The Times They are A-Changin’

There are few constants in life as certain as change. While it can generate anxiety and fear, it can also bring excitement and fresh approaches to challenges and opportunities. Change has begun for northwest Michigan and will continue in 2019. The change process is already underway...

Building on Our Positive Momentum

Among the most important parts of a race is crossing the finish line. Getting there requires preparation, determination and execution. But, despite countless inspiring stories of sportsmanship and selflessness shown during big races, the run is diminished if one doesn’t finish the job. There are similar...

Business and (Community) Service Go Hand in Hand

Business and service go together. A business may have the best product or concept on the planet, but without the service necessary to connect with customers, even the brightest ideas won’t reach their full potential. Same is true for success and service. Traverse City’s leadership...

The Right Time for a Nerd

“Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor.” – Hesiod, Greek poet, ~800 BC “Timing is everything.” Have truer words ever been spoken?  That well-worn and universal phrase applies to so many circumstances in everyday life – business decisions, personal...

A Whole New Ballgame

The story of John and Leslye Wuerfel was like was the unforgettable line from the cult classic baseball movie, Field of Dreams: "If you build it, [they] will come." The entertainment scene in the Grand Traverse region was dramatically altered – for the better – more...

Marsha Smith and Rotary Charities – A Dynamic Duo

Communities are in a constant state of evolution. They grow or regress, and the successful ones evolve with purpose, vision and inclusiveness. There’s little question over the direction of the Grand Traverse region’s evolution. The fortunes of our modest city by the bay have ridden a...

Wanted: More Business Voices in Local Governance

This month Traverse City’s elected officials will conduct interviews to fill a vacancy on the city commission. Our region is fortunate to have so many individuals willing to step up and serve their community by taking on the duties of elected and appointed officials. But from...

Be Careful What You Wish For

A community’s economic and social well-being is invariably linked to the strength of its institutions. Some are new; some have been around for decades or longer. When it comes to attracting talent and investment, however, some stand out as particularly important and need to be...

Complacency is Our Fork in the Road

There’s a consistent – and important – message emanating these days from business and political leaders across the state: Keep Michigan’s economic comeback moving forward. Michigan’s economy has gotten to a much better place in the past decade. It’s evident in traditional barometers like economic growth,...

Patience is a Virtue in Public Advocacy

Several well-worn adages extol the benefits of patience and perseverance in pursuit of major, long-term goals. And while it's true Rome wasn't built in a day, patience and perseverance are necessities in the political arena. It's more important now than ever in this age of precious...