HOUGHTON - The newspaper business centers around time deadlines.
That's what a group of about 40 learned during a Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at The Daily Mining Gazette Wednesday evening.
"It is a great tradition of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce," board member Karyn Olsson said. "(The focus of it is) mostly networking and visibility for any of our members."
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Participants of the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at The Daily Mining Gazette Wednesday evening watch a press run.
The Business After Hours program has been offered free of charge for chamber members for the past nine years. In addition to networking, the program offers guests the chance to meet people representing products and services in a relaxed, social setting.
Wednesday evening, participants toured the Gazette building and learned how the daily paper is sold, produced and published.
"We had the opportunity to, as the host, highlight our business and workplace operations," Daily Mining Gazette Publisher Michael Scott said. "Each department was represented to explain their role at the paper and answer any questions people had."
Afterward, participants had the opportunity to watch an actual press run from start to finish. While near the press operation, Scott explained how the press prints 1,000 copies in three and a half minutes.
Portage Health President and CEO Jim Bogan said he was impressed with the efforts the Gazette put forth in demonstrating the operation.
"I didn't realize how many pounds of paper you go through in one day," he said. "The other thing is the various departments that you have that make up the newspaper and how integral they are to each other."
Business After Hours attendees each received a copy of a special publication that printed Wednesday evening. The 12-page section highlighted the role of each Gazette department and will be featured in Wednesday's Copper Nugget.
Serena Peterson, who is the event and sponsorship coordinator for the Mine Shaft Rock Hardwood House Grille in Houghton, said she attended the Business After Hours event to get out and meet local business owners.
"I'm new at my job; I just started in June," she said. "I'm getting to know everybody and getting familiar with the business community."
Darnishia Slade, who is the assistant director of International Programs and Services at Michigan Technological University, said she was interested to learn what goes on in the community and was curious how to approach the Gazette with a story idea.
"We have a huge event coming up, which is Parade of Nations on Sept. 22 and want to know how we can engage The Daily Mining Gazette in that," she said. "I also wanted to get an idea about what you all do and learn how we can engage in being a part of what you're doing here."
Slade said she receives invitations frequently for Business After Hours events and encourages other Chamber members to take advantage of the program.
"They're always interesting," the former Michigan Tech student said. "I definitely want to get out to more events because I'm new to the community.
For more information about the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours program, visit keweenaw.org.