Judy Crockett

Judy Crockett
Judy Crockett

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

SBA America's Recovery Capital Loans Available June 15, 2009

SBA America's Recovery Capital Loans available June 15, 2009! Contact your Local Lenders for assistance.Small businesses suffering financial hardship as a result of the slow economy may be eligible to receive temporary relief to keep their doors open and get their cash flow back on track through to a new loan program announced by SBA. Beginning on June 15, SBA will start guaranteeing America’s Recovery Capital (ARC) loans. ARC loans are deferred-payment loans of up to $35,000 available to established, viable, for-profit small businesses that need short-term help to make their principal and interest payments on existing qualifying debt. ARC loans are interest-free to the borrower, 100 percent guaranteed by the SBA to Bank Lenders, and have no SBA fees associated with them. (Courtesy of MI-SBTDC) SBA America’s Recovery Capital Loan Information: http://www.sba.gov/recovery/arcloanprogram/index.html Lender-specific Information at: http://www.sba.gov/idc/groups/public/documents/sba_homepage/sba_rcvry_act_arc_lnderloans.pdf

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Dress For Success Seminar May 20th

You’re Invited To Our
This is a FREE SEMINAR offered by the Sandy Shores Chapter of the
International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
along with the Mason County SCORE Chapter.
• Appropriate dress
• Using the correct handshake and why
• Eye contact
• Introductions
• Vocabulary
• Telephone etiquette
• Social efficiency
• Avoiding and handling faux paux
• Settings and culture in workplace
• Fabrics and care of them
• Shoes
• Amazing wardrobe on a small budget
• Choosing a base color
• Wardrobe selection
• Dressing to advance
• Appropriate hair color etc.
Professionals Judy Stouder and Carole Christofferson
will present office etiquette, proper dress and
grooming for the workplace!
This seminar is open to all who are
interested in getting ahead in the workplace!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 • 6:00 p.m.

Ludington Area Chamber of Commerce
US 10 at the Ludington Airport
$5 non-member fee • Chamber & IAAP Members free.
Please RSVP to Laura Nowsch at (231)845-0324 or lauran@ludington.org

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Healthy Active Manistee Week!

Please check out the City of Manistee website and the schedule of events for H.A.M. it UP week. The week is full of free or nearly free activities designed to showcase the City ammenities and get yourselves motivated to get up and out and active. The kick off is a 5K this Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Lion's Pavillion, First Street beach. For more info stop by or call Zeller and Johnson Chiropractic, 1109 (US-31) Mansitee, 231.723.3144. Spread the word!


Book Signing May 15th with Pauline Jaquish


What the readers are saying:
PJ…. If ANYONE could turn out a book like Pondering with PJ, it would have to be some nut like you!!! May your retirement fund grow….and when you get to be REALLY famous…don’t forget the small fry! JB, Big Rapids

PJ..I really enjoy your articles in the News Advocate….my aunt enjoys your articles too so I think your book would be a great birthday gift for her. SE, Manistee

PJ…Thank you for all the happy moments you bring to the lives of others. God Bless You. DR, Ludington

Rally for a Cure July 10

The date is set. Friday July 10th is the day set for Rally for a Cure - - at Manistee National Golf and Resort. This year, our efforts will benefit CHOICES of Manistee County along with the Susan G. Koman Foundation. Jo Hall is the coordinator of the event. Thanks to Ian Ziska at Manistee National, we will hold both a 9 -hole and an 18-hole event followed by dinner. Hole Sponsorships are still available but filling up fast. So Mark Your Calendars and get your game on. A fun day is in store with lots of prizes and we'll be supporting a great organization that serves the needs of many women, children and families in Manistee County. Contact Jo Hall at the Salvation Army Thrift Store for sponsorship information. Golf Registration will take place at Manistee National. See you on the 10th of July! Come Rally for a Cure.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dan Scripps Supports Equal Pay

Scripps: Equal Pay for Equal Work Protects Michigan Families
Lawmaker targets fair and equal pay, calls for end to wage discrimination
— April 28, 2009

LANSING – Standing alongside groups fighting to end wage discrimination, State Representative Dan Scripps (D-Leland) backed legislation introduced today to create new legal avenues and provide tougher penalties for employers that engage in this practice. Scripps was joined by advocates of pay equity in recognition of Equal Pay Day.

"It's time that Michigan ends this discriminatory practice and finally act on the promise of equal pay for equal work," Scripps said. "With so many families struggling to make ends meet in this economy, we can't afford to have some of our friends and neighbors fall behind because of our unfortunate history of inequality that has forced too many women to be paid like second-class citizens. This plan will force employers to look only at the merits of an employee when deciding a fair and equitable wage."

According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Michigan is ranked 44th in the nation for wage parity between men and women. Women working in Michigan are paid 71 cents for every $1 men make. This puts Michigan far behind the national gender pay gap of 78 cents per dollar.

Last year, the Senate blocked a similar House plan that would have established new penalties for wage discrimination and created new legal avenues to pursue those who discriminate and deprive employees of their right to fair wages. Under the plan introduced today, failing to provide equal compensation for work of comparable value will be a violation of the state's Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Under the plan, gender-based pay discrimination would be a misdemeanor, with employers facing up to $2,000 or up to 90 days in jail for not complying. Employers guilty of a third violation would face fines up to $15,000.

"It is shameful that Michigan has lagged so far behind in dealing with the issue of wage discrimination," Scripps said. "Michigan families, many of whom rely on a woman's income, deserve better. By addressing this issue now, we can help families across Michigan who have been hurt by this unfair and arbitrary pay gap."

Groups gathering alongside the lawmakers included: the AAUW, Business and Professional Women, WomenWork!, National Organization for Women, Pay Equity Network, League of Women Voters, Michigan Women's Commission and others.