Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 17, 2013

Business in Brief: 11/17/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Fiscal fitness

TRAVERSE CITY — Business owners can learn how to improve their fiscal fitness at a financial tools workshop presented by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Developemnt Center, a program of Northwest Michigan Council of Governments on Dec. 4 in Traverse City.

“Know Your Numbers: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements,” is a seminar to help the non-financial manager business owner learn how to better use their financial statements.

Registration and breakfast start at 7:30 a.m. and the workshop is from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Hagerty Conference Center, 715 E. Front St.

Small biz loans

TRAVERSE CITY — SBTDC Small Business Consultant Walt Muellenhagen and Doug Buck, Fifth Third Bank vice president for Small Business Administration and Government Lending, will lead attendees through the numbers, showing business owners how the financial statements can be used in making strategic decisions for growth and increasing profits.

The cost is $45 per participant, including full breakfast, seminar, and workbook. Pre-registration is required at For more information call 922-3780. Fifth Third customers should call that number for tuition waiver information.

Biz after hours

INTERLOCHEN — Interlochen Area Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, hosted by Northwestern Bank, 2112 M-137.

Malibu recall

DETROIT — General Motors is recalling nearly 60,000 Chevy Malibu midsize cars to fix window defrosters that may not work and power seat wiring that can catch fire.

The largest of the recalls covers more than 44,000 Malibus from the 2014 model year. GM says a computer that runs the ventilation system can revert to the previous setting even if a driver sets the controls to defrost. If that happens, the driver won’t be able to clear the windshield to see where they’re going. The problem happens when the cars are started.

GM dealers will reprogram the computer at no cost to customers. The company says it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries from the problem.

Training for vets

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder says a new public-private partnership will provide free information technology training and certification for Michigan veterans.

Details of the “Michigan Shifting Careers: IT Networking Certifications Program for Military Servicemembers” pilot program were announced Friday. Snyder says in a statement that veterans will get “the fast-track training they need to successfully transition into civilian employment.”

The program is being offered through the Workforce Development Agency in partnership with several other businesses, schools and agencies. As veterans complete training, pass exams and earn certifications, a network of partners and employers will help them get jobs.

U-M collaboration

ANN ARBOR — University of Michigan is inviting people outside its walls to join a research funding effort that’s jumpstarting ideas and collaboration among professors.

Officials at the Ann Arbor school say they are announcing on Friday the expansion of the “MCubed” program, which started last year. The project allows an individual or group with $75,000 to post an idea or challenge and engage with professors who want to tackle it.

Potential examples include a family enabling unconventional research into a disease or supporters launching an art-preservation project through digital media.