Couples meld unique businesses under one roof

TRAVERSE CITY - After spending years developing their crafts, master furniture maker Larry Hammond and metal worker Darin Fetter have brought their talents under one roof. The artisans' new combined facility, located at 225 East Sixteenth Street, provides a workshop where visitors are invited to...

GR company buys Peninsula Office Furniture

TRAVERSE CITY - Purchasing office furniture and obtaining supplies just got easier, thanks to a merger and a move. A July 1 buy-out of Peninsula Office Furniture & Supply Company of Traverse City and Petoskey by Integrity Business Solutions of Grand Rapids, the state's largest independent...

Winery owners fear end of Single Business Tax exemption

REGION - As area vineyards hit the peak of the 2004 growing season, wineries were hit with new taxation problems stemming from a 25-year-old law. More than 20 winery owners, industry representatives and lawmakers gathered at Chateau Grand Traverse July 14 to forge a plan for...

Getting an MBA your way: on line

When you consider that the typical MBA graduate can expect a 50 percent increase in salary over his or her pre-MBA salary, it's no wonder people are seeking to earn the degree in greater numbers than ever before and institutions are creating a delivery system...

Portability Act increases stiff competition for wireless companies

When communication providers for northern Michigan's small towns and rural areas were required to respond to the FCC's phone number portability rules early this summer, customers fared better than those in major markets which opened portability six months ago. Companies in the Detroit, Ann Arbor and...

Company brings wireless service to rural areas

ELK RAPIDS - Telecommunications pioneer Tim Maylone is taking his business where no high-speed Internet provider has gone before. He's bringing wireless service to homes and businesses in some of the smallest communities in northern Michigan. Elk Rapids-based Maylone Enterprises, Inc. specializes in developing networks in...

Four area developments serve up new options for second-home buyers

REGION - There's a new generation of vacation properties in the northern Michigan offering attractive purchase options and recreational opportunities designed to meet the lifestyles of today's affluent couples. Opening this month, LeBear Luxury Residential Club and Spa along the shores of Sleeping Bear Bay in...