Created to connect the working professionals
of Marquette County under the age of forty.

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What is 40 Below?

40 Below Marquette County Young Professionals was created in 2010 as a way for professionals under the age of 40 to come together with networking and professional development opportunities.

Since our organization was created, we have embarked on many different adventures. Not only has 40 Below membership grown in size on a local level, but we also held our Inaugural Upper Peninsula Young Professionals Conference in 2012 at Northern Michigan University, bringing professionals from all across the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin together with some outstanding professional development and relationship-building opportunities.  We feel that we are the future of our communities—there are future business owners, entrepreneurs, leaders or even Mayors among us!

If you are a Marquette County professional that has been looking for some fun and exciting ways to meet new people and network with others, 40 Below Marquette County Young Professionals has something to offer! Perhaps you are newly relocated to the area and want to expand your horizons—feel free to come by one of our events and check us out!

We’re always adding great events to our calendar. Visit one of our monthly social gatherings to get a feel for who we are, what we represent, and how we can help you.

For more information on 40 Below, please contact the Lake Superior Community Partnership office located at 501 S. Front Street Marquette, MI, 49855 or call (906) 226-9658 Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you soon.


Conference Flyer (Home Page)CULTIVATE: YOU, YOUR IDEAS, AND YOUR BUSINESS at this year’s Upper Peninsula Young Professionals Conference.  Through informative breakout sessions, panels, and networking opportunities, attendees of the conference will develop new skills to encourage professional growth, inspire entrepreneurism, and grow their employer’s bottom line.  Hosted by 40 Below Marquette County Young Professionals, the annual conference attracts participants from across the Upper Peninsula. Register here.


RSVP FOR THE ANNUAL MARQUETTE HARBOR CRUISE! Members, interested parties and guests are invited to join 40 Below as we relax and take a ride aboard Marquette Harbor Cruises’ very own “Isle Royale Queen III” for a fun filled evening of sight seeing, refreshing Lake Superior mist and some sunshine Vitamin D. The cruise will leave Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor at 6 p.m. for a relaxing two-hour ride around the harbor, providing pristine views of Marquette and the famous Blackrocks on Presque Isle.  A cash bar will be available on the boat. 40 Below members and guests must RSVP to or 906-226-6591. The cost to attend is $10 for 40 Below members, $15 for guests. For more information on Marquette Harbor Cruises, visit


40 BELOW HOSTED A CANDIDATE FORUM on Thursday, July 24, at 6 p.m. The forum was to provide an opportunity for members of the public to hear from candidates running for the Marquette County Board of Commissioners and Marquette City Commission. The forum focused on the candidates’ visions for the County and City of Marquette. All candidates registered and listed on the Marquette County Clerk’s Office website as of July 1, 2014 have been invited to participate. The full forum and a list of candidates for the Tuesday, August 5 Primary Election can be viewed at


In May, 40 Below Board member Denise Elizondo and member Derek Bush participated by invitation in the first annual EMERGING LEADERS SUMMIT in Lansing. The summit was designed to be a strategic planning session for representatives from young professionals groups located all over the state to get together and determine a priority needs list and structure for a state-wide young professionals effort.

Through networking and specific work sessions, the group of 35 young professionals hashed out preliminary details on what specific issues are affecting young people in multiple regions of Michigan and determine what additional resources would help attract and retain young talent within the state. The data and information shared at the sessions was recorded and will be used as building blocks to take the state-wide young professional effort to the next level. Initial conversations determined that a state-wide Emerging Leaders Board be established to move this effort forward, with the Upper Peninsula represented on that board.

The summit was also a great opportunity to learn from other YP groups on what types of things they are working on within their own regions. It was refreshing to hear that many of the larger YP groups are experiencing the same successes and challenges that 40 Below is facing in Marquette.


GOURMET GONE WILD-ER is teaming up with 40 Below! Save the date for Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11. Gourmet Gone Wild events introduce the concept of conservationGourmet Gone Wild to young, urban foodies (that’s you) already interested in “locavore” eating and sustainable living by bringing the conservation message to the table, literally. 

Gourmet Gone Wild is an outreach program designed to introduce young professionals to hunting and fishing in an innovative way: tasteful and healthy cuisine. It often goes overlooked that wild meat and fish are some of the most “organic” and “free-range” food choices available. This program highlights the health benefits of eating wild game while also emphasizing its connection to environmental stewardship, sustainability, and conservation. Currently, the majority of hunters and anglers in Michigan are over the age of 40. Gourmet Gone Wild caters (quite literally) to young professionals: individuals between the ages of 21 and 39 in urban to suburban environments.

Gourmet Gone Wild (GGW) events feature professionally prepared wild game dishes, local beer and wine tastings, and cooking demonstrations. These events articulate the relevance of wild game to the “locavore” movement and place an emphasis on the possibilities of cooking with these proteins. Gourmet Gone Wilder (GGW-er) events go a step further and encourage participants to try hunting and fishing first hand. We aim to create a new, contemporary perception of hunting and fishing in which the emphasis is shifted away from tradition and towards the pursuit of sustainable, local, and delicious protein. Through this method of outreach, we hope to create a new generation of conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts.


DO YOU INSTAGRAM? 40 Below is now on Instagram! @40BelowMQT highlights images and shots from monthly socials, special events and beautiful Marquette County. Tag your Instagram photos with #40belowmqt to give us permission to share and repost.


CONGRATULATIONS to Heather Mosher, this quarter’s refer a friend winner! Heather received a $50 VISA gift card for her recruitment efforts. Want to win next quarter? Start recruiting your friends and co-workers!


A MEMBERS ONLY SECTION is in the process of being created that will give members the ability to network with other members, see who is active with 40 Below and communicate in a user friendly environment.  Stay Tuned!

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