Credit Unions Look to Serve Marijuana Businesses

This isn't your father's credit union. Credit unions, long known for loans to everyday Joes, are looking into a controversial new market: the cannabis industry. Since the state began licensing dispensaries, interest in marijuana-related businesses in Michigan is rising. This could allow credit unions and other financial institutions...

Meet the Vineyard Managers Who Pair Skills with Winemakers

Making an award-winning wine takes more than good grapes. It takes a village. [caption id="attachment_15488" align="alignleft" width="200"] Coenraad Stassen, winemaker and estate manager at Brys Estate Vineyard.[/caption] To that end, Coenraad Stassen, winemaker and estate manager at Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery, has teamed up with vineyard managers...

Making It In Northern MI: Traverse Solar

Local startup Traverse Solar is out to capture energy from the sun. But instead of buying and selling solar panels, company owner Nathan Bildeaux and his two partners have designed, tested and are now marketing their own high-tech mounting system that automatically adjusts the angle...

Patience is a Virtue in Public Advocacy

Several well-worn adages extol the benefits of patience and perseverance in pursuit of major, long-term goals. And while it's true Rome wasn't built in a day, patience and perseverance are necessities in the political arena. It's more important now than ever in this age of precious...

Book Review: The Gig Economy

The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want by Diane Mulcahy 240 pages, published Nov. 8, 2016, AMACOM Press Hardcover $22, e-read edition $10.95 In a nutshell: Diversifying into several job skills doesn’t just protect one from unemployment, it also...