January 2024 Issue
What to Watch: What will make headlines in 2024
It’s January and that means it’s time for the TCBN’s list of happenings in and around Traverse City as we head into the New Year. Here are previews of the people, products, places, and policies that business owners and influentials should be watching in 2024, ranging from the massive Grandview Parkway reconstruction to the plan to develop the region into a freshwater research epicenter to pending elections, and much more.
Traverse City is no stranger to gridlock. In the past five years alone, summer traffic patterns in and around town have been disrupted by downtown bridge replacements, a complete …
The STEM Surge: How leaders are addressing education gaps
TCAPS students will have more hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education opportunities at the end of 2024 – that’s when their brand-new Manufacturing and Innovation Centers are slated for completion on the West Senior High and Central High campuses. The facilities are a response to the growing need for not only STEM-skilled students but a STEM-skilled workforce.
Each 7,000 square-foot building will offer students the space to expand their knowledge in areas like …
Strategizing Success: The power of planning and KPIs in northern Michigan's business landscape
With nearly 900,000 small businesses in Michigan employing nearly half of its workforce, their success is critical to growing our local communities.
During the pandemic, small business growth surged in our state. These businesses, like all new businesses, are subject to the same forces that all small businesses face – half of them will fail in the first five years. With this sobering knowledge, why then, if businesses with a formal business plan are 2X …
High Tech: Local tech leaders talk artificial intelligence, remote work and more
Technology is often at the center of the news cycle, with plenty of attention paid to devices, services or innovations that are destined to change our lives for the better.
But what if it’s also the thing that’s going to end humanity as we know it?
Such is the current debate with artificial intelligence, arguably the hottest tech talking point in recent months. And while the jury’s still out on the existential threat (or lack …
BANKING & FINANCE
Deann Jennings, operations manager for Prout Financial Design in Traverse City, recently passed her life & health insurance exam.
Abigail Bobbitt has joined Munson Healthcare Great Lakes Plastic Surgery & Skin Care in Traverse City as a physician assistant. She brings a background in plastic …