Company takes personal golf simulator to next level

TRAVERSE CITY - There are an estimated 25 million golfers in America and they all share one thing-a passion for bettering their game. Enter Russell Edens, president and co-founder of DancinDogg, a 40-year-old East Lansing native and math and computer software-designing wiz. Last year,...

Wireless provider looking to link rural communities

TRAVERSE CITY - Stretching from a farm outside Leland to a coffee shop in Benzie County, high-speed Internet connectivity is on its way to northern Michigan.Tino Breithaupt, Senior Vice President of the Traverse Bay Economic Corporation, has been the driving force behind the move."This is...

Couple puts money where their mouse is

ELK RAPIDS - Ten Keys, a new business service firm based in Elk Rapids, bucks all of the pencil-pushing, number-crunching stereotypes associated with accounting services. Office visitors are greeted by Zeke and Buffy, the resident terriers, and a framed picture of John Lennon. In the...

New weight-loss surgery available at Munson

TRAVERSE CITY - A new surgical option for patients who are morbidly obese is now available through Munson Medical Center's Bariatric Surgery Program. "We believe LAP-BAND® is the right alternative for some of our patients," said Dr. Michael A. Nizzi, D.O., one of three bariatric surgeons...

Fitness trends: What’s in, what’s out

TRAVERSE CITY - Imagine the future of fitness being an activity practiced by exotic dancers for years: pole dancing or "stripper aerobics." This is just one of the many unique forms of exercise that people all over America are turning to, according to Adam Schaub,...

Study tests effect of cherry properties on brain disorders

TRAVERSE CITY- Research will begin this month on the effects of concentrated amounts of tart cherries and essential fatty acids on brain disorders like Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's, thanks to a $100,000 marketing and research grant awarded to Ray Pleva's company, Cerise Nutraceuticals.The grant will...

Williams drives the market in third quarter

TRAVERSE CITY - Welcome to Kia Country. The latest auto sales data for the Grand Traverse area shows that car buyers are bucking national trends and prefer the affordable imports over other models that sell better throughout the nation. For the third quarter (July-September), the...

Front Street: Michigan’s Publisher’s Row

TRAVERSE CITY - Traverse City's Front Street has proven to be an ideal place to make fudge, sell T-shirts, and of course, bake cherry pies, but it's also becoming a good place to publish, market, and sell books. In New York City, the undisputed publishing...

Negative advertising: Brand ID or bad idea?

TRAVERSE CITY - "To attack a rival is never good advertising. . . It looks unfair, not sporty." That wisdom comes from industry pioneer Claude Hopkins, who wrote the classic book, "Scientific Advertising." Not sporty? Maybe so, but does it work? Negative advertising certainly...

Real estate company back on Inc. 500 list

TRAVERSE CITY - The McKeough Land Co., developer of recreational, waterfront and waterview properties, has been named to Inc. Magazine's annual Top 500 list of the fastest-growing privately-held businesses in the United States. "We all feel extremely honored to make this list four years in...