Business Collaborations

Being a good corporate citizen comes easily to many businesses in the Grand Traverse Bay watershed. From encouraging employees to volunteer their time and talent, to donating a portion of sales, to endless other options, we are fortunate to be the beneficiary of the following collaborations:

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa: The Resort was an early supporter of The Watershed Center’s work and has been a donor for more than 20 years. In additional to their financial contributions, The Resort also created a team for our Adopt-A-Stream program, which monitors Acme Creek as it winds through their property. The Resort also began working with Terracycle to recycle the plastic from their partially used shampoo and conditioner bottles. This resulted in a $500 gift in 2017 alone.

“[Participating in the Green Team] has allowed me the privilege to meet so many of the Traverse City area’s leaders for environmental sustainability, said Michaelene Horton, Executive Housekeeper, at The Resort  Our partnership with The Watershed Center in their Adopt-a-Stream program has been not only eye opening and educational but helpful for the preservation of Acme Creek and, just down right fun to do!”

Bubba’s: This downtown Traverse City restaurant, owned by TC Foods, recognized their fantastic location along the Boardman River and close proximity to Grand Traverse Bay and decided to put their money where their mouth is by donating $1 from every dessert sold to The Watershed Center.

“We truly love the natural beauty of our region, and want to see it protected for generations to come,” said Jeff Wiltse, owner of TC Foods. “We’re fortunate to be able to support The Watershed Center in such a direct way.”

Michigan Overboard: A burgeoning small business that sells eco-friendly products, Michigan Overboard was founded by two native Michiganders who spent much of their youth up north. So it was only natural that they wanted to give back to the beauty of the state they love – the business plans to donate 21% of gross profits to water conservation and shoreline protection organizations. Why 21%? The Great Lakes make up 21% of the world’s surface fresh water.

“This is really a natural wonder,” said Jeff Cremonte, co-founder. “We all need to do our part to help preserve it.”

If your business would like to be involved with The Watershed Center, please contact Shelli DiFranco, Director of Community Engagement, at or 231-935-1514 ext. 5.

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