Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 10, 2013

Business in Brief: 11/10/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Business After Hours

LAKE LEELANAU — The Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will be holding Business After Hours on Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Boathouse Vineyards on M-204 in Lake Leelanau.

Strategic planning

TRAVERSE CITY — NorthSky Nonprofit Network will host “Super Charge Your Strategic Plan,” a professional development session for nonprofit leaders, on Thursday.

The session, led by NorthSky consultant Pamela Evans, will discuss approaches for developing a strategic plan that ensure its success. Participants will learn how to engage and inspire a leadership team in developing a plan that is viewed as high value and integral to their work and decision making.

The program is co-sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College and will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., in room 5 at the NMC University Center Campus. The fee is $12; participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.

Registration is required at www.northskynonprofitnetwork.org or by calling 929-3934.

Home for Elf Café

TRAVERSE CITY — Elf Café, a family friendly café and play space slated to open next May, has found a tentative location in central Traverse City. The Randolph Street location that formerly housed Hampel’s Locksmith and Gun Shop and two larger lots next door will offer indoor and outdoor wooden play structures, a play area for infants, party rental space, soundproof areas for nursing, classes, tutors for older children and play groups.

Elf Café is running a crowd-funding campaign on indiegogo (www.igg.me/at/elfcafe) where supporters can contribute to the project in exchange for Elf Café bumper stickers, T-shirts, memberships, and more. The campaign ends at midnight on Nov. 15.

Driverless vehicles by 2021 a possibility

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan is working with auto industry and government officials on plans to bring a fleet of networked, driverless vehicles to Ann Arbor by 2021.

The goal of the Mobility Transformation Center was detailed in an announcement Friday.

Peter Sweatman, director of the Ann Arbor school’s Transportation Research Institute, says that the project would make the city a leader in 21st century mobility. He says an aim is to ensure that such vehicles can be safe, effective and commercially successful.

A connected vehicle project, called Safety Pilot, involves about 3,000 area residents in networked vehicles. And last month, University of Michigan officials green-lighted a $6.5 million facility for testing automated vehicles.

Safety agency probes VW lighting problem

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators are investigating thousands of Volkswagen SUVs because the headlamps and other outside lights can fail with little warning.

The probe, announced Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, affects an estimated 61,000 VW Tiguans from the 2009 through 2011 model years.

The safety agency said in documents posted on its website that 26 drivers have complained about headlights, tail lights and turn signals going dark. Many said they found an overheated and melted fuse under the hood. The agency said the fuse controls several exterior light circuits. The complaints say the problem gets worse over time.

NHTSA said the problem hasn’t caused any fires, crashes or injuries.