Thanks for the inspiration!

One of my weekly highlights is meeting and interviewing small business owners on the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Focus program on WTCM. Each week we hear from people who so believe in themselves and their ideas that they are driven to change their...

Junior Achievement’s new leader has ambitious plans

REGION - Leland Michaels has been busy meeting people and shaking hands over the last few months. Not only is he a new face in town, he's also trying to raise the profile of the program he now leads.Michaels, 28, is the new district manager...

Hagerty forms new partnership; will roll out new products mid-March

TRAVERSE CITY - Downtown's largest employer, Hagerty Insurance, is positioning itself for another major growth spurt and is readying to expand its offerings in the collector car and classic boat markets. First announced in early 2007, both Hagerty agencies-Hagerty Insurance Agency and Hagerty Classic Marine...

When a trusted employee steals

REGION - It's still hard for Kristin Grassa to believe that the woman currently serving a jail sentence for embezzling from Constellation Networks Corporation (CNC) was her trusted vice president, a longtime friend and co-worker, and her maid of honor."One never expects it to happen...

Fleet owners drive to keep insurance costs down

REGION - Insuring multiple vehicles is a necessary cost of doing business for contractors, service trades and numerous other companies that sell product or deliver merchandise. Tack on the highest gas prices in years and business owners in the Grand Traverse region are making sure...

People, Products & Properties to Watch in ’08

PropertiesThe Inn on The Commons A $20 million renovation project of two century-old cottages and connecting dining hall at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons will bring an 84-room boutique hotel, full-service restaurant, and a banquet hall for groups of up to 500 people. Work...

Survey shows mood, economy on upswing

REGION - Most companies in the Grand Traverse region are on the upswing, reporting higher annual revenues in 2007 and planning major investments this year, according to the Traverse City Business News' first-ever economic forecast survey. One-third of respondents expect their firms to add jobs...