V.I.O. began as Viosport, creating helmet cameras that attached to camcorders for recording adventure and sports, such as mountain biking, motocross, skiing, snowboarding and motorcycling. In response to demand from military, law enforcement and homeland security agencies, and to better meet the needs of tactical professionals, Viosport created a line of rugged, wearable video technology under the VioTac brand in 2005. Viosport has since grown into the industry leader in wearable point-of-view (POV) video technology and is now offering the new standard in integrated POV video systems, the POV.1. As a result, Viosport changed its name to V.I.O. to reflect the company’s focus on POV video for both tactical and sport applications.

For over 85 years, Pinecrest Medical Care Facility has been providing quality care to our Upper Peninsula communities and families.  Owned by Delta, Dickinson and Menominee Counties, Pinecrest is centrally located in Powers, Michigan.  As a recognized area leader in long-term care, Pinecrest offers skilled medical care, Alzheimer’s care, physical, occupational and speech therapy, can welcome up to 160 residents, and was named the “2006 Facility of the Year” by the National Association of Healthcare Assistants (NAHA).  Pinecrest’s Pine Grove facility, which opened in January of 2007, was the first “greenhouse” facility in the Upper Peninsula and the second in Michigan.  Pinecrest Medical Care Facility is a nationally recognized facility that demonstrates its commitment to its workforce, its residents and the community through action.

Northern Initiatives (NI) is a non-profit community development corporation that supports entrepreneurs, businesses, manufacturing firms, banks, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations in a common effort to strengthen the economy of Michigan’s Upper and northern Lower Peninsula and Northeastern Wisconsin.  Originally established by Northern Michigan University (NMU) in 1985, Northern Initiatives (NI) became a private, non-profit corporation in 1992.  While maintaining a partnership with NMU, Northern Initiatives is also affiliated with ShoreBank Corporation, a community development banking institution based in Chicago. Through its work, Northern Initiatives has made $27M in loans to over 350 businesses.  Fifty-five percent of its loans have been to start-up ventures.  Northern Initiatives also provides business and manufacturing consulting services.  Northern Initiatives serves the 15 counties of the Upper Peninsula, the 5 Wisconsin counties that border the U.P. and 29 counties in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.  Along with investing in start-up companies, Northern Initiatives has distinguished itself through partnerships with community banks.  Over 30% of NI loans have been made to manufacturers who have used these loans to finance new equipment or support improvements that help them to stay competitive.  Northern Initiatives is unique in its blending of financial and information services to support the growth of entrepreneurs and the development of rural economies.

In 1945, Khoury Furniture was founded in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Harry, Edward, James and John Khoury started Khoury Brothers, and they soon had a niche in designing and producing high quality furniture. Today, Khoury employs just over 100 people, has capacity to expand and remains a family-owned business that operates its own saw mill (Aspen Lumber Company) and kilns.

Khoury Furniture is committed to the development of ECO Designs and responsible production of healthy living furniture. They have a combined 63 years of solid wood manufacturing with the most sensitive concern for forests, natural resources and customer health. Their ecological integrity will remain solid and reliable for future generations to enjoy.

Last year, the Aspen Lumber Company completed the SmartWood Certification Process. Khoury Furniture is certified by SmartWood in meeting Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards.