The Urban Farmer

The Urban FarmerFamilies find satisfaction farming in the cityBy Samantha Tengelitsch-GravesTRAVERSE CITY - Jill Kiteley lives with her family in downtown Traverse City on a corner lot she calls Dream Acres Urban Farm. The farm, about a third of an acre on the corner of...

One Small Business, One Smart Idea

One Small Business - One Smart IdeaPatent awarded to Northern Michigan roofing companyBy Karen JohnsonKINGSLEY - Springfield Commercial Roofing was recently awarded a patent for a breakthrough roofing system that removes the greatest threat posed to modern commercial roofs - water. The Springfield SmartShield™ -...

How IT Outsourcing Benefits Your Business

How IT Outsourcing Benefits Your BusinessCompanies that outsource their information technology can realize five distinct benefitsBy Kevin Bozung"We don't have an IT person on staff, but we have regular computer issues that Carl, our controller, has been elected to handle. It's getting in the way...

Boating Laws Change

Boating Laws ChangeBy Dan PenningChildren under the age of 14 may no longer operate personal watercraft, or jet skisAll states, and in some circumstances the federal government, regulate the use and enjoyment of watercraft. Although the information below relates to the state of Michigan, if...

Book Review: The $100 Startup

book review:By Chris WendelCrown Business - Hardcover: $23.00 - Kindle Version: $11.99 - 304 pagesBy its gimmicky title, The "$100 Startup" may seem more like a give-away from a late-night infomercial than a practical business book. But this book...

Going Up! Impressive Growth in Emmet, Antrim Counties

Going UpImpressive Growth in Emmet, Antrim CountiesAlthough best known as a little port city that bustles in the summer, Petoskey boasts some mighty big economic attractions, tooBy Al ParkerIn spite of Michigan's somewhat sluggish economy, several companies in Petoskey, our neighbor to the north, are...

Government Retirement Benefits

Government Retirement BenefitsAs public pensions come due, the question remains: Who is going to pay?College-age voters traditionally support Democrats, and in elections the game is getting your supporters to show up on Election Day. That's why part of President Obama's campaign is focused on firing...

The Place We All Want to Live

The Place We All Want to LiveNorthern Michigan towns are growing like never before; it's time to nurture what makes them so specialThere is a lot of talk these days about the concept of "place." Consultants are hired and symposiums are taught so that we...

New Food Safety Program To Aid Area Farmers

New Food Safety Program to Aid Area FarmersBy Carrie HendersonREGION - Food is comfort, but recent reports of widespread salmonella and E. coli outbreaks rattle that illusion at the grocery store and farm stand. Concerned shoppers demand better inspection practices, but federal certification is expensive...

Unloading Regulations

Unloading RegulationsHouse Bill would exempt smaller trucks from lengthy inspections, expensive letteringBy Amy LaneREGION - Throughout Michigan, many businesses run on small commercial vehicles and pickup trucks.And the owners of those vehicles, from farmers to service providers to manufacturers, had fallen under a state requirement...