Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 29, 2013

Business in Brief: 09/29/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Grow Benzie workshop

BENZONIA — Grow Benzie will offer “Marketing Part II: Price? Package? Promotion?” - A Case Study of Food for Thought, the fourth workshop in their eight week series of classes,”Making it Count.” Businessman Peter French and local business owner Timothy Young, of Food for Thought, will co-present an overall marketing class for your food product business. The program begins with a potluck at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 30 at Grow Benzie, 5885 M-115.

The community is welcome to attend. Workshops are free. Donations are welcome.

Affordable care answers

TRAVERSE CITY — TV 7 & 4 and will host a televised community forum entitled “Understanding Health Care Reform” from 7-8 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 30.

News anchor Kristen Lowe will host the live program in front of a studio audience gathered at the Milliken Auditorium at Northwestern Michigan College, while co-anchor Marc Schollett will staff an expert panel featuring Jeff Rubleski from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan and Marti Lolli of Priority Health at the 7 & 4 studio.

The panel will answer questions about the new health care regulations from the audience, by call-in to the television station, and online and via Twitter. Pre-registration is encouraged for the studio audience because of limited seating, but attendance is free. Members of the studio audience at NMC are encouraged to arrive by 6:45 p.m. for introductions and seating arrangements before the 7 p.m. air time.

Audience members will also be able to access informational resources that will be available at Milliken Auditorium and meet with local health professionals who can answer questions on how to access the health care marketplace under the new regulations.

For more information, or to register, visit

ShareCare helping hand series

LAKE LEELANAU — ShareCare will conduct a series of informal gatherings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. to tell seniors across Leelanau County of the many benefits the organization can offer them. The first meeting will be Oct. 1 in Northport, the second Oct. 7 in Suttons Bay, the third Oct. 14 in Empire and the fourth on Oct. 21 in Leland.

Meeting attendees will be given a presentation of how ShareCare can provide Leelanau County seniors with a reliable support system. The presentation will be followed by a group discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

For further information regarding the meetings contact the ShareCare office at 256-0221, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Business connections

TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Michigan businesses will have an opportunity to seek procurement contracts with one of the state’s largest companies through the Pure Michigan Business Connect program.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is seeking qualified Michigan companies to provide solutions to Consumers Energy and its partners Henkels & McCoy and Moran Iron Works. Pure Michigan Business Connect will be hosting an invite-only matchmaking summit on Oct. 21, at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. There are more than 400 procurement opportunities available ranging from part supplies to maintenance needs.

Invitations will be sent on a rolling basis and companies should apply as early as possible. Once all private buyer-supplier meeting times are filled, the application link will close. Priority deadline for submission is close of business on Sept. 23.

For more information, and to apply visit

Local business has new name

Traverse City company MAXAL has changed its name to Hobart. They recently consolidated their aluminum filler metals under the Hobart brand, which is manufactured by Hobart Brothers Company of Troy, Ohio. The entire workforce and all manufacturing will remain in Traverse City.

Business celebrates 40 years in TC

Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth (DGN) will celebrate 40 years in business Oct. 1.

The CPA firm opened as Dennis & Gartland in a small office on Union Street in 1973. Since then the firm has grown to 48 professionals with eight partners serving northern Michigan and is located at the Delta Center on Munson Avenue.

Local business acquisition

NeXt I.T.acquired Common Sense Computing, a full-service computer networking and communication company in Traverse City.

Common Sense Computing specializes in the K12 education and SMB markets, providing service and support with a full line of computer hardware, telecommunications equipment and the expertise to install and service those systems.

NeXt I.T., headquartered in Muskegon, specializes in industry-specific technology solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.