Stay Safe. Stay Open. 

2020 has been a hard year for all of us, and that’s especially true for businesses and organizations that welcome the public into their establishments. Thank you for being vigilant in putting your best foot forward through this. Please know your community wants nothing more than to support you and see you be open like normal when this passes. 

Below you’ll find resources to help you stay safe and stay open. 

Stay Safe

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, in collaboration with leaders and experts from industry, and state and local public health, has developed best practice guidelines to help industry employers understand the requirements under the MI Safe Start Plan. 

Best Practice Guidelines

Keweenaw Chamber Small Business 

Resources for COVID-19 Response 

Stay Safe, Stay Open Local Graphics

We invite you to show that you are Copper Country Strong by putting up the following posters and flyers in your businesses and sharing these graphics on your social media feed. 

  • Stay Safe Stay Open Flyer (coming soon)
  • Stay Safe Stay Open Poster (coming soon)
  • Social media graphics to download (coming soon)

CDC Tools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put together an incredible amount of resources for businesses as they reopen and stay open. Below are helpful links from them. 

Business Contacts

The business community in Michigan’s Copper Country is committed to staying safe and staying open. If you have any questions, comments or want to get involved in the conversation as our communities continue to move forward, please reach out to one of the following community leaders or email

Jeff Ratcliffe, Executive Director at Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance
Telephone: (906) 482-6817

Brad Barnett, Executive Director at Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau
Telephone: (906) 337-4579

Tara Ahrens, Manager, Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 906-482-5240

Debbie Stouffer, President, Baraga County Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: (906) 353-8808

Rich Ernest, Village of Ontonagon DDA & Ontonagon Chamber of Commerce

Tom Bergman, Community Development Director, City of Ironwood
Telephone: (906) 932-5050 x 126

Charly Loper, City Manager & Downtown Development Director, Bessemer
Telephone: (906)663-4311

Robert A Brown Jr., City Manager, City of Wakefield
Telephone: 906-229-5131 ext 1003

Get Updates 

When the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department or emergency officials from Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw or Ontonagon counties have updates related to the local response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an email is sent out. This is free and available to anyone.

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