50 Hot Sellers: Our Region’s Top 50 Volume Realtors for 2018

As we have the previous two years, the TCBN again explores the northern Michigan realtors listing and selling the most real estate. Following is the list of the top 2018 volume Realtors, based on actual listings and sales data provided by BrokerMetrics. This section includes the...

Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing in Business

By Paul Jarvis Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, Jan. 15, 2019 272 pages, Hardcover Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a Nutshell: For years we have been taught that fast growth is the way to financial success and happiness. “Company of One” explains how this dynamic has changed. Who’s it for? Aspiring entrepreneurs;...

Crystal Clear: Twin Bay Glass sees growth under new ownership

Nathan Brown joined Twin Bay Glass shortly after graduating from Northwestern Michigan University in 1999. Twenty years later, he owns the company, which specializes in shower doors, car windshields,  and residential and commercial windows. Brown and his wife, Kerri, purchased Twin Bay Glass from original owners...

The Future of Higher Education is in the Blue Ocean

I have spent much of my career at Northwestern Michigan College thinking about blue oceans. Not just for our work in water, for which we are recognized experts both here and abroad, but the blue ocean business strategy that leads organizations to find new marketplaces...

Sweat Equity: Local companies put grants toward employee wellness

[caption id="attachment_20764" align="alignleft" width="550"] TentCraft used a 2016 grant to help buy paddle boards, kayaks and snowshoes for employees to use.[/caption] Walking paths, fat tire bikes, yoga, kayaks and stand up paddle boards aren't just popular for leisure. Employers are now tapping into these activities and more...

NMC’s in-demand Maritime programs boast 100 percent employment rate

[caption id="attachment_20755" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Maritime Technology program has received more than 350 applications for fall 2019, with the application window still open until July 1.[/caption] Two Northwestern Michigan College programs are renowned on a nationwide level and can claim an exceedingly rare and desirable stat:...

Looking Good: The latest in medical and cosmetic technologies

(top l-r): Lo, Kuenker and Jeffries (middle l-r): Leithauser and Madion (bottom): Andriese Hot lasers. Cold lasers. Microwaves. Micro-needling. Platelet-rich plasma therapy. They are among the newer cosmetic and medical treatments people in the Grand Traverse region are increasingly seeking, according to...