Encore Entrepreneurs

For more than 20 years, Tom Smith has developed pricing and proposals for automotive and light truck manufacturing equipment. For the last seven months, he’s also sold doughnuts. The 63-year-old Smith is director and owner of Serious Donut Co., a shop on South Garfield Avenue in Traverse...

Talking Manufacturing In Michigan

Michigan Manufacturers Association President and CEO Chuck Hadden has one word to describe the state of manufacturing in Michigan: Vibrant. In northwest Michigan’s 10-county region, manufacturing was the top growth industry between 2009 and 2012, adding 1,700 jobs for a growth rate of 14.4 percent, according...

Benzie Grows Entrepreneurs

A new venture that could help farmers and budding entrepreneurs turn ideas and recipes into marketable products - and possibly businesses - is coming onto the northern Michigan food scene.Grow Benzie, the community nonprofit farmstead in Benzie County's Benzonia, is launching a state-licensed incubator kitchen...

Topping Pure Michigan

What's the next big Michigan tourism idea? Nine hundred people will decide soon.A competition offering a $5,000 prize for a winning Michigan tourism idea will end at the upcoming Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism - an annual gathering that's seen as a must-attend event...

Personal Property Tax Q&A

In December, Michigan passed major reforms in the tax that businesses pay on personal property like equipment, furniture and tools. Public Acts 397-404 and 406-408 of 2012 are expected to eventually reduce Michigan's $1.2 billion personal property tax, or PPT, by an estimated $577...

Light It Up

Just turning the lights on every day sucks up to 50 percent of a business' electricity consumption, meaning big dollars are lighting that lobby. Michigan Saves aims to change that to pennies.The Michigan Saves program has helped homeowners finance energy efficiency improvements since 2010 and...

No Tax on Internet Sales Hurts Michigan Retailers

Like many Michigan retailers, Bill Golden knows competition from Internet sellers.He remembers when a customer last December came into Golden Shoes, which he co-owns with his brother Craig, and bought $300 worth of winter boots, only to return them the next day and purchase them...

New Law Protects CPAs from Third Party Suits

LANSING - It's a change in law that to some might seem obscure.But to certified public accountants (CPAs), the new Michigan legislation that clarifies liability in certain dealings with non-clients is important.John Lindley, vice president of government relations and regulatory affairs for the 17,800-member Michigan...

Unloading Regulations

Unloading RegulationsHouse Bill would exempt smaller trucks from lengthy inspections, expensive letteringBy Amy LaneREGION - Throughout Michigan, many businesses run on small commercial vehicles and pickup trucks.And the owners of those vehicles, from farmers to service providers to manufacturers, had fallen under a state requirement...