NW Michigan real estate: price reductions should spur market

As news of a rapidly-deteriorating national housing market continues to sweep across the country, northwest Michigan real estate agents remain hopeful and say our region is generally in better shape compared to others."Southeast Michigan is really suffering, but we've kind of got the best of...

Impact of school closings on market to be determined

How a local school board's decision to close three elementary schools could potentially affect the regional housing market-if at all-is not yet clear, say area Realtors. "I've always been a believer that schools have a big impact on the housing market," said Matt Case, president-elect...

Inc. 5,000 companies grow with the flow

TRAVERSE CITY - Two Traverse City based environmental firms are among seven local businesses named in Inc. Magazine's recent list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies.HTI, a wastewater company specializing in pre-cast systems, is 3,669 on the overall list and number 55 on the top...

Ten reasons to work with a head hunter

The most important aspect of growing a successful business is hiring great employees, yet where do you find amazing people? The hiring process can be lengthy and usually takes quite a bit of time and effort and, in the end, is not an exact science....

More schools = more marketing, competition

TRAVERSE CITY - Schools have been competing for years in the athletic arena and even in academics, from test scores to debate competitions. Now K-12 schools are finding competition in simply appealing to students. In recent years even the traditional public schools have created extensive...

Rolling up business for Meijer

TRAVERSE CITY - Around Traverse City he's known as the "the sushi guy at Meijer." But to his employees, he is known as "The Best Sushi Chef Ever." Tucked in the back of the store, in a white chef's hat and apron, you'll find soft-spoken...

Wine firsts for region this fall: female winemaker, organic wine

For the first time in northwest Michigan wine industry history, a woman is in charge of winemaking- and she's taking over at the top. California native Nichole Birdsall has taken over winemaker duties at Leelanau Cellars, the state's largest winery, succeeding Shawn Walters who moved to...

Mexican restaurants ‘muy caliente’ in TC

TRAVERSE CITY - Judging by the number of independent Mexican restaurants in northern Michigan, one might say that area diners and south-of-the-border food go together like rice and beans.But it's more than a hill of frijoles that's kept four local restaurateurs in business for a...