Who is TraverseCONNECT helping?

By Doug Luciani A few months back the Traverse City Business News published a story about the new TraverseCONNECT brand here at the Traverse City Area Chamber. It’s been slowly rolled out over the past year to reflect the economic development, business financing and other initiatives...

Attorneys Argue Case For Social Media (Or Not)

Some professions seem to live – or die – by their embrace of social media. Many professionals say you simply can't survive without it. But if anyone is going to argue a case for or against it, it's an attorney. LinkedIn According to the American Bar Association’s...

Insuring Your Cyber World

Adam Maas struggles to think of someone who doesn’t need cyber liability insurance. “Um … a caddy?” laughed Maas, commercial risk manager for the Larkin Group in Traverse City. If a business has a computer, and if that computer is connected to the internet, there’s a risk,...

Alfa Romeo Zooms Into Traverse City

That throaty roar can mean only one thing: Alfa’s coming. One of the iconic and best-loved imports of the last century – the famed sports car brand Alfa Romeo – is on its way to Traverse City. Fox Grand Traverse on U.S. 31 South is one...

TC’s Longtime Auto Repair Pros Talk

Maybe you’ve been going faithfully to the same car repair shop for 20 years, or maybe you’re in the market for a new one. Either way, you probably don’t think much about car repairs until you absolutely need them. Fortunately, Traverse City is home to several...

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...

Formulating A Retirement Plan: How You Save and How You Spend

By Matt Golba Contrary to conventional thought, retirement planning is not something that ends once one actually leaves the workforce and starts chipping into the nest egg. Many pre-retirees are under the impression that retirement planning is what you do on your way to retirement –...

Riding Our Way To A World-Class Destination

I called my old friend Carl to see if he wanted to meet for a weekend of mountain biking. We used to ride together when we were MSU students, but we’d lost touch since he moved to New York. Carl was “all in” (he’s that...