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Cranbrook Art Museum to open artist-designed miniature golf course
The Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills will launch Cranbrook on the Green, an artist-designed outdoor miniature golf course on the grounds outside the museum on May 25.
The course will be open from 11 a.m. until sunset, Wednesday through Sunday each week, May 25 through September 25. A special Cranbrook Art member preview weekend will take place May 21-22.
Each of the course’s nine holes is inspired by a different element of the historic campus and Cranbrook’s history, from the campus gardens to the unique monuments and famous art and furniture designs of Academy of Art alumni. . A special bonus at the 10th hole kicks off the course.
“With Cranbrook on the Green, we invite the public to play while learning and exploring our incredible grounds during the summer months,” says Lyla Catellier, Curator of Public Programs at the Cranbrook Art Museum. “We hope that new visitors will get to know the Cranbrook National Historic Landmark campus through this unique experience, and that long-time Cranbrook enthusiasts will be surprised and delighted at every hole.”
Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance through the Cranbrook Art Museum website, which will be sold by timeslot. Each ticket also includes free entry to the galleries to explore other exhibits also featured at the Cranbrook Art Museum. Tickets are already available for Art members and will be open to the general public on May 14, National Miniature Golf Day.
Galco Industrial Electronics Opens New Distribution Center in Madison Heights
Galco Industrial Electronics, a global distributor of industrial electronic components, has opened a new distribution center in Madison Heights.
“Madison Heights has been the home of Galco for over 40 years and we are proud to continue that tradition with our new warehouse,” said Allison Sabia, President and CEO of Galco. “We look forward to contributing to the community by providing more employment opportunities and bringing growth and innovation to the region.”
Located steps from Galco’s global headquarters, the facility will house Galco’s growing inventory, which includes more than 350 authorized product lines from more than 670 brands. The new facility will allow Galco to ship more than 1,000 orders each day.
Double the size of Galco’s previous facility, the new product distribution center is expected to offer faster turnaround times, greater workflow efficiency, a media area to share more details about each product, and a space to additional storage for large drives and motors.
MRLA will host an educational event for the hospitality industry in Troy on May 9
The Lansing-based Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) will host an Industry Insights “Forward Momentum” educational event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 9, at the Detroit Marriot Troy located at 200 W. Big Beaver Road.
The event, which is open to all owners and operators in the hospitality industry, offers educational sessions that will provide attendees with the information and resources needed to help them keep the momentum in the hospitality industry going.
“With the hospitality industry overstretched in the face of instability, a deflated workforce and an endless list of challenges, this event provides an opportunity to come together in person with others to get the information needed to build momentum in the future of the industry,” says Justin Winslow, MRLA President and CEO. “We are excited to welcome everyone back to connect in person and have the ‘opportunity to walk away with valuable information to help move things forward in the industry.’
Educational sessions will include local panelists who will discuss:
Two years later: Things to talk to a lawyer about – A team of expert lawyers discuss the industry’s critical legal pivot points when transitioning from pandemic survival mode to some semblance of normalcy.
Inventory your knowledge of tip pools, tip credits, and other pay issues – Helen Lizzie Mills, employment law expert, discusses what to know and how to rethink your wage and hour practices, especially those that involve tipping.
What the commodity market is telling us – Chuck Baldwin, vice president of merchandising at Sysco, provides insight into how to navigate change within a supply chain and commodity market that has been pervasive.
Workforce Solutions: Developing Talent One Person at a Time – The current industry climate demands recognition that the hospitality industry is a continuous growth industry with pathways to the top and not just a first gig. MRLA Executive Vice President Amanda Smith will guide operators through innovative, customizable workforce development solutions that empower each member of your team to maximize the potential for long-term success.
Navigate ever-changing MLCC practices – Over the past two years, the MRLA has successfully provided new opportunities for operators to sell alcohol through on-the-go cocktails, social zones and expanded outdoor spaces. As these options are here to stay, join liquor license attorney Kelly Allen to learn more about compliance best practices at the Michigan Liquor Control Board.
Attendees will also have access to exclusive special offers on products and services from several exhibitors, as well as networking opportunities, lunches and meetings with industry suppliers.
The MRLA is currently offering a 50% discount on registration for members and non-members. Participant tickets must be purchased by May 4. For more information about the MRLA or to purchase tickets, visit here.
Korotkin Insurance Group Adds Vault Insurance Co. to Portfolio of Carrier Partners
Korotkin Insurance Group Inc. (KIG) in Southfield has added Vault Insurance Co. of Florida to its portfolio of insurance partners.
KIG has provided insurance solutions to Michigan residents for over 100 years. With the addition of Vault, KIG customers will benefit from additional specialized forms of personal lines insurance that will meet their individual needs.
Vault’s partnership with KIG allows both entities to work directly with every customer in their established communities and ensure that customer needs are met with “personalized attention, exceptional service and timeliness” no matter what. insurance they ask for.
For more information, go here.
Tickets are still available for the 7th Annual M&A All Star Awards
The Association for Corporate Growth says there are still tickets available for its seventh annual M&A All Star Awards dinner from 6-8 p.m. on May 3 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.
Attendees will enjoy a short awards ceremony, open bar, food and networking.
Tickets, $125 for ACG members and $175 for non-members, are available here.
Activate Detroit Empowers Black-Owned Businesses
Credit scores don’t tell the whole story for small business entrepreneurs. Activate Detroit, a new loan product aimed at empowering black entrepreneurs, is changing the way their story is told.
Offered by CDC Small Business Finance and Capital Impact Partners, Activate Detroit provides access to affordable financing through character-based lending practices.
Activate Detroit’s approach includes:
- No minimum credit score requirement.
- Free loan.
- A streamlined application process designed to help borrowers go from idea to financing as quickly as possible.
- Free pre- and post-loan technical assistance for all borrowers, such as developing business projections, etc.
- A grant tied to a percentage of the loan amount that can be used to pay off the balance in times of financial distress or hardship.
“Black entrepreneurs have been excluded for generations from traditional financial institutions, which has prevented them from starting and growing their businesses,” says Ellis Carr, president and CEO of CDC Small Business Finance and Capital Impact Partners. “We recognized that credit scores only tell part of a story, and we wanted to create a product that is anti-status quo – a product that focuses on character, trust, commitment and Activate Detroit is a solution that we hope will be more equitable and inclusive and help break a cycle of mistrust and disenfranchisement.
For more information on Activate Detroit, go here.
Tuition fees will remain frozen for the fifth consecutive year for WCC district students
Tuition for students in the Washtenaw Community College district in Ann Arbor will remain frozen for the fifth consecutive year, the college announced Tuesday after board approval.
“Washtenaw Community College is the college of the community, and we are committed to providing an exceptional education at affordable tuition for all students,” said Rose B. Bellanca, president of WCC. “As the economic impacts of the pandemic persist, it is important to support students and help them achieve their dreams and goals. Our consistently low tuition, coupled with easy credit transfer, makes WCC a smart choice for families.
Tuition per credit hour will remain at $95 for on-campus District students and $108 for District distance students. District students live, work, or own property in Washtenaw County. This rate has been in place since fall 2017.
The full 2022-2023 tuition table can be viewed here.