Wildcats Mean Business

Northern Michigan University is proud to support our alumni-owned businesses. This page hosts a directory of businesses who have registered with the NMU Alumni Association, sorted by state. If you'd like to register your business, complete this form


Breakthrough Hypnotherapy
Owner: Pamela Topjian '07
Location: Carmichael, CA
About: Pamela CHt certified Hypnotherapist is committed to helping people reach their goals - from the inside out - conducting Hypnotherapy sessions virtually anywhere in the world, via phone or zoom. Consultations are always free.

Owner: Jeff Nyquist '99
Location: San Francisco, CA
About: Using neuroscience and virtual reality to help athletes train and sharpen their skills from anywhere, even at home.


C&G Web Enterprises
Owner: Gary Richtmeyer '72
Location: Zephyrhills, FL
About: C&G Web Enterprises is an Information Technology company specializing in on-site computer support, home and business network solutions and PC consulting.


Zoos Are Us
Owner: Corey Hancock '12
Location: Huntley, IL
About: Use of animals for education and family events.


Luminous Harmony
Owner: Aubrey Kall ‘15
Location: Davenport, IA
About: Light show design for commercial drive through Christmas parks and residential homes


Sports Event Management Company (SEMCSports)
Owner: W. Patrick Lentell ‘72
Location: Cotuit, MA
About: A company that puts on fun community-based athletic events and partners with non-profits to help raise money.


45 North Management
Owner: Justin Bassett ‘93
Location: Harbor Springs, MI
About: With countless years of combined service in the marine, property care, and auto detailing business, 45° North takes care of the folks who love to live, work, and play in northern Michigan. 

Applecore General Store
Owner: Amy Polk ‘97
Location: Cedarville, MI
About: Hand-crafted, Michigan made products, from edibles to coffee, art, crafts, and more.

Arborview Counseling, PC
Owner: Nicole Taulbee '94
Location: Niles, MI
About: Online counseling for mental health issues regarding stress, anxiety, depression, marriage, family and work.

Bahrman Trucking
Owner: Gregory Bahrman '10
Location: Gwinn, MI
About: Experienced Provider of transportation & logistical solutions in the Northern Great Lakes region.

Barrel + Beam
Owner: Marina Dupler ‘03 and Nick VanCourt '04
Location: Marquette, MI
About: A brewery solely focused on crafting world-class farmhouse ales and barrel-aged real ale.

Barton Group Search and Recruiting, Inc.
Owner: Barton Foster '79
Location: Livonia, MI
About: Automotive and industrial environment recruiting technical, managerial, and executive personnel.

Bennett Media Group
Owner: John Bennett '04
Location: Marquette, MI
About: A full service marketing agency.

Owner: Libby Nelson ‘05
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Restaurant, bar & bakery.

Boomerang Retro & Relics
Owner: Nickolas Dupras ‘06
Location: Marquette, MI
About: A retro-chic boutique specializing in mid-century style, with a unique inventory of both new and vintage clothing, housewares and furniture.

Casa Calabria
Owner: Jim Johnson '77
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Located two blocks from NMU, Casa has been a favorite for students and alumni since 1981.

Dawson Family Law
Owner: David Dawson '74
Location: Sterling Heights, MI
About: Southeast Michigan divorce and family law lawyer since 1977.

DIGS Gastropub
Owner: Pat Digneit '11
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Located in historic downtown Marquette, DIGS is highly regarded with unique food from award-winnings chefs and some of the best atmosphere in the area.

Double Trouble DJs
Owner: William Digneit '08
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Double Trouble DJs is dedicated to making your dream event a reality, with the best in music, lighting, sound, photo booths, and more. 

Down Wind Sports
Owner: Bill Thompson '87
Location: Marquette, Muising, and Houghton, MI
About: Down Wind Sports is an outdoor specialty retailer in the U.P. of Michigan which is a a family owned and operated business.

Eagle Service LLC
Owner: Charles Havican '92
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Commercial refrigeration sales and service. How and cold side sales and service for all commercial food service needs. HVAC/R service.

Escape Marquette
Owner: Anna Hemstock '12
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Your team of 2-8 players has 60 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles or riddles and escape before the time runs out!

Goodness and Greens
Owner: Anna Dravland '14
Location: Marquette, MI
About: A company created to spread goodness, greens and giggles, featuring Aeroponic Tower Gardens, Juice Plus Nutrition and Giggles & Greens, a locally-sourced gift store that will have you laughing from your head to toma-toes.

HOTplate Pottery and Clayworks
Owner: Melissa Sprouse ('09, '15 MPA)
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Fuel your creative fire and paint-your-own-pottery, fused glass, acrylic canvas and board art, and clay handbuilding and wheelthrowing. No experience or reservation needed.

Hoover's Auto Body Shop
Owner: Ginger Petry (BS '87, MAE '89)
Location: Marquette, MI
About: One-stop shop for auto collision repairs and auto detailing.

Independence Fuel Distributor, Inc.
Owner: Cassie Anderson '08
Location: Big Bay, MI
About: Serving all of Marquette County with delivery of home heating fuel, bulk diesel and gasoline.

Kall Morris Incorporated
Owner: Troy Morris '15
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Space debris research and solution development company.

Kevin's Karpentry
Owner: Kevin Brown '93
Location: Davisburg, MI
About: Trip carpentry work.

Kildare Irish American Pub
Owner: Rick Overbey '96
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Irish American menu featuring corned beef and cabbage, shepherds pie, Guinness beef stew and the best Reuben in town.

Marquette Wallpaper & Paint
Owner: Theresa Hamari ‘99
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Retail sales of Benjamin Moore Paint, Wood Finishes, Window Treatments, wallpaper, custom picture framing, passport photos, key cutting and more.

MQT Nutrition
Owner: Jenna Neaves ‘08
Location: Marquette, MI
About: A health, nutrition, and fitness shop all in one.

Lakeshore Bike
Owner: Matt Calcaterra '81
Location: Marquette, MI
About: A full service bike shop that sells new bikes and accessories, and services all makes and models. Lakeshore Bike also has a fleet of rental bikes including full suspension Mountain Bikes and Fatbikes.

Sabrina Leigh Studios
Owner: Sabrina Langdon '14
Location: Marquette, MI
About: A wedding and relationship photographer focusing on capturing real moments and showcasing the value of relationships.

Signs Now
Owner: Mark Pynnonen ‘83
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Design, produce and install a large variety of custom signs for any industry and any occasion. 

Superior Blue Link
Owner: Joe Bruttomesso '04
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Popular party store with a great downtown location featuring a large selection of beer, wine, and liquor. Focused on enhancing the customer's overall experience with great customer service and a fun, engaging atmosphere.

Superior Family Vision P.C.
Owner: Erin Schoone '06
Location: Ironwood, MI
About: A comprehensive optometry practice offering the latest in eye care treatment, contact lenses and eyeglasses.

TEAMTECH Motorsports Safety, Inc.
Owner: Curt Tucker '82
Location: Saginaw, MI
About: TEAMTECH produces seat belts, safety netting, fire-suits, gloves, shoes, arm restraints and other safety related products for motor-sports applications such as race car drivers, race boats, recreation and aerospace applications.

The Stitch Witch
Owner: Kendra Symbal ‘00
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Tailoring & Tux Rental

Owner: Scott White '81
Location: Marquette, MI
About: An insurance and risk management firm, VAST is a leader in business, personal, and benefits insurance needs.

Upper Peninsula Periodontics, PC
Owner: Steven Davis '06, MS '08
Location: Marquette, MI
About: Specializing in the practice of periodontics, dental implant surgery, oral medicine and both bone and soft tissue grafting techniques.


Crag Dog LLC
Owner: Kelly McMahon ‘13
Location: Duluth, MN
About: Recycling climbing gear to make quality dog collars, leashes and toys for the dog community while giving back 30% of sales to the climbing community.

Ursa Minor Brewing
Owner: Ben Hugus ‘15
Location: Duluth, MN
About: Small batch brewery and taproom

New Jersey

Keystone Plastics Inc.
Owner: Michael Naftal '85
Location: Neshanic Station, NJ
About: A family owned business, Keystone Plastics manufactures brushes for road sweeping, as well as fiber used in making brushes for household cleaning or industrial applications.

North Carolina

Healthcare Security Consultants
Owner: Thomas Smith ‘80
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
About: Security Program Assessments, Expert Witness Services, Designing Security into New Construction, Program Transition and Talent Acquisition


RE/MAX Elite
Owner: Kim Schieldknecht '82
Location: Mason, OH
About: Real Estate brokerage.


Fernweh Food Company
Owner: Ashley Lance '08
Location: Portland, OR
About: Making plant-based, gluten-free, dehydrated adventure meals and snacks using local, seasonal produce and package in sustainable packaging.


Cartwheel Communications
Owner: Kevin Hadas '97
Location: Selma, TX
About: A web design company specializing in marketing, e-commerce, graphic design, and credit card processing.


Great Lakes Endurance, LLC
Owner: Lois Bressette '02
Location: Clintonville, WI
About: Ecologically mindful trail races.


Page last updated 8/5/2020