The backyard vacation

One of the advantages of living in a resort area is that a vacation experience is always within reach. On the rare weekend that remains unscheduled on our calendar, my wife and I look forward to what the tourism industry refers to as "day...

Economy has new group seeing green

TRAVERSE CITY - When Jeffery Stratton moved his family to Traverse City from the Ludington area, he thought he'd do the same kind of work he always had, electrical contracting. What he found was a market saturated with traditional competitors who had been in the...

Green around the collar: ‘Green jobs’ not easy to define

REGION - Employment has occupied only two slots on the color wheel - blue and white. Traditionally, blue-collar workers have made their living with their might and white-collar workers have made their living with their minds. While that is admittedly an oversimplification of the work...

Gracie’s Closet collects clothes for foster kids

KINGSLEY - For Ida Plamondon, the yard sale season means more than bargains. She is busy trying to collect clothing and other gently used items for children in the foster care system. Plamondon and her husband, Rick, of Kingsley have been foster parents for six years. "Nine...

Nonprofit organizations, take note!

Final regulations for 403(b) plans (commonly referred to as tax-deferred annuities) issued July 2007 are effective for tax years after 2008. The new regulations affect all 403(b) plans including those set up for public school employees and churches. This article addresses only 403(b)...

Tech 12

The following market leaders have been selected as this year's Traverse City Business News' Tech 12 based on their innovation and economic impact, and responses from area business leaders and readers. What was their 'a-ha' moment? What will be a major technological breakthrough for...

Is your company’s data protected?

If you were unable to access the data on your computer, how long could you function without access to your customers' account information, email contact list or company financial information? According to FEMA stats, 43 percent of small and medium-sized businesses fail to reopen...