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...

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...