December 2021 Issue
The Background Players: Meet the consultants who are helping drive Traverse City's nonprofits
Executive directors, board members, employees, volunteers, and donors: Those five groups are what most people think of when they envision the key cogs behind America’s more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations.
But what about the people working behind the scenes – the people who aren’t listed on org websites or donor thank-you lists, but whose contributions provide undeniable value to nonprofits?
Nonprofit consultants contribute their knowledge, skills and work to help nonprofits grow and thrive, but rarely get much time in the limelight themselves. From board governance, to strategic planning, to government compliance and relations, these experts are often there …
Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust & Connection, No Matter the Distance
Digital Body Language
How to Build Trust & Connection, No Matter the Distance
By Erica Dhawan
Reviewed by Chris Wendel
As the effects of the COVID pandemic continue to reshape the way we work, the means for communicating with co-workers and customers have been altered. Communicating is challenging without in-person meetings, especially when email and texting styles differ.
Fortunately, “Digital Body Language” addresses new situations that many of us find ourselves in at work. Written …
Traverse Stainless & Millwork: Making It in Northern Michigan
Including its two co-owners, Traverse Stainless & Millwork normally has a workforce of just seven people. But the company carries some real weight nationally in a lucrative niche market. Ninety percent of its work involves building, then installing interiors for airport restaurants, stores, bars and passenger lounges.
Delta Sky Lounge
The company has worked in major airports up and down the East Coast, but its high-profile remodeling work at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport …
Empty Pipeline: Financial advisory firms struggle to attract young talent as industry veterans retire
Holly Gallagher started looking to add an adviser to her small financial planning firm about six years ago. She finally found one earlier this year.
“It hasn’t been easy,” said Gallagher, founder and president of Horizon Financial in Traverse City. “First, you need to be clear about what kind of adviser you are looking for – a rainmaker or a support adviser.
"Finally – and perhaps most importantly – there has to be a …
Interest rates, inventory and home values in the New Year
By every metric, 2021 was a whirlwind year for real estate and mortgage lending. Of course, if you live in northern Michigan, you probably already knew that.
Our local housing market has rarely been hotter. You didn’t have to go far this year to hear tales of bidding wars, homes …