The Four-Year Fight

TRAVERSE CITY - Northwestern Michigan College could be offering four-year degrees in nursing and maritime technology under legislation now awaiting a vote by the Michigan legislature.The state's 28 community colleges are challenging four-year universities for the right to offer bachelor's degrees in four areas -...

Drink & Eat

Calling all "foodpreneurs" Do you have a homemade edible product you want to sell, but a commercial kitchen is out of reach? For once, Lansing has made it easier to get your creations to consumers. Fresh on the books is the new "Cottage Food" Law, which allows...

Education News from Around the North

BATA, Suttons Bay readying for schoolThe Bay Area Transportation Authority has purchased eight of the 11 Suttons Bay school buses (the district is keeping three for special events), and new paint jobs are underway to change them from school bus yellow to "BATA colors."With the...

The Almighty College Degree: What’s it worth these days?

REGION - Framed diplomas are staples of the office walls of doctors and lawyers. They reassure patients and clients that the recipients have dedicated years of their lives studying at prestigious institutions and are trained by top scholars to skillfully handle the most delicate and...

Start-up of the Month: Infrared Roofing Technologies

Having been affiliated with each other in the roofing industry for eight years, Traverse area residents Len Simkins and Chris Lee got to talking about the success they found using thermography, the process of interpreting data captured by a thermal infrared camera. With a background...

Plan for Traverse City

First, a conflict disclosure: the Mayor of Traverse City, Chris Bzdok, is a lawyer with whom I am honored to practice law. To give that fact perspective, his father, Mike, and I went to high school together 45 years ago on the east side...

First Financial: What a Difference a Year Makes

TRAVERSE CITY - On Friday, September 18, 2009, the international financial crisis hit home on Grandview Parkway: Along with 26 other Irwin Union Banks that were part of the Indiana-based Irwin Financial Corporation, federal and state regulators shut down the TC branch of Irwin Union...