TC’s Budding Donald Trumps

Two enterprising youths launch businesses aimed to help - and help feed - animals.Declan Hilt's wish for a dog led not only to his family getting Bauer, a Jack Russell and Beagle mix, but also the start of a successful business."I haven't met a dog...

Against All Odds, Mom and Pop Hardware Stores

Maxbauer Ace HardwareOpened 1954Three locations: Front Street, Chum's Corners, AcmeCo-owned by:Joan Boyd and Don Maxbauer'If you're smart, you adjust.'In the months before Lowe's and Menards opened their doors in 2005, the co-owners of Maxbauer Ace Hardware buckled down and strategized."We'd been through it before," said...

Painting the Town

Ask any business owner to name the worst job they've ever held, and they'll often point to work they did in high school: flipping burgers, washing dishes, or cleaning cars. But for Traverse City entrepreneur Dan Brady, a $7-an-hour high school job painting houses led to...

Arsenic, Cyanide Spur Building Boomlet

TRAVERSE CITY - Weeds and broken concrete once greeted those who strolled alongside the Boardman River between Union and Cass streets 20 years ago.The arsenic-polluted soil underneath scared developers away until a ground-breaking state and federal concept lured them back with tax credits, cleanup assistance,...

A Win-Win For Homeowners

TC Saves loan program comes to a close; more than 20 percent of city homeowners have participated in the energy assessment program so far.A residential energy savings program that has helped 550 Traverse City homeowners conserve energy and reduce heating bills while providing jobs for...

Bang for your Buck

Whether you're getting ready to sell your home, plan to sell in five years, or just want to improve your surroundings, investing a few thousand dollars in your nest is a good way to augment your home's value. So, what should you do with $5,000...

Low Taxes Do Not A Community Make

A good friend recently sold his parents' home in Grand Rapids as it became too much for his elderly mother to care for. The house wasn't on the market for a day or two before an eager buyer snapped it up at the family's asking...

Fracking Ignites Fiery Debate

Two films square off on fracking, an issue that could possibly surface on the state's November ballot.There is a movement to ban fracking in Michigan even though oil and gas companies have fracked about 12,000 wells in the state over the past 50 years. Fracking...

Book Review: How Stella Saved The Farm

By Chris Wendel3.5 stars out of 52013 - Hardcover $19.99, Kindle $$9.99It's not often that I'm able to write about farm animals that run a fictional company. At first glance, it's easy to be pessimistic about the potential of the fable-esque...

Brotherly Love

Success in business is not always just about a good idea and a business plan.For Matt and Keegan Myers, success hinges on happiness and good relationships. Be happy where you are and who you are working with. Then you can build it, and they will...