The Heart and the Sword: An Entrepreneur’s Fable

How Thriving Leaders Can Make an Exponential Impact on This World By Vance Brown and John Brolin Published Feb. 25, 2018, We Happy Few, Inc., 138 pages Paperback: $12.99, E-read version: $9.95 In a nutshell: The frustrated owner of a growing tech company learns how to balance his passion...

Workforce, Homeless Youth Housing Coming Near Downtown

A former hotel on Munson Avenue will be the new home for two underserved populations in Traverse City. East Bay Flats will offer a combination of 60 one-bedroom and efficiency apartments for area workers and at-risk youth, thanks to a partnership between the Traverse City Housing...

The Rise and Fall of Cribspot

[caption id="attachment_15009" align="alignleft" width="300"] Alex Gross (head of business development); Evan Dancer (co-founder, CTO/lead engineer); Jason Okrasinski (co-founder and CEO); Tim Jones (co-founder and CMO); Kevin Gardner (content manager)[/caption] Renting in Ann Arbor has never been a picnic. With little to no online information, students seeking off-campus...

Boating Registrations Swell in Region

Boat registrations in Michigan have fallen 10 percent since peaking in 2003, but the five-county Grand Traverse region is bucking the trend. That’s not a surprise to Rick Venner, general manager of Harbor Springs-based Walstrom Marine’s Traverse City showroom, which sells new and used boats ranging...

Making Waves: Paddlesports community questions potential fees

A proposal that would require owners of kayaks, canoes and paddleboards to register their craft with the state is generating a boatload of controversy in the paddling community. The Michigan State Waterways Commission passed a little-noticed resolution in February recommending that paddlecraft owners pay a registration...

Spa Grand Traverse Gets a New Look

Spa Grand Traverse just got a major facelift. The spa, located at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, underwent a major, six-figure renovation of its two-story, 7,000 square-foot spa and salon in February. The project included upgrades to its 23 treatment rooms, as well as new...

Debt-Free Education is Still Possible

How do you fill 9,000 open construction jobs in the state of Michigan in one year? Or 500,000 skilled professional trade jobs by 2024? According to the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, those staggering numbers are reality. Why? The Great Recession exodus, birth...