Business in Temporary: 03/10/2021 | Business

SCORE offers a virtual workshop

TRAVERSE CITY – The Traverse City SCORE chapter is hosting a virtual workshop on March 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“Time to sell your company? Learn the Process and Maximize Value ”is the title of the free workshop. Curtis Kuttnauer, Senior Partner at Golden Circle Advisors and SCORE Mentor, is the speaker.

Topics include the process required to potentially sell a company, details of the sales process including the six “exits” and adding value to a company.

SCORE workshops can fill up quickly. For more information or to register, visit

Cherry Republic publishes vacancies

GLEN ARBOR – Cherry Republic announced that there are immediate job openings at its Glen Arbor headquarters and seasonal positions at its Michigan retail locations.

According to a publication, Cherry Republic has openings in:

  • Glen Arbor Headquarters: Digital Marketing Specialist (full-time) and Customer Experience Manager (full-time)
  • Glen Arbor Cherry Public House: kitchen manager (full time), waiter (seasonal), line chefs (seasonal) and dishwasher (seasonal)
  • Empire Distribution & Fulfillment Center: Fulfillment Manager (full-time), Bakery employee (full-time)
  • Traverse City Store: Assistant Manager (full time), Supervisor (full time), Sales Ambassador (season)
  • Stores in Glen Arbor, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Holland: Sales Ambassador (Seasonal) and Supervisor (Seasonal)

Applications and job descriptions can be found at

Entrepreneurial event 25.-26. March

MANISTEE – The Manistee Chamber of Commerce launched a two-day virtual event for entrepreneurs.

According to a press release, the event will “Help entrepreneurs and current business owners think through questions about prospects and the community marketplace, build entrepreneurial skills, and provide the tools necessary to turn a great idea into a successful business.” on March 25th and ends with a full list of things to do for Entrepreneurship Day on March 26th.

All programming is free, but registration at is required.

Meaghan Kennedy, originally from Manistee and founder of the Orange Sparkle Ball in Atlanta, Georgia, will kick off the event with the keynote presentation on March 25th at 7pm

Isabelle Swiderski, founder of Seven25 and protagonist, is holding a three-hour workshop on March 26th at 9 am with the title “Idea to Market: Define your business idea so that it can be quickly tested with your potential customers”

The Small Business Development Center in northwest Michigan will host four fast-paced 30-minute sessions on March 26th. The topics and speakers include:

  • Retail stores for online sales by Tim Rehard, SBDC, Grand Valley State University
  • Focus Four – The Small Business Management System by Michael Gay, SBDC, Grand Valley State University
  • Business planning with a purpose from Gretchen Swanson, SBDC, Networks Northwest
  • Navigation in the New Venture Lending Landscape by Joni Krolczyk, SBDC, Networks Northwest

4Front Credit Union is the sponsor of the virtual event.

MBA practically meets this week

MACKINAW CITY – The Mackinac Bridge Authority will practically meet on March 12th.

The MBA Finance Committee meets at 9:00 a.m., followed by the MBA’s regular board meeting at 10:30 a.m. The sessions are held on the Microsoft Teams platform.

Agenda items include traffic and revenue reports, information on ongoing maintenance of the bridge, and an update on the bridge’s toll software upgrades. The Board is also expected to meet in a closed session to discuss the safety of the bridge.

Both meetings can be publicly viewed and commented on via YouTube (with subtitles) and livestream. Comments can also be submitted online. Comments submitted before 3:00 p.m. Thursday will be made available to the board in advance of the meeting.

Local credit union recognized

TRAVERSE CITY – 4Front Credit Union in Traverse City has been named one of the Best, Brightest Companies for 2020 by the National Association for Business Resources.

According to a press release from 4Front, the credit union also received national recognition in 2018 and 2019. With the release of 4Front this spring, 4Front was selected from 1,700 nominations as one of 183 national winners.

“Despite the many challenges 2020 brought, we worked together to create a fun and active work environment that included competitive wages, excellence and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, all of which have contributed to this recognition,” said Andy, CEO of 4Front Credit Union Kempf said in the press release. “We look forward to holding this title for many years to come.”

EGLE offers grants for clean fuel

LANSING – The Michigan, Great Lakes and Energy Department of the Environment announced a $ 30 million financing opportunity for commercial transportation.

According to a press release, it will “support commercial, local and transportation vehicles that move products through new models, including electric, alternative fuel and diesel vehicles.”

In three parts, the call for proposals includes “medium and heavy local trucks, transit and shuttle buses, freight transfer machines, tugs and ferries, port cargo handling equipment, forklifts and airport ground support equipment. In the future, funds will also be available to install shore power for ships operating within the Great Lakes. “

The fuel conversion program is funded from the state-allocated diesel settlement funds from Volkswagen. The aim of the program is to “reduce nitrogen oxide emissions and maximize air quality benefits nationwide, reduce diesel emissions from school buses and increase the introduction of zero-emission vehicles and equipment using alternative fuels”.

The application deadline for the first of three financing rounds is open to medium and heavy trucks as well as shuttle buses and transit buses (grades 4-8). School buses are not eligible. The other two areas of funding include cargo switches, tugs and ferries from Great Lakes, and shore and ground support equipment for airports, port cargo handling equipment and forklifts.

For more information on the RFPs, email Debbie Swartz at [email protected]

HFHM will receive a grant of $ 10,000

LANSING – Habitat for Humanity, Michigan received a US $ 10,000 grant from State Farm to support its housing counseling and financial education program.

Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan has been participating in the advisory and financial education program since 2016, according to a release from the state of HFHM, release added.

HFHM became a HUD-certified housing advice agency in 2017. Some state-owned Habitat subsidiaries have provided the advice and financial education component for nearly 10 years.

Home sales outstanding fall in January.

WASHINGTON, DC – Pending home sales decreased 2.8 percent nationwide in January 2021 compared to December 2020, according to a statement from the National Association of Realtors.

Home sales outstanding were 13 percent higher compared to January 2020, the press release added.

“Pending home sales declined in January because there simply weren’t enough homes to meet market demand,” NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said in the press release. “That means there has been an increase in permits and applications to build new houses.”

The NAR press release reported “a steady increase in residential permits for single-family homes for eight consecutive months”.

The National Association of Realtors trade association represents more than 1.4 million members. More information about NAR can be found at The full version can be found at

WSCC Water Project Receives Award SCOTVILLE – A new water system designed and built by Fleis & VandenBrink for West Shore Community College won the Engineering Merit Award in the Michigan Council of Engineering Companies’ annual Engineering & Surveying Excellence competition in 2021.

Fleis & VandenBrink is headquartered in Grand Rapids and has an office in Traverse City.

According to a press release, the award recognizes “outstanding engineering and surveying projects in Michigan from the past year and the engineers who have made significant contributions to the profession.”

The project completed in June 2020 and was a collaboration between F&V, the College, the City of Ludington, and the City of Scottville. The 50,000 gallon flood tank was equipped with an automatic water flush device to restore water quality.

The award was announced on February 26th during the 56th annual ACEC Awards Ceremony.

MSUFCU receives Wellness Award

EAST LANSING – MSU Federal Credit Union has been recognized by the National Association for Business Resources with the National Best and Brightest in Wellness Award 2020. It is the sixth year in a row that the credit union has received the award.

According to a press release, the Wellness Award recognizes “organizations that make their workplaces, their employees and the communities they serve healthier places to live and work”.

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