How to plan a company event – and survive

No matter the size or nature of your business, the need might arise for a company-sponsored conference or training session. In fact, your business may already host this type of event on an annual or bi-annual basis. For the attendees, it could be one of...

You are what you speak: Speech coach readies for national exposure

TRAVERSE CITY - Tom Clynes is a journalist and photographer. He's reported on Ebola outbreaks and armed conflicts in central Africa, and he's retraced Sir Edmund Hillary's climbs in New Zealand.But in April, he was in Traverse City getting public speaking coaching from area consultant...

Glass is half full: Wineries report robust sales

Nearly all northern Michigan wineries increased sales significantly last year, with the region's two largest - Leelanau Wine Cellars and Chateau Grand Traverse - both jumping more than 20 percent, solidifying their positions as the No. 1 and No. 3 Michigan wine sellers, respectively,...

Ask the Advisors: Family Leave Law, Economic Stimulus Law

Dear Advisor:I need to take some time off from work to take care of my elderly mother. I've heard I can through the Family Leave Law. What is that all about? How much time can I take off from work? To many employers and employees, the...

Five Questions with TC Mayor Michael Estes

Last November, Traverse City residents elected a self-described change agent as its mayor. Michael Estes sat down with TCBN Publisher Luke Haase for a progress report.BN: You ran on a platform of being a listener. Give me some examples of how you're listening.ME: ...

Village Press launches new magazine

TRAVERSE CITY - Village Press, Inc. of Traverse City is launching its 10th magazine: The 45th: wine, food, and leisure in Northern Michigan. "Our target audience is the passionate 'foodies' who have an affinity for northern Michigan and are 'within a day's drive of 45,'" said...

We have a great product; here’s how we’re selling it

Despite facing some of the toughest challenges that the tourism industry has had to face here in Michigan, there is a feeling of optimism among Michigan's tourism industry. Although we are confronted by a weak economy, record gas prices, low consumer confidence and eroding discretionary...