TRAVERSE CITY — An emergency enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace may have left a lot of area residents with questions.

Self preservation is one of the primary drivers of life, both animal and vegetable. Survival of the fittest is an integral part of nature — for every species from amoeba to oak to zebra. But culture cannot exist without cooperation, which requires more than just self interest.

Northern Michigan was well represented on the Forbes annual list of Best-in-State Wealth Advisors. The high net worth rankings listed the top 130 in Michigan. Rick Simonton of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Traverse City was 52nd on the list. Branko Gegich of Morgan Stanley Wealth Manage…

Housing supply on the market is historically low. In the 40 years data has been collected, there have never been fewer homes for sale. Building costs are skyrocketing and home prices are rising exponentially faster than household incomes. To meet housing needs, we must offer more homes at lo…


LELAND — Historic Fishtown, one of northwest Lower Michigan’s scenic gems, is highlighted in a new video advertisement for Carhartt and Guinness.

Jim Sanford rejoined State Savings Bank. Sanford will serve as senior vice president for commercial loans. He will originate business lending and banking relationships and be a member of the loan committee. Sanford will be based in the Traverse City Loan Center, but also will assist in devel…

Shock and thaw. In a way, that pairing describes what the pandemic has been doing to business for 11 months. COVID-19 delivered a freezing shock to commerce, paychecks and bottom lines. Since then, we’ve been gradually and inconsistently thawing as various categories of business cope with ch…

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Tuesday an extension of eviction and foreclosure moratoriums for those with housing loans through the USDA.

One of my favorite things about beer is how well it can be paired with food. Of course there are certain delicious mainstays that people think of when it comes to food and beer combinations, such as pizza or burgers, but there is a whole diverse world of pairing options out there.

Lake Superior State University recently released its annual list of banished words. As you would suspect, most of the terms and phrases featured on this year’s list concern the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these words likely has been used by business owners far more than others for the last 11 …

TRAVERSE CITY — A pair of companies that illegally shipped wine to Michigan consumers each will pay a fine of $10,000, according to a release from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

TRAVERSE CITY — When 20Fathoms and the Cisco Networking Academy announced a cybersecurity program, it was targeted at career-oriented individuals.

TRAVERSE CITY — SpartanNash customers, as part of a national promotion, can donate to one of 11 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in northern Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS — A new partnership between Grand Valley State University and Northern Michigan University was announced in an effort to address the shortage of public health professionals in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center appointed Travis Kirschner and Tifini McClyde-Blythe to its board of directors.

Samuel Blossingham arrived at one of our recent vaccination clinics and rolled up his sleeve ready to do his part in the war to vanquish the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q: I am an owner of an apartment building. I have a dilemma because one of my tenants, who has a medically-documented severe allergy to pet dander, rented an apartment, relying in large part on the “no pet” provisions of the rental agreement. At the time, there were no pets in the building.

I’m going to make a confession. It’s rather embarrassing, but here goes: Super Bowl doesn’t thrill me. Despite decades of watching other people get excited about the annual show of athletic prowess, the event just doesn’t scratch my itch.

BEULAH — August 2020 was a good time to open an upscale salon in Benzie County. Solé Salon opened on Aug. 5.

Idle hands certainly are the Devil’s workshop. If the mob of Reddit day traders who drove GameStop to stupid heights last week are any indication, so too are idle thumbs!

TBA Credit Union announced several team members are in new positions. Brittney Birgy transitioned from Service Center Specialist to Collections Representative while Rachel Pabian transitioned from Member Service Representative to Service Center Representative. Receiving promotions were Sarah…

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Michigan Community Action Agency offers free tax preparation services.

TRAVERSE CITY — Restaurants across the state were allowed to begin serving indoors again Monday, more than two months after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services closed dining rooms to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency for 17 years has hosted an event filled with education and community resources.

Relaxation is big business. We’re happy to pay for merchandise and experiences that help us escape stress: recliners, sitcoms, trips to Greece, bicycles, beer, guided kayak tours, knitting supplies or whatever else helps you forget the stuff that drives you crazy.

Ed Thirlby of Thirlby Automotive in Traverse City was named to the Michigan Automotive Parts Association 2021 board of directors. Thirlby represents District 1 on the board. MAPA named its officers for 2021, including chairman Greg Phillips, West Branch Automotive; vice chairman Rick Tervo, …

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