Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 10, 2013

Business in Brief: 01/10/2013


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Making a business plan

TRAVERSE CITY — The Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, a program of Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, is offering a class in developing a business plan.

"Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan," will start Jan.15 and meet one Tuesday a week through Feb.19. The classes will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Cambria Suites, 225 Munson Ave.

The six-week class is for highly motivated new business owners or those opening a business in the next six months. Participants will meet weekly with a certified small business consultant, guest speakers and other business owners. During the class, participants will spend time developing a business plan that will include start-up costs, cash flow projections, market research, a break-even analysis and more.

Cost is $90 per participant. Pre-registration is required at For more information, call 922-3780.

Leadership GT

TRAVERSE CITY — Applications are being sought for the Spring 2013 class of Leadership Grand Traverse.

The tentative application deadline is Jan. 15 for the next session, which begins with orientation in late February and continues through a closing retreat and graduation ceremony May 21.

Leadership Grand Traverse was established by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce in the 1980s and has produced more than 800 graduates. It recently graduated its 25th class.

Participants from private and public sectors are prepared to take on decision-making roles in areas of policy, program implementation and organizational maintenance. They are immersed in day-long training sessions on the local economy, arts and cultural offerings, natural resources, education, health and human services and more.

Scholarships are available to help with tuition costs. To register or learn more, visit or contact Caryn Cleland at 995-7107.

Recycling rewards

TRAVERSE CITY — The American Waste Rewards program for recyclers has been in place since last April. By redeeming rewards, residents offset the cost of their trash bill.

The self-reporting program allows city residents to go online and report their recycling activity. Active recyclers have access to savings vouchers from local, regional and national businesses.

In addition, all actively reporting recyclers are automatically eligible for quarterly prizes, which have included an iPad, a Wii gaming system, gas and restaurant gift cards. Area businesses can have their offers available on the site free of charge by contacting Rewards for Recycling.

"The program has been popular with residents and we are getting calls from other areas requesting the program," said Kelly Ignace, American Waste marketing director. "Before we roll it out in other areas, we want to make sure the majority of city of Traverse City residents are on board and participating."

For more information, visit or contact Ignace at 932-6530.