The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

By Daniel Coyle Reviewed by Chris Wendel 304 pages; published by Bantam Books, January 2018. Hardcover $28; softcover $14.95; E-read edition $13.95; audio book version $14.95 In a nutshell: Virtual office places and technology have drastically changed the modern workplace. With this in mind, how do groups work best...

More Perks and New Name for Popular State Training Fund

A popular state program that’s brought millions in worker training dollars to the Grand Traverse region is getting some business-friendly tweaks. The changes – and a new name – are coming to the Michigan Skilled Trades Training Fund, an initiative that wins praise in many corners. “This...

Goodbye, Gold Sportcoat: Century 21 gets a modern reboot

Brad Platt knows it won’t be easy, but he’s enthusiastic about the pending reboot and rebranding of the venerable Century 21 real estate franchise. “We’re excited about the revised look and feel,” said Platt, the owner/broker of Century 21 Northland and Century 21 Sleeping Bear. Platt said...

Exploding Tuition Costs Drive Consulting Firms

The ivory tower has morphed into something beyond educating the young. For many colleges, it's all about the bottom line. "Colleges are not in the business of making money. Colleges are in the business of making huge money," said Matt Breimayer, the owner and founder of Right...

Promising Trends in Local Housing Policy

Traverse City – northwest lower Michigan’s business and cultural capital – is at a defining moment in its history. Faced with skyrocketing home prices and swelling rents, we can sit back and watch as the housing issues escalate, or we can take action to create...

Be Careful What You Wish For

A community’s economic and social well-being is invariably linked to the strength of its institutions. Some are new; some have been around for decades or longer. When it comes to attracting talent and investment, however, some stand out as particularly important and need to be...

Invented at Britten

Over 33 years, Britten has evolved from simple banners to one of northern Michigan's biggest success stories. Having morphed from Britten Banners to Britten Studios, the company is now known as Britten, Inc., a multi-million dollar banner production, advertising and large-format printing company. Several proprietary innovations...