4th Annual Awards Dinner

Our Annual Awards Dinner was attended by 100+ Chamber members.  We enjoyed Pine Grove Country Club’s atmosphere and their Italian buffet was delicious.  Congratulations to Daniel Freeman, distinguished member of the year; The Oscar G. Johnson Medical Center was awarded the Large Business of the Year award and Crispigna’s Italian Market was awarded the Small Business of the Year.  Michigan Works also awarded CCI with their Business of the Year award.  See below for the award winners and pictures of the event.  Media awards of more than $12,000 were also awarded!

Check out the gallery at the bottom for all the pics and the video to the right for more info!!

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center

Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center has served Veterans throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin since 1950 and currently serves over 20,000 Veterans each year. The Iron Mountain VA is one of the largest employers in Dickinson County, providing jobs to 585 employees in the immediate area as well as 109 employees throughout the UP and Wisconsin.  The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is a 5-star facility and ranked 10th in the nation for Quality among all 128 VA Medical Centers.

Local VA employees have given back to the community through several charitable programs sponsored by the medical center.  In 2017, employees raised $32,759 for the charities of their choice through the Combined Federal Campaign, of which $14,632 went to four charities in Dickinson County. They also purchased gifts and delivered holiday cheer to ten local families during their 20th annual Adopt-a-Family Program and donated 1,577 pounds of food to the Caring House and Salvation Army through its Feds Feeds Families Drive.

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center thanks the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance and community for supporting the medical center’s work of taking care of our nation’s heroes.

Crispigna’s Italian Market est 1924

Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Rich in Italian history, Crispigna’s Italian Market opened on the northside of Iron Mountain as Crispigna Bros. grocery in 1924, selling goods as well as Italian fare. Crispigna’s built their neighborhood store with family traditions. The recipes for Italian sausage, sauces, ravioli, antipasto, homemade pizzas and porketta have always been our mainstays for the reputation of quality and excellence and continue to be locally produced today.

The business is celebrating its 93rd Anniversary on November 1, 2017.  The transition to the current management team began in 2010 with a mission of continuing to offer customer favorites, while considering new services and offerings to grow our business. The new owners are Lisa (Tedeschi) Berlinski and her sister Lori (Tedeschi) Cevigney, Barb (Crispigna) Gerhard and her sister Jeanne (Crispigna) Newberry, and Jodi Formolo and her sister Julie (Formolo) Cowling.  The group, along with the countless family members of all three families, continues to carry-on the tradition of the original recipes while expanding into catering, Italian baked goods, desserts and more recently bringing our most favorite products to local grocery stores. Boxed lunches are served in the store and delivered to businesses daily including porketta, turkey and cheddar, and ham and Swiss along with pasta salad and chips. All orders can be customized with dessert platters as well.

We cater for small and large groups alike, both delivered to your business or venue and even in your home. We can cater your entire party with full service or we can complement your other items with entrees, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. Whatever you are planning, we can help! For your next event, please give us a call at 906-774-0266 to start planning! Visit us on Facebook!

We were humbled by the award of Dickinson Chamber Alliance Small Business of the Year and thank all of our customers for their continued support and patronage.

Daniel Freeman

Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE YEAR

Daniel Freeman is from Kingsford, Michigan and plays an active role in the community.  He committed two years of service working with at risk families in Seattle and homeless veterans in Sioux Falls, South Dakota through the prestigious AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program.  He brings his compassion to help others and marketing expertise to this area.

Daniel serves on the board of the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance. In his role on the board he has helped secure thousands of dollars in advertising for the annual dinner and suggested new Chamber programs like the Roundtable Luncheon.  He is always looking for ways to offer more for Chamber Members.  Daniel leverages his close connections to the region’s media companies to highlight the Chamber and organizations he is involved with.

Daniel is the President of the Niagara Area Business Association and plays an active role in their Annual Candlelight Snowshoe and Ski Event which helps raise money to  maintain and enhance the Niagara Riverside Trails.  As the Vice President of the Kiwanis Ski Club he has helped enhance the event by starting online button sales and securing more in-kind advertising.

At 29 years old, Daniel plays an active role to help make our community a better place.  This past year he helped raise over $1,000 for the Niagara Senior Center and is helping to secure funding to support the improvements of the Pine Mountain Ski Jump.  He also volunteers at events hosted by the Downtown Iron Mountain Development Authority.  He is always willing to go above and beyond to help the Chamber and the organizations that he is a part of.

Michigan Works! Business of the Year: CCI Systems

CCI Systems was awarded the 2017 Michigan Works! Business of the Year at the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance Annual Dinner

The Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance hosted its fourth Annual Member Appreciation Awards and Dinner at Pine Grove Country Club.   Some of the highlights of the evening included:  Networking with area businesses, Year in Review video showing photos of member businesses participating in events throughout the year, and the awards presentation.

Michigan Works! was recognized as the underwriter for the Business of the Year Award which was presented to CCI Systems and was accepted by Evan Rice, Sr. Director of Information & Analysis Services.  The 2017 Award Plaque was made special by the Florence High School Technical Education Department and FAB Lab (fabrication laboratory).

For more than 60 years, CCI Systems has delivered across the network solutions for all kinds of communication networks, serving clients across the country and is headquartered in Iron Mountain, Michigan.  CCI Systems is owned by its employees and proudly maintains it tradition of excellence.  CCI Systems employs over 500 across the country with over 385 employees in Dickinson County.  CCI Systems is very active in giving back to its community through volunteer hours, employee campaigns and company sponsorships.

CCI Systems offers a unique on-site training of technical skills which leads to opportunities for advancement within the company career ladder along with increased wages and skill sets.  CCI Systems has been an integral partner in Dickinson County and surrounding areas and provides an excellent work environment.

CCI Systems works closely with the Michigan Works! Team on recruiting efforts, job postings, job fairs, and the State of Michigan’s Skilled Trades Training Fund. Michigan Works! also has working relationships with the local school districts and offers Talent Tours to students to encourage those entering the workforce the opportunities available at CCI Systems and other local businesses.

Annual Awards Dinner Gallery