Legislators aim to stop predatory lending

LANSING - Many Michigan legislators will be pushing new measures to register mortgage lenders and prevent predatory practices, as they grapple with the fallout of the sub-prime mortgage crisis."We have to make sure financial institutions are working in a manner that is consistent with the...

Ask the builder: Tax credits for the energy-efficient DIY-er

Question: We recently completed some home improvements. I've heard that there may be some tax credits or rebates available if you've made your home more energy efficient. We replaced some windows and remodeled our kitchen and bought new appliances. We also replaced our very...

Selecting a payroll service provider

A professional payroll service can save your business time and money. Preparation of payroll, the associated tax returns and remittance of the related taxes can be stressful for your staff and uses up their available time needed to perform other important tasks. The payroll tax...

State Wineries: Record start-up year predicted

Hard to believe now, but two decades ago, less than a dozen wineries existed in Michigan. Among those early adopters were Chateau Grand Traverse on Old Mission, Boskydel, L. Mawby and Leelanau Cellars on the Leelanau Peninsula, and St. Julian and Tabor Hill in the southwest. The...

Brewer taps into Elk Rapids expansion

TRAVERSE CITY - When Joe Short opened a small brewery in downtown Bellaire, he had no idea if the venture would be successful. Selling complex ales and lagers in a village of 1,200 residents was a risky undertaking. Would anyone even show up? Short needn't...

State of the State

Imagine this: an out-of-town, multi-millionaire opens a business in downtown Traverse City. He doesn't pay any property tax, won't pay most of his staff, creates one or two direct-paid jobs and perhaps a handful of indirect minimum wage jobs, and he wants the...