Industrial Strength

Why demand for industrial properties is growing - and who's buyingGRAND TRAVERSE CO. - Driving around Grand Traverse County, it's hard to miss the dozens of empty industrial buildings for sale. A 61,000 square-foot warehouse on Barlow. The giant, 80,000 square-foot former Lear Manufacturing complex...

Keepin’ it in the Family

The TCBN gets up close and personal with some local families whose businesses - and blood - have withstood the test of time.Roy's General Store - Traverse CityREGION - What started as Roy's bait shop in 1958 slowly grew as the population around it grew...

Passion Project

Passion ProjectFilmmaker Andrea Maio is a Michigander. Though she lives inBenzie County now, she was born and raised downstate. She moved here for the reason a lot of people do - the natural environment that she can play in that energizes her and the work...

The TCBN Hot List 2012

In a region like northern Michigan, where the population is booming, small town economies are fighting to right themselves, and the community aspires to both grow and preserve, the future isn't ever certain. But it sure is fascinating to watch. Here, the TCBN casts an...

Where the Jobs Are Up North

REGION - Even though Michigan's economic picture is still grim, there are a few Traverse City companies that - like the old U.S. Marines recruiting line - are looking for a few good workers.The American Proficiency Institute, Altus Brands and Munson Medical Center are among...

Transplant Tales

A wise ghost once whispered, "If you build it, they will come." Well, the area has long been building a place for business, community and culture to thrive. And true to the prediction, thousands have come and continue to arrive every day in pursuit of...

What’s Hot – and Not – in Home Design

In recent years, new home sales have taken a hit,and the home design industry has been able to capitalize on the growing sect of folks staying in place and renovating their existing homes. The TCBN checks in with local designers and retailers to find out...

Crafting a New User Experience

TRAVERSE CITY - On a recent October day in Boston, more than 180 professionals gathered to discuss a concept that is both cutting edge and as old as commerce itself: The Customer Experience, or "CX."Nancy Flowers, vice president of client experience at TC's Hagerty Insurance,...