Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 16, 2012

Business in Brief: 12/16/2012



Biz survey request

traverse city — The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments is asking local businesses in Lake Michigan coastal communities to complete a survey to determine what types of environmentally sustainable business practices are used in northern Michigan.

Answers will be kept strictly confidential. Responses will be combined with those of other local businesses to help NWMCOG assess the extent to which area businesses are practicing sustainable efforts. The deadline for submission is Jan. 4.

To complete a survey, visit

Biz after hours

beulah — The Benzie County Chamber of Commerce special Holiday Business After Hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Brookside Inn.

Job training funds

A special limited time program will help pay the job training costs for some northern Michigan residents who have been out of work for an extended period of time.

On-the-Job Training for the Long Term Unemployed is being offered by Northwest Michigan Works!, a program of the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.

On-the-Job Training teaches job-specific skills under the close supervision and guidance of a business. The trainee is hired for a permanent position, and learns while performing the job duties. The employer is reimbursed a portion of the worker's wages during the training period.

"It's a win-win for the business and the job seeker," said Janie McNabb, director of program development and community relations at NWMCOG.

Individuals who were laid off from their previous job, and have been unemployed for 16 weeks or more in the last two years might qualify for the program. Northwest Michigan Works! conducts screening and assessment for the program.

Informational orientation sessions will be held Dec. 18 in Cadillac, Dec. 19 in Petoskey and Dec. 20 in Traverse City. Sessions will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northwest Michigan Works! Service Centers: in Cadillac, 401 Lake, Suite 700; in Petoskey, 2225 Summit Park Dr.; and in Traverse City, 1209 S. Garfield.

The orientation sessions will provide an overview of the program and include pre-screening interviews. Those attending should bring a current resume and dress for a job interview. Pre-register by calling Emily at the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, 800-692-7774.

Employers who are interested in the program should call their local Northwest Michigan Works! business liaison. Visit for a list of contacts.