Limits on direct shipments ‘ridiculous,’ says Coe

LANSING - Leelanau and Old Mission wine producers hoping to continue shipping direct will get what they asked for, but not without a compromise. A bill passed recently by the state House allows for both in-state and out-of-state wine producers to ship their product direct, but...

Double-digit growth leads to major expansion at Oryana

TRAVERSE CITY - Oryana Natural Foods Market has broken ground on a 6,500 square-foot expansion to their 10th Street store, riding a wave of booming sales that began after moving to the site eight years ago. With an estimated completion date of next summer, the...

Doing business in foreign markets

TRAVERSE CITY - You've heard there is a market for your company's product in Central America. How do you find out for sure? Or, your company has been exporting for years. Now, you've got your eye on a new market but you're concerned about the...

The business card is changing with the times

Imagine conducting business without the Internet. We have come to rely on email as a primary form of communication and on websites as destinations for researching products and services. Still, not all business is conducted in cyberspace. We are human after all, and we continue to...

Crystal’s Green Team steps up efforts

THOMPSONVILLE - Magazines printed with soy-ink on recyclable paper; compostable cups and containers made from yellow corn; a focus on serving local and organic produce; a golf course care that is environmentally conscious. All these and more are among the business practices at Crystal Mountain...

New phase for New Designs, Guidebook

TRAVERSE CITY - This month marks the beginning of a new season for New Designs for Growth (NDFG), a grassroots initiative working under the auspices of the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce to promote smart residential and commercial growth. Several new programs and resources will...

Brownfield incentives return value to blighted areas

GRAND TRAVERSE CO. - In addition to health hazards, properties designated as brownfields create economic problems. When a facility is vacated and a brownfield is the result, there is little taxable income for the city, county or state. Usually, the owners of these facilities have...

Hurricanes, energy and inflation

The past month has seen two tremendous hurricanes slam into the Gulf Coast, devastating many lives and causing billions in damage to infrastructure, property and energy facilities. After the initial shock of the storms impact, investors have begun to focus on the potential benefits...