Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 19, 2014

Business in Brief: 01/19/2014

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Fundraising webinar

TRAVERSE CITY — Nonprofit leaders, fundraisers and volunteers are invited to learn low-cost marketing and fundraising techniques during a webinar, co-sponsored by NorthSky Nonprofit Network, the Association for Fundraising Professionals and Northwestern Michigan College.

“Inbound Fundraising- Attracting Donors, Volunteers and other Supporters,” will take place Jan. 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College’s University Center campus. The program will be led by Allan Pressel, CEO of PowerSite123 and co-author of “Internet Management for Nonprofits,” who will discuss online strategies including how to attract visitors to a website and convert them to donors, event attendees and volunteers.

The fee is $12. Registration is required at www.northskynonprofitnetwork.org or by calling 929-3934.

Home EXPO

ACME — The 2014 Home EXPO sponsored by the Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area, will be held Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

The EXPO will feature exhibits from more than 125 building contractors, remodelers, landscapers, financiers and other businesses related to the region’s construction and remodeling industry.

Information for interested vendors, exhibitors and patrons is available on the association’s website at www.hbagta.com or by calling the HBA at 946-2305.

Chamber celebration

ACME — The annual celebration of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce will be held Jan. 24 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, where Chamber officials will present their annual Distinguished Service Award.

Food and beverage stations will be open throughout the evening. Entertainment will be provided by Judy Harrison and the Swing Shift Band.

Admission is $100 for Chamber members, with a “Business Bundle” special of 10 tickets for $900. Tickets are $150 for non-members. To register, visit the chamber’s website at www.tcchamber.org.

Judge OKs plea deal in financial probe

DETROIT — A judge has accepted a new plea deal from a Detroit-area financial manager who helped the government prosecute his partner in a real estate scheme that ended with more than $40 million in losses.

Richard Trabulsy’s first plea agreement was thrown out last fall after a dispute over the length of his sentence. A court filing shows Trabulsy now likely faces a bit more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud Tuesday in Detroit federal court.

Trabulsy worked with John Bravata at BBC Equities. Prosecutors say they misled people about the safety of their money and especially preyed on those 55 and older who had lump sums to invest.

Motorist cleared in Google Glass case

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation against a woman believed to be the first motorist in the country ticketed for driving while wearing a Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

Commissioner John Blair ruled that Cecilia Abadie was not guilty because she had been cited under a code that requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the device was in operation, which the officer did not provide.

However, Blair did find that the language of the code specifically bars the operation of a video or TV screen or similar device on the front of a vehicle while it is moving.