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Bob Hendrickson, Executive Director, GINCC

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization that connects businesses to the community, champions the philosophy of buy local, promotes the West End of Marquette County as a whole for visiting, living and explore, while embracing the historic roots that make this area great.

Here at GINCC, we also look forward to future opportunities. Renew partnerships with member companies, welcome new members and share success stories while working on solutions to local challenges.

We recently restarted our Business After Hours events and encourage other business owners, community members and leaders to attend. Typically hosted by a member business, BAHs offer the opportunity to network not only with the owner of the accommodation, but also with other business owners and community members.

Dan Perkins Construction hosted our first BAH of 2022 on March 30 with over 50 people in attendance. Celebrating 25 years in business, Dan Perkins thanked those in attendance and announced an opportunity for non-profit, educational or government organizations to apply for a $10,000 roofing project. Additionally, Perkins gave an update on one of the community projects he is very proud of, Partridge Creek Farm.

The BAH take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on a weekday evening. The atmosphere is relaxed, light refreshments are served and the possibility of winning some door prizes. Most importantly, they are open to the public, free and welcoming to everyone.

Our next BAH will be on Tuesday 19th April hosted by OK Rental Sales & Service located at 609 Elm St, Ishpeming.

OK Rental recently completed construction of a new facility right next to its old location. There will be a building dedication just prior to the event and the community is encouraged to attend to experience all of their services and products.

In addition to BAHs, the GINCC holds ribbon cuttings, open houses and other special events to provide media exposure and recognition for chamber members. Typically, ribbon cuttings are associated with the opening of a new business, but have become a special event to celebrate milestones, new avenues of business, and changes in business ownership. These are free to chamber members and provide an excellent opportunity to gain public recognition.

The GINCC also works with many West End organizations to help promote and advertise the events. If you are a member of an organization, contact the GINCC to find out what a membership can do for you.

To learn more about the GINCC, visit our website at, give us a call or drop by. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are sometimes out of the office on House business. Please call ahead to confirm a visit, 906-486-1111.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bob Hendrickson is the Executive Director of GINCC. He currently resides in Negaunee with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Sierra. He enjoys mountain biking, skiing, fishing and hunting, and spending time with family.

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