Women reach clients around the globe

For many women, building a home-based business means figuring out the local market and competition. For others, it means spreading their wings and working all over the world from their tiny corner of the world. Deborah Martin did just that. In the last eight years as...

Check 21: how does new law affect you?

The Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act, commonly known as Check 21, changes the way checks are processed in the United States. Check 21 is intended to upgrade and safeguard the nation's banking system, foster innovation in the check processing system and improve the...

Independent Bank Loan Center opens this month

TRAVERSE CITY - Independent Bank will open the doors of a new loan center in Traverse City at 315 North Division Street in September. Customers will find all mortgage and home equity loan needs, including over 60 different mortgage loan options. "This new...

New retailer sells authentic Amish wares

INTERLOCHEN - Old World Gifts & Furnishings recently opened for business on U.S. 31 just east of Interlochen, offering Amish gifts and furniture handcrafted in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The 6,000-square-foot building is distinct with its Amish flavor, red siding and cuckolas on the...

GR company buys Peninsula Office Furniture

TRAVERSE CITY - Purchasing office furniture and obtaining supplies just got easier, thanks to a merger and a move. A July 1 buy-out of Peninsula Office Furniture & Supply Company of Traverse City and Petoskey by Integrity Business Solutions of Grand Rapids, the state's largest independent...

Cheese dip purveyor breaks into the big markets

ELK RAPIDS - Super markets are modern-day coliseums where food companies, like gladiators, duke it out for the best shelf space and market share. Competition is fierce. If Sugar Frosted Os doesn't fly off the shelf, it's quickly replaced by another sugary sweet contender,...