September 2021 Issue
40Under40: Forty of the region's best and brightest under 40
Following is TCBN's 15th annual list of the 40 most influential regional leaders under age 40.
This list recognizes individuals in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie and Kalkaska counties under the age of 40 whose professional and community efforts during this past year had the most impact on their community, the region and the economy.
The 2021 class is comprised of 24 women and 16 men, and more than half are new to the list. Who inspires these rising stars professionally, what is their next big thing and what does their biggest fan have to say about them?
A panel of …
Making It in Northern Michigan: Alfie Logo Gear
Bonnie Alfonso sees a higher purpose in branding – one that goes beyond simply maximizing sales.
“It generates pride and connection,” said Alfonso, president of Traverse City-based Alfie Logo Gear, which opened its doors in 1990.
Feeling connected as part of a larger purpose keeps employees engaged in their work. Logo gear is one of the ways to foster that connection, Alfonso says.
“When so many people are working from home, the question is how …
The Pandemic Effect on Employer Sponsored Benefits: Lessons and trends employers should consider as they move forward
Prior to the pandemic, newer generations entering the workforce already understood the financial security available to the previous generations likely wouldn't be there for them. Add in a pandemic like the one we’ve experienced for the last 15 months and all employees are now turning to and measuring their employers based on what they're willing to do to address these concerns within their employer-sponsored benefit package.
Here are three immediate employee benefit trends all employers …
The 2021 TCBN Local Manufacturing Survey
What do laser components, automation robotics, screen protectors, medical devices, and aerospace parts have in common? They’re all on the list of the many products that are manufactured right here in northern Michigan.
The service industry may be the most visible driver of the northern Michigan economy, but manufacturing is the hidden engine. According to data from the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council (GTAMC), manufacturing jobs account for 16.7% of the workforce in Grand Traverse …