Flight Path: Cherryland, Consumers use drones in hard-to-access areas

The use of drones by northern Michigan public utilities is taking off. “We have two now and would like to add one or two more over the next year,” said Frank Siepker, engineering and operations manager at Cherryland Electric Cooperative. “They're especially useful in the difficult-to-access...

Ticket to Ride: New customized bus makes round trips to Detroit, Chicago

Anyone who wants to get to Detroit or Chicago without flying or driving now has another option. Lake Michigan Express, a new Traverse City-based company, began offering thrice-weekly bus service in late June to those cities via a comfortable 15-passenger customized Mercedes-Benz Sprinter bus. “We’ve been planning...

The ‘Sweet Spot’: GCA riding wave of mergers, acquisitions

Selling a home is fairly straightforward. Selling a business is anything but. Confidentiality marks the latter, says Curtis Kuttnauer, co-owner of Golden Circle Advisors (GCA), a Traverse City business brokerage that has helped several owners across Michigan sell their small- to-mid-sized businesses since GCA was founded...

A Quest for More: Lab services provider posts steady growth

One of the key components of an annual physical exam is a run-of-the-mill blood test. Once the blood is drawn, things aren't so cut and dried: There’s a complex system operated by a huge corporation that ensures quality results overnight or even sooner. Quest Diagnostics, the world’s...

When Disaster Strikes, Call These Guys

From their headquarters on Seeley Road just north of the village of Kalkaska, C.C. Power Electrical Contracting dispatched 100 men, bucket trucks and other equipment to Florida in early September. They were there to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful...