Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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August 17, 2016
Chamber  and TraverseCONNECT Back
Stand Up TC
A local ballot issue that threatens the economic future of Downtown Traverse City is opposed by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and TraverseCONNECT, which are endorsing a local group's effort to defeat the proposal.

The Chamber and TraverseCONNECT support the efforts of Stand UP TC, a group of business and community leaders that will go in front of Traverse City voters at the November 8 general election.  Members of Stand Up TC include Chamber Government Relations Director Kent Wood, Mark Eckhoff, a former Chamber board president, and Chamber board Director Bonnie Alfonso.

"The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce supports Stand Up TC's efforts to defeat the city's Proposal 3 in the November general election," Chamber Board Chairman Mike Meindertsma said. "Proposal 3 is fraught with problems as it conflicts with the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, undermines the city's zoning ordinance and master plan, and could potentially create excessive expense and litigation for the city going forward."

Learn more about the efforts of Stand Up TC and how you can help.
IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Alliance Speaker Series Returns Sept. 15
The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Speaker Series returns Wednesday, September 15 and welcomes Keith Creagh, who served as interim 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. The luncheon event from 11:30 - 1 p.m. at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club and is free to Traverse City Area Chamber members and businesses within the Chamber Alliance.
Creagh, also a former director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, offers extensive expertise on environmental, natural resource and agricultural issues that are important to the business community of Northern Michigan. Register here.

Thanks to our Alliance sponsors:

Make Plans for the West Michigan Policy Forum 
Businesses that are part of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance for the first time are invited to take part in the 2016 West Michigan Policy Forum, coming up September 26 in downtown Grand Rapids. Click here to view the full agenda and to register.

The West Michigan Policy Forum is among the state's largest and most influential business/political gatherings, bringing together top business people and civic leaders from the sunset side of Michigan. Topics this year include financing for Michigan cities, job creation and future trends, and guest speakers will include former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Don't miss an opportunity to take part in this agenda-setting event.
CONNECT |  Events and Programs
Past DSA recipients Chuck Judson (2015)
and Susie Janis (2014)

DSA Nominations Open
The Distinguished Service Award presented annually by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce is among the region's oldest and most-respected civic honors. Founded in 1929, the Distinguished Service Award honors a local individual for his or her outstanding community commitment to the Grand Traverse region.  Business and civic leaders, public officials, patrons of the arts and others have been deserving recipients of this award for their impactful and enduring support of the area. The Distinguished Service Award is presented at the Chamber's Annual Celebration each January.

Nominations are open for the Chamber's 2016 Distinguished Service Award.  Residents of the Chamber's 5-county service area are eligible, and nominees need not be members of the Chamber. Nominations are needed by October 14 and you can click here to access the nomination form.
YP Lunch & Learn Welcomes Anne Bonney
Having strong connections with customers, peers and superiors is critical to professional success. Connecting to Maximize Influence - the next Chamber Young Professionals Lunch & Learn program featuring presenter Anne Bonney - explains how to connect with people and get them to work with you.

Register now for this informative luncheon program coming up September 7 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge. Anne Bonney is a dynamic speaker and leadership trainer who's drawn rave reviews at her presentations, including as a past host of the Chamber's Leadership at the Movies program.  Chamber YPs won't want to miss this career-building event.

Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
A Golden Version of Leadership at the Movies
The 1980 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team's gold medal winning journey is among the most inspiring stories in the history of Olympic sports. It's also the subject of our next Leadership at the Movies program coming up September 15 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Bijou by the Bay theater.

The film Miracle on Ice will be featured in a presentation from Chamber Board director Tammy Tarsa, owner of Integrity Home Health - a former Chamber Small Business of the Year. She will highlight leadership lessons from this riveting movie on how to build a great team with ordinary people, and how trust, embracing change and hard work can take your team to a higher level. Sign up today  for this unique leadership program that's free to Chamber members and includes continental breakfast.

Chamber leadership programming is supported by:

With additional support from:

LGT Applications Needed by Friday
Applications for the Fall 2016 semester of Leadership Grand Traverse are needed by this Friday, August 19. Apply here to take part in the Chamber's original leadership development program that provides insight and access to the organizations that make the Grand Traverse region a special place.

Leadership Grand Traverse enters a new era this fall as we welcome Dr. Catherine Meyer-Looze as the new LGT program facilitator. She brings extensive experience to the program as a leadership and education specialist for Grand Valley State University and the TBA Intermediate School District. We look forward to her perspective and direction as we build on the 30-plus year success of Leadership Grand Traverse helping area professionals learn and grow in their community.

Chamber leadership programming is supported by:

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Business Connect Opportunities Await
Pure Michigan Business Connect is a program of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that connects Michigan suppliers to companies based in Michigan and beyond for a variety of goods, products and services. There are five opportunities coming up over the next several weeks to link up with major companies for a variety of needs, including:

Northern Michigan Buyers Summit on Sept. 15

Click on the links to learn more about how your business can utilize Pure Michigan Business Connect.

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