Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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October 26, 2016
Chamber Launches Director Search
The search is on!
The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce today formally launched the search for a new Executive Director, who is expected to be on board in early 2017. The Chamber Board's Executive Committee and TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani have been hard at work in recent months building a job description and search process focused on finding the right individual to work with our great members to move the organization forward.
Click here to view the Chamber's media release on the Executive Director search. Visit the Chamber's website at for all the application details.
IMPACT Advocacy for Business
Alliance Backs "Transformational" Brownfield Bills
Proposed state legislation to create new, more-impactful measures for redeveloping abandoned and blighted properties around Michigan is being endorsed by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. Government Relations Director Kent Wood explains these Senate bills in his latest Northern Michigan Business Blog which are designed to spur redevelopment of some of the most-challenged and difficult properties and structures around Michigan.
Check the Virtual Forum Before Election Day
Still looking for information before deciding who to vote for on Election Day? The Virtual Candidate Forum produced by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance includes question-and-answer sections for candidates in the First and Fourth U.S. House races, and for state House seats in the 101 st , 102 nd , 103 rd , 104 th , 105 th , 106 th and 107 th districts.
It's also been expanded to include candidates seeking seats on Northwestern Michigan College's Board of Trustees. Click here  to hear from candidates seeking seats on the college board.
Remember to go the polls and vote on November 8.
Thanks to these Alliance partners:

CONN ECT  Events & Programs
Expo/Outlook Breakfast Coming November 8
We're less than two weeks away from Chamber's annual
Economic Outlook Breakfast and  Business Expo coming up November 8 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Both events are SOLD OUT and we appreciate all the support from our members and the region's business community.
The breakfast takes place from 7:30 - 9 a.m. in the resort's Michigan ballroom. TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani will moderate a panel discussion featuring Chris Holman of the Michigan Business Network and Sarah Hubbard of Acuitas. That will be followed by the Business Expo from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. downstairs in the resort's Governor's Hall. The Expo is free to the public so make sure to encourage your friends, family and business associates to check it out. We appreciate everyone's participation and look forward to an informative and productive day!
The Chamber Business Expo is sponsored by:

With additional support from:
Young Professionals Conference Next Week
We're just over a week away from the Chamber's  Young Professionals Conference, coming up  November 4 at NMC's Hagerty Center featuring some of the community's top leadership development experts.
Register now  for the conference, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. It includes a keynote address from McKeel Hagerty, President and CEO of Hagerty Insurance, along with break-out sessions featuring dynamic presentations from Anne Bonney, Nathan Havey and Jennifer VanAlstine.
This year's event includes a program specifically designed for employers of young professionals on how to build a workplace culture where YPs can thrive. Havey, a member of the Chamber board's Leadership Committee, will present this 2:30 - 4 p.m. session, which is free to Chamber member businesses. Register here for that portion of the conference.
The YP Conference includes breakfast and lunch, plus a closing reception.  The cost is $100 for YPs and Chamber members. Non-members are welcome for $125.
The Young Professionals Conference is presented by:
I NSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Leadership at the Movies Returns November 10
The Chamber's unique leadership development program that teaches leadership lessons and techniques through clips of classic movies returns Thursday, November 10, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Bijou by the Bay theater in Traverse City.
Leadership strategist Jonathan Pool will present "How Character Can Change a Culture" highlighting scenes from the movie
Invictus, an Oscar-nominated film from 2009 directed by Clint Eastwood that stars Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman. The program is free to Chamber members and continues to build a strong audience through its entertaining, compact and informative approach to leadership development. Click here to register.
Chamber leadership programming is presented by:

With additional support from:
Partner News
Take Part in the BATA Survey
The Bay Area Transportation Authority is working to determine the community's public transportation needs in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties. It started over the summer with community focus groups and surveys of community and business leaders, and is entering its second phase that includes a broad-based online survey of citizens across the service area. The confidential survey takes only a few minutes to complete and will help BATA determine what the community needs from the organization, its attitude toward public transportation and improvements people would like to see.
Chamber members are encouraged to take part in the survey to help BATA gain input from the business community. You can link here to the survey and responses are needed by November 6.
'Manufacturing Night' at TC New Tech
The technology group TC New Tech is teaming up with the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council for a special event this Tuesday, November 1, to discuss ideas for collaboration between the area's tech and manufacturing sectors.
It takes place from 6 - 8 p.m. at ECCO at 121 E. Front St. in Traverse City. TC New Tech Founder Russell Schindler and Corey Geer of Shoreline Fruit Co. will host the event, where speakers will include Rich Wolin of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center, Mike Groleau of RJG and Cameron Fuller of Clark Manufacturing. Northwestern Michigan College President Tim Nelson will also give an update on NMC's Community R&D Innovation Center.
It's a free event, and you can learn more and register at
Leadership Lunch Club Series on Nov. 4
The Leadership Lunch Club  series returns on Friday, November 4 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club, featuring a dynamic line-up of business leaders for the 2016-17 season. The opening program features Josh Kent, Founder and CEO of Michigan-based SunFrog Shirts. 
Kent has grown SunFrog into a $100 million company with more than 400 employees - the largest t-shirt company in the U.S. In his presentation, entitled "Driving Explosive Business Growth," Kent will explain how he's leveraged technology and social media to drive revenue and web traffic. He'll also share three keys to driving business in today's economy that applies to any industry. Learn more about this informative series including how to register.
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