Economic Development is Everyone’s Job

When the top choice for the Grand Traverse County administrator job recently emerged, it was an encouraging sign – one that underscored the importance of effective economic development strategies in moving the community forward. Among the curious and sometimes frustrating aspects of local government in northern...

Your Most Pressing TVC Questions Answered

Every year when TVC announces the summer schedule with all the great opportunities to travel throughout the world we still receive questions inquiring why we don’t have…So I thought this would be a great time to answer the top three questions. Why don’t we have this...

Business and Politics: Both Better When Working Together

A recent report in a state business publication by former Traverse City-based reporter Lindsay VanHulle asked if business interests are losing their “clout” in Michigan’s state capitol. It suggested that “Lansing’s new GOP leadership is ignoring the priorities of business to pursue its own anti-tax...

Succession Planning is Successful Planning

Among the many positives of northern Michigan’s business community is the vast number of local and family-owned companies across our business landscape. That’s important as local and family ownership often brings various assets to a region that extend well beyond a company’s bottom line. Local...

The State Budget: A bigger piece of the pie?

Once again, it’s that hopeful time of year in Michigan when energy, enthusiasm and optimism fill the air, bringing a renewed sense of purpose, drive and excitement. A special time when we strive for that precarious balance between prioritizing our responsibilities and needs with our...

One Size Does Not Fit All

By Kent Wood Most every consumer has cast a wary eye toward a product or service labeled as “One Size Fits All.” Life experience tells us there are few things that work well in all situations. More often than not a solution for one situation can...