Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
September 28, 2016
Chamber Expo Space Going Fast
Don't wait to reserve a booth at the Traverse City Area  Chamber  Business Expo on
November 8 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz reports that the Expo is filling up quickly

Reserve space now  for this popular business gathering set for 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the resort's Governor's Hall.

The Chamber Business Expo is the region's largest business showcase - an opportunity to display your company's products, services, personnel and more, and connect with over a thousand attendees and hundreds of other area business people who take part in the event. Booths are $500 for Chamber members, and $800 for non-members.

The Cha mber Business Expo is presented by:

With additional support from:  

Sarah Hubbard
    Chris Holman

What's Ahead for 2017 and Beyond?
Prior to the Business Expo the Chamber will welcome several hundred attendees to the annual Economic Outlook Breakfast on November 8 at the Grand Traverse Resort. Register now  for this event that begins at 7:30 a.m. sharp, featuring a panel discussion with Sarah Hubbard of Acuitas and Chris Holman of the Michigan Business Network.

Holman will present the results of the MBN's annual Michigan Business Index, an overview of the conditions and expectations of Michigan's business sector based on MBN's yearly survey of hundreds of business owners around the state.

Hubbard, a principal of Acuitas in Lansing that provides legislative services to the Traverse City Area Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, will discuss the state and national political climate and what the region's small business sector can expect in the weeks and months ahead.  TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani will moderate this enlightening and informative discussion that you'll want to hear.
The Economic Outlook Breakfast is presented by:

IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Soo Locks Focus of Alliance Speaker Series
The next program of the Northern Michigan
Speaker Series will focus on one of North America's most-important transportation linchpins - the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie.

Join us Friday,  October 21 at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwest Michigan College's Hagerty Center for a panel discussion on the importance of building a new shipping lock at the Soo Locks, and on the future of the maritime industry in this region and beyond.  Our panelists will include Jerry Achenbach, Superintendent of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at NMC, and Mike Barker, President of the Interlake Steamship Company.  The program is from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. and will conclude with a reception with area legislators and tours and demonstrations of the Academy's shipping simulator.

Register now for this informative event.

Thanks to our Chamber Alliance sponsors:

Meet Your County Leaders
We're just over a week out from our final  Pints & Politics session for 2016 - coming up  October 6 at Right Brain Brewery. The Chamber will welcome elected and appointed officials from Grand Traverse County. Our members are invited to join us from 4:30 - 6 p.m. to meet with their county representatives and talk about issues important to the business community.

Pints & Politics is a free event exclusive to Chamber members, and our sponsors at DTE Energy will pick up the tab for you to enjoy a craft brew, soda or glass of wine. Register here and we'll see you next week!

Pints & Politics is exclusively sponsored by:

CONNECT |  Events and Programs
2015 DSA recipient Chuck Judson
and '14 honoree Susie Janis

Offer Your Distinguished Service Award Nominations
Time is running out to nominate area residents for the Traverse City Area Chamber's  Distinguished  Service Award . The Chamber has presented the Distinguished Service Award annually since 1929 to individuals whose extraordinary commitment to the Grand Traverse area has improved the lives of the people who live here. The list of past DSA recipients includes individuals who've left a permanent, positive impact on our community - some of the most-recognized and respected names in local history.

Persons nominated must be residents of the Chamber's 5-county service area. They are not required to be Chamber members, and non-Chamber members are invited to submit nominations. Contributions other than purely monetary donations to the cultural, economic and social betterment of the area are major considerations for the award, along with character and ethics.

Nominations will be accepted through October 14. Click here  for the nomination form. The 2016 Distinguished Service Award will be presented at the Chamber's Annual Celebration coming up Jan. 20, 2017 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.
INS PIRE |  Leadership Development
All-Star Lineup for YP Conference
The  2016 Young Professionals Conference promises to be the best one yet! Several of area's top business leaders and inspirational presenters are lined up for this can't-miss event, set for
November 4 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center.

The outstanding line-up of presenters include keynote speaker McKeel Hagerty of Hagerty insurance, award-winning life coach and presenter Anne Bonney, Nathan Havey of Thrive Consulting and Jennifer VanAlstine of BreakForth Business Services.  Plus, Havey will present an afternoon program specifically targeted to employers of Young Professionals on how to create a workplace culture to engage, retain and help your YPs thrive.

Sign up now for this outstanding day of personal and professional development, networking opportunity and more.

The Young Professionals Conference is presented by:

YP Lunch & Learn on Leadership
Developing strong leadership skills will be the topic of the fall Lunch & Learn program of the Chamber's Young Professionals group, coming up November 15 at Hagerty Insurance (note the date change).

Presenter Todd Sanders, senior manager of leadership development at Hagerty, will talk about what makes a strong leader and how everyone can build on his or her leadership skills. Sanders has spent more than 20 years in leadership development and decision making, business analysis and planning, and is a graduate of the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program. Register now for this luncheon event from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Hagerty Insurance building at 141 Rivers Edge in Traverse City.

Chamber leadership programming is supported by:

Partner News
Building Business in Grand Traverse and Benzie
The Chamber's business finance and economic development sister agency Venture North Funding & Development is encouraging businesses in Grand Traverse and Benzie counties to take advantage of $2 million in available funding through the Community Development Block Grant Loan Fund available in the two counties.

The CDBG Loan Fund, formerly known as the Regional Revolving Loan Fund, is available to businesses seeking money to finance real estate, inventory purchases, receivables, equipment and other working capital needs. The loan fund is specifically targeted to encourage economic growth in smaller communities, and job creation is among the necessary requirements. Loans of up to $500,000 are available.

Click here for more information on how to apply.

Home Builders Scholarship Dinner
Our friends at the Home Builders Association Grand Traverse Area Inc. will hold their annual Scholarship Dinner on October 26 at Northwestern Michigan College's Hagerty Center in Traverse City. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30.

The keynote speaker is John Courson, President & CEO of the Home Builders Institute. The focus of this year's event is helping to build the region's skilled labor force and work force development. The building industry has been hit hard by the region's labor shortage, and this year's event will present $6,500 in scholarship funding for students enrolling in the Construction Technology Program at NMC.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Scholarship Dinner, and donations of Silent Auction items are also being accepted. To learn more or get ticket information, contact
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