BANKING & FINANCE: e-Money – what’s it all about?

E-money is rapidly becoming one of the simplest methods of moving cash on the Internet. It requires no complicated software, and permits the transfer of electronic cash to anyone with an e-mail address. Some of the biggest names in the banking business are involved--Bank One...

MANUFACTURING: Exporting the “Up North” lifestyle worldwide

PETOSKEY - Bill Gates has one. Several Big Three automotive executives and their Japanese counterparts boast them. Hint #1: It's from Michigan. Hint #2: It does not have wheels.In Northern Michigan, where the landscape is vast and the construction industry cannot keep up with demand,...

MANUFACTURING: Fraud against manufacturers continues to grow

Fraud against Michigan manufacturers is similar to that found against all businesses nationwide. It is a primary cause of business failure, and it's growing!According to U.S. Department of Commerce statistics, one third of all business failures relate to some form of fraudulent activity, many times,...

One to watch: How I & W became a $7 million company in just two years

TRAVERSE CITY - Have you ever driven by an industrial building and wondered what they do inside? You imagine they're a small company because, after all, this is northern Michigan. But a closer look might just reveal a bigger picture: a multi-million dollar business that...