Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 15, 2013

Business in Brief: 09/15/2013

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Biz after hours

INTERLOCHEN — The Interlochen Area Chamber of Commerce will host Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Incredible Mo’s, 1355 Silver Lake Crossings Blvd. in Grawn. A $3 donation is requested from members, $5 for non-members.


Business workshops

TRAVERSE CITY — Business owners and individuals considering self-employment will learn about marketing and the legal issues related to running a business in two workshops offered by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center in Traverse City.

The Marketing Your Business workshop will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC’s Aero Park Campus. The workshop will be taught by SBTDC Regional Director and Small Business Consultant Mary Rogers and will focus on practical applications of marketing concepts designed to grow small businesses.

The Business & Legal Issues workshop will be held from 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, also in the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC’s Aero Park Campus. The workshop will be taught by SBTDC Small Business Consultant Walt Muellenhagen and will provide an introduction to the different types of legal entities that are appropriate for structuring and starting a new business.

There is no charge to attend the workshops but pre-registration is required at For more information contact Sharon Gordon at: 922-3780 or


Board governance

TRAVERSE CITY — NorthSky Nonprofit Network is sponsoring a session for nonprofit leaders, board officers, board members and individuals considering board service from 4 to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in room 6 at Northwestern Michigan College’s University Center campus. The session, “The Board Primer,” will focus on the fiduciary roles and responsibilities of nonprofit Boards, the requirements for serving on a Board, how to be a best practicing Board and tips for ensuring a Board is functioning well and fulfilling its duties. The workshop leader is Pamela Evans, NorthSky Governance Consultant.


Elk Rapids after hours

ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, along with Swim to You and Traverse Bay Farms, will host Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, at 204 River St. For more information, call the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce at 264-8202.


Health Care update

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan Chamber Services will host Health Care Reform Update: Employer Guidelines for 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Grand Traverse Resort. The cost is $270 for Michigan Chamber members; $295 for non-members. For more information, call 888-763-0514 (option 2) or 517-371-7670 or visit


NorthSky workshop

TRAVERSE CITY — NorthSky Nonprofit Network is sponsoring a professional development session for nonprofit organizations, “An Introduction to Salesforce,” from noon to 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, Sept.19, at the Northwestern Michigan College University Center campus, room 5. The session, led by Ashima Saigal of Database Sherpa, will provide an overview of the Salesforce platform and discuss how to use it for managing donors, client tracking, volunteer management and much more.

The workshop fee is $12. Participants are invited to bring a lunch. Registration is required by contacting or 929-3934.