Northwest Michigan Council of Governments

Press Room

Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) serves units of governments, businesses, non-profits, community organizations, and is the administrator of Northwest Michigan Works! programs including the five Service Centers in Northwest Lower Michigan.

Here are recent media releases issued by NWMCOG.

 

Aug 18
Successful Local Business Owners Set to Share Advice at Business Plan Class in Traverse City
Traverse City auto dealership owner Otto Belovich will be the opening guest speaker at a class that will help business owners learn how to develop a business plan in just six weeks. The Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering "Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan," beginning September 9 in Traverse City.
Aug 15
Michigan Works Offers Career Connection for Veterans
Veterans will have an opportunity to learn about job opportunities and improve their job search skills at a series of Northwest Michigan Works! Career Connection meetings in Acme. The first meeting will be held August 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Bravo Zulu Brewing.
Aug 13
Classes Focus on Doing Business With the Federal Government
A series of classes focused on doing business with the federal government is being offered in Petoskey. The first class, Introduction to Federal Government Contracting, will be held August 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in room 536 of the Student Community Resource Building at North Central Michigan College (NCMC). The class is being offered by the Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in partnership with NCMC.
Aug 01
TC-TALUS Long-Range Transportation Plan Available for Public Comment
The Traverse City Area Transportation and Land Use Study (TC-TALUS) is seeking public input on its draft 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan. The plan is a comprehensive analysis of current and future transportation options in Traverse City and nine surrounding townships.
Aug 01
Community Tree Health Forum August 13 in Emmet County
The M-119 Tunnel of Trees Scenic Heritage Route Committee is hosting a Community Tree Health Forum August 13 in Emmet County. The Forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Readmond Township Hall, located at 6034 Wormwood Lane, about four miles south of Cross Village.
Jul 29
Starting a Business Workshop Offered August 11 in Traverse City
Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of helpful information at a Starting a Business workshop being offered in Traverse City by the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The workshop is being held August 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC’s Aero Park Campus.
Jul 28
Open House at Newly Reopened Michigan Works! Center in Kalkaska
The Career Café inside the newly reopened Northwest Michigan Works! Center in Kalkaska will be showcased at an open house August 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The center had been closed since July 1, 2013 due to a reduction in federal funding. The Kalkaska Center will now be open Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Jul 22
Interactive Website Puts Thousands of Miles of Northern Michigan Trails at Your Fingertips
A new, interactive website will be the go-to source of information about northern Michigan’s vast network of trails and points of interest. Up North Trails, located at upnorthtrails.org, allows users to interact with and explore more than 5,300 miles of trails across the northern Lower Peninsula.
Jul 09
Michigan Works Veterans Appreciation Day at Bravo Zulu Brewing in Acme
Northwest Michigan Works! and Bravo Zulu Brewing are sponsoring a Veterans Appreciation Day July 22 at the microbrewery in Acme. The event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is for all current and former members of the military and their families.
Jul 07
Personal Property Tax Ballot Proposal Presentation July 22 in Traverse City
The proposal to eliminate Michigan’s personal property tax (PPT) will be discussesd at an informational presentation July 22 in Traverse City. The presentation will run from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the conference room on the south side of the Traverse City Michigan Works Center at 1209 S. Garfield.
Jun 18
New Advisor Focuses on Work-Based Learning Experiences for Local Youth
A new Youth Career Technical Education Placement Advisor will help young people in Wexford and Missaukee counties gain work-based learning experience. Northwest Michigan Works! and the Wexford-Missaukee ISD recently created the position through an innovative job-sharing agreement. The joint effort will allow both the ISD and Michigan Works to continue to provide high quality work-based learning placements and school-to-work training for the youth who attend the ISD’s Career Tech Center (CTC) and any other out of work youth aged 16 to 21 in the two counties.
Jun 18
Open House at New Career Café at Michigan Works! in Cadillac
The new Career Café inside the Northwest Michigan Works! Center in Cadillac will be showcased at an open house June 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Career Café is a new way of delivering job seeker services at Northwest Michigan Works!. Customers can select from a menu of services that will help them improve their résumé and cover letter, practice their interviewing skills, research career options, learn about education and training programs, and more.
Jun 06
Adult Education Graduates to be Honored at Commencement Ceremony
Sixty-two adult students will receive high school diplomas or GEDs as part of the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District's (TBAISD) Adult Education Class of 2014. The students will be recognized at a commencement ceremony Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City.
Jun 05
Starting a Business Workshop Offered June 26 in Cadillac
Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of helpful information at a Starting a Business workshop being offered in Cadillac by the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The workshop is being held June 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Cadillac Chamber of Commerce, 222 North Lake Street.
Jun 03
Poverty Reduction Initiative Mentoring Breakfast June 11 in Traverse City
The Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) is hosting a Mentoring Breakfast Wednesday, June 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Faith Reformed Church Family Life Center located at 1105 E. Front St. in Traverse City. The breakfast is part of an ongoing effort to improve the region's mentoring programs by identifying gaps in those programs and looking at ways organizations can work together to fill those gaps.
Jun 02
Immediate Job Openings at Michigan Works Hot Jobs Now Event
Local jobs where workers can start immediately will be showcased at a Hot Jobs Now Career Connection event June 19 at Northwest Michigan Works! in Traverse City. The event will start at 2:00 p.m. at the Career Café located inside the Michigan Works! Center at 1209 S. Garfield.
May 27
Open Meetings Act Workshop June 30 in Traverse City
ow to Comply with the Michigan Open Meetings Act (OMA) will be the topic of a June 30 workshop in Traverse City. The workshop will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the large conference room on the south side of the Michigan Works! Center, 1209 South Garfield Avenue. The workshop is being offered by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments in partnership with Michigan State University Extension.
May 16
Survey Looks at Visual Preferences for Future Development in Northwest Michigan
Citizens of Charlevoix, Emmet, Manistee, and Missaukee counties are being asked to provide information about what they would like their developed communities to look like in the future by taking the Framework For Our Future Visual Preference Survey. The online survey includes photographs and questions about preferred types and designs of development, including housing, commercial, and public spaces.
May 13
Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center Receives National Award
Work on a U.S. government combat ship project has earned national recognition for a northern Michigan organization that helps local businesses get government contracts. The Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has received the 2014 Outstanding Project Award from the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC).
May 12
Box Lunch Business Workshop Focuses on Creating a Culture of Accountability and Results
Creating a Contagious Culture of Accountability will be the topic of a Box Lunch Business Workshop June 9 in Traverse City. The workshop will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Council of Governments Conference Room in the Northwest Michigan Works! Center located at 1209 South Garfield Avenue. The lunch is being hosted by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
May 08
New Career Café Express Offered at Northwest Michigan Works!
Northwest Michigan Works! is packaging together some of its most popular job search workshops at a new Career Café Express May 19 and 20 in Traverse City. The workshops will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days at the Career Café located inside the Michigan Works! Center at 1209 S. Garfield.
Apr 28
Governor’s Regional Prosperity Initiative Comes to Northern Michigan
As one part of Governor Snyder’s statewide Regional Prosperity Initiative, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments is announcing a regional planning process for the ten-county Northwest Michigan region of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties.
Apr 21
Michigan Works Career Connection Coming to Lake City
Job seekers will have the chance to learn about job opportunities and improve their job search skills by getting involved with the new Lake City Career Connection. The first meeting will be Tuesday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. at the Ardis Missaukee District Library located at 210 South Canal Street.
Apr 15
New Box Lunch Business Workshop Focuses on Strategies for Managing Growth
The first in a new series of Box Lunch Business Workshops in Traverse City will focus on Strategies for Managing Growth. The May 5 workshop will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) regional office inside the Northwest Michigan Works! Service Center located at 1209 South Garfield Avenue.
Apr 08
Michigan Works! IT Career Fair in Traverse City April 22
Local employers will be recruiting qualified candidates for current open IT positions at the Northwest Michigan Works! Information Technology Career Fair Tuesday, April 22 in Traverse City. The event will run from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hagerty Center located at 715 East Front Street. Along with local employers the career fair will include information and resources for people considering IT careers.
Mar 31
Student Videos Promote Careers in Manufacturing in Northwest Michigan
A student produced video designed to showcase career opportunities in manufacturing has won the $2,000 first prize in a Northwest Michigan Student Video Challenge. The winning team is from the Charlevoix-Emmet ISD TV and Film Production and Broadcasting program at Boyne City High School. The video was one of 10 entered in the Video Challenge organized by the Education Advisory Group (EAG) of the Northwest Michigan Workforce Development Board and sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College (NMC). The contest was designed to show what modern manufacturing jobs are really like and that there are opportunities for rewarding careers in the manufacturing industry.
Feb 20
Community Growth Grants Focus on Building Stronger Regional Economy
Grants to help local units of government build the foundation for a stronger regional economy are available through the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. The Community Growth Grants program is part of the local response to Governor Snyder’s state-wide Regional Prosperity Initiative. The initiative’s goal is to encourage local private, public and non-profit partners to create vibrant regional economies through collaboration and local decision making.
Feb 11
Michigan Virtual Career Fair Live at Northwest Michigan Works!
Job seekers and employers can connect with each other at the Michigan Virtual Career Fair February 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Northwest Michigan Works! Service Centers in Cadillac, Petoskey and Traverse City.
Feb 11
Starting a Business Workshop Offered February 27 in Cadillac
Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of helpful information at a Starting a Business workshop being offered in Cadillac by the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Feb 10
Auto and Diesel Technicians Night March 5 in Traverse City
Auto and diesel technicians and people interested in entering that field will have an opportunity to talk shop with other techs and see the latest technologies at an Auto and Diesel Technicians Night in Traverse City. The event will be held Wednesday, March 5 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. at NMC's Parsons-Stulen Building located at 2600 Aero Park Drive.
Feb 03
Starting a Business Workshop Offered February 18 in Traverse City
Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of helpful information at a Starting a Business workshop being offered in Traverse City by the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Jan 20
Northwest Michigan Works Learning Labs Offer Help Preparing for New GED Test
Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Labs are offering help for students preparing for the new GED test, which was revamped this year for the first time since 2002. The Learning Labs are open for new registrations and offer personalized scheduling and self-paced, individualized instruction.
Jan 20
Small Business Development Center Offers Business Planning Workshop Online
Current and future business owners who need to develop or update their business plans will find the help they need in an online workshop offered by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Venture Plan Online is an eight-week workshop that will give participants online access to small business experts, business planning software, and a valuable pipeline of resources needed to complete a business plan.
Jan 13
Poverty Reduction Initiative Super Saturday Special
Food, financing, and fun will be the focus of a Super Saturday Special hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) February 8 in Traverse City. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the TBAISD Career-Tech Center located at 880 Parsons Road. Check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Dec 27
Best Shot Workshop and Competition Aimed at Businesses Looking for Help Reaching Their Target Markets
Entrepreneurs, small business owners, and innovators can learn how to better reach their target markets and participate in a sales pitch competition at two events in Traverse City. The Best Shot: Reaching Your Target Market Workshop will be January 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Michigan Works office located at 1209 South Garfield Avenue.
Nov 07
Financial Tools Workshop Helps Businesses Know Their Numbers
Business owners can learn how to improve their fiscal fitness at a financial tools workshop December 4 in Traverse City. "Know Your Numbers: Five Keys to Using Financial Statements," is a seminar to help the non-financial manager business owner learn how to better use their financial statements.
Oct 28
Creating Opportunities Summit November 6 in Traverse City
Creating opportunities for everyone in the community will be the focus of the Creating Opportunities Summit November 6 in Traverse City. Many groups are discussing how to improve the community. The Summit will bring all those discussions together and make sure that people in poverty are a part of creating opportunities and finding solutions. The Summit is being organized by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) in partnership with the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments as a project of Framework for Our Future.
Oct 14
Business Start Up Workshop Offered November 13 in Cadillac
CADILLAC, MI – Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of helpful information at a business start up workshop being offered in Cadillac by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). The workshop is being held November 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Cadillac Chamber of Commerce.
Oct 14
Business Start Up Workshop Offered November 12 in Manistee
MANISTEE, MI – Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of helpful information at a business start up workshop being offered in Manistee by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) and the Alliance for Economic Success. The workshop is being held November 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Alliance for Economic Success, 395 Third Street in Manistee.
Oct 14
Business Start Up Workshop Offered November 7 in Traverse City
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of helpful information at a business start up workshop being offered in Traverse City by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). The workshop is being held November 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC’s Aero Park Campus.
Oct 14
Career Connection Coming to Michigan Works! in Manistee
MANISTEE, MI –Job seekers will have the chance to learn about job opportunities and improve their job search skills by getting involved with the new Manistee Career Connection. The first meeting will be Monday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Manistee Michigan Works! Service Center located at 1660 US 31 South.
Oct 10
Changes Coming to GED Test
The General Educational Development (GED) test will undergo some changes beginning January 2, 2014. The new GED will be more difficult and will require more writing and applying knowledge. The new test will have to be taken on a computer so a paper and pencil test will no longer be an option. The test will also cost more than it has in the past. Anyone who has already passed one or more of the five GED tests must finish them all by December 15 or they will have to start all over with the GED 2014 tests.
Oct 10
Advanced Clean Air Technologies Receives Michigan Works! Award
Advanced Clean Air Technologies (ACAT) Global of Charlevoix received an Outstanding Business Award from Northwest Michigan Works!. The company was recognized for its efforts to train workers in northern Michigan.
Oct 10
Armor Express Receives Michigan Works! Award
Armor Express of Central Lake received an Outstanding Business Award from Northwest Michigan Works!. The company was recognized for its success as an employer and Michigan Works! partner.
Oct 10
Binsfeld Engineering Receives Michigan Works! Award
Binsfeld Engineering of Maple City received an Outstanding Business Award from Northwest Michigan Works!. The company was recognized for its success as an employer and Michigan Works! partner.
Oct 10
Ebel’s Family Center Receives Michigan Works! Award
Ebel’s Family Center of Falmouth received an Outstanding Business Award from Northwest Michigan Works!. The company was recognized for its success as an employer and Michigan Works! partner.
Oct 10
Listening Ear Crisis Center Receives Michigan Works! Award
Listening Ear Crisis Center of Kalkaska received an Outstanding Business Award from Northwest Michigan Works!. The company was recognized for its success as an employer and Michigan Works! partner.
Oct 10
Magna Interior Trim Components Receives Michigan Works! Award
Magna Interior Trim Components of Benzonia received an Outstanding Business Award from Northwest Michigan Works!. The company was recognized for its success as an employer and Michigan Works! partner.
Oct 10
Michigan Rubber Products Receives Michigan Works! Award
Michigan Rubber Products of Cadillac received an Outstanding Business Award from Northwest Michigan Works!. The company was recognized for its success as an employer and Michigan Works! partner.
Oct 10
Local Businesses Receive Michigan Works! Awards
Six companies from the Grand Traverse region received Outstanding Business Awards from Northwest Michigan Works!. The companies were recognized for their success as employers and Michigan Works! partners. Armor Express of Central Lake; Magna Interior Trim Components of Benzonia; Lear Corporation of Traverse City; Janco International of Traverse City; Listening Ear Crisis Center of Kalkaska; and Binsfeld Engineering of Maple City. Northwest Michigan Works! has assisted the companies with services including job postings and referrals, job fairs, and the On-the-Job Training program.
Oct 10
Stafford’s Hospitality Receives Michigan Works! Award
Stafford’s Hospitality of Petoskey received an Outstanding Business Award from Northwest Michigan Works!. The company was recognized for its success as an employer and Michigan Works! partner.
Oct 10
Western Michigan ENT Receives Michigan Works! Award
Western Michigan ENT of Manistee received an Outstanding Business Award from Northwest Michigan Works!. The company was recognized for its success as an employer and Michigan Works! partner.
Oct 09
Program Promoting Entrepreneurship in Northwest Michigan Helped by $10,000 Grant
The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) has received a donation of $10,000 from the Fifth Third Foundation for implementation of business services promoting entrepreneurship across the 10-county region. The Northwest Regional office of the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC), hosted by NWMCOG, will use the funding to increase business owners access to free business counseling and training services. Together with funding from Northwestern Michigan College (NMC), SBTDC will launch remote business assistance services in late October 2013.
Sep 20
Michigan Virtual Career Fair Live at Northwest Michigan Works!
Job seekers and employers can connect with each other at the Michigan Virtual Career Fair September 25 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Northwest Michigan Works! Service Centers in Cadillac, Petoskey and Traverse City.
Sep 16
Business Start Up Workshop Offered October 1 in Traverse City
Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of helpful information at a business start up workshop being offered in Traverse City by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC). The workshop is being held October 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Parsons-Stulen building on NMC’s Aero Park Campus.
Sep 16
Business Start Up Workshop Offered October 10 in Manistee
Individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business will have access to a wide variety of helpful information at a business start up workshop being offered in Manistee by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) and the Alliance for Economic Success. Venture Start: Business Start Up is being held October 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Alliance for Economic Success, 395 Third Street in Manistee.
Sep 06
Business Workshops in Traverse City Focus on Marketing and Legal Issues
Business owners and individuals considering self-employment will learn about marketing and the legal issues related to running a business in two workshops offered by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) in Traverse City.