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Michigan is full of ordinary people who are doing some extraordinary things in their communities, our great state, and around the world. These Michiganders had to overcome serious obstacles to achieve their vision of success.

We cover all of Michigan, both Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Sit back and enjoy these inspiring true stories. Visit us at https://totalmichigan.com to join our community and get these episodes sent straight to your inbox!

Total Michigan Cliff Duvernois

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

Michigan is full of ordinary people who are doing some extraordinary things in their communities, our great state, and around the world. These Michiganders had to overcome serious obstacles to achieve their vision of success.

We cover all of Michigan, both Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Sit back and enjoy these inspiring true stories. Visit us at https://totalmichigan.com to join our community and get these episodes sent straight to your inbox!

    From Student to CEO: The Morphite Boards Journey

    From Student to CEO: The Morphite Boards Journey

    The world of long boards is about to change. Ryan Pelletier, the founder of Morphite Boards. Ryan is a student at Scott L. Carmona College of Business at Saginaw Valley State University. He shares his journey of developing a collapsible skateboard that fits into a backpack. He discusses how SVSU supported his project through access to resources and grants, the initial skepticism and eventual interest in his product online, and his plans for the future, including potential production and investor involvement.
    Links:
    Morphite Board Website: http://morphiteboards.com/
    Moprhite Boards on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morphiteboards/
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    Show Notes:
    00:00 Introduction
    01:57 The Concept and Development of Morphite Boards
    03:13 Ryan's Background and Entrepreneurial Journey
    05:44 Interest in Skateboarding and Longboarding
    08:22 Challenges and Doubts in Development
    11:11 Support from SVSU and Moving Forward
    13:41 Online Reactions and Negative Feedback
    19:02 Business Setup and Future Plans
    28:49 Conclusion and Contact Information

    • 29 min
    From Autism to Entrepreneur: Jimmy Frank's Hot Dogs Inspiring Story

    From Autism to Entrepreneur: Jimmy Frank's Hot Dogs Inspiring Story

    Jimmy Sherman, an autistic entrepreneur, shares his journey of overcoming challenges from childhood to establish 'Jimmy Frank's Hot Dogs,' a food truck business specializing in hot dogs and Michigan-based products. Despite his struggles with autism and dyslexia, Jimmy's drive led him to create a venture that not only aims to succeed but also plans to provide employment opportunities for others on the autism spectrum. Supported by his mother Jeanine and the community, Jimmy's business celebrates inclusion, purpose, and achieving dreams.
    Links:
    Jimmy Frank's Hot Dogs Facebook (Click here)
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    Find us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/totalmichigan
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    Show Notes:
    00:36 Introduction to Total Michigan and Jimmy Sherman
    01:15 Meet Jimmy and Jeanine Sherman
    01:27 The Origin of Jimmy Frank's Hot Dogs
    02:15 Jimmy's Childhood and Overcoming Challenges
    07:15 Educational Journey and Specialized Programs
    09:50 Jimmy's Entrepreneurial Spirit and Hot Dog Cart Dream
    13:45 First Hot Dog Sale and Marketing Strategies
    15:53 Jimmy's Role in the Business and Future Plans
    16:32 Sponsor Break and Upcoming Content
    17:08 Welcome Back and Recap
    17:32 The Hot Dog Business Idea
    18:23 Choosing Michigan Products
    18:55 Challenges in Starting the Business
    20:51 Getting the Food Trailer
    23:49 Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs
    25:33 Future Plans and Inclusion
    29:19 Grand Opening Event
    31:12 Conclusion and Contact Information

    • 31 min
    Inside Lawry's Pasties: Generations of Flavors

    Inside Lawry's Pasties: Generations of Flavors

    Lawry's Pasties has been a family-run business since 1946, specializing in traditional Cornish pasties and maintaining the original recipe through four generations. Located in Marquette, Michigan, Pete and Addie Lawry share their journey of rebuilding the business after a devastating fire in the strip mall where their shop was located. They used resourcefulness and determination to start over, which included using equipment from Pete's mother's shop.
    With winter months being slow for tourism, Pete and Addie came up with a clever way to keep their business going while reaching UP transplants from around the nation year-round.
    Links:
    http://lawryspasties.com/
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    Show Notes:
    00:00 Welcome to Total Michigan
    01:24 The History of Lawry's Pasties
    02:26 What is a Pasty?
    03:38 Generational Business Challenges
    07:55 Rebuilding After the Fire
    15:15 Shipping Pasties Nationwide
    20:09 Local Favorites and Unique Offerings
    24:33 How to Connect with Lawry's Pasties

    • 26 min
    Unlocking Marquette's Hidden Trails With NTN Trails

    Unlocking Marquette's Hidden Trails With NTN Trails

    Ready to explore Marquette's trails? Lori Hauswirth and Jeni Kilpela from NTN Trails located in Marquette, Michigan discuss the organization's history, volunteer efforts, and extensive trail system.
    In this episode, we cover:
    The importance of community support for trail maintenanceThe diverse year-round activities available on the trailsThe various events that draw people to the area.
    Links:
    NTN Trails Website: https://noquetrails.org/
    Subscribe to our Email Newsletter: https://totalmichigan.com/join/
    Find us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/totalmichigan
    Watch on YouTube: https://youtube.com/@totalmichigan
    Show Notes:
    00:00 Introduction to NTN Trails
    00:29 Welcome to Total Michigan
    01:08 Meet Lori and Jeni
    01:40 What is NTN Trails?
    02:34 Lori's Journey with NTN Trails
    03:58 Jeni's Involvement with NTN Trails
    05:05 The Origins of NTN Trails
    06:07 Funding and Membership
    07:45 Trail Maintenance Challenges
    08:18 Land Ownership and Partnerships
    10:27 Year-Round Trail Use
    16:26 Volunteer Contributions
    19:14 Key Events and Festivals
    23:36 Membership Benefits
    25:19 Visitor Information and Support
    26:53 Conclusion and Contact Information

    • 28 min
    Secrets of the Sea: Inside the Marquette Maritime Museum

    Secrets of the Sea: Inside the Marquette Maritime Museum

    What better way to appreciate Marquette than through its history? Hilary Billman, the Executive Director of the Marquette Maritime Museum discusses the museum's efforts to restore trust with the community after financial mismanagement, Hilary's journey from St. Louis to Marquette, and the challenges and successes of reviving the museum, including updates to exhibits and new additions like the opening of the second floor of the lighthouse for artifacts.
    Links:
    Marquette Maritime Museum Website: https://mqtmaritimemuseum.com
    Marquette Maritime Museum Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/mqtmaritime.museum
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    Find us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/totalmichigan
    Watch on YouTube: https://youtube.com/@totalmichigan
    Show Notes:
    00:00 Introduction 
    01:03 Exploring Marquette Maritime Museum
    02:00 Hilary Billman's Journey to Marquette
    06:30 Challenges and Rebuilding the Museum
    12:05 Coming Back Stronger
    13:33 Exhibits and Artifacts at the Museum
    15:58 The Marquette Lighthouse
    18:28 Special Exhibits and Events
    24:09 Visiting the Museum and Final Thoughts

    • 26 min
    Sailing the Shores: The Story of Aquastar Cruises

    Sailing the Shores: The Story of Aquastar Cruises

    Want to go sailing around Lake Michigan? Then meet Patrick McKee, President of Aquastar Cruises.
    Patrick shares his family's generations-old connection to the maritime industry, the process of acquiring and renaming the Aquastar, and the exciting range of themed and public cruises they offer on Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan.
    The discussion highlights Aquastar Cruises' contributions to the community, their dedication to safety, and their commitment to creating memorable experiences for passengers.
    Links:
    Aquastar Website: https://aquastarcruises.com/
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    Find us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/totalmichigan
    Watch on YouTube: https://youtube.com/@totalmichigan
    Show Notes:
    00:00 The McKee Brothers' Dilemma
    00:23 Welcome to Total Michigan
    00:51 Introducing Patrick McKee and Aquastar Cruises
    01:47 Patrick McKee's Background and Family Business
    05:00 The History of Aquastar and Its Predecessors
    07:47 The Rebirth of Aquastar
    12:49 Aquastar's Themed Cruises and Community Engagement
    14:36 How to Experience Aquastar Cruises
    21:25 Seasonal Highlights and Special Events
    24:15 Conclusion and Contact Information

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Chrlsprtrdg ,

Informative, Educational, Inspirational

This podcast has it all. As a lifelong Michigander I’ve been exposed to many business I had never heard of until listening here. The interviews go deep enough to give the listener just enough back story and insight without being drawn out and boring. Cliff’s excitement comes through in his responses and leaves you with the feeling he absolutely loves what he is doing.

Josh-Smith ,

Building Michigan Leaders!

This a great show promoting and inspiring leaders in Michigan. I love the interviews but also like the recent book review as well.

Dkny78 ,

Ready to go to Michigan!

I found this podcast through a friend of a friend who wants me to visit Michigan. I live in Florida, and have never had any desire to go to Michigan. But I must admit, after listening to a few of Cliff’s interviews, I’m ready to go to Michigan! He has such a calming presence and great way of helping his guests tell their stories. He really made me feel connected to these people, and like I could visit Michigan without feeling like an outsider trying to find the cool spots. Love this podcast and am looking forward to hearing more!

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