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.

 

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.
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.
Aug 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 August 28 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Northwest Michigan Works! Service Centers in Cadillac, Petoskey and Traverse City.
Aug 08
Career Connection Provides Ongoing Help For Kalkaska Area Job Seekers
Job seekers are learning about job opportunities and improving their job search skills by getting involved with the Kalkaska Career Connection. The group meetings give local residents continued access to valuable job search resources and are a new way of providing services following the recent closure of the Northwest Michigan Works! Kalkaska Service Center.
Aug 05
Business Training and Consulting Services Expanded in Benzie and Manistee Counties
MANISTEE, MI - Business owners and individuals considering self-employment will learn how to develop a business plan and start a business in two workshops offered by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) and the Alliance for Economic Success in Manistee.
Aug 05
Business Start Up and Business Plan Training Offered in Traverse City
TRAVERSE CITY, MI - Business owners and individuals considering self-employment will learn how to develop a business plan and start a business in two workshops offered by the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) in Traverse City.
Jul 16
Survey Looks at Visual Preferences for Future Development in Northwest Michigan
The public is 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.
Jul 10
Micro-Grants Available to Help Communities With Their Placemaking Efforts
Grants available through the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments will give local units of government an opportunity to support their communities' Placemaking goals. The Placemaking Micro-Grants of up to $5,000 and/or technical assistance, will be made available on a competitive basis to city, village, and township governments within Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties.
Jul 10
Northwest Michigan Council of Governments Receives National Award for Food Innovation District Guidebook
A guidebook created to help communities recognize and support farm and food businesses is receiving a national award for the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG). Food Innovation Districts: an Economic Gardening Tool Guidebook earned NWMCOG a a 2013 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO).
Jun 18
Northern Michigan Regional Planning Director Selected for International Fellowship
Matt McCauley, the director of regional planning and community development for the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, has been selected to receive a research fellowship to study the linkages between regional planning and workforce development in Europe. McCauley received the fellowship through the Urban and Regional Policy Program of the German Marshall Fund. He was one of just three recipients selected from a very competitive pool of domestic and international candidates.
Jun 18
Changes Coming to Michigan Works Services in Kalkaska
A reduction in federal funding is forcing Northwest Michigan Works! to close its part-time service center in Kalkaska. The closure will take effect July 1. The Northwest Michigan Works! Learning Lab in Kalkaska will remain open at its current location.
Jun 17
Survey Looks at Housing Issues In Northwest Michigan
The public is being asked to provide information about housing in northwest Michigan by taking the Framework For Our Future Housing Survey. The online survey includes questions about housing preferences, community needs, and housing discrimination.
Jun 06
Adult Education Graduates to be Honored At Commencement Ceremony
109 students will receive high school diplomas or GEDs as part of the Northwest Michigan Works! and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District's (TBAISD) Adult Education Class of 2013.
Jun 05
Website Connects Commuters With Rides in Northwest Michigan
The Northwest Michigan Ride Share Connection website has been updated to make it easier for commuters to find or offer rides in northwest Michigan. NMRide.net can help local residents reduce traffic, save energy, and make friends who value smart commute options. The website is a project of the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) and is aligned with The Grand Vision.
Apr 30
New “Career Connection” Helps Kalkaska Area Job Seekers
Job seekers will have the chance to learn about job opportunities and improve their job search skills by getting involved with the new Kalkaska Career Connection. The group will meet every other Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. beginning May 14. All the Career Connection meetings will take place at the Kalkaska Michigan Works! Service Center located at 103 3rd Street.