Business in Brief: 10/06/21 | Business

Fundamental HR workshop

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

Annie Olds, SBDC Regional Director and Business Consultant, leads the workshop from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in room 209 of the NMC University Center. Topics include defining employees and independent contractors, financial planning and projections for hiring, interview strategies and employee reporting requirements.

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

Register on Further information is available by contacting the local SBDC office at 231-929-5060 or by e-mailing [email protected]

Meeting point behind the wheel

TRAVERSE CITY – Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency is hosting its next Drive-Thru neighborhood meeting on October 19 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

There will be a goodie bag with food and a gas card. Text or call 231-714-4578 for RSVP.

Shoptober returns

GLEN ARBOR – The Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce has announced that Shoptober will be returning to the region for the second year in a row, encouraging people to “buy small and eat local,” according to a statement.

The campaign runs throughout October. Entrants send their proof of purchase of at least $ 350 from local businesses for a chance to win $ 100 in Glen Arbor Bucks. Two winners are drawn on November 10 and announced via social networks, and in an electronic newsletter.

The Chamber provides event envelopes to attendees to collect their receipts from local merchants. Envelopes must be returned by November 5th to the M22 store in Glen Arbor or mailed to the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 217, Glen Arbor, MI 49636.

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

The restaurant reopens

GAYLORD – CRAVE Pasta – Pizza – The pub reopened last week. CRAVE, one of two properties operated by Kosch Properties, suspended operations earlier this month due to staffing issues.

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

Star Line rewards workers

MACKINAW CITY – Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry is offering frontline medical professionals and first responders a free trip to Mackinac Island in October.

Those who qualify for round-trip tickets include physicians, medical assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified practical nurses, respiratory therapists, and respiratory technicians who provide direct care to COVID-19 patients; law enforcement officers, including local and federal police officers, state soldiers, county sheriffs, and correctional officers; firefighters; Emergency medical technicians and 911 dispatchers, according to a statement.

Skilled workers must present their employee badge with professional identification information at the Star Line ticket office in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. Free tickets are not available online. More information:

LCC announces 2021-22 class

CHARLEVOIX – Leadership The county of Charlevoix has announced a cohort of 13 people for its 2021-2022 class.

This is the 10th class for LCC. A hands-on program educates members on “community outreach, networking opportunities and focuses on developing leadership skills,” according to a statement. The orientation began with a two-day retreat to Beaver Island, September 12-13.

This year’s class includes Savannah Bergmann, Charlevoix Region Chamber of Commerce; Sawyer Forton, State Bank of Charlevoix; Josh Galle, Charlevoix County Veterans Affairs; Bethany Hedgepath, Town of Boyne 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, Eastern Jordan Family Health Center; Jeffrey Stimson, Munson Healthcare Hôpital Charlevoix; Melissa Suto, Jordan Valley EMS Authority; and Jackie Wilson, 4Front Credit Union.

The co-administrators of the program are Mary H. Faculak and Alison M. Hubbard. More information is available by emailing [email protected] or calling 231-357-7104.

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

Horizon Bank acquired the 14 branches and associated deposits and loans of TCF National Bank, which is now Huntington National Bank.

The branch conversion began on September 17 and continued through the weekend. The 14 sites reopened on September 20 as branches of Horizon Bank. The transaction is Horizon Bank’s fifth in the past five years and the 15th since 2002.

Horizon Bank operates 29 bank branches in Michigan and 88 in the Midwest. Customers of 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 examines illegal shipments

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

The report used data from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and excise tax data from the state of Michigan, the statement 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 shipped from unauthorized and out-of-state retailers,” the statement said.

“While the illegal transport of wine remains a pervasive problem in Michigan, the numbers are starting to drop thanks to the efforts of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and Attorney General Dana Nessel to crack down on bad actors who poke fun at Michigan law. MB & WWA President Spencer Nevins said in the statement. “We urge the MLCC and the Attorney General not to let go and to continue targeting illegal wine shippers who flout state laws and hurt small family retailers in the process.”

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

MDARD grants for rural areas

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is offering a competitive grant “to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure to benefit rural communities” in the state, according to a statement.

MDARD is hosting an information webinar on these grants on October 19 at 11 a.m.

Proposals must be sent before 3 p.m. on November 18 to All applicants must submit three letters of support.

Land-based industries include food and agriculture, forestry, mining, oil and gas production, and tourism. Counties with less than 70,000 inhabitants are eligible.

The competitive grant process allows a maximum of $ 100,000 per project. The total funding allocation is approximately $ 1.74 million. Proposals require a cash consideration of at least 30 percent.

Detroit Boat Show postponed

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

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

The 65th edition of the Progressive Detroit Boat Show is scheduled for January 13-22, 2023 at the TCF Center in Detroit.

Going PRO apps open

LANSING – Applications for the Going PRO Talent Fund are open. The application period for $ 40 million in training funds ends October 28.

The program “helps individuals find jobs, industry-recognized credentials and high wages by providing training grants to Michigan companies to support employees in high-demand skilled trades industries,” according to a statement. In addition to grants to train, develop and retain employees, the Going PRO Talent Fund prioritizes grants for minority-owned businesses, women, veterans, people with disabilities and geographically disadvantaged businesses.

Selected candidates are announced in December.

Milestone for the new PPP

WASHINGTON, DC – The US Small Business Administration has announced that the new Paycheck Protection Program borrower forgiveness portal has registered its millionth loan forgiveness request from borrowers requesting forgiveness on loans of $ 150,000 or more. less.

The SBA has received relief requests of more than $ 17 billion since the portal launched on August 4. “In less than 45 days, 91% of all loans eligible for direct remittance in the 2020 PPP portfolio were submitted,” according to an SBA statement. The number of lenders participating in direct forgiveness has increased from 600 when the portal opened to more than 1,400 currently.

Of the 2021 PPP loans, 65% eligible for direct discount have already been submitted, the statement said.

The portal is accessible on Borrowers needing assistance can contact PPP Customer Service at (877) 552-2692, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

NAR names the main office markets

NEW YORK – The National Association of Realtors has released its Top 10 Commercial Office Markets for 2021, according to a statement.

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

An analysis of 390 commercial real estate markets by the NAR “found a robust recovery with positive net absorption and strengthening rents in the multi-family, industrial and commercial real estate markets as economic output rebounds to low levels. ‘before the pandemic,’ according to a statement.

NAR’s Commercial Markets Insights report is available at

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