HANCOCK - While the Jutila Center for Global Design and Business offers a prime location for new business ventures, it's also a great place to find a unique blend of services all under one roof.
Within the small-business incubator, located at 200 Water St. in Hancock, the Jutila Center and annex building includes a restaurant, accounting services, commercial photography, health products, uniforms, and, the list doesn't end there.
"Currently we have 25 service and retail businesses that offer so many different products,"Jutlia Center Director Bonnie Holland said. "It's convenient for people shopping for services. For the businesses, it's a benefit to be with other young entrepreneurs who are helping each other."
The newest business to open in the Jutila Center is Stephanie's Sewing and Alterations, situated in suite 302 on the main floor. Owner Stephanie Juntunen offers custom sewing, custom formal wear, alterations, repairs and tailoring services. Aside from clothing, Juntunen has repaired backpack zippers, patio awnings, boat covers and dog booties. Custom pillow covers and reupholstery services are also available.
"Right now I'm working with the Little Dresses for Africa organization," she said, which involves making dresses for girls and shorts for boys out of pillow cases. "If someone brings in a pillow case with their alteration they receive 10 percent off."
Pillow case donations are also welcome, she said. The dresses are then shipped to Africa to be distributed.
Attorney Kevin Mackey, who previously managed his practice on Quincy St., said he was pleased to move into the Jutlia Center, which overlooks the Portage Lake Shipping Canal. Located in suite 705 on the seventh floor, he's got quite the view.
"The waterway is just beautiful from up here," he said. "I now have a very pleasant environment to greet my clients."
Mackey is a general practice attorney with an emphasis in divorce/family law, business development in conjunction with MTEC SmartZone, estate planning and real estate law.
"I'm very pleased with the response from the local community to my new practice," Mackey said. "The Jutila Center has such a comfortable and welcoming environment, not to mention great parking and accessibility."
Back on the main floor, Sunshine Uniforms specializes in work apparel options for a variety of industries.
"'We fit the way you work;' that's our slogan," employee Rhonda Wisti said.
Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Tuesday through Thursday (and Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning April 30), the business offers men's and women's uniforms in a wide range of sizes and styles.
"They're very fashionable," Wisti said. "A lot of our uniforms can be worn as casual wear. There's even some with hoods, they're really cute."
Custom embroidery services, gift certificates, shoes, accessories and special orders are available as well.
"Our uniforms are high quality and our prices are very reasonable," she said. "Remember Nurse's Week May 6 though 12 - stop in and get a gift certificate for your favorite nurse."
Jim Peters, owner of Peter's Orthotics has his office in the annex building at 920 Water St. As a user of custom foot orthotics in ski boots for 30 years, Peters said the benefits of a custom foot bed was clearly evident.
"Foot and leg pain did not exist," he said. "That being stated, I felt the public should be made aware of the preventative nature of such appliances."
That's how Peter's Orthotics was born.
With 15 years of practice, Peters became certified in Pedorthics, earning the credentials to bill insurance companies. On the top of that list is Medicare.
"The strict standards mean that all patients' rights and well-being are held to the highest levels of competency," he said. "Inspectors and auditors make regular visits to insure that these standards are upheld and quality is assured to all patients."
At Peter's Orthotics there are no out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare patients who are qualified for diabetic shoes.
"Doctors can be assured that their patients will not get a bill from us," he said. "We accept what Medicare and the patients' supplemental insurance pays as final payment for services. Once again, no bills to the patient - that means totally free diabetic footwear."
Escanaba-based Delta Business Solutions developed a presence in Hancock more than one year ago with the opening of its office on the seventh floor in suite 712.
The full-service accounting firm specializes in small business bookkeeping, payroll services, and expert QuickBooks training and support.
"We want to specialize in small businesses," president and owner Jacquie Miaso said. "If you're thinking about starting a business, we'll sit down with you and answer your questions, talk you through it, help you understand what you need to do to open a business."
Miaso said they can help point individuals in the right direction - financially and legally.
"Sometimes you need an attorney, and we've got Kevin Mackey right here at the Jutila Center," she said. "We can help you to decide what the form of your business should be."
The advantages of working with Delta Business Solutions, Miaso said, is they take the time to talk to their clients face to face.
"Our main slogan is, 'You take care of your business and we'll take care of your books," she said. "The other thing is we consider ourselves to be your business's partner. We'll do everything we can to help you understand your business."
When it comes to bookkeeping, she said, some businesses want Delta Business Solutions to take care of it, while others want to learn how to do it themselves.
"Whatever the business prefers, we can sit down with them and help them out," she said.
For more information about the Jutila Center, visit finlandia.edu/jutila.html or call 487-7344.
Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by the Jutila Center for Global Business and Design in Hancock. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.