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EPIC POWERSPORTS MOVES TO TC

Epic Powersports has expanded and relocated to Traverse City and can now be found at 3201 LaFranier Road (just behind the former Lear building at LaFranier and S. Airport). Founded in Kingsley in 2010, Epic sells both new and pre-owned powersports units. The new 1,200 square-foot retail space allows Epic to stock additional parts, gear and accessories for men, women and kids. It also houses a 3,000 square-foot repair shop for all service and accessory installation needs.

The shop is owned by Matt and Lauren Harris. Epicpowersports.com

TRAVERSE TAX & ACCOUNTING RELOCATES

Traverse Tax & Accounting, specialists in online accounting, payroll and tax systems for a paperless office environment, has moved to 1501 Cass Street, located at the corner of Cass and 17th Street in Traverse City. It has served the Grand Traverse region since 1973.

NAT’L RECOGNITION FOR LARKIN

Larkin Group in Traverse City has been named Agency of the Month by Rough Notes, a national insurance publication. Appearing on the cover of the magazine, the company was recognized for its mandatory account review process, annual revenue growth – $5 million, up from $2 million in 2009 – and its involvement in the community. Larkin is led by principals Bryan Taggart, Justin Looyenga and Steve Merten.

NEUCO SEATING LAUNCHES NEW PRODUCT

Neuco Seating Inc. owner Bryan Neu has launched a kit containing a line of maintenance products designed to reduce upholstery costs and keep upholstery looking like new.

The Finyl Fix Maintenance Kit includes vinyl cleaner, protectant, graffiti/stain remover, vinyl liquid repair, patches and a seam stitch repair kit.

Neu has been in the upholstery maintenance business for 21 years, specializing in commercial seating and working with clients on design, ordering, delivery, installation and maintenance.

“Over the years we’ve had many inquiries from restaurant owners and doctors’ offices on the proper cleaning products for their furniture,” he said. “The maintenance kit is the result of three years of research and working with experienced chemists to develop a professional and easy-to-use line of vinyl care products.”

The Finyl Fix products are formulated to be effective and safe for vinyl and leather, yet were designed with the environment in mind.

The kits and individual products are available at several retail locations, including Ace Hardware, Action Water Sports, Thirlby Automotive, Long Lake Marina, MacDonald Marine, Premier Marine Service, Traverse Bay Marine, Stuff It Upholstery and Phillips Lifestyles.

NEW COMPANY: TC KITCHENS AND FLOORING

Ryan Conklin has opened TC Kitchens and Flooring at 1123 E. Eighth Street in Traverse City. The company offers professional and creative design services for kitchens, flooring, cabinetry, doors, fireplaces, countertops and more. Tckitchensandflooring.com.

TAGG CODE NOW AVAILABLE LOCALLY

A new safety identification product is now available in northern Michigan. TAGG Code is an ID bracelet worn on the wrist and embedded with a Quick Response Code (QR Code). The QR reader is the fastest and most user-friendly scanner available in case of an emergency.

Each person who wears a TAGG Code bracelet has important information available in an emergency. Once activated, the TAGG Code bracelet will allow the TAGG Call Center and responders to track a person’s location within a distance of approximately 30 feet.

For additional information contact Joan Cloutier at joan@taggcode.com or call 933-9255.

BAY AREA UROLOGY NOW PART OF MUNSON

Bay Area Urology in Traverse City partnered with Munson Medical Center effective Oct. 1, 2014. The practice name is now Bay Area Urology, a service of Munson Medical Center.

The acquisition of the practice by the hospital reflects the changing health care environment and ensures continued access to high quality urology care well into the future, according to the physicians.

Patients will continue to see their urologist in the same location at 3922 Cedar Run Road.

TECH CO. EXPANDS INTO TC

CompuCraft Inc., a provider of technology solutions in West Michigan, has expanded its operations into the Traverse City and greater northern Michigan area. It specializes in proactive managed services for both Mac and PC-based organizations, offering solutions that align with a company’s goals and initiatives.

$1M GRANT FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health (CMH) was recently awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funds, spread over four years, will be used to expand provision of integrated health care for persons with serious mental illness who reside in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.

The project will build upon the current primary care resources of the Traverse Health Clinic and the behavioral health resources of Northern Lakes CMH. The integrated health care clinic is currently open two days per week; the new federal funding will allow an increase in days of operation to serve more people, including those who are uninsured.

TC COMPUTERS RELOCATES

TC Computers, which services all brands of computers and offers free diagnostics, has relocated. It is now located at 1125 E. Eighth Street, across from Eastfield Laundry.

LAW FIRM IN “BEST OF”

Smith Haughey Rice & Rogee has been included in the “Best Law Firms” 2015 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Rankings are based upon surveys submitted in both practice areas and metropolitan areas by attorneys, clients, marketing officers, and recruitment officers. Smith Haughey’s Traverse City office received first tier rankings in: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Trusts & Estates Law. Additionally, it received second tier rankings in Insurance Law.

COMMERCIAL SHARESPACE ON TC’S W. FRONT

Traverse City salon/spa Imprés has opened istudios sharespace. Owner Sandra Dunn said creating istudios fulfills two primary needs: to occupy the commercial space in her current building that has been sitting vacant for nearly a year and to fulfill the needs of her growing company of established artists.

“The available studios are perfect for anyone interested in moving their business to a commercial environment without incurring high overhead costs,” said Dunn. “These studios are a great size for anyone in the health/wellness industry – massage therapists, hairdressers, and personal trainers – or for a small business owner in any industry who’s looking to grow.”

Karen Locke, of Borealis Medispa & Wellness Center, is the first tenant in the space which consists of seven studios in all with a common area and reception/boutique.

FOOD DISTRIBUTOR LAUNCHES FOOD SAFETY PROGRAM

Traverse City-based Cherry Capital Foods, in collaboration with the Wallace Center, has launched a pilot project to provide group food safety certification for small and mid-size farms throughout Michigan.

Group Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and food quality management systems are innovative solutions that are helping to turn regulatory obstacles into opportunities for small farmers as the demand for local and regional food grows.

“It’s a great fit for Cherry Capital Foods to be a part of a food safety project because of our food hub focus and the existing infrastructure we have in place,” said Evan Smith, chief of operations at Cherry Capital Foods.

“GAP certification can seem daunting to any farm, let alone a small farm. If a farmer can collaboratively work toward that goal with his or her peers, and receive technical assistance from a food hub or other administrative group, then the process becomes much more accessible,” said Phil Britton, QMS/compliance program manager at Cherry Capital Foods.

OFFICERS NAMED FOR CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER

Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center has announced new officers for its board of directors: Jayne Mohr, former associate superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools, board chair; Dawn McLaughlin, director of the Department of Human Services for Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties, vice-chair; Noelle Moeggenberg, chief assistant prosecuting attorney for Grand Traverse County, secretary.

MUNSON PAIN MANAGEMENT MOVES

Munson Medical Center’s Comprehensive Pain Management Program recently moved to a new space at Munson Community Health Center on Munson Avenue in Traverse City. Rehabilitation Services Director Crystal Feeney said the move combines previously separated components of the pain management program.

“Patients will now be able to come to one area within Munson Community Health Center for their medication management, behavioral health appointments, nursing appointments, pump refills, and scheduled procedures,” Feeney said.

MSU PRESIDENT TO SPEAK AT LUNCH CLUB

Lou Anna K. Simon, president of Michigan State University, will speak at the Leadership Lunch Club in Traverse City on April 10. The CEO Speaker Series also includes Matt Davis, CEO of Armor Express, on February 13 and Neal Ronquist, publisher of the Traverse City Record-Eagle, on June 12. The leaders will share how they’ve applied key principles from acclaimed leadership and business books to their leadership role and in their organizations. Held at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club. Leadershiplunchclub.com.

LIBRARY USES $90K GIFT FOR YOUTH SERVICES

The Traverse Area District Library (TADL) Board of Trustees is using a recent $90,000 donation from the trust of local philanthropists George and Helen Getty to enhance its Youth Services. The improvements will include early literacy computer stations at all six community libraries of the TADL system, including Woodmere, East Bay, Kingsley, Fife Lake, Interlochen and Peninsula libraries. The all-in-one touchscreen early literacy station computers provide early education skills, school readiness, and self-directed learning exploration for children 2-8 years old.

In addition to the literacy stations, the Getty Family Trust donation will go toward improving the children’s space at the Woodmere and East Bay branches.

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NEW WEBSITE FOR TSO CONDUCTOR

Traverse City Web Design recently launched a new website for Kevin Rhodes, conductor of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and one of the most sought after conductors by the world’s major ballet companies and their orchestras.

The new website uses a stark color scheme, bold images and progressive fonts to capture the intensity and emotion behind Kevin’s conducting and the music he brings out of the symphonies, operas and ballets he conducts. KevinRhodesConductor.com.

 

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KOHL’S RAISES NEARLY $50K FOR SAFETY

The northern Michigan Kohl’s 4 Season Safety Program will receive a $49,380 donation from Kohl’s Cares this year. The safety program educates area children and parents about head injury prevention and concussion awareness during winter and summer activities such as sledding, skiing, biking and sports.

Kohl’s Cares has donated $416,875 to Munson Healthcare efforts since 2006 to promote the health and safety of area children. The check represents last year’s profit from the sales of Kohl’s Cares book and plush sets at its Traverse City and Gaylord stores.

Munson Trauma Services educator Jennifer Ritter said Kohl’s funds have enabled the program to distribute hundreds of helmets and other giveaway items to area youth and students, and more than 4,000 students have been reached through the safety program.

 

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NEW WEBSITE FOR GTOC

Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic (GTOC) has launched a new website, gtoc.net. The new site provides a comprehensive overview of all medical and surgical eye care services offered at GTOC. The site also features a patient portal for easy access to appointment scheduling and prescription refills.

 

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DETOX CENTER OPENS

Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) has opened a new detox center, The P.I.E.R. (Promoting Integrated & Engaged Recovery) at 940 E. Eighth Street in Traverse City.

“People in need shouldn’t be turned away,” said Christopher Hindbaugh, ATS executive director. “This new center has more space, which allows for more beds and increased staffing.”

The P.I.E.R. offers twelve beds, group rooms, gender-specific programming and accommodations, and a visiting area. With the new facility ATS was able to expand its 24/7 certified medical staff.

“It’s not just about detoxing the person,” said Kathryn Mikel, detox program manager. “It’s about treating the whole person, and helping them prepare for recovery.”

 

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ACME FEST GIVES TO NONPROFITS

The Acme Business Association presented a portion of its proceeds from the Fifth Annual Acme Fall Festival to five area nonprofit organizations. Checks totaling $5,000 were presented to the following organizations: Country Cousins 4-H Club in Williamsburg; Grand Traverse Academy – Shakespeare in the Park; International School at Bertha Vos Elementary Parent Teacher Organization; the Music House Museum; and Rail & Trails Rider 4-H Club in Williamsburg.

 

NICHOLS JOINS WITH KELLERMEYER

Nichols, a distributor to the industrial, education, building service contractors, health care and lodging industries with a location in Traverse City, has joined forces with Kellermeyer. Kellermeyer is a janitorial and industrial supply distributor in operation for more than 70 years. The acquisition is part of a strategic plan for continued growth and expansion.

 

HIGH MARKS FOR MUNSON HOME HEALTH

Munson Home Health’s recent survey by an independent accrediting body for community-based health care organizations resulted in high marks for the organization.

Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) reported that 99 percent of survey criteria were met or exceeded. Observations of home care nurses resulted in a perfect score on infection control issues during home visits.

Munson Home Health services include skilled nursing and therapy, as well as home infusion, private duty care, palliative care, medical equipment, medical alerts, and hospice end-of-life care.

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