Northern Michigan golfing offers a short season but great variety

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Although the golf industry in Traverse City faces seasonal issues by Northern Michigan’s harsh winters, it comes back in full swing as spring swings around. Traverse City offers golf courses across the area with designs like Arnold Palmer’s, Jack Niclkaus’s, Jerry Matthews, Gary Player’s etc. The sport attracts large amounts of business which in turn impacts the city immensely. Michael DeAgostino at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, says they offer three distinguished 18-hole championship courses, as well as private lessons, on-course instruction, team builds, ladies-only schools, junior camps, clinics for corporate groups, memberships, and club fitting.

Residents, employees and business owners share their view of Lansing’s future


Every city has its stakeholders – men, women and children who want to see the community grow, businesses thrive, education improve and popularity skyrocket. The collective viewpoint of these individuals in the City of Lansing could determine the future of Michigan’s capital city. Ariniko O’Meara – Vice President of the REO Town Commercial Association

Ariniko O’Meara is no stranger to the Lansing area. She spends much of her time in REO Town, a Lansing district in the middle of an impressive comeback. “I was born and raised in Lansing until I was 22,” she said.

M22: More than just a highway; it represents Northern Michigan’s way of life

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — M22 is no longer just a 116.7-mile state highway that runs through Northern Michigan. The highway’s route marker is now a brand showing the pride that many people (both citizens and tourists alike) hold for Northern Michigan. A company going by the same name printed its first shirt in 2004, opened it’s first store in 2007, and now has over 40 employees between it’s two locations. Nick Madrick, the chief operating officer of M22, says, “In 2004 we had about two stock-keeping units and now we have over 200 in our line.

The easiest way to make money: online

Selling things has never been easier with the help of the Internet. EBay, Craigslist, and Amazon are just a few of the websites that allow people to easily sell their unwanted items.

“I sell things online to make a little extra money,” said Jack Culp, an EBay user. “[Selling things online] is a lot easier than having a yard sale or going to a pawn shop.”

Even though selling things online is easier than other methods, there are still some strategies to selling items online. “I price things a little high purposefully, because I have not had one person who does not want to negotiate and offers lower than the asking price. If I make the starting point higher, the negotiated price tends to be higher too,” said Stephen Charles, a Craigslist user.

Price vs. quality: what influences where we shop for groceries

Money can have a big impact on not only what we eat but also what stores we choose to buy our food from. Some people place a priority on the quality of food while others on pricing of food. Quality seems to be most important when it comes to wife and mother of two, Crystal Oweis. When it comes to quality and organics, Oweis is willing to go out of her way and spend a little more for her family. “Whole Foods has a lot of organic things there and I’ll go to Kroger for cheaper, everyday items,” said Oweis.

Young entrepreneur thriving in new investment

“Live life abundantly” has always been a slogan of Rhondell Brown which he always stood by. Brown, who is now 26 years old, always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur. He has one established business already called Diligent Destinations which is a personal car driving service but now he has ventured into a new business. Life Juice Bar and Café is Brown’s newest business that he started back in December of 2016. Brown has always been “juicing” which is making all-natural juice with fruits and vegetables from his juice extractor machine.

Summer work instead of enjoying summer

For students, the summer is a time they get to enjoy their time off from school. It’s a time where they can enjoy the beach or lake and hang out with friends without having to worry about homework. “I’d be doing my own thing alone, or being at the beach a lot more,” said Harbor Shores employee Alex Breyen. But for some students, they have to sacrifice the summer and the fun that comes with it if they want money. Many students are forced to work summer jobs instead of enjoying the summer in order to earn money.

Refueling cars in South Korea comes at a cost

SEOUL — According to the statistics compiled by Ministry of the Interior and Safety of South Korea, one household owned an average of 1.02 cars in 2016. This data shows that most households in South Korea now possess at least one car. However, car owners are having a hard time with the expensive oil price of South Korea. As of Aug. 7, the average price of gasoline around the world was $1.02 per liter while that of South Korea was $1.27 per liter.

Small business means big responsibility: how one “millennipreneur” juggles his roles

DETROIT — Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Joe Murphy is the district digital manager at General Motors. He buttons up his shirt, slips on a tie and leaves his downtown Detroit apartment, heading into the office. After his work day ends, he moves full-time into his position as founder of David Vintage. His company’s website reads, “Haute couture streetwear created in Detroit.” Murphy is a member of Generation Y, which, according to a report from BNP Paribas, is responsible for an increased number of companies.

Working for one’s self, earning one’s own money gaining in popularity

The small business sector of the United States is rapidly growing and creating more competition for large corporations nationwide. According to the United States Small Business Administration 2016 report the number of small businesses has increased 49 percent since 1982. Employment has been eliminated from big business by 4 million jobs since 1990, while small businesses have added 8 million new jobs since the same year. According to the SBA, there are 28.8 million small businesses in America which accounts for 54 percent of all United States sales. The 2016 report from the U.S. SBA states that the 600,000 plus franchised small businesses in the United States account for 40 percent of all retail sales and account for a whopping 66 percent of all net new jobs since the 1970’s.