Traverse City Business Hall of Fame

It might be hard to imagine, but Traverse City hasn't always been all beaches and pie. Just a few generations ago, it was a hardscrabble, sparsely populated frontier scored with lumber-choked rivers and bays.Like many 19th century American towns, Traverse City's first business community rose...

Looking Back On Ten Years

On January 6, 2003, two guys started their jobs as presidents of chambers of commerce in two of northern Michigan's most dynamic cities. I was one; the other was Carlin Smith in Petoskey. What follows is a look back at the work I have watched...

Tuning Out The Ruling Class in 2013

2012 tired me out! Never before has my mind been so taxed, particularly during the second half of the year with elections, right-to-work laws, and gun control debates. Seems like everybody had something to say, and weren't afraid to raise their voice or go...

Like A Virgin

★★★★Portfolio/ Penguin Books - Softcover $16.00 - Kindle Version $9.99 - 352 pagesSir Richard Branson, the internationally famous entrepreneur, adventurer, and self-proclaimed icon, has the distinction of being the only person in the world to have built billion-dollar companies...

Star Wars in Our Own Backyard

Aetos Group Inc. is developing alternative uses for drones in anticipation of changing FAA regulations.Drones aren't just for the military anymore. The Traverse City-based Aetos Group Inc. is developing new commercial applications that benefit from aerial imaging in anticipation of changing Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) regulations.Drones,...

‘Til Death Do Us Part

Alex and Brad, both in their mid-40s, had just celebrated the 10th anniversary of their market consulting business. The next morning, Brad suffered a heart attack and died. Alex suddenly lost his long-time business associate. What's more, after the estate was settled, he found...

Traverse City Chamber Launches New Loan Program

Michigan Saves isn't the only new news in energy-related financing for Traverse City area businesses.An energy efficiency loan program through the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has received a $50,000 infusion from Traverse City Light & Power. Last year, $50,000 of funding from the...

Light It Up

Just turning the lights on every day sucks up to 50 percent of a business' electricity consumption, meaning big dollars are lighting that lobby. Michigan Saves aims to change that to pennies.The Michigan Saves program has helped homeowners finance energy efficiency improvements since 2010 and...

Show Me No Money

Bartering is a gray area of the economy; if you do it, here's how Uncle Sam views it...

Shaky Future Rattles Investors

With uncertainty an overarching theme among investment professionals, TCBN polled a number of area experts about the coming year and asked:1. What should investors watch for?2. What specific stocks, bonds, mutual funds, investment vehicles or strategies do you recommend?Ty FinchFinancial advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLCWhat to watch...