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Traverse City has some special things to offer entrepreneurs

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Traverse City in northwestern Michigan is home to many entrepreneurs. The town has a supportive food scene, excellent tourism, a strong Chamber of Commerce, and many citizens with amazing stories to tell. If you walk through Downtown Traverse City, you may come across Ben Phillips, owner and founder of Ben’s Boards, a company that rents paddle boards on Grand Traverse Bay. Scroll through social media and it’s likely you’ll see Sean Murray, founder of Green Light Podcast.

Holt looking to define downtown identity through 'Realize Cedar' study

By Austin Short
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Delhi Charter Township has started an initiative called Realize Cedar and they are looking towards its residents for new ideas on how to improve Holt’s downtown area, specifically the triangle of Cedar Street, Holt Road and Aurelius Road. The study has three ways people can give input; offer a big idea, prioritize goals, and answer poll questions. The former allows people to write the township. Prioritize goals lets residents of the area tell the township what is most important to them. Finally ,the poll lets citizens vote and see the results of important considerations such as retail, bike paths, larger sidewalks and restaurants.

Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe is the fulfillment of a childhood dream

By Zachary Manning
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — Linda Hundt knew since she was a child that she would love to own a bakery and now that dream has become a reality. Hundt owns Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe, located at 108 N. Bridge St. The bakery has expanded since first opening in DeWitt and now it is one of three locations. There are two other locations in Grand Rapids and all three are owned by Hundt. “I grew up with pies.

Permits approved for Okemos Chick-fil-A, but company mum about specific opening plans

By Ally Hamzey
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

Mid-Michiganders still await their first taste of the Southern-based fast-food restaurant chain, Chick-fil-A, on their home front. The company’s plans to open a location on Grand River Avenue in front of Meijer in Okemos were confirmed in November and residents today are anticipating further information on the opening of the store. Meridian Township Director of Community Planning and Development Mark Kieselbach confirms that the special use permits necessary for the addition of the restaurant have been approved by the Planning Commission of Meridian Township. “As soon as they announced they were coming to the township, we had a lot of interest. A lot of people follow them, [have tried] Chick-fil-A in other states and like them,” Kieselbach said.

Small businesses in Lansing have access to helpful resources

By Krista Wilson
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Lansing offers resources for small businesses development; they just have to be sought out. Dawne Botke-Coe, owner of Triple Goddess book store, said, “The Small Business Development Center at Lansing Community College helped me figure out how to run my business when I first started.”

Regional Director of the SBDC at LCC, Tom Donaldson, said the center has a lot of resources for businesses in the beginning stage that are free of charge. “We offer over 65 workshops and seminars on how to start, get bank loans, how to market, and how to use social media,” said Donaldson. “Experts are brought in to work one-on-one with entrepreneurs on financial projections, business strategies, utilizing the market to their advantage.”

Professor of Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University, Luke Pattaway, said the SBDC is one of the largest resources for businesses all over the country. Botke-Coe said the SBDC offered mentorship programs and workshops that taught her how to manage her money when she was in the process of starting her business.