What’s News


? ISPhone Inc., a Traverse City-based network services provider, announces its new “End2End” product, which enables businesses to route voice, video and data traffic over a single network. The company estimates the product can save a business 30 to 40 percent over what they’re paying for telecommunications services. The product is expected to be released this fall; 929-0970.


? Body Balance for Performance has opened a satellite center at Northport Physical Therapy in Gaylord. Marking the grand opening is an open house on April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Body Balance for Performance program was developed by Paul Callaway, the first Director of Physical Therapy on the PGA Tour. The technique highlights posture, strength, balance and flexibility which can enhance or undermine a golfer’s ability to perform a perfect swing.

Body Balance’s Kim Schieler, who has a master’s in athletic training, recently completed training seminars conducted by Callaway.

? Alan Collard, owner of Therapeutic Massage, has opened a second Traverse City location at Mirage Tanning Center on East Eighth St. He’s already established inside Ultimate Fitness.

The massage room has sound-proof walls, a built-in sound system, soft lighting and is handicap accessible; 941-9110.

? The new office of Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors in Benzonia is rapidly taking shape. Plans call for the company’s eight agents and staff members to begin working out of the office at M-115 and U.S. 31 by mid-April. Coldwell will share the building space with the Benzie County office of Corporate Title.


? Pella Windows and Doors by Horne has moved from Veterans Drive into a high-exposure location next to Burger King in the Grand Traverse Crossing development off South Airport Road.

The company has been in the Traverse City area for more than 20 years in various locations, including Veterans Drive since July of 1998. Its new address is 2504 Crossing Circle, Suite A.

The windows are made in Pella, Iowa and the Horne distributor is based out of Grand Rapids. Several offices distribute the company’s products in western Michigan, including Petoskey.

The Traverse City office works with many architects on some of the finer homes in the Grand Traverse area, said sales coordinator Gary Woodhams, and has a strong commercial business. Pella will provide all the windows for the new Harbor View building currently under construction on the Grandview Parkway; 946-3835.

? Dr. Suzette Corbit, DC, and In Touch Healing and Chiropractic Center Inc., have moved to a new Traverse City location. The office is now at 3301 Veterans Dr., Suite 215. Phone number remains the same: (231) 933-9388. The former office was on Garfield Avenue.


? Republic Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: RBNC) has declared a $.085 per share cash dividend to shareholders of record as of March 10 and payable April 3.


? Traverse City was ranked as Michigan’s number one location for corporate facilities in the March 2000 issue of Site Selection magazine published by the Industrial Development Research Council.

Traverse Bay Economic Development Corp. (TBEDC) chairman Ed Arbut made the announcement at the corporation’s annual meeting March 22.

TBECD president Charles Blankenship added, “The Traverse City area was ranked number 8 nationwide in the report’s list of America’s Top 100 Small Towns for Corporate Facilities.”

The report was based on the number of new and expanded industrial and office facilities between 1989-1999.

“To be included in the study a facility must meet the requirements of 20,000 square feet or more, at least 50 new jobs and $1 million in total investment,” Blankenship said.

The TBEDC is a subsidiary of the Traverse City Area Chamber.

? United Way of Northwest Michigan earned top honors in a national communications contest sponsored by United Way of America for its TV PSA. The pro bono 30-second spot was produced by Brauer Productions. In the regional contest for Midwestern states, it took home first prize in “Community Building Initiatives” for its public relations program promoting the GivEm 40 Coalition. United Way also received honorable mention for its newsletter.

? Crystal Mountain Resort’s Winter 1999/2000 Press Kit was recently awarded a Golden Bell Public Relations Award at the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s Golden Bell Awards Competition. They earned the Bronze Merit award in the “hotels with 300 or less rooms” category. Other winners in the same category included Fifteen Beacon of Boston and Sofitel Le Faubourg Paris in France. Crystal operates without an outside PR agency.

? For the second year in a row, Larry’s Pool & Spa Inc. of Traverse City has been chosen as one of the top 50 pool builders in the United States. The winners were chosen by pool and spa professionals across the nation based on design skills; construction and remodeling expertise; sales and marketing techniques; business practices; customer satisfaction and community service. Larry Stephenson Jr. and Donald Stephenson own the business, which was founded in 1965 and has always been family-owned.

? Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors set a new record for the 15th year in a row, with over $600 million in closed sales volume for 1999. At a recent awards dinner, the company honored the following agents: Judy Levin, Gale Fox and Jim & Becky Stacy topped the $9 million mark; Mark Hagan had sales over $15 million and was honored as top referral agent; Mark Fisher topped $16 million; Judy Robinson was the top individual agent with sales of $16.3 million; and the team of Bill, Gwen and Andy Stireman had sales of $21.4 million.

Other honors went to Mark Steckley for Rookie of the Year, Gordon DeHaan for Manager of the Year, and Jim Sheets who received the Harold F. Schmidt Humanitarian Award.

? For the seventh year in a row, Arvco Container Corp., headquartered in Kalamazoo, has received a merit award for quality by Denso Manufacturing-Michigan, one of the leading suppliers in the auto industry. Arvco, which has a Cadillac location, has supplied a large amount of corrugated packaging to Denso over the past decade.

? Glen Petersen, Bud Solem and Tony Beaverson of Petersen Productions were honored recently with a National Telly Award for production of the animated special “The Legend of Mackinac Island.” It’s an adaptation of the best selling children’s book by author Kathy-Jo Wargin.

The Telly Awards is a highly-respected, national competition judged by producers from across the country.

? For the second year in a row, Grand Traverse Pavilions has earned an Elder Care Challenge award. The statewide program recognizes companies and organizations that offer innovative elder-care programs.

The Pavilions was recognized for its new Kids Who Care volunteer program that encourages junior high students to take part in a program on how to volunteer in a long-term care environment and to understand the impact of intergenerational friendships.

? ABC 29 & 8 won two Broadcast Excellence Awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters: Best of Category in the Community Involvement category for a PSA on the dangers of drinking and driving, and a merit award for a spot for the Computer Haus in Traverse City.


? Cap Com Paging of Traverse City is now an authorized agent for CenturyTel, allowing the company to offer a full line of cellular products and services. Cap Com Paging is an FCC licensed Radio Common Carrier providing 10 different paging coverage areas; 800-968-7243.

? Signs Now in Traverse City was hired to create and install advertising graphics for Just for Kicks, an indoor soccer arena in Traverse City.

The ads are placed directly on the walls around the arena and can be purchased by businesses or sports fans.

Signs Now also recently completed the graphics for a giant-sized banner announcing the move of the DiscJockey store in the Grand Traverse Mall to a larger location in the mall.

? CellularOne of Northeast Michigan has complied with phase one of the FCC Enhanced 911 regulations. This phase requires wireless providers to supply the designated 911 dispatch center with automatic number identification of the mobile handset and the location of the cell site or base station receiving the 911 call.

The company will provide 911 dispatchers in Otsego Co. with the ANI and the tower location of 911 calls originating from wireless phones within the county.

? The Intelligence Agency in Traverse City has add several new clients including Second Chance Body Armor, LDMI Telecommunications and PlanetPromote.com.

They will handle all worldwide public relations efforts for Second Chance, which is expanding its product lines and entering new international markets.

LDMI is a $23 million integrated communications provider that has been named one of “Michigan’s Top Ten Privately Owned Companies” by Detroiter magazine. PlanetPromote.com, a business-to-business site, builds and hosts promotions such as sweepstakes, surveys and special offers.

? The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has approved a $206,350 industrial park loan to the Village of Kalkaska to extend water, sewer, roads, gas, electric and fiber-optics services to the Kalkaska Enterprise Center Industrial Park Project. It’s expected to result in the creation of many new full-time jobs.


? Meijer Inc. has joined the effort to restore the City Opera House in Traverse City with a contribution of $25,000. An estimated $6 million is needed to restore the 109-year-old building. Learn more by calling 941-8082.


? The Benzie Area Business and Home Expo 2000, is set for Friday, April 28 at Crystal Mountain Resort. Call 882-5801 or 800-882-5801 to register. Info about the Expo can be found at www.benzie.org/expo2000.htm.

? Business Expo 2000 will be held May 4 in Howe Arena at the GT County Civic Center. Cost is $400 per booth space for Chamber member firms and $500 for non members; 947-5075.

? Nominations are being solicited for the ATHENA Leadership Award, sponsored by the Traverse City Chamber and National City Bank. Forms are available at the Chamber or any National City branch. The event will be held May 12 at the Waterfront Inn Conference Center.

Please send submissions by April 17 for the May issue. See address information on page 4. BIZNEWS