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...

Wind & Wine: Turbine, solar to power up vineyard

LEELANAU CO. - Randy Woods has the perfect property for installing a wind turbine. Woods built Wooden Fish Vineyard six years ago on a high ridge off Hohnke Road in Leelanau County. He had always envisioned the land to be perfect for growing grapes with...

High-tech turbine catches on

TRAVERSE CITY - "Power to the People!" is the slogan for Garth Ward's Traverse City-based company, Michigan Wind Power (MWP).Ward has become one of the first dealers in the country selling a more advanced form of wind turbine to individual households. With Ward's help, individuals...

Company looks to pave the way to more earth-friendly asphalt

TRAVERSE CITY - In a business that's considered far from green - black, in fact - one company in the Grand Traverse area is leading the way with an earth-conscious philosophy. For 14 years, SureSeal has been using an environmentally-friendly asphalt emulsion sealing product. The most...

Greening the office: Consider the computers

We've all heard about going paperless and buying more efficient vehicles to cut costs and reduce our businesses' carbon footprint. But consider this: energy use from office equipment has surpassed lighting in most office environments, accounting for 30 to 40 percent of the electricity bill....

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...