New Ventures

Fedora Malthouse aims to become the largest of its kind in Michigan

As Michigan is booming with microbreweries popping up across the state, it appears that everyone wants in on the game. However, the brewing process, which involves using a mixture of hops, malt, and yeast, requires a detailed approach that will dictate the quality of the beer. In 2014, John Enderle approached Julie Baker with aspirations […]

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Young Woman Turns a Love of Shopping into a Business Opportunity

Laura Horwath is an avid shopper. She loves to find trendy clothes and the latest styles at boutiques. It was something she used to do often when she lived in the “big city”. After moving to the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR) four years ago, she struggled to find those same options here and often […]

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Traverse City Woman’s Passion Aims to Help People Live a Healthy Lifestyle

About five years ago, Kris Rockwood was searching for a solution to her ongoing health problem. Her rheumatoid arthritis was to the point that she could no longer play with her daughters. After researching different methods to cope with her pain, she discovered that her medication had a number of dangerous side effects, so she […]

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Community First, Beer Second to None

A business founded on the love of beer, the love of good food, and the love of meeting people is bound to have a captivating story. Patti Eisenbraun started her business, Brown Iron Brewhouse, for those exact reasons, and credits her success to keeping those principles at the core of the business. Patti and her […]

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Creek’s Convenience Store

In the fall of 2014, when 7-Eleven announced it was shutting down franchises, Joe and Shannon Orriss made a life changing decision. After 6 years of operating the franchise, they were given the option to buy their store. “We made this store what it is, and the majority of customers come here because it’s us, […]

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WhichCraft Taproom

WhichCraft Taproom was a dream for owners Richard and Sharon Caldwell. Their love of the Microbrew industry led them to fill a void in the Midland community for specialized beverage and entertainment experience. Their concept of an establishment that featured Michigan products fit into the growing “Pure Michigan” and “Made in Michigan” movement, and their […]

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What do you do after 28 years in the military? Open a toy store, of course!

For over 28 years Tim Resst served our country in the Army and Army National Guard, completing tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Tim, a seasoned pilot of advanced military aircraft like the Black Hawk helicopter, eventually retired as a Lt Colonel where he commanded a battalion of 25 helicopters and 750 personnel. When Tim […]

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Molly & Oliver’s Children’s Upscale Resale

Amy Mills has always envisioned herself as an entrepreneur.  Wanting to turn her gift for photography into a business, Amy originally connected with the Capital Region Small Business Development Center in 2006.  However, after attending some MI-SBDC courses and meeting with a business consultant, Amy eventually decided that it wasn’t the right time to pursue […]

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Unified Business Technologies, Inc.

Most small business owners have their own “secret” to success – a mantra, mission, or attitude that shapes their company and inspires its success.  For Michelle D’Souza, that secret is making sure the clients of her full-service engineering and information technology (IT) solutions firm, Unified Business Technologies, Inc., (UBT) know that their needs are her […]

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Peppino’s Pizza

Small business owners Mike and Paula Raymond opened their doors to customers as franchisees of Peppino’s Pizza in 2004. The Peppino’s franchise started in 1976, when Carlo DiLeonardo opened the first Peppino’s Pizzeria in Standale, MI. A second pizzeria was opened in Allendale in 1980. Expansion continued, and there are now eleven Peppino’s in West […]

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