Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
June 22, 2016
Chamber Members Help Lead
Participating in the Chamber's annual Golf Outing is a fun and productive way to spend a summer day - and a great way to support the Chamber's robust and diverse menu of leadership programming.  The golf outing, set for August 17 at Crystal Mountain Resort, is the primary fundraiser for Chamber leadership programming that includes Leadership Grand Traverse, LGT Fellows, Leadership at the Movies, the CEO Roundtable and more.

A handful of tee times are still available on Crystal Mountain's Betsie Valley course, and you can register here. Your business can also support the event by donating a prize for the raffle drawing, or by advertising through a hole sponsorship. Contact Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz for more information at
You can also learn more about the Chamber's Leadership programming. 

The Chamber Golf Outing is presented by:

IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Next "Pints..." Features Federal, State Officials
The 2016 election season is about to shift into high gear - and Chamber members can be part of the conversation. Our Pints & Politics series gives Chamber businesses an opportunity to meet face-to-face with their elected and appointed government leaders.

The next session, coming up July 28 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery, welcomes state and federal lawmakers who want to hear from you. Register today to gain exclusive access to voice your concerns on a variety of issues including taxation, regulatory policy, economic development, labor rules and more.

Pints & Politics is presented by:

Virtual Candidate Forum Returns
Government Relations Director Kent Wood is busy creating the 2016 version of the Chamber's Virtual Candidate Forum set to launch in early July. The Chamber created the web-based forum two years ago to give its members and the public extensive information from the candidates about their backgrounds, their goals and their positions on key issues facing the region's business community in advance of the upcoming August 2 primary election, and the general election on November 8. The forum has generated thousands of views and provides voter information beyond the "sound bites" of a candidate's news coverage or advertising.

Follow Chamber communications for a specific launch date.

CONNECT |  Events and Programs
Reduce Your Workers Comp Costs
Membership in the Chamber includes a variety of cost-saving benefits including a 5 percent discount in workers compensation insurance rates through the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America.

Beyond the insurance discount, participating Chamber businesses have shared more than $2.9 million in dividends paid by the Accident Fund over the past 16 years through their excellent performance in improving workplace safety.  Last year alone, around 190 Chamber member businesses across Northern Michigan shared a $200,000-plus Accident Fund dividend, with payments ranging from $20 to more than $9,000. Can your company save money? Learn more by visiting
INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Apply for Fall Leadership Grand Traverse
Applications for the Fall 2016 semester of the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program are being accepted through August 19. The new semester kicks off in September.

Leadership Grand Traverse is in its third decade of providing participants an up-close and thorough look into the institutions and amenities that make the Grand Traverse region a special place. LGT participants learn about the region's arts and cultural institutions, our local education system, state and local government, our natural resources and more. LGT graduates are able to forge dozens of new personal and professional contacts and a gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for what makes Northern Michigan great. Scholarship opportunities are also available. Learn more  about the LGT program and how to apply.

Chamber Leadership programming is supported by: 

  Alfie's Bonnie Alfonso on WEF

 A Spotlight on Entrepreneurs
What do Chamber members including Parshall Tree Service, Whisk TC, Events North, Alfie Logo Gear and dozens of others have in common? They've shared their stories of launching and growing their successful businesses on the Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus that airs every Wednesday at 8:35 a.m. on NewsTalk 580 WTCM.

Each week host Ron Jolly and a member of the Chamber staff present the story of local business men, women, partners and families who've started and grown their own business here in the Grand Traverse region. Their reflections are inspiring, informative, entertaining - they might even have some information you can use in growing and running your business. The Chamber is always looking for interesting local stories to share on the Weekly Entrepreneur Focus. If you're interested in learning more, contact Chamber membership assistant Julia Clark at

If you'd like to listen to past programs, link to the Weekly Entrepreneur Focus  on the Chamber's website.

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is presented by: 
Partner News
Know Your Business Finances
Keeping your finger on the pulse of where your business is at financially is key to its long-range growth and success. The next free SCORE workshop entitled "Producing Effective Financial Projections for Your Business" can help.

Join the local SCORE team on July 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library for help on:
  • Producing and justifying financial projections
  • Better understanding your business's future potential
  • Using financial projections to assist in business management
Workshops are free but pre-registration is required. Sign up here.
Nature Change Protecting Area Resources
The region's natural resources are a big part of what makes Northern Michigan unique - and their protection and preservation are critical to the region's future. Nature Change is a new multimedia magazine developed by the Conservation Resource Alliance as a cooperative venture among regional nonprofits working to protect and manage the lands and waters of Northwest Lower Michigan.

Partners include the LIAA, Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, Grand Traverse Conservation District and others aiming to generate public discussion about natural resource management in response to climate change, invasive species, changing Great Lakes water levels and other environmental challenges. The magazine offers articles, photo essays, and videos to foster these discussions. Click here to learn more about this new initiative.

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