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Finding Wintertime Fun

If you, like me, are greeting the onset of winter with a grumpy attitude, it can help to have more than a far-off spring to look forward to. Fortunately, metro Detroit is home to plenty of wintertime fun.

Treetops Resort Secured Loans To Move Forward With Renovations

Treetops Resort received a $4.5 million loan for their renovations that will begin immediately. North Avenue Capital—a commercial lender—partnered with Centennial Bank to provide the loan for the resort.

“NAC is pleased to partner with Centennial in funding Treetops Resort's Lodge and Inn renovation,” says Alex Louis, managing partner. “The capital improvements made with this loan will elevate Treetops’ facilities to be in line with the extraordinary recreational experiences and excellent service already found at Treetops Resort.”

Audit Secrets: Leveraging Your Inner Entrepreneurial Spirit

Q: I’m feeling pressure from my organization to conduct a learning audit. Will it really benefit my organization? And what does it involve?

A: A learning audit is a systematic review of either a stand-alone program or an entire meetings portfolio to determine its strengths and weaknesses, with the aim of guiding subsequent improvements. Outcomes can include a stronger brand, an elevated reputation and more loyal participation.

Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau Wins Awards

The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau and a member of its staff have been honored with three awards. One award was from the Michigan Society of Association Executives and two were from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

The awards were announced last month at the MSAE Association Choice Awards, which were held at the East Lansing Marriott. The GLCVB was awarded ‘Best Large CVB’ by the association’s 1,000 members.

Signature Drink: Hendrick's Reviver

Sidecar Slider Bar, a 92-seat spot in Birmingham featuring reclaimed wood from a barn near Bay City and a granite bar, shares an owner and a wall with its neighbor, Rojo Mexican Bistro. Sidecar aims to lure the late-night crowd, and has served this gin-based cocktail. 

INGREDIENTS:
—.75 oz. Hendrick’s gin
—.75 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
—.75 oz. Cocchi Americano
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—slice of cucumber 

Signature Drink: Hendrick's Reviver

Sidecar Slider Bar, a 92-seat spot in Birmingham featuring reclaimed wood from a barn near Bay City and a granite bar, shares an owner and a wall with its neighbor, Rojo Mexican Bistro. Sidecar aims to lure the late-night crowd, and has served this gin-based cocktail. 

INGREDIENTS:
—.75 oz. Hendrick’s gin
—.75 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
—.75 oz. Cocchi Americano
—.75 oz. lemon juice
—slice of cucumber 

New Venue Spotlight: Historic Saint Andrew’s Hall Unveils Renovation

The venue that launched Eminem is back, and it’s cleaned up its act.

Saint Andrew’s Hall, which has hosted the likes of Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Adele at shows when the megastars’ fans could fit in a smallish room, has unveiled its new Society Room, an upscale upstairs lounge space meant to attract event planners as well as concert bookers, and renovated its basement Shelter and main-floor hall. 

Traverse City Wine Country Led By New Generation

Michigan’s wine country, which took root in 1974, has officially begun passing the winegrowing torch to the next generation. Several local vineyards have given their leadership positions to a younger, eager generation.

CHATEAU CHANTAL WINERY

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