November 2022 Issue
The Innovators: 12 professionals changing the game in northern Michigan
Defined in the simplest terms, to “innovate” is to make change. An innovator, then, can take on many different forms – from an inventor or pioneer introducing a game-changing product, concept, or idea to the world for the first time, to an outside-the-box thinker trying something familiar in a way that no one else has quite thought of before.
Take a look around Traverse City and you will see innovators everywhere – and not just in the region’s burgeoning tech scene. In 2022, there are innovators in northern Michigan who are changing the game in healthcare, education, energy, humanitarian efforts, …
Stolen Focus: Why You Can’t Pay Attention – And How to Think Deeply Again
By Johann Hari
Reviewed by Chris Wendel
Recently there’s been a number of books written related to time management and the challenges we face from technology diverting our attention spans. The books “Deep Work” and “A World Without Email” by Cal Newport and “Love + Work” by Marcus Buckingham take on ways to stifle outside digital forces in order to zone in on the work in our lives that matters.
Published earlier this year, “Stolen …
Jagged Little Pill: Turbulence in prescription industry and Medicare Part D
It's hard not to become skeptical regarding the true cost of prescription drugs because it’s difficult to understand why they became so costly in the first place.
Complex interactions within the pharmaceutical supply chain blurs the math as rebates, discounts and governmental reforms perpetually fan the flames of confusion. Meanwhile, consumers continue to pay the ultimate price for their lifesaving medications.
How does this happen? Let's take a look at the process:
Manufacturers manage the …
Epic Engineering: Meet three small engineering firms in Traverse City taking on big projects
A year ago, the TCBN got an inside look at five leading engineering firms from throughout the Traverse City area. From housing developments to oil spill cleanups, the work those companies were doing made it clear that Traverse City’s engineering sector was having a substantial impact not just on northern Michigan, but abroad.
This month, we spent time with another trio of local engineering businesses: Machin Engineering, Novum Automation and Trison Engineering. Read on to …