December 2015 Issue
Newsmakers: People On The Move
Bill Golden, co-president of Golden Shoes in downtown Traverse City, has been re-elected to the Michigan Retailers Services, Inc. (MRS) Board of Directors. He was first named to the board in 2012 and has been re-elected annually. MRS is the wholly owned subsidiary of Michigan Retailers Association that provides business services to the association’s nearly 5,000 members.
Steve Kershner, director of snowsports at Shanty Creek Resorts, has been re-elected to a tenth, two-year term on the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association, which is comprised of representatives of ski areas, ski shops, sales representatives, and associate members in the snowsports industry. …
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BEAUTY BAR OPENS
Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center has announced the business launch and opening of Traverse Beauty Bar, a beauty and brow studio at the corner of East Front and Park streets in downtown Traverse City.This sister location provides brow sculpting and brow tinting, men’s and women’s facial service offerings, full body waxing, and retail medical grade skincare product lines with professional advisement. traversebeautybar.com; 231.346.8222.
TC MANPOWER RELOCATES
Manpower, a provider of workforce solutions, …
All Under One (Big) Roof
Less than two years after the ceremonial shovels hit the ground, the state-of-the-art Cowell Family Cancer Center is readying to welcome its first patients in Traverse City by mid-winter.
A cancer center – with all diagnostic and treatment services in one location – had long been identified a top priority for the region by health care professionals. While Munson has been recognized for top-notch care for cancer, the scattered services were much less than ideal. …
Making It In Northern Michigan: Grand Traverse Industries
By Al Parker
Grand Traverse Industries, a 41-year-old Traverse City business that provides employment, training and services to persons with disabilities, is now producing an item that improves the smile of forgetful travelers.
The Smilesaver disposable toothbrush comes loaded with a dose of minty toothpaste right in the handle. The user simply pushes both ends of the toothbrush together, forcing the paste up onto the bristles. It can be used at the office, in the …
Paging iNDIGO Partners – How one of the largest private hospitalist groups in the nation is saving rural health care
The symptoms of a small, failing hospital are instantly recognizable: chronic empty beds, a beleaguered staff and a bottom line that bleeds red. But rather than closing the doors, is there a way to treat – and perhaps cure – these ailing facilities?
One prescription that is finding substantial success …
Credit Union Mergers on the Rise
Members Credit Union in Traverse City and Bay Winds Federal Credit Union in Charlevoix were itching to expand. Members Credit Union was eyeing new business in the Petoskey area while Bay Winds wanted a presence in the booming Grand Traverse region.
Each was allowed to march into those areas under …
The Liability of Ignoring Cyber Crime: What can you do to protect your company?
As commerce moves increasingly online, the criminal class is also redirecting their malicious efforts toward the digital sphere.
According to the “2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study: United States” conducted by the Traverse City-based Ponemon Institute, the U.S. has seen an 82 percent increase in cyber crime in just over …
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 Carl Levin.
It is …