Occupy Wall Street: Get a New Occupation

I am part of the 99 percent of the population who doesn't understand the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. They appear to be sick of corporate greed, angry at Wall Street bankers and bailouts, and really teed off about income inequality. They wave signs that say...

Collaboration: Still the Region’s Competitive Asset?

Collaboration is a tool with power to move agendas. It has been the hallmark of this region, a place where scarce resources made it necessary to work together to get things done. Seeing the water along West Bay instead of factories is the result of...

Find Your Way: Region’s new Business Atlas to launch this month

REGION -If you're an entrepreneur looking to launch a business or a small business owner eyeing expansion of a current operation, there's a new venture to give you guidance and advice: the Northwest Michigan Business Atlas.The best part? Its services are absolutely free.The Northwest Michigan...

Beyond Borders: Northern food producers tapping export market

REGION - It's a popular misconception that only behemoth corporations can succeed in exporting internationally. Many small companies are finding that their competitive advantage lies in unique or niche-type products. Nowhere is that truer today than among Michigan's farmers, growers and food producers.In 2010, more...

No Gym Necessary: Five tips to incorporate exercise into your everyday

No Gym NecessaryFive tips to incorporate exercise into your everydayExercise has gotten a bad reputation in our society. Presumably you cringed a little at seeing that "e" word and immediately envisioned yourself committing to a long hour every day in the gym. Think again. Much...

Traverse City’s Top Five Drives

Ford Escape?Over the past few years, Traverse City has been "Truck Town" and "Kia Country." The king of the new car sales hill - at least in the third quarter - was the sport utility/crossover Ford Escape, which locals purchased at a rate nearly 20...