Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
April 13, 2016

Celebrate our SBC Top 10!
The excitement continues to build for the Chamber's Small Business Celebration's Meet the Top 10 Breakfast coming up next Tuesday, April 19.

Join us for this 7:30 a.m. event at NMC's Hagerty Center as we highlight the people and stories behind the ten companies vying for the Chamber's 2016 Hagerty Small Business of the Year Award. The event will include breakfast, a video presentation highlighting each of our SBC finalists, and a question-and-answer session with company representatives and our SBC judges panel.

Register now to be part of this inspirational and informative event featuring these SBC finalists:

Krause Realty Solutions
Traverse Dental Associates
Northern Lightning Wash
Studio 415
Epic Powersports
GFA, Inc.
Williams & Bay Pumping Service
City Mac
All Seasons Hotel & Resort
Also reserve a seat for the Small Business Celebration Awards Ceremony on May 4 staring at 4:30 p.m. the Hagerty Center.

The Small Business Celebration is presented by:
Congratulations Kalkaska Citizen/Business of the Year
Long-time Kalkaska area developer and real estate agent Robert Murray is the 2016 Citizen of the Year for Kalkaska, while Advanced Office Supply is the community's Business of the Year. The Traverse City Area Chamber will present these well-deserved awards at the Kalkaska Luncheon on Wednesday, April 27, at 11:30 a.m. at the Kalkaska Church of Christ. Click here to register.

The Kalkaska Luncheon is presented by:
IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Pints & Politics Returns in May
The Chamber launched its new Pints & Politics series in 2015 to provide our members an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with local, state and federal officials about the challenges faced by the business community. The events were well received by both the Chamber membership and the invited officials, so Pints & Politics is making a return engagement in 2016.

The series will kick off with city officials and key department heads, coming up May 17 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City. Click here  to register for this free event for Chamber members. 
Overtime Pay Changes Looming
The U.S. Department of Labor is considering significant changes to labor regulations for "white-collar" employees who are exempt from federal overtime rules. These rule changes could have a significant impact on your business and its compensation costs. If you missed last month's Chamber Alert on this important issue from Chamber Government Relations Director Kent Wood, here's a recap from his Northern Michigan Business Blog
CONNECT |  Events and Programs
BAH Heads to Team Elmer's
Put on your hard hats and head to Team Elmer's for the Chamber's first Business After Hours event of this spring. The company is welcoming its fellow Chamber members and the community to its headquarters at 3600 Rennie School Road off U.S. 31 south of Traverse City next Wednesday, April 20, from 5 - 7 p.m.

Team Elmer's has a special evening of fun, food and refreshments planned for its inaugural Business After Hours event, including a mini excavator course where participants can test their heavy equipment operational skills. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Business After Hours is presented by:

INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
NewsTalk's Ron Jolly

A Weekly Business Tutorial
Starting and growing a business is no easy task. Yet hundreds and even thousands of profitable business ventures are launched every year in Michigan, each with their own unique path to success.  The Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus on NewsTalk580/WTCM-AM highlights a local company and its people, talking about how they started their operation and made it grow - sharing lessons that every person can learn from.

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus airs every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., co-hosted by NewsTalk's Ron Jolly and a Chamber staff member. If you miss an episode, click herefor a show archive on the Chamber website.

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus in sponsored by:
Partner News
Nominate Outstanding Educators
Time is running out to nominate educators and support staff from the 5-county region for the Outstanding Educator Awards. This annual recognition program is sponsored by The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District in collaboration with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and TBA Credit Union. The nomination deadline is this Friday, April 15.

Outstanding Educator Awards are presented annually to teachers, administrators and school support staff who make outstanding contributions toward the education of students throughout the five-county region. Nominees should have a minimum of five years of experience in education, contribute to the academic success of students, and work collaboratively with educators throughout the TBAISD service area toward the regional vision to be the best educational system in the world.  Letters of support will be used by a panel of judges in selecting the 2016 honorees.  

Here's a link to the nomination form.

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Employee PAIN killing your Bottom Line?  Join us Thursday April 28 at 12:00 at The Chamber

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