ZattaChat Business Expo

The outlook for Michigan retailers is positive.

According to the Michigan Retailers Association, 76% of businesses in Michigan expect sales to grow this year.

And there is a positive vibe among businesses in the U.P.

The business network of ZattaChat is continuing to nurture cooperative relationships among locally-owned businesses.

The group’s first Business Expo attracted more than three dozen local businesspeople.

ZattaChat co-owner Christi Pentecost says the idea is to teach local businesses how to do things like put together a press release or use business branding to connect with customers through all types of media.

A panel made up of representatives of local financial institutions addressed issues and answered questions on topics ranging from loans, grants, collateral and credit reports.