Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 23, 2013

Business in Brief: 06/23/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Housing survey

TRAVERSE CITY — The public is asked to provide information about housing in northwest Michigan by taking the Framework For Our Future Housing Survey. The online survey includes questions about housing preferences, community needs, and housing discrimination.

Survey responses will be reviewed by project partners and used in the development of Framework for our Future: Tools and Strategies for Supporting The Grand Vision. This planning resource will be available to local communities and other stakeholders that are looking for ways to address local challenges while meeting community goals and supporting The Grand Vision. The Framework For Our Future housing survey is available online at:


Leadership lunch

MANISTEE — “Professional Ladies of Manistee,” a volunteer group to support and encourage the success of women of all ages, interests and experiences, has been formed by seven Manistee County leaders. The organization will host the first in a series of “Ladies Leadership Luncheons” when Dr. Jan Sternberg, chief executive officer of Huron Medical, presents “Healthcare Leadership: It Can be a Woman’s World” from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 3 at Manistee Golf and Country Club.

The cost is $20. RSVP’s may be emailed to


Grants awarded

BOYNE CITY — Great Lakes Energy members continue to lend a hand to local community causes through their voluntary contributions to the People Fund. The People Fund Board of Directors awarded a total of $33,876 in grants in June to the following non-profit organizations in northern Michigan.

- Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Petoskey: $2,000 for a Meals on Wheels vehicle.

- North Country Kids, Harbor Springs: $882 for books, scholarships and art supplies for a children’s literacy enrichment program.

- Gaylord Gators Swim Club, Gaylord: $625 for a laptop computer and printer.

- Crossroads Ministries New Life Pregnancy Resource Center, Petoskey: $969 for a computer and camera.

- Otsego Conservation District, Gaylord: $5,000 for an amphitheater at the Otsego County Alternative Landscaping Demonstration Garden.

- Grandvue Medical Care Facility, East Jordan: $6,000 for a wheelchair accessible van.

- Kalkaska Historical Society, Kalkaska: $600 for a laptop computer.

- Compassionate Hearts, Boyne City: $5,000 for emergency assistance for people in need.

- Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan: $10,000 for the Evolving Technologies building.

- Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, Mancelona: $800 for improvements to their trails.

- Eta Nu Charities, Boyne City: $2,000 for the Dress for Chill program that provides winter outerwear to children in need.


Loan program

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce is expanding a loan program partnership with Traverse City Light and Power to help local businesses reduce electricity consumption and lower their utility bills.

The utility board this month approved an additional $50,000 for the Chamber’s Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund that promotes energy savings among businesses in the utility’s service district. It offers micro loans for companies to invest in energy efficiency measures identified through a comprehensive energy audit. Light and Power also authorized $50,000 for the loan fund last fall, for a total contribution of $100,000. The Traverse City Area Chamber and its Chamber Foundation each also committed $50,000, for a total lending pool of $200,000.

Eligible companies must be commercial or industrial customers of Light & Power and members of the chamber. Applications are reviewed by a Loan Review Task Force with a primary goal of reducing electric use during peak demand periods for Light & Power. Loan conditions vary based on the proposed projects. Terms are up to five years at an interest rate of 3 to 5 percent.

More information on the program is available on the Chamber’s website at at the “Need Money?” link or by calling 995-7110.


Label’s anniversary

TRAVERSE CITY — Chateau Chantal continues to celebrate their 20th year in business with a free event on Saturday, July 6. The winery will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for regular wine tasting, plus free winery tours at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. A 20 percent discount will be available on case purchases. Winery owners, winemakers, and long-term staff will be on hand from 2 to 4 p.m. to share the Chateau Chantal story.


Location closing

KALKASKA — The Northwest Michigan Works! part-time service center in Kalkaska will close, effect July 1. The Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Lab in Kalkaska will remain open at its current location.

Northwest Michigan Works! is installing a self-service computer kiosk in Kalkaska similar to those being installed in other counties. The kiosk will provide direct links to tools and information related to job search, career research, and Michigan Works! workshops. The kiosk also links to the Michigan Talent Connect website.

People are also encouraged to visit their nearest Northwest Michigan Works! Service Center for assistance. Full-time, full-service centers are available at 1209 South Garfield in Traverse City and 401 Lake Street in Cadillac.