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July 2019 • Vol. 28 • Number 5
MTEC Certifies Three Growth Wheel Business Advisors
HOUGHTON, MI – June 19, 2019 – MTEC SmartZone (MTEC) announces that three of their team members are now certified GrowthWheel® Business Advisors. Growth- Wheel® is a visual toolbox and cloud-based platform used by business advisors to help client companies make decisions and act. The tools help advisors and business owners get the right focus through a 360° view of the company. Today, GrowthWheel® is used by more than 2,700 business advisors, incubator managers, and entrepreneurship educators in 38 countries around the world.
Daniel Jamison, MTEC CEO; Jason Mack, VP of Business Development; and Patrick Viss- er, Chief Commercial Officer, have all complet- ed the GrowthWheel® training and certifica- tion process to continue to enhance their abili- ties to serve and guide MTEC technology clients and technology businesses in and around Houghton and Hancock Michigan. Their train- ing consisted of learning how to efficiently and effectively address needs within a business, find solutions that are best suited for the business, and to develop the best path for the business to become sustainable and successful. MTEC’s mission is supporting innovation in order to cre- ate economic growth and this platform better equips them to do so.
“GrowthWheel is a new methodology for MTEC that will allow us to apply a wide selec- tion of well-designed tools, techniques, and rigor to more effectively support our clients through- out their journey,” said MTEC CEO Daniel Jamison. “Our team will continue to provide it’s SmartStart programming to all interested inno- vators, but the nature of high-tech clients either graduating from SmartStart or entering our sys- tem from other parts of our network requires a comprehensive, repeatable and robust approach to ensure their growth and success as they become contributing members of our economic community.”
To learn more about GrowthWheel and other MTEC programs go to
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Menominee Granite Company Celebrates 100 Years With New Owners
Menominee Granite Co. (MGC) is celebrat- ing 100yrs of business with new Owners Todd Schloegel & Christina Matty. They purchased the business along with Standard Monument (Marinette WI) from Joe & Carla Wagner in January of 2018.
MGC manufactures granite monuments and memorials at their Menominee plant with state of the art CAD design and sandblasting equip- ment. Since 1919 MCG has been selling, installing and maintaining granite monuments across the UP and N.E. WI. (Over 300 different cemeteries to be more precise.) “Last year we were in Ontonagon, Big Bay and Paradise MI doing installations. That describes our area Schloegel says with a light laugh.” MGC has sales reps in Munising, Newberry Escanaba, Eagle River WI just to name a few.
“Spring is crazy busy with production and installations due to winter order build up and Memorial Day being a factor. The last few springs have dealt us some weather challenges but that’s to be expected in the UP” says Schloegel.
“We have a great team and a proven system
that allows us to excel in our industry. Customers appreciate our approach and they like the fact that the owners are hands on with design, pro- duction and installation” says co-owner Christi- na Matty. She noted “when its “set in stone” it needs to be exactly what the client wants. Cus- tom stone shaping, carving or etchings you name it we can have it done. Last year we installed a memorial in the shape of a large molar tooth for a dentist. We have life size bronze stat- ues custom cast in Italy for Veteran memorials. Some granite is carved in India or may have been harvested in Norway, South America, the USA, Canada or Asia”.
Schloegel notes that memorials and burials don’t always go hand in hand. “We have many clients who want a memorial placed on private property not only cemeteries. If you’ve lost a loved one it’s relatable. Having a memorial to reflect upon at special occasions and share with future generations is an important part of the history of humanity”
MGC can be found on the web at and on Face- book. Or contacted by phone at 906-863-5821

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