Small business award
TRAVERSE CITY — Nominations for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Hagerty Small Business of the Year are due by Friday, Feb. 7.
The award is open to for-profit companies in the five-county area with up to 150 employees that have been in business for at least three years. Nominators may nominate up to 10 businesses. Nominated companies receive a letter informing them of their nomination and are invited to complete an application. A panel of judges reviews the applications and the nominations are trimmed to the top 10 finalists, which are then visited and evaluated by the panel.
Nomination forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce website, www.tcchamber.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Small Business Development Center will offer an online workshop for current and future business owners seeking to develop or update their business plans.
“Venture Plan Online” is an eight-week workshop that gives participants online access to small business experts, business planning software and resources needed to complete a business plan. The series meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 4 to March 25. Workshops also will be offered starting March 5, April 1, May 7 and June 3.
The fee is $149. To register, visit www.nwm.org/VenturePlanOnline. The workshop is available at no charge to veterans by email@example.com or calling (616) 331-7370.
Sage 100 ERP support
TRAVERSE CITY — Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth will sponsor a Sage 100 ERP User Support Group on Thursday, Feb. 13.
The meeting will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth training room at the Delta Center, 415 Munson Ave. Participation is open to all new and continuing users of Sage 100 ERP, formerly known as MAS 90/200. There is no charge.
For details or to register, visit www.dgncpa.com or contact Greg Harrand, 946-1722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAVERSE CITY — Community Action Credit Counseling Inc., a state licensed nonprofit credit counseling agency, is open for business.
CACC will provide financial education to northern Michigan residents through free workshops in partnership with Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, and one-on-one counseling through a certified consumer debt specialist. Certified counselors will help clients assess their financial situation and work with them to create a reasonable budget and set personal financial goals and plans tailored to their needs. Counselors also may be able to negotiate with creditors to set up debt management plans for eligible clients.
To learn more, contact Latitia Garthe-Shiner, 947-3780 or email@example.com.
Davenport students, faculty offer tax help
GRAND RAPIDS — Student and faculty volunteers from Davenport University are offering free income tax preparation sessions to low- and middle-income tax-filers at spots across west Michigan.
In 2013, 75 students and alumni logged 6,600 volunteer hours and totaled $6.1 million in tax refunds and credits.
This year, the free tax preparation service will be available at 17 different sites, including Davenport’s Cook Center in Grand Rapids and its Holland and Kalamazoo campuses.
There also are sites in Coopersville, Hastings and Wyoming.