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To be eligible for this award, the product or service must have been developed by the applicant and earned revenue for the first time during the previous three years (from Nov. 2, 2010). The innovation must be by a Michigan company with fewer than 500 employees. Please provide a brief description of the following:
The marketplace the product or service meets
Evidence of satisfying the market need
The advantage over similar or previous versions of this product
How the product benefits Michigan’s economy
Why the product/service is unique
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Jeff Simonis based in Traverse City, MI and Las Vegas , NV. Photographer specializing in landscapes and nature, special events, and custom photo shoots. Jeff’s work has been used in art installations for local businesses and his custom photo shoots are designed to give you a personal experience that captures just the right shot, the right look for your project.
Jeff is an active member of the Traverse Area Camera Club. His photos are available as prints, stretched canvases or other artistic applications.
Please visit our website at http://www.watermark4u.smugmug.com
I met Ken Scott two years ago at Wendy’s in Traverse City, Michigan, where I was holding a small class of beginning social media. Teaching people one on one how to start their Facebook presence. I had stumbled across his profile several times in helping friends of his, and helped The Michigan Artist Gallery in Suttons Bay begin her Facebook journey. Ken Scott is one of the artists shown in her Gallery.
Well, Ken took to social media and in no time due to his immense talent has quite a following and has been our header photo entry for a little over a month. You can find his photos and videos by following the links below. Please comment if you like his work. and contact him to buy some prints.
Having led the Senior Center hikes for the past 3 years has encouraged and enabled me to learn and experience the trails in Traverse City and the surrounding area. These experiences can be shared with you thru your active participation on these trails.
To do this, no-charge community walks have been and are offered this summer and a different set of trail offerings will start in September. Along with this there will be a 2nd Annual Traverse City Labor Day Bridge(s) Walk – the reasoning being that right downtown are amazing sites and walking paths/sidewalks that are waiting for you and your friends and families to enjoy. There is also the opportunity to walk the fascinating TART Trail with others in increments of eight classes through NMC. Biking and running on this trail is great, but walking each direction from Bunker Hill to Cherrybend Rd. can provide a whole new prospective.
Another goal is to hopefully become a profitable business wherein conference planners or families hire Traverse City Walks to lead their employees or guests on walks in the area. What about condo associations that are looking for activities? What about weight management groups wanting a more doable activity? What about college programs that have a population of students who might be unable to perform the more difficult type of exercise classes? What about all categories of businesses that want to encourage their employees to develop “wellness” activities?
Pure Michigan is promoting our outdoor offerings and Michigan Fitness is encouraging Michigander’s to move more. Movement of our bodies encourages more movement.
Many become discouraged because, although walking is so often touted, it seems like we always need to go faster and better. Why not look at walking as the ultimate in movement, and if it leads to faster and more difficult endeavors, so be it, but if it does not, we are still contributing toward our wellness with each walk. Walking alone or in an unknown area can be another determent. Commitment to walk can be aided with someone else organizing the event.
Walking can contribute toward your wellness with increased blood flow, decreased stiffness, and increased stamina. If you walk outdoors in nature’s settings taking the time to “smell the roses”, new studies show the increased neurotransmitter connection which may decrease depression. If you walk with others, the socialization can augment longevity.
Join us! Watch for future walks on facebook.com/TraverseCityWalks.
Guided walks/hikes on the TC trails for approx. 1 hour.
DO-able natural new experience.
Promoting wellness one step, one walk, one trail at a time.
Traverse City Walks, LLC on Facebook
Mike Sutherland Friday, May 24th, 2013
Welcome to the River TC at the brand new Clinch Park!
The revitalization at Clinch Park now allows us to use the natural resources of West Bay, The Boardman River and even the TART Trail in a much more environmentally friendly way!
For biking, the TART comes right through our property and lazily winds its way east connecting with the VASA trails, west and north all the way to Suttons Bay, and south following the river and Boardman Lake to Sabin Dam up at the Grand Traverse Conservancy with their amazing Natural History Museum.
Silent Water Sports-
We can get you and your family on a SUP (stand up paddleboard) for as little as 10 dollars. Tubes, kayaks, canoes, bicycles. Right here from Clinch Park both on the beach or on the mighty 175 mile Boardman River.
Don’t miss a chance at the best hot dog or cheeseburger in Traverse City at Rivertown Cafe powered by Maxbauers! This gorgeous beach-side cafe is the new home of the Maxbauers Lamb brat and the Boomchugga Lugga cherry float.
If you want to get out on the water or the Tart Trail, this is the spot in Northern Michigan.
We have guided historical bike tours along the river and through the old lumber baron neighborhoods in Traverse City.
A family can get on a bike here at Clinch park, ride the amazing TART Trail to any of three different locations, get off their bikes, climb aboard a kayak or Stand up Paddleboard or tube and float right back here to Clinch Park, for as little as 25 dollars! What a trip!
We can handle big groups as well as single folks just looking for a way to while away an afternoon.
Megan Campbell, Top Dog
Pooch ‘n’ Purrs Professional Pet Sitting Launches New Website,
Line of Homemade Dog Biscuits
Traverse City, MI, April 9, 2013 – Just in time for the upcoming summer travel season, Megan Campbell, top dog of Pooch ‘n’ Purrs Professional Pet Sitting, is proud to announce the launch of her new website and—of Buster’s Barkin’ Good Biscuits, a line of homemade, all natural dog treats.
In addition to business information and background, the new website, www.poochnpurrs.com, features easy online registration, bringing convenience to new clients looking for “care-on-call.” The site also features a super-cute pet gallery with snapshots of the Pooch ‘n’ Purrs furry family.
Along with the new website, Megan has also launched an all-natural line of dog biscuits, aptly named after her golden retriever, Buster’s Barkin’ Good Biscuits.
“The idea for Buster’s Barkin’ Good Biscuits actually came from my 11-year-old daughter, Hannah. She’s a huge dog lover like her mama! We began making them for clients and friends, and just recently had our first order from Florida!” Megan explains.
For now, Buster’s Barkin’ Good Biscuits will stay small, primarily supplying homemade treats to Pooch ‘n’ Purrs clients, but plans are in order for adding a store to the Pooch ‘n’ Purrs website that will feature bags of biscuits in “barker’s dozen” and “double barker’s dozen” sizes.
Megan Campbell, a mother-returned-to-the-work force, started pooch ‘n’ Purrs Professional Pet Sitting in 2010 with a lifelong background in the veterinary medicine and animal care fields. The company serves Traverse City and surrounding communities with best-in-breed pet sitting, dog walking and overnight pet/house sitting.
For more information on Pooch ‘n’ Purrs and Buster’s Barking Good Biscuits, contact Megan Campbell at 231-645-0163 or click: http://www.poochnpurrs.com
Posted for Dendra J. Best
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Subject: Supporting the environment and education – sustainable water resources.
Founded as NW MI Onsite Wastewater through the Joyce Foundation, WasteWater Education 501(c)3 has a central purpose.
It provides impartial, independent information, access to education resources, and case studies of exemplary, sustainable, affordable waste-water management, systems and technology.
As part of that purpose, the organization promotes working examples of what ‘decentralized’, or ‘built to suit’ wastewater systems actually are, here in Michigan, across the US, and overseas.
“Many small, rural and suburban, communities struggle to find affordable options for protecting both public and environmental health – we can help. Many cities and urban areas find it increasingly difficult to afford vital repairs, upgrades or extensions to central sewer systems. Perhaps, as we face ever unstable weather conditions, it’s time to consider ‘decentralizing’ components to increase resilience – we can help,” says Dendra Best, Executive Director.
To establish a stable source of long term funding, WasteWater Education’s Board of Directors has instituted a novel means of providing both annual operating income AND education.
Each year, they will market a limited ticket raffle – the prize being a week’s vacation at one of the many gorgeous Michigan resorts who couldn’t be the anchor for economic prosperity in their community without their technologically excellent ‘decentralized’ wastewater system.
Population in the US is moving to city dwelling at an ever faster rate, making it ever more imperative to protect our Great Lakes waters and precious environment. “These are the wild places, the soul fulfilling sunsets, the sound of, well, nature at its most tranquil. THIS is true ‘green infrastructure’,” states Doug Coates, Director of Civil Engineering Gosling Czubak Engineering Sciences, Inc.
Rural America is alive and well, raising crops and providing all of the above for a much stressed out populace to sit back and relax in, if only for a few days. And in so doing makes it possible for year round jobs and economic security.
The Homestead is a major contributor to the local and regional economy – both directly, through taxes and payroll, and indirectly through local spending by their guests. Partly as a result of the “Pure Michigan” advertising campaign they have seen ‘out of state’ visitor numbers double. According to Michigan Economic Development Corporation data, tourism and recreation is now a $1B plank in Michigan’s economy. For every $1 each vacationer spends on lodging approximately $3-4 is spent in the region.
2012 saw a record breaking hot dry summer in NW MI – great if you’re on vacation but the drought caused serious problems for water levels and agriculture. The system at The Homestead recycled enough water to keep hay production going and supplying a local farm.
“The Homestead’s wastewater treatment system is an environmentally responsible and sustainable process. It relies on natural processes for nutrient uptake, it recharges the aquifer, and it recycles water for irrigating agricultural crops. Systems of this type are in operation throughout the State of Michigan. They are routinely used in the western US where they are considered state of the art where groundwater sources are not as plentiful as here in Michigan.
Because the treatment system ultimately discharges to the groundwater, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) establishes quality standards to protect that groundwater resource. Treated water that is discharged by The Homestead meets, and frequently exceeds, all environmental standards set by the MDEQ. Since this irrigation system became operational, groundwater quality has actually improved to levels above all State criteria,” adds Coates.
WasteWater Education points out that here, in Northwest Michigan, we are blessed to live, work and play in the region voted ‘the most beautiful place in America’ by ABC’s Good Morning America!!
“WasteWater Education is honored and extremely grateful to The Homestead of Glen Arbor, MI for donating our First Annual Operating Support Raffle Prize – a whole week’s lodging for up to 4 people at Stony Brook Lodge , plus a generous meals package, and guest’s choice of golf or winter sports tickets!!” says Scott Kendzierksi, 2013 Board Chair, “The Homestead overlooks Lake Michigan and is surrounded by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore park system. The location is simply breathtaking!”
The prize includes:
* Seven nights at a Stony Brook Lodge one bedroom suite, (sleeps 4 with a King bed in a private bedroom and sofabed in the living area).
* Includes the guest’s choice of lift tickets for skiing or boarding in the winter (downhill skiing available on weekends in the winter Friday through Sunday); or unlimited golf at The Homestead’s Mountain Flowers par 3, 9-hole golf course and two 18-hole rounds of golf at Manitou Passage Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer Signature Course.
* Includes 3 breakfasts and two dinners for each person as well. The breakfasts will be located at CQ’s Cabin and dinners at Nonna’s.
To learn more about The Homestead – check out their YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/TheHomesteadMichigan
Dendra J. Best. Executive Director
Wastewater Education 501(c)3
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Our Mission: To increase awareness that water quality is directly linked to the use of appropriate wastewater systems and their management.
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