Ms. Money

TRAVERSE CITY - Women returning to the workplace to help make ends meet for their families are, in some cases, finding the income - and flexibility - they're seeking by helping others improve their financial situation."I would say in the last two to three years...

Hybra Advance Technology: Crafting Cooler LEDs

TRAVERSE CITY - When Hybra Advance Technology (hybratech.com) ventured into popular LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting devices, it found the lamps were better off being cool. So cool, in fact, the company claims it can quadruple the life of LEDs-as well as lower power consumption and...

Pilot Project

TRAVERSE CITY - Shares in private jets, you've heard of. But fractional ownership in helicopters? The quiet contender is gaining altitude in professional circles. According to Kevin Nelson, founder and president of Nelson AerodynamiX, there's good reason for that.While owning a private jet might prove...

The Grand Traverse Band: By the Numbers

Average annual wage of GTB Government employees (2010): $35,207Average annual wage of Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Employees (sans tips, 2010) $22,711Average annual wage in northwest lower Michigan (2010): $35,090Total taxes paid by the GT Resort & Casinos Economic Development Corporation - including federal, state...

To the Future…and Beyond

TRAVERSE CITY - A dedicated team of techies is working on a project designed to save the lives of U.S. soldiers in combat zones. The TC Robotics Club, a group of 40 young people and 10 adults, has been developing an autonomous vehicle - a...

Unsung Heroes

REGION - Remember the TV commercial from the early '70s in which a Native American cried when confronted with the pollution of his river and city?The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians hasn't just taken the message to heart, it has taken action....

The New Frontier (might need a new leader)

During the State of the Union address President Obama told us, "The rules have changed. In a single generation, revolutions in technology have transformed the way we live, work and do business. Steel mills that once needed 1,000 workers can now do the same work...

Consider the SBA Loan Market Cornered

REGION - Skilled Manufacturing received $7.8 million in federally guaranteed loans last year. The money enabled the Traverse City company - a tier 1 automotive supply company that had diversified into aerospace less than two years before - to buy more equipment, hire 75 more...

5 Questions: Q & A with Derek Bailey

When elected Chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians in 2008, Derek Bailey became the youngest to hold that position in the organization's history. The TCBN caught up with him to discuss the region, the economy, and the Tribe's future. For...