Real Estate Rookies

Kyle Miller made a unique career swap when he left the high-profile, but hectic, world of sports broadcasting to get into real estate sales. “I just love working with people and helping them to find their dream home," said the Indiana native who joined Traverse City's...

Construction Labor Shortage

The scene was a class on construction trades at Northwestern Michigan College with about 20 students in attendance. A veteran construction company official addressed the students about local job opportunities in the trades, urging them to take advantage of the current boom in building. He was...

Making It In Northern Michigan

This month, the TCBN, NMC and the regional office of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center are launching a new feature spotlighting manufacturing in northern Michigan – bringing them out of the shadows of our industrial parks and sharing their "Who knew?" stories here. About a decade...

Delivery With A Star On Top

In the package delivery industry, the Big Three of United Parcel Service, Fed Ex and the financially-troubled U.S Postal Service dominate. But in recent years, more and more companies and individuals have turned to a thriving Traverse City-based business to solve their delivery problems. Star Delivery...

The Beers Bankers

For some families, it’s common for one or two generations to follow the same career path. The Kennedys in politics and the Bernsteins in law are just a couple of examples. But it’s very rare when five generations of the same family – dating back more...

On The Health Care Job Hunt? Consider Medical Coding.

  By Al Parker As Baby Boomers age, the need to employ a growing number of qualified health care workers to both prevent and treat medical conditions grows as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the nation needs to retain its corps of qualified workers...

Financial Firm Tells Employees: Volunteer On Us

By Al Parker A Traverse City investment firm is offering its workers the opportunity to volunteer at sites around the globe at no cost to the staffers. Financial & Investment Management (FIM) Group will pick up the tab for workers who will commit to volunteering at sites...

“Uniting” For the Better

By Al Parker Despite a steep decline in donations over the past few years, the mission of the United Way of Northwest Michigan hasn’t changed. “Our goal is to improve the lives in our five-county region by mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common...

Brick Packaging Mirrors Wine Industry Growth

  America’s steadily growing interest in wines has worked out well for a Traverse City company that sells everything – from corks to barrels – that a vintner might need. Brick Packaging was launched in 2003 when owner Dan Brick saw an entrepreneurial opportunity. With a long...

“Going Small” In A Big, Big (Real Estate) World

By Al Parker Small office vs. big companies has been a long-standing debate in the real estate business. Big operations have big marketing budgets and brand name recognition, but smaller firms often offer more personal service – a huge factor in the real estate game. So with...