March 2015 Issue
Structuring IT For Business Success
CIO, CTO, IT Director, IT Manager … oh my! Yes, Dorothy had it right, technology (even the job titles) can be overwhelming at times for today’s businesses. But, tech plays a pivotal role in any business’ success. So let’s leave the lions and tigers and bears for a moment, and examine the IT functions and structure that are most important for a business.
In the largest enterprises, a CIO (Chief Information Officer) is responsible for development, implementation and operation of a firm's information technology. This person oversees the entire system’s infrastructure and establishes standards to facilitate management control over all …
Newsmakers: People On The Move
Steven Adams has joined Golba Financial in Traverse City as a registered representative. He brings several years of financial and business experience to the position, including work with national brokerages and also as CEO of a home warranty and liability company.
Patty Bell-Johnson, an account specialist at Pyramid Tax, Accounting & Consulting in Traverse City, has achieved the Enrolled Agent certification, the highest credential the Internal Revenue Service awards. She can now represent …
Book Review: The Marshmallow Test, Mastering Self Control
Hardcover $29, eBook $15
Premise – A simple test determines so much. Is there hope for those of us that flunk it?
Audience – Anyone who simply wants more self discipline.
Author's Own Words – “In order to understand self-control, and the ability to delay gratification, we need to grasp not only what enables it but also what undoes it.” Walter Mischel
A business book bestseller when it hit shelves …
The Man Makeover
Whether it’s the result of a youth-obsessed culture, selfie-obsessed social media or simply an improving economy, minimally invasive and reconstructive procedures have been steadily fueling the billion dollar cosmetic surgery industry.
Contributing to this sharp increase in total procedures is a change in clientele seeking out such services – specifically, men. Though women still comprise a substantial majority of the clientele, local surgeons confirm there has been a rise in the number of men booking …
Addiction Treatment Services: How It Turned Its Life Around
By Ross Boissoneau
Those suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol have a two-pronged problem to face: dealing with the addiction and dealing with the shame it brings. In its efforts to combat both those challenges, Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) of Traverse City has also helped itself survive – …
Andy Schmitt was at a conference in San Francisco when the family cat slipped out of his Incochee Woods house. While talking to his wife, Beth, in Traverse City from his California hotel room, he then activated their home’s outdoor cameras and watched his iPad as the motion sensors did …
JOHN MESSINA HOMEWORX, 20961 Richardson Road, Lake Ann, John H. Messina
JOHN PAPINEAU BUILDER, 1682 Elm Road, Frankfort, John Papineau
LYNN & PERIN MERCANTILE CO., 7117 South Street, Benzonia, Victoria Mekas
MATT ADDIS PLUMBING, 2057 Glory Rd, Frankfort, Matthew M. Addis
MCGUIRES COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION, PO Box 147, 976 …
Airlines Commit Larger Aircraft, More Seats For TVC Travelers
Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) experienced 5.1 percent growth in 2014, and all indications show the regional airport in a positive growth pattern again this year. Cherry Capital Airport has flown past Lansing and is now ranked fourth among all Michigan airports in total passengers – following Detroit, Grand Rapids and …
Tax Season Is Here – You Ready?
Believe it or not, tax preparation still sneaks up on some people. Even though Tax Day falls on or about April 15 every year, many find themselves scrambling to gather all the necessary documents and sometimes forgetting about others – which could result in more tax savings, or raise an …
Briefly: Big News In A Small Format
HAGERTY HIRES LOCAL PRINTING, FULFILLMENT PROVIDER
VP Demand Creation Services (formerly Village Press) in Traverse City has been selected by Hagerty to provide marketing execution, customizable printing and fulfillment services.
“When we grow, so do our supplier partners and a decision of this magnitude by Hagerty has far-reaching impact beyond …
All About The Face
It takes a person's subconcious just 13 milliseconds to make inferences about personality and other characteristics from another's face. What's more, studies have shown these inferences are accurate up to 70 percent of the time, proving that while we can overcome our initial impressions, we aren't likely to ignore them.…
Raising More Boats
“A rising tide lifts all boats” is a phrase made famous by President John F. Kennedy borrowed from a chamber of commerce in his native New England – an aphorism that suggests pretty much everyone benefits from a growing economy.
It’s also a saying often panned as sound economic policy. …
5 Pieces Of Technology You Should Be Using To Succeed
We’re moving past the era of file cabinets and memos. It can be a hard transition, especially when a team’s workflows have to change to fit the new technologies.
For larger businesses and organizations, the task of creating, implementing and managing the most efficient digital tools usually falls on the …
Important Affordable Care Act Updates For 2015
Employers have been reacting to the impact the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made on employer-provided health coverage since early 2010. This year will be no different, with significant portions of the Affordable Care Act going into effect, such as the employer shared responsibility mandate (“employer mandate”) and new ACA …
Job Creation Promise? More Political Rhetoric
I’ve been pondering this new paradigm that has government granting tax breaks to businesses that promise to create jobs. Business benefits from lower taxes, politicians can benefit by posing as job creators, and taxpayers…well, if there are any benefits, they’re offset by paying the price for corporate welfare, and further …
Health News Across The Region
New Health Care Training Program Launches
Integrity Home Health Care in Traverse City has opened Integrity Health Training School. Starting this month, it is offering a Nurse Aide Training Program that prepares students to become certified nurse aides.
Executive Director Greg Hall said the training will likely be offered every …
Protecting Your Intellect: A Day's Work At Revision Legal
Sending subpoenas deep into Vietnam via rickshaw. Debating with the Supreme Court of Moldova. Testifying before the Michigan State Legislature on pornography. All litigation as usual for the Traverse City-based firm Revision Legal. Situated at the nexus of intellectual property (IP), emerging technology and business interests, Revision tackles unique cases …