Winter Home Maintenance Makeover: Tips From A Pro

Who doesn't enjoy the welcoming ambiance upon entering a sparkling clean house where everything is in place? Whether it be a newly built home or an older home, organization, cleanliness, and comfort add to the enjoyment of everyday living.Many homeowners enjoy becoming couch potatoes during...

Algae Powers New Fuel

TC ship part of nation's defense, transportation studyTRAVERSE CITY - An algae-based renewable fuel may someday power Navy ships and commercial maritime vessels. If so, Traverse City and its Great Lakes waters will have played a critical role in its development. This...

Windmill Update: Farming Wind in Benzie & Manistee

REGION - North Carolina-based Duke Energy still hopes to construct a large-scale commercial wind farm in Benzie and Manistee counties. But as it moves forward with its plans, it is refocusing its 2012 efforts on just two of the four townships identified in the original...

The Airfare War is Over

TRAVERSE CITY - When asked what he tells those clamoring for lower airfares out of Traverse City, Cherry Capital Airport Director Kevin Klein responds, "You have lower fares now." And thus is Klein's challenge: how to educate the public about a rapidly changing industry, demonstrate...

Business Owners Start YouTube Channel to Fight Electric Monopoly

MICHIGAN - Business owners around the state are speaking out about the effects of electric monopolies on a new YouTube channel. A series of videos - featuring business owners forced to purchase their electricity from Consumers and DTE, alternate energy providers and...

A Budget Surplus in Michigan?

If the numbers prove true, where will - and should - the money go in northern Michigan?REGION - There's a rumor flitting around Lansing that - believe it or not - a budget surplus is looming. Yes, you read that right: a budget surplus, looming....

Business Banking News

TRAVERSE CITY - The Small Business Administration's (SBA) 2011 fiscal report reports The Bank of Northern Michigan increased its SBA lending to the Grand Traverse region by 64 percent (compared to 2010 figures).The Bank of Northern Michigan's Brad Dyksterhouse, SVP of business resource lending, says...

Crafting a New User Experience

TRAVERSE CITY - On a recent October day in Boston, more than 180 professionals gathered to discuss a concept that is both cutting edge and as old as commerce itself: The Customer Experience, or "CX."Nancy Flowers, vice president of client experience at TC's Hagerty Insurance,...