SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business

Knowing Your Competition   by David Broyles SCORE Counselor   Regardless of the type business you are either planning on starting, or attempting to grow, it’s imperative that you make it your business to study your competition. This highly disregarded fundamental will have a direct affect on your profitability. Let’s look at how to determine […]

Sidewalk sales business was brisk despite dreadful heat

Downtown Rockford was as busy this sidewalk sale week as in past years, despite a heat index of over 100 the first day, Thursday, July 18. Both merchants and their loyal customer base braved the scorching sunny day Thursday, and enjoyed a relief of wind on Friday, although temperatures stayed above 90 degrees. The annual […]

Rockford ‘monsoons’ flood Rogue River

Rockford resident, writer and photographer John Hogan shared this picture with the Squire. The raining April days of spring 2013 flooded the Rogue River and caused this high water at the downtown dam. Fisherman have been flocking to the river as the high flow brings in the spring runs.

Fry opens Cottage Law

David S. Fry

They wrote the book on cottage law—literally Recently, Attorney David S. Fry opened the Cottage Law Center in Rockford. Fry specializes in the field of cottage law, drawing on his legal experience in the areas of business planning, real estate and estate planning. With 30 years of experience in the practice of law, he has […]


Independent Bank receives Financial Literacy Award Independent Bank has been recognized for its 2010 financial literacy efforts by the Michigan Bankers Association (MBA) with the 2011 MBA Financial Literacy Award. Independent Bank reached more than 20,000 individuals through its financial literacy efforts. The bank educated students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, […]