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TWO LOCAL COMPANIES NAMED TO ‘WATCH’ LIST

Cash n Carry Flooring in Traverse City and Three Speed Ales – owners of Stormcloud Brewing Company – in Frankfort are two of the 2016 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. The award recognizes growth-oriented businesses based on market expansion, job creation and community impact.

“What an honor it is to be recognized by Michigan Celebrates Small Business for Cash n Carry Flooring’s growth efforts,” said founder and co-owner Tim Hyland. “We are proud to be a growing business in this great state and are honored to contribute to Michigan’s economic growth development.”
Michigan Celebrates Small Business is the state’s premier awards program celebrating small business excellence. The two companies will be honored at the Twelfth Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards dinner in Lansing during National Small Business Week in May.

NEW CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE OPENS

Dr. Caleb Halulko D.C. has opened River of Life Chiropractic and Wellness in Traverse City. He specializes in sports injuries and family wellness. His office is located at 827 W. Front Street in Traverse City with Onthank Chiropractic Center. 231-946-9246; riveroflifetc.com.

LOCAL AD AGENCY WINS BIG

PB&J, a Traverse City-based ad agency, recently won10 awards at the West Michigan ADDY Awards held in Grand Rapids. The ad agency won the second most awards of any ad agency in the competition and was the only Traverse City firm to receive recognition. PB&J won three gold, four silver and three bronze ADDY awards, receiving recognition on behalf of several Traverse City clients, including Traverse Health Clinic, Maxbauers Meat Market and Trigger Boxing.

TRAVERSE CITY STATE BANK TO OPEN FIFTH BRANCH

Traverse City State Bank will open a new full-service branch at 6018 U.S. 31 N. Williamsburg in Acme Township this July, pending FDIC approval.

“This is an ideal location to service our customers and growing business community on the east side of Traverse City,” said CEO Connie Deneweth.

The new Acme branch will offer ample on-site parking, two drive-thru lanes, separate ATM drive up, night depository and full-service branch with teller windows and offices. This branch will join four other branches in the Grand Traverse region, including three in Traverse City and one in Suttons Bay.

NEW FITNESS STUDIO OPENS

Local personal trainer and small group fitness instructor Melissa Ray has opened MVMVT Space in Traverse City, providing small group classes in all types of pilates as well as barre, yoga and more. MVMNT Space also offers private and semi-private instruction on the pilates reformer as well as on custom-made Spring-Wall units.
MVMNT Space is located inside personal training center Fit My Life at 887 Lynch Dr., in Traverse City. 231.631.5075, mvmntspace.com

CHERRYFLEX EXPANDS PRODUCT LINE

CherryFlex has expanded its line of whole fruit products with two new ways to enjoy the health benefits of the Montmorency red tart cherry. An industry leader of natural, all-fruit foods promoting healthy living, CherryFlex is introducing a new formula for its popular Red Tart Cherry Gel. The newest product in the CherryFlex lineup takes the Red Tart Cherry Gel and adds premium dark chocolate.

CherryFlex was developed by a lifelong cherry farmer Bob Underwood of Traverse City. The company’s products help speed relief from muscle soreness, help maintain healthy joint function and provide natural melatonin for a better sleep cycle.

HABITAT NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Habitat for Humanity, Grand Traverse Region has named six new individuals to its board, for a total of 13 members. They are: Doug DeYoung, public affairs area manager for Consumers Energy; David Shooltz, president of Fifth Third Bank (Western Michigan); Christopher Cox, owner of Imprezza Marketing; William Edginton, formerly of Dow Chemical, Tamara Broad; and Ryan McCoon, president of Endura Performance Homes.

New Publication Focuses On Conservation, Climate

Six of the region’sconservation nonprofits have banded together to launch a new online, multimedia magazine called Nature Change – Conversations About Conservation and Climate (NatureChange.org). Featuring short videos or mini-documentaries as well as photo essays, NatureChange.org highlights the work of natural resource managers and volunteer conservationists, including stories on the difficult choices that must be made as development, invasive species and climate change threaten and alter the region’s landscapes.

The project is being managed by Dr. Joe VanderMeulen, past director of the Land Information Access Association in Traverse City and an experienced science journalist.

LEELANAU REAL ESTATE BROKER

Perry Pentiuk, president/broker of Venture Properties, is the top broker in Leelanau County for the fourth year in a row, closing approximately $100 million in individual sales from 2012-2015. Last year, he became the only broker in northern Michigan to be inducted into the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. He is marking 36 years in the industry in 2016.

CREATOR OF CULINARY OILS HONORED

William Koucky, owner of Grand Traverse Culinary Oils and Flours, was recently honored with the Chapman Award by the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network. The award is given annually to a person who shows unerring dedication, enduring fortitude, and embodies the exceptional pioneering spirit that is remaking agriculture in northwest Michigan.

Three years ago, he opened Grand Traverse Culinary Oils and Flour. Last year he grew 75 acres of non-GMO canola, purchased more from area farmers, and used about 100 acres of sunflower to produce food-grade canola and sunflower oils.

“Our oils are 100% Pure Michigan from crops grown in northwest Michigan,” Koucky said. “They are for sale in food co-ops, Meijer, and soon at Whole Foods statewide.”

For two years, Koucky has also been producing soft white pastry, buckwheat, corn, and emmer flours. His most important flour product is hard red spring that is used in bread making. “Koucky’s flour is now being used in several local restaurants and bakeries including 9 Bean Rows, Breadworks in Petoskey, and the Great Lakes Culinary Institute and Zingerman’s Bakehouse.

EDWARD JONES ONCE AGAIN ON FOTUNE LIST

Financial services firm Edward Jones is ranked No. 10 on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2016” list. It is the firm’s 17th appearance, according to Jim Mellinger, a financial advisor in Traverse City. In the survey of associates, for which the ranking is predominantly based, 94 percent of Edward Jones associates said they have pride in the work they do. And 95% of associates say that overall, Edward Jones is a great place to work.

Safety Net Named Top Provider

CRN has named Safety Net in Traverse City to its 2016 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. These MSPs’ offerings help companies navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of IT, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize their return on IT investments.

VENTURE NORTH TO DEVELOP IMPACT INVESTING PROGRAM

Venture North Funding & Development has received a $5,000 Rotary Charities of Traverse City grant to provide organizations and individuals with opportunities to impact the prosperity of northwest Michigan. Venture North will use the $5,000 grant and an added sum of $1,250 to partner with legal and program development specialists in impact investing, all part of Venture North’s goal of increasing its capital lending base from $5 million to $20 million by 2020.

“Jennifer Oertel, a leading Michigan attorney in impact investing with the firm Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer and Weiss, will team up with Romy Kochan, a managing partner with Gingrass Global, to help us build the structure, tools, outreach and evaluation methods to attract investments and grants to dedicate to impact investing,” said Laura Galbraith, executive director of Venture North. “Our goal is to build an impact investment opportunity that will dramatically transform our northern Michigan communities with business expansion and attraction and new jobs.”

HUNTINGTON RECEIVES EXCELLENCE AWARD

Financial research group Greenwich Associates has named Huntington Bank as one of the top banks for client likelihood to recommend its wealth and investment services.

The Greenwich Excellence Award for “Likelihood to Recommend” is based on results from the group’s annual wealth management research program, which included interviews with 8,000 business owners and executives across the country. Huntington was the only Midwest-based bank to earn an award.

FLOOR COVERING BROKERS EXPANDS

Floor Covering Brokers Carpet One recently unveiled its second northern Michigan location on US-31 North in Acme. The new location was acquired to meet the needs of consumers in the fast-growing markets in the north and east of its Traverse City location, said owner Dennis Lauterbach.

“The expansion is very exciting,” he said. “It will allow us to increase our footprint and better service northern Michigan customers.”

COLDWELL BANKER SCHMIDT RECEIVES TOP HONORS

Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors (CBSR), with 10 offices in northern Michigan, was recently named Coldwell Banker Premier Offices for year-end 2015, the highest honor given to Coldwell Banker offices. These offices are Cadillac, Cedarville, East Jordan, Gaylord, Glen Arbor, Indian River, Kalkaska, Prudenville and Suttons Bay. All of these offices attained an average per sales associate of either $100,000 in closed adjusted gross commission income or 20 total units for the calendar year.

Also, CBSR was named the top company in closed adjusted gross commission income for Michigan among companies in the Coldwell Banker system in 2015 and was also named to the Coldwell Banker Chairman’s Circle.

NATIONAL TV EXPOSURE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Several Grand Traverse and Leelanau County businesses are featured in a series of new Pure Michigan ads that began airing in national rotation last month.

Old Mission General Store is showcased in “Along The Way,” a 30-second spot on “enjoying the journey” of road trips through Michigan. Jolly Pumpkin and Hop Lot Brewing Company are featured in “Small Batch,” a 30-second spot on the state’s craft beer scene. And Trattoria Stella and The Little Fleet are highlighted in “Fertile Ground,” a 30-second spot on Michigan’s farm-to-table movement.

The new ads are expected to air more than 5,000 times on national cable channels including A&E, Bravo, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, OWN, WE, Cooking Channel, Food Network, HGTV, DIY, TLC and Travel Channel. Spots will also run on Hulu for the first time.

CHATEAU CHANTAL AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Chateau Chantal on the Old Mission Peninsula had its 2013 Ice Wine served at a recent state dinner at the White House. The winery was contacted by White House sommelier David Shanks to submit a sample of its Ice Wine for the dinner. After tasting several submissions, Chateau Chantal’s vintage was selected. Ice wine is made from grapes frozen on the vine. They are harvested during temperatures between 15 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit and pressed while still frozen. The wine is known for its natural sweetness and fruitiness.

“Our entire team is so proud of our vineyard and winemaking staff for creating this amazing wine,” says CEO Marie-Chantal Dalese. “Making traditional, frozen on the vine Ice Wine is a labor of love. Being selected for service at the White House is a tremendous honor and provides deep credibility to our winemaking program.”

SPRINGFIELD RECOGNIZED WITH NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD

Springfield Inc., a commercial contractor in Kingsley, was recently awarded the Platinum Award by Duro-Last Roofing of Saginaw. The Platinum Award is Duro-Last’s highest quality award and places Springfield in the top three percent of authorized Duro-Last contractors nationwide.

Nick Jacqmain, president of Springfield, credited a great team of employees and an ongoing training program for the success. “Of all the awards we could win,” he said, “this is the one I am the most proud of because it demonstrates that we truly do our very best work to serve our clients.”

FOREST AREA CREDIT UNION AWARDS COMMUNITY GRANTS

Forest Area Federal Credit Union Community Grant Program recently awarded $1,000 to Manton Area Schools to support an annual middle school student trip to Chicago and $2,000 to Colfax Greenwood Fire Department for the purchase of new firefighter equipment.

The Community Grant Program will consider projects for funding that support arts and culture, basic human needs, the local environment, health and safety improvement, recreation and support for seniors and youth. Community non-profit organizations or government units who sponsor public projects that are located in Forest Area Federal Credit Union’s field of membership (portions of Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Wexford and Antrim counties) are eligible to apply.

SHORT’S STARTS CANNING OPERATION

Short’s Brewing Company of Elk Rapids is now packaging their beers and Starcut Ciders in cans for the first time. The initial can rollout this month includes beers from Short’s flagship lineup as well as a selection from their hard cider brand, Starcut Ciders.

According to Tyler Glaze, Short’s Quality Manager, “Cans are an excellent opportunity to get our beer into new places that glass cannot go.”

The four beers available in cans are Huma Lupa Licious, Soft Parade, Local’s Light, and Space Rock and semi-sweet hard cider Octorock.

NEW LOCATION, LOOK FOR LAW PRACTICE

360 Law has relocated to 502 Railroad Avenue in Traverse City. The firm, founded by Shawn Worden in 2010, is also marking its fifth anniversary with an updated look including a new brand logo.
Worden and attorney Kelli Claxton specialize in commercial litigation, criminal and licensure defense, personal injury litigation and business law.

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