Making It In Northern Michigan: Big Dipper Dough Co.

In two short years, something sweet on Cass Road has exploded throughout the Midwest. Big Dipper Dough Co., which produces egg-free cookie dough that can be eaten uncooked, is now available in 655 stores located in 13 states. So far, there are two flavors: Rocket Chip, which...

Roofing Company Becomes Its Own Incubator

Most roofers stick to the job at hand.  But Terry Umlor's entrepreneurial savvy took him through the roof. When Umlor, an Air Force vet, bought Springfield, Inc. in 1995, it was a traditional roofing business. Umlor's team tore off old roofs and put new ones on....

Out of Thin Air, A Way to Fight Plant Diseases

[caption id="attachment_11128" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pure Water Works' pull-behind ozone generator first concentrates oxygen by removing nitrogen from the air. Then a high-voltage electrical charge converts the oxygen into ozone.[/caption] Bill Siegmund makes the case that owners of Michigan vineyards and orchards need only to look to...

TC Lab a Leader in Making Environmental Data Useful

With the help of updated software, SampleServe, a Traverse City environmental sampling and reporting lab, might someday know as much (or more) than its competitors and even the U.S. EPA about polluted sites around the country. Started by Russ Schindler in 2001, the seven-person company travels...

Training Services Leverages Jobs Programs, New Methods

It may be the era of government cutbacks, but one state program that has helped numerous Grand Traverse employers – the Michigan New Jobs Training Program – is expected to be around at least until 2023. Administered by Northwestern Michigan College’s (NMC) Training Services, the...

Tech Meetings Generate Ideas, Capital

Think you could compress an entire business idea into a five-minute presentation, then field questions for another five minutes? Part Ted Talk, part Shark Tank, TCNew Tech meetups require just that. It is not for the faint-hearted, but it is a model that apparently works for...