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...

Putting The “Grow” In Grow Benzie

Josh Stoltz has a lot he wants to do. Seven months on the job as the first full-time paid executive director of Benzonia nonprofit Grow Benzie, the 39-year-old Stoltz is immersed in everything from examining ways to provide a broader outlet for farmers’ produce, to promoting...

Local Micro Loans Spur Small Businesses

By Amy Lane Over the last three years, Dakota and Garret Porter have built an idea hatched while snowboarding into a patent-pending product that’s lit up attention, and sales. Their Action Glow LED lighting kit for sporting equipment – available for 10 types of uses, ranging from...

Encore Entrepreneurs

For more than 20 years, Tom Smith has developed pricing and proposals for automotive and light truck manufacturing equipment. For the last seven months, he’s also sold doughnuts. The 63-year-old Smith is director and owner of Serious Donut Co., a shop on South Garfield Avenue in Traverse...

Talking Manufacturing In Michigan

Michigan Manufacturers Association President and CEO Chuck Hadden has one word to describe the state of manufacturing in Michigan: Vibrant. In northwest Michigan’s 10-county region, manufacturing was the top growth industry between 2009 and 2012, adding 1,700 jobs for a growth rate of 14.4 percent, according...

Benzie Grows Entrepreneurs

A new venture that could help farmers and budding entrepreneurs turn ideas and recipes into marketable products - and possibly businesses - is coming onto the northern Michigan food scene.Grow Benzie, the community nonprofit farmstead in Benzie County's Benzonia, is launching a state-licensed incubator kitchen...