Category Archives: Northwest Michigan

Business Atlas Provides One Stop Location for Business Inquires

There are a number of public agencies offering assistance for aspiring and existing businesses in the Grand Traverse region. Navigating through the sea of acronyms and organizations in different locations can be confusing and frustrating. To make sense of all … Continue reading

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Special Report: Mompreneurs in Northern Michigan

They’re Not Finding Jobs They Want, so They’re Creating Their Own Here’s a link to the full story and the video, including footage with Chris Wendel, Regional Director of the Northwest Region of the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development … Continue reading

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Redefining Rural Development in Michigan’s New Economy

Redefining Rural Development in Michigan’s New Economy This recent summary piece describes both the definition of rural development in Michigan and how it has changed in recent years. It includes both opportunities and challenges for Michigan’s rural economy going forward. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Winning Presentation in a Day

 Winning Presentation in a Day: Get It Done Right, Get It Done Fast! By Rhonda Abrams Reviewed by Chris Wendel (See the full review in this month’s issue of the Traverse City Business News)   Author Rhonda Abrams has … Continue reading

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“3/50 project” offers new spin on buying local

Touted as an “independent business lovefest”, a new online movement the 3/50 Project has gained momentum and reminds us again of the benefits of buying local. The 3/50 project began with a post on retail consultant Cinda Baxter’s blog at AlwaysUpward.com. “Five … Continue reading

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“Small Business Saturday” should be a year-round mindset

by Chris Wendel You may have seen the recent promotions for a national event scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving branded Small Business Saturday.  The idea is to highlight the importance of small business to the American economy, keeping up … Continue reading

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New options open the door for first time borrowers

It is no secret that uncertainties in our national banking climate have filtered down to local markets including Northwest Michigan. Our region has many banking alternatives, but we’re hearing from private and public sources that the lending parameters many banks had … Continue reading

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