Brownfield incentives return value to blighted areas

GRAND TRAVERSE CO. - In addition to health hazards, properties designated as brownfields create economic problems. When a facility is vacated and a brownfield is the result, there is little taxable income for the city, county or state. Usually, the owners of these facilities have...

Bank One branch will set the tone for others

TRAVERSE CITY - Discovering a lemonade stand when you come up to the drive-through on a hot summer day. Having a teller escort you to your car with an umbrella when it's pouring down rain. A branch that feels more like a retail center with...

New firm offers loans for all credit ratings

CHARLEVOIX - Global Business Funding, a business finance consultancy, opened its doors in downtown Charlevoix on August 8. With 12 business finance consultants on board, Global Business Funding is ready to engineer financial solutions for all sized businesses, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, and...

LASIK improved with advanced technology

A new generation of LASIK eye surgery that combines laser surgery with wavefront diagnostic system technology is available in northern Michigan. Wavefront-guided LASIK is a promising technology that provides an advanced method for measuring optical distortions in the eye. Measuring and treating these distortions goes...

Vision correction technology changes drastically over 60 years

The human eye, like a fingerprint, has characteristics unique to each human being. However, these distinctions not only differentiate individuals from each other, they also may keep each person from achieving "optimum" vision after normal refractive or LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) surgeries. In...

Premier owners envision incentive-based program for area employees

TRAVERSE CITY - For five months, the fitness facilities formerly known as Ultimate Fitness lay dormant. Deep in dept, Ultimate Fitness owner Dale Carpenter closed the Traverse City-based health club unexpectedly in January, leaving members out in the cold, scrambling to find a fitness center...

Business is on the move for Rock Jaw creator

CHARLEVOIX - When Paul Lindberg first stepped foot into the Michigan Landscape Association trade show in Grand Rapids in January, he wasn't sure how his new product, Rock Jaw, would be accepted. Rock Jaw was not created, after all, after months and months of market...

Company keeps cartridges from gathering moss

TRAVERSE CITY - If you could save money and help save the environment at the same time, would you? Most would answer "yes." After all, it sounds like a win-win situation. However, when it comes to printer cartridges, many of us are ignoring an opportunity...

Consultant has vision to turn brown into green

TRAVERSE CITY - From eyesore to anchor. Helping to transform old manufacturing sites into vibrant, mixed- or single-use developments, Mac McClelland joined Otwell Mawby, PC, two months ago as Manager of Brownfield Development. In communities around northern Michigan, McClelland will be doing everything...

Measure proposed to protect identity theft victims

With identity theft an increasingly rampant problem, some lawmakers are trying to force businesses and agencies to report all suspected thefts of personal information. Legislation in the House and Senate would require any organization that holds personal identification information to notify customers if it believes...