n Hermann's European Cafe in Cadillac has been awarded the Gourmet Diners Society of North America's 2013 Golden Fork Award. Selection is based on professionalism in the field of food service, quality of food, customer service and hospitality. Owned and operated by Chef Hermann Suhs, Hermann's will be featured with other award recipients in the Society's Dining Guide to 2013 Restaurants of Distinction, which can be viewed at www.goldenfork.com.
n Organik Consulting Growth Marketing, with offices in Traverse City, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, recently announced the launch of engagement campaigns for three new clients. Michigan State University hired Organik to assist in developing engagement tools to help grow a new type of development campaign aimed at strengthening the way public universities build support from alumni, friends, the public and other key stakeholders. The campaign will include digital marketing, an engagement site and video. Online Tech, based in Ann Arbor with a large presence in Flint, is the state's leading data management firm preparing for an expansion across the Midwest. Organik is helping Online Tech take its brand national. DPT Solutions is a Grand Rapids-based business performance consultancy focused on addressing strategy, process and people challenges before technology needs. Organik has helped with marketing strategy and messaging and will now begin working on engagement pieces, web, new content and digital marketing.
n The National Association of Realtors has awarded a $15,000 grant for the Boardman River Prosperity Plan. The grant was facilitated by the Traverse Area Association of Realtors. Meagan Luce, TAAR president elect, said TAAR sponsored the grant "because of the focus and alignment with smart growth initiatives of the National Association of Realtors; TAAR's partnership with the Watershed Center; and the interrelationship of the watershed, bay and real estate values." Luce presented Watershed Center Executive Director Andy Knott with the check Dec. 19. Protecting the Boardman and its 291-square-mile watershed is the core of the prosperity plan.
n Eleven arts and cultural groups from five counties in the greater Grand Traverse region have been approved for mini-grant funds through the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs Regranting Program for local projects planned between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2013. The regrant program is administered locally through NorthSky Nonprofit Network in Traverse City. Regional organizations and projects receiving grant awards include: TBA-ISD for Art Escapes with ACT-TC; Art Rapids for Walk of Art; Building Bridges with Music for antibullying workshops in Traverse City schools; City Opera House for the Young Playwrights Festival; Glen Arbor Art Association for the Dune Climb Family Concert; Grow Benzie's Farmers Market Music Series; Manistee Jaycees Roots on the River concert series; Parallel 45 for Shakespeare R&J performances; Parkside Arts Council for Youth Arts Educational Workshops; Smock Paper Scissors for Art Programs; and Michigan Legacy Art Park for professional fund development training.