40Under40 – Where Are They Now?

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the 40Under40 recognition program, the TCBN checked in with a few past winners to see what they are up to now. Here are some updates: Linda Stephan 40 Under 40 honoree: 2010 Then: Reporter for Interlochen Public Radio Now:...

Newton’s Road to Expand Under Networks Northwest

Two years ago, advanced manufacturer RJG Inc., in partnership with local nonprofit Newton’s Road, announced plans to supply a few 3D printers to Traverse City Area Public Schools. The project – enabling students to create and produce solid objects from virtual computer designs, using problem-solving and...

Local Manufacturers Wary of Trump, Clinton Trade Talk

Local manufacturers generally are prospering in a national economy that has been expanding, albeit more slowly than many would like, for nearly seven years. Bank loans are easier to get, while demand for the region’s durable goods and agricultural products is rising. And manufacturing employment is...

Manufacturing Day Aims to Change Students’ Perceptions

Last year, Traverse City East Middle School assistant principal Marcus Mead took a group of eighth graders out of classrooms and into the plants of local manufacturers. It was an eye-opening experience for the students, Mead said, and one he expects will draw even greater participation...

Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

By Jeffrey Pfeffer Harper Business, September 2015 Hardcover $29.99, Ebook edition $14.99, 272 pages In a Nutshell: The dirty secret is that leaders of many U.S. companies are poor managers and the hype surrounding our leadership industry is mostly bunk. Who’s it for? Managers who need to improve their...

B-Corps and Benefit Corporations: Organizations for the 21st Century?

The concept of social enterprise is popular these days, with frequent talk of “for profits” seeking social good and “non profits” pursuing revenue generation. In accord with these trends, more than half of states now allow “benefit corporations,” or a hybrid for-profit legal entity whose...