The company in brief: 15/12/2021 | Business


High Street Insurance buys GTA

TRAVERSE CITY – High Street Insurance Partners, an independent insurance brokerage founded in Traverse City in 2018, has acquired Nebraska-based GTA Insurance Group. High Street has now completed 83 acquisitions.

GTA provides comprehensive insurance and risk management solutions. She has an extensive agricultural practice and offers business and personal insurance, as well as employee benefits.

“This represents more than 30 new offices in Nebraska, significantly expanding our footprint in Midwestern communities,” said Scott Wick, CEO of High Street. “Most importantly, this partnership allows us to provide in-depth agricultural expertise to our customers.”

High Street Insurance Partners employs more than 1,700 insurance specialists and consultants in offices based in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

Advocacy center receives $12,000 grant

The grant is part of the Eagles for Children program, which began in 2012 at Oakland Hills Country Club. The grant will be used to launch the Tender Loving Care project. The project “pairs the Traverse Bay Child Advocacy Center with area schools in an effort to provide an essential resource to help young victims of abuse and violence,” the statement said.

Information webinar on December 15

LANSING – The Office of Sixty by 30 will host an informational webinar on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. to educate child care professionals about tuition-free scholarship opportunities through Michigan Reconnect and TEACH

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children are also part of the webinar presentation.

Michigan Reconnect has received nearly 88,000 applications since its launch in February 2021. More information about the program is available at For more information on the webinar or to register, visit

NMCAA organizes workshops

TRAVERSE CITY — The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency is offering homebuyer education and money management workshops scheduled for the first half of 2022, according to a statement.

Those interested in participating can call (231) 714-4578 to register.

Scheduled workshops include:

  • Money Management on Zoom: 5:30-7:30 p.m. on January 4, 11 and 18; February 1, 8, 15; March 1, 8, 15; April 5, 12, 19; May 3, 10, 17; June 7, 14, 21.
  • In-Person Money Management: 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Traverse City on February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4 and June 1.
  • Zoom Homebuyer Training: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 26-27; February 23-24; March 23-24; April 27-28; May 25-26; June 22-23.
  • Saturday Homebuyer Education: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14 and June 11.

Consumers join the NEHC coalition

JACKSON — Consumers Energy is one of 50 energy providers that have joined the National Electric Highway Coalition, according to the Edison Electric Institute. The coalition’s goal is to take the lead “on electric vehicles and the commitment to fast EV (electric vehicle) charging (and) building a grid from coast to coast,” according to a statement.

Consumers Energy has 33 electric vehicle fast-charging locations in Michigan and aims to increase that number to 200 over the next three years and “power 1 million electric vehicles by 2030 in our service territory,” according to a statement. of Consumers.

Maintenance of the tax system begins

LANSING — System upgrades to prepare for the 2022 personal income tax return began Dec. 9, according to a statement from the Michigan Treasury Department.

The state will suspend the processing of personal income tax refunds during maintenance. Individuals will be able to check the status of refunds and/or returns after Jan. 10, 2022. “Most timely filed refunds for the 2020 tax year have been processed,” according to the statement.

The Internal Revenue Service, Michigan, and other states have similar year-end maintenance schedules.

The state Treasury Department processed nearly 5 million individual tax returns for the 2020 tax year. The state also processed 3.4 million refunds, with the average refund being $634, according to the press release.

More information on Michigan personal income tax is available at

Meijer surprises customers, team

BIG RAPIDS — Meijer surprised customers and team members on a recent Saturday with more than $500,000 in holiday shopping sprees through its Very Merry Meijer program.

In addition to handing out $1,000 gift cards, the retailer presented a $100 coupon to five Pickup customers and $200 gift cards to three team members at each of its locations.

Very Merry Meijer is in its eighth year, according to a statement. The eight events saw the retailer gift more than 3,500 customers with more than $1.4 million, according to the release.

Launch of loan guarantee program

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Department of Agriculture is using $100 million under the new Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program to make nearly $1 billion in loan guarantees available.

The loan guarantees “will support private investments in food processing and supply infrastructure that will strengthen the food supply chain for the American people,” according to a statement.

USDA and lenders are securing loans of up to $40 million with the program “to help eligible entities expand their meat and poultry processing capacity and fund other supply chain infrastructure food,” the statement said. The system can be accessed by submitting a request to [email protected]. Information is available at

USDA invests $2.5 million in Michigan

SHREWSBURY, Pa. — The United States Department of Agriculture is investing $2.5 million “to reduce the impacts of climate change on rural communities” in Michigan, according to a statement.

Michigan’s investment is part of a $633 million USDA investment. Under President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better program, the goal of the investment is to “create well-paying jobs and address the climate crisis,” the statement said.

USDA’s investment in Michigan through the Rural Energy for America program includes $1.05 million in grants to 22 projects and a $1.5 million loan to Woodley Solar, LLC in Eaton Rapids.

More information is available at

BBB warns of Medicare scams

SOUTHFIELD – Better Business Bureau warns consumers about Medicare scams since US government open October 15. The special registration period ended on December 7th.

BBB tips for avoiding open registration scams include:

  • Beware of anyone who contacts you unsolicited. Medicare or ACA plan representatives do not contact you by phone, email, or in person unless you are already enrolled.
  • Refuse promotional gifts in exchange for personal information.
  • Beware of people offering ‘free health checks’.
  • Protect any government-issued numbers, including Medicare ID, Social Security number, health plan information, or banking information.
  • Hang up and visit the official sites at Where

State Land Bank issues RFP

LANSING — The State Land Bank Authority has issued a request for proposals for maintenance services on its state land plots.

The contract is for one year with the option of two additional annual extensions, according to a statement.

SLBA owns about 2,600 plots in Michigan and “actively maintains about one-third of them,” according to the release. Maintenance includes mowing, snow removal and other general maintenance services.

Proposals must be submitted no later than January 10 at 5 p.m. Questions must be submitted in writing no later than December 20 at 5:00 p.m. [email protected].

The full call for tenders is available at


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