Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 20, 2013

Business in Brief: 10/20/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Nominations sought

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Service Award for community service through Nov. 1.

The chamber’s Distinguished Service Award dates to 1929 and each year honors a local resident for his or her extraordinary efforts to make the Traverse City area a special place to live. It has recognized business leaders, public servants, patrons of area arts, naturalists and those from a host of other backgrounds who’ve worked to improve the Grand Traverse region.

Nominees must be residents of the chamber’s five-county service area. They are not required to be chamber members, and non-chamber members are invited to submit nominations. Contributions other than purely monetary donations to the cultural, economic and social betterment of the area are major considerations for the award, along with character and ethics.

Nomination forms are available on the chamber’s website at www.tcchamber.org then click on Events and Programs and the Annual Celebration. The 2013 Distinguished Service Award will be presented at the chamber’s annual celebration in January.

Start-up workshop

BENZONIA — Grow Benzie will offer “Getting Started”, the fifth in an eight week series of classes, on Monday, Oct. 21 at 5885 M-115. Lisa Richter, kitchen manager of Grow Benzie’s incubator kitchen, will explain how to get started, from concept to food requirements and licensing.

Classes begin with a potluck at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation at 6:30, and Q & A. All are welcome to attend the free workshops. Donations are welcome.

For more information, call Deb Query, at 882-9510, or email growbenzie@gmail.com.

Business assistance

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments has received a donation of $10,000 from the Fifth Third Foundation for implementation of business services promoting entrepreneurship across the 10-county region.

The Northwest Regional office of the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, hosted by NWMCOG, will use the funding to increase business owners access to free business counseling and training services. Together with funding from Northwestern Michigan College, SBTDC will launch remote business assistance services in late October.

In addition to face-to-face consulting at NMC’s Aero Park Campus, clients across the region will be able to access live webinar training and web-based one-on-one consulting integrating technology with individual attention from a certified small business consultant.

Andretti to replace GoDaddy as sponsor

FONTANA, Calif. — Andretti Autosport will announce a new primary sponsor Saturday to replace GoDaddy next season on the car currently driven by James Hinchcliffe.

Andretti gave no indication on the progression of contract talks with Hinchcliffe, who with three wins this season gave GoDaddy its most successful season on track in its seven years with the organization.

GoDaddy joined Andretti as an associate sponsor for Danica Patrick in 2007, and the website domain provider became the primary sponsor on her car in 2010. GoDaddy moved with Patrick to NASCAR that season when she began dabbling in the Nationwide Series, and the company followed her there when she made a full-time move to the Sprint Cup Series.