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...

Logo Master Tim Nielsen: Style and Substance Condensed

In the 37 years he’s been in Traverse City, graphic designer Tim Nielsen has created countless logos for small- and mid-sized local firms, as well as high-profile national clients. Like a lot of downstate folks who end up in the Grand Traverse area, Nielsen had...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Precision Edge Surgical Products

If you’ve had orthopedic surgery, there’s a good chance the 63 employees at Precision Edge Surgical Products’ Boyne City manufacturing facility did their part to assure a good outcome. Precision Edge serves virtually all the major domestic surgical equipment suppliers and enjoys a solid reputation...

Cheap Oil and Gas Comes at a High Price

Good news at the gas pump is mostly bad news for the Northern Michigan oil and gas industry. Fill up at a Grand Traverse area station today, and you’ll pay from $2.11 to $2.20 per gallon. Adjusted for inflation, that is roughly on a par with...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Coding Products

With a positive, 25-year record of production and jobs, folks at Coding Products in Kalkaska might be excused if they got a little complacent. But instead, they always seek to improve. And that goes for the front office just as much as the shop floor. Such...

Encore Careers: Why Retire When You Can Reinvent Yourself?

For many seniors, retiring has become less a matter of kicking back on the couch and more of a long-awaited opportunity to reinvent themselves and take on new career challenges. The TCBN talks with four TC residents who have found satisfaction in their encore careers: Bill Donberg Engineer and...

NMC Training Services: A Friend to Business

During the past 30 years, hundreds of business and nonprofits across northern Michigan have discovered an ally: Northwest Michigan College’s Training Services. “Our goal is to enhance the talent of the region’s workforce, enable organizations to be successful and contribute to the economic health of our region,”...