2463 US Hwy 41 W
Marquette MI 49855
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Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative

The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative will utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide $10 million in grants to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Applications for businesses to apply will open on December 15, 2020.

Grant Information for Small Businesses

Grants will be awarded in the amount of up to $15,000 per eligible business on a “first-in” bases. Grant funds will assist eligible small businesses directly impacted by COVID-19, meet urgent working capital needs, including payroll expenses, rent or mortgage payments and utility expenses in the following industries:

·     Restaurants, bars and other food and beverage service providers

·     Travel and tourism destinations including lodging providers

·     Live event venues and movie theaters

·     Conference and meeting facilities

·     Ice skating rinks, indoor water parks and bowling centers

·     Gyms and fitness centers

These federal CARES Act dollars were distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the Michigan Community Development Block Grant program. To qualify for grant support, businesses must meet eligibility criteria including but not limited to:

·     Being a business in one of the targeted industries listed above

·     Must be in compliance with all State and local orders related to COVID-19, including, but not limited, to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

·     Be a for-profit entity (i.e., a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or LLC)

·     Have a physical establishment in the Michigan County of Application and is NOT a home-based business

·     Provide goods or services to multiple clients or customers

·     Be current, or in a payment plan, on all local, state, and federal taxes due through 1/1/2020

·     Have an active and valid state license(s)/registration(s), if applicable

·     Is not an adverse party to litigation involving the State or municipality

·     Business or Business owner has not filed for bankruptcy in the last 10 years

·     Can identify a need for payroll, rent or mortgage payments, and/or utility expenses necessary to continue/restart business operations relative to the total grant amount

·     Had annual gross revenues in 2019 greater than $25,000

·     Has at least two employees, including the owner(s)

·     Has fewer than 50 employees (including full-time, part-time, and owner(s) on a world-wide basis)

Click here for more information.

MTBA 2021 Membership Drive!

The Marquette Township Business Association membership drive is underway! We welcome you and your business to become a member of our growing association. By joining the MTBA, you add to our strength and voice and help create a strong, prominent, and respected organization. You can stay informed on issues and events through e-mail, our website, or by attending association meetings. We need your support and input so we can have a positive impact on the future of our township.

Click here for our 2021 membership application.

Click here to read our membership welcome letter.

Please email Chairman Frank Stabile at or Executive Secretary Sarah Stabile at, with any questions.

People Caught The Christmas Spirit During Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

What a beautiful tree!

What a beautiful tree!

Marquette Township, Michigan  –  November 24, 2020  –  After talking about it all day on Sunny 101.9, the Christmas Spirit swept through Marquette Township tonight as we celebrated with the annual “Catch the Christmas Spirit” Tree Lighting Ceremony.

To avoid canceling Christmas, Marquette Charter Township, The Marquette Township Business Association, and mediaBrew Communications worked hard to alter the usual festivities to follow Michigan Department of Health & Human Services guidelines for social distancing.

As usual, the big stage was set up in the Westwood Mall parking lot and Mark and Walt started things off with a big “Welcome” and some “Thank Yous”. The guys spoke with Township Manager Jon Kangas and Christmas Music from 106.1 The Sound played through the speakers!

Guests listened from their vehicles tuning into 106.1 The Sound to hear some Christmas Sound Classics before Linda Smith took over for a live performance on the stage!

Linda Smith came to sing some Christmas Classics.

Linda Smith came to sing some Christmas Classics.

That sneaky Grinch tried to steal Christmas, but the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department was on site to save the day. They tied the Grinch up and hauled him off to jail for “Crimes Against Christmas”!

Shortly after, Santa made his grand entrance on a Township Firetruck, arriving to spread the holiday cheer and light our massive tree! After a countdown, Santa flipped the switch and the lights on our Christmas tree flickered to life, shining brightly in the dark.

Visitors rolled down their windows to sing along and once it was their turn, crowds of 25 were allowed to get out and go see Santa! Kids ran up to give their Christmas Lists to Ol’ Saint Nick, snap a picture, and grab some candy donated by Jet’s Pizza!

Thanks to Andra Ziems, Secretary & Cashier at Marquette Township for donating the tree. Also thank you to the following sponsors for helping make this event possible: mediaBrew CommunicationsSunny 101.9106.1 The SoundMarquette Charter TownshipMarquette Township Business AssociationNorth Country Tree CareSuper One Foods, The Lions, Westwood Mall, the Marquette Township Fire Department, the Marquette County Sheriff’s DepartmentJet’s Pizza, and Honor Credit Union.

See Photos From Tonight

Join Us For the Annual Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Township

Attend the 2020 Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Township

Attend the 2020 Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Township

Marquette Township, MI  –  November 18, 2020  –  It’s time to “Catch the Christmas Spirit” once again in Marquette Township! This year our Tree Lighting Ceremony will be run a little differently, but we’re still bringing the holiday cheer and a big glowing tree to the township!

Santa has informed us that he in still intends to make his grand entrance by Marquette Township Firetruck around 6:30pm, so join us on Tuesday, November 24th in the Westwood Mall parking lot. We’ll have festivities from 6-9pm so you can enjoy your favorite Christmas songs with Linda Smith and 106.1 The Sound!

To follow Michigan Health Department guidelines for social distancing, we will be asking families to stay in their cars this year, allowing for crowd sizes up to 25 people at a time. When promoted, families will be allowed to come up to the stage for kids to give their Christmas Lists to Santa and grab some candy donated by Jet’s Pizza! All attendees must wear a mask during the event.

As usual, the Sheriff’s Department will be on stand by watching out for the Grinch. He won’t be ruining anyone’s Christmas this year, so come out on join us from 6-9pm next Tuesday!

Thanks to Andra Ziems, Secretary & Cashier at Marquette Township for donating the tree. Also thank you to the following sponsors for helping make this event possible: mediaBrew Communications, Sunny 101.9, 106.1 The Sound, Marquette Charter Township, Marquette Township Business Association, North Country Tree Care, Super One Foods, The Lions, Westwood Mall, the Marquette Township Fire Department, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department, Jet’s Pizza, and Honor Credit Union.

See Photos From Past Years:

Community Days and Catch the Vision Car Show – Cancelled

Marquette, MI – This year, the Marquette Township Board officially cancelled the Catch the Vision Car Show and Cruise on June 20th as well as Community Days on Saturday, August 1st, due to COVID-19, Executive Orders and related financial constraints from decreased revenues.

Community Days include the annual softball tournament held as Lions Field Recreation Center.  The Board plans to continue holding the annual events next year.

See Photos From Last Year’s Community Days



US Hwy 41/M-28 Corridor Climate and Health Adaptation Visioning Workshop

The US Hwy 41/M-28 Corridor Climate and Health Adaptation Visioning Workshop was held virtually on May 7th. Below are the presentation and survey links. Any and all feedback on the renderings and MSU’s ideas are greatly appreciated, especially from the members of the MTBA and other Township business. If you have a chance, please take the time to watch the presentation and share your feedback. They’re hoping to collect responses by May 29th.

May 7th, 2020 Workshop Recording (Recording has some delays due to slower internet connections. Thanks for your patience!)

PDF of the Presentation from 5.7.2020

Google Slides Presentation (for commenting directly on specific designs; Google account not necessary)

General Feedback Survey

Please use these digital resources yourself and share them with those you know to expand the reach for feedback on the draft conceptual designs. Please submit feedback by May 29.

Thank you for your participation and help with community engagement!

First National Bank & Trust Helping Community Businesses with CARES Act Assistance

With the recently passed additional funding for the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, First National Bank & Trust is available to help area businesses get assistance and relief from this economic stimulus package.

An additional $310 billion dollars was allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on April 24, and processing began this week. Community banks were specifically allocated $60 billion to assist with their PPP efforts. Including this second round of funding, the program will have provided nearly $659 Billion worth of US payroll. The PPP loan program is available for eligible small businesses, including sole proprietors, and non-profits, veterans organizations and tribal business concerns, to provide a forgivable loan to cover payroll and other costs.

“As we continue to support our local economies and their financial needs at First National Bank & Trust, it’s apparent how vital partnerships and long lasting relationships continue to bring out the best in all of us, especially in uncertain times,” said Dale Cook, Business Banker, First National Bank & Trust. “We appreciate the opportunity to service the needs of our communities and believe everyone’s resilience will be the key to building a stronger community.”

First National Bank & Trust has assisted hundreds of businesses with the Paycheck Protection Program during this time, which has helped over 4,500 employees to date.

“We take pride in knowing how those numbers financially benefit local family households and how it exponentially impacts the communities we serve,” Cook said. “We are here to work with you in the hard times when it matters most. Whether you’re a current customer or not, let us be a resource for you and your business. As one community we’ll get through this together¬- contact us today and we can help you navigate the process.”

To make an appointment with First National Bank & Trust’s Business Banking team, call 906-774-2200. For more information, as well as online contact information, visit

Purchase Gifts and Enjoy Music in the Mall

Marquette, MI  –  March 11, 2020 –  Join us next week at the Westwood Mall for another Farm Market & Gifts and Music in the Mall. There will be local vendors selling handcrafted items and locally sourced foods. Vendors will included Seeds and Spores, Huron Moutain Lapidary and Davin’s Chocolates. The live music will run 5-7pm with The Reveal at The STAGE, John Kibit playing piano by AAA and Marlee Matthews singing near Bath & Body Works. New Attitudes Dance Studio will be preforming at 5:30 & 6:30pm near Trade Home Shoes.

See the flyer for more details:

Marquette Township Business Association Annual Event Dates Announced

Plenty of kids events happening within Community Day

Plenty of kids events happening within Community Day

Marquette, MI  –  February 13, 2020  –  The Marquette Township Business Association Community Events Committee recently met to discuss dates for annual events hosted by the MTBA.

This year the organization will bring back at least three of their annual events. The expected dates are as follows.

Tentative Dates:

  • “Catch the Vision” Car Show & Cruise – Saturday, June 20, 2020
  • “Catch the Vision” Community Day – Saturday, August 1, 2020
  • “Catch the Christmas Spirit” Tree Lighting Ceremony – Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Have questions? Send us a message!

Stop by and Check out Music in the Mall!