Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 11, 2013

Business in Brief: 08/11/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Business plan training

TRAVERSE CITY — A venture start workshop for business owners and individuals considering self-employment will be offered by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center in Traverse City.

Workshops on how to develop a business plan will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3 for four consecutive Tuesdays through Sept. 24 in the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC’s Aero Park Campus.

There is no charge to attend the workshop but pre-registration is required at: For more information contact Sharon Gordon at: 922-3780 or

Grant workshops

TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs will hold a grant program workshop in anticipation of projected funding increases for the FY 2014 program. NorthSky Nonprofit Network as the regranting agency for MCACA’s District 10 Minigrant Program will also be conducting local minigrant workshops and offering technical assistance during August.

Local workshops will be held at noon, Friday, Aug. 16 in Traverse City; 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Manistee; and at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Cadillac. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information, visit or contact Mary Bevans Gillett at

Health care update

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Chamber Services will hold a workshop “Health Care Reform Update: Employer Guidelines for 2014” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Grand Traverse Resort.

The cost is $270 for Chamber members, $295 for non members. Purchase tickets online at or call 888-763-0514.

SCORE workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City SCORE is offering a free workshop for entrepreneurs who want to learn more about how to create a business plan. The workshop, Preparing Your Business Plan, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on Tuesday, August 13, in the McGuire Room at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave.

Participants will learn about the key steps in preparing a business plan and why business plans are an essential tool in starting or growing a small business. The workshop is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, visit or call 888-796-4913.

EPA extension sought

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP — Enbridge Inc. has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for an extension to complete dredging of Michigan’s Kalamazoo River to clean up after a July 2010 oil pipeline spill.

Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge made the request for the EPA to extend its deadline past Dec. 31, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported. The pipeline company said the request is due in part to opposition by some area residents.

Enbridge hasn’t been able to get a dredge pad site for Morrow Lake work in Kalamazoo County’s Comstock Township. It also notes it’s been sued by project opponents including Larry Bell, owner of Bell’s Brewery Inc., and it is awaiting permits from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

“Enbridge’s preparation for dredging in the Delta and Morrow Lake area has been discontinued due to an unanticipated issue with securing a dredge pad site,” Rich Adams, senior vice president of operations for Enbridge, wrote in a letter.