Business Side of Youth Basics Training starts February 23

Interested in business and how it works? Thinking about starting your own business? You can learn all about it when a 10-week 40 hour youth entrepreneurship training program gets underway on Saturday, February 23 at EMU’s Rackham Hall, Room 219.

Designed for youth ages 13 to 21, you’ll learn about business, developing a business plan, and job readiness skills. Conducted by B. Side: The Business Side of Youth, a program of Eastern Michigan University’s (EMU) Office of Academic Service-Learning.

An early enrollment discount of only $25 (normal enrollment costs $50) is offered to those who send in their application by Wednesday, February 20th. For more info call 734-487-6570.

Check details and fill out the application. “If you can’t find a job, make a job!”

Google Community Office Hours

Google Ann Arbor is excited to offer Community Office Hours as an opportunity for local small businesses and nonprofits to get their questions related to a variety of Google products answered in person by Google Gurus. If you have technical questions about Google AdWords, Analytics, and Apps, Google Gurus can help. Schedule time with a Google Guru during Community Office Hours and meet a Googler in the lobby at 201 S. Division Street. This is the place for free advice, insight, and friendly, hands-on technical guidance. Google Gurus are available by appointment only so please schedule in advance. Appointments must be scheduled by 5:00 pm the day before office hours.

Small Business Financing Expo

Are you a small business owner with money questions? Join the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center on January 17 from 8:30am-12pm at the Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building for the Small Business Financing Expo. Financing is an area of great importance and mystery for many small business owners. Through a combination of workshops, information tables and individual conversations, small business owners at all stages of development can better understand their financing options. Register now! If you have questions, call 734-477-8762 or email sbtdc@wccnet.edu.

AADL Talks to Argus Employees and Museum Curator

Do you ever wonder what it was like to work for one of the largest employers in Ann Arbor and one of the most prestigious and well-known camera manufacturers in the world?

AADL talked to Art Parker, an avowed “Townie” who spent nearly 20 years with Argus Camera. Art talked about his family’s long history with Argus and the company’s social life that included Christmas parties, teen dances, summer camp, scholarships and profit-sharing.

We also talked with Milt Campbell, Art Dersham and Elwyn Dersham about their years at Argus during its heyday in the 1940s and 50s and the challenging years of the 1960s and 70s as the company’s fortunes declined and Argus left Ann Arbor forever.

Cheryl Chidester, the Argus Museum curator shared the history of the company, its products and innovations, and its role in United States’ victory in World War II. We also learned about the founding of the Argus Museum, its missions in preserving the history and material culture of this early Ann Arbor industry significant to generations in the community.

AADL Talks to Cheryl Chidester, Argus Museum Curator

We would like to thank the Argus Museum, located in the original Argus Building at 535 W. William St. for generously sharing its resources, artifacts, and archival materials in preparing this AADL exhibit on the Argus Camera, Inc.

A special thank you goes to Cheryl Chidester, the Argus Museum curator. In this podcast, she shared the history of the company, its products and innovations, and its role in United States’ victory in World War II. We also learned about the founding of the Argus Museum, its missions in preserving the history and material culture of this early Ann Arbor industry significant to generations in the community.

We can see photos of the Museum and its exhibits as well as samples of the Argus Eye, a monthly newsletter produced by the Argus employees from the Museum’s archive.

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Corner of Main and Liberty to Lose A Landmark

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Several local restaurants have recently joined the ever-expanding list of Ann Arbor's Lost Eateries. Champion House closed suddenly last week, as did Old Country Buffet over the weekend. But I was particularly saddened to hear that the Parthenon Restaurant, which has stood on the corner of Main and Liberty Streets since John and Steve Gavas opened in 1975, will be closing its doors. Later this year Cafe Habana, formerly located on East Washington, will be moving into 226 North Main.

The Parthenon has command of possibly the best-known intersection in town, located on the same corner as Cunningham's Drugs and Mack & Co. a generation earlier.

We found some articles, a photo, and restaurant reviews on the Parthenon in our Ann Arbor News clipping file and have digitized them here for you to savor. While you're at it, you can also read about the Flim Flam Restaurant, which recently closed its doors after 30 years in business. Don't miss the Flim Flam's recipe for their famous eclair!

Small Business Marketing Guide on Webopedia

Check out the free web marketing tools and strategies for small businesses on Webopedia. Get tips for email, social media, search engine optimization, blogging, and mobile marketing. Webopedia is brought to you by The IT Business Edge Network, an Internet and Technology news and information network.

Finding Grant Funding For Community Nonprofits

Monday December 12, 2011: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Looking to up your grant-seeking skills for your community nonprofit organization? Join us for this workshop - which has been so popular that we are offering it for a third time - in a lecture format with plenty of available seating.

Returning to the AADL, Karen Downing, the Foundations and Grants Librarian at the University of Michigan, will discuss and demonstrate the various web-based funding databases currently available. She will illustrate search strategies and discuss how to match sponsor and nonprofit priorities. Resources to help with proposal writing will also be addressed in this informative session.

There is no registration for this event - which will have plenty of seating for all!

AADL Talks To Heritage Business Owner David Vogel of Vogel's Lock & Safe

Four generations of Vogels have been giving Ann Arbor what they want and need since 1913, changing the business with the tastes and tempo of life in the town. We talked to David Vogel, the 3rd generation of Vogel's Lock & Safe, who retired and handed over the business to the 4th generation, Rob and Denise Vogel, some years back. Dave has done a lot of research on the family's coming to Ann Arbor area over a hundred years ago and has collected a trove of documents, photos and family stories and shares them with us in this podcast.

The Vogel's began fixing, building and re-building "anything and everything mechanical" that farmers and businesses brought to the shop. Dave gave us a tour of the building's back rooms that house some of the equipment used back then and we've put a selection of those images up with the podcast. The business eventually changed to safes and locks and Dave talks about the "dividing line" in the 1960s, when the townspeople and students at the University of Michigan began asking for locks and deadbolts instead of sporting goods and bicycles. Dave has some interesting stories to tell about raids with the FBI and opening safes with the U.S. military.

The family is one of the older Ann Arbor "townies" and Dave keeps up with the other families that built the businesses, homes and neighborhood that define Ann Arbor. Dave talks about hunting where Pioneer High School now sits, living through World War II in Ann Arbor and the way local heritage businesses still depend on each other for support and growth.

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Finding Grant Funding For Community Non-Profits

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

*Registration required: Register Now

Looking to up your grant-seeking skills for your community non-profit organization? Help your non-profit by attending this hands-on workshop!

Discover the online resources that can assist you in getting operating and programmatic grants for your non-profit. Additionally, there will be discussion about matching sponsor and nonprofit priorities and resources to help with proposal writing.

Karen Downing, the Foundations and Grants Librarian at the University of Michigan, and French Studies librarian, Jennifer Bonnet will discuss various web-based funding databases currently available, illustrate search strategies and give you time to look for funding for your own organization.

Registration is required for this session. Register online at aadl.org, in person at any location or by calling 327-4555.

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