Chamber Director's Blog

New U.P. Job Board    is a new U.P. job board created by Stang Decision Systems of Marquette and the Upper Peninsula Marketing Department of Houghton.  This is an online job board designed to connect U.P employers with job seekers from the U.P. and beyond.  This website will be heavily advertised within the region and targeted to people across the country.  allows job seekers to view and apply for an unlimited number of openings.  Employers may also post as many job listings as they wish for free.   Check this out!  I have shared this press release on the Chamber FB page today (10/27/16).

Chamber Jack Frost Raffle

Yesterday 10/25) was our first real frost--and I did find my ice scraper!   It was also the day when I picked up the 2016 Jack Frost Festival Chamber of Commerce $10,000 Raffle tickets from the printer.   Jack Frost Festival time has arrived, and the Chamber $10K raffle is an important part of the entire Festival.  At the drawing on 2 December, 9 cash prizes will be awarded:  1st = $5,000; 2nd = $2,000, 3rd = $1,000; 4th = $500; 5th = $500; 6th = $250; 7th = $250; 8th = $250; and 9th = $250.   ONLY TWO HUNDRED TICKETS ARE PRINTED!!   Each ticket costs $100, and folks are encouraged to go together as a group and purchase a ticket.  Last year we had 3 group winners!   Proceeds from this raffle are donanted to a wide range of community activities, and this raffle is the Chamber's principal fund-raiser for these contributions.   Watch this space for a listing of local businesses who will be selling the tickets.  If you want to buy your ticket today--stop by the Chamber office at 150 N. Lowell (the Historic Ironwood Depot) and I will be glad to sell you one!   

Fall Color

From the top of Ironwood's Mt. Zion ski hill, the vista that presents is outstanding at this time of year:  a natural quilted landscape of color!   Depending upon rain, it looks like this is the week (and weekend) when Fall color will be at its peak in the Ironwood area.   And, of course, when those leaves do drop, and the trees groom up for "bare," one knows that Jack Frost and his buddy Uncle Snow cannot be far behind!  This year, the Ironwood Chamber of Commerce Jack Frost Festival Parade will be on Friday, December 2, at 6:00 p.m. in downtown Ironwood.  A preliminary calendar of events will be posted here on the webpage shortly.  Please make sure to "like" the Jack Frost Facebook page, so that all quick updates will find their way to your page as well.

Falling Forward

Labor Day is done, school is back in session, and the beginnings of Fall color are starting to appear.  It is that time of year--the great "pause"--when the hurry-up-and-enjoy-summer-before-it's-gone--frenetic pace fades and the get-ready-for-snow panic sets in.  September is one of those "remember" months where reflections of Spring/Sumer past merge into ruminations on the symbolic color changes and leaf dropings that mark the end of another growing year.  We at the Ironwood Chamber of Commerce always do a bit of remembering as well, as September 15 marks our annual Depot Park picnic and Summer Raffle drawing.  Tickets are still on sale up until the moment of the drawing (only $5 a ticket).  They can be purchased from any of the Chamber members hosted here on this website.  As this is an important fund-raiser for the Chamber, please invite your friends to try their luck with a ticket this year--things might just "fall" in their direction at the drawing!   

Chambers at the Fair

Tomorrow, 25 August, marks the opening day of the Gogebic County Fair at the Ironwood fairgrounds.   In addition to all the usual Fair excitement (races, cows, prize vegetables, carnival, fair music), you will find at the GCF Exposition Building (West end) an exceptionally fine Gogebic Chambers of Commerce booth.  Full of individual business brochures & cards, maps, Hiawatha statue restoration giving opportunity, Ironwood Chamber Summer Raffle ticket sale, event listings, nice pictures on the wall, etc., this booth is a chance to acquaint county residents with the fact that there are 5 chambers of commere in Gogebic County:  Ironwood, Bessemer, Wakefield, Watersmeet, and Lake Gogebic.   Last year, many passers-by expressed amazement that such was the case, having "no idea."   That is the purpose of the booth--to raise awareness on part of county residents that there ARE five active Chambers of Commerce, having a combined business membership in the hundreds!   These businesses sell goods, create things, fix things, hire folks, and, in many cases, actively contribute to community organizations and events through monetary or in-kind donations.   By joining a Chamber of Commerce, these businesses reaffirm their dedication to community and county-wide economic cooperation to enhance both local and regional development.   Stop by the booth!  Look over the pictures!  Take a map!  Buy a raffle ticket (only $5)!   And--sign our guest register (you only have to put your first name--the idea is to create a "signature wall" that visually brings home just how interconnected Gogebic County businesses are with their individual communities.