Self-Directed IRAs: Proceed with Caution

With the poor economy, many IRA owners are desperately looking for better returns, which might prompt them to consider self-directed IRAs. But investors need to proceed with caution down the self-directed IRA path.Self-directed IRA accounts allow IRA owners to invest their retirement assets in unique...

Industrial Strength

Why demand for industrial properties is growing - and who's buyingGRAND TRAVERSE CO. - Driving around Grand Traverse County, it's hard to miss the dozens of empty industrial buildings for sale. A 61,000 square-foot warehouse on Barlow. The giant, 80,000 square-foot former Lear Manufacturing complex...

Ten questions you must ask your contractor

Hiring a contractor? All contractors are not created equal. Communication is critical and easier than ever before, but you should be prepared with at least these questions for your initial meeting:1. What sets your company apart from your competition, and what is your business philosophy?2....

Reaching out to returning veterans

A year ago I wrote on the subject of honoring veterans' employment rights and I reflected on the combat deaths of Cpl. Paul Miller, Sgt. Jason Calo, Sgt. Dillion Fox and Sgt. Matthew West, all northern Michigan soldiers killed in our Iraq and Afghanistan wars....

Local commercial development on par with national trend

TRAVERSE CITY - While we are far from the construction craze of the mid 2000s, it appears commercial development is slowly on the rise, both nationally and in Traverse City.Recent numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau show non-residential construction spending at its highest levels...

A Task Force for Energizing Northern Michigan

According to IEEE Spectrum magazine, the world consumes more than a cubic mile of oil per year; that's one trillion gallons! The U.S. consumes a quarter of that, of which 70 percent is used for transportation. Developing nations are creating significantly higher demand due to...

To develop or not to develop

Waterfront parcel subject of public forumELK RAPIDS - What will become of a prime piece of property in downtown Elk Rapids? Two vacant buildings currently sit on just under .75 acres along the river on Dexter Street, the former home of Bech's Mustard. The Village...

Morsels Grows Cafe

TRAVERSE CITY - A move for a popular downtown coffee shop will mean more space, more seating and more morsels.Morsels, the bite-sized bakery and cafe which has occupied one of downtown Traverse City's prime corners at the intersection of Cass and Front since it opened...