Book Review: “Soar!” Build Your Vision from the Ground Up

By T.D. Jakes Published October 2017; FaithWords; 247 pages Hardcover $16; softcover $11; e-book $13; audiobook $13 In a nutshell: Nationally acclaimed pastor, author, and innovator T.D Jakes gives an inspirational overview of the steps needed to start and run a successful business. Who’s it for: Anyone who has...

Shopping Software? Six Things to Know

  One of the wonderful things about doing business in the Traverse region is the closeness of our business community. If you need something from a company with whom you do business, you can meet for lunch at Sorellina to hash out details. There's nothing like...

One Hot Product: CooLED CEO sees growth in the LED market

  Tim Burden's sales pitch for his LED conversion company is a salesperson's dream. “Everybody’s got lights. And they want ideas to reduce their cost of operations," said Burden, CEO of CooLED, a Traverse City-based industrial lighting company. "The beautiful thing is it always reduces the cost." Burden's...

Tax Cuts a Boon for TC Businesses

Sweeping federal legislation that provides lucrative tax cuts to businesses also is helping to fatten the wallets of Traverse City State Bank’s employees. The bank announced in February that it was giving each of its 90 employees a one-time $750 bonus because of the federal tax...

When it Comes to Attracting Great Workers, Health Is Wealth

Our culture is pretty unhealthful. A third of Michiganders are obese. That’s the tenth worst in the U.S., tied with Indiana. Colorado, with which we often compete for highly productive and creative workers and businesses, weighs in at 22 percent obese, the lowest in the...

Alliance Builds its Influence Across Northern Michigan

German aristocrat and statesman Otto von Bismarck is credited with coining the famous 19th century phrase about laws and sausage – how it's best not to see them being made. Creating the rules and regulations that govern our daily lives, including those that impact our regional...