Corwin gives houses a breather, cuts costs

TRAVERSE CITY - Tom Corwin makes his living by venting.It's got nothing to do with the fact he's a licensed minister. It's got everything to do with how he's saving people money on their utility bills.Corwin and his wife, CeeJay, have spent eight years developing...

Got IT issues? New software might be a cure

TRAVERSE CITY - Physicians and health care providers might be able to increase mobility and technology while streamlining their time thanks to new integration software just hitting the northern Michigan market. Traverse City-based Integrated Systems Consultants (ISC) is introducing a "gateway" product that promises...

Leveraging technology to provide maximum benefits

Today's business climate demands that business owners use technology to a competitive advantage. In order to achieve maximum benefit from technology, owners must first have a plan that will serve as their roadmap to success. Too often companies implement technological solutions without a...

The truth about annuities

In the very recent past I have analyzed more annuity statements than ever in my career, which means they are being sold like hotcakes at a fundraiser. It is not uncommon to see an uptick in the sales of these investment products during times of...

Encore performance: Local professionals relish musical outlet

TRAVERSE CITY - Andrea Galloup remembers exactly how she felt sitting in the audience with her mother at an Encore Wind Symphony concert five years ago."It just pulled at something in me," Galloup said. "It almost overwhelmed me." A local Realtor/broker for Real Estate One,...

When the going gets tough, the tough go for a dip

TRAVERSE CITY - What do you do when you're running a Traverse City-based automotive executive recruiting company in this grim economy?You get creative, pretty darn quick. Cheryl and Bob Icard, who've run the The Icard Group for 20 years, literally used a dream to inspire...

Traverse City innovators sail through turbulent times

Traverse City - Here is some advice for companies interested in innovation: Don't just wait for the proverbial flash of inspiration. Build up expertise in your chosen area, too. That, at least, is the lesson that can be drawn from a number of technologies and...

Employee Free Choice Act looms

A "drastic realignment of power" in favor of labor over management will result if current labor legislation known as the Employee Free Choice Act is passed, warned one local employment attorney. "Usually when you have new legislation, it's to fix something that's broke," said Allen...

Fox settles in at TC dealership

TRAVERSE CITY - With the economy in a downturn, it might seem an odd time for a company to expand into northern Michigan. But that is precisely what has happened with Fox Grand Traverse. "Northern Michigan is growing by leaps and bounds, and we knew...