New Venues Ride on Event Wave

Numbers don't lie. Last year, more than 3.3 million visitors made trips to the region, many of them here to attend events. It's a number that has grown a steady 4.5 percent annually since 2006. It's no surprise that new event-friendly venues have popped up to...

Traverse City Business Hall of Fame

Traverse City Business Hall of FameHonoring TC's past and present movers and shakersBy Gayle Neu Ever since Hannah, Lay & Co. purchased an "inefficient saw mill" from Captain Harry Boardman at the mouth of the Boardman River in 1851 and built a steam-powered mill, Traverse...

Inside NMC: Drone Home

Drone HomeNMC's leading edge in the unmanned vehicle industryBy Gayle NeuTRAVERSE CITY - At Northwestern Michigan College, students can explore the land, sea and air with unmanned vehicles, walking away with a degree and, more importantly, a job.NMC is one of only a handful of...

Bang for your Buck

Whether you're getting ready to sell your home, plan to sell in five years, or just want to improve your surroundings, investing a few thousand dollars in your nest is a good way to augment your home's value. So, what should you do with $5,000...

Selling Green

REGION - It's pretty easy being green, especially if your home is energy efficient and for sale. In fact, the Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR) has made green housing easier to find, buy and sell.Four years ago, TAAR was among the first in the...

Taking the LEED

TRAVERSE CITY - Tim Burden brightens up around light-emitting diodes. And why shouldn't he? The CEO of CooLED, Inc. is in an industry that experts say is poised to explode: By 2020, 70 percent of public lighting is predicted to be LED lighting."We expect to...

Boomers No Babies When It Comes To Fitness

TRAVERSE CITY - Certified personal trainer and Traverse City area native Julie Schmuckal has launched a business that helps Baby Boomers work through the aches and pains of getting older.While living in Chicago, she "saw the writing on the wall" that Boomers age 50 and...

Responsive Web Design-Fad or Future?

TRAVERSE CITY - If your website fills your customers' smartphones with teeny script, then it's time to get on the responsive web design bandwagon."It's the latest buzzword," said Tim Barrons, co-owner of Byte Productions in Traverse City."It's the ability to have a website that's...

Farms, Schools Link Through Food

Limp, greasy pizzas are out; locally grown beets and acorn squash are in.REGION - For the first time in 15 years, public school lunches across the country were revamped this year to combat growing childhood obesity. One major change: Students are now required to take...