July 2021 Issue
Bright Idea: From sustainable building to cannabis grow facility construction, Keen is seeing green
Call it what you want: hard work, dumb luck, the greatest called shot in recent Traverse City business history. No matter how you look at it, the story of Keen Technical Solutions is a fascinating one, full of big gambles, surprising left turns and evolution fast enough to keep up with the changing trends of a rapidly shifting industry.
For Tim Pulliam and Stephen Morse, who co-founded the company together back in the late 2000s, one of the secrets to Keen’s success is that they never defined specifically what the business was going to be.
Loosely, the foundational pitch was …
Book Review: A World Without Email
Reviewed by Chris Wendel
Those old enough to remember the early days of email may recall when the work days didn’t revolve around reacting to a back and forth volley of online messages. The original intention of email was to send written memos that expedited communication. Instead, email has morphed into something more pervasive which creates stress and deters us from creating our best. Today, emails, instant messaging, texting, and social media dominate and complicate …
Proposed Tax Increases: How to plan; what to do
Does anyone enjoy paying taxes?
We understand that some level of tax should be paid, but no one desires to pay more than necessary. This leads to much time and expense being spent in creating a strategy for tax minimization.
Despite the widely variable marginal tax rates that can make the news cycle, according to Congressional Budget Office data taxpayers' average historical tax rate is nearly half of the highest tax bracket in any given …
Making It in Northern Michigan: Anchor Lamina
With 150 employees, Anchor Lamina, an international producer of components for stamping dies, ranks as an important employer in Bellaire. So when the pandemic hit, General Manager Tom Davidson took quick action to keep it that way.
“We worked through the entire pandemic, only slowing down last summer,” Davidson said.
Davidson and his team met daily to adapt to the constant changes in those days, and formed small groups to communicate changes and what they could see …