Business briefs

Training in energy waste reduction

ESCANABA — Openings still are available for the Building Operator Certification training program that will begin July 31 in Escanaba.

This marks the second time the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has offered the class in the Upper Peninsula.

The Michigan Energy Office, now a part of EGLE, is providing a $400 discount for public and non-profit building operators who take the course.

The program also is open to private sector facilities managers. In addition to the MEO discount, students taking the Level 1 training could qualify for utility rebates and a veteran’s discount.

The class will teach building operators to identify energy waste reduction opportunities in public facilities in areas such as lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and environmental quality.

“The potential for reducing energy waste in Michigan is so great that the MEO believes it is extremely important to offer this discount,” said Robert Jackson, MEO director. “Facilities with BOC graduates are proven to save energy, have lower energy bills and offer improved comfort for occupants.”

The Level 1 BOC class will be at UPCAP Services, 2501 14th Ave. S. in Escanaba. For more information, email Karin Gredvig at KGredvig@MWAlliance.org.

Bellin Marinette adds scanner

MARINETTE, Wis. — Bellin Health Marinette has introduced a new detection and diagnostic service in conjunction with Shared Medical Services of Cottage Grove, Wis.

The mobile PET-CT system is now being used to help diagnose cancer and other diseases at Bellin Health Marinette. PET-CT scans are available every other Monday afternoon at the Marinette clinic, 2820 Roosevelt Road.

PET, or positron emission tomography, uses radioactive glucose to image the body’s metabolism at the cellular level, mapping the chemical functioning of organs or tissue. Since cancer cells use more glucose than other cells in the body, PET can reveal the presence of cancerous tumors. PET also is used to diagnose heart disease and brain disorders, such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. CT, or computed tomography, is used to image a patient’s anatomy and can reveal abnormalities.

Used together in one machine, PET-CT combines PET’s early detection of disease with the precise internal organ visualization of CT. The PET-CT procedure is painless and noninvasive.

Workshop on succession plans

MARQUETTE — The Lake Superior Community Partnership will host a Succession Planning Breakfast Workshop on Wednesday, July 24, at the Holiday Inn of Marquette.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Eastern time, with the presentation starting at 8:30.

This workshop is an opportunity to hear from a panel of professionals on their experience and services available to help business owners with succession planning. A light breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

Often times, succession planning ends up on the back burner as business owners go about day-to-day operations. Planning the end of a business ownership life cycle can be hard to grasp at times. With the proper guidance and toolkit, succession planning can be a simple and smooth transition.

“This workshop is not just for businesses owners nearing retirement. It’s for anyone that will someday be leaving their business,” said Brooke Quinn, business development Representative. “We strongly believe it is better to have a plan in place, that can be adjusted and built up over time, than to scramble in the few years to get everything lined up.”

Registration for the Succession Planning Breakfast Workshop can be found on the events calendar at Marquette.org under the Participate tab.

For more information, contact the Lake Superior Community Partnership at 906-226-6591.