COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: Is this the top?

Nationally, real estate has cycles. These cycles typically occur in 7- to 11-year periods and are the result of overbuilding and changes in the cost and availability of financing. In northern Michigan, values have always gone up. Well, not always, but most of the time...

K C Air is up for business and pleasure

HARBOR SPRINGS - This past March, newly-formed K C Air, LLC, took to the sky, offering customers a pleasant one-and-a-half hour flight alternative to the grueling four to six hours it generally takes to drive from the Detroit area to the recreation opportunities and natural...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A useful business tool

I recently received my first issue of The Business News and can't begin to tell you how impressed I am with the publication, especially with the vast amount of information it contains. I read it from cover to cover and can't wait until the next...

New motel fills need for mid-priced rooms

BELLAIRE - The first guests at the Bellaire Inn checked in the first week of July.Owned by Tracy Honeycutt and his partners William Mandt, Chris Dewey and Allen Pease, the motel at 728 E. Cayuga is on the same five-acre parcel as their other business,...

Nextel unleashes its network in northwest Michigan

TRAVERSE CITY - Using a wireless communication device as an intercom or tapping onto the Internet without a phone jack in sight are just two of the fully-integrated data services in the works by Nextel Communications, which opened its first Traverse City office last month."This...

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: Grant will get Boyne expansion rolling

CHARLEVOIX COUNTY - Good news for Boyne Mountain and the northern Michigan area--the Michigan Economic Development Corp. has approved a $784,350 tourism infrastructure grant for Boyne Valley Township.It will be used for water and sewer extensions and to relocate an electrical power line--infrastructure that's critical...

ENVIRONMENT: Career outlook in the green industry

Employment in the applied plant science portion of the green industry is literally growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities in the plant science field are excellent, with more job openings than job seekers.Employment in this field is expected to grow...

ENVIRONMENT: Red Mill redo in full swing

TRAVERSE CITY - The former Red Mill lumber building on Hall Street is quickly progressing into a three-story office building for the Great Lakes Community Mental Health (CMH) agency.The historic building was demolished in March not long after commissioners approved the site plan laid out...