Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 31, 2012

Business in Brief: 10/31/2012


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Internship workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — What jobs qualify for an internship? Who can supervise an intern? How do you go about recruiting the top interns?

Davenport University will offer answers to these and related questions at the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 2 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

There's no charge to attend. Visit or phone 616-871-6728 for reservations.

Luncheon Lecture

PETOSKEY-- Tom Moran of Moran Iron Works will be the guest speaker at the North Central Michigan College Luncheon Lecture on Friday, Nov. 2, at noon in the Library conference room on the Petoskey campus.

Moran started Moran Iron Works in Onaway after he graduated from high school in 1978. Today his company employs 90 people in Onaway, Cheboygan and Rogers City. The company recently received a "Michigan's 50 Top Companies to Watch" designation from the Lowe Foundation.

Moran will discuss his business, his ornamental sculptures that are on display throughout the area and teaching ornamental welding.

Admission of $9 includes lunch. Make reservations by calling 348-6600.

Band union agreement

MANISTEE — The Little River Casino Resort and the United Steelworkers Union have entered into a collective bargaining agreement covering the Resort's EVS Bargaining Unit — the third entered into by the Resort and the Union.

In 2007, the Band enacted a law governing labor unions and collective bargaining modeled on public sector labor relations laws that allows collective bargaining within the Band's public sector, which includes its gaming operations at the Little River Casino Resort. It requires unions to hold a license from the Band, while providing a structure for union elections, bargaining rules and the resolution of unfair labor practice charges.

Only two other Indian nations have laws governing collective bargaining, according to the Band.

For information on the Little River Band's labor and employment laws, call 723-8288 or email

Social media workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — North Sky Nonprofit Network is sponsoring a session for nonprofit leaders on Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College University Center in Room 5.

The session, "The Small Nonprofit Office: From Like and Follow to Fundraising," will focus on how to adapt social media to transform friends and followers into donors.

The session will cover how to integrate social media into the broader context of a nonprofit organization's development activities, along with examining how donor databases are evolving to support social media engagement. Technology consultant Andy Wolber will lead the program. Tools to be covered include Causes, Rapportive, Square, Kickstarter, Storify and social CRM tools DonorDrive & Neon CRM. The session is designed for nonprofit professionals with active Facebook, Twitter and/or LinkedIn accounts.

Workshop fee is $12. Participants are invited to bring a lunch.

Registration is required by contacting or 929-3934.