Need your opinion- Would MichiganBusiness.us serve you better as a Business Networking Portal?

This past month, our parent company launched:  www.FunnyPaws.com, as a unique “petworking” portal for animal lovers and pet lovers to share laughs, stories, blog posts, pictures and videos.  The social networking site  is proving to be a very successful.

The site is setup similar to a “facebook” website where members can join groups, post events, post blogs, pictures and videos, while at the same time – they can view and “like” friend’s photos and content or even publicly posted content.

We recently joined the website (as MichiganBusiness.us) and encourage our members to join also – please let us know what you think.

The question that we have for our followers is:  Would MichiganBusiness.us better serve you if it was a more “business networking” website?  Each member would still have their own “business advertisement” page – but they would also be able to create groups, upload images, create blogs etc..

What do you think?  Would it be more useful?  Please respond @michiganbd or on our facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/MichiganBusiness/ 

Michigan Road Trips – Things to Enjoy in the Winter Months

Everyone knows that Michigan is the premier destination in the summer months.  The absolutely stunning lakes and beaches, Mackinaw Island and Traverse City – the gorgeous dunes and buzz of Grand Rapids.  But what about the winter months?

Yes – skiing at Boyne and Crystal Mountain  – snow shoeing along some of the most beautiful trails in the country!

Did someone say Wine and Beer?  Michigan is home to some of the best micro-breweries in the world, and not only in Grand Rapids.   Just north of Detroit is the acclaimed Griffin Claw Brewery and a little known gem – Ascension Brewery in Novi.

Get more ideas on Michigan road trips.  It’s well worth the visit.

Our favorite is MICHIGAN ROAD TRIPS by a little known author that must know ALOT about Michigan.

Happy Traveling!

The Detroit Auto Show – NAIAS is about to begin!

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THE GALLERY – JANUARY 9, 2016
2016 marks the ninth year of the ultra-luxury automotive event, The Gallery. The event is hosted at the luxurious MGM Grand Detroit. Guests have the opportunity to stroll through the MGM Grand Ballroom and experience a nearly $7 million collection of the most amazing automobiles the world has to offer.
PRESS PREVIEW – JANUARY 11-12, 2016
Join exhibiting automakers and tier one suppliers along with journalists on a global stage for two full days of reveals, debuts and memorable moments. Featuring over 750 vehicles and countless interactive displays, NAIAS is North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase.

Please note: NAIAS-issued media credentials are required for admittance.
INDUSTRY PREVIEW – JANUARY 13-14, 2016
Connect and share insights with over 35,000 automotive professionals and analysts representing over 2,000 companies from around the world. This unique networking and professional development opportunity brings together the key individuals responsible for the leading-edge products, technologies and services on display at NAIAS.

CHARITY PREVIEW – JANUARY 15, 2016
Charity Preview is your opportunity to be part of one of the most exclusive, high-profile charitable fundraising events in the nation.

Proceeds directly benefit a wide range of children’s charities that are making a positive impact in southeastern Michigan. Since 1976, Charity Preview has raised more than $100 million, with over $45 million raised in the last 10 years alone.

PUBLIC SHOW – JANUARY 16-24, 2016
Experience an automotive event unlike any other. At NAIAS you have the opportunity to see up-close the vehicles and technologies that will shape the future automotive landscape. From muscle and electric cars, to high-performance supercars and full-size trucks, NAIAS has something for everyone to enjoy.

Michigan Ranked in Top 10 up and coming Wine Countries!

Michigan wine country is  largely undeveloped say’s CNN, comprising just 100 or so small- to medium-sized wineries in Michigan and just less than 3,000 acres of wine-producing vineyards.

“Yet the new wines coming out of this undervalued region — particularly those from the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas — are fantastic.”

We at MichiganBusiness.us would have to agree – great Michigan wines, undeveloped vineyards and lots of potential for expansion.

Standouts include semi-dry German and Alsatian varietals like riesling (Michigan’s most widely planted grape).

Other dry white wines like sauvignon blanc,  pinot grigio and chardonnay are consistently bright and crisp across Michigan, and very good value.

Chateau Grand Traverse or Black Star Farms – Old Mission are great examples of the wonderful wineries across Michigan.  Be sure to take a fall winery tour and tasting this autumn!

September Festivals in Michigan!

The fun and festivals in Michigan don’t end when the schools open!  There are a number of fantastic festivals this weekend (Labor Day weekend) – but there are also great times that extend into later fall.

8/22-10/4 (Weekends) – Michigan Renaissance Festival – Holly

  • If you’ve never had a chance to visit the Michigan Renaissance Festival – take the opportunity this year.  It’s like none-other with the costumes and shopping, shows and all around “renaissancy” feel.

9/3-9/7 – Michigan Peach Festival – Romeo
9/4-9/6 – Logging Festival – Newaygo
9/4-9/6 – Marquette Area Blues Fest – Marquette
9/4-9/7 – Michigan Bean Festival – Fairgrove
9/4-9/7 – Detroit Jazz Festival
9/4-9/7 – Ford Arts, Beats and Eats – Royal Oak
9/4-9/7 – Belding Labor Day Celebration
9/5 – Cadillac Festival of Races
9/5 – Thumbfest – Lexington
9/5 – Art on the Lake Art and Music Festival – Curtis
9/5-9/6 – Algonac Art Fair
9/5-9/6 – Harmony Weekend Arts and Crafts Show – Harrisville
9/5-9/6 – Art on the Bay – New Baltimore
9/5-9/6 – Michigan Chicken Wing Festival – Lansing
9/5-9/7 – Hamtramck Labor Day Festival
9/6 – Harmony Fest – Three Rivers
9/7 – BlueChiliGrass Festival – Goodells

Free Marketing for Michigan Businesses – What’s the catch?

To date, over 50,000 small businesses in Michigan have taken advantage of the free marketing opportunities on the MichiganBusiness.us website.  With 10’s of thousands of visitors per day and a easy-to-use mobilized site, we often get asked the question – What’s the Catch?

To answer that question, we have to go back over a decade and a half in time.  Nicayla Enterprises developed the Michigan Business Directory in 2000 to serve as a “perk” to the company’s clients.  Only Nicayla’s clients were listed and were benefitted by the directory.

CLICK HERE TO LIST YOUR BUSINESS FOR FREE!

Over the years, the directory was opened up to all businesses for free listings because the more listings, the more clients benefitted.

Today – the Michigan Business Directory has expanded to list every single school in the state, over 50,000 travel POI’s and destinations in Michigan, Michigan county demographics and a slew of other facts, places, coupons and interesting Michigan information.

The owner of the Michigan Business Directory, Mary Joyce, maintains the directory as passion, constantly adding new features.

If you enjoy the directory or even obtain one extra client from our hard work, we really appreciate donations, as it helps to pay for the hosting and new features.

That’s the catch … there is no catch!

Michigan Disc Golf Courses spell FUN!

Disc golf in one form or another has been with us since the beginning of time.

The early cavemen in their search for weapons to extend their ability to slay food probably found rocks before clubs. (If they could kill something from a safe distance it would be much safer than a club or a sharp stick.)

Disc Golf has evolved into a relatively inexpensive, super fun recreational medium and courses are popping up all over Michigan.  Please visit our course directory listing courses by county.

The benefits of disc golf are numerous.

  • For parks, the sport provides quality recreational opportunities and attract new users the park system.
  • For players, the sport can be played at any age, provides a healthy outdoor activity and is inexpensive.
  • The learning curve is relatively short to get started
  • Equipment can be as inexpensive as a 3-pack disc golf set from Amazon.

Disc Golf Courses by Area

  •  NW Lower Peninsula: 39
  •  NE Lower Peninsula: 14
  •  SW Lower Peninsula: 51
  •  SE Lower Peninsula: 111
  •  Upper Peninsula: 19
  •  Thumb Area: 4

Do you know of a course we forgot?  Please let us know!  Contact Form

West Michigan regional Green Infrastructure Conference

August 5, 2015
GVSU’s Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids

Conference Cost: $65 register now button

Join us on August 5 at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids for the West Michigan regional Green Infrastructure Conference. This conference expands on the 2014 statewide conference to highlight a broad range of benefits and opportunities provided by Green Infrastructure (GI) planning and preservation in western Michigan. Find out how GI is already being used in the region, and how working together through partnerships can make GI a success in your own area.

Attendees at this year’s West Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference will have a chance to hear David Yocca, FASLA, LEED AP speak at the plenary session on Wednesday afternoon.
His presentation, entitled “Water-Focused Green Infrastructure for Multiple Benefits”, will highlight examples of GI applications that have been integrated into building, streetscape and park projects located in Michigan and across the Midwest.

Outdoor Adventure Center Opening July 20th – Downtown Detroit

The Outdoor Adventure Center brings Michigan’s great outdoors to an indoor exhibit —  that’s available no matter the weather.  The DNR is getting ready to open this exciting new attraction.

The center’s goal is to “inspire, educate and connect people with Michigan’s rich array of natural resources.”

Located on Detroit’s riverfront in the historic Globe Building, with the Dequindre Cut Trail running through its backyard, the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) gives you a taste of Michigan’s great outdoors – right in our backyard.

Experience exciting outdoor adventures with hands-on activities, exhibits and simulators.  Advertures like walking behind and touching a waterfall, stepping into a fishing boat and reeling in  big fish.  Even hit the trail on a mountain bike or snowmobile.  That is just the tip of the iceberg for the advertures planned.

At the OAC, you’ll learn about how the DNR manages state parks, forests, wildlife and fish in an interactive environment,   You can climb the roots and explore the canopy of a massive bur oak tree, hop aboard a real airplane, and see what’s swimming in a gorgeous aquarium.

Visit the Outdoor Adventure Center and discover all there is to explore in the spectacular outdoors, parks, public lands and waters that are yours to enjoy.