Against All Odds, Mom and Pop Hardware Stores

Maxbauer Ace HardwareOpened 1954Three locations: Front Street, Chum's Corners, AcmeCo-owned by:Joan Boyd and Don Maxbauer'If you're smart, you adjust.'In the months before Lowe's and Menards opened their doors in 2005, the co-owners of Maxbauer Ace Hardware buckled down and strategized."We'd been through it before," said...

Stamp of Approval for Local Post Partner

It's no gimmick and there is no catch. An outsourcing measure by the USPS has clients like American Waste and Traverse City Area Public Schools paying three cents a piece less for first-class mail.You just have to sign up."The USPS is losing on average $25...

Chambers Build Community Leaders

The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 26th class of Leadership Grand Traverse last month. These 25 leaders join the more than 750 alumni of the program. That's an extraordinary number of people exposed not only to leadership training, but also the...

Traverse City Chamber Launches New Loan Program

Michigan Saves isn't the only new news in energy-related financing for Traverse City area businesses.An energy efficiency loan program through the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has received a $50,000 infusion from Traverse City Light & Power. Last year, $50,000 of funding from the...

Embezzlement a Devastating Impact

REGION - Embezzling funds is practically a cottage industry in Michigan, which had the dubious honor of reporting the second-highest number of cases in the nation after California in 2011.Boston-area consulting firm Marquet International found between 2008 and 2011, there were 83 cases of embezzlement...

Retirees in Northwest Michigan Mean Business

Northwest lower Michigan has been a mecca for retirees for decades. That is no less true today than it has ever been and the region is all the better for it.The word "retiree" conjures an image of a person already checked out. One might envision...

The Next Generation of Office Design

Twelve years ago, the office furniture industry was enjoying a golden age. United States companies shipped over $13 billion worth of product in the year 2000, following a boom of rising demand, and it seemed as if the sky was the limit to our success....

Made in/for China

By Carrie Hendersonwith contributions by Becky KalajianREGION - Language barriers, unfamiliar customs, and manufacturing difficulties aside, several northern Michigan businesses have made exporting to China a top priority, if not the only priority, in growing the bottom line.Traverse City-based AlcoTec Wire Corporation is one of...

New Business Connects Customers with Home Related Business

TRAVERSE CITY - In his work as a builder and general contractor, Chaz Stallman often had clients ask his advice about residential services."Who do you call for that?" and "Where can I find one of those?" were the types of questions the Traverse City native...

Quality of Life Drives Upscale Senior Housing Boom

TRAVERSE CITY - Two upscale senior housing developments are slated to be finished by 2013, filling a growing demand by downstate baby boomers seeking sunsets and shopping.Bloomfield Hills developers Michael Parks and Karen Anderson are planning a $20 million-plus complex of mostly independent living apartments...