Play Money: Online toy retailer wins $30K grant

TRAVERSE CITY - The owner of an online retailer of children's green and natural toys has a "grown-up" problem: How to keep accommodating her businesses' continual growth. Sheri Novak, owner of Hazelnut Kids, recently received the National Association for the Self-Employed's 2008 Achievement Award,...

Equipment supplier launches leasing company

TRAVERSE CITY - Jim Kirby, owner of GT Packaging & Janitorial Supply, has established a new leasing company that provides in-house financing for clients. Kirby is partnering with Bay City-based Wirt Financial and Leasing Services, which has a northern Michigan office in Traverse City. "This...