Pressing the virtual flesh: Online networking can spur business

The challenging economy that communities such as northern Michigan are experiencing has helped legitimize at least one online activity: social networking. One web site in particular has emphasized the "networking" over the "social" and LinkedIn is becoming the online contact point of choice here. "I...

TC Wolves hungry for season

Dan Skibbe didn't need his business degree to figure out that good football means a good possibility of success for his Traverse City Wolves semi-pro football team. But it helped. "Being a business major in college, I saw the potential in the Grand Traverse area," he said....

Tower closure could cost region $40 million

Traverse City - The closing of the Tower Automotive factory in Traverse City will deliver at least a $40 million wallop to the region in lost wages, dampening consumer spending and overall economic activity, according to some standard economic models. Those numbers roughly represent the cash...

2008: Year of the Used Car? Local auto dealers see shift in sales

Traverse City - Overall car and truck sales were down 35 percent July-September in Traverse City, according to industry numbers compiled by the TCBN. But you won't find local dealers driving off a cliff, particularly those dealers who specialize in used car sales. Our annual snapshot of...

Q&A with TC auto dealers

Otto Belovich, Cherry Capital/Traverse MotorsWilliam Chichester, Williams Chevrolet and Williams KiaMike Marsh, Bill Marsh Automotive GroupGary Moss, Grand Traverse AutoQ: Is anyone buying cars in this economy?Marsh: To date they have been. Our year-to-date is down very little. However, with all the news, you always...

Barn-storming: Use group nails down a plan at the Commons

TRAVERSE CITY - Work continues to move forward on a collaborative effort to bring commercial activity as well as a shared vision of sustainability to the barns and surrounding property at the Grand Traverse Commons.It's all the work of The Barns Use Group, which is...