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DBusiness magazine is introducing its Northern Michigan Restaurant Guide. // Image by Justin Stenson

DBusiness Introduces Northern Michigan Restaurant Guide

DBusiness magazine is introducing its exclusive and comprehensive Northern Michigan Restaurant Guide, intended to give the discerning “Up North” traveler the best dining options available.

Close to 60 destination northern Michigan eateries have been researched and listed for their ambiance and charm as well as their cuisine. Most of the restaurants are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and are generally located north of the 45th parallel and south of the Upper Peninsula.

The restaurants covered among 23 cities span from Bay Harbor to Traverse City, and Mackinac Island to Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Harbor Springs. Each listing offers an available website, phone number, days and hours of operation, menu price range, address, and a brief summary.

First appearing in the May-June edition of DBusiness, the guide now is available on the DBusiness website here.

University of Michigan Will Lead New Partnership on Great Lakes Biodiversity

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is the lead institution on a new $1.75 million project that will explore biodiversity in the Great Lakes.

A grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Integrated Ocean Observing System will establish a Great Lakes Biodiversity Observation Network to coordinate with and learn from biodiversity observation networks along the U.S. coasts and ocean waters and other BONs in ocean and freshwater habitats worldwide.

U-M will partner with NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Oregon State University, the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, and the Great Lakes Observing System to assess habitat and biodiversity across a range of spatial and temporal scales.

A key innovation of the new network will be integration across multiple technological approaches, from high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics to telemetry for fish populations and mapping large-scale biogeographic patterns measured by satellites.

Working closely with the Great Lakes Observing System, data from those approaches will be integrated to maximize interoperability of information, links with existing repositories and access to the information.

First Staffed Self-Help Center Opens in Macomb County Circuit Court

Macomb County’s first staffed Self-Help Center has opened on the third floor, room 360, of the Macomb County Circuit Court Building in Mount Clemens.

A Legal Self-Help Center is a place where people can get assistance with simple legal problems. Visitors to the center can utilize the computers and workstations to find information, forms, and instructions. Although the Self-Help Center staff cannot give legal advice, they can assist visitors to navigate a complex legal system that can sometimes be very intimidating, especially for people representing themselves.

The Macomb County Circuit Court processes thousands of new cases every year, and hundreds of litigants do not have attorneys to represent them in their cases. The center provides a place for these unrepresented individuals to obtain forms, prepare documents for filing, and to e-file their pleadings.

The court was able to secure grant funding through the State Court Administrative Office to assist in the expenses to staff the center, as well as to provide some much-needed upgrades to the computers (previously located in an unstaffed room of the Old County Building), which were becoming obsolete.

Warner Named One of Top 10 Best Law Firms to Work For by Vault

Warner Norcross + Judd, headquartered in Grand Rapids with offices throughout Michigan, has been ranked one of the Top 10 Best Law Firms to Work For by Vault for the first time.

Based on a survey of over 20,000 associates at large law firms across the country, Vault’s annual rankings of the 50 Best Law Firms to Work For highlight several aspects of workplace satisfaction. Associates are asked voluntarily to rate their satisfaction with their current career outlook, the quality of work assignments they receive, their firm’s commitment to diversity and their compensation package, among other factors.

In ranking Warner in the top 10, Vault noted: One of the largest firms in Michigan, Warner Norcross + Judd prides itself on being capable of handling “your business matters from start to finish.” And it’s not only comprehensive and big, it’s good. The firm has earned the title of “Best Corporate Law Firm in West Michigan” more than once from Corporate Board Member magazine.

Vault goes on to say: Attorneys rave about the firm’s collaborative, friendly culture, which encourages attorneys to socialize regularly. Associates work at or above their level, and while there is some formal training, associates mostly learn by doing. Partners are respectful and happy to help associates grow in their careers, with few exceptions. The firm is very flexible in how hours are put in, and compensation is completely lockstep by year.

“We are proud of the inclusive culture we offer here at Warner and the deep commitment we have to our excellent team of attorneys,” says Mark Wassink, managing partner of the firm. “Being named a Top 10 Law Firm to Work For by Vault affirms this commitment, and we are honored by this recognition, particularly since our associates voluntarily provided such great feedback.

“Our firm structure encourages collaboration. We are intentional about providing opportunities for our associates to do meaningful work from the moment they join us. We believe in work-life balance and offer the flexibility needed to encourage this. We strive to be a welcoming, inclusive place for everyone, making sure this flows through to everything we do.”

Car Shows Return to Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens After 7 Years

Pleasantrees is bringing back the time-honored tradition of Cars & Coffee to the Gibraltar Trade Center located in Mount Clemens.

This summer marks the debut of various auto-themed events and activations from monthly, family-friendly Cars & Coffee to an end-of-summer Car Show with on-site cannabis consumption.

Pleasantrees debuted its first Cars & Coffee event in June timed to the Detroit Grand Prix with exclusive partners Alba and Blake’s for fresh coffee and donuts. Additional dates include July 13, Aug. 10, and Sept. 14, culminating in Pleasantrees’ first annual Car Show on Sept. 21.

Andiamo’s Celebrity Showroom in Warren Announces Fall Lineup

The Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren has announced it fall lineup and has opened ticket sales. The lineup includes:

  • Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute, Sept. 27
  • Bronx Wanderers, Sept. 28
  • Wayne Newston, Oct. 11
  • The Texas Tenors, Oct. 18
  • Bee Gees Gold, Oct. 19
  • Antonia Bennett, Nov. 1
  • Sweet, Nov. 8
  • Forever Seger, Nov. 9
  • John Waite: 40 Years of Missing You, Nov. 15
  • Almost Queen, Nov. 22
  • Invincible: Michael Jackson Tribute, Nov. 23
  • Ben Portsmouth: Taking Care of Elvis, Dec. 6 & 7

Guests are welcome to enhance their experience and dine with Andiamo before the performance. The Dining Room at Andiamo Warren offers award-winning cuisine in an intimate setting. Guests also can dine in the showroom, beginning one hour before the show begins. The showroom offers a more casual dining experience, with alcoholic beverages and a limited dinner menu that features some of Andiamo’s most classic dishes.

For more information and tickets, visit andiamoshowroom.com.

Goodwill of Greater Detroit Celebrates Graduates from Inaugural EV Charger Training Program

Goodwill of Greater Detroit, in partnership with Goodwill Industries International, General Motor Co., Accenture, and ChargerHelp, has launched an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) technician training program designed to prepare individuals with employment barriers for careers in the clean tech and green transportation space.

Goodwill’s four-week, earn-and-learn training program provides free hands-on education to prepare participants for careers maintaining and repairing electric vehicle infrastructure equipment.

The inaugural graduating class celebrated its program completion at a special celebration ceremony June 28. The event, which took place at Goodwill of Greater Detroit, featured speakers from partner organizations, a tour of the new EVSE lab and a student skills showcase.

The EVSE technician program is part of Goodwill Industries International’s broader Clean Tech Accelerator (CTA) program, which launched in October 2023. The program was co-designed with Accenture to provide workforce training for the most in-demand, entry-level, clean energy jobs. Goodwill of Greater Detroit is one of only four Goodwill organizations across the country selected to pilot the CTA program, and just one of two offering EVSE training.

The Goodwill of Greater Detroit program is supported by sponsors Balmer Group and Norfolk Southern.

Registration is open for the upcoming EVSE Training Program cohort or other training programs offered by Goodwill of Greater Detroit, including welding and construction craft laborer. Visit here or call 313-557-8712.

Wolverine Football Players to Appear at Born in Detroit Downtown Store on July 9

Some of the biggest stars from the University of Michigan’s Football Team 145 will be attending a signing event from 4:30-6 p.m. on July 9 hosted by Born in Detroit on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.

A ticket includes a meet and greet with and a photo and autograph from Donovan Edwards, Will Johnson, and Semaj Morgan.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Football Alumni of Michigan and Veterans of the Game, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. This event is sponsored by Hail! Impact, a nonprofit organization that empowers student-athletes at the University of Michigan with charitable engagements to amplify local nonprofits through dedicated service and educational tools to enhance their opportunities to monetize their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL).

Limited tickets available at MichiganFootballAlumni.org.