Real Estate Transactions Go “Green”

By Brian Johnson Our cars, our appliances – even our houses – are “going green” these days. And it would appear the next “green” opportunity is … our real estate transactions. Real estate deals are notorious for being paper-intensive. Purchase agreements and their amendments, mortgage documents,...

Going For The Grant

Looking for a grant to build a business in a particular geographic area? Hire certain workers? Launch a new technology? Best of luck. While grants are the lifeblood of many a nonprofit, educational institution and social service agency, grants for for-profit businesses are almost a misnomer. “In...

Northwestern-To-Chemical Bank Transition On Track

What’s yellow and black, soon to be green and white all over? Bank leaders say Northwestern Bank’s conversion to Chemical Bank is on track for a likely August completion. Midland-based Chemical announced the purchase of Northwestern in March; as the closing of the deal now approaches,...

20 Years Of Covering the Region’s Business

By Ross Boissoneau A lot can happen in 20 years. Trends come and go, businesses start and fail, technology changes – well, everything. It was 20 years ago this month that the Traverse City Business News debuted (as the TK), promising in-depth stories about the local business...

“Going Small” In A Big, Big (Real Estate) World

By Al Parker Small office vs. big companies has been a long-standing debate in the real estate business. Big operations have big marketing budgets and brand name recognition, but smaller firms often offer more personal service – a huge factor in the real estate game. So with...

Newsmakers: People On The Move

APPOINTMENTS Al Bonney of Traverse City has been appointed Rotary District Governor for 2014-15. As governor, he coordinates the community and international service projects of the 60 clubs in the West Michigan/Wawa Canada District 6290 area. He joins 534 other Rotarians worldwide serving as a district...

Our Fair City: How Will We Build It?

This month marks the launch of a new bi-monthly column about local architecture and design by Scott Lankford of Lankford Design Group in Traverse City. I want to start a conversation about our City, our growth and responsibility to our memories and meaning. For me, our...

Briefly: Big News In A Small Format

SOLAR-POWERED GOLF COURSE OPENS Northport Creek Golf Course, the first solar-powered course in Michigan, is now open. Northport Creek offers three-hole, six-hole and nine-hole play. It is built on a 63-acre parcel, a former cherry orchard, at the northern end of the village. The course was...