Gone to the Dogs

When the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa closed its floundering pet-friendly "hotel," The Dog House in 2010, there were howls of protest from dedicated clients. Several banded together to save it, but as often happens, the best-laid plans don't always pan out. Nevertheless, Liz Ascione...

Start-up of the Month: Healthcare Coordinates, LLC

One of the fastest growing health care fields is patient advocacy and medical care coordination. With that in mind, MaryPat Randall and Evelyn Richardson founded Healthcare Coordinates, LLC. The business uses skills culled from their combined 65 years in the medical field and aims to...

8180 Films

8180 Films is poised at the forefront of Michigan's burgeoning film movement. Launched by Leland residents Jim Carpenter and Rebecca Reynolds - two of the founders of the Beyond the Bay Film Series at The Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay - along with their Los...

TC Scoot

When Virginia Tegel read a Time Magazine article featuring kickbikes last March, she thought they looked cool and wanted to try one. So she called around and found no local bike shops that carried any. In fact, no one she spoke to had even heard...

Great Lakes Neurotherapy and Performance Consultants

Todd Serby and Linda Walker have long used counseling and therapy to help individuals through various challenges including educational issues, mood disorders, brain injury, cognitive dysfunction, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders. They recently formed a collaborative partnership utilizing neurotherapy and biofeedback to serve all areas...

VIKRON Energy Solutions

Instead of becoming victims of the common corporate downsizing, co-workers Kathi Wagner and Jeff Weymouth decided they could put their 38 years of combined experience in the natural gas industry to good use by founding a company of their own. During the 15-month transition from...

Start-up of the Month: Infrared Roofing Technologies

Having been affiliated with each other in the roofing industry for eight years, Traverse area residents Len Simkins and Chris Lee got to talking about the success they found using thermography, the process of interpreting data captured by a thermal infrared camera. With a background...

Start-up of the Month: Divine Designs

Dana Betchek fell in love with arts and crafts at age 11 when the self-described "paper addict" began crafting scrapbook pages. Her skills manipulating stickers, embellishments, ribbon and decorative paper have evolved from making personal memory books to creating one-of-a-kind greeting cards for others....