Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 2, 2014

Business in Brief: 04/02/2014

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — 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.

Nat Golden and Austin Fowler started Golden-Fowler in 1960. Ron LaForest and John Breithaupt bought the business in 1987, and Mahn bought it in 2008.

Winery selling nearly 800 acres

MANISTEE — Douglas Valley Farm and Winery is auctioning 797 acres of land, including home sites, crop land and cherry and apple orchards and Christmas tree fields.

Owner Cliff Boomer said he’s selling land so he can focus on making wines and ciders.

The auction will begin May 15 at 1 p.m. For more information call (800) 607-6888 or visit

Leadership club meeting scheduled

TRAVERSE CITY — The Center for Coaching and Leadership Development is hosting its next Leadership Lunch Club meeting on April 11. A panel of local leaders will talk about generations in the workplace.

The meeting will be held at the Traverse City Country Club and costs $25. Register at by April 9.

Farmers market opens May 4

The first Interlochen Farmers Market is scheduled for May 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is held in the Interlochen Shopping Center parking lot.

Fifty-eight vendors will be at the market this year selling produce, baked goods, meats, honey, eggs, crafts, art, soaps and more. More information is available on the market’s Facebook page.

Business expo, job fair scheduled

ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2014 Northern Michigan Business Expo and Job Fair at the Williamsburg Banquet and Conference Center on April 17 from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

The event will include lunch, a panel discussion on regional public transportation, exhibits from area businesses and more. To reserve space contact Monica Cory at 264-8202 or