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Tim and Ruthy from Terrapin Networks in Traverse City, Michigan chat with small business owners around Northern Michigan: their creation story, who their business serves, what their customers might be surprised to learn, how policymakers affect their day-to-day, the affects of tourism, and more. Do you own or love a small business in Northern Michigan? Tune in to this honest and frank discussion. New episodes drop every Sunday morning on WTCM NewsTalk 580, and after on your favorite podcast ...
 
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Today we are welcoming Our new podcaster , Pastor Dee Anne Macomber-Mataitoga of Walking with the Word ministries. Dee Anne will teach on Ablaze once a month. Today Dee Anne shares both an encouraging and an empowering message. Here s more about her. https://walkingwiththeword.org/about/who-we-are/ More podcasts live at https://www.spreaker.com/use…
 
It's all about hunting and fall this week as we hang with Chris Smith, local freelance author, illustrator, and waterfowl hunter. We talk dogs in hunting - including e-collars, a passion of Tim's- hunting with kids, Chris' experience illustrating the 2020 duck stamp, and more.By Tim Gillen
 
We're hanging out this week with two of the founders of Thermavance, climate-controlled technology that revolutionizes heated and cooling wearables and fabrics. You'll have to listen to the episode to hear how this innovative product heats and cools according to YOUR temperature -for maximum comfort at all times, no matter your location or activity…
 
Small business owners: you're gonna need to bookmark this one! We're talking all things work at home, including how to migrate to a hybrid office (where half works at home and half comes in, then switch), as well as the setups you NEED in your home office to keep things running safely, smoothly, and consistently. It's not as simple as buying a cons…
 
This week we caught up with Sean Skarshaug of Traverse Repro and Copy Central in Traverse City. We had a fun convo all about how his company has morphed from doing strictly blueprints in the area to providing printing services of all kinds. Plus, how Sean and his wife Blythe have built a company culture that keeps his staff strong and loyal, as wel…
 
*Please enjoy this encore presentation of one of our favorite past episodes. We'll be back with a brand new episode next week!* We sat down with Marsha Minervini this week, who is an absolute joy. If you weren't passionate about up north real estate before you listened to this episode, Marsha may just change your mind! We discussed not just what sh…
 
This week, Tim and I caught up with Nathan Griswold, of Inhabitect in Traverse City. Inhabitect designs and builds green roofs, which assist with stormwater drainage and cooling, along with providing the spaces for building inhabitants to use and enjoy. We chat with Nate today about what it’s like to run his green company in an area still embracing…
 
We're hanging out this week with a dear friend, Skip Brown of Freedom Builders of America. As you’ll hear in our episode, Freedom Builders helps people on a deeper level than just home repairs, bringing the ministry of God’s love and grace to everyone involved. Skip says he wants the people his foundation touches to know that they matter. He shares…
 
Michelle Watson and her husband host the Pantry podcast.Michelle explains how God said: » Ditch your plans and get going » regarding their podcasting. The pantry podcast uses the sales of its merch to donate to various ministries , including work to get victims of sex trafficking in safe houses. https://thepantrypodcast.com/…
 
We're hanging this week with Mike Carey of Atlas Space Operations. Atlas provides the software and ground control communication services needed by spacecraft companies to run their equipment. Mike chats with us today about the software his company wrote that powers satellites all over the world, the reasons why his company is headquartered in north…
 
This week we're chatting with Baris Atmaca from Socks Kick, located in East Jordan. Baris has such a cool story, as he is originally from Turkey, and came to East Jordan as a Rotary exchange student in the early 2000s. He fell in love with the area and came back years later to run his socks manufacturing company in northern Michigan. We chat today …
 
We're hanging out this week with Rex Rudolph of Padgett Business Services in Traverse City. Rex's company is a franchise operation that does accounting and tax services for small businesses, and he's had a crazy year so far with switching to full remote during the coronavirus lockdowns in the middle of tax season. He talks about that switch, the ad…
 
We had so much packed into our chat with Chris Fredrickson of TC Whiskey Co. in Traverse City that we had to make a bonus episode! Listen in as Chris describes a little more about what it really means to be a “craft” whiskey company in today’s spirits marketplace. Chris also shares a little more details about their new production and tasting room f…
 
This week, we're hanging out for a bit with Chris Fredrickson, one of the owners of the award-winning, hugely popular Traverse City Whiskey Company. Chris spoke about how he and his team come together collaboratively to solve problems that pop up, how they lean on their community for ideas and support, what it was like in the early days of the pand…
 
This week, we're hanging out with Debbie Craig of Craig Wealth Advisors. She’s a passionate advocate for her customers when it comes to managing their money, and she also understands how technology helps make that all happen. She shares why she thinks the financial field is so male-dominated, and how to bring more women and minorities into the fold…
 
This week's we're chatting with Al and Gary from Great Lakes Trim, a tier 1 supplier for the Big 3 auto manufacturers in Detroit as well as other manufacturers like John Deere. Al and Gary talk about staffing issues, traffic affecting their supply chains and trucking routes, innovative changes coming in the auto industry, and more.…
 
We enjoyed our conversation with Kim White so much that we couldn't fit it all into the half-hour show! In this bonus episode we chat more in-depth about the consistency of expertise and collaboration she follows with her clients, the safety measures she takes both for her own business as well as what she does for her customers, how she connects to…
 
Tim and Ruthy sit down with Kim White of Cherryland Accounting, in Traverse City, to talk about how safe online practices are important not just in your personal life but as a professional as well (including VPNs on vacation- stay off the hotel wifi, guys!) as well as how Kim connects to her customers on a personal level to be a better accountant.…
 
We sat down with Marsha Minervini this week, who is an absolute joy. If you weren't passionate about up north real estate before you listened to this episode, Marsha may just change your mind! We discussed not just what she loves (and finds difficult about) running her real estate and development business here in northern Michigan, but also how she…
 
This week Ruthy and Tim hang out with Shawn Zipser of Zeez Management in Traverse City. Zeez has multiple businesses under its umbrella: Arby's franchises, Harley Davidson stores, tax and attorney services. We chat with Shawn about dealing with different municipalities, how it's like working in a family business (something we know a little about ou…
 
Our guest this week is John Zimmerman of Brightstar Care, who has run his in-home healthcare and medical staffing franchise since the mid-2000s. Today he joins us to talk about things like staffing issues, policy changes in the medical field, the things he loves about up north living, how his company’s technology set-up has propelled his business f…
 
Our guest this week is Mike Drilling, from Windborne Photographic Studios and Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realty. Mike's been running his studio for over 4 decades, and he's established himself as an innovative, creative, and adaptive business owner- and now brings that same creativity to realty. After our chat, Ruthy and Tim delve into the topic of ba…
 
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