Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 13, 2012

Business in Brief: 11/13/2012


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NorthSky offers nonprofits session

TRAVERSE CITY — NorthSky Nonprofit Network is sponsoring a session for nonprofit leaders, board officers and board members on Nov. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Northwestern Michigan College University Center.

"Inspired Governance" will focus on how nonprofit governance is changing to address intensifying and complex social, legislative and economic demands. It will include how best practicing nonprofit boards are responding to and positioning for a changing environment, and how exceptional boards transform their governance and advance their leadership practices. The workshop leader is Pamela Evans, NorthSky Governance Consultant.

Workshop fee is $35 and includes light refreshments and materials. To register, visit or call 929-3934.

Bayfront webcam

TRAVERSE CITY — The public can follow progress of construction on the city's downtown bayfront via a new webcam.

The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has created the webcam link offering a bird's-eye view of the construction work on the city's $3 million Bayfront Plan project. The webcam looks down from the third floor of the chamber's office across from the construction zone along Grandview Parkway. Images from the webcam are updated every 15 seconds.

The webcam can be viewed by visiting and clicking on the "Bayfront Cam" tag at the top of the home page.

Business After Hours

HARBOR SPRINGS — Petoskey and Harbor Springs area business are invited to a combined Petoskey/Harbor Springs Chamber Business After Hours Nov.14 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Northern Lights Recreation.

The theme of the event is sports and all attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite sports team jersey/shirt or hat. A food drive for Manna is also part of the event. Donations of dessert or baking mixes, sugar, flower and other baking essentials are requested.

Cost of attendance is $7 for members or $12 for others. Reservations are not required. For more details, call 347-4150.

Elk Rapids Chamber

ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce November "Business After Hours" will be hosted by the Music House Museum at 7377 U.S. 31 in Williamsburg on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Elk Rapids Chamber Business After Hours events are free and open to the public. For more information, or to sign up to host a Business After Hours in 2013, call 264-8202 or 800-626-7328.

Low-impact design

TRAVERSE CITY — Patrick Lindemann, Ingham County drain commissioner, is coming to Traverse City to share his experiences as a leader in the use of low-impact design development methods in Michigan on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Lindemann has spearhead low-impact sites throughout the Lansing area, such as the Towar Rain Gardens and the Tollgate Wetlands. His presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Boardman River Nature Center and is open to the public.

Sponsors include the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan, the Watershed Center and the Grand Traverse Conservation District. For other information, call 941-0960, Ext. 17.

First tourism campaign

PETOSKEY — North Central Michigan College presents a lecture about the first area tourism campaign during the Luncheon Lecture on Friday, Nov. 16, at noon in the Library conference room on the Petoskey campus.

One hundred years before the current "Pure Michigan" promotional campaign, railroad and steamship companies teamed with local entrepreneurs to market the Little Traverse Bay region to tourists and settlers. Using historic images and publications, Michael Federspiel will explore that first campaign and the long-term impact it has had on the region. Federspiel is the author of "Picturing Hemingway's Michigan" and the forthcoming book, "Little Traverse Bay: Past and Present." He is also the new executive director of the Little Traverse Historical Society.

In addition, members of the Little Traverse Choral Society will sing some Michigan songs for the audience.

Cost is $9 and includes lunch. Make reservations by calling 348-6600.