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Feature Story Lois Ellis of the Dickinson Area EDA

Economic growth shows the U.P. has year-round strength

January is often a slow time of year for businesses, but there's still plenty happening in the U.P. as we get ready to look toward spring and take on new challenges.

Feature Story A men's salon is now open in Houghton.

The latest in new businesses around the U.P.

New additions to the Upper Peninsula business community continue to arrive this winter.

Feature Story A rendering of what the new 51st State Brewery in Kingsford will be like.

U.P. gets two new craft breweries this winter

Two new breweries are joining the ranks of Upper Peninsula craft beer businesses. 

Feature Story North of Chicago promises deep dish pizza in the Sault.

It's pizza season: Three new pizza places open

Three new pizza places are enriching the U.P food scene this winter with recent openings. 

Feature Story Dan Schetter taking advantage of some big surf in April, Lake Superior Marquette

The U.P. is famous, at least on the Internet this month

One of the Upper Peninsula's charms is its out-of-the-wayness, its isolation and its completely unique mix of culture, food, recreation, lifestyle and history. 2018 so far has seen various aspects of that character getting national social media attention, however.

Feature Story Forget Me Not is now open in Sault Ste. Marie.

Entrepreneurs find success meeting niche demands

The year 2017 wouldn't be complete without a few more bright ideas for small businesses opening up across the Upper Peninsula. From sustainable bread to repurposed furniture, U.P. entrepreneurs are finding their economic niches.

Feature Story U.P. General Contracting held a ribbon cutting in downtown Marquette.

Winter brings good business news to the U.P.

Sometimes, December can mean slow business in the U.P., but things aren't looking that way this year as holiday shoppers crowd stores, and new businesses are opening even this wintery month. 

Feature Story North of Chicago promises deep dish pizza in the Sault.

U.P. economy steams ahead to the holidays

From deep dish pizza to new and innovative research, the U.P. is always moving forward.

Feature Story YoopTone Music is now open in Marquette.

New developments in U.P. business scene

A new economic development leader, two new businesses, and international business deals are making news this week for the Upper Peninsula. 

Feature Story Grocer ALDI has come to Escanaba.

National retail, hospitality chains move into the U.P.

Big new stores and hotels combine with new small businesses to paint a holistic economic picture for the U.P. this holiday season.

Feature Story A view of Lake Superior along the Keweenaw Point Trail, near High Rock Bay.

New stores, new trails add to U.P. development

Development takes many forms, whether that's a brand-new specialty retail shop or the opening of a new non-motorized trail that helps connect parts of the U.P.

Feature Story Sky Sushi is now open in Houghton.

New businesses open doors in Marquette and Houghton

New storefronts are opening for the fall, including a photography studio, a sushi restaurant and a masonry business.

Feature Story Drone Services of Kalkaska was Northern Initiatives' 1000th business loan.

Movers and shakers make new growth happen for the U.P.

Behind the scenes of the small business picture are loans, grants, and expansions.

Feature Story Iron Bay Restaurant and Drinkery.

The U.P. has innovators in both science and business

It's always amazing to hear the success stories of big thinkers, small business owners, and innovators from the Upper Peninsula. That's what we've got in store for this week.

Feature Story Veridea Group is building the Residences at Harbor Vista.

Marquette keeps building with new growth

This week's roundup of economic growth and what's driving it, from all over the U.P.

Feature Story Lyft is coming to the U.P.

August's business growth news around the U.P.

As summer comes to a close, innovation is taking a few steps forward with new growth across various sectors of business in the Upper Peninsula. From large employers like hospitals and universities to the gig economy, the diversification of the U.P. economy continues to impress.


Feature Story The Kobra Kai at DIGS Gastropub in Marquette.

Fall is the season of new businesses in downtown Marquette

Marquette is alive with a variety of new businesses in its downtown area. Once-empty buildings are now bright, offering everything from freshly roasted coffee to interior design service.

Feature Story LSSU cuts the ribbon on its new Considine Hall.

Sault shines this spring with business growth

The new economic development  in Sault Ste. Marie this spring has been astronomical, outpacing other U.P. towns to summer business growth. 

Feature Story Gathered Earth at 131 W. Washington in Marquette.

Gathered Earth brings nature-inspired aesthetic to downtown Marquette

A new store is bringing a touch of nature to downtown Marquette.

Feature Story The Soo Brewing Company hosted a family-friendly sign-making party for the Sault March for Science.

Hundreds across the U.P. will march for science

On Earth Day, three communities in the UP will host hundreds of pro-science supporters in the March for Science. Farmers, scientists, artists and students are joining forces to plan community events in support of science, and to defend the scientific

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