Last winter, more than 10 percent of Michigan residents were forced to endure a brief portion of the season that featured 68 m.p.h. winds and single-digit temperatures without the benefit of electricity in their homes. Here’s the good news: It wasn’t for a lack of resources. Well, sort of. Currently, coal-fired energy is the most predominant energy source in Michigan. Along with petroleum, these fossil fuels have long had a stranglehold on the state’s electricity production. But recent trends pronounce an expiration date for the old guard, making way for an evolving blend of renewable energy options for Michiganders.Read More
The dream — and the challenge — of many new microbrewery owners is to craft a series of distinctive tasting beers that no one else can replicate. For many of these microbreweries, the solution to that challenge has been found in the work of Emily Geiger, Ph.D., founder and co-owner of Craft Cultures Yeast Labs, a Hancock, Mich.-based startup venture in the fast-growing world of micro-brewed gourmet beer.
Geiger’s niche market has the 28-year-old microbiologist working on a referral basis as others in the industry discover her unique ability to find strains of yeast that contribute their own characteristic flavor to each culinary creation.Read More
Move over “Great Lakes State” and “Mitten State”! Michigan’s got a new moniker — “The Great Beer State” — and it’s well deserved. Here’s proof: According to the Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG), Michigan’s breweries are located in every area of the state, operating as community-focused small businesses that collectively employ more than 7,000 individuals and pay more than $144 million in wages. The overall impact of the craft beer industry in Michigan totals more than $608 million.Read More
A Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based startup company is making a mark in the healthcare arena with an innovative system that reduces unnecessary foot traffic in and around hospital operating rooms while also cutting costs. Quipzor was designed to solve a healthcare issue that many businesses have been dealing with for years: how to do more with less.Read More
When the film studio Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked in late 2014, releasing a mass of confidential personal and corporate information, business people all over the world took note. If a major company like Sony was vulnerable, any company was vulnerable. And that was scary.Read More