July 2019 Issue
Beyond the Beach: Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet counties report new development and expansions
From Elk Rapids to Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs, the business climate looks pretty rosy up north. The anticipation of a busy summer – potentially the busiest ever, according to some – along with a strong economy bodes well for private and nonprofit businesses.
For starters, the area is home to two businesses named to the 50 Companies to Watch by Michigan Celebrates Small Business: Beards Brewery of Petoskey and Industrial Magnetics, Inc. of Boyne City. Ben Slocum, co-owner and co-founder of Beards, said the brewery isn’t resting on its laurels, gearing up for summer with a couple new beers, …
Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (and how to fix it)
By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
Harvard Business Review Press, March 12, 2019
240 pages, Harvard Business Review Press, Hardcover: $25, E-book: $15
Reviewed by Chris Wendel
In a nutshell: The number of leaders in business and politics far outnumbers women. Author and authority on talent management Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic explains how many of our male leaders are placed in leadership roles for the wrong reasons and how we can remedy the situation.
Who’s it for? This topic …
Health is Wealth: Employers get creative with health benefits to attract talent
Group health insurance is getting more commonplace – and more complicated – for northern Michigan employers.
According to Kim Boyer, who handles group health plans for Traverse City’s Ford Insurance, low unemployment rates and high competition for top talent have pushed some small businesses in the area to start offering group health insurance for the first time.
“With lots of competition for good employees, businesses are finding that they have to offer health insurance …
On the Case: Local attorneys face big cases this year
Sleepy northern Michigan is a misnomer when it comes to the courtroom. Cases involving OxyContin, Roundup, and controversial downstate attorney Geoffrey Fieger all have local connections, some with potentially big legal consequences.
The rise of high-profile cases could be linked to a sea change of the local legal scene, said attorney Tim Smith.Smith moved to Traverse City in 1995 and since that time, he says has seen the area move from general legal expertise into …
Healing Juggernaut: Munson Healthcare tackles integration across its nine hospitals
Munson Healthcare wants to set a shining example for what rural healthcare can look like.
The healthcare system, which includes nine hospitals throughout northern Michigan, is currently in the midst of a major integration campaign. The integration will touch everything from IT to marketing, with the goal of improving care …
Ticket to Ride: New customized bus makes round trips to Detroit, Chicago
Anyone who wants to get to Detroit or Chicago without flying or driving now has another option.
Lake Michigan Express, a new Traverse City-based company, began offering thrice-weekly bus service in late June to those cities via a comfortable 15-passenger customized Mercedes-Benz Sprinter bus.
“We’ve been planning this for a …
Over and Out: Strife splits Emmet County from Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties are increasingly being viewed as attractive places to do business, pulling in nearly $450 million in new private-sector investment in the past five years.
In spite of the rosy financial outlook, there have been spots of dissent, most notably from Emmet County. A recent decision …
Petoskey Wine Region Debuts
From his post as president of the newly named Petoskey Wine Region, Dustin Stabile sees wineries working together and aiming higher.
“We’re trying to turn this into a destination, where people are making plans to come to Petoskey … we want them coming here to Petoskey for the wineries,” said …
Measuring Our Community’s Success
“Measurables” are important things in today’s world. Whether applied in professional or personal settings, it’s critical to have access to reliable, fact-based data to help make informed decisions going forward.
If your goal is to improve your health and fitness, it’s important to know measurables such as your body weight …
Consider This: Philosophy for Your Everyday Life
Jordan Lindberg, a Traverse City native, has grown eFulfillment Service into a very successful regional e-commerce company. You can’t compete with Amazon, but eFulfillment Service does. Did degrees in engineering, computer science, math and an MBA power Jordan to this success? No.
How about a Ph.D. in philosophy?
“Yes sir," …
GoSili Expands With Evenflo Joint Venture
Sometimes entrepreneurship grows out of a person’s desire to better the world. For Stacey Feeley, it was just about being a better mom.
When she found out that some plastic baby bottles were leaching a potentially toxic chemical (bisphenol A, or BPA) into the contents of the bottles, she was …