Making It In Northern Michigan: Hayes Manufacturing

It’s not unusual to find a family-run business in the region. But there are very few that have more family members involved in the day-to-day operation of the company than Hayes Manufacturing in Fife Lake. And three-fourths of the company is owned and operated by three...

Huntington Banking On Meijer

Bread, butter and banking. In-store bank branches – part of a one-stop shopping business strategy – are not new, but there is a new partnership in town: Huntington and Meijer. Although in-store banking has been available in many markets including Traverse City and other northern communities...

What About A “SmartZone” In TC?

Five years ago, a handful of other community-minded business leaders and investors embarked upon an endeavor to launch an angel investment group – Northern Michigan Angels (NMA) – that would invest in entrepreneurs primarily in northern Michigan. Since that time, membership has grown and invests...

Briefly: Big News In A Small Format

NEW: BAY FAMILY VISION CARE Anna Lammers, O.D recently purchased the practice of Dr. Paul Kropf on Munson Avenue in Traverse City and renamed it Bay Family Vision Care. Dr. Lammers returned home to Traverse City after finishing a residency in pediatrics and binocular vision. She...

A Simple Case Of Supply And Demand

On August 8, BP unexpectedly shut down part of its Whiting, Indiana refinery where crude oil is turned into gasoline and transported throughout the Midwest. As a result, gas prices jumped – in the Traverse City region from $2.54 to $2.99 per gallon. Consumers were...