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TC RESIDENT NAMED ‘YOUNG LEADER’
Amy Shamroe was recently awarded the Michigan Young Leader Award by the Michigan American Association of University Women (AAUW) for her contributions in raising awareness of women’s equality issues in the Traverse City area.
She co-developed and executed a LeaderHERship seminar that featured women who had held public office in northern Michigan, to inform young women about future opportunities in public service. She also was elected to the Traverse City Commission in 2015, serves on the Friends of the Traverse Area District Library board and is president of the Traverse City AAUW chapter.
PETERSON MCGREGOR RECOGNIZED
Peterson McGregor & Associates in Traverse City has been awarded the President’s Club award from the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America. President’s Club agents stand out among their peers because of their unwavering commitment to helping the company grow and prosper as an organization.
MUNSON LAB SERVICES RECOGNIZED
Munson Medical Center Laboratory Services was recently recognized with four out of five stars by Professional Research Consultants for its physician engagement.
The rating is based on the percentage of physicians who rated the laboratory as “excellent” during a recent physician engagement survey. The award means the laboratory scored in the 75th to 89th percentile of the firm’s database.
Professional Research Consultants is a market research firm dedicated solely to the health care industry and is a certified vendor for government-mandated surveys.
RIGHT TREE NONPROFIT RECEIVES AWARDS
The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation recently awarded a FOCUS Grant to Right Tree, an Elk Rapids-based charity committed to helping girls discover their worth and their future.
The grant will support Right Tree Summer Adventures, which uses outdoor recreation and adventure programming to provide challenging settings and experiences where girls in grades 6-8 can share, discuss, and address important issues in their lives.
Also, the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids recently awarded Right Tree a $2,500 grant through its Good Works committee. The grant is specifically for the purchase of equipment for Right Tree Adventure Rentals, a fundraising arm of Right Tree, which makes outdoor recreation equipment available to the public on a donation basis. All donations flow back through Right Tree’s programs to improve the lives of girls.
HEALTH CLUB STARTS COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Club One in Traverse City has launched a program designed to help community members cope with life’s challenges. The program allows participants to “work it out” in a safe, non-judgmental environment while building a community with others facing similar challenges.
Its inaugural program, Loss and Grief, was sponsored by East Bay Family Dentistry. The series consisted of 12 different sessions divided into a variety of fitness classes from yoga to cycling.
The program is offered to participants at little or no cost and all participants are referred through local agencies and support groups. Local businesses can partner with Club One to sponsor an upcoming series and help to eliminate any financial barriers that would prevent individuals from participating in this program. Some of the upcoming series are Caregiver Series, Couples & Partnership, Single Parents, and Parents of Specials Needs. For information on sponsorships, contact Holly at Holly@clubonetc.com.
LOCAL WINE SUPPORTS DNR EFFORTS
Chateau Grand Traverse Winery (CGT) has made a donation of $10,000 to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to replace diseased trees in Michigan state parks. The donation is the first in a three-year partnership between the winery and the DNR.
Last year, Chateau Grand Traverse introduced the “The Wines of the Great Outdoors” series in partnership with the DNR, with a portion of all proceeds committed to support Michigan’s parks, trails, and waterways. CGT has been selling three wines in the outdoors series across Michigan and is sharing approximately 50 percent of the net profits from the sales with the DNR.
The three outdoors-themed wines – named Woods, Waters, and Picnic – can be found in stores throughout the state, as well as in the Chateau Grand Traverse Tasting Room and online store: store.cgtwines.com.
WMU UPGRADES TC LOCATION
Western Michigan University’s Traverse City regional location in the Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) University Center recently underwent a $50,000 renovation.
Renovations included cosmetic and technical updates to the WMU-Traverse City offices. The classrooms and computer lab WMU-Traverse City staff and students utilize are maintained by NMC, which allowed for WMU to modernize the offices and help create an efficient, comfortable work environment. The space will serve as an area where students can meet readily with faculty and staff for advising and program support.
PHYSICIAN GROUP APPOINTS DIRECTORS
Northern Physicians Organization (NPO) in Traverse City has appointed three medical directors to provide leadership and support to NPO physician members: Gail Gwizdala, an internist at Thirlby Clinic in Traverse City; Melanie Manary, an internist/geriatrician in Petoskey; and Joel Anhalt, a family practice physician in the Manistee area.
BYTE PRODUCTIONS TURNS 25
Local web design and marketing company, Byte Productions is celebrating its 25th year in business. Owners Tim & Tom Barrons moved the growing firm to downtown Traverse City at the corner of 8th & Cass. Since the companies’ inception in 1991, it has grown to nine full-time employees and added services such as search engine optimization and reputation management. The team also specializes in web design, development, hosting and online event registration.
TC COMPANY RECEIVES IMPACT AWARD
Grand Traverse Canvas Works and one of its employees have received Michigan Works! Association Impact Awards, which recognize significant economic accomplishments within the community and showcase the impact of newly-created jobs, transformational training, and effective talent pipeline development.
Networks Northwest and Northwest Michigan Works! nominated Grand Traverse Canvas and employee Kimberly Miller after Miller participated in an industrial sewing training program to learn the skills needed for a job with the company. Northwest Michigan Works! partnered with Rec Boat Holdings in Cadillac and Eastern Michigan University to offer the training, which also helped Rec Boat retain nearly 40 incumbent workers.
TC’S COLDWELL BANKER NAMED TO CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE
Coldwell Banker Schmidt Family of Companies (CBSFOC) in Traverse City has been named to the Coldwell Banker Chairman’s Circle. This designation is awarded to companies that attained the highest levels of sales volume during the 2015 calendar year. CBSFOC is one of only 53 Coldwell Banker companies throughout the world to receive this distinguished award. CBSFOC has received this honor for 30 consecutive years.
NEW WEBSITE: AWESOME JOB ALERT
Awesome Job Alert (AJA), which started two years ago as a Facebook page broadcasting meaningful or unique jobs in northern Michigan, is now a website. Visitors can search and apply for jobs that fit their strengths and passions, and employers can submit their jobs directly to the site. The site allows searches by job category, county, full-time/part-time/internship or by map.
The Facebook alert was first created by Chelsea Bay Dennis, creator of C. Bay Design (graphic design for good-for-the-world causes) and The Conscious Entrepreneur, a coaching and consulting practice; AwesomeJobAlert.com.
SHORT’S NOW IN WISCONSIN
Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire has begun distribution in Wisconsin with the Wisconsin Beverage Network and General Beverage. Short’s is distributing its flagship brands Huma Lupa Licious, Soft Parade, Space Rock, Bellaire Brown and Local’s as well as its Starcut Ciders. Limited specialty beers will also be distributed in bottles and kegs.
Following the distribution expansion to Wisconsin, the company has no immediate plans to add additional states to its beer footprint at this time.
SECOND LOCATION FOR JIMMY JOHN’S
The franchisee of a Traverse City Jimmy John’s shop on East Front Street is opening a second location of the national chain on South Airport Road. Josh Russell plans to open a 1,185 square-foot store between Qdoba Mexican Grill and Family Video. The video rental store will be reducing its footprint to make way for the new shop.
“We’ve tried for the last four years to put one on the west side of town, but we’ve been unable to find the right space,” Russell said. “So, basically, we’re opening (what would have been) our third store second. We’re still hoping to get one open on the west side.”
Russell said the company hopes to have the new store open by “early fall.” Westwind Construction, which has overseen the build-outs of multiple Jimmy John’s locations in Grand Rapids, will be overseeing construction.
SERRA SUBARU GIVES $7K TO FATHER FRED
Serra Subaru of Traverse City recently presented the Father Fred Foundation with a check for $7,577 as the local benefactor of the nationwide Subaru Share the Love event.
“With the Subaru Share the Love program, we have been able to select local charities to support and donate thousands of dollars on behalf of our customers,” said Mike McFarlan, Serra Subaru general manager. “This last year the local charity selected was the Father Fred Foundation and we are honored to be able to present them with this donation.”
LOVE TRAVERSE CITY REBRANDS BUSINESS
Downtown merchant Love Traverse City – an apparel and gift store – is rebranding as Unparalleled Apparel after almost four years. According to owner Lauren Creighton, the company will continue to carry Traverse City and Michigan-inspired clothing and gifts, and is also launching a new product line of custom-designed, officially licensed collegiate apparel from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University. Additional schools could be added in the future, Creighton says.
“When we first opened, we only carried Love TC items. We have grown a lot since then and added a lot of new products…we will continue to carry Love TC products, but as a company we felt it was time to change our name,” she says. Unparalleled Apparel is located at 121 East Front Street in Suite 105.
TC CHAMBER FEATURED IN NAT’L VIDEO
Doug Luciani, CEO of TraverseCONNECT, is featured in a new national video series, “Chambers Across America: Catalyzing Economic Growth Through Clean Energy.”
The video series marks the fifth anniversary of Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, a nationwide network of local chambers dedicated to helping their businesses thrive in the clean energy space. Luciani is one of 13 chamber leaders featured in the series.
CENTURY 21 AGENTS RECOGNIZED
Century 21 Northland real estate agents Meagan Alvarado, Karen Ardery, Lauren Prentice, Jane Darling, and Sheri Sutherland have been recognized with Century 21’s Quality Service Producer Award. The award is an integral part of the Century 21’s commitment to excellence and recognizes agent dedication to continuously exceeding the service expectations of clients.
Surveys are emailed to all customers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home through Century 21. Agents must receive a minimum satisfaction index of 85 percent to be considered for recognition.
NEW NAME: GREEN BIRD
Good Neighbor Organic of Northport, one of 26 wineries along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, has changed its name to Green Bird Organic Cellars and Farms.
The decision was made due to several changes to the business after a new partnership was formed between owner Benjamin Crow and new partner Court Wengreen. The business continues to produce fresh, organic products, but is adding several new products and experiences. Greenbirdcellars.com.
NEW NURSING PROGRAM COMING TO TC
The University of Michigan-Flint is bringing its RN to BSN completion program to Traverse City this fall. Classes will be offered face-to-face in Traverse City and online. There are information events throughout the summer for prospective students (umflint.edu/oel/um-flint-traverse-city). It also offers nurses advanced degrees. Northern Michigan nurses can earn their master’s and doctoral degrees online with UM-Flint.