Hagerty Center to become ‘Green Venue’ in June

Only a handful of facilities statewide have earned certificationTRAVERSE CITY - It all started with garbage. Between the events and conferences it hosted and what was generated by Lobdell's restaurant, the Hagerty Center quite simply made too much of it. So Nate Glidden, executive director...

New owners of ISC help tame the IT beast

TRAVERSE CITY - Information Technology (IT) is not an area in which every person feels comfortable. Start talking IP, SSL and VOIP and eyes can quickly become glossed over. For businesses IT is, however, a necessary tool.For more than 12 years, Michiganders Mike Zamiara and...

The traveler’s buzz: Social media makes trip planning a snap

Imagine the 1983 National Lampoon film "Vacation" if the Griswold family had access to the online and mobile travel planning tools available to today's vacationers. It would hardly have been the means for high-grossing comedy, much less four sequels. Fortunate for modern-day Clark Griswolds, the resources...

Company launches green-built products for the health of it

TRAVERSE CITY - The line between green building and traditional building continues to fade as green building practices become more and more mainstream. No one knows this better than Jim Anderson, a 35-year veteran of the building industry and CEO of Architectural Elements of Michigan....

Ideas to break through advertising clutter

It used to be that getting the word out about your product or service was easy. You had newspapers, magazines, radio and only three networks of television. Today, however, the options are many. What's more, consumers are literally bombarded by an increasing number of advertisements...

With business booming, Moomers moves into milk

TRAVERSE CITY - Moomers Homemade Ice Cream is the ultimate Field of Dreams success story. What was literally the product of a dream for owners Nancy and Bob Plummer, is now easily Grand Traverse's favorite place for ice cream. Each night, all summer long, crowds...

Homecoming gratifying for former Old Kent president

TRAVERSE CITY - Like many who have left the Grand Traverse region to pursue new career opportunities, John Paul could never get Traverse City off his mind. Like a scene from a favorite movie one plays over and over, it was impossible for Paul to...

Premier owners envision incentive-based program for area employees

TRAVERSE CITY - For five months, the fitness facilities formerly known as Ultimate Fitness lay dormant. Deep in dept, Ultimate Fitness owner Dale Carpenter closed the Traverse City-based health club unexpectedly in January, leaving members out in the cold, scrambling to find a fitness center...

Business is on the move for Rock Jaw creator

CHARLEVOIX - When Paul Lindberg first stepped foot into the Michigan Landscape Association trade show in Grand Rapids in January, he wasn't sure how his new product, Rock Jaw, would be accepted. Rock Jaw was not created, after all, after months and months of market...