February 2018 Issue
A Quest for More: Lab services provider posts steady growth
One of the key components of an annual physical exam is a run-of-the-mill blood test.
Once the blood is drawn, things aren't so cut and dried: There’s a complex system operated by a huge corporation that ensures quality results overnight or even sooner.
Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, serves the northwest lower peninsula with locations in Traverse City, Gaylord, Petoskey and Cadillac. With annual revenues of $7.5 billion and 43,000 employees, the company annually serves one in three adults and half of the physicians and hospitals across the country.
Every year, it provides thousands of …
Starving for Workers: TC's rep as a foodie town in a tight labor market has restaurateurs scrambling for help
As the tourists flood in, employee payroll swells at local restaurants every summer.
But recent seasons have been challenging for restaurant owners in the current tight labor market. Finding – and keeping – the young people who traditionally hold these jobs has gotten more difficult, they say.
So what's a foodie town to do in a seasonal hiring labor crunch? Here is how a handful of Traverse City restaurants owners and managers say they are …
Harassment 2018: Do You Have a Plan?
It’s been 20 years since the 1998 Supreme Court rulings that held employers are liable, not only for gender discrimination, but also for sexual harassment. Lately though, things have shifted in the United States. Employees are taking action about unacceptable and unlawful harassment. Law firms report huge increases in the number of sexual harassment inquiries. In fact, our firm has seen a sharp increase in the number of harassment complaints we have been hired to …
Does Tax Reform Spell a Happy New Year for Your Business?
In the past couple weeks, much ink has been spilled over the contents and ramifications of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, also known as the Trump Tax Cuts, passed in a twinkling before the Christmas holiday. The bill is perhaps the most radical reform of the tax code in decades, but flew through the legislative process with relatively little debate, and even less exposition to the American people. President Trump and House Speaker …
Back to the Future: Trains to the transportation rescue
Cars without drivers are part of the major shift taking place in how people and goods move around. Soon, planners say, a network of regional transit options – including autonomous vehicles, car-share, ride-share, bike-share, private shuttle services, public transportation and city-to-city passenger rail – will efficiently get people where they …
Education Commitment Needed at All Levels
by Doug Luciani
Consensus is a simple concept but a difficult one to achieve. One topic most agree on, however, is the importance of a good education for our learners of all ages to keep our region, state and country competitive – even relevant – in a rapidly evolving economy.…
Can Ridesharing Thrive in TC, Given the City's Seasonal Population Swings?
Until recently, vacationers from urban areas still had to smile and dial for a cab when they came to Traverse City.
Then last spring, ridesharing service TransportHer launched here to serve women, minors, and seniors.
Founded by Larry Russell and his daughter Carly Russell, TransportHer was designed to keep vulnerable …
Pure Michigan Governor's Conference to Focus on Diversity
When the single-largest gathering of Michigan’s tourism industry convenes March 27-29 in Grand Rapids, it will be more than an opportunity to network and sharpen knowledge.
The Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism will shed light on diversity – a topic top-of-mind throughout business and society. And in hospitality and …
Meet, Greet, Eat and Sleep: A snapshot of the region's convention- and business-friendly event venues
The Grand Traverse region offers a broad menu of convention, meeting and retreat options to match business needs in all shapes and sizes. Here’s a snapshot of what's notable and what's new at the region’s top venues:
Black Star Farms, Suttons Bayblackstarfarms.comBlack Star Farms sits on 160 rolling acres of …
"Janesville: An American Story"
by Amy Goldstein
Published April 2017, Simon & Schuster, 369 pages
Hardcover $27, softcover $10, ebook edition $12
In a nutshell: In an all too familiar refrain, a Midwestern town struggles to find itself after losing its major employer.
Who’s it for? General audiences; those involved in economic or workforce …