July 2023 Issue
Grand Traverse Industries Celebrates 50 Years Of Making A Difference
Grand Traverse Industries (GTI), a local nonprofit dedicated to serving people with disabilities, is on the cusp of marking its 50th anniversary with growth-centered goals and a renewed vision for its five-year strategic plan.
GTI, which recently appointed Cindy Evans as its new executive director, also brought on Sue Brown in a new director of operations role.
This change in leadership signals a new era for the nonprofit, as it continues its mission of empowering and supporting its community by creating employment opportunities for disabled people in northern Michigan through staffing partnerships with local businesses and organizations.
Unlike traditional staffing …
Barnwood and Baked Goods: Two BIPOC business success stories
A rapidly growing business that reclaims and repurposes old barnwood. A new northern Michigan bakery that is bringing a surprising fusion of French and Asian flavors to Traverse City’s foodie scene.
These are just two of the companies that belong to Traverse City’s growing BIPOC business community. As northwest Lower Michigan becomes a more and more diverse place, that business community is growing, too – and bringing unique and innovative business ideas to the fore …
'Above and Beyond': Automotive, construction, restaurants and medical industries green up
It’s a dirty job, but local businesses are working to clean up their act.
Marathon Automotive on South Airport Road faces a number of ways in which it could pose a hazard to the environment: oil changes, old tires, and automotive waste from repairs.
Oil changes throw off an estimated 1.3 billion gallons of waste oil annually. Most repair shops are hamstrung by legalities in moving the oil off-site, says Marathon General Manager Rob …
Beauty Spot: Madison Malmstrom finds serenity running her own spa
Living under the stress of the Las Vegas sun and a fast-paced career in the fashion industry was destroying Madison Malmstrom’s skin. So, at the behest of her hair stylist, the 20-something booked a spa facial hoping for a little R&R and a fresh complexion.
What she wasn’t expecting though, was a totally fresh perspective.
“I fell in love with how much this person helped me with my skin and with giving me this space …
Do Good – And Do Well? The two sides of environmental, social and governance investing
Investors who want to do good while doing well with their money have long been able do so on a somewhat limited basis. But a relatively new type of fund has taken socially responsible investing to a higher level.
It’s called environmental, social and governance, or more commonly ESG. This …
The Grand Bargain: A compromise that's returned $1.3 billion to Michigan's people
As a recently appointed member to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) Board, I wanted to better understand the story behind it.
How did it come to be? How does it work? And why is it important?
It began 47 years ago with passage of the Kammer Recreational Land …
Employers, Take Notice: The NLRB attacks non-competes
In May, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel released a memo announcing that non-compete agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act (NRLA), and that employers using them may face unfair labor practice charges.
While this memo is not a statement or ruling of law itself, it does detail …
Workplace Inclusion: It's time to broaden your ideas and context
Inclusion is a practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources. The definition goes on, but we will stop there because access is for everyone and anyone.
Where does that take you in the process of addressing your human resource practices? Do you already have a diversity, …