Attention, Merchants: Your PCI Compliance is Required by July 1

Credit cards are a common payment method for most businesses, which means that new PCI compliance regulations, which protect consumers from identity theft, will impact a significant number of organizations throughout our region as well as the rest of the United States. PCI compliance is...

Choppy Waters and Rough Roads Behind Us?

REGION - Northern Michigan residents have weathered a turbulent few years, thanks to declining home values, increasing unemployment and, for a time, skyrocketing gas prices. It surprised no one when sales for boats, RVs, motorcycles and ATVs sank in tandem with the tough economy. How...

A Tale of Three Developments: Recent years have been a nightmare for big-dream developers. Three promised powerhouses that took the hit share the secrets to their survival and a few hints about wh

REGION - Over the past two years, three of the region's mid- to high-end residential projects have withstood every insult that the worst economy in decades could throw at them.The onslaught had many components: rising unemployment, a credit meltdown, and a general downward spiral in...

Who will Claim Ford Country?

TC's long-established Bill Marsh auto family has purchased a Ford dealership just 27 miles away from powerhouse Fox Grand Traverse. As Ford's fortunes rise, is this town big enough for both of them?REGION - Just three years ago, General Motors and Toyota were the giants...

Put Your Money Where the Boom Will Be: Medical Facilities

A few facts: We live in an area that has excellent regional medical facilities. As our population base continues to grow, we can anticipate the growth of the medical profession and medical facilities in the area. According to the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments it...