The Power of Connection

Northern Michigan business owners won’t let COVID-19 take them down. While it's true the crisis is impacting the small business economy in ways we never could have anticipated, many of our local businesses have learned to stay agile and stay connected to their customers during the...

Stormcloud Brewery a year-round anchor for Frankfort residents

Stormcloud Brewing in Frankfort has grown up fast. After seven years in business, it has an ultra-modern brewery that sports solar panels, charging stations for electric cars and the latest in lighting, heating and cooling technology. The decision to make such a major capital investment isn’t...

Remote Work Drives Surge in Telecommunications Business

Local telecommunications companies are busier than they’ve been in years, with investments in upgrades to handle remote worker demands. In March, Traverse City businesses like Anavon Technology Group and Ascomnorth saw a surge in calls and contracts that coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic closures. [caption id="attachment_55144" align="alignleft"...

Numbers Game: NMC reduces budget, watches enrollment

With enrollment figures potentially down for the fall semester thanks to COVID-19, Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) is leaning on its flagship programs – and its safety-driven reopening plan – to remain an attractive option to prospective students. Nationwide, lagging enrollment figures plague virtually all higher education...