TCWC special edition
TRAVERSE CITY — With many retailers offering specials or products to shoppers the day after Thanksgiving, the Traverse City Whiskey Company decided to take action.
TCWC has a special release for Black Friday: Straight Wheat Whiskey. Straight Wheat Whiskey (95% wheat, 5% malted barley) is aged for seven years and is available at The Stillhouse in Traverse City, 201 E. 14th St. and The Outpost in Ferndale.
Only 379 bottles of the 113.4 proof are available. There is a limit of one per customer.
Home repair, utility help
TRAVERSE CITY – The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency provides emergency home repair and weathering assistance to low- to middle-income residents.
Many home improvement jobs and repairs can be done for free or through an interest-free loan because the bipartisan Infrastructure Act is supported along with funding from the US Department of Energy, Michigan’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Michigan State Housing Development MI. HOPE fund – according to a press release.
Leelanau Energy and Cherryland Electric Cooperative’s low-income community solar program can provide additional savings for NMCAA customers in the Leelanau community.
Community members can call NMCAA’s Housing and Energy Efficiency Services at 231-947-3780 or email [email protected] to get started. If they qualify for assistance, they will be scheduled for an appointment with an energy auditor.
Non-profit organizations award MIOSHA grants
LANSING – Nineteen nonprofit organizations have received training grants totaling $870,000 from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).
The annual MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training grants are “for the development and implementation of safety and health training and services, particularly in support of small and medium-sized businesses,” according to a press release.
Grant recipients included Michigan-based AFL-CIO; Alpena Community College; Associated General Contractors of Michigan; Baker College; Bay de Noc Community College; Center for Workplace Violence Prevention, Inc.; Eastern Michigan University Risk Reduction Organization; rescue training for rescue services; Great Lakes Safety Training Center; Incompass Michigan; Lawrence Technological University; Michigan Association of Chiropractors; Michigan Green Industry Association; Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association; Michigan State University; Parents for Student Safety Employment Standards; retail, wholesale and department store association; United Autoworkers; and University of Michigan Center for Ergonomics.
Group called the Blue Ribbon Coalition
CHARLEVOIX – Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE) in Northern Michigan has been named a Blue Ribbon Coalition by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.
SAFE is one of 15 organizations across the country to receive this recognition for their work related to substance abuse among youth in Antrim, Emmet and Charlevoix counties.
They work with staff from local schools to provide youth events in substance-free settings. To learn more, visit safeinnm.com.
LMCU opens essay contest
GRAND RAPIDS – The Lake Michigan Credit Union Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship 2022-2023 awards 20 individual college scholarships totaling $2,000.
Applicants must write an original essay that answers the question, “What act of kindness have you experienced or witnessed that has had the most positive impact on you?” How will you carry it into your future?”
The essays will be evaluated by an independent jury. Applicants are high school seniors (including homeschoolers) who intend to attend trade school, college, or university in the next school year. Applicants must be Michigan or Florida residents, members of the Lake Michigan Credit Union, or the child of an LMCU member.
Complete an online application by January 31 at LMCU.org/Hutt. Winners will be announced on the credit union’s social media pages in May 2023.
BBB warns against scams
GRAND RAPIDS – The Better Business Bureau wants to make people aware of potential online shopping scams this holiday season.
BBB Scam Tracker reports that online shopping scams cost nearly $380 million in losses, according to a press release. Online fraud has increased by 87 percent since the tracker launched in 2015.
Scammers try to lure buyers with rare items, low prices, and fast delivery. In many cases, buyers were redirected to a fake website via social media posts or ads.
BBB offers these tips for online shopping:
- Avoid offers from unknown dealers.
- Use a credit card to make purchases.
- Research product and seller ratings and visit BBB.org to view company profiles.
- Read and keep a copy of the return policy.
UIA to update the system
LANSING — Michigan Unemployment Insurance commissioned Deloitte to design and install a new computer system to replace the Michigan Integrated Data Automated System (MiDAS).
Currently, workers apply for unemployment benefits and certify benefits using MiDAS’ Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM), and employers use this to pay unemployment taxes and file reports.
The new Unemployment Framework for Automated Claim & Tax Services (uFACTS) system is expected to be fully operational by 2025. According to a press release, the system will “ensure timely payment of benefits as well as a robust and comprehensive fraud detection program.”
According to a press release, the project will cost more than $78 million over a 10-year contract. Individuals can visit Michigan.gov/UIA or call 866-500-0017 with questions about their unemployment claims.
Winter campaign starts
LANSING – Pure Michigan presents its national winter advertising campaign with the two spots “Loud” and “Heart of Winter”.
“Outdoor enthusiasts and families alike are preparing for and planning for a real Michigan winter,” said David Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan, in a press release. “Whether your activities are skiing, snowmobiling, visiting vibrant downtown areas, ice fishing, ice climbing or more, our message is clear: Michigan is your winter playground.”
According to a press release, this year’s campaign aims to “build on the annual impact of the winter tourism season.” TravelUSA reported that traveler spending in 2021 was $2.9 billion. The advertising budget for winter 2022 is $2,377,476 and includes $446,000 in affiliate contributions.
Contracts for Michigan corporations
WASHINGTON DC — Federal contracts were awarded to several Michigan companies in November.
Kasper Industries in Gaylord received $44,693 from the Defense Logistics Agency in Columbus, Ohio. The funds flow into the manufacture of motor vehicle parts.