Book Review: The Lean Entrepreneur

★★★★Wiley, 2013 - Hardcover $19.99, Kindle $18.99"Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around, you might miss it." -Ferris BuellerWe've all heard the old adage that many entrepreneurs are too busy working in the business and not on...

Stamp of Approval for Local Post Partner

It's no gimmick and there is no catch. An outsourcing measure by the USPS has clients like American Waste and Traverse City Area Public Schools paying three cents a piece less for first-class mail.You just have to sign up."The USPS is losing on average $25...

Keeping the Cottage After You’re Gone

A blissful retreat can turn into an ugly war zone after the death of the family matriarch or patriarch. Cottage law can help manage, if not avoid, an all-out battle for the family vacation home.Cottage law is an extension of the estate plan. Most estate...

The Cottage ATM

Ruth Brandau opens her family's cherished vacation beach home to renters each summer, though she'd rather be there herself."When I talk about it, I want to be there," she said. Ruth and her husband Louis bought the home on Lake Michigan in Glen Arbor in...

From Waiter to Watercraft King

TRAVERSE CITY-A chance meeting 11 years ago at Mardi Gras in New Orleans between an energetic Aussie and an Elk Rapids tourist sparked the founding of Michigan's largest boat and watercraft rental business. "He made it sound so good, I came to the area to...

Topping Pure Michigan

What's the next big Michigan tourism idea? Nine hundred people will decide soon.A competition offering a $5,000 prize for a winning Michigan tourism idea will end at the upcoming Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism - an annual gathering that's seen as a must-attend event...

Bikes Mean Business

ELK RAPIDS - Wanted: TART Trail expansion to Elk Rapids. Needed: Direction, connections and cash.The Rotary Club of Elk Rapids has been looking at a connection to the TART Trail in Acme for years. Heading from Traverse City, the TART Trail currently ends at Bunker...

Fruit of Traverse City’s Labor

TRAVERSE CITY-There's a business in town that recently signed a lucrative contract with a multinational French corporation to produce a line of products, creating a huge buzz in the manufacturing community in northern Michigan. It's expected to create 94 sustainable jobs, utilize the skills of...

Selling Green

REGION - It's pretty easy being green, especially if your home is energy efficient and for sale. In fact, the Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR) has made green housing easier to find, buy and sell.Four years ago, TAAR was among the first in the...

Taking the LEED

TRAVERSE CITY - Tim Burden brightens up around light-emitting diodes. And why shouldn't he? The CEO of CooLED, Inc. is in an industry that experts say is poised to explode: By 2020, 70 percent of public lighting is predicted to be LED lighting."We expect to...