Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 26, 2014

Business in Brief: 01/26/2014

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Development session

TRAVERSE CITY — NorthSky Nonprofit Network will host a professional development session for staff and leaders of nonprofits.

“Creating a Culture That Attracts and Retains Volunteers” will meet Feb. 6 from noon-1:30 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College’s University Center on Dendrinos Drive. It will focus on new techniques and best practices to manage human resources and bring strength and energy to nonprofit organizations.

The fee is $12 and participants may bring a lunch. Registration is required; call 929-3934 or visit

Lunch, lecture

ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s Lunch and Lecture Series continues on Feb. 7.

Registration and networking start at 11:30 a.m. at the Elk Rapids AMVETS Post 114, 410 Bridge St. David Lorenz, manager of Industry Relations & International Marketing for Travel Michigan, is the guest speaker. Tickets are $20 for chamber members; $25 for non-members. For details or tickets, call 264-8202.

DIY for entrepreneurs

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College will offer five separate learning opportunities for budding entrepreneurs.

Classes are “Facebook for Business: Creating a Fan Page,” on Feb. 5 from 1-4 p.m. “The Business of Art,” from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 5 and 12; “Intro to Quickbooks,” from 9 a.m.-noon on four Fridays, Feb. 7-28; “Becoming an Internet Retailer,” 6-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 11; and “Bookkeeping for Small Business,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 18.

Fees for these classes range from $39 to $169. For details about these and other business courses, visit For more information or to register, call 995-1700.

Leelanau grants

LEELANAU COUNTY — Leelanau County’s Business Grant Program has awarded grants to 18 Leelanau County-based businesses.

Companies selected for $1,250 grants were: Great Lakes Tea & Spice, Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm, The Redheads and the V.I. Grill.

Businesses receiving $1,000 were: Anderson’s Glen Arbor Market, Brengman Brothers, Clarke’s Transmission, Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate, La Becasse, Laker Shakes Burdickville Market, Leelanau Cheese Co., Sugarfoot Saloon, Sun Dog Boarding Kennel, Suttons Bay Bikes, Suttons Bay Hops, Suttons Bay Massage Center, Suttons Bay Trading Co. and Timberlee Management.

The businesses were selected from more than 60 applications by a review committee charged with dispersing remaining funds from the recent dissolution of the Leelanau County Economic Development Corp. in the form of small grants to county-based businesses. Funds were available for operating capital, new products or services, capital improvements or related business needs.

Kings buy site for downtown arena

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After seven months of negotiations, the Sacramento Kings have bought a mall that sits on the site of a planned $448 million arena.

The Sacramento Bee reports the team finalized the deal Thursday to buy Downtown Plaza from the San Francisco-based development firm JMA.

The newspaper says the exact purchase price wasn’t available, but documents filed with the county show the Kings borrowed $35 million from Goldman Sachs Bank in connection with the transaction.