40UNDER40: THE 2015 MOST INFLUENTIAL PROFESSIONALS UNDER 40

Meet this year's 40Under40 –  40 unique professionals from a wide range of industries with one thing in common: impact. They hold positions of leadership and influence at for-profits and nonprofits, spark the region's economy and give endless energy to community projects. After receiving more than...

Growing – And Keeping – Our Young Talent

Many things are grown in northern Michigan – cherries, grapes, apples, trees, row crops, flowers – the list goes on. Some of these goods are exported across the state and beyond and account for a significant portion of the regional economy. But there’s one homegrown product...

The Money Media: Assets on the Airwaves

While the finance industry was called out earlier this year for its insufficient presence in social media, two local companies are doing quite well, thanks, in part to the traditional media presence of the principals. Dennis Prout of Prout Financial Design and Michael Reese of Centennial...

LEADS: Info To Help Build Your Business

BENZIE COUNTY BIZARRE HYDROGRAPHICS, 8935 Red Pine Dr, Lake Ann, Cory Paquette BOB’S CLEANING AND MAT SERVICE, 10761 Riverside Dr, Honor, Robert M. Theobald BROTHERS CONCRETE, 19880 Cedar Run Road, TC, Jacob Therrien C&M ROCK SHOP, 13236 Honor Hwy, US31, Beulah, Shirley M. Mueller, Bruce E. Mueller COTTAGE GARDEN GREENHOUSE,...

Book Review: Do The KIND Thing

Do the KIND Thing Boundlessly, Work Purposely, Live Passionately By Daniel Lubetzky Ballantine Books, 2015 Hardcover $26, E-read $14, Audio $11 In a Nutshell – Hidden inside this unique autobiography is the recipe for building a major food company from scratch. Who’s it for? – Business owners, aspiring social...

The Robot Generation: Faster, Better, Stronger

Robotics has come a long way, from the anthropomorphic designs popular in science fiction (think C-3PO from Star Wars or the robot in Lost in Space) to today’s various industrial processes. And while the robots used in manufacturing may not suggest a humanoid shape, their...

Manufacturing Roundtable

Northern Michigan manufacturing is going through some growing pains – in a good way. Business is up, jobs are on the rise, and moods are high. At the same time, a shortage of skilled labor, a retirement bubble and limited training opportunities are challenging the...

Newsmakers: People On The Move

CONSTRUCTION/ENGINEERING Dan O’Brien has joined the staff of Burdco Incorporated as a design/build project manager. His experience includes seven years in the Chicago construction market, focusing on medical and education projects. He also brings knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Lean Construction implementation with him...

Airline Profitability Flying High, But Revenues Down

Summer travel is slowing down, the leaves are already beginning to change colors, and the kids are heading back to school. With the change of season, much of our TVC airport travel focus is on business travel or Spring Break getaway 2016. It is also a...

Manufacturing A Workforce: $20 Million In Training Dollars

A $20 million pot of state grants to help manufacturers and other industries train workers in needed skills is opening up October 1. Terry Berden, CEO of Great Lakes Stainless in Traverse City, knows its value. The Traverse City fabricating company was awarded $10,500 in a previous...