The TCBN Hot List 2012

In a region like northern Michigan, where the population is booming, small town economies are fighting to right themselves, and the community aspires to both grow and preserve, the future isn't ever certain. But it sure is fascinating to watch. Here, the TCBN casts an...

2012: Embrace Capitalism!

2011 was not a good year for capitalism. Multi-millionaire filmmaker and one-percenter Michael Moore declared it a failure. Protestors occupied Wall Street and dozens of other cities and towns to demonstrate ...

Where the Jobs Are Up North

REGION - Even though Michigan's economic picture is still grim, there are a few Traverse City companies that - like the old U.S. Marines recruiting line - are looking for a few good workers.The American Proficiency Institute, Altus Brands and Munson Medical Center are among...

Transplant Tales

A wise ghost once whispered, "If you build it, they will come." Well, the area has long been building a place for business, community and culture to thrive. And true to the prediction, thousands have come and continue to arrive every day in pursuit of...

Welcome to Festival Land (No Vacancy)

REGION - During the Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival last February, Comedian Ted Alexandro remarked on the sheer volume of festivals held in Traverse City each year: "You have, like, eight festivals this week. Even things I misheard turned out to be a festival: 'Oh,...

Keepin’ it in the Family

The TCBN gets up close and personal with some local families whose businesses - and blood - have withstood the test of time.Roy's General Store - Traverse CityREGION - What started as Roy's bait shop in 1958 slowly grew as the population around it grew...

Passion Project

Passion ProjectFilmmaker Andrea Maio is a Michigander. Though she lives inBenzie County now, she was born and raised downstate. She moved here for the reason a lot of people do - the natural environment that she can play in that energizes her and the work...

Off the Beaten Track

REGION - Step away from the conference room. Put down that same old coffee. There is a solution: Meet somewhere new for a change of pace. Re-energized employees by stepping out of the stale office quarters that you're confined to day in and day...

WANTED: More Community Champions

Sometimes we don't know our own strength.That's particularly true for those of us who belong to professional associations, sporting leagues, hobby clubs and other groups that hold regular meetings and conventions.That's why the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau created an annual "Community Champions" award...

Meet Up North

Northern resorts offer a sneak peek into a meeting that tested their mettle and showed their stuff.Meet Up NorthREGION - Location, location, location may be the biggest buzz words in real estate, but they loom equally large for meetings and conventions. If you've ever planned...