Rural Strong event scheduled

TRAVERSE CITY — Rural Strong, a free workshop on small businesses, is scheduled for June 7 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Northwest Michigan Works! Conference Center, 1209 S. Garfield Ave., in Traverse City.

The workshop is for people who want to start or expand their businesses and the local economy. The roundtable discussions are designed to provide information on federally-backed financing, funding access and small business advising opportunities.

The event is hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center.

Scheduled to participate in the workshop are Michigan SBA District Director Constance Logan, SBA's National Rural Advocate Joe Knilans and USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan Jason Allen. Representatives from SBA and the USDA will be on hand to provide guidance.

Registration is available online at

Workshop for entrepreneurs slated

TRAVERSE CITY — Entrepreneurial skills will be the subject of a two-hour workshop from the Traverse City Score chapter on June 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the McGuire Community Room at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Avenue.

"Expressly for Entrepreneurs" will discuss and analyze the 12 traits of a successful entrepreneur.

Workshop participants will take the Entrepreneur Index Personal Assessment online prior to the June 11 event. Normally $35, the assessment is free to workshop participants. Score mentors will discuss the results of the assessment during the workshop.

The workshop is limited the 25 participants. Those interested in attending the workshop need to register for the June 11 event and take the assessment online. Registration and more information are available at

Small business workshop slated

TRAVERSE CITY — A free workshop on starting a small business is scheduled for June 12 from 8:30-11 a.m. in Room 209 at Northwestern Michigan College's University Center campus on Cass Road in Traverse City.

Leading the workshop will be Samantha Reis, certified small business consultant. The Small Business Development Center Northwest Region, Networks Northwest and NMC Extended Education Services are sponsors of the workshop.

The introductory workshop is a pre-requisite to a one-on-one meeting with a SBDC consultant. It also counts toward the Small Business Entrepreneur Certificate Program offered at NMC.

The workshop is designed for those in the initial stages of starting a business, considering self-employment or those seeking access to capital. The session incorporates the SBDC's Writing a Business Plan workshop.

Participants can register online at For more information, contact the SBDC at (231) 929-5060 or

Public input on river's future sought

TRAVERSE CITY — A Public Engagement Kick-off for the Unified Plan for the Lower Boardman River is scheduled for June 12 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Lot B at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market.

The event is collaboration between the Lower Boardman River Leadership Team and the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority.

According to a release from the DDA, the Unified Plan "will include a collective vision for the Lower Boardman River and the actions, results and schedule to achieve that vision" for the 1.6-mile final section of the river.

To learn more about the plan, log on to

Homebuyer ed classes scheduled

TRAVERSE CITY — A homebuyer education workshop is scheduled for June 12-13 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The workshop will be held at the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency offices in Traverse City at 3963 Three Mile Road. Those completing the class will receive a certificate of completion that is required for some loans. Participants must attend both nights to receive the certificate.

Guest speaker is Ryan Mooney of Fifth Third Bank.

Cost is $75 per household and includes a workbook and light meal.

To reserve a space or for more information, call (231) 947-3780 or visit

Leelanau Senior Expo is June 18

SUTTONS BAY — Leelanau County Senior Services will hold its 28th annual Senior Expo on June 18 at Suttons Bay High School.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 100 vendors are expected at the event providing information, resources, products and services geared toward seniors.

Neighborhood meeting is June 18

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency will hold its monthly Neighborhood Meeting on June 18 from 6-8 p.m. at its Traverse City office at 3963 Three Mile Road.

The topic of the meeting is nutrition and eating in a healthy manner. Guest speaker is Devin Moore of Oryana Natural Foods.

The meeting is part of the Poverty Reduction Initiative. In addition to a confidential discussion on health, information on community resources will be presented. A light meal will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Doug Leary at (231) 947-3780 or (800) 632-7334, extension 2170 or at

Lunch & Learn event scheduled

KALKASKA — Huntington Bank and the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency will hold a Lunch & Learn event on consumer protection June 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at 406 S. Cedar St. in Kalkaska.

Lunch will be provided by Huntington Bank.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call (231) 947-3780 or log on to

Financial fitness marathon slated

TRAVERSE CITY — A financial fitness marathon will be held on June 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency's Traverse City office at 3963 Three Mile Road.

A series of financially-focused workshops will be held every hour including Mastering Money Management, Developing a Spending Plan, Banking Basics, Debt Reduction, Improving Credit Ratios and Savings, Insurance Workshop, Consumer Protection and Fair Housing and Fair Lending.

Cost is $20 per household and includes a light meal and a budget binder.

To register, call (231) 947-3780 or visit

Lunchbox Series meeting on June 27

TRAVERSE CITY — The Builders Exchange of Northwest Michigan will host a workshop on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Silica Standard on June 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will be held at the Builders Exchange office at 1373 Barlow St.

The focus of the meeting is to provide instruction on navigating and compiling with the OSHA 1926.1153 Silica dust regulation in the construction industry. Kyle van den Heuvel and Steve Kuzmer of Hilti will lead the presentation and discuss job-site compliance as well as provide live demonstrations and examples of Table 1 solutions.

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. RSVP by June 25 to Robin at or (231) 946-5531.

Parade of Senior Homes slated

TRAVERSE CITY — The Alliance for Senior Housing and the Senior Center Network will host a Parade of Senior Homes bus tour on June 28 beginning at 9 a.m.

This is the second of four Parade of Senior Homes tours scheduled this year. Other events are scheduled for Sept. 13 and Oct. 11.

The free tours are designed to give seniors on the senior housing choices in Grand Traverse County including independent living, assisted living and skilled rehabilitation centers. On the schedule for the June 28 tour are Samaritas Senior Living, Cordia and Cherry Hill Haven Assisted Living. There will be food served and chances to win door prizes.

The parade will begin at the Senior Center at 801 E. Front St. at 9 a.m. and return at approximately 2:30 p.m. Registration for the free tour is required by emailing or by calling (231) 922-2080.

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