Annual dinner will see businesses honored

On Saturday, the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating our third year with our Annual Dinner, presented by Cliffs Natural Resources.

This seems like the perfect opportunity to reflect on the medium and large businesses that build up our membership. These businesses provide vital support to our region through community engagement, providing grants and sponsorships, and being strong economic leaders.

I know that these businesses probably receive more requests for support than thank you notes so I’d like to officially, and not for the last time, thank these organizations for their support of the chamber and our members for everything they do throughout the year. Just this morning I read the article that Cliffs Natural Resources and Lundin Foundation have provided over $1.2 million in grants to Marquette County.

These grants support a number of organizations in the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area for services and programs, including volunteer fire departments, healthy lifestyles, arts and the school systems.

These grants will provide a huge benefit to our community as a whole, and this is just one way that they are making the quality of life for our region better.

Cliffs and Lundin are not the only businesses that provide this type of support. In fact, if you are like me then you are constantly scanning the posters in the grocery store to find things to do.

I want you to start focusing on the logos included on those posters. Those are the businesses that choose to actively support our local fundraisers or events. Please consider supporting these businesses in return.

At our annual dinner we will be acknowledging similar businesses and people for their contribution to our community over the last year.

These awards include Chamber Member of the Year, Business of the Year (over 30 employees), Small Business of the Year (under 30 employees), Business Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and President’s Choice.

Our dinner and these awards are possible because of the support we have received from our sponsors, Cliffs Natural Resources, Grandchamp, McBride and Prophet, Turino Chiropractic, Anytime Fitness, Upper Peninsula Power Co., Upper Peninsula Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty, Carpet One/Carpet Specialists, Bell Hospital, Steward and Sheridan, SIR Federal Credit Union, Peninsula Bank, Active Physical Therapy-Ishpeming, Wilderness Sports and Pioneer Square Mall/Old Gossard. Thank you.

Contact the chamber if you would like additional information about our Annual Dinner, and don’t forget to stop by the ‘Spooktactular” Business After Hours at the Old Gossard Building/Pioneer Square Mall on Oct. 28.

The BAH will feature the local businesses on the lower level of the building and a sneak peak at the new location of the Ishpeming Historical Society.

Halloween-themed decorations and refreshments will be served and costumes are optional. Business After Hours are open and free to the public. Come and join us.

Editor’s note: Kori Tossava is director of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce.