Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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January 6, 2016
Fall 2015 LGT Class

Applications Open for Leadership Grand Traverse
Leadership Grand Traverse is the Chamber's signature leadership development program. It's helped hundreds of area professionals over the past three decades gain an in-depth understanding and appreciation of the public and private institutions, resources and services that drive the Grand Traverse region.
Applications are open for the Spring 2016 semester of Leadership Grand Traverse, which kicks off with an orientation session in late February and continues through April.

Applications are needed by February 5, and scholarship opportunities are available. Click here for application information.
Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

Countdown to the Annual Celebration
The excitement continues to build for the Annual Chamber Celebration! It's just nine days and counting until the region's largest business sector social event of the year takes place on Friday, January 15 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Register now for this special evening as we recognize 2015 Distinguished Service Award honoree Chuck Judson, look back to our achievements in the past year and look forward to what's in store for 2016.

Corporate tables and cabanas for the event are sold out, but individual tickets remain. Get a seat now before it's too late.

The Chamber Annual Celebration is presented by:

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Alliance Heads to State of the State
Gov. Rick Snyder will deliver his fifth State of the State address on Tuesday, January 19, at the State Capitol in Lansing, and members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance will be there as it unfolds. The Alliance, which represents more than 6,500 businesses across eight Northern Michigan chambers and six associate chambers, has a full two-day schedule of activities and meetings to lay out its 2016 legislative priorities for state lawmakers.

Besides taking in Gov. Snyder's address, Alliance members will meet with several elected officials and their staffs, host a luncheon for the governor's and lieutenant governor's staffs, and hold a breakfast meeting with legislators based in Northern Michigan. These face-to-face gatherings with state lawmakers have been an effective tool for advancing the Alliance's legislative agenda, and participants look forward to more productive sessions this month.

Learn more about the work of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance.

CONNECT | Events and Programs
'Get to Know...' Coming in January and February
"Get to Know Your Chamber" sessions offer a treasure trove of resources to promote your business through the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. These free programs are ideal for both new members and long-time Chamber associates to learn how to get the most out of your Chamber membership. Your business can utilize the Chamber Business Directory to promote specials, advertise new hires or job openings, post videos, publish news releases and more. Plus the Chamber has state-of-the-art meeting rooms and other resources available to your operation.

Because of the recent influx of new Chamber members, we'll offer "Get to Know..." sessions over the next two months. Register for the program on January 21 or the session on February 18 . Both will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. here at the Chamber.

Business After Hours Returns January 20
Join us for the area's original after-work networking event - the Chamber's Business After Hours which heads to the Old Town Playhouse on Wednesday, January 20, from 5 - 7 p.m.

Check out this unique, historical cultural venue in the heart of Traverse City as we kick off the BAH season for 2016. Get caught up from the busy holiday season and start your new year with the networking opportunities available at Business After Hours. If you're one of the 200-plus businesses that joined the Chamber during our successful membership event in December, don't miss this chance to mix and mingle with your new Chamber family at this free event for our members.

Business After Hours is sponsored by:

INSPIRE | Leadership Development
LGT Fellows Launches into 2016
As the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program continues to thrive, so does its exclusive alumni program launched two years ago that's known as Leadership Grand Traverse Fellows. Open to graduates of the LGT program, Leadership Grand Traverse Fellows offers its members continuing education opportunities in LGT topics including the local economy, arts and culture, education and more. Plus there are exclusive LGT Fellows events and communications, and a connection to the current group of Leadership Grand Traverse participants.

Learn more about Leadership Grand Traverse Fellows and how you can become part of this informed and impactful group of LGT Alumni.

Chamber Executive Director Laura Oblinger

Business Strength in Numbers
It's important for businesses large and small to work together to grow Northern Michigan's economy. Chamber Executive Director Laura Oblinger explains why in her column in the January edition of the Traverse City Business News. Click here to learn more.

Partner News
State-wide Business Survey Results Available
What are the expectations of Michigan's business sector heading into 2016? Find out in the Michigan Future Business Index. More than 700 Michigan business leaders took part in the survey and offered their expectations for Michigan's general economy, sales, profit and hiring trends over the past six months, anticipated business challenges and more. Click here to download the results of the report organized by the team at the Michigan Business Network.

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