TC Scoot

When Virginia Tegel read a Time Magazine article featuring kickbikes last March, she thought they looked cool and wanted to try one. So she called around and found no local bike shops that carried any. In fact, no one she spoke to had even heard...

Going the Distance

In the wee morning hours, when the sun has yet to burn off the fog along the bay, and at night, when moon and stars take their places in the northern skies, you see them on the road. Whether they're on foot or cycle, alone...

VIKRON Energy Solutions

Instead of becoming victims of the common corporate downsizing, co-workers Kathi Wagner and Jeff Weymouth decided they could put their 38 years of combined experience in the natural gas industry to good use by founding a company of their own. During the 15-month transition from...

Start-up of the Month: Infrared Roofing Technologies

Having been affiliated with each other in the roofing industry for eight years, Traverse area residents Len Simkins and Chris Lee got to talking about the success they found using thermography, the process of interpreting data captured by a thermal infrared camera. With a background...

The Almighty College Degree: What’s it worth these days?

REGION - Framed diplomas are staples of the office walls of doctors and lawyers. They reassure patients and clients that the recipients have dedicated years of their lives studying at prestigious institutions and are trained by top scholars to skillfully handle the most delicate and...

Start-up of the Month: Wiggle Wags

Ten years ago (that's 56 canine years) Chandra Peffers graduated from the Michigan School of Canine Cosmetology in Lansing, hoping to make a career of her life-long love of pets and newly acquired set of scissor skills. She has managed salons and worked for veterinarians,...

Start-up of the Month: Divine Designs

Dana Betchek fell in love with arts and crafts at age 11 when the self-described "paper addict" began crafting scrapbook pages. Her skills manipulating stickers, embellishments, ribbon and decorative paper have evolved from making personal memory books to creating one-of-a-kind greeting cards for others....

The New Power Lunch

REGION - The term "power lunch" may conjure images of suit-clad executives vying for career advancement over expensive noonday meals at exclusive eateries. But increasingly, local business people are redefining the lunch hour. They're incorporating a midday workout to power their bodies and minds through...