Bankruptcies down nationally, but what about locally?

TRAVERSE CITY - If you just look at the numbers, 2006 was a "good" year for bankruptcy. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, business bankruptcies across the country fell 20.1 percent while personal cases fell 37.9 percent in Fiscal Year (FY) 2006.Now,...

TC, Kalkaska Chambers announce partnership

After more than two years of discussions, member surveys, member forums, and member ballots, the Board of Directors of the Greater Kalkaska Area Chamber of Commerce (GKACC) and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce (TCACC) have agreed to a mechanism that would allow the...

Manufacturer will supply parts to European plants

KALKASKA - Alken-Ziegler of Kalkaska has snagged a substantial new GM contract in Europe.The Kalkaska-based manufacturer will supply valve-train products to GM Powertrain plants in Austria, Germany and Hungary. These plants, in turn, will supply engines to GM's European auto assembly plants. Alken-Ziegler's products will...

An apron and a badge: Chefs and the law combat bad fats

TRAVERSE CITY - Restaurateur Jamie Washburn put a lot of care into the d├ęcor of his new Traverse City whitefish and chips spot, Scalawags, but it's the small triangular table tents that are catching customers' eyes. "They read them, pick them up and...

Nursing shortage? Not here. But it’s coming, experts say

TRAVERSE CITY - The nursing shortage that's been reported nationwide is evident in Michigan with 2,500 positions currently vacant. That number is projected to balloon to 8,000 by 2010 and 16,000 by 2015, if current trends continue. "And that number is minimal," says Carole Stacy,...

Fair Trade: Products with a purpose are catching on

When was the last time you went shopping for a mission? A growing number of area gift, art, beverage, and home accessory retailers have invested in the idea that if you haven't done it yet, you will soon. Stores such as Green Island, Unity, Good...

New businesses settle into Elk Rapids

ELK RAPIDS - In the not-so-distant past, once the tourists had packed up their beach bags and the snowbirds had flown the coop, you'd be hard pressed to find a whole lot going on in the bayside berg of Elk Rapids. Not so anymore, say...