Challenging Times Need Perspective – and Action

Uncertainty can be a debilitating force. It can create hesitation and apprehension in people’s personal and professional lives. It can stall local, regional and world economies and blunt a community’s progress. It’s certainly not a stretch to call these uncertain times. A volatile global economy, a...

Beauty and Brains – Traverse City Has It All

The Traverse City region is best known as a resort community. That’s not surprising given its incredible annual swell of summer tourists and seasonal residents, and inclusion among a seemingly endless string of “must see” and “best of” lists popping up around the country in...

“Traverse City – Where We Do Things”

November 24 will be a significant day here at the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. As the region prepares for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Chamber will quietly observe the 100th anniversary of its founding on November 24, 1915, when a small group of local...

Put Away Talk of ‘Runaway’ Growth

Preparations are underway for the Traverse City Area Chamber’s annual Economic Outlook Breakfast and Business Expo coming up November 3 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. There will be a lot of positive things to talk about this year. Our region is experiencing a...

Growing – And Keeping – Our Young Talent

Many things are grown in northern Michigan – cherries, grapes, apples, trees, row crops, flowers – the list goes on. Some of these goods are exported across the state and beyond and account for a significant portion of the regional economy. But there’s one homegrown product...

Protect Investments To Stay Pointed In The Right Direction

Economic indicators such as unemployment rates, stock prices or consumer confidence levels can be tricky, even misleading statistics. Typically issued on a wide scale to reflect the economic condition of a country, state or region, they don’t always reflect the reality of smaller communities or...

Thanks For A Thankless Job

Spending hours at meetings to work through community issues isn’t something on most people’s favorite-things-to-do list. Balancing professional duties, family obligations, church and social functions and other time-eaters is hard enough. Finding time and energy to step into a community role that brings with it...

A Tip Of The Cap To TIF 2

Mistrust in government can sometimes skew perception into reality – to the point where it’s getting harder to even acknowledge much less appreciate things the government is doing exceedingly well. A significant anniversary of sorts is coming up in Traverse City, both worth celebration and contemplation...

Invest in What We Have

Wow - what a list! It is no surprise that each of the professionals featured in this month's issue is considered to be among the most influential professionals under the age of 40. Business owners consistently cite access to "talent" among their...