Goodwill’s 2011 impact

We all know Goodwill does good for the planet and for northern Michigan; its process of selling and recycling used goods creates hundreds of jobs and revenues to support programs that help people overcome barriers to employment.Through partnerships with businesses, like the Dell Reconnect program,...

A re-purpose-driven lifestyle

One of my favorite ways of explaining the validity of recycling is through a discussion about surviving efficiently. None of us would be here today if the cavemen and our grandparents were not adept at efficient survival. You've heard or watched explanations about how early...

The Back Yard Composter

The Back Yard ComposterBy Andrew GaleComposting is that backyard chore everyone wants to do, but believes they can't find the time to do - at least to do it right, anyway! It's actually a lot easier than you might think. As a matter of fact,...

Zones, they are a changin’

Warming trend saps sugaring season, worries fruit growersREGION - Long, bitter winters used to be the norm in northern Michigan. But this year, and in year's past, significant stretches of cold temperatures have become such an anomaly in northern Michigan that the U.S. Department of...

Rolling (tax) credits

Filmmakers, post-production companies ponder benefits of new grant-based programREGION - A revamped film incentives program could mean more movies are made in Michigan, but area film industry insiders remain cautiously optimistic about the changes that went into effect earlier this year."We're optimists - maybe foolishly...

Trash Goes High-Tech

American Waste's new facility is first in the nation - and expandingTRAVERSE CITY - When you spend $12.5 million on something, it seems kind of odd to call it garbage. That's just semantics though, say the people behind American Waste's innovative new 4.5-acre facility off...

Fee disclosure won’t fix your 401(k)

First, the good news: The Labor Department has published its final fiduciary disclosure regulations, which will shed much needed light on hidden fees and costs associated with 401(k) plans. By the end of the summer, 401(k) service providers must disclose heaps of information, including a...

Why investing in young children is imperative

Michigan's business voice is growing insistent regarding the need to substantially invest in children ages zero to five. This is no less true for the chambers of commerce that comprise the Northern Michigan Regional Chamber Alliance. "Investing" in these kids includes financial resources, parental engagement,...