Business Intelligence is Not An Oxymoron

For many, the words "business intelligence" leads to thoughts of expensive technologies used by billion-dollar corporations to gain a competitive edge or just a blank stare of ignorance. So, what is BI? And, more importantly, what does it mean for your business? BI is...

East Bay or the Middle East

Roads get worse; state legislators' inaction might create the Gravel Road State.The two main roads between my house and U.S. 31 appear to have been carpet-bombed. It's as if the maintenance has been turned over to the Wheel and Alignment Center instead of the...

Book Review: How Starbucks Saved My Life

Gotham Books, 2007 - Softcover $14 - Kindle or Nook Version $11.99Life does not always allow us to read certain books when we want to read them. I had heard about "How Starbucks Saved My Life" when it was first published in 2007, but had...

Turning Cherry Waste Into Gold

Michelle White began her career working with cherries in a food processing plant, an experience that would catapult her development of Michelle's Miracle Original Tart Montmorency Cherry Concentrate.White was dismayed by farmers having to dump their cherries on the ground to get paid for the...

The IRS Forgives You

If you're a business owner who may have mistakenly categorized your employees as contract workers, the IRS is offering a deal that can erase 90 percent of any taxes that might be owed. And there would be no penalties or interest levied under what the...

Mark, Set, Go! Running Studio Opens This Month

REGION - If it appears there's a rise in the number of runners and cyclists on the roads and trails, and it seems more and more of your friends are talking about the next new race they're tackling, you're not imagining things-endurance sports are indeed...

Working (Out) Together

Biking to work, hitting the gym, weighing-in? Sounds like a decent workout program. It's even better when it happens with employer reimbursements and co-worker encouragement.Many area businesses are reacting to rising health care insurance costs with a hands-on fix and putting money into prevention instead...

Ask the Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Gustav J. Lo, MDCosmetic Skin and Laser CenterHow have attitudes changed toward cosmetic surgery? Both are much more common and more accepted than in the past. In the 12 years we've been doing non-surgical aesthetics (laser treatments, Botox, fillers), the number of annual procedures in...

Healthcare Reform is Here

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has left our legislators, employers and the general public in a fog of confusion. As then-Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D) attempted to elucidate, "We have to pass the bill in order to know what is...

Boomers No Babies When It Comes To Fitness

TRAVERSE CITY - Certified personal trainer and Traverse City area native Julie Schmuckal has launched a business that helps Baby Boomers work through the aches and pains of getting older.While living in Chicago, she "saw the writing on the wall" that Boomers age 50 and...