November 2019 Issue
All in the Family: Area businesses continue to thrive through generations
You can choose your friends and your employees, but you can’t choose your family. Yet often the best employees you can choose are family. Several area businesses have been launched and passed down to the next generation. The following are profiles of a few local businesses who keep it all in the family.
Julie, Beth and Jeff outside the downtown TC store in 2015.
MINER'S NORTH JEWELERS
The beginning: Owner Jeff Guntzviller’s parents Beth and Wayne Guntzviller opened Miner's North Jewelers as a rock and bead shop in 1975. It actually followed Miner's Den Jewelers in the Detroit area, which …
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About People We Don’t Know
By Malcom Gladwell
Little, Brown, and Company: (September 19, 2016)
400 pages; hardcover $30; e-read version $16; audio version $15
Reviewed by Chris Wendel
In a nutshell: In his latest book, writer Malcom Gladwell combines social science with his unique storytelling to explain why all of us are poor at assessing people we don’t know.
Who’s it for: General audiences
Author’s quote: “The right way to talk to strangers is with caution and humility.”
Hospital's Largest-Ever Expansion on Schedule: MMC's $80M expansion includes family birth center; surgical, heart and cancer projects
Munson Medical Center's $80 million expansion remains on schedule.
The hospital's largest-ever expansion features the $36 million Family Birth and Children's Center (FBC), which will stretch across Sixth Street between the main hospital and the Cowell Family Cancer Center. To accommodate the new center, Sixth Street will be removed between Beaumont Place and Madison Street and routed approximately 200 feet to the north.
“We have to do some re-routing of utilities that set us back …
Northern Michigan solar companies navigate a changing industry
Is solar power the future of electricity generation? Or is it a costly fad unlikely to yield true return on investment for consumers?
The answer, it proves, is more difficult to come by than most might realize. On the one hand, most metrics show that solar power is on the rise. According to statistics from the Department of Energy, the United States generated 96.1 million megawatt hours of solar power in 2018 alone – a …
Flight Path: Cherryland, Consumers use drones in hard-to-access areas
The use of drones by northern Michigan public utilities is taking off.
“We have two now and would like to add one or two more over the next year,” said Frank Siepker, engineering and operations manager at Cherryland Electric Cooperative. “They're especially useful in the difficult-to-access areas.”
And the co-op, …
#MeToo: A new perspective on harassment investigations
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, there has been a surge in the number of sexual harassment charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
In October 2019, the EEOC reported its fiscal year 2018 statistics showing that sexual harassment charge filings increased by 13.6% over the previous …
Meet the President: New Munson Medical Center leader on what drew him to the job and what he brings to the table
Matt Wille was named the new president and CEO of Munson Medical Center in September, replacing the role held by Al Pilong, who left for a position at a Virginia health system. It's a big job by any measure – but one Wille says he’s qualified and prepared to handle. …
Oil Change: Paul Schmuckal reflects on recent sale of his family's 64-year-old company
When Schmuckal Oil Company was sold in August to Ohio-based True North Energy LLC, it marked the end of a well-known Traverse City business that Art Schmuckal and George Slane started 64 years ago with little more than a contract to sell home heating oil.
“They had no customers, just …
Let’s Put Tourism Dollars to Work for the Long Term
Tourism is here to stay, and the yearly number of visitors to our area continues to climb. It’s no wonder. Those of us who live here year round know the value of what tourists come for: thriving towns, culture and recreation, beautiful land and fresh water. But with greater numbers …
Crisis Intervention: Grants fund new opioid treatment options at Munson Healthcare
Thanks to a series of grants received by Munson Healthcare over the past year, northern Michigan will soon have a new set of options available for individuals struggling with opioid abuse and addiction.
The first grant comes from the Michigan Opioid Partnership, a new public-private collaborative whose members include …
Defending Our Unique Business Environment: Legislative advocacy is key to future growth
Leadership takes many forms. When strife and lack of cooperation are present at the local, state and national government levels, public policy leadership is crucial.
The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has served as the voice and public sector advocate for the business community and institutional employers for more …