It's a new year with the Greater Ishpeming Negaunee Chamber of Commerce and as the newly elected president of board of directors I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, to those of you who don't know me already.
I was first introduced to the GINCC it was re-established in 2010. Previous chamber board president, Scott Patrick of Carpet Specialists, called me one day after having lunch with some business professionals and asked me if I'd be interested in serving on the GINCC board.
I was interested. I thought that a chamber of commerce focused on the west end would pull businesses together and strengthen the area. It was a great opportunity, so I told Scott, "I'll join if you join." With that statement, I found myself on the GINCC board, but little did I know that it would lead me to be the presidential successor.
When Scott's board term ended in 2013, I was voted to take over his position. At first, I was a little worried, even though I already knew everyone on the board and had watched Scott run countless meetings.
I wasn't so sure I could do it, but then I sat down and thought about what this community truly means to me and how making time for these new responsibilities could only strengthen how great I think the west end already is.
I was born and raised a Yooper and I currently live in Negaunee. I love the area and the people here are some of the nicest people I've ever met. It's the kind of place where everyone helps their neighbor and you don't need to know somebody just to say, "Hi" to them in passing. It's a great atmosphere.
Not only do I get the privilege of living here, but I also get to work here. As any business manager can tell you things around the office can get crazy, but I wouldn't change that.
Doing business here is quite fun and when people come to the store I want them to have that "West End Welcome," where they feel like they're a part of something like a family of sorts.
Being that my business is in Negaunee, I also love to support the small businesses here. I want to be able to help this community grow. There are so many great businesses, people, ideas, and projects on this side of the county, and I am proud to be a part of that.
Sitting on this board has been great so far. In the past, I've also served on the Negaunee Irontown Association, the board of directors for the Superior Iron Range Credit Union and I enjoy working with the schools, largely due to the fact that I have also served as business manager in a public school system.
I enjoy partaking in many of the west end events. We have a lot going on! If you're looking to get more involved this year, or you just want to come and have fun, I want to take this time to write about some of the events coming up.
The Torch Light Trek Youth Ski Event is now happening on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Suicide Hill Ski Bowl from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
On Feb.12, the Negaunee Irontown Association is hosting their Annual Membership Drive Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m., at the Old Bank Building on Iron Street in downtown Negaunee. Get out and meet your fellow business and community members.
I look forward to meeting you and I am excited for another year of business in western Marquette County!