Expansions brighten manufacturing landscape

TRAVERSE CITY - A number of Grand Traverse manufacturers are blazing trails into new "niche" product lines, and their initiatives are spurring job and plant growth. That level of innovation is turning out to be a big plus for the region as it grapples with...

Manufacturing groups share ideas, resources

GT REGION - A quick glance around the Traverse region and the scenery showcases a setting for agricultural and recreational pursuits. Tucked behind the trees, however, a thriving, though challenged, manufacturing industry exists.Recent headlines have reported several plant closings and loss of more than...

The corporate canine: A growing breed?

The dog days of summer might be over, but many area business owners are joining a growing trend of bringing their four-legged friends to work with them. At Venus on Front Street, Frankie, a seven-year-old French bulldog is as much a staple at the...

Trend: Women drive sales in the marketplace

Today's American woman is buying more than just sugar and spice. She's buying everything nice and then some, as combined female earnings top one trillion dollars annually. As spending rises, more companies in northern Michigan and beyond are focusing their marketing efforts on...

Michigan wineries could find a sweet home in Chicago

A bill now awaiting the governor's signature could be a boon for Michigan wineries. It's not Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm whose penstroke is hoped for, however, but that of her Democratic counterpart at the other end of Lake Michigan, Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois. On Aug. 7,...

Is TC ready for business VoIP?

Unless you've been living in a tent on Manitou Island you have certainly heard the term "Voice over IP". I'm sure you have seen those funny Vonage commercials featuring people in embarrassing accidents and that annoying tune you can't get out of your head. You...

Top ten interview musts

Take a trip to Amazon.com and you will find dozens of lengthy books on interviewing techniques. You can spend weeks preparing for an interview. These ten tips are what I believe to be some of the most significant in case you don't have a great...

Ask the builder: Interior design, deck building addressed

Question: We are considering building our home. We toured the Parade of Homes last month and you were the only builder we spoke with that mentioned incorporating interior design in the overall design process. Is this something we should be concerned about...