc. did a discussion on Professionalism. Also, the participants got a tour of the ATDC from Professor Cameron Williams and Jim Desrochers, Director of Advancement at Michigan Tech.
The Mine Shaft & Rock House Grill | Mine Shaft Sportsplex Grand Opening

Northern Hardwoods

Customer Service:
Keweenaw Adventure Company

REL, Inc.

Project of the Year:
Trauma-Informed School of Public Schools of CLK

Community Contributor of the Year:
Mark Lambert

Young Professional of the Year:
Dr. Rebecca Severn
(Pictured: Husband, Shane Severn; and CCVC Office Manager, Tara Raffaelli)
Mark Your Calendars!
Upcoming Chamber Events

Member Spotlight:
The Keweenaw ATV Club purpose is to encourage, develop and enhance safe ATV riding, and outdoor recreation throughout Houghton, Keweenaw Counties, and surrounding areas in the state of Michigan. Keweenaw ATV Club pursues activities necessary to the good housekeeping of the natural wilderness of Keweenaw County trail systems, also to encourage and assist the youth with safe and responsible riding of the trail system, and finally to assist local authorities and law enforcement agencies in crisis situations.
The Keweenaw ATV Club is a volunteer 501c3 group working on ATV Trails since 2000 to present day 2020. We are strictly user funded from State of Michigan ATV permits. In addition, we are supported by membership and cooperate membership. Private funding and additional support also have been a big help in maintain our trails.

The Keweenaw ATV Club was started in 2004 but was being organized four years earlier. 
Work started because of a need for a permanent ATV Trail System. Many groups of trail users were forming because of restrictions and private ownership on numerous roads being uses as trails on the Keweenaw Point, Calumet, Hancock and Houghton areas.

The ATV Club received its 501c3 designation to be eligible for ATV Recreation Grants for trail maintenance. The grants help with funding for signage, insurance and all required trail maintenance. Trail maintenance can include graveling surfaces, culverts, grading, brushing, ditching and additional trails.

The Keweenaw ATC Club works together with Michigan DNR Trail Specialist. Michigan DNR distributes revenues in the form of grants to public agencies and nonprofit incorporated clubs and organizations through the Off-Road Trail Improvement Fund.

As we have a tourist-based industry in this area, the Keweenaw ATV Club has a mission statement to connect all businesses along the trails in the Keweenaw and Houghton Counties.

The Keweenaw ATV Club has worked on the Lake Linden Trail System for many years. Getting the trail designated in 2011 has provided an avenue to spend ATV monies. And to hopefully rebuild the Father’s Day Flood damage to this trail system. With help from FEMA, Lansing and private entities hopefully the Lake Linden and Freda Trail System will be reopened. One specific organization that helped spearhead the rebuilding of the trail system is Kevin Store, with the Portage Health Foundation.

Another strong supportive effort is coming from the Houghton County Commissioners from Houghton, MI. The Keweenaw ATV Club has had many meetings with the commissioners, state and local representatives, Ed McBroom and Greg Markkanan, DNR, and other trail users. Additional support is coming from Brad Barnett from the KCVB, The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, KEDA, Keweenaw Snowmobile Club and Keweenaw Trails. These joint efforts are insuring the rebuilding of this trail system. Thank you!
Please use your VOICE and SPEAK up for the Keweenaw Trail System REPAIRS to your state and local representatives. SUPPORT THE TRAILS!!

When developing the Keweenaw ATV Club, the members were asked if they would support and effort to build an ATV trail system in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. From that point until present day the members have supported these efforts that have made our trails possible. KUDOS to ALL supportive efforts by EVERYONE!

Thank you to EVERYONE for the extreme amount of effort to create and maintain an ATV trail systems for Houghton and Keweenaw Counties, by an all-volunteer club!
Keweenaw ATV Club is ACCEPTING membership, please contact us at for further details.
Flood Damage
Trail Repair
Flood Damage
Trail Damage
Is your business/organization interested in being in our member spotlight? Contact us for more details!
Accident Fund Insurance Discount Program
Upcoming Events
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
Mary Myers, President
Account Executive

Jan Cole - Vice President
Managing Partner
Edochi, LLC

James Desrochers - Treasurer
Director of Advancement
Michigan Technological University

Angela Luskin, Secretary
Health and Fitness Manager
UP Health System-Portage

Morgan Impola
Regional Engineer

Jennifer Jenich-Laplander
Regional Communication and Engagement
Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital
Penny Milkey
Northern Specialty Health

Todd Gast
Marketing Manager
Keweenaw Co-op

Carrie Richards
Partner Engagement Program Manager
Michigan Technological University

Mariah Summers
Events Manager
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge

Monica Freeman
Coordinator of External Relations
Finlandia University

Mary Sears, KEDA Representative
Brad Barnett, CVB Representative
Karin Van Dyke , Past President
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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Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
902 College Ave, Houghton, MI 49931