Serious Green: Utilities have given millions back to the region

You know them for electricity or natural gas. But local utilities give back big to the Grand Traverse region – more than $833,600 last year alone benefiting community and residents. In visible and not-so-visible ways Consumers Energy Co., DTE Energy Co., Cherryland Electric Cooperative and Traverse City...

Out on a Limb: Venture North helps budding entrepreneurs launch

[caption id="attachment_24619" align="alignleft" width="350"] Brothers Garret and Dakota Porter own 45th Parallel Lighting LLC, producer of ActionGlow LED sports kits.[/caption] Venture North isn't afraid of it. A quarter of its clients were under the age of 40 when they sought out financing help from Venture North or...

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...