April 2019 Issue
Women of Tech
Though they make up more than half of the U.S. workforce, women hold less than 20 percent of U.S. tech jobs, according to virtual events solutions company Evia.
Tech is just getting a toehold in northern Michigan and women in that field here say there is great opportunity for growth, but much remains to be done. “It’s hard. It’s a region where there isn’t a huge emphasis in technology, so there’s room for growth," said Margaret Fako, business architect for Interlochen Center for the Arts. "It’s an opportunity.”
Below, tech-minded women in and around northern Michigan chime in about the …
Munson's In-House Wood Shop Keeps Hospital Safe and Sound
In addition to its 442 beds, hundreds of physicians, and departments for everything from neonatal intensive care to cardiology, Munson Medical Center (MMC) also boasts something you might not know about: its own in-house wood shop.
Tucked away off the beaten path on the ground floor of MMC, the wood shop and its three carpenters may not be seen by most patients or hospital visitors. Still, their contributions are surely felt. When a remodel demands …
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
By Cal Newport
Portfolio Publishing, February 5, 2019; 304 pp.; hardcover, $15
Reviewed by Chris Wendel
In a nutshell: Steve Jobs intended for cell phones to be an enhancement to our work, not an addictive device that dominates our attention span. "Digital Minimalism” describes how this happened and what we can do next.
Who’s it for? Anyone required to produce quality work.
Author quote: “The tycoons of social media have to stop pretending that they’re …
Good Counsel: Women-owned Lakeview Counseling growing with need for more mental health services
Top: Barbara Cain, Jill Kimball, Laura Slaughter. Bottom: Janet Hughes, Darcy Britten, Michelle Newman.
Traverse City has won numerous accolades over the years as one of the most desirable places to live in America. But the Grand Traverse region’s beauty, its foodie culture and year-round recreational opportunities don’t insulate people from the stresses of life.
“People like to think it’s a dream to move to northern Michigan and they’ll live happily ever after. But then …
DOL Proposes to Increase Salary Threshold for OT Exemption ... Again
In March 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would increase the salary thresholds that “white collar” and “highly compensated” employees must be paid to qualify as exempt from overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Sound familiar? The DOL previously attempted to …
Accounting Steps Up: Three firms embrace tech, services to lure clients
Math nerds. Quiet, sit-in-a-corner types. Dull and boring. Accountants fight stereotypes like these and more. Or not. At the business school Golden Gate University, there’s pushback against such stereotypes.On its website, it says: “Think of an accountant like a FitBit® for management and investors. Accountants give a quick, easy-to-understand picture …
Local Legal Legends: Four longtime attorneys and what they make of the profession today
Pat Wilson was the 22nd attorney to join the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association when he started practicing law in Traverse City in 1963. John Blakeslee was the 25th in 1966. The roster was still low when Joe Fisher and George Bearup arrived in 1974. Today, there are close to 700 …
Taking Off: Traverse Stainless & Millwork enjoys booming airport construction business
Quitting a steady job to start your own business can be a risky move. But for David Bitely and Scott Neil, friends with decades of experience in woodworking and steel fabrication, leaving jobs they were dissatisfied with turned out to be a profitable decision.
Newark Liberty International Airport.
Building Up An Industry: More Women Wanted
Women in the construction and development industry – whether working at jobsites or running companies – are more prevalent than ever before. Still, the overall percentage is small in the male-dominated field. What do they have to say about that? The TCBN talked to four local women who have staked …
A New Day for TraverseCONNECT
Four years ago this month the Grand Traverse region’s efforts to shape its future in economic development took a quiet – but significant – turn through the creation of TraverseCONNECT. Now it’s time for the vision to become reality.
TraverseCONNECT was launched in April 2015 through the reorganization of the …
Construction by the Numbers
Is the construction industry healthy, or is it on the downward slide?
Right now, some experts are predicting that the United States could be heading toward another housing bubble. At the end of last summer, mortgage interest rates spiked and cooled demand, but didn’t curb high home prices. The …
What Some of the Best Leaders Have in Common
These are times of incredible change in the world and many of these changes are happening at an exponential rate. For some, that’s a good thing because they view change as an exciting opportunity. For many of us, though, change can bring feelings of uncertainty and concern.
In times like …