Harbor House Publishers - A custom publisher with a focus on Midwestern commerce and tourism

Web Name: Harbor House Publishers - A custom publisher with a focus on Midwestern commerce and tourism

WebSite: http://www.harborhouse.com





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Community Profiles & Membership Directories

Harbor House Publishers produces high quality, user-friendly Community Profiles, Relocation Guides and Economic Profiles for Chambers of Commerce, trade and professional organizations, Economic Development Corporations and local units of government. We work with communities of all sizes, including major metropolitan markets, suburban markets, geographic regions and rural areas.

Each Profile is custom in a beautifully designed magazine format, including a full turn-key – from initial concept and market definition, to research, copywriting, sales and marketing, photography, design, manufacturing and fulfillment. We work in partnership with you to meet your specific needs. Profiles are produced in three editions: high quality print, interactive digital and mobile.

Your Profile may be produced as a line item in your budget or Harbor House Publishers can sell advertising to cover the cost. If you do not need the full range of services, just the portion you need is available to you.

Profiles may be used to:

Attract new business and industryHelp build a sense of communityServe as a workforce development toolAct as a catalyst for positive change within your communityProvide developers with essential information to make a decision Provide information to new residentsHelp members market their businesses and servicesPromote your organization‘s mission and program of workBoost membershipVIEW DIGITAL EDITION

Visitor Guides

Harbor House Publishers produces full-color, magazine-style Visitors Guides for Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, municipalities and tourism/hospitality organizations. Our Visitors Guides utilize a high quality, custom approach, positioning your area as a quality and highly desirable destination, with a focus on the area's unique aspects. We work in partnership with you to meet your specific needs. Visitors Guides are available in a variety of formats and are produced in three editions: high quality print, interactive digital and mobile.

Harbor House Publishers sells advertising to cover the cost of producing your Visitors Guide. Working in partnership with you, we write the copy, shoot the photography, design, manufacture and deliver to your office and MDOT Welcome Centers, as you direct.



With over 45 years of experience in magazine publishing, Harbor House Publishers specializes in custom regional magazines and directories. We provide a full turn-key — from initial concept and market definition, to research, copywriting, sales and marketing, photography, design, manufacturing and fulfillment. We work in partnership with you to meet your specific needs. All publications are produced in three editions: high quality print, interactive digital and mobile.

Our flagship publication, Great Lakes/Seaway Review, greatlakes-seawayreview.com, is a full-color quarterly magazine that has covered the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway maritime transportation industry since 1970. Great Lakes/Seaway Review provides in-depth coverage of the ports, fleets, commodities and markets that comprise the System, including both the U.S./Canadian domestic trades within the Great Lakes and import/export movements utilizing the Great Lakes/Seaway.



Harbor House Publishers can help you produce your monthly or quarterly newsletter, for information and advocacy to your specific audience. We work in partnership with you to produce a custom newsletter that portrays your message in the context you desire. Full turn-key services are available to you, including research, copywriting, sales and marketing, photography, design, manufacturing and fulfillment. Newsletters are produced in three editions: high quality print, interactive digital and mobile.



Do you need a map for your community or region? Harbor House Publishers produces high quality, full-color maps in a user-friendly format. Your map can be produced as a budget item or by Harbor House Publishers selling advertising. After you define the geographic area you wish to present, our cartographers research and develop the actual map for your review and approval. Maps are delivered in high quality print and mobile versions.


Dining Guides

Is your community a dining destination? Harbor House Publishers can produce a beautiful, informative Dining Guide for visitors and residents, chock full of information on the full range of dining experiences your community offers. Your Dining Guide may be a budget item or by Harbor House Publishers selling advertising.


Commemorative Publications

Do you have something to celebrate? An anniversary? A special achievement? Harbor House Publishers can help you mark the event with a commemorative publication that will serve as a centerpiece for the event and as a touchpoint for the future. With a concept unique to your occasion, we will research, write, photograph, design and manufacture your one-of-a-kind piece for your once-in-a-lifetime celebration.



High-quality, professionally-designed brochures help promote your products and services in the most effective way. Harbor House Publishers can prepare a full-range of brochures for you, from a simple tri-fold or flyer to more elaborate presentation packages and catalogs. We work in partnership with you to meet your specific needs. Your brochure will be developed to meet both your promotional needs and your budget.


Annual Reports

Harbor House Publishers produces annual reports that communicate your corporate message and financial results in a unique and professional package. You will receive a finished piece that complements your company's identity and expresses your vision and energy. We work in partnership with you to meet your specific needs. Each annual report is custom and designed to fit your budget and portray your corporate identity.


Advertising Design

Have you enjoyed the striking ad design in our publications? Do you need ad design services for your business or organization's message in other publications? The professional creative team at Harbor House Publishers is available to design advertising for you on an hourly basis for placement in print and digital publications, developed to the specifications of the medium.



Your corporate identity includes a system of visual elements — logo, name, color, typography and their application. A striking logo is one of the most important elements for your business, with consistent use in collateral materials backing up that image and promoting your brand. Harbor House Publishers can help you create that identity, whether you want a brand new look or just a facelift, and can help you implement that look in your corporate materials for a consistent, well-received identity.


Harbor House Publishers is a magazine, directory, guide, book and newsletter publisher with a specialty in regional publications. Established in 1969, Harbor House Publishers is based in Boyne City, Michigan and publishes the quarterly magazine Great Lakes/Seaway Review, and a number of custom annual Chamber of Commerce directories and visitor guides for Convention & Visitor Bureaus.

Harbor House Publishers provides a full turn-key, including concept, research, writing, editing, sales and marketing, photo shoots, design, production, manufacturing and fulfillment. An interactive digital format is available for every publication we produce.

Harbor House Publishers' specialization in and knowledge of the Great Lakes region, its demographics, commerce and tourism are intangibles which come to our clients without cost, yet are reflected in the care and professionalism we put into any publication we produce.

Harbor House views the relationship with our clients as one of partnership, working together to improve and enhance your publications and marketing tools to best serve your needs.

How may we be of service to you?


Michelle Cortright

Publisher Emeritus

I am crazy about dogs, particularly Golden Retrievers. My other passions include my family, community development, hosting gatherings, physics, cosmology and life in Northern Michigan.

Leslie Tunney

Vice President / Publisher

If you’re here, chances are your media company has hit a roadblock. Perhaps you’re an established brand but you’ve come to the realization that old methods are no longer producing the results you want to see. Perhaps you’re a new magazine, hoping to gain footing in an increasingly digital world.

Whatever the case may be, I know your business and the challenges you’re facing. Through creative, strategic solutions, together we can get you on the right track toward positive results.

Candi Wynn

Associate Publisher

Cris Shankleton

Creative Director

James Luce

Digital Media Director

As Digital Media Director with Bound Media Group, my desire is to help develop effective digital strategies for our advertising partners across all our publications. Whether it is a custom print publication or advertising in one of our many properties such as The Waterways Journal, Harbor House or High Plains Journal, I am here to help you navigate the digital landscape.

I also have my own film company and enjoy teaching at Wichita State University and Southwestern College such as film production, storytelling, editing, computer science, web development, business strategies and marketing.

Jen Shock

Production Manager

I'm inclined to be outside as much as possible, enjoying human-powered adventure; especially hiking, cross-country skiing, camping, and kayaking. I live in Boyne City with my wife, Christie, and dog, Ruby.

Steve Foley

Senior Editor

My wife, Jennifer, and I enjoy exploring all that Northern Michigan has to offer throughout the seasons, especially when the leaves start to fall in early autumn. Our "four-legged" family consists of dogs Betty and Josephine and our cat, Miss Kitty. When not out exploring, I enjoy golf, softball and spending time with family and friends.

Laura Payne

Associate Editor

Carol Ochs

Office Manager

Diane Gemmell

Account Manager

My family enjoying beautiful Northern Michigan where we have lived for over 30 years and love everything it has to offer. We ski, bike, kayak, paddleboard, hike, boat and play in the outdoors every chance we get.

Pam Withorn

Account Manager

Vacation mode in the U.P. at our place that my late husband built. Spending quality time during the annual fishing derby with my kids and older brother and sister-in-law. Family is Everything!

Are you interested in joining our team? Please send your resume to harbor@harborhouse.com.

We are committed to encouraging, creating and sustaining an environment that honors the inherent dignity of every member of our business.
Respectful behavior should always be the norm in all forms of communications and in all situations.


We welcome a diverse range of perspectives and opinions and uphold the importance of civil debate.We fully support the free exchange of ideas and beliefs, as well as the expression of provocative or less popular ideas.We believe that only through the process of open and honest dialogue can we generate knowledge and deepen our mutual understanding.We believe all members of the team have a responsibility to behave in a manner that does not harm others and shows respect for those with different opinions.Behavior that attacks, humiliates, belittles or conveys personal hatred toward others diminishes our thriving and safe office environment.Everyone is asked to do their part in creating a healthy and positive office environment and a culture that truly values each person's uniqueness, experiences and perspectives.
We can disagree without being disagreeable.OPTIONS

Every publication and every project is custom for you. We listen to your needs, define your target audience and develop your publication to present your message to achieve your goals.

The highest quality paper, print and bindery are utilized to produce your top quality publication. High quality print standards are the hallmark of Harbor House Publishers' work.

Every publication is produced as an interactive digital edition, either along with high quality print, or digital only. Links to websites, email and video are included.


Our talented and capable staff offer a full service operation: from concept, research, editorial, photography, design, sales and marketing. We provide a full range of services for your publication or marketing needs. Every publication is available in print, as well as interactive digital and mobile editions. We have been in business over 45 years and work throughout the Midwest. We have a passion for the Great Lakes and know it well.

Transform infinite creative possibilities into innovative marketing solutions.

We are a relationship-based business partner, providing our combined talents in a variety of mediums for the purpose of community development, tourism and commerce. We embrace change and new possibilities and are open to new ideas.


1. Start-Up

We meet with you to determine how to meet your communication needs. Every publication is custom and unique to your organization and your community.

2. Sales

We prepare sales materials, sell advertising, coordinate ad production, design and produce ads as necessary, proof the advertisers, invoice and collect payment for advertising, offering a complete turn-key operation. Income from advertising sales covers the costs of producing your publication.

3. Editorial

We work closely with you to determine the editorial content of your publication. A detailed editorial outline is developed, approved by you and researched and written. You review and approve the editorial before wedesign.

4. Photos

Photography is utilized from the publisher's extensive photo files, as well as from new photo and video shoots by the Harbor House staff photographer.

5. Design

After sales have been completed, the copy has been written and approved, and the photos completed, your publication moves to design. You review and approve page proofs before we go to press/digital.

6. Launch

Manufacturing is done to the highest quality standards, using the latest technology. Fulfillment services are also available. We provide your publication in print, interactive digital and mobile formats.

Throughout each step of the process, WE LISTEN TO YOU.

CONTACT USPlease enter your contact details and inquiry below. We will be in touch soon.

221 Water Street | Boyne City, Michigan 49712 USA
231.582.2814 | Fax 231.582.3392 | harbor@harborhouse.com|www.harborhouse.com

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