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The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its first annual combined Christmas Business After Hours and Awards Presentation on Thursday, December 13 at Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain.  Sponsors included The First National Bank and Trust, Boss/The Toro Company, Michigan Works!, Walmart, Aflac and Constellation NewEnergy Gas Division.  Media Package sponsors included Fox UP/Upper Michigan’s Source, Sovereign Communications, TV 6, The Daily News and The Advertiser.  Swag & Award Sponsors included ProTech Lube Center, Crispigna’s, Culver’s, B&B Tire & Auto, Campion’s True Value, Wendy’s, Oak Crest Golf Course, Iron Mountain Kingsford Community Federal Credit Union, The Pasty Oven, Classic Auto Collision, Eureka Tire Company, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.

This was an evening dedicated to socializing, networking and recognizing those individuals and businesses who contribute to the success of the Chamber of Commerce and dedicate themselves to the betterment of the community they live and work in.  Master of Ceremonies was Suzanne Larson, Chamber Executive Director. Prizes awarded totaled over $6,000!

Awards were given for the following categories:

MICHIGAN WORKS! BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD-Michigan Works! sponsored and presented the Business of the Year Award to Lake Shore Systems at the December Business After Hours held at Pine Grove Country Club. 

Founded in Marquette, MI in 1858 Lake Shore has been designing and manufacturing complex heavy machinery for maritime and mining applications for 160 years.  Headquartered in Kingsford, they have operations in Iron River, Ontonagon and Rhinelander, WI.  

Lake Shore works closely with Michigan Works! with recruiting efforts, job fairs, talent tours, industry after hours events, and Going PRO Talent Fund.  Kellie Sexton, Community Relations Manager & Training Coordinator, most recently spear headed a “Heavy Metal Tour” initiative in joining education, community and industry partners in a Manufacturing Day event at Bay College.  The purpose of the ongoing campaign is to proactively educate student and community about the skilled trades and technical career opportunities that exist locally. 

Lake Shore Systems believes in career exploration and enhancing work-based learning opportunities within their organization and is a vital partner in all three Upper Peninsula counties.  

(Photo from left to right:  Dan Bruso, VP of Operations; Josh Anttonen; Karen Luce; Pam Meneghini; Nick Fornett; Charles Munk, Director of Human Resources; Scott Cameron, Director of Quality; and Erika Justus, Michigan Works!)

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD-Suzanne Larson presented this award to The Form House.  Bruce Rosen and his staff, without fail, go above and beyond to assist businesses with their printing needs.  Bruce continues to excel in customer service.  The Form House has been located in Iron Mountain since June 1982 and has seen significant growth, both in numbers of happy, satisfied customers they serve as well as their continued community involvement and support. 

Bruce Rosen, who started and still owns The Form House, Inc. has been and continues to be very involved in our community.  Bruce has supported numerous charitable organizations such as the Veterans, Bras for a Cause, Women’s Groups, 4H members, The Caring House and Almost Home Animal Shelter, just to name a few. (Shown in photo are Ron Zeman, Jeanne Richards, Bruce Rosen & Becky Lindgren)

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD-Suzanne Larson presented this prestigious award to Boss Snowplow/ The Toro Company, which was established in our community by a local businessman. Boss Plows/The Toro Company has not only helped and contributed to the Dickinson County Bike Path through their employee community work hours on various projects and sponsorship of their bike rides, but they have helped numerous organizations and schools to better enhance our area.  (Shown in photo are Jody Christy, Joe Jaeger, Renee Forstrom, Justina Blazier, Mark Klossner & Jon Coyne)


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PERSON OF THE YEAR-Presented by Suzanne Larson.  The 2018 award recipient was Lynda Zanon, employed with the Chamber of Commerce for more than 30 years, retiring as Executive Director.  Lynda retired from The Chamber in June and has been an invaluable asset to the organization.  Lynda had seen the Chamber through many Boards and through tough times and good times.  The Chamber WAS Lynda.  The Chamber Board of Directors and members wish her well in her new role, enjoying retirement and time spent with family.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF SERVING CHAMBER MEMBERS AND OUR COMMUNITY, LYNDA!

(Shown in photo are Lynda Zanon, Retired Chamber Executive Director and Suzanne Larson, Chamber Executive Director)

What is Business After Hours?

A monthly opportunity to meet with leaders in the business community. It’s a great way to make new acquaintances and generate business leads. Light refreshments are available.

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Business After Hours 2019

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sponsor:  Riverside Auto
Location:  Riverside Auto

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Sponsor:  United Way
Location:  Pine Grove Country Club

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Sponsor: Air Med Care Network/Valley Med Flight
Location:  Hangar on Riverhills Road – Kingsford
(Near Ford Airport—Watch for Flag and Balloons)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Sponsor:  Crispigna’s
Location:  TBD

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Business After Hours & Chamber Awards Ceremony
Sponsored by:  Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce
Location:  Pine Grove Country Club