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,”...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Clark Manufacturing

Clark Manufacturing, a 40-year-old Traverse City-based precision machining firm, values being the best at what it does: hiring top-notch employees and building solid customer relationships. The company maintains ISO:9001 certification and a dedicated quality management system. It also has a long history of investing in the...

Not Your Grandparents’ Lobbyist

Worried your kid might turn out to be a lobbyist? Gabe Schneider, owner of Northern Strategies 360 in Traverse City, doesn’t share your concern. And he has two children of his own. “In fact, we need more lobbyists,” argued Schneider, the former regional representative for Senator...

Local Car Broker: It’s Like “High Stakes Gambling”

Traverse City-based car broker, Wally Szunko, knows automobiles. He’s bought and sold thousands of them over his 22-year career. “I buy cars. Then I sell them – mostly to dealers but sometimes to friends,” Szunko said. That sounds simple enough. However, there is much more to...

Latest Pairing: Wine & Renewable Energy

Three local vineyards are proving that the 8,000-year-old art of winemaking can co-exist happily alongside new environmentally-friendly, cost-saving technologies. Chateau Chantal on the Old Mission Peninsula and Brengman Brothers/Crain Hill Vineyards across the bay in Leelanau County are going big with harnessing solar power. Meanwhile, the...