Newsmakers: People On The Move

FINANCIAL SERVICES Ian Ashton recently joined Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as a branch manager in its Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Portage offices. Peggy Campbell has joined State Savings Bank’s new loan center in downtown Traverse City as vice president...

Book Review: Hatching Twitter

Hatching Twitter A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal 320 pages, Portfolio Trade, 2013 Hardcover $17.00, e-Read version $7.99     Most of us have an image of an inventor shaped by the works of Edison, Bell and the Wright Brothers: Hardworking souls toiling through hours of experiments until...

People, Places and Products

PEOPLE, PLACES AND PRODUCTS TO WATCH   2015   NATE GRISWOLD PRESIDENT OF INHABITECT, LLC If you think green roofs are simply roofs painted green, think again. Meet Nate Griswold, whose name is landing on many developers’ short list these days. Griswold installs custom green roofs – also called garden roofs,...

Michigan’s Energy Future: Get Real, Or Lights Out

By 2016, Michigan will lose 1.3 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power the combined populations of Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing! That alarming factoid is found in a new report on electric reliability from Public Sector Consultants (PSC) of Lansing. The report states that Michigan...

Don’t Shrink From Big Thinking

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood….” American architect Daniel Burnham is known for helping design some of the country’s most notable structures and majestic cities, including Chicago and San Francisco. His time-tested words from more than a century ago are...

Lenders Of Choice

In may best be described as a classic case of supply meeting demand. Several area credit unions are increasingly targeting business owners looking for an alternative to banks as their lender of choice. Case in point: Lake Michigan Credit Union, which for the last four years...

The Beers Bankers

For some families, it’s common for one or two generations to follow the same career path. The Kennedys in politics and the Bernsteins in law are just a couple of examples. But it’s very rare when five generations of the same family – dating back more...

2-Minute Business Lesson

Beyond Revenue – Measuring Company Performance The Case Study: Ginny Martin, owner of Academy Publishing, knew she could dominate the educational textbook industry by creating graphically superior textbooks coupled with third-party evidence of increased academic outcomes. In addition to being spot on with her product, she had...

Cherry Capital Airport Rising With TC

Many new and exciting changes took place in 2014 at Cherry Capital Airport. New business opportunities from fueling to flight instruction, festivals to flights, our airport has seen the positive growth continue in a way the rest of the nation has not. Why? TripAdvisor said...

Keeping The Family Business Alive

Family firms comprise 80 to 90 percent of all business enterprises. Less than half of these family-owned businesses survive into the second generation. And only 12 percent will still be viable into the third generation, with three percent of all family businesses operating at the...