Ed Thirlby: The Michigan Automotive Parts Association board of directors elected Ed Thirlby, of Thirlby Automotive, Inc. in Traverse City, to the position of District 1 director.
Late last year, Grand Traverse County Commissioners approved an expenditure of nearly $280,000 for construction code and permitting software for the county’s construction code office. It was a rather non-controversial item, and simply reported in the newspaper in a blurb along with a list of other approved expenditures.
The gamy scents of the great outdoors permeate Altus Brands of Traverse City. Located at 9542 Sullivan Road just west of Chum’s Corners, the business has developed a reputation for producing fine outdoor sporting equipment including high-tech hearing protection, weapon storage and accessories, game calls and a cache of animal scents that are sure to taunt the human nose.
Two cities on the opposite sides of Grand Traverse Bay tell slightly different stories regarding their real estate markets in the last year, but both Northport and Elk Rapids report robust sales with quick turnover.
"Everybody is competing for the same students, the same employees. You have to differentiate yourself and separate yourself to attract and retain employees." — Matt Schwarze, secretary for the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council
If you asked Ray Minervini what the redevelopment of the Traverse City State Hospital means to him, he’ll tear up and find it difficult to answer.
Washed, dropped, sliced, paddled, boiled and bagged, the process of turning fist-sized potatoes into nickle-thick chips is swift and, in the end, savory, at the Great Lakes Potato Chip Company.
Our Great Lakes are the largest source of the world’s surface fresh water — and Traverse City is right in the middle of it all. Lake Michigan always has been behind our area’s cultural and economic prosperity and it is quickly taking on new importance. The quality and availability of fresh water is fast becoming a critically urgent issue worldwide.
Geography has much to do with northwest Lower Michigan’s business identity. We’re a beach town, a forest town, a water town. Our geography remains as beautiful as ever — but our identity is changing.
The policy arena can be a contentious world on occasion. Every now and then, I’ll hear a comment about not understanding why the Chamber would take a policy position on a legislative or local issue.
TRAVERSE CITY — Depending on the terrain — and the calendar — some northern Michigan businesses change tools of the trade like a chameleon changes colors.
Some national retail chains reportedly launched holiday shopping season hiring efforts months ago in hopes they could attract retail talent before their competitors swooped in.
Before I was a high school graduate, or a writer, or even a father, grandfather or retired curmudgeon for that matter, I was a businessman.
"None of us are what I would consider business people. We didn't know what a business plan was. Truth be told, we probably still don't. We just knew we wanted to do something that we loved." — Jeanine Ruthbert, co-owner of Pine Hill Nursery
TRAVERSE CITY — When Mike and Lynne Borer opened The Swan’s Nest 38 years ago, they never dreamed that today they would remain one of the last old-fashioned souvenir shops in Traverse City.
TRAVERSE CITY — Ski resorts in northern Michigan work hard to find profitable summer activities that draw guests to their properties, helping them make money year-round.
INTERLOCHEN — Nonprofit organizations like Interlochen Center for the Arts, by definition, don’t make a profit. Otherwise, though, they run much like a for-profit business. Both have expenses, income, employees, payroll, insurance requirements and balance sheets.
TRAVERSE CITY — Captain Bryan Smith was shot at while ferrying a ship on Lake Huron five years ago, forcing the then 61-year-old Inland Seas sailor to return fire.
TRAVERSE CITY — On any given week, there are 30 or more temp jobs available at Northern Staffing in Traverse City, yet only five to 12 of those positions typically are filled.
TRAVERSE CITY — It’s been nearly 90 years since Del and Dawn Zimmerman hung out their shingle, announcing that their landscaping and garden shop was open for business in Traverse City.
TRAVERSE CITY — There’s a semitractor-trailer truck in the right lane of the freeway. You ease into the left lane and accelerate, trying to get past the carrier of commerce as quickly as possible.
Northwest Lower Michigan is roaring toward tourist season, and businesses that directly benefit from visitor traffic are revving up for what could be a record-breaking summer.
Kendra Balderach on Jan. 1 became executive director of the Builders Exchange of Northwest Michigan. A Traverse City native, Balderach graduated from Indiana University and has sales and management experience with companies including Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Huntington Bank and Wells Fargo Wealth Management. (Plus more)
On the evolutionary ladder of life, I was a single father stuck on a low rung between turkeys and monkeys — my daughters words, not mine.
"... It gives them something they can try to do that they will be successful at, because they are coming to a community center that has all the support that they would need. Once they've had those early successes, they can go further." — Philip Leete, Quarkmine Space
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