Success Stories

Monte Nagler of Monte Nagler Photography is among the top landscape photographers in America. A student of Ansel Adams, he is a member of the esteemed Camera Craftsmen of America. Nagler’s photographs, which have won numerous awards is included in many public and private collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Dayton Art Institute, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Center for Creative Photography, The Brooklyn Museum, The State of Michigan, General Electric Corporation, BASF Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, and General Motors. Galleries and agents throughout the country also represent his photography.

The company is run by Monte’s partner in life and business, Michelle “Mickey” Nagler, President of Monte Nagler Photography. She handles the day to day operations and is the driving force for the marketing and maintenance of the company’s websites.
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After seeing one too many blouses and shirts having been ruined by spills, Kathy Steck was driven to create the Cravaat™. Steck, a former production and plant manager, incorporated her love of scarves into the design of an “adult bib”. Soon she created her company called DinerWear ™ and began marketing the Cravaat™ to seniors.

The fabric is microfiber but feels like ultra-suede with more body. Most stains wash out and will even wipe clean. And it comes out of the dryer relatively wrinkle free. It also looks good and can be worn just as one would wear a scarf.

Steck quickly discovered that Cravaats™ weren’t just for seniors. Whether you’re physically challenged or just want some insurance that you will come away from the table, (or car, or plane) with clean clothes, the Cravaat™ will help. The company’s mantra is, “An ounce of protection is worth a pound of laundry.”

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There's something about Retro-a-go-go! that makes you smile the moment you enter the company's new headquarters in downtown Howell, MI. Maybe it's the fun & functional jewelry, accessories, and home décor that owner Kirsten Pagacz and her product designer husband sell. Perhaps it's the little bit naughty but oh so nice vintage parasols on display, or her stellar team. Whatever the reason, Kirsten and Doug Pagacz have created a successful, predominantly on-line business based on nostalgia and fun.

It's hard to believe that Kirsten started the business at her kitchen table with only $100! But she had the background and the commitment to make the company a success. She had spent her entire career in product development and marketing, and her husband Doug is a brilliant illustrator and artist with over 20 years of experience as a product developer. Plus, the two have been collecting art for years, so the creation of Retro-a-go-go! was a natural melding of work and love.... Read More

Morsels Bakery in Traverse City, Michigan is the brainchild of Misha and Jeff Neidorfler, a husband and wife team who have seen tremendous success since they opened in 2008, including being nominated for the past four years for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Hagerty Small Business of the Year Award.

They specialize in creating bite-sized pieces of deliciousness called “morsels” that are baked fresh daily and offered in a wide variety of flavors. Their first Morsels Bakery, located on a busy downtown main street, carried a full line of morsels, great coffees, breakfast dishes, sandwiches and salad. They also provided catering services; their morsels have become a familiar sight at many popular community festivals and activities, including the National Writers Series and Traverse City Film Festival, because they cleverly name their morsels after the guests (authors, filmmakers, celebrities, etc.) that appear at an event. Since then they have added two locations,... Read More