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When Boredom Hits, Don’t Hit Back with Social Media

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Unless you’ve been in a bunker for fear of the solar eclipse coming in August (that some conspiracy theorists are asserting is a sign that the end of the world is nigh), you’ve no doubt heard about the fallout from “Envelopegate” at the Oscars.

A Managing Director at accounting firm PWC gave the wrong envelope for “Best Picture” to Warren Beatty, who looked as if the card inside was written in hieroglyphics. Beatty then proceeded to pass the buck to his co-presenter Faye Dunaway, who blurted – erroneously – that the winner was La La Land....

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Traverse City Startup Story: Breathing New Life Into an Old Camper, a Partner Profile, and Adventures in Autonomy

February 20, 2017

Partner Profile: Mark Bertel Jr.

After ten years of running our marketing business, we’ve learned that a good vendor is every bit as valuable as a good client or customer. You can’t do everything by yourself, so finding skilled, trustworthy and reliable partners is critical in serving clients and customers....

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The Rules to Raising Creative Kids (Hint: There are None)

When it comes to coaching kids, I have a bit of a split personality. One is public, the other is more private. My public persona is that of “Mr. Laid Back Dad.” I say things like: “Hey, I just want the kids to have fun. That’s all that matters!”. This sentiment is real. The angel on my shoulder truly wants the kids I coach to, first and foremost, have lots of fun. I even wrote a whole post extolling the virtues of this approach.

But there’s a devil on my other shoulder (which I do my best to suppress) that cares...

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Traverse City Startup Story: Constraints, Comparisons, and Introducing a Partner

February 13, 2017

Constraints = Creativity

One of our favorite things about our new business is that it’s so heavily design oriented. In the lead up to our launch, we’re redesigning elements of our brand, our website, our new mobile shop, product packaging and, of course, all of the clothing and other accessories that we’ll be offering come spring. ...

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Providence Organic Farm: A Story of Faith, Family and a Love of Fresh, Organic Food

Julia Child once said: “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” When it comes to fresh food, we have an abundance of riches here in northern Michigan.

Much of that food is produced on small, family run farms using organic and sustainable farming techniques. All year round we enjoy perusing and purchasing the fresh produce available at the Sara Hardy Famers Market in Traverse City....

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