TRAVERSE CITY — Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of information at a business start-up workshop being offered by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC).
“Venture Start: Business Start Up” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 at the Parsons-Stulen Building on Northwestern Michigan College’s Aero Park campus. Participants may bring a sack lunch.
The workshop is free, but registration is required. For details or to register, visit www.nwm.org/sbtdc-calendar.
Biz platform launch
TRAVERSE CITY — My Areas Best, LLC, will launch its “Business-Wizard” complete online business solution with a celebration Tuesday, July 9.
Business-Wizard is designed to provide local small business owners with a service and benefit platform to address all their business needs. It provides marketing and branding platform, full online listing, e-commerce services and solutions and more.
The launch celebration will be hosted from 5 to 8 p.m. at the West Bay Event Center.
ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” on Thursday, July 18, will be hosted by Pine Hill Nursery, 886 U.S. 31 North.
The public is invited to join local business people from 5 to 7 p.m. for light refreshments and networking. There is no charge. For details, call the Elk Rapids Chamber, 264-8202.
BENZONIA — Grow Benzie is hosting a free, two-part seminar for anyone interested in making a food product and selling it from 5:30 to 9 p.m., Monday, July 15, and Wednesday, July 17 at 5885 M-115 in Benzonia.
Jane Dosemagen, Jim Henley, and Ron Steiner from the Starting Block, an established incubator in Hart, Mich., will lead the training and will help guide possible local emerging food entrepreneurs to a healthy start.
For more information, call 231-383-5913.
LELAND — The Leelanau County chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel will meet for lunch at 11:50 a.m., Wednesday, July 17, at the Bluebird Restaurant in Leland. The cost for the lunch is $13. Reservations can be made by calling Emma Stayer at 271-3689 by Friday, July 12. Anyone attending is also encouraged to support local food banks by bringing a non-perishable food item.
Blight tour offered
DETROIT — Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has a message for the city’s creditors: Get on the bus and take a look at the gravity of the city’s blight and decay.
Orr plans to take about 25 bankers on a tour next week of some of Detroit’s hardest-hit areas, including the largely abandoned Brightmoor neighborhood on the city’s far west side.
Orr is a bankruptcy expert. Michigan hired him in March to fix Detroit’s finances, which are running a $380 million deficit this year.
Orr has said long-term debt could top $17 billion, and he’s asking bond-holders to accept steep markdowns on what they’re owed.
The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report that Orr’s goal for Wednesday’s tour is to impress the creditors with the dire state of the city.