SBA lending: What’s new for 2005?

Recently, the Small Business Administration (SBA) extended its deadline until April 3, 2005, for advance comments from the general public on key issues relating to its small business standard size, the rules used by the SBA and other federal agencies to determine whether a business...

AWS soaks the competition at award events

TRAVERSE CITY - Traverse City is prized for her two sparkling bays and innumerable inland lakes. So, it comes as no surprise that Action Water Sports of Traverse City, one of the nation's leading MasterCraft dealers, is a multiple award winner in the water...

Owners of brush co. triple growth in four years

By Kathleen GestTRAVERSE CITY - A German entrepreneur established the Laitner Brush Co. back in 1855, but advanced technology and innovative ideas by the new owners, John and Mike Kolarevic, have tripled the growth of the company since they bought it in 2000. They project...

ACRA: Solution-oriented and steering toward the future

TRAVERSE CITY - If necessity is the mother of invention, Fred Sorensen is its cousin. That's because for 30 years, Sorensen, president of ACRA, Inc., a Traverse City-based plastic injection molding company, has been finding "engineered plastic solutions" for his customers. From day one, this...