Top Chefs

By most accounts, TC has become a "foodie town."What does this mean to you? How did this happen so quickly?Where do we go from here? How do we build on this reputation as a region?What does 'local' mean to you and your restaurant ...

Personal Property Tax Q&A

In December, Michigan passed major reforms in the tax that businesses pay on personal property like equipment, furniture and tools. Public Acts 397-404 and 406-408 of 2012 are expected to eventually reduce Michigan's $1.2 billion personal property tax, or PPT, by an estimated $577...

Leading the Way in Northern Michigan

"The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born; that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born." - Warren Bennis, U.S. author and scholarThere are many programs and services available...

Michigan Marketing 101: Knowing Your Target Audience

"Why the heck do we live here?"At the end of 2012, this was a popular refrain in my household. It arose in response to the infamous lame duck session where Michigan's GOP hastily passed a wish list of controversial bills that were given about as...

Making It in Traverse City

In 2005, Detroit native Allison Beers was looking forward to moving back to her home state after working for four years in Philadelphia. She and her husband, Adam, had decided to relocate to his hometown - Traverse City. Though excited, Allison, a public relations and...

Book Review: The Power of Habit

Hardcover $28 - Kindle or Nook Version $12.99All of us have bad habits that we desperately try to break, or see habits in others that mystify us to no end. What if we could better understand the method of how habits are formed and then...

New Medical Practice in Elk Rapids

McLaren Northern Michigan-Elk Rapids Family Medicine now accepting patientsELK RAPIDS - Elk Rapids Family Practice is now McLaren Northern Michigan-Elk Rapids Family Medicine. Family medicine physicians Peter Alvarado, D.O., Ann Kuenker, D.O., and James Lawrence Jr., M.D., as well as certified physician assistant Michelle...

The Business of Blood

In the two seconds it took you to read this, someone in America needed blood, according to the Red Cross. That's more than 43,000 people a day. Without a steady supply of fresh blood, experts say more than four million Americans would die each year....

Watch for More Local Buyouts in 2013

Though Front Street isn't exactly Wall Street, 2013 might be a busy year for corporate buyouts and acquisitions.Local merger and acquisition (M&A) experts tell The TCBN that along with a recovering economy will likely come heightened buy and sell activity.In the past 45 days alone,...

Interlochen Designer Reimagines Detroit’s History

It took an Interlochen resident to reinterpret Detroit's history in a graphic way.Gene Ullery-Smith's part in a $12 million renovation of the Detroit Historical Museum was to develop the graphics for the new galleries in the museum. All told, he created about 600 separate pieces,...