Garbage in, donations out: Turning waste into charitable dollars

TRAVERSE CITY - Andy Gale wants your trash. And he wants to turn it into cash for local charities.Bay Area Recycling for Charities (baRc) is a new grassroots recycling program that recycles just about everything, even grass.Gale is the president/founder of baRc, offering recycling services...

A nervous auto industry meets in TC

ACME - For a week in August, the Traverse City region was the center of the automotive universe as auto manufacturers and suppliers from around the world descended on Grand Traverse Resort for the Center for Automotive Research's (CAR) annual Management Briefing Seminars. It was...

Vineyard prices soar; compare Michigan wines at TC’s Cherry Stop

Conventional wisdom holds that Michigan's real estate market plunged more than a year ago and has done nothing but sink since. But conventional wisdom ignores the small but significant niche of vineyard property. As the northern Michigan wine industry expands - with four new wineries...

Play Money: Online toy retailer wins $30K grant

TRAVERSE CITY - The owner of an online retailer of children's green and natural toys has a "grown-up" problem: How to keep accommodating her businesses' continual growth. Sheri Novak, owner of Hazelnut Kids, recently received the National Association for the Self-Employed's 2008 Achievement Award,...

40Under40 2008 Winners

In putting together this section this year, we looked for natural born leaders - those in positions of importance, influence and power. You'll find 18 winners from last year's listing, and a constellation of new faces. We culled through more than 100 nominations sent in...