Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 24, 2013

Business in Brief: 03/24/2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Talking with Heroes

BELLAIRE — Talking with Heroes, a network of websites and radio shows supporting U.S. troops, has added Northern Michigan resident and business owner Andy LaPointe to host its new Internet radio offering, “Talking with Heroes - Health and Wellness Segment.”

The program is focusing on health and wellness issues and provide a mix of guests, listener calls and health and wellness information. LaPointe is the owner Traverse Bay Farms/Fruit Advantage, a health and wellness company with locations in Elk Rapids and Bellaire.

The pilot segment launched on March 21Blog Talk Radio at www.blogtalkradio.com/talkingwithheroes1

IAAP luncheon

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northern Michigan International Association of Administrative Professionals Chapter will hold the 7th annual Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Friday, April 26, at the Hagerty Center. T

The event will include vendor tables, networking, a meal, gifts and door prizes.

The group is also seeking nominations for the 2013 Administrative Professional of the Year Award. Criteria includes exemplary performance, upbeat attitude, willingness to make a positive impact on one’s environment, excellent communication skills and ability to lead by example.

Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. Completed applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 6963, Traverse City, MI 49696 or emailed to northmichiaap@gmail.com .

To download a nomination form, or to register online or download a registration form for the luncheon, visit www.northernmichiganiaap.org.

 

Framework for Future

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments has begun a large-scale project for the six-county region of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford.

Titled “Framework for Our Future,” the project is a grassroots effort to help local decision makers define and implement The Grand Vision in their communities.

NWMCOG and 15 partner organizations began the project in mid-2012. The first phase was to conduct research and collect data related transportation, housing, commercial corridors and energy.

The process continues with opportunities for public input at six Input Expos in April. Dates and locations include Mills Community House in Benzie County on Monday, April 22; the Kaliseum in Kalkaska on Tuesday, April 23; Cadillac Junior High School in Cadillac on Wednesday, April 24; the Bellaire Senior Center in Bellaire on Thursday, April 25; the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research center in Leelanau County on Monday, April 29; and the Hagerty Center in Traverse City on Tuesday, April 30. Input Expos will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. in an open house format.

Pre-registration is not required, but encouraged. Go to nwm.org/framework to RSVP. All events are free.

For more information, visit nwm.org/framework.

Green Elk Rapids

ELK RAPIDS — A Green Elk Rapids Days Reception-Fund Raiser will be held Sunday, April 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Blue Heron Gallery

Attendees will observe Earth Day and learn about Green Elk Rapids 2013. Suggested donation is $10.

Visit www.greenelkrapidsdays.com or call 264-0618.

Consumers grants

TRAVERSE CITY — Four northern Michigan community organizations focused on the importance of early childhood development are receiving $71,000 in support from Consumers Energy.

The grants are part of the Great Start, Great Futures Summit in Traverse City, which attracted more than 150 community leaders from the region. The grants come from a donor-advised fund established by Consumers Energy’s parent company, CMS Energy, and held by the United Way of Jackson County.

Donations include $30,000 to Great Start Traverse Bay/Manistee for childcare scholarships;

$20,000 to Great Start Wexford/Missaukee for a parent education program; $11,000 to Great Start Collaborative of Cheboygan, Otsego and Presque Isle for preschool scholarships; $10,000 to Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet and Northern Antrim Counties for childcare scholarships and a parent education program

Green Elk Rapids

ELK RAPIDS — A Green Elk Rapids Days Reception-Fund Raiser will be held Sunday, April 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Blue Heron Gallery

Attendees will observe Earth Day and learn about Green Elk Rapids 2013. Suggested donation is $10. Visit www.greenelkrapidsdays.com or call 264-0618.