Increased Focus on Apprenticeships Good for Workforce

Graphic designer. Baker. Firefighter. Customer service representative. They may not be occupations that readily come to mind as candidates for apprenticeships, but they’re among a myriad of possibilities that Evelyn Szpliet, the Northwest Michigan Works! new point person on apprenticeships, is happy to help employers consider. Szpliet...

Cultivating Nutrition

Benzie Co. debuts fruit-and-vegetable prescription program on peels of successful TC pilot Last year, some 170 individuals with chronic diseases or conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes took a step in Traverse City toward better health. They did so via a new type of...

What to Watch: Munson Construction

Munson Medical Center has several facilities plans that are slated to progress further this year, including a multi-phase project for a new seven-story family birth and children’s center on its main Traverse City campus. The project has two permits and a separate resolution in hand from...

What to Watch: Great Lakes Potato Chip Co.

Amid continuing sales growth, Great Lakes Potato Chip Co. is looking at next steps. And in 2017, some significant decisions could start to unfold. The six-year-old company is mapping future distribution growth and space needs and weighing possibilities – whether that’s financing growth on its own...

Health Insurance: Businesses take varying approaches to weighty decision

Like many insurance agents, Terry Roote has seen the challenges small businesses face in providing health insurance, weighing the benefits of what can be a competitive and attractive employee offering, against the costs. “I’ve seen this happen more than once, where the employer will say ‘listen,...

Newton’s Road to Expand Under Networks Northwest

Two years ago, advanced manufacturer RJG Inc., in partnership with local nonprofit Newton’s Road, announced plans to supply a few 3D printers to Traverse City Area Public Schools. The project – enabling students to create and produce solid objects from virtual computer designs, using problem-solving and...

Manufacturing Day Aims to Change Students’ Perceptions

Last year, Traverse City East Middle School assistant principal Marcus Mead took a group of eighth graders out of classrooms and into the plants of local manufacturers. It was an eye-opening experience for the students, Mead said, and one he expects will draw even greater participation...

Turning $100 Into $10,000 In 60 Minutes

Four times a year, more than 100 women gather in space provided by the Traverse City Golf & Country Club for a single purpose. In one hour, they’ll raise more than $10,000. And they’ll direct it to a local charity, program or nonprofit they collectively select...

Manufacturing A Workforce: $20 Million In Training Dollars

A $20 million pot of state grants to help manufacturers and other industries train workers in needed skills is opening up October 1. Terry Berden, CEO of Great Lakes Stainless in Traverse City, knows its value. The Traverse City fabricating company was awarded $10,500 in a previous...