Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 15, 2013

Business in Brief: 05/15/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TEDx speaker match

TRAVERSE CITY — The Utopia Foundation has announced its third annual TEDxTraverseCity speaker match, an initiative that offers a dollar for dollar match of up to $1,000 for TEDxTraverseCity speakers’ favorite charities. Ten charities or non-profits will receive matching grants. Donations can be made at The match runs for up to 60 days, beginning after this evening’s TEDxTraverse City event, through July 14.

The organizations chosen include The Sage Mentorship Program, Challenge Detroit, Econ4, The Clariden School of South Lake, RESULTS-The Power To End Poverty, Fonkoze Microfinance in Haiti, Green Bronx Machine, Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation, Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project and Early Childhood Development Center in Katmandu, Nepal.


Evaluation planning

TRAVERSE CITY — NorthSky Nonprofit Network will sponsor a professional development session for nonprofit organizations, “Developing an Evaluation Plan,” from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the Northwestern Michigan College University Center campus. The session will be led by Freya Bradford, NorthSky consultant and evaluation project manager, and will cover how to get started with evaluation planning.

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


Employment forecast

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget has released a forecast that indicates summer jobs for teens will be competitive this year.

This summer, approximately 242,800 teens are projected to be in the Michigan workforce, with approximately 180,900 getting jobs. That’s a slight improvement over last year, though the number of unemployed teens is expected to total about 61,900.


Resale shop opening

TRAVERSE CITY — Plato’s Closet is opening Thursday, May 16, at 1525 South Division St.

Plato’s Closet is a resale retail shop that buys and sells gently used, brand-name clothing and accessories for teens and 20-somethings. The store provides cash on the spot for merchandise purchased from consumers and sell clothing and accessories for up to 70 percent off retail prices.


Theatre restoration

MANISTEE — A $503,592 grant has been approved by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to support the restoration of the Vogue Theatre.

In offering the grant, the MEDC recognized that the Vogue will become the “change agent for expanding and attracting new business supported by arts programming that will become a regional draw and change the market characteristics of downtown Manistee.”

Donations to the theater can be made by contacting the Manistee County Community Foundation at 723-7269 or online at


Agency looks at Mazda door latchs

DETROIT — U.S. auto safety officials are investigating complaints that doors won’t close properly on more than 39,000 cars made by Mazda.

The probe affects Mazda 6 cars from the 2009 model year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received four complaints that the doors wouldn’t latch. In one case, a passenger door opened while a car was being driven. The agency says the owners complained that some of the door-latch mounting screws were missing.

The agency will check to see if the problem is big enough to cause a recall. It also will determine if the doors have caused any crashes or injuries.


EcoBoost engine defective, suit claims

DETROIT — Three Ohio drivers are suing Ford Motor Co., claiming the company’s six-cylinder EcoBoost engine is defective.

The lawsuit says the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine can shudder, shake and rapidly lose power while drivers are trying to accelerate. It says more than 100 drivers have complained about the engine to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ford has been selling vehicles equipped with the V6 EcoBoost since 2009. The engine is used on the F-150 pickup, Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans and the Explorer, Flex and Lincoln MKT utilities.

The suit claims Ford has acknowledged the problems in messages to dealers, but hasn’t informed owners.

Ford declined to comment Tuesday, saying it hasn’t seen the lawsuit.

The suit was filed late last week in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio.