Charter company close to doubling revenue each year

TRAVERSE CITY - Imagine you have a business meeting in Chicago. It should only last a couple of hours, but with all the travel time, you'll be gone at least one entire day. That means a day that you're not in the office--time you're inevitably...

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: What to expect from your attorney

It may seem a daunting task to find the right lawyer in Northern Michigan. Simply open the phone book (or look on the back) and lawyers in all shapes and sizes fly out at you like Wizard of Oz monkeys.But there is a resource that...

Big Net fishes for area investors

TRAVERSE CITY - Big Net is about to get bigger.With a customer base of 300,000, calendar revenues for Pontiac-based Big Net Holdings are expected to increase from $19 million to $50 million in 2000. The company recently announced a major partnership with Ford Motor Co....

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: Budgeting beyond the numbers

For many business owners, the new year brings the dreaded task of budgeting--a time-consuming chore. And, if you're like most business owners, you grudgingly and quickly try to come up with accurate projections. Still, when the new fiscal year gets underway, you find that your...

BANKING & FINANCE: What do those credentials really mean?

Choosing the right financial advisor to help you arrange your income and assets to achieve your financial goals is no small task in today's world of hype and misinformation. One of the most difficult chores is simply discerning whether a financial professional has the proper...

Executive gift giving doesn’t have to be a chore!

It was probably the single most traumatic experience of my early career: trying to figure out what to buy my boss for Christmas. He was a venerable ad man in a Brooks Brothers suit and a Rolex watch. I was a green girl, fresh out...