Our housing and construction market…what lies ahead

Home sales and new home construction turned in a sub par performance during the final three quarters of last year, which helped contribute to the decreased annualized growth of the real gross domestic product (GDP). The five-county area essentially mirrored the national performance. ...

Builder hopes to generate interest in turbine

TRAVERSE CITY - A new generation of wind power technology is ready to propel northern Michigan homeowners to greater energy independence, and Traverse City entrepreneur Garth Ward wants to sell it to them.Ward has become one of the first dealers in the country selling a...

Spring tourism: Lost cause or creative opportunity?

Twenty-five years ago this July, David and John Robert Williams snuck a float into the Cherry Royale Parade. It featured the Hay Fever Queen, "Anna Histemann," and her court riding high on a flatbed trailer full of hay. The float stopped every few minutes so...

Rules of hiring rapidly changing–and so is the TCBN

The New Rules of Hiring Used to be a given: the most appealing professional career candidates had a lot in common: high school diplomas, a college degree from a respected university, and maybe even some on-the-job seasoning. In fact, "used to be" was just a few years...

New wineries sprout among Old Mission’s vineyards

TRAVERSE CITY - Old Mission wineries have been in a state of ferment lately, and their winemakers are ready to savor the new flavor of their local industry. Peninsula Township is getting a Black Star Farms winery in the old Underwood Farms facility on McKinley Road,...

Builders Exchange, Chamber partner: Seek to boost area development

TRAVERSE CITY - The Builders Exchange of Northwest Michigan and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce have formed a partnership to promote commercial development within the city.The Builders Exchange, a TC-based nonprofit organization for local commercial contractors, was contacted by the Chamber in February...