‘It’s all local’: Big Box managers sound off

TRAVERSE CITY - "Buy Michigan First," "Buy Michigan Now," "Take The Buy Michigan Pledge," "Think Michigan." With our state's economy now ranked 33rd in per capita income, it's hard not to argue with those slogans initiated, respectively, by state government and public relations firms. The...

Cloud computing: What it means, why it’s important

When the going gets tough, the tough seek productivity gains through the adoption of new information technologies. Well, that might not be how the saying goes, but it is sound advice for the times.Cloud computing is the latest buzzword in information technology. Its basic premise...

Horse Shows gives legs to region’s tourism base

WILLIAMSBURG - Carrie Gunst will log about 20,000 miles this year traveling across the country on the horse show circuit, selling and promoting her equestrian-based apparel and embroidery.After being in business for 21 years, she's seen just about everything a competitive horse show has to...

‘Luxury items’ dealers work to keep heads above water

TRAVERSE CITY - Consumer spending on such items as hot tubs, swimming pools, billiard tables and similar amenities has plunged across the country as discretionary income continues to dwindle. Traverse area retailers have been similarly hit by current economic challenges and are responding with shifts...