A year and a week of success and growth

Sassy Pants celebrates anniversary now offering more than ever Connecting with customers and meeting their needs is what Lynette TenBrink had in mind when she sat behind her desk at her corporate job. A “people person,” TenBrink felt she was missing her calling, although her job and benefits were all fine. Her friends and family […]

Stein re-elected chair of MRA board


Barb Stein, owner-operator of Great Northern Trading Co. in Rockford, has been re-elected chair of the Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) Board of Directors for a second one-year term. Stein opened Great Northern Trading Co, a specialty gifts and home décor store, in 1977. She has been a member of the MRA board since 2001. MRA, […]

Honing ‘elevator speech’ topic of luncheon

VOTED BEST—The person with the best elevator speech at each table is invited to share it with the whole group.

Next networking event Sept. 12 at DreamMaker  by BETH ALTENA In its 50th year, the Rockford Chamber of Commerce continues to adapt to meet the needs of its membership. As a result, a recent Chamber luncheon was a networking and work session on “Creating Your Elevator Speech.” Board member Mike McGovern introduced the topic and […]

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

Where’s Vermont, anyway? Mother Nature pulled one of her surprises last week. The weather warnings were all about Hurricane Irene about to demolish our famous east coast cities. Most of them came through better than expected. It’s nice that the storm weakened somewhat, but Vermonters aren’t consoled. Irene clobbered their mountain state with major flooding […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

New, changed forms Just to shake things up a bit for tax professionals, from time to time the Internal Revenue Service changes how a form will look or will even do something more sinister: they develop a new form. For 2011, they did both. First, they created a new Form 1099-K, Merchant Card and Third […]