Honduras Coffee Co.: The right blend of education, experience

TRAVERSE CITY - Running a business is hard enough. Imagine running one based in another country.Dale and Melanie Firebaugh of Traverse City know all about it, having formed Honduras Coffee Co. with their daughter, Amy, and son-in-law, L. Armando Contreras, a Honduras native.They formed the...

Why are we so taken with Greenspan’s words?

We've been hearing an increasing amount of talk of "how high" the market is right now. And seemingly, that perception is accurate. But by what standards do we make this assumption? Based on historical valuations, it's not difficult to arrive at this conclusion.Three elements can...

Announcements

ACQUISITIONSFawcett-Dopke Insurance Agency, a 102-year-old firm in Traverse City, has purchased Independent Insurance Centre (formerly John D. Guba & Associates) located at 735 S. Garfield Ave. Fawcett-Dopke, located in the NBD Bank building downtown, will be operating out of both locations.AWARDSComputerLand of Traverse City has...

WOMEN IN BUSINESS: Home operator turns passion into profits

BENZIE COUNTY - Retailers beware. If Donna Malecki, Benzie County resident and executive director of Valley Residential Services, walks in your establishment, pay attention. She may help you turn a major profit. Back in 1987, when Malecki was working as a residential program superintendent with...

HEALTH CARE: Midwives -Tradition & Technology

TRAVERSE CITY - Pam Bradshaw describes her practice as a place where East meets West.As one of several certified nurse midwives in the area that offers deliveries in a hospital setting, her patients are able to choose health care that blends both tradition and technology."It's...