Top Area CPA Firms

With the February issue, the Traverse City Business News is launching a new Lists section. Going forward, the Business News will periodically be publishing a ranking of local businesses in a particular industry, based on revenue, annual billings or some other form of measurement. Below is...

Briefly: Big News In A Small Format

STATEWIDE DISTRIBUTOR BUYS WICKSALL Great Lakes Wine and Spirits has acquired beverage distributor Wicksall Distributors, Inc. following the retirement of majority owner Pat Wicksall. Traverse City-based Wicksall Distributors has 60 employees and services nearly 600 retailers in Antrim, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Kalkaska, Wexford and Missaukee counties....

Commentary: All Aboard! TC Rail Service Needs Support Now

Imagine packing a bag for the weekend, heading over to the Filling Station (at the historic Train Depot) in Traverse City for lunch – and then actually boarding a train. As you settle into your clean, comfortable seat, the train pulls south along Boardman Lake...

50 Years Of “Car Talk” In Traverse City

For one week every summer for the past 50 years, Traverse City becomes a mini Motor City. Since its creation in 1965, the Center for Automotive Research's (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars have been held exclusively in Traverse City  – some 250 miles north of the automotive...

Pick, Pack and Ship

For entrepreneurs, coming up with a great product is a great start – but it's only the start. Then there's marketing and sales to drive demand and ultimately – but most importantly – packaging and shipping of goods to customers. Timothy Young, owner of specialty food...

Brands, Banners and The 4,000-Pound Box

Traverse City-based Britten, Inc. ships more packages around the world than you. It's an easy assumption, given that the banner and sign maker shipped 46,000 packages last year and ranks third among all FedEx customers from northern Grand Rapids to Sault Saint Marie. And though its...

Delivery With A Star On Top

In the package delivery industry, the Big Three of United Parcel Service, Fed Ex and the financially-troubled U.S Postal Service dominate. But in recent years, more and more companies and individuals have turned to a thriving Traverse City-based business to solve their delivery problems. Star Delivery...

Who’s Coming This Year?

Northern Michigan continues to build on its reputation as a destination for convention and meeting business, particularly throughout the state. Brad Van Dommelen, who heads Traverse City Tourism (formerly the Convention and Visitors Bureau), said the region’s combination of excellent meeting facilities and its burgeoning...