Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 22, 2014

Business grants awarded

TRAVERSE CITY — Great Lakes Tea & Spice Co. is a Glen Arbor-based business looking to stir more locally grown fruits and herbs into its product lines.

Company co-owner Chris Sack said Tuesday a new $1,250 grant obtained from the Leelanau County Business Grant Program will allow the business to do just that by funding product research and development.

“It’s all about the product research and trying to get new products out on the shelves,” Sack said. “It can be amazingly difficult with tight cash flows to do product research and we want to integrate more locally based products into our teas and spices.”

Great Lakes Tea & Spice Co. is one of 18 Leelanau County businesses awarded about $19,000 in grants under a one-time grant program made possible after Leelanau County disbanded its county Economic Development Corporation in 2013. The EDC’s remaining assets were transferred to the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation for distribution to Leelanau County businesses for help in operating capital, new products or services.

Other businesses that received $1,250 awards were Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm, The Redheads and the V.I. Grill. Businesses awarded $1,000 include Anderson’s Glen Arbor Market, Brengman Brothers, Clarke’s Transmission, Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate, La Becasse, Laker Shakes Burdickville Market, Leelanau Cheese Co., Sugarfoot Saloon, Sun Dog Boarding Kennel, Suttons Bay Bikes, Suttons Bay Hops, Suttons Bay Massage Center, Suttons Bay Trading Co. and Timberlee Management.

Applications were reviewed by county residents David McCulloch, Linda Peppler and Robert Vandermark, as well as Doug Luciani of the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corp.

Text Only

the BIZ

AP Video
Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide