BATA’s Future Hangs in Balance

REGION - For a number of people in the Grand Traverse region, November 8 is D-Day. Voters will decide who will fills the seats on city councils and commissions, school boards and, in Traverse City, the mayor's chair.But there is something big on the ballots...

Used Car Shortage? Believe It.

REGION - The hottest car on the market these days? A used one.Not only are used cars hanging onto their value these days, many are worth more than they were a year ago - and some are even worth more than their new counterparts.According to...

Marathon Automotive Expands

TRAVERSE CITY - Marathon Automotive is putting the finishing touches on a month-long expansion project at its location on South Airport Road. Owner Ross Schofield says he spent some $200,000 on new state-of-the-art equipment, plus acquired a neighboring building and land.Schofield founded Marathon Automotive in...

Getting the Salary You Want – Mission Possible

REGION - So you've been looking for a new position for months and you've finally received a promising offer at an interesting company.Here's where a lot of new hires make a mistake that could cost them thousands of dollars."As people who have been looking for...

Northern Brain Drain…Plugged?

For years people have talked about the North's desperate need to attract and retain young professionals. But while other parts of the state continue to battle a mass exodus of recent college graduates and bright-eyed entrepreneurs to other parts of the nation, northern Michigan is...

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...