School’s In: Employee learning at Hagerty U keeps the engines running

[caption id="attachment_22650" align="alignleft" width="252"] Howard[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22651" align="alignleft" width="229"] Hogan[/caption] Aaron Howard didn’t used to consider himself a car guy. But after about two and a half years working at classic vehicle insurer Hagerty and tapping a unique offering of in-house classes, he’s learned a lot professionally and...

Petoskey Wine Region Debuts

From his post as president of the newly named Petoskey Wine Region, Dustin Stabile sees wineries working together and aiming higher. “We’re trying to turn this into a destination, where people are making plans to come to Petoskey … we want them coming here to Petoskey...

Can Do: Wineries tap into canning for consumer convenience

Just in time for summer, Leelanau Cellars and Chateau Chantal are tapping in to a new market: wines in a can. Leelanau’s three canned varieties – sparkling red, white and rosé – and Chateau Chantal’s bubbly cherry and bubbly white canned wines step into a trend...

Sweat Equity: Local companies put grants toward employee wellness

[caption id="attachment_20764" align="alignleft" width="550"] TentCraft used a 2016 grant to help buy paddle boards, kayaks and snowshoes for employees to use.[/caption] Walking paths, fat tire bikes, yoga, kayaks and stand up paddle boards aren't just popular for leisure. Employers are now tapping into these activities and more...

Governor’s Conference on Tourism Lands in TC

Michigan’s premier tourism industry conference lands in Traverse City next month, bringing with it ideas, innovation and the latest travel intelligence. “Hospitality Reimagined” is this year's theme for the annual Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Speakers and sessions are...

NMC Offerings a ‘Gateway’ for 50-plus Learners

Tom Obrecht loves to learn. The retired steel executive is among hundreds of older students who fill seats in extended education classes offered by Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) – informal, diverse lifelong learning opportunities targeting many ages, including 50-and-up working people and retirees and also younger...

More Perks and New Name for Popular State Training Fund

A popular state program that’s brought millions in worker training dollars to the Grand Traverse region is getting some business-friendly tweaks. The changes – and a new name – are coming to the Michigan Skilled Trades Training Fund, an initiative that wins praise in many corners. “This...