Noncompetes: This isn’t your father’s business environment anymore

"In this economy" is a refrain we hear constantly these days. But a down economy means different things to different people in different business positions. Business owners that are fortunate enough to be weathering the storm intelligently have realized that it is a buyer's market...

Ross Schofield’s fantastic, terrific, very good year.

TRAVERSE CITY - Traverse City has a well-deserved reputation for cherries and a growing rep as a foodie haven, but rarely has it garnered national attention for auto repair.This year, that all changed. In 2010, Marathon Automotive, at 845 South Airport, was named one of...

7 Entrepreneur Stories

Seven local entrepreneurs let us inside the unique lives (or death), successes and struggles of the businesses they started.TC TOPSLemons to lemonade When it comes to the countertop business, there isn't much Alyssa Henning hadn't experienced in her ten years with Traverse Tops. One thing she...

TC Scoot

When Virginia Tegel read a Time Magazine article featuring kickbikes last March, she thought they looked cool and wanted to try one. So she called around and found no local bike shops that carried any. In fact, no one she spoke to had even heard...

Eye on the agency

We asked several local agencies to name three of their major and/or local clients, to describe the kind of campaign they are doing (or recently did) for each, and to reveal the thinking behind their approaches. Here's a glimpse into what goes on behind those...

Local Auto Sales: On the Rebound?

REGION - Over the last several years in northwest Michigan we've seen the rise of full-size SUVs; Tahoes, Escalades and Hummers were all the rage. Today, none are among the top 15 sellers locally. We also witnessed the booming of Kias (two years ago, three...