Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
August 3, 2016
Be Part of the West Michigan Policy Forum
Member businesses in the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance have a special opportunity to take part in the West Michigan Policy Forum happening Monday, September 26, in downtown Grand Rapids.  This is the leading policy-shaping event for business in West Michigan and is being expanded beyond the Grand Rapids area. Topics will include financing for Michigan cities, job creation, future trends and a preview of the upcoming presidential debates with guest panelists to include former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

Grand Traverse County Administrator Tom Menzel  is also among the presenters at the event, to be held at the Amway Grand Plaza and JW Marriott hotels in Grand Rapids.  Click here to view the full agenda and to register.
IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Alliance Speaker Series Welcomes Keith Creagh
The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Speaker Series returns September 15 as we welcome long-time state official Keith Creagh as the guest speaker. Creagh served as director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and is transitioning back to his role as the head of the state Department of Natural Resources. He's also a former director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and offers extensive expertise on numerous issues that are important to the business community of Northern Michigan.

Join us at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club at 11:30 a.m.  for Creagh's program. It's free to Chamber and Alliance members, and includes lunch. Register here.

Thanks to our Alliance sponsors:

TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani

Success Today Ensures Northing Tomorrow
The Grand Traverse region's economy is going strong, but faces more challenges than ever in maintaining the area's economic momentum. TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani talks about those challenges in his latest column in the August edition of the
Traverse City Business News.
CONNECT |  Events and Programs
Last Call for Chamber Golf Outing
Chamber members have stepped up in a big way to support this year's Chamber Golf Outing, coming up August 17 at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa. More than 270 golfers are registered, hole sponsorships sold out and plenty of great prizes have been donated for the event.

If you're not yet registered, there's still time to get in on this special event that helps raise money for Chamber leadership programming. A handful of tee times are still available, and you can still promote your business by donating a prize for the raffle drawing. Contact Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at

If you are registered, we'll see you on August 17 at Crystal Mountain for a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start, followed by dinner and the prize drawings. Can't wait to see everyone there!

The Chamber Golf Outing is sponsored by:

Welcome New Members in July
July is among the busiest months of the year in the Grand Traverse region. Chamber Membership Director Sheila Peek was also busy last month welcoming these area businesses into the Chamber family:

Brenton Law Group PC
Conduct Experience
Francisco's Market & Deli
Infusion Kitchen & Bath Showroom by Etna Supply
Michigan Blood
Mission Point Lighthouse
My Favorite Plant Company
Terrapin Networks
The Parlor
Traverse Benefits

Thanks to these local businesses for supporting the community through their Chamber membership. Remember to patronize them and other Chamber members whenever possible.
INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Fall LGT Deadline Nears
The Chamber is excited for the Fall 2016 Semester of the Leadership Grand Traverse program as we welcome new LGT facilitator Dr. Catherine Meyer-Looze. Her experience as a past LGT participant and work as a leadership and education specialist for Grand Valley State University and the TBA Intermediate School District will make for an exceptional educational experience for this fall's Leadership Grand Traverse participants.

The Fall semester begins in September and the application deadline of August 19 is approaching fast. Scholarship opportunities are available - apply today.

Are You an LGT Alum? Join LGT Fellows
Graduates of Leadership Grand Traverse now have an exciting opportunity to stay connected, and engaged through the LGT Fellows alumni program. It's an exclusive group to enhance the role of leadership in our community and offers participants:
  • Exclusive communications and updates.
  • Access to people and information.
  • Exclusive events for Fellows, including  LGT Fellows Deep Dive sessions.
  • Continued education opportunities.
Your membership is critical to the continued success of Leadership Grand Traverse. With your $50 a year investment to join the Fellows program, you are supporting the efforts and scholarship opportunities for future LGT classes. By joining the LGT Fellows, you are helping ensure Leadership Grand Traverse a successful future. Enroll today.

Chamber leadership programming is supported by:
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Get a Smart Start for Your New Business
If you're an aspiring entrepreneur looking for the real story about starting and operating a business, the next monthly SCORE workshop is for you. It happens this Tuesday, August 9, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library. Topics will include:
  • What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur
  • How to start a business
  • Pros and cons of owning your own business
  • Overview of business plans, licensing and regulatory issues, finance, marketing, and much more
If you're thinking about starting a business or are in the early start-up stages, this free workshop is for you. Register here.
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