Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 18, 2012

Business Briefs: 11/18


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Book on TCL&P

traverse city — Traverse City Light & Power 100th anniversary book, commemorating the utility's history, is available to the community on a first-come, first-serve basis at the customer service desk located inside the Governmental Center, 400 Boardman Ave.

The book highlights community milestones — from Peter Dougherty planting the first cherry orchard on Old Mission in 1852 to the removal of the Bayside Power plant in 2005. It also includes firsthand accounts of events like the Blizzard of 1977.

NorthSky webinar

TRAVERSE CITY — NorthSky Nonprofit Network will cosponsor a webinar, "Year-end Fundraising: It's Still Not Too Late," with the Manistee County Human Services Collaborative and Association of Fundraising Professionals on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Designed for entry- to mid-level practitioners, volunteers and board members, the session will outline how to plan and execute a last-minute, yet successful, year-end appeal.

The webinar will be broadcast at two locations: Northwestern Michigan College, Room 5, in Traverse City and at the Manistee Intermediate School District, Conference Room A, in Manistee. The fee is $12.

Registration is required at or by calling 929-3934.

Nominations sought

east jordan — Nominations are now being accepted to recognize those in East Jordan who are making a difference in their community.

Citizen of the Year nomination forms are available at the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce Office or on the Chamber's website, The Citizen of the Year is announced annually at the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. The 2013 Annual meeting will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at Castle Farms.

For more information, call 536-7351.

Micro-grant awards

boyne city — Grants from the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments will help support the Placemaking efforts of communities in four northwestern Lower Michigan counties. Boyne City, Lake City, Manistee and Petoskey will each receive a $1,500 Placemaking Micro-Grant.

Boyne City will use the grant to assist with installation of functional public art bicycle racks. In Lake City, Manistee and Petoskey the grants will be used to assist with wayfinding efforts.

Design projects wanted

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College's Visual Communications department is inviting area nonprofit groups to submit graphic design, art direction and new media projects for consideration as gratis class projects during the spring 2013 semester.

Potential projects could include logos, brochures, ad campaigns, packaging, graphic design, branding, posters, announcements, invitations, web and Flash animations, exhibition design, TV commercials, documentary shorts and others relating to visual communications, commercial art, illustration and web design.

There will be no cost to the organizations whose projects are accepted. The goal is for the students to complete a real-world assignment that enables them to interact with clients and work with commercial printing and production.

Submissions are due by January 4, 2013.

For more information, call 995-1334 or email to Projects must be submitted by Jan. 4 to be considered for the Spring 2013 semester.

SBA seeks nominees

DETROIT — The Small Business Administration Michigan District Office is accepting nominations for the 2013 Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year.

Nominators submit a one-page nomination letter, in any format, to the SBA District Office by Nov. 30. Include the firm's number of employees, average annual sales for the past three years and the company's North American Industrial Classification code. Those who advance to the final selection stage will be asked to submit a more comprehensive nomination packet.

Award winners will be honored at the 9th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards May 2, 2013 in Lansing. More information is available from the Michigan District Office at 313-226-6075, Ext. 274 or For awards guidelines, visit

MESP fees lowered

lansing — The Michigan Department of Treasury has approved a plan that will help families pay less to invest in higher education and technical job training through the Michigan Education Savings Program.

Management and servicing fees have dropped 26 percent and now range from .20 percent to .30 percent annually, depending on investment choices. That translates to between $2 and $3 annually for every $1,000 invested.

MESP is administered by the Michigan Department of Treasury and is one of three Michigan Section 529 plans, all of which offer Michigan taxpayers a state income tax deduction on contributions and potential tax-free growth on any earnings if account proceeds are used to pay for qualified expenses.

To learn more about MESP, visit or call 877-861-6377.