Don’t Shrink From Big Thinking

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood….” American architect Daniel Burnham is known for helping design some of the country’s most notable structures and majestic cities, including Chicago and San Francisco. His time-tested words from more than a century ago are...

Newsmakers: People On The Move

FINANCIAL SERVICES Ian Ashton recently joined Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as a branch manager in its Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Portage offices. Peggy Campbell has joined State Savings Bank’s new loan center in downtown Traverse City as vice president...

Book Review: Hatching Twitter

Hatching Twitter A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal 320 pages, Portfolio Trade, 2013 Hardcover $17.00, e-Read version $7.99     Most of us have an image of an inventor shaped by the works of Edison, Bell and the Wright Brothers: Hardworking souls toiling through hours of experiments until...

People, Places and Products

PEOPLE, PLACES AND PRODUCTS TO WATCH   2015   NATE GRISWOLD PRESIDENT OF INHABITECT, LLC If you think green roofs are simply roofs painted green, think again. Meet Nate Griswold, whose name is landing on many developers’ short list these days. Griswold installs custom green roofs – also called garden roofs,...

Michigan’s Energy Future: Get Real, Or Lights Out

By 2016, Michigan will lose 1.3 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power the combined populations of Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing! That alarming factoid is found in a new report on electric reliability from Public Sector Consultants (PSC) of Lansing. The report states that Michigan...

The Beers Bankers

For some families, it’s common for one or two generations to follow the same career path. The Kennedys in politics and the Bernsteins in law are just a couple of examples. But it’s very rare when five generations of the same family – dating back more...

Lenders Of Choice

In may best be described as a classic case of supply meeting demand. Several area credit unions are increasingly targeting business owners looking for an alternative to banks as their lender of choice. Case in point: Lake Michigan Credit Union, which for the last four years...

Mobile Payment Programs Grow Up

As retailers look for more options for collecting and processing payments from customers, customers are similarly seeking ways to use technology and not be be forced to carry cash. The result is a variety of innovative software applications, many of which are being used regularly...

Traverse City Business Hall Of Fame

The annual Business Hall of Fame enshrines the most influential and notable leaders who have helped build Traverse City throughout the decades. Now in its third year, we induct its two newest members: James Munson – who was innovative in his treatment of psychiatry as...

Resolved For Positive Things In 2015

The coming year is a significant benchmark for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce as it celebrates its 100th year of operation. The Chamber’s been blessed over the decades by the many pioneers of business who took on major roles in the organization –...