Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 5, 2013

Business in Brief: 05/05/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

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TRAVERSE CITY — NorthSky Nonprofit Network is sponsoring a webinar, “Why Your Nonprofit Should Use Google Apps,” from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. Participants can access the session at their own computer or at Northwestern Michigan College University Center Room 5.

The session is led by NorthSky technology consultant Andy Wolber and will describe how nonprofit organizations can use Google Apps to share documents, increase remote accessibility, improve collaboration and simplify systems. The session is designed for decision makers and IT staff at nonprofits with 50 or fewer staff considering Google Apps or Salesforce for their organization.

The workshop fee is $12. Registration is required by calling 929-3934 or online at

Customer service

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Area Hospitality Association has organized a day-long series of free seminars and workshops to help local visitor-oriented businesses improve their marketing effectiveness and customer service.

The May 14 “Best of Michigan Hospitality” program will be held in the InsideOut Gallery at 211 Garland in the city’s Warehouse District. It is open to the public, and employees of local businesses are particularly encouraged to attend free of charge.

Speakers include Karl Schwartz, vice president for Business Development at Dore and Associates; Tom DeVries of Thoughtful LLC; Dave Lorenz of Travel Michigan; and Ken Wasco of Gordon Food Service. Lunch will be provided, and there will be a presentation and craft beer sampling by Right Brain Brewery.

To register, and for a detailed look at the various offerings, go to .

Biz after hours

LELAND – The Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce is holding Business After Hours at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9, at the newly refurbished Leland Lodge.

Career Connection

KALKASKA — Job seekers will have the chance to learn about job opportunities and improve their job search skills by getting involved with the new Kalkaska Career Connection. The group will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. every other Tuesday beginning May 14. All the Career Connection meetings will take place at the Kalkaska Michigan Works! Service Center, 103 3rd St.

The Kalkaska Career Connection will include opportunities for participants to develop their resume writing and interview skills. There will also be guest speakers who will focus on different job search-related topics. The information will help job seekers target their job search based on what employers are looking for.

The topic for the May 14 Kalkaska Career Connection meeting is “Preparing for the local job market – What employers are looking for and how to meet the need.” The meeting is open to all job seekers and there is no charge to attend.

For more information, call Terry Vandercook at 620-8175 or the Kalkaska Michigan Works! Service Center at 258-8889.

Workplace facelift

TRAVERSE CITY — Interphase Interiors plans to award a $25,000 workplace facelift to a nonprofit organization.

To be eligible, the nominee must be a nonprofit organization located in one of these counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Otsego, Roscommon or Wexford. Finalists will be selected by Interphase Interiors, based on the organization’s mission and influence on the community, demonstration of excellence in leadership and the need for an upgraded workspace.

Finalists will be announced July 17, at which time the public will have the opportunity to vote for the finalists online. The winner will be announced in September and receive $25,000 (list price) of Haworth furniture, installation and a design for remodeled work space.

Nominations will be accepted through June 3 at The community is welcome to submit nominations on behalf of their favorite nonprofit organizations.