SBA loans drop statewide: Local lenders report better outlook

REGION - While the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) loan program is experiencing a dip in total loans and dollar value across Michigan, local lenders report solid SBA loan activity.As the federal government's primary loan program, the SBA serves as a guarantor of loans made...

The Sur-reel Life: the business of fly fishing

An unlikely gamefish. An ex-marketing man turned fishing guide and fly casting instructor. Put them together and what do you get? A couple great new reasons people are coming to northern Michigan to fish.Back in March, when Field & Stream-the nation's largest and most respected...

By request, Chamber forms roundtable program

TRAVERSE CITY - The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has put together a CEO Roundtable Program that offers CEOs and small business owners an opportunity to discuss business and develop relationships with other company leaders within the community. The program uses structured monthly discussion groups,...

There ought to be a law

The endless campaign season heats up the next few months as local candidates begin planting lawn signs and the national Democratic double feature intensifies. In some cases candidates are raising record amounts of money, which creates high anxiety for hand-wringing journalists and political idealists. There's...

Demand for organic lawn care surges

Some say the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence if you choose to "go green." That's the message behind a new movement in lawn care. As summer approaches, more people are choosing to use natural or organic products to grow...