The Hot Sellers List

Ever wonder which northern Michigan realtors are actually selling the most real estate? So did we, so we turned to the data. Following are the list of the top 2016 sellers, based on actual sales data provided by BrokerMetrics. This section includes the top 50...

Cool Properties For Sale Around the Region

What is a cool property? There are plenty of residential and commercial properties for sale that might meet that definition. The TCBN defines “cool properties” as those with historical value, unique characteristics, particularly attractive features, one-of-a-kind views or old properties with potential new uses. Of...

Hot Sellers: Four Realtors on Fire

Who’s the right Realtor for you? That’s impossible to say, as one size does not fit all. But it’s a bit easier to state who some of the area’s most successful Realtors are, at least in terms of the numbers. The following are profiles of the...

Increased Focus on Apprenticeships Good for Workforce

Graphic designer. Baker. Firefighter. Customer service representative. They may not be occupations that readily come to mind as candidates for apprenticeships, but they’re among a myriad of possibilities that Evelyn Szpliet, the Northwest Michigan Works! new point person on apprenticeships, is happy to help employers consider. Szpliet...

Training Services Leverages Jobs Programs, New Methods

It may be the era of government cutbacks, but one state program that has helped numerous Grand Traverse employers – the Michigan New Jobs Training Program – is expected to be around at least until 2023. Administered by Northwestern Michigan College’s (NMC) Training Services, the...

Acupuncture, Wellness Therapies Emphasized at Cancer Center

East meets West at the Cowell Family Cancer Center (CFCC) as patients benefit from integrative therapies that complement traditional cancer treatments. Since Munson Medical Center opened the CFCC in April 2016, individualized supportive care and wellness programs have been emphasized in coordination with its strong multidisciplinary...

What Employers Can and Cannot Do in a Wellness Plan

A healthy lifestyle is what we all aspire to, right?  If the answer was a resounding “YES” employers wouldn’t need to consistently increase their wellness plan participation levels with incentives, often referred to as carrots or sticks.  By the time a wellness strategy is ultimately...

Wayfinding Company Growing Despite National Health Care Uncertainty

Initially offering basic web and marketing design for Michigan-based companies like Herman Miller, Corbin Design’s focus has shifted over the years to almost exclusively wayfinding consulting and signage design. Clients include more than 135 medical centers, 70 cities and towns, and 45 colleges and universities. The design team...

What’s Really Making You Tired at Work

Roger Sperry, recipient of the Nobel Prize in brain research stated, “Motion is life. 90 percent of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by movement of the spine.” We are genetically programmed to move, not sit still. Unfortunately, we are a very...

The State Budget: A bigger piece of the pie?

Once again, it’s that hopeful time of year in Michigan when energy, enthusiasm and optimism fill the air, bringing a renewed sense of purpose, drive and excitement. A special time when we strive for that precarious balance between prioritizing our responsibilities and needs with our...