Auto Shop Greens Up

TRAVERSE CITY - Green is the new black at area automotive service shops, several of whose environmental footprints are a little lighter after launching new processes along with other friendly nods to Mother Nature.At Marathon Automotive's recently expanded location, almost two-dozen large windows provide natural...

What Drives John Cueter?

Fox Grand Traverse's leader has been in dealerships since youth, but isn't a predictable "car guy"Given the hundreds of TV commercials featuring his face each month, John Cueter might just have the most recognizable face in Traverse City. But unlike other local auto dealers, Cueter...

In The Palm Of Your Hand

They're small, square and addictive. And they're suddenly every man's playing field. The app industry, which didn't exist just a few years ago, is now credited with creating more than half a million developer-related jobs in the U.S. By 2014, mobile internet is predicted to...

No Tax on Internet Sales Hurts Michigan Retailers

Like many Michigan retailers, Bill Golden knows competition from Internet sellers.He remembers when a customer last December came into Golden Shoes, which he co-owns with his brother Craig, and bought $300 worth of winter boots, only to return them the next day and purchase them...

Downtown Wi-Fi: The Latest

TRAVERSE CITY - As another year comes to a close, the question remains: Will free wireless Internet ever get off the ground in downtown Traverse City and, if so, who will provide that service?The Downtown Development Authority (DDA)'s Wi-Fi Committee was slated to meet again...

An App? Or an Extension of Your Brain?

Evernote. Ever hear of it? It's a cloud-based, multi-platform application that can change your life. It can boost your functional productivity, take you to near paperless, make that much needed room in your brain. Evernote works on a number of platforms. It can be downloaded...

Data and The Art of Herding Cats

As a business grows, employees often have to enter the same data multiple times in different locations, which leads to a waste of valuable time and data entry errors. This can be avoided by knowing where the problems usually occur and what the strategies are...

We Need Them More Than They Need Us

TRAVERSE CITY - When five million iPhone 5s sold out in three days this September, CityMac + Digital Cafe owners Jeff Broderick and Greg Nickerson calmly watched the retail maelstrom from afar. "Some of the recent hysteria didn't impact us as much on the...

Honor All Work

Over 12 million Americans are unemployed. Many of them survive on benefits paid for by U.S. taxpayers and former employers. Millions of other Americans have lost good paying jobs and now work part-time, or at lower paying jobs requiring little skill. Yet,...