Business after hours

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce’s September Business After Hours will be hosted Sept. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cambria Suites, 255 Munson Ave. in Traverse City. Chamber members don’t need to register.

Non-members can register at

Fish Window Cleaning honored

TRAVERSE CITY — Sue Smith, owner of the local Fish Window Cleaning, was recognized for top sales at the annual Fish Window Cleaning Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 25. Smith added more than 500 accounts to her customer base in 2014.

She also received the Navigator Award for her work with prospective franchisees.

Financial mobile classroom coming

TRAVERSE CITY — Fifth Third Bank and Northwest Community Action Agency will host the Fifth Third Financial Empowerment Mobile at the Cherryland Center, 1148 W. South Airport Road on Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Financial Empowerment Mobile is a mobile classroom staffed with Fifth Third bankers and NMCAA representatives where visitors can learn about homeownership, employment, health care, credit reports and more.

Stormcloud backs Grow Benzie

FRANKFORT — Grow Benzie, a non-profit farmstead in Benzie County, will receive funds raised by Stormcloud Brewing Company’s Aug. 22 fundraiser.

Twenty percent of Stormcloud sales between 4 and 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 will be donated directly to Grow Benzie.

Call before you dig to be safe

TRAVERSE CITY — Consumers Energy reminds homeowners to call 811 before digging to avoid underground utility lines.

Damages were up nearly 20 percent in 2015.

Wines awarded

TRAVERSE CITY — The following wines made in northwest Michigan received Best of Class awards at the 2015 Michigan Wine Competition: MAWBY/L Mawby Tradition, Boathouse Vineyards 2013 “Dry Dock” Riesling, Mari Vineyards 2012 Praefectus, Boathouse Vineyards 2014 Semi-Sweet Riesling, 45 North Vineyard & Winery 2013 Riesling Ice Wine, Chateau de Leelanau Cherry Wine and St. Ambrose Cellars 2014 Vin Gris from Pinot Noir.

Junior Achievement needs volunteers

TRAVERSE CITY — Junior Achievement is looking for adults to teach students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Volunteers work in classrooms during and after school.

Contact district manager Leisa Eckerle Hankins at (231) 922-6330 or

Scholarships for machinist program

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwest Michigan Works is offering one full or two half scholarships for Baker College’s computer numerical control machinist certificate program, held in Charlevoix.

Contact career adviser Renee Zaika at (231) 347-5150 or (231) 439-5231 for scholarship information.

Professional development series

TRAVERSE CITY — NorthSky Nonprofit Network is preparing for its Fall 2015 Professional Development Series. Sessions cover topics such as leadership, Michigan law, conflict resolution and more.

The schedule is available at

Scholarships for driving students

TRAVERSE CITY — Baker College of Cadillac is offering scholarships to students entering its truck driving certificate program, starting Sept. 28.

Contact Cheri Sprik at (231) 876-3119, (888) 313-3463 or to learn more about the scholarships.

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