Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 25, 2013

Business in Brief: 08/25/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Condo seminar

TRAVERSE CITY — Robert Meisner of the Meisner Law Group, P.C., will conduct a half-day seminar from 9 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, Sept. 28 covering condominium association management, the legal essentials and more.

The seminar is designed for board members and officers, managers, developers, and association members living in or working with a condominium, subdivision, cooperative, or community association.

Explore the many legal issues involved in the successful operation of an association. The cost is $89 or $79 per person when two or more enroll from the same organization. For registration information call Northwestern Michigan College at (231) 995-1700 or (800) 748-0566 extension 1700; or visit the NMC website at

Virtual career fair

TRAVERSE CITY — Job seekers and employers can connect with each other at the Michigan Virtual Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 28, at Northwest Michigan Works! Service Centers in Cadillac, Petoskey and Traverse City.

MiVirtualCareerFair is an online career fair organized by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and features jobs in all industries from across the entire state. Staff will be available to help job seekers with targeted job search techniques that are suited to a virtual environment.

MiVirtualCareerFair will provide opportunities for live conversations between businesses and job seekers via instant chat and/or webcams. Job seekers will also be able to upload resumes for job listings.

For more information and to register in advance go to Additional information is also available at your local Northwest Michigan Works! Service Center.

Ballmer to retire

NEW YORK — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who took over the helm of the world’s largest software company from founder Bill Gates, will retire within the next 12 months.

Microsoft Corp. did not name a successor. The company said it is forming a search committee, which will include Gates, and Ballmer will stay on until a replacement is found.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said in a statement released by the Redmond, Wash., company.

Microsoft shares shot up 8 percent in morning trading following the news.

It’s been less than two months since Microsoft announced a sweeping reorganization of its business in an attempt to reignite competition with faster-moving rivals such as Apple and Google.

Response to the newest version of Microsoft’s flagship Windows operating system has been lukewarm.