Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
November 30, 2016
Celebration Sponsorships Available
Promote your company to hundreds of area business people through sponsorship opportunities at the Chamber's  Annual Celebration coming up Friday, January 20, at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.
There are numerous opportunities to highlight your business to the nearly 800 attendees at the event including beverage sponsors, the coat check area, reserved 8-person tables and more. Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Annual Celebration. Responses are needed by December 16.
Invitations for the Annual Celebration will be mailed to Chamber members next week, when registration will also open on the Chamber's websiteFollow the Chamber Bulletin for registration details.
The Annual Celebration is presented by:

IMPAC T |  Advocacy for Business
Alliance to Set '17 Agenda
It's a big week for members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance as they gather in Traverse City Friday to set the 2017 Legislative Agenda for Northern Michigan's business community.  The day-long event takes place at the Traverse Area District Library. Representatives of Chambers of Commerce across the region will discuss the impact of the recent state and federal elections, and hone in on the Alliance's top state and federal legislative priorities for the coming year. Look for a report on the event in next week's Chamber Bulletin.
Chamber members are welcome to a reception with area legislators following Friday's Legislative Agenda event. It will take place from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Cambria Suites, 255 Munson Ave. in Traverse City. Contact Government Relations Director Kent Wood kent@tcchamber.org)  if you'd like to attend.
The Alliance is supported by:


Overtime Pay Rules Delayed
New federal overtime rules scheduled to take effect December 1 have been delayed after a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking enforcement of the new rules until a federal lawsuit on the issue is decided. The Chamber has been tracking this issue and updating its members throughout 2016, and will keep you informed of any new developments.
Here's a Chamber Alert issued last week by Government Relations Director Kent Wood following the court ruling. Contact him for more information at kentw@tcchamber.org
CON NECT | Events and Programs
Gain Knowledge at the CEO Roundtable
The Chamber's wide range of leadership development programs includes the  CEO Roundtable . It targets chief executives and small business owners for facilitated discussions to share business ideas, techniques and other information in a non-competitive setting.  Some of the region's top business leaders and consultants participate in the CEO Roundtable in structured discussion groups to talk about challenges and opportunities in the region's business landscape.
The program is open to Chamber businesses, and companies from our other regional Chamber partners. Click here to learn more.
Chamber leadership programming is supported by:

INS PIRE | Leadership Development
A Weekly Dose of Inspiration
Everyone loves a good story.  The Chamber's  Weekly Entrepreneur Focus each Wednesday at 8:35 a.m. on NewsTalk 580 WTCM always offers an insightful look into a local business where the owner - or owners - talks about the rewards and challenges of owning and operating a small business in Northern Michigan. Host Ron Jolly and the Chamber's Bill O'Brien welcome new guests each week, so tune in and learn from the experiences of other local business owners. If you miss an episode or would like to share the show with others, check out the WEF Archive link   on the Chamber website.
The Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is sponsored by:
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Partner News
TC New Tech Gathers on Tuesday
The next TC New Tech session featuring a monthly group of presenters on the hot trends in local technology happens this Tuesday, December 6, starting at 6 p.m. at the Ecco event space in downtown Traverse City. TC New Tech features up to five presenters each month with the latest news and trends on the local technology scene. Sign up here for the upcoming program.
SCORE Focus on Licensing and Insurance
Understanding legal and insurance issues that impact your small business is critical to your operation's long-term success. "Navigating the Licensing/Insurance Maze" is the next free SCORE workshop and will help local entrepreneurs tackle these vital topics.
Join the SCORE team on Tuesday, December 13, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library for information on:
  • Various types of incorporation and which is best for you.
  • Common insurance needs for your business
  • Sources for obtaining necessary forms and licenses.
Register here and learn more about SCORE programs and services at www.upnorthscore.com
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