Issue 12, June Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

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Hancock City Council hears update on FinnFest
HANCOCK, Michigan (April 18, 2013) FinnFest USA 2013 is just two months away, and during their regular meeting Wednesday, members of the Hancock City Council got an update on preparations from one of the event’s officials.

Chamber hires communications specialist
HOUGHTON, Michigan (April 1, 2013) The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce welcomes Elizabeth Means as communications specialist.

Chamber Eggs and Issues
HOUGHTON, Michigan (October 4, 2012) The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce hosted it’s monthly Eggs and Issues on Forest Products: Industry Overview.

Chamber reaches out to businesses with new website
HOUGHTON, Michigan (May 6, 2012) The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce is introducing some new services to the local business as well as the community.

Downtown Hancock update presented
HANCOCK, Michigan (February 24, 2012) – The most recent effort to upgrade downtown Hancock has been going on about two years, and Thursday representatives of business, government and residents met at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center to learn the status of that effort.

Houghton businesses attend seminar
HOUGHTON, Michigan (February 24, 2012) – Downtown Houghton business owners and employees got valuable tips on evaluating and expanding their business at a seminar Thursday night.

Information Appreciated
HOUGHTON, Michigan (February 18, 2012) Letters to the Editor.

Chamber hosts presentation on local mining exploration
HOUGHTON, Michigan (February 3, 2012) – Keweenaw Copper Co. will begin fieldwork this spring in an exploration and evaluation for mining of properties in the Keweenaw, Highland Resources’ vice president of exploration said at the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues.

Chamber Outlines Path for Future

Chamber announces new plan for growth

A Visionary Breakthrough

Students Give Impression of Local Business Community

United Way Talks at Eggs and Issues

Chamber of Commerce Members Ponder Role in Community

Chamber Unveils Plaque for Jon Davis

You Haven’t Lived Here Until … You’ve Visited the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Tech

MTEC SmartZone Receives Grant to Support Job Creation through Local and Statewide Collaboration
HOUGHTON, Michigan (January 23, 2012) – Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently announced an award to MTEC SmartZone for $750,000 as part of a $6 million statewide fund for high-performance business incubators and accelerators in Michigan. Today, the check was presented to MTEC SmartZone Board of Directors and CEO, Marilyn Clark.
MTEC SmartZone Announces Three New Board Members
HOUGHTON, Michigan (January 12, 2012) – MTEC SmartZone recently appointed three new business leaders to its Board of Directors: Dinah Adkins, author and former President and CEO of the National Business Incubation Association; Peter W. Farner, Partner in TGap Ventures, an early stage Michigan-based venture firm; and Dave Haviland, founder of Phimation and expert consultant for Stage 2 businesses.
MTEC SmartZone Announces Marilyn Clark as New CEO
HOUGHTON, Michigan (December 8, 2011) – MTEC SmartZone Board of Directors announces today Marilyn Clark as Chief Executive Officer. The local experienced business woman will lead MTEC SmartZone through its next phase of growth.
Talented Engineering Students Perfect Fit for MTEC SmartZone Technology Companies
Houghton, Michigan (November 11, 2011) – Businesses growing in MTEC SmartZone are seeing many benefits as they hire bright, innovative technology students from Michigan Technological University. Engineering students have proven to be a very capable workforce, enabling companies to save money, maintain quality and help boost the local economy.
Students to Compete in Annual Bob Mark Memorial Elevator Pitch
HOUGHTON, Michigan (November 8, 2011) – The annual Bob Mark Memorial Elevator Pitch Competition will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2011, in Fisher 139 on the campus of Michigan Technological University. The deadline to register is this Friday, November 11. The competition is open to both Michigan Tech and Finlandia University students.
AMAZING SUCCESS: Entrepreneur Support Center Assists 33 Entrepreneurs in 6 Months
HANCOCK, Michigan (November 7, 2011) – The Entrepreneur Support Center (ESC) opened last April to provide local entrepreneurs with an office and mentors to guide them. In just six months, an amazing 33 entrepreneurs have signed up for ESC services, 18 LLCs have been filed, six companies are either selling their product or taking orders, and two companies are completely operational. <br> <br>
Michigan Tech Students Advance to Accelerate Michigan Competition
Houghton, MI (November 2, 2011) – Michigan Technological University students Travis Beaulieu and Joel Florek are semi-finalists in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. Beaulieu and Florek will compete in Ypsilanti, Michigan, beginning November 16, 2011, for the $25,000 grand prize. The team will present with their business idea, AsfalisMed.
GreenSand Advances to Accelerate Michigan Competition Finals
LAKE LINDEN, MI (November 2, 2011) – GreenSand Corporation is a semi-finalist in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. The competition will take place November 16 – 17, 2011, in Ypsilanti. GreenSand is in contention to win the grand prize of $500,000. GreenSand possesses a technology to recycle copper-laden mining stamp sand located in Gay, Michigan, to produce roofing shingles. Copper is a desirable construction additive for its prevention of algae and mold growth. Additionally, the GreenSand shingle repels water, accepts color and is durable.
Michigan Tech Students Create Businesses and Compete for $30,000: MTEC SmartZone’s Entrepreneur Support Center Provides Mentoring and Office Space
Houghton, MI (October 31, 2011) – Michigan Technological University’s School of Business and Economics and Central Michigan University are partnering in the 2012 New Venture Competition – one of the nation’s top business plan competitions. The competition will culminate on March 30, 2012, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan when business plans are presented and judged. Cash prizes of $30,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place will be awarded toward business start-up and launch.
Michigan Tech Students Win iPad and iPod in MTEC SmartZone Social Media Drawing
Houghton, MI (October 27, 2011) – MTEC SmartZone gave away a new iPad2 and iPod Touch to two Michigan Technological University students last week. With an increasing focus on developing student relationships, MTEC SmartZone was pleased to present students Allison Kay Strome and Trent Sturos with their new Apple products.
Another MTEC SmartZone Success Story: GE Aviation Systems Employs Student Talent and Creates Jobs in the Keweenaw
Houghton, MI (September 22, 2011) – GE Aviation Systems is a world leader in commercial and military aviation.&nbsp; With a major facility in Grand Rapids, GE Aviation employs a workforce of more than 1,400 in Michigan, with nearly 60 working right here in Houghton ~ many of them students from Michigan Technological University.
MTEC SmartZone Partners with Michigan Technological University’s Superior Innovations
Houghton, MI (September 8, 2011)- For over seven years, MTEC SmartZone has established a track record of successfully providing concrete resources and support to high-tech entrepreneurs, many of whom come from Michigan Technological University. To further the commercialization of University innovation, Michigan Tech recently created Superior Innovations. A for-profit company, Superior Innovations helps move entrepreneurs and their early-stage discoveries from inside labs and classrooms into the marketplace.
SmartZone Crossword Solution
Looking for the solution to the SmartZone crossword that was handed out at Taste of Houghton on August 26? Here it is!
Lasalletech Continues Global Growth
Hancock, MI – LaSalle Technology Group, LLC (Lasalletech) is an established MTEC SmartZone company. Founded by the father and son team of Jim and Jacob Northey in 2006, they opened office in MTEC SmartZone’s Jutila Center campus. Utilizing technology, loan programs and marketing resources provided by MTEC SmartZone, Lasalletech has found success through the development phase, product launch and now sales of their FIX Productivity Suite.
Talon Research Creates Jobs, Develops New Technology
Hancock, MI – Twenty-four entrepreneurs have entered MTEC SmartZone Business Accelerator. Of those companies, eight have graduated and the rest continue to grow. Talon Research is one incredible example of MTEC SmartZone’s entrepreneurial successes that is happening right now.
Ford IT Finds Success Insourcing Jobs to Talented Michigan Tech Students
Houghton, MI – Ford Motor Company discovered several IT functions that could be remotely sourced overseas but faced challenges due to language barriers, high staff turnover, short supply skill sets and time zone issues. Russell Louks, Ford’s Application Technology Supervisor, discovered alternatives to outsourcing