To Grow Up Here Doesn’t Have to Mean to Leave Here

This is my first column for Traverse City Business News. I’m honored and excited. My goal is to share some of the thoughts and insights I’ve developed during a lifetime of doing business in Traverse City, traveling the globe and meeting some of the world’s most...

Youth Is NOT Wasted on the Young

There is hope. In a society where labels are assigned to dismiss a person’s perspective, where rhetoric is habit, respectful debate is a challenge and the divide appears to be growing, there is still hope. I know this because I have experienced it. The younger generation...

Promising Trends in Local Housing Policy

Traverse City – northwest lower Michigan’s business and cultural capital – is at a defining moment in its history. Faced with skyrocketing home prices and swelling rents, we can sit back and watch as the housing issues escalate, or we can take action to create...

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...

New Incubator Making an Impact

20Fathoms, our community’s new business incubator and center for entrepreneurship, opens its downtown office at the corner of Front and Park streets this month. Its mission is to cultivate a thriving community of entrepreneurial start-ups and growing companies. It’s all about impact. The young companies working at...

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...

Debt-Free Education is Still Possible

How do you fill 9,000 open construction jobs in the state of Michigan in one year? Or 500,000 skilled professional trade jobs by 2024? According to the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, those staggering numbers are reality. Why? The Great Recession exodus, birth...

A Big Thanks to Small Business

Some things can’t be overstated or emphasized enough. One of them is the importance of small business to northwest Michigan’s economy. As the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce ramps up its annual Small Business Celebration this month – culminating June 5 with the presentation of...