COVER: Wire Fraud Strikes Local Real Estate Firms, Home Buyers

About a year ago, Real Estate One’s title insurance company almost lost $1 million from a wire transfer to East European hackers who concocted fake electronic closing documents in an attempt to steal the money. Fortunately, the scheme was exposed before the money disappeared. But hacking...

PYOB: New rule allows establishments to install beer, wine taps

Bars, restaurants and hotels can allow customers to pour their own beer and wine under a new state rule. But several popular Traverse City area venues say they don’t intend to do so. The new state Liquor Control Commission rule allows establishments with on-premises liquor licenses...

Core Business: Cideries Spring up Across Region

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the next big thing is here. What started as wine country and has also become a haven for craft brewing is now developing a taste for cider. From Peninsula Cellars on Old Mission to Short’s in Bellaire to...

Bread Rises Again Under Restaurant Owners

Long live Grand Traverse Bagel & Bakery. The business run by Claudia DeMarco and her late husband Bob Stevenson closed in late autumn 2015 following a fire in its oven. But as it turns out, it was only closed for a few months. That’s because restaurateurs...

Leading the Leaders: Facilitators keep company meetings on track

Betsy Williams, a facilitator and training specialist at Northwestern Michigan College’s Training Services, likens business meetings to gold. “We have all these valuable resources in the same room,” she said. “We need to treat that meeting time very specially and carefully…with an effective agenda, the tools and...

TC’s Bold Move Toward Renewable Energy

In December, city commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to power Traverse City’s municipal operations via 100 percent renewable energy by 2020 and initiate a long-term plan to transition the entire city to be carbon neutral by 2050. That’s a big league move for our little city....

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changes Our Minds

By Michael Lewis Hardcover $28.95, E-read edition $16 Norton Press, 362 Pages Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a Nutshell: The story of an academic odd couple that shape and form the field of behavioral economics. Who’s it for? General audiences, anyone who has enjoyed Michael Lewis’ other books (“Moneyball," “The...