Business in Transient: 10/06/21 | Business

HR basics workshop

TRAVERSE CITY – Michigan Small Business Development Center Northwest Region and Northwestern Michigan College Extended Education Services are jointly sponsoring a human resources workshop on October 7th.

Annie Olds, SBDC Regional Director and Business Consultant, will lead the workshop from 10-11: 30am in NMC University Center Room 209. Topics include defining employees and independent contractors, financial planning and projections for hiring, interview strategies and requirements for the Employee reporting.

An SBDC small business consultant leads a question-and-answer session at the end.

Register at For more information, please contact the local SBDC office at 231-929-5060 or email [email protected]

Drive-through meeting planned

TRAVERSE CITY – The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency is hosting their next drive-thru neighborhood meeting on October 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

There will be a goodie bag with food and a fuel card. Send a text message or call RSVP 231-714-4578.

Shoptober returns

GLEN ARBOR – The Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce announced that Shoptober will be returning to the area for the second year in a row to encourage people to “shop small and eat locally,” according to a press release.

The campaign runs until the end of October. Entrants will submit receipts of at least US $ 350 worth of purchase from local businesses for a chance to win US $ 100 in Glen Arbor Bucks. Two winners will be drawn on November 10th and announced on social media, and in an email newsletter.

The Chamber will provide event envelopes so that attendees can collect their receipts from local vendors. Envelopes should be dropped off at the M22 store in Glen Arbor or mailed to the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 217, Glen Arbor, MI 49636 by November 5th.

Receipts must be dated October. There are a maximum of three entries per person.

Restaurant open again

GAYLORD – CRAVE Pasta – Pizza – Pub reopened last week. CRAVE, one of two properties operated by Kosch Properties, went out of business earlier this month due to staffing issues.

The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Star Line rewards workers

MACKINAW CITY – Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry is offering free travel to Mackinac Island for healthcare professionals and first responders in October.

Those who qualify for round-trip tickets include doctors, medical assistants, nurses, licensed family nurses, certified nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, and respiratory technicians who care for COVID-19 patients directly; Law enforcement officers, including local and state police officers, state troops, county sheriffs and law enforcement officers; Firefighters; According to a press release, emergency physicians and 911 dispatchers.

Qualified employees should present their employee ID with professional credentials at the Star Line ticket booth in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. Free tickets are not available online. More information:

LCC announces class 2021-22

CHARLEVOIX – Leadership Charlevoix County announced a 13-person cohort for the 2021-2022 course.

This is 10th grade for LCC. A hands-on curriculum provides members with information on “community awareness, networking opportunities and a focus on leadership development,” according to a press release. Orientation began with a two-day retreat on Beaver Island from September 12th to 13th.

This year’s class includes Savannah Bergmann, Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce; Sawyer Forton, Charlevoix State Bank; Josh Galle, Charlevoix County Veterans Affairs; Bethany Hedgepath, Boyne City Housing Commission; Kelly Miller, Charlevoix Emmet Middle School District; Aaron Nemec, Boyne District Library; Chelse Hawkins Olivo, North Central Michigan College; Barb Orban, City of Charlevoix; Tyler Richard Prange, Boyne Mountain Resort; Bryon Ries, East Jordan Family Health Center; Jeffrey Stimson, Charlevoix Hospital Munson Healthcare; Melissa Suto, EMS Agency for the Jordan Valley; and Jackie Wilson, 4Front Credit Union.

The co-administrators of the program are Mary H. Faculak and Alison M. Hubbard. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 231-357-7104.

Acquisition of Horizon Bank CompletedMICHIGAN CITY, Indiana – Horizon Bank officially announced the completion of the acquisition of 14 branches in 11 Michigan counties.

Horizon Bank acquired the 14 branches and associated deposits and loans from TCF National Bank, now The Huntington National Bank.

The switchover of the branches began on September 17th and lasted until the weekend. All 14 locations reopened as Horizon Bank branches on September 20. The transaction is Horizon Bank’s fifth transaction in the past five years and the 15th since 2002.

Horizon Bank operates 29 bank branches in Michigan and 88 in the Midwest. Customers in the new branches have received information from Horizon Bank and Huntington National Bank, but can learn more about the acquisition at or by calling 888-873-2640.

Report investigates illegal shipments

LANSING – More than a third of every bottle of alcohol shipped to Michigan in the first quarter of 2020 was illegally shipped, according to a recent report by the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association.

The report uses data from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and excise tax data from the state of Michigan, the news release said. The MB & WWA found that 159,152 of the 410,304 bottles of alcohol shipped to Michigan from January through March 2020 were “illegally supplied by unlicensed retailers outside of the state,” according to the press release.

“While illegal shipping of wine remains a pervasive problem in Michigan, the numbers are starting to decline thanks to efforts by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and Attorney General Dana Nessel to crack down on the bad actors who are ashamed of Michigan law.” said Spencer Nevins, President of MB & WWA, in the press release. “We urge the MLCC and the Attorney General not to let up and continue targeting illegal wine mailers who violate state laws and injure small mom and pop retailers in the process.”

In 2019, more than 2.2 million bottles of alcohol were shipped to Michigan, of which 734,365 were shipped illegally, according to the report. The data for 2020 and 2021 “have been slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the press release said.

MDARD grants for rural areas

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development offers a competitive grant “to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits rural communities,” according to a press release.

MDARD will host an informational webinar on these grants on October 19th at 11am

Proposals are due by November 18 at 3:00 p.m. at All applicants must submit three letters of support.

Land-based industries include food and agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas exploration, and tourism. Districts with fewer than 70,000 inhabitants are eligible.

The competitive funding process allows a maximum of 100,000 US dollars per project. The total allocation of funds is approximately $ 1.74 million. Suggestions require at least a 30 percent cash match.

Detroit Boat Show postponed

DETROIT – The Progressive Boat Show 2022 planned at the TCF Center in January has been postponed.

The Michigan Boating Industries Association announced that it will not hold the event in 2022 “due to ongoing inventory shortages, COVID concerns and a commitment to customer satisfaction,” according to a press release.

The 65th annual Progressive Detroit Boat Show takes place January 13-22, 2023 at the TCF Center in Detroit.

Going PRO applications open

LANSING – Applications for the Going PRO Talent Fund are open. The application deadline for $ 40 million apprenticeship grants is October 28th.

The program “helps individuals secure jobs, industry-recognized skills and strong wages by providing Michigan businesses with training grants to support employees in high-demand craft industries,” said a press release. In addition to grants to train, develop, and retain employees, the Going PRO Talent Fund prioritizes grants for businesses belonging to minorities, women, veterans, people with disabilities, and geographically disadvantaged businesses.

Selected applicants will be announced in December.

Milestone for the new PPP

WASHINGTON, DC – The US Small Business Administration announced that the new Paycheck Protection Program Direct Borrower Forgiveness Portal has received the millionth loan waiver application from borrowers applying for loan waiver of $ 150,000 or less.

The SBA has received more than $ 17 billion in relief requests since the portal launched on Aug. 4. The number of lenders participating in Direct Forgiveness rose from 600 when the portal opened to more than 1,400 today.

Of the PPP loans for 2021, 65% of the loans that can be directly canceled have already been submitted, according to the announcement.

The portal can be accessed at Borrowers in need of assistance can contact PPP Customer Service Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at (877) 552-2692

NAR names top office markets

NEW YORK – According to a press release, the National Association of Realtors has released its top 10 commercial office markets for 2021.

Half of the top 10 commercial office markets are in Florida (Daytona Beach, Miami, Palm Beach) and Texas (Austin, San Antonio). The list was rounded off by Boise, Idaho; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Omaha, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah.

An analysis of 390 commercial property markets by the NAR revealed a robust rebound, with net positive absorption and rising rents in the multi-family, industrial and retail property markets, as economic production returns to pre-pandemic levels, according to a press release.

NAR’s Commercial Markets Insights report is available at

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