September 2018 - Issue #74
Dear Friends,

For many families and businesses in the Keweenaw, September is Back to School month. Moms and Dads drop little ones off for the first day of school. Students and teachers get to know each other and settle in for the year. And of course, in college towns like Houghton and Hancock, the return of thousands of students changes pretty much everything. Another year of growth and learning has commenced, and it creates an exciting spark in our community.

Learning isn’t only for the young, though. When our careers hit full stride, we sometimes forget to invest in ourselves. No matter your position in life, it is always worthwhile to seek out new skills and refine those we already have. Fortunately, we live in a day and age where there are endless self-development resources that can fit any budget. From online courses, to professional certifications, to simply reading a topical book, there are endless ways to make sure that your future self is even more capable than your current self.  

Your Chamber of Commerce is also a great source of development opportunities. Throughout the year, we offer Lunch and Learn workshops that tackle a wide variety of topics, such as patents and crypto-currencies. Chamber members have access to Skillshare , an online database of short videos to help you learn everything from how to conduct an email survey to how to take better photographs. In 2019, you will have the opportunity to enroll in Leadership Keweenaw, a multi-session workshop that will help you or your employees develop critical leadership skills.  

Opportunities abound to grow, if you just make your own development a priority. Let us know if we can help!

Thank you for your support,

Brian Donnelly
Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
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Event Recaps
August 23rd, 2018: The Houghton County Fair hosted a Business After Hours to kick start the fair festivities. In addition to gaining free admission, attendees met the fair board, ate fair food, and got to hear from Skerbeck Entertainment (carnival) management.
August 11, 2018: Keweenaw Coffee Works celebrating their 5 Year Anniversary and Grand Opening of their new location at 113th 5th Street in Calumet.
August 16th, 2018: Keweenaw Buick GMC celebrated their Grand Opening of their new location at 612 Quincy Street in Hancock.
Member Spotlight:
Edochi, LLC
Give us some background on yourself/your business:
Edochi was born out of a desire to preserve important historic buildings while thoughtfully adapting them to modern uses like guest accommodations. With my background in design and building renovation and my brother Bud’s background leading top global brands, it made sense to put our collective experience to work in the Keweenaw.
How many years have you been in business?
The dream of living and working in the Keweenaw has been in our hearts and heads since we were kids coming to the area every summer. Edochi became reality in 2013 with the purchase of the German Hotel and Beer Saloon (c. 1846) and Crestview Cabin (c. 1940). The Eagle River Lighthouse (c.1855) followed in 2014. Strangely enough, it turns out our great, great aunt owned and ran the hotel and saloon and her daughter married the owner of the Lighthouse. We didn’t know this piece of our family history until last year. In some compelling way, it feels like we were destined to be the stewards of these properties.

What’s an interesting fact about your business most people don’t know?
Keweenaw County’s first jail is on the third floor of the old German Hotel. It is pure rustic charm, cast iron locks and all. The building next door is a pre-Civil War mining saloon, original in many aspects. Folks drive past these buildings on Main Street Eagle River and have no idea what lies behind the front door.
Do you have any advice for new business owners?
Be passionate about what you do. Clients sense it in their experience of what you offer. Courageously let your instincts lead you in a direction and then back it up with solid research. Believe that what you offer has real value. Each of our properties is infused with the belief that time away from work and everyday life is invaluable. People can spend their precious vacation time and money anywhere in the world. When they choose Edochi and the Keweenaw, we want it to be as magical and memorable as possible.
What brought you to the area?
Deep family roots dating back to the 1840’s and an ageless, unexplainable desire to put down our own roots here.
What keeps you here?
The amazing people, the beauty and uniqueness of this place, the endless possibilities being born here every day, and a genuine desire to give back to a community that has captured our collective imagination for a lifetime.
What are your business’s goals?
To expand the Edochi style and craftsmanship embodied in our properties to products and green spaces. We recently acquired 800 acres in Eagle River and a turn of the century warehouse on the Portage Canal in Hancock. Both promise an opportunity to broaden our artisan mindset to thoughtful modern uses.
Is your business/organization interested in being in our member spotlight? Contact us for more details!
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Member Job Opportunities
Keweenaw Co-op in Hancock has the following positions open:

1. Operations Crew Member
2. Cashier
3. Deli or Kitchen Supervisor
4. Wellness Associate
5. Deli Counter Worker or Cook/Baker

Please visit their website to apply or for more information.
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Angela Luskin
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Jan Cole
Managing Partner
Edochi, LLC

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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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