n The first 2013 Constitution Defender Award was awarded to Rick and Lori Dubro of Rico's Cafe in Grawn. The award is given by the Constitution Celebration Committee to politicians and private citizens who honor the constitution with support of tradition, rule of law and service to community. The Dubros were recognized for their dedication and promotion of service to veterans.
n Linda Burton of Interlochen currently serves as membership chairperson of the Michigan Association of Activity Professionals. She is employed as a recreational therapist at Grand Traverse Pavilions.
n Vaughn Seavolt, CFSP, owner of the Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City qualified for re-certification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Service Practice.
n Bridget Carefoot of Century 21 Northland has been installed as the 2013 president of the Northern Michigan Chapter of Women's Council of Realtors.
n Bowerman, Bowden, Ford, Clulo & Luyt, P.C. has announced that Jan M. Geht has become an associate attorney in the firm. He practices in the areas of tax controversy and litigation, tax planning, bankruptcy litigation, civil litigation and appeals, employment law, business organization and transactions, and estate planning.
n Realtor Jenn Dakoske has joined ReMax Bayshore Properties as a licensed buyer's assistant to Matt Dakoske. She will focus on the needs and services of individuals purchasing homes and other real estate in the Grand Traverse region.
n The Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival is "Still Wonderful" according to the North American Riders Group, which for the third consecutive year named the show to its "Top 25 Shows in North America." Last year's competitions, held at Flintfields Horse Park, drew more than 2,500 participants, with exhibitors vying to take home more than $550,000 in prize money.
n SCORE-Traverse City, an all volunteer non-profit organization and resource partner of the Small Business Administration, has been named the 2012 District Chapter of the Year for the state of Michigan. The annual award recognizes the top SCORE chapter for outstanding performance, quality service and community collaboration.
Short's Brewing Company celebrates 10 years
The crew at Short’s Brewing Company knows how to tap its creative resources. “Anybody who has an idea can present it to our brewmaster Tony Hansen,” Short’s Brewing Company founder Joe Short said.Continued ...
Uncertainty only thing certain about grape crop
A balky, chilly spring could be just what area vineyards need. “We’d like to continue seeing what the tourism industry probably doesn’t want, which is a slow run into spring,” said Duke Elsner, Michigan State University small fruit educator.Continued ...
Chateau Chantal's second label on hold
Chateau Chantal’s vines were so bountiful last year that Mark Johnson didn’t have enough space to store the season’s wine.Continued ...
Business Memoranda: 04/23/2014
Andrew and Amy Kohlmann, owners of Image360 - Traverse City, donated nearly $1,100 to FLOW (For Love of Water), as part of their 2014 Sign & Graphics Recycling Program.Continued ...
Glenn Puit: Right Brain owner had a vision
Russell Springsteen’s mindset about beer changed during a trip to Germany.Continued ...
Pirate's Cove putting for patriots
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf is preparing a fundraiser to assist those who served our nation.Continued ...
Business in Brief: 04/23/2014
Innovative rehab; Financial counseling; Blue Cross sponsors outing. (Plus more)Continued ...
Buckley mainstay has new owners
The goal is simple for Tracy Cinco and Lance Jewett: Offer a small-town restaurant environment at their Main Street Café.Continued ...
Martial arts master gives back
A family tragedy led James R. Adkins to a lifelong quest of martial arts mastery.Continued ...
Andrew McFarlane: Vineyards, quality wines grow
John Crampton told me back in 1992 that when he and his wife Jo planted the first vines for Willow Vineyard, they had no idea of the incredible growth that was just around the corner.Continued ...
Painting by Paul turns 30
Paul Roebke’s first customers saw his name and number written on one of the 5-by-7 index cards he passed around Traverse City when he started his painting business in 1984, a month before his high school graduation.Continued ...
- Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Nonprofit's Detroit farm work moves ahead
A nonprofit’s plans to create agriculture projects in Detroit neighborhoods are moving forward.Continued ...
Business in Brief: 04/22/2014
Gas prices up 2 cents over the past week; UAW withdraws appeal of VW union vote.Continued ...
- Sunday, April 20, 2014
Mancelona looking at options after manufacturing decline
Mancelona was born of manufacturing, but it may not be its future. Logging, iron works plants and auto parts manufacturers built the area since it was founded in the 1870s, but those industries have dwindled and so has Mancelona’s economy.Continued ...
Water contamination continues in Mancelona
Industrial boom caused more than economic bust. Industry left plumes of contaminated water, too.Continued ...
Dennis Prout: MyRA makes sense for some
Some investors may question why they should consider a MyRA when so many financial advisors online have panned the concept.Continued ...
- Saturday, April 19, 2014
Gold prices melt on China fears
Gold prices plunged this week, falling over $40 per ounce during the day Tuesday, the largest sell-off this year. Prices sank after poor economic news from China indicated that gold demand may be waning there. China was the world's largest gold consuContinued ...
Agriculture Forum: Saying it doesn't mean they got it!
TRAVERSE CITY -- Even when you think you do a good job of communicating with employees, you don't really know what they heard unless you ask. On a recent farm visit I witnessed a great example of a "communications board" for employees. The farm ownerContinued ...
- Friday, April 18, 2014
Building Permits 04/18/2014
Building permits for 4/18/14Continued ...
Assumed Names 04/18/2014
Assumed names for 04/18/14Continued ...
- Thursday, April 17, 2014
Detroit launches grants for small biz
Detroit government, development and philanthropic leaders launched a grant program Wednesday intended to help boost small businesses in the city and the two communities it surrounds.Continued ...
Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines
Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.Continued ...
- Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Renee's House of Quilting helps quilters reap what they sew
The bolts of fabric at Renee’s House of Quilting are a sunset of color even when the world outside is gray and dreary.Continued ...
Zakey owner celebrates six years in business
Nabiel Musleh’s master’s degree in international relations seems fitting, given his unofficial role as northern Michigan’s ambassador to the Middle East.Continued ...
Glenn Puit: Making work, and money, at 68
The shelves in Paul T. Henry’s quaint little store tucked away in a corner of Benzie County offer chips, pop, chili, cigarettes, laundry soap, beer and liquor. There’s more at Paul’s Party & Tackle Store than merchandise, though.Continued ...
- Short's Brewing Company celebrates 10 years