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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Jumpin Jax Arena
Joan Blackmer and Kelly Ramirez are a couple of moms who had the entrepreneurial spirit that lead them to the pursuit of starting their own business. Jumpin’ Jax Bounce Arena was created to offer a clean, family-friendly facility for children to have fun and get exercise. Joan and Kelly heard of existing facilities that offer […]
During the winter of 2007 Bob and Linda Graves; owners of Grand Island Log Homes purchased Iverson’s Snowshoes, makers of traditional white ash snowshoes and snowshoe furniture. The Graves made it their intention to continue making the traditional wooden snowshoes the same as they have been made for over 40 years. The process starts with […]
Birds and the Bees Collectible Dolls
Julie Molloy always had an enormous love of dolls as a little girl. She always believed she would grow up to make and create her own baby dolls. At the age of 15, she would gather scraps of material and old nylons to create her dolls. She later found the wonderful clays that were available […]
You’ll look your best with portraits by Birchfield Studio! The photographers, Don Meissner and Andrea Palmer, have over 40 years combined experience and strive to make sure their clients have fun in the process! Don began his career by working for Photography by Julius. After Julius retired, Don started Birchfield Photographic Studio in 1984. Don’s […]