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...

Backyard Inventions Get Ready for the Big Time

Handicaptain"All I wanted to do was figure out a way to get Dad on his boat again," says Handicaptain inventor Adam Begley. When his father, a longtime boater, became wheelchair bound, Begley says he felt helpless when the rest of the family would have to...

Protect Your Land Assets: Nab Tax Incentives

When a landowner hears the term "conservation easement," several thoughts may run through her mind: "A conservation easement would prevent me from farming my land." "A conservation easement requires that I allow public access." Or "I have very little federal income tax liability, so...

Start-up of the Month: Divine Designs

Dana Betchek fell in love with arts and crafts at age 11 when the self-described "paper addict" began crafting scrapbook pages. Her skills manipulating stickers, embellishments, ribbon and decorative paper have evolved from making personal memory books to creating one-of-a-kind greeting cards for others....

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...