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...

Second homes push average prices higher

Average prices for newly-sold homes are on the rise in the Grand Traverse region even as the number of transactions decline, demonstrating the power of higher-priced second homes to help buoy the market's sagging statistics.In a surprising mathematical quirk, the average price of all homes...

Refocusing pays off: Eyewood grows despite the times

TRAVERSE CITY - Rather than focus on the state's bumpy economy, local business owner Randy Howard prefers an approach that's produced impressive results for his 14-year-old company: "Work harder and smarter.""It's not all gloom and doom," says Howard, who along with his wife Carol operate...

Assisted living will fill need in Kalkaska

KALKASKA - A new, $20 million project in Kalkaska will help meet the needs of area seniors. Ground has been broken on the two-story structure located at the southwest corner of the village. The licensed, assisted living facility will feature a 'streetscape' design on the...

Economic climate won’t flatten Exit’s momentum

TRAVERSE CITY - The owners of Exit Realty Paramount in Traverse City are entering yet another new phase of growth. Bob Rieck, Tia Rieck, and Craig Witt, the three owners of the real estate company, will move in July into one floor of a new...

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...