To the Future…and Beyond

TRAVERSE CITY - A dedicated team of techies is working on a project designed to save the lives of U.S. soldiers in combat zones. The TC Robotics Club, a group of 40 young people and 10 adults, has been developing an autonomous vehicle - a...

Unsung Heroes

REGION - Remember the TV commercial from the early '70s in which a Native American cried when confronted with the pollution of his river and city?The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians hasn't just taken the message to heart, it has taken action....

The New Frontier (might need a new leader)

During the State of the Union address President Obama told us, "The rules have changed. In a single generation, revolutions in technology have transformed the way we live, work and do business. Steel mills that once needed 1,000 workers can now do the same work...

Consider the SBA Loan Market Cornered

REGION - Skilled Manufacturing received $7.8 million in federally guaranteed loans last year. The money enabled the Traverse City company - a tier 1 automotive supply company that had diversified into aerospace less than two years before - to buy more equipment, hire 75 more...

5 Questions: Q & A with Derek Bailey

When elected Chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians in 2008, Derek Bailey became the youngest to hold that position in the organization's history. The TCBN caught up with him to discuss the region, the economy, and the Tribe's future. For...

In the Age of Digital Design Collaboration…Who’s protecting your copyrights?

T-squares and triangles are gathering dust as architects, structural engineers, contractors, and other construction professionals increasingly utilize Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM is an integrated digital design process that allows increased efficiency, fluid design, and collaboration on construction projects. Traditional roles in construction are...

CloudAccess: Sky-high success in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY - CloudAccess logged on to the local business scene less than three years ago. Since then, the innovative company has ridden the Joomla! wave, leveraging the open access content management system (CMS) for website development so effectively, the company is now picking...

Media Goat: Everywhere you go?

TRAVERSE CITY - EverywhereUGO (evugo.com) is breaking out of the bathroom. The TC company who positions signage in restrooms around northern Michigan has launched a new division, Media Goat, another in-your-face form of advertising. This time the medium is an LCD screen that displays advertising...

Village Press: Raising the Bar

TRAVERSE CITY - A new type of digital printing, which can add texture to a printed page, has hit Northern Michigan, thanks to Village Press"Kodak presented us with a new capability they call Dimensional Printing. It delivers a third dimension," says Dave Moore, president of...

Billy Bailey

PESHAWBESTOWN - Bill Bailey frequently glances out his window to the waters of West Bay, just a stone's throw from his office.Bailey is chief warden of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB). The head of the Natural Resources Department, he is...