Benzie County at a glance

BENZIE CO. - As the third fastest-growing county in Michigan, Benzie's beaches, rivers and inland lakes have traditionally made it prime hunting ground for second homeowners. That meant good news for sellers in the years preceding 2005, according to Suzy Voltz, associate broker and co-owner...

New owners plan upgrades at Bowers Harbor Inn

OLD MISSION PENINSULA - For generations, discriminating diners who enjoy elegance along with their entrees have made the journey north to Bowers Harbor Inn.Two long-time peninsula residents promise to keep that tradition alive.Old Mission Historic Development, owned by Traverse City natives Jon Carlson and Greg...

Banker’s grand idea is making an impact

TRAVERSE CITY - Back in 2001, Wendy Steele had a grand idea-literally.Her plan was to get 100 women to each donate $1,000, then they could give $100,000 to their community- Cincinnati-for a cash-strapped dental clinic to serve the needy. The program was so successful...

Homecoming gratifying for former Old Kent president

TRAVERSE CITY - Like many who have left the Grand Traverse region to pursue new career opportunities, John Paul could never get Traverse City off his mind. Like a scene from a favorite movie one plays over and over, it was impossible for Paul to...

TC State Bank continues growth, looking to expand

TRAVERSE CITY - Six years after re-introducing the Traverse City State Bank name to the area, investors behind the locally-owned and managed community bank are celebrating its continued growth. "Business is going very well," said TCSB Executive Vice President Alan Zelinski. "The bank has just grown...

Sponsorships add one-two punch to companies’ marketing mix

TRAVERSE CITY - Corporate sponsorship of sports, the arts, and special events and causes, is the fastest-growing form of marketing, according to numbers provided by Chicago-based IEG Corporation's sponsorship report. All you have to do is attend a logo-laden concert, charity event or sports match...

Johnny Advertising is now EverywhereUGO

TRAVERSE CITY - Johnny Advertising, based in Traverse City, has changed its name to EverywhereUGO, embarking on an ambitious expansion plan. CEO Matt Meyers says the name change will allow them to expand into new markets everywhere from Aspen to Argentina. Meyers brought restroom advertising...

Folgarelli’s changes hands

TRAVERSE CITY - Donna Folgarelli has passed on the family business to son Darric Newman, though the change in ownership this spring is just one of several new happenings at downtown's Folgarelli's.Newman, 36, whose family opened the specialty food market in Traverse City in 1978,...