The Need for Speed

Municipal fiber network could be a 'game changer' for business and community development. Traverse City Light & Power will spend year weighing cost vs. demand.   Three years ago Alex Mowczan, owner of Summerside Properties – which operates Cambria Suites, the Best Western and the Comfort Inn...

Making It In Northern Michigan: Clark Manufacturing

Clark Manufacturing, a 40-year-old Traverse City-based precision machining firm, values being the best at what it does: hiring top-notch employees and building solid customer relationships. The company maintains ISO:9001 certification and a dedicated quality management system. It also has a long history of investing in the...

Roundtable: The Bankers Talk Shop

Every industry is undergoing change, but arguably your local and national banks might take the cake: Buyouts, significant regulation changes, and new competitors both in the brick-and-mortar and online worlds are just a few of the daily realities and challenges. Locally, northern Michigan’s banks are...

Book Review: The Obstacle is the Way

By Ryan Holiday Portfolio Press, May 1, 2014, 224 Pages Hardcover $14.95, electronic addition $9.99, audible version $4.49 In a Nutshell: “The Obstacle is the Way” shows with its philosophical anecdotes and historical references that there is a right way to approach the inevitable adversity that comes our...

Coming to a Computer Near You: 3D Printing

Maybe it’s not yet exactly commonplace, but for 3D printing, that day is coming soon. What was once science fiction morphed first to merely exotic and is now mainstream. Like computers and other technology before them, 3D printers are getting better, smaller, and cheaper. Machines are...

Newsmakers: People On The Move

ACCOLADES Sgt. Brandon Brinks was recently named the 2015 Law Enforcement Division Employee of the Year for the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office. He is a 13-year employee and has taken on many roles, including being a community police officer, a field training officer, a member...

Briefly: Big News In A Small Format

BY THE BAY TRANSPORTATION SOLD Blue Lakes Charters & Tours has acquired By The Bay Transportation in Traverse City. Headquarted in Clio, Mich., Blue Lakes is a motorcoach operator with the largest independently-owned charter fleet in Michigan. This acquisition allows the company to expand its areas...

Challenging Times Need Perspective – and Action

Uncertainty can be a debilitating force. It can create hesitation and apprehension in people’s personal and professional lives. It can stall local, regional and world economies and blunt a community’s progress. It’s certainly not a stretch to call these uncertain times. A volatile global economy, a...

Why Hackers, Cyber Criminals Target Small Business

Probably the biggest change NeXt IT has observed over the last 18 months is cyber criminals turning their efforts to small businesses instead of large enterprise corporations. Why? Because small business networks offer a much easier “lock” to pick, unlike large enterprises that invest far...