Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 27, 2013

Business in Brief: 10/27/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

— Young talent workshop slated

TRAVERSE CITY — The Employer Training Council will host Recruiting and Retaining Young Talent on Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Michigan Works Service Center, 1209 S. Garfield. The workshop will help businesses learn how to become the employer of choice in a competitive work environment.

Featured experts at the workshop include Warren Call, chairperson, Traverse City Young Professionals; Paul Corrado, corporate recruiter, Magna Electronics Engineering Center, Rochester Hills; and Bill Benson, partner, William Charles Search Group, Grand Rapids.

Registration is $35 per person and includes breakfast. Check in and breakfast are from 8 to 8:30 a.m. For more information and to register online visit

More information is also available by calling Angie at 929-5077.


Start up workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of helpful information at a business start up workshop being offered in Traverse City by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center. The workshop is being held Nov. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC’s Aero Park Campus.

The workshop will be taught by SBTDC business consultant Walt Muellenhagen and will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company and evaluate market and sales potential for their products or services. Start-up costs, financing options and business planning will be introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started.

There is no charge to attend the workshop but pre-registration is required at For more information call Sharon Gordon at 922-3780 or email


June 2015 opening for Japanese garden

GRAND RAPIDS — The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has set an opening date for a $22 million Japanese garden on its western Michigan grounds.

Meijer Gardens announced Thursday that a private dedication ceremony is planned June 10, 2015 for “The Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden.” It’s scheduled to open for Meijer Gardens’ members on June 11-12, 2015, and to the public on June 13.

Plans for the 8 1/2-acre garden were announced in 2012. It’s named in recognition of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos Sr. and his wife, Helen, who are helping fund the project.


Feds want $44.5M in Bravata case

DETROIT — Federal prosecutors want a Detroit-area investment manager and his son to pay $44.5 million in restitution for a real-estate scheme that crashed during the recession.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell reported details of the request Friday in John Bravata’s case. He was sentenced last month to 20 years in federal prison. Bravata’s lawyer Margaret Raben is challenging the amount of restitution.

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman plans to rule later.

At sentencing, the Brighton man said he understood the pain of investors but insisted he committed no fraud and blamed the government for the collapse of Southfield-based BBC Equities. Bravata was convicted of fraud and conspiracy in March.

His son Antonio Bravata was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiracy to commit fraud.