Fast Company

TRAVERSE CITY - What do you get when you combine a good attitude with experience in sign creation and installation? Well, if you're Jason Orton, you get a company that's a model for successful business.In fact, he thought those traits were so important that that...

Happy Days are Here Again?

REGION - After years of plummeting numbers in new home construction, a strong finish in 2010 has given regional construction experts a reason for cautious optimism for 2011.While the number of land-use permits for single-family homes in the four-county region - Benzie, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse...

I Do, Up North

REGION - The mood at the 17th annual Downtown Bridal Show on January 9 at the Traverse City Opera House was fun, flirty and fantastic. If that's any indication, the economy won't hold back the wedding industry Up North in 2011."I just met someone here...

Joining the Service

REGION - Gen Netxt is not a typo. It's a service and networking group sort of like Kiwanis and Rotary, but mostly for people in their 20s and 30s.The Leelanau group's name tells that its members communicate mostly by texting and Facebook in organizing food...

Ray Kendra Goes it Alone

TRAVERSE CITY - Architect Ray Kendra credits the past for his present - and future.Kendra bought out the final partner in CWS Architects in late 2010. The well-established Traverse City firm had operated as Clark Walter Sirrine Architects - run by Jon Walter, Terry Clark...

The Donald

ACME - Last summer Donald Ponniah left his job as general manager of Hilton Los Angeles North to come to the orchard-dotted hamlet of Acme, just outside of Traverse City, and take over as president and general manager of the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa....

The Rise of the Micro-business

The term micro-business is used freely these days as a catch-all phrase without much regard to its true meaning. The traditional definition of a micro-business is a company that employs less than five people, with annual sales of less than $35,000. Some might dismiss businesses...

The Tougher the Hill, the Better the Ride

TRAVERSE CITY - Dennis Bean-Larson lives in possibility.The avid entrepreneur and his wife, Katie, juggle four businesses: real estate, bike shop, a clothing and accessories line, and a bicycle frame-finishing service. Although he says he's struggling like so many others in northwest Michigan, Bean-Larson leverages...

Credit Unions: A Primer

Last year I returned to Traverse City after an eight-year absence. Though heading back to a region I had once called home, I was going to work in an industry that was completely foreign to me. Or so I thought.Formerly a senior analyst...