June 2019 Issue
The 2019 TCBN Summer Preview: The biggest four issues that will dictate how this summer’s tourism season goes
Summer is upon us, and that means a busy time of festivals, tourist crowds and peak traffic for many local businesses. But what will summer 2019 bring that Traverse City hasn’t seen before, and how will this particular summer season affect the local business community? To answer these questions, the Traverse City Business News focused on five different categories, spanning everything from jobs and labor to new events to what the future of the local tourism scene might look like.
The Labor Situation
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Grand Traverse County posted an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent …
"Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World"
By Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall
Harvard Business Review Press, April 2, 2019, 256 pages, Hardcover: $30
Reviewed by Chris Wendel
In a Nutshell: People care which company they work for. The best people are well-rounded. Work-life balance matters most. These might seem like solid theories for a workplace. “Nine Lies About Work” calls out these old standards (and several others) as lies that need to be replaced by more rational approaches.
Who’s it for? …
Bank branches aren't going away, but new ones will be smaller, more high-tech
Rumors of the demise of brick-and-mortar bank branches are not true, say area bank and credit union leaders.
“I’ve been in credit unions for 34 years and we’ve always heard branches are going away. But it’s just not true,” said David Leusink, president and chief executive officer of 4Front Credit Union. “They remain an important component of service delivery.”
But as more financial transactions are conducted on laptop computers, tablets and smart phones, the role …
Village Barrel Room Honors Past, Present
Oak barreled wines aging in the lower level of The Barrel Room, which opened in May 2017 at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
Note: Please see the “Inside the Village” insert in the June TCBN for more updates on The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Women of the Village profiles. an events calendar, Mercato map and more.
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons has many stories of creative re-use as new endeavors honor the …
Can Do: Wineries tap into canning for consumer convenience
Just in time for summer, Leelanau Cellars and Chateau Chantal are tapping in to a new market: wines in a can.
Leelanau’s three canned varieties – sparkling red, white and rosé – and Chateau Chantal’s bubbly cherry and bubbly white canned wines step into a trend that has spread nationally, …
From Vine to Pure Michigan Wine: How growers, producers and retailers are regulated
Our region’s gently rolling topography is spotted with endless rows of grape trellises winding toward the turquoise lakeshore. Each year, more of our agricultural landscape continues to be converted to grape production.
Why, you ask? You guessed it. Wine. Pure Michigan wine. It takes a lot of grapes to produce …
Federal Law Scaring Local Financial Institutions Away from Cannabis Banking
Some local bank and credit union officials say they’re anxious to cultivate the blossoming marijuana industry.There’s just one problem.
Although Michigan voters approved the sale and use of medical and recreational marijuana, the drug is still an illegal controlled substance under federal law.
“We’ve made the decision that since we …
The Spaces Between the Places: The pleasure of local road tripping Up North
The start of June is always a magical moment here in the great “Up North.” The cherries are ripening and the lakes are finally just warm enough to look at without dread. Another fantastic summer is upon us, and I, for one, can’t wait. It was a long, cold winter …
Cultivating Success in Our Backyard
An important event took place early last month that will help chart the future of economic development in the Grand Traverse region. More than 50 stakeholders representing different sectors with varied points of views – large companies, small firms, nonprofits and public sector officials – gathered to identify and prioritize …
Wineries Working Together: Local vintners growing, changing via new trails and rebrands
The first vintners 40 years ago weren’t the only things that were hardy – along the way, the development of new grape varietals perfect for this climate has expanded the growing region even further north.As the number of wineries and vineyards has swelled, various industry associations and groups have sprung …
Breweries: Is your upcoming party, festival or tasting really covered?
What good is a celebration without a cold craft beer? Craft breweries are as good at throwing parties as anyone, but whether it's the annual ugly sweater party, off-site beer festival or a “close down the streets" type of affair, an insurance conversation needs to take place. The spirit of …