Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 2, 2014

Business in Brief: 04/02/2014

Michigan Wine Month

TRAVERSE CITY — April is Michigan Wine Month. Events around the state will celebrate the industry, starting with a Michigan Wine Showcase at The Rattlesnake Club in Detroit on April 7.

Two events will be held in the Grand Traverse region. The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail will host Spring Sip & Savor, with 22 wineries featuring wine and food pairings, on May 3 and 4. The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula will hold Blossom Day on May 17, where visitors can meet winemakers and taste wines right from the barrel.

Business Breakfast Club

ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the next Elk Rapids Area Business Breakfast Club meeting at the Elk Harbor Restaurant on April 10 at 7:45 a.m. Marybeth Vandenberg will lecture on networking.

The meeting is open to the public. Tickets are $15. RSVP by contacting Monica Cory at 264-8202 or

Startup Weekend Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY — A three-day event for entrepreneurs to network, pitch ideas and develop new businesses is planned for June in Traverse City.

It’s called Startup Weekend Traverse City. It would bring together area entrepreneurs and tech experts to pitch ideas, then form teams to collaborate on the best. Teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges at the end of the weekend.

Google for Entrepreneurs partners with Startup Weekend.

Golden-Fowler ups U.S.-made products

TRAVERSE CITY — Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings is increasing its stock of U.S.-manufactured products to 90 percent by the end of 2014, compared to its current 70 percent.

President Mike Mahn said furniture made in the U.S. is generally of better quality, and being geographically closer to its suppliers means better response times if questions arise and faster delivery on special orders.

Golden-Fowler will expand its store with a 2,000-square-foot furniture gallery that will sell Smith brothers upholstered living room furniture, made in Indiana and sold with a lifetime guarantee.

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