40Under40: Forty of the region’s best and brightest under 40

Just ahead is TCBN's 14th annual list of the 40 most influential regional leaders under age 40. This highly anticipated compendium recognizes individuals in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie and Kalkaska counties under the age of 40 whose professional and community efforts during this past year had...

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness

[caption id="attachment_56385" align="alignleft" width="162"] 256 pages; published by HarperOne, 2017[/caption] Reviewed by Chris Wendel In a nutshell: Most standards used to measure success are based on how we stack up against the average. Researcher and author Todd Rose explains why this is wrong and suggests what we can...

Things to Know About Life Insurance Settlements

A life insurance policy is an asset similar to real estate, stocks, bonds or personal property like an automobile. As a result, a life insurance policy can be sold like any other asset. The sale of a life insurance policy is called a life insurance...

Tax Relief and Loan Forgiveness: Updates on PPP, PPPFA

Whether the tumultuous events of 2020 led to you closing your shop doors temporarily, or your business remains open with a reduced workforce, or you’ve pivoted operations to something else entirely, you’re likely contemplating how to lock in the long-term success of your business. We face a...

Progressive Business Strategies Pay Off for Strata Design

The middle of the 2007-2009 Great Recession seems like a uniquely poor time to buy a business, especially one related to construction. Undaunted, Tyler Cerny bought Traverse City-based Strata Design, a commercial cabinet and countertop manufacturer. The gamble paid off. Armed with a materials science engineering...

Dig the Well Before You Are Thirsty

One of the joys of 2020 has been driving my mom around. She is 85 and since the weather turned warm enough, I have been taking her on long drives on Old Mission Peninsula and throughout Leelanau Country in vintage cars with broad bench seats...

Having a Say: Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance represents in Lansing

Traverse Connect is a proud member of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, which is a coalition of 16 chambers and economic development organizations from the northern Lower Peninsula and U.P. The Alliance was established based on the premise that many legislative issues impact these regions of...