April 2018 Issue
Cash Cow: Medical marijuana's potential revenue lures municipalities
Since the passage of Michigan’s new law providing for the lawful operation and licensing of commercial medical marijuana facilities, communities across the state have been debating if they want the cannabis industry in their town. Although there is wide support among Michigan residents for the lawful use of medical marijuana, municipalities have been slow to reflect the prevailing zeitgeist. Meanwhile, retailers, growers, processors and transporters are eagerly waiting to meet the demand of more than 200,000 medical marijuana patients throughout the state.
Should Medical Marijuana Businesses Be Allowed in your Town?
Under the new law, a medical marijuana facility may …
Insurers Shake It Up: Rebrands, expansions and moves redefine image for local agencies
The insurance world has gotten exciting in Traverse City.
New offices, rebranding and expansion into niche markets are just a few ways local agencies are trying to stay relevant and serve their clients more effectively.
What’s new exactly? We asked five area agencies; here’s what they said:
Bonek AgencyThe Agency: Located in Suttons Bay, Bonek Agency has a legacy that dates to 1934. Today, the agency provides a range of personal and commercial coverage …
Book review: "When: The Scientific Secrets of Good Timing"
by Daniel Pink
Published January 2018; Riverhead Books; 268 pages
Hardcover $20; softcover $18; ebook $15; audiobook $22
In a nutshell: When answering the great questions of our lives, we gravitate toward the word why. Bestselling author Daniel Pink instead shows that when things happen has a lot to do with how life works out.
Who’s it for? General audiences. Those with busy work schedules trying to find more quality time.
Writer Daniel Pink has …
New Owners Dig Molon Excavating
New owners Mark Steckly and Scott Porter.
From their Central High School days as best friends, Mark Steckley and Scott Porter have come a long way.
“If I’d go in a restaurant without Mark, people would say, “‘Hey, where’s your brother?’" said Porter, the new co-owner of Molon Excavating with Steckly. "Even now, my kids call him Uncle Mark.”
After years of working in different industries, the two friends came together in 2017 to buy …
A Manufacturer Where Women Run the Show
The Plascon crew (front): Kate and Laura (back): Denise, Jeff and Monique.
In a field where men traditionally dominate, it's the women who rule at Plascon Group.
Until a few months ago, the specialty plastic packaging company was led by founder David Peterson, who recently stepped into his new …
TC in 3D: How J. Scott Smith became a go-to partner for architects, builders and developers
Smith's rendering of Tom McIntyre's Peninsula Place condominium project.
Before he was a go-to partner for architects, engineers, builders and property developers, J. Scott Smith was a kid growing up in Traverse City.
Now, Smith helps people see the potential future of his hometown through detailed, 3D renderings of …
The Women of Downtown: A definitive look at some of the women shaping Traverse City's downtown into the envy of cities across the state
Women are a force to be reckoned with in downtown Traverse City.
Last month, Jean Derenzy took over the reins as CEO of Traverse City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA), joining a cadre of female leaders. In her role, Derenzy will work with about 200 retail and restaurant businesses operating in …
Best – and Worst – of Times: Contractors talk about high demand, rising prices
Business is booming for local builders, plumbers, electricians and other subcontractors — to the point that many say they regularly turn down work.
The number of residential building permits issued in Grand Traverse County has nearly tripled since the Great Recession, from 164 in 2009 to 450 in 2016, according …
Making It In Northern Michigan: New Long Lake Culinary Campus Combines Capitalism, Community
Chip Hoagland is a character.
The website for his company, Tamarack Holdings, makes that clear: Artsy portraits of the company’s staff set an entertaining tone for a company that calls itself a "... assionate group of professionals leading our family of businesses to successfully reimagine the food and beverage business, …
Administering Your Family’s Estate: A Blessing or a Curse?
You struggle to keep your composure as you arrive at the attorney’s office. You remember being seated in a dark conference room, lined with books – lots of books. You remember the attorney’s strong handshake and his empathetic gaze. You remember sipping on a cup of mediocre coffee. You remember …
The Never-ending Campaign Season
Here at the Chamber, we think a lot about when people start paying attention to an upcoming election cycle. As political campaigns and issues become increasingly associated with information overload that can generate skepticism and even indifference among voters, the old adage that “timing is everything” seems as relevant as …