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Concerns over the global situation and the domestic economy are still present this year. A continued rebound in the economy, including increased business spending and stronger job growth, will be necessary to further drive the commercial real estate demand. As the Great Lakes economy goes, so...

Commercial mortgages Q & A

Q: My practice is looking at a new office in town and I want to make sure I get the lowest interest rate. How long should I wait before locking in?A: With commercial mortgages, it is best to not focus on holding out for the...

Measure proposed to protect identity theft victims

With identity theft an increasingly rampant problem, some lawmakers are trying to force businesses and agencies to report all suspected thefts of personal information. Legislation in the House and Senate would require any organization that holds personal identification information to notify customers if it believes...

Employee embezzlement and check fraud: Protecting your organization

When it comes to safeguarding your business from embezzlement or check fraud, it's true that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." You cannot prevent people from trying to commit fraud against you, but you can take steps to minimize the financial impact. The...

Profile steps it up a notch with new shredding machine

TRAVERSE CITY - Despite federal legislation to stop identity theft, over seven million people in 2003 had their identities stolen. Identity thieves are constantly on the lookout for improperly disposed of files containing confidential consumer information. "The only way to properly dispose of this kind of...

Rieth-Riley buys out H & D

GRAWN /PETOSKEY - Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc. of Grawn acquired H&D, Inc., a construction company in Petoskey March 30. The acquisition will strengthen Rieth-Riley's position in northern Michigan and allow H&D to maintain a strong level of service to its customers. H&D will be a...

New moniker for North Country Bank

MANISTIQUE - The former North Country Bank has a new name: mBank. But customers will experience no disruption of services during the name transition. "Our employees throughout the region are enjoying a renewed sense of confidence and empowerment in their bank, which May 16th officially...

Three area businesses among Top 50 Companies to Watch

Championing the entrepreneurial spirit is at the heart of the Edward Lowe Foundation in Cassopolis, Mich. This year they initiated and sponsored the "50 Companies to Watch in Michigan" program to celebrate the contribution, innovation and energy of diverse second-stage companies around the state. Driving...

Company will be anchored in Bellaire

BELLAIRE - The Bellaire area and the 130 employees at Anchor Lamina received some good news in mid-May with word that Danly IEM, a part of Anchor Lamina, is moving its machinery and operations to Bellaire when it closes two plants. The company plans to hire...