Beyond Borders: Northern food producers tapping export market

REGION - It's a popular misconception that only behemoth corporations can succeed in exporting internationally. Many small companies are finding that their competitive advantage lies in unique or niche-type products. Nowhere is that truer today than among Michigan's farmers, growers and food producers.In 2010, more...

Game On

TRAVERSE CITY - Lining up his shot from the tee, Brandon Theophilus glances out over the fairway, assesses his target, then pulls back his club. The iron slices through the air, driving the ball through the air and over the undulating fairway in one swift...

This Just Invented

TRAVERSE CITY -Local inventor Keith M. Nielson has designed a system to custom organize kitchen drawers so cooks can find utensils in a snap. DrawerDecor, a custom-fit, silicone drawer insert, keeps kitchen utensils such as spatulas, ladles and ice cream scoops from shifting when a...

Kelvin versus Goliath

TRAVERSE CITY - When David squared off against Goliath, he was packing a sling and a stone.When Cartridge World local-franchise owner Kelvin Shaw goes up against his Goliaths - Hewlett Packard, Canon, Lexmark, Dell, Epson and other printer makers - he's armed with a common-sense,...

Designing Woman – for Men

Lake Ann - "I was and always have been obsessed with houses and the people who live in them,"says Dorina Rudd of Lake Ann Twenty years ago, Dorina turned her fascination into Design Strategies, a successful business specializing in interior and exterior design. Recently...

Fast Company

TRAVERSE CITY - What do you get when you combine a good attitude with experience in sign creation and installation? Well, if you're Jason Orton, you get a company that's a model for successful business.In fact, he thought those traits were so important that that...

Ray Kendra Goes it Alone

TRAVERSE CITY - Architect Ray Kendra credits the past for his present - and future.Kendra bought out the final partner in CWS Architects in late 2010. The well-established Traverse City firm had operated as Clark Walter Sirrine Architects - run by Jon Walter, Terry Clark...