The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting Your Own Business

Ed Paulson, Alpha Books - $24.95 - 292 pagesIt may seem strange to be reviewing a book in the "Complete Idiot's" series because, for many, the Complete Idiot's moniker might leave the impression that the content is dumbed-down for its intended...

Made in/for China

By Carrie Hendersonwith contributions by Becky KalajianREGION - Language barriers, unfamiliar customs, and manufacturing difficulties aside, several northern Michigan businesses have made exporting to China a top priority, if not the only priority, in growing the bottom line.Traverse City-based AlcoTec Wire Corporation is one of...

Job Creation as a Marketing Strategy

Green energy busybodies have given up on science-based policy, opting instead to cloak their agenda in a job-creation campaign. One example is the 25 by 25 proposal that will appear on our Michigan ballot in November. It seeks to change our constitution, requiring...

Invest in What We Have

Wow - what a list! It is no surprise that each of the professionals featured in this month's issue is considered to be among the most influential professionals under the age of 40. Business owners consistently cite access to "talent" among their...

To Rent or Not to Rent?

REGION - A key component of the American Dream has always been to own a home. But the economic downturn, particularly in the housing industry, led to short sales, defaults, and people simply walking away from their homes. Owning a home became a nightmare, particularly...

Construction: Prices Fall For Now

REGION - Even though a building project he'd priced out didn't immediately pan out last fall, local contractor Steve Hammontree - and the homeowner he was working with - did receive good news when plans moved forward a few months later."I repriced the job, and...

Paying It Forward-One Family at a Time

TRAVERSE CITY - When Christine Stalsonburg started her real estate career, she didn't have to look far to find the audience she was targeting. That's because the fire service veteran knew she wanted to give back - literally - to firefighters, police, and those in...

New Business Connects Customers with Home Related Business

TRAVERSE CITY - In his work as a builder and general contractor, Chaz Stallman often had clients ask his advice about residential services."Who do you call for that?" and "Where can I find one of those?" were the types of questions the Traverse City native...

Quality of Life Drives Upscale Senior Housing Boom

TRAVERSE CITY - Two upscale senior housing developments are slated to be finished by 2013, filling a growing demand by downstate baby boomers seeking sunsets and shopping.Bloomfield Hills developers Michael Parks and Karen Anderson are planning a $20 million-plus complex of mostly independent living apartments...