Membership Drive

The Marquette Township Business Association is gearing up for it’s annual membership drive.  Why should you become a member of the Marquette Township Business Association? Here are 7 reasons:

 1.  Collective Voice – There is power in a strong collective voice. There is ability and influence here. This is nice especially when your back seems against the wall and you need support. We share your same goals and concerns and have banded together for positive business change.

2. Conduit – This association is a conduit to the local governing authority with feedback to our group. At least one joint meeting a year with the township officials helps both of our groups to stay in touch. The township treasurer’s position (currently Ernie Johnson) is a permanent liaison to MTBA appointed by the township board. The township planner/zoning administrator is also present monthly (currently Jason McCarthy) to keep the line of dialog going between the township planning side and the businesses.

3. Inside Scoop – Each month MTBA has a 59 minute lunch with fellow business associates and township representatives. Learn what other business owners’ concerns are and share your views with township officials as they take the comments to the appropriate committees. It has become a very positive process.

4. Out Reach at www.marquettetownship.biz As a member, we will link your business website to MTBA’s website as well as Marquette Township’s website. If you do not have a website, our webmaster and his staff are willing to create a site for your business for a nominal fee. Pictures and happenings in your business can also be featured on the MTBA website, highlighting and welcoming business activities throughout the year. So please forward your email and website address for posting.

5. Membership Growth Director – Your dues help support the membership director, Ashley Krook. Some of her duties include informing you about events and meetings. Forwarding agendas, minutes, and building membership ranks. We have nearly 50 members out of approximately 200 township businesses. We publicize the “First Dollar” through local news media to recognize new ventures in the community. Her phone number is (906) 361-5137 if you have any membership questions.

6. Immediate Assistance – There is always someone available to answer any questions related to owning a business in Marquette Township. Email the MTBA at contact@marquettetownship.biz and we will find answers for you.

7. Community Involvement – By helping the township progress, the MTBA ensures that the township continues to be an area where businesses want to locate. We are a direct connection to the community by publicizing member businesses and creating interaction with residents, businesses and community leaders.

To become a member, you may email the MTBA at contact@marquettetownship.biz , call Frank Stabile at (906) 225-1225 or call Ashley Krook at 906-361-5137.

“Working together to build a strong business community”

The Marquette Township Community Profile Brochure

Learn about the Marquette Township Community!

Rep Jack Bergman Visiting October 18

Good afternoon! The MTBA would like you to know that Representative Jack Bergman will be coming to the Township to talk to our community on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 6-8pm at the Marquette Township Community Center.

The Cedar Motor Inn, Family-Owned Since 1967, Celebrates Its 50-Year Anniversary.

Lyn, Reggie, and Kristin make Cedar Motor Inn the same family owned hotel it was 50 years ago.

Lyn, Reggie, and Kristin make Cedar Motor Inn the same family owned hotel it was 50 years ago.

Marquette, MI  –  August 25, 2017  –  Milton “Bud” Kellan, Jr., along with his mother, two sisters and another partner, broke into the motel business 50 years ago. The Queen City Motel, which is what the Cedar Motor Inn was originally called, was one a very few hotels in the area. Before the corporate hotels graced the corridor, Henry and Bernice Bocklund built the Queen City, consisting of 30 rooms. Bud and his partners also bought the Terrace Motel from Bocklund (which was just across on the north side of US41, the spot now occupied by SCI) and sold it a few years later to focus on just one hotel.

While the business and Marquette grew through the ‘70s, Bud and a few other hoteliers created the Marquette Country Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is now known as Travel Marquette, and spent somewhere around 15 years as its President. Bud added the two-story pool addition, which was opened in January 1980, offering 14 more rooms. Over the course of the next few years, the spa was added and the entire motel was enclosed with a heated cedar hallway thus converting the motel to a small-scale hotel. The exterior was sided with cedar and the name was changed to the Cedar Motor Inn.

A wide shot from the hot tube, you can see tanning chairs next to the pool!

Nephew Reggie became a partner in the ‘80s while living out of state, and daughter Kristin worked for Uncle Bud while attending Northern Michigan University during that time. When Uncle Bud and his sister Betty finally retired in 2005, Reg and Lyn joined Kristin in Marquette and took over the business. Kristin became a partner a few years later and has since worked her way up, earning the title of General Manager and becoming the fourth generation in the business.

Occupancy has doubled under the Durants and many more changes to the property have occurred inside and out in the 12 years they’ve owned it. Lyn continued another of Bud’s legacies when she spent a few years on the CVB board as Vice President (but left to pursue other interests) and Reggie now holds the office of Treasurer.

The 2.1-acre vista has gone through many changes in the last 50 years and more are expected. Only time will tell what the future will bring. “It’s an ongoing process as we continue to evolve for our guests,” Lyn said of the business, “but I think Uncle Bud would be proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish for him”.

Check out a full spotlight article for Marquette Township’s Cedar Motor Inn. Learn more about the inn by watching the video below!

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Upcoming Agenda including Joint Meeting Agenda!

Good evening!  On Tuesday, August 15, the MTBA will be having their quarterly joint meeting with the Marquette Township Board.  We will be meeting at 11:30 am at the Marquette Township Hall to have our regular board meeting with the joint meeting to follow at noon.

Please click the link below for our regular agenda:

8.8.2017 for 8.15.2017

Please click the link below for our joint meeting agenda:

joint meeting agenda 8.15.2017

June Meeting Minutes

Please click the link below to access June 2017 meeting minutes:

6.20.17 minutes

Marquette Township Business Association’s 8th Annual “Catch the Vision” Car Show and Cruise

Spectators enjoyed the display of over 100 cars!

Spectators enjoyed the display of over 100 cars!

Marquette, MI  –  June 17, 2017  –  With all new events at this years “Catch the Vision” Car Show and Cruise, this year’s annual event was better than ever! We saw countless smiling faces and some pretty impressive burn outs.

Exhibitors joined us around 10am to line up their cars in the Westwood Mall parking lot while spectators filed in promptly around 11am. We had cars from every classic era as well as a modern flashy sports car or two. Despite all of the spectacular automobiles on site, my favorite vehicles were a little more boxy… The food trucks including Midnight Blues BBQ and Superior Mobile Koney, were set up around the edge of the exhibition to make sure the only thing growling today was those shiny engines!

The growling really got going at 11:30am with the start of “Rev It Up”. All of the exhibitors climbed into their vehicles to show of those engines and put the pedal to the metal! It was quite the display as hundreds of engines revved in the lot.

Following “Rev It Up” we immediately set up for the next big event of the day – The “Burn Out” sponsored by Pomp’s Tire. After taking all of the necessary safety precautions, we hooked up vehicle after vehicle to Crossroads Truck Repair’s wrecker starting with the Great Lakes Radio WRUP Van! GLR Staff Member Jerry, got to climb into the drives seat and show everyone in the audience it was done in the WRUP Van. Exactly as promised there was a lot of noise and a lot of smoke!

Congrats to the Lions Club 50/50 winner. He took home $184!

Congrats to the Lions Club 50/50 winner. He took home $184!

Todd and Jerry took over the event once the smoke cleared to start giving away all of our raffle prizes. With over 90 prizes to give away people throughout the crowd went home a happy winner! Ball caps from Fox Negaunee and Black Rocks Brewery where among the prizes Todd gave out. Pomp’s Tire also donated free oil changes as a gift and really neat screw driver flash light kits. The $184 50/50 raffle from the Lions Club went to an exhibitor and local resident in Skandia with our “Best in Show” prize going to Jason McCarthy and Marquette Detailing.

As the raffle wrapped up, car show vehicle owners started to pack up for the annual Classic Car Cruise! The cars filed out of the Westwood Mall parking lot to start their tour around Marquette Township to end a great day of fun.

Special thanks to Marquette Township Business Association, Pomp’s Tire, Crossroads Truck Repair, BiggyBy Coffee, and all of our amazing raffle prize sponsors.

Listen to the live audio from the event below!
Major Discount and Randy Girard invite you to “Catch the Vision”
Crossroads Truck Repair showed-up to help with the burnout
Major Discount checking-out all the awesome cars
So many cool cars to see at the Catch the Vision Car Show

Catch the Vision with Major Discount and Jerry
Meg from Bigby’s Coffee was there too
Bill tires to pick out his favorite car at the show
Bruce talking about the cars that he’s ready to check out
There was even a steam-powered thresher on display
Pete LaRoux having a blast
Live from the Westwood Mall parking lot with Joe
Ryan Ranguette joins Major Discount

Enjoy our highlight reel!


My Place Extended Stay Hotel Opens in Marquette, MI

Join My Place, UPAWS, Hudson’s Classic Grill and the MTBA for the My Place Grand Open House.

Marquette, MI  –  April 27, 2017  –  Marquette’s newest extended stay hotel My Place has having their Grand Opening next week. From 4:30p – 6:30p on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, you can join the My Place staff for the ribbon cutting ceremony, tours, and prize drawings!

Starting at 4:30 PM, the hotel will be having their ribbon cutting ceremony in the parking lot. Following the ceremony, witness the first dollar presentation from Marquette Chapter Township and enjoy customized tours of the hotel. See all of the hotel’s amenities including guest laundry and storage facilities and the My Store complete with a variety of foods, beverages, cookware, and utensils.

At 6:00p, reconvene in the lobby to take a spin on the prize well for a chance to win a free night’s stay! Enjoy free hot dogs and brats from Hudson’s Classic Grill & Bar.

Bring something from the UPAWS wish list!

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter will also be attending giving guests a chance to donate items from the shelter’s wish list while on site! See the UPAWS wishlist below:

 

Business Spotlight: Jill Leonard State Farm, Our First New Member of 2017

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MTBA Chairman Frank Stabile presents Jill Leonard with the MTBA First Dollar.

Marquette Township, MI  –  December 6, 2016  –  The MTBA is happy to welcome our first new member for the new year, Jill Leonard and her team at Jill Leonard State Farm. We stopped by Jill’s office to present her with a First Dollar from the MTBA.

A Lake Superior State University graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Jill retired from General Motors after 15 years. She was inducted into the Greater Flint Hall of Fame in 2014.

Jill and her family have been residents of Marquette County since 2011. After serving as a Marquette County Hospice Fundraiser, Jill opened her State Farm office in July of 2016.

As she explains in the video below, the decor in Jill’s office comes from her family and represents the different aspects of insurance coverage her team offers. Jill said their mission “is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams.”

See if Jill Leonard State Farm can save you on your insurance needs. They offer auto, boat, home, property, business and life insurance, as well as offer banking products, annuities, and mutual funds. You’ll find Jill Leonard State Farm in the Wells Fargo Shopping Center, right off US 41 – next to Jimmy John’s.

Welcome to Marquette Township, Jill, and welcome to the MTBA.

 

Business Spotlight: Super One Foods of Marquette

Marquette, MI – May 4, 2016 – Located near Westwood Mall, Marquette Township’s Super One Foods is the perfect spot to stop and shop. Having been part of our business community for years, Super One Foods of Marquette brings low prices right to our neighborhood.

Walking into the story you will immediately find some of the freshest produce in the county. With a large assortment of fruits and vegetables, Super One Foods makes it easy to find just what you are looking for. Super One gets seven-day delivery on all of their produce to make sure everything you see is fresh and ready to eat!

The supermarket’s meat department stocks meat products in both their pre-cut refrigerated section and the full service case. In the pre-cut section you can find packaged chicken, pork, beef and more! Super One Foods tries to maintain a specific price point for their clients and stocks mostly Angus beef, but also select beef. At the full service case, there is always at least one person behind the counter grinding or cutting just for you. In this area, you can purchase just one steak rather than three, or half a pound of hamburger instead of a full pound! The full service case ensures you can get what you want, how you want it.

Super One Foods Marquette also has a fresh bakery department. Every morning, the department workers bake to create everything you see set out for the day. You can order a custom cake or pick one up from the freezer section. With fresh baked goods every morning, you can pick up donuts on the way to the office or hamburger buns and a custom cake for that birthday party you’ve got coming up!

Super One Foods of Marquette offers low prices and better choices right in your neighborhood. The store also has other specialty departments including a floral section, a deli department, and a fresh fish case. Even after the first Super One Foods sign was hung in 1977, our Super One Foods, right here in Marquette, is still focused on saving you money every time you stop to shop. Experience customer service second to none at Super One Foods of Marquette.