Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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July 6, 2016
Clock Ticking on Chamber Golf Outing
Time is running out to reserve a space in the annual Chamber Golf Outing. Sign up now for a great day on the links at the scenic Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in beautiful Benzie County - while you support the Chamber's outstanding leadership programming.

The Golf Outing is August 17 and just a few openings remain on Crystal's challenging Betsie Valley course. The day-long event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and includes golf, lunch and dinner, a registration gift, and drink and raffle tickets.  There's still time to donate a prize for the raffle. Contact our Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz  at for information on prize donations.

The Chamber Golf Outing is presented by

Chamber Members at the Cherry Festival
The 90th annual National Cherry Festival is in full swing - and we want to highlight our members' involvement in the region's signature summer event.  If your business is sponsoring or helping out a Cherry Festival venue - or if your co-workers are just walking around having fun - send us some photos and we'll share them on the Chamber's Facebook and Twitter platforms. The Chamber has several thousand social media followers, so it's terrific way to highlight your business' community involvement.  Send your images to Chamber Communications Manager Bill O'Brien at
IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Doug Luciani

Summer Season Builds Year-Round Prosperity
The summer festival season in the Grand Traverse region is more than just a lot of fun - it's also laid the foundation for the area's tremendous economic growth in recent years. TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani talks about how our dynamic festivals have changed the face of Northern Michigan's economy in the July edition of the Traverse City Business News.

Chamber Tracks DDA Bills
The Traverse City Area Chamber and Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance are closely monitoring proposed state legislation that would make changes to statutes that authorize operations of local Downtown Development Authorities (DDA). Northern Michigan is home to several communities with effective and prosperous DDA districts that have spurred local development, created jobs and expanded local tax base.
Legislation introduced in the state Senate just before the Legislature's summer recess ensure that these bills will be in front of lawmakers again in 2016. Here's an overview on the issue from Government Relations Director Kent Wood.
CONNECT | Events and Programs

Join us for Pints & Politics on July 28
The Chamber's Pints & Politics series provides member businesses with personal access to our region's local, state and federal elected and appointed officials to express their concerns and ideas from a business perspective.

Our next Pints & Politics event happens July 28 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery. We'll welcome state and federal lawmakers, candidates for office and others. The state and federal election season is heating up quickly and we hope to see a big turnout of Chamber members. The event is free thanks to our sponsors at DTE Energy, but we ask that you pre-register.

Pints & Politics is made possible by:

Welcome June Members
Summer is off to a great start across the Grand Traverse region. Thank you to these area businesses who started their summer season on the right foot by joining the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce in June.  Welcome these businesses to the Chamber, thank them for their support and remember to patronize fellow Chamber members whenever possible.

Here are our new members in June:

Advanced Computer Solutions
Alden Bar & Grille
Bay View Insurance Agency
Bluewater Hall
Cordwood Barbecue
Hubbell Law Office PC
Kalkaska Family Dental Center
Leelanau Conservancy
LiviN 2 Free LLC
Mitchell Creek Inn
Verizon Wireless
Watt's Trailer & Storage
INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Spring 2016 LGT Class
LGT Application Deadline Nears
Developing leadership skills while gaining knowledge about the place you live can be an invaluable tool to help someone grow both personally and professionally. Leadership Grand Traverse is the Chamber's flagship leadership development program, now in its third decade of helping local professionals expand their knowledge of the Grand Traverse region while providing valuable leadership lessons.

Preparation is underway for the Fall 2016 Leadership Grand Traverse program. It begins in September and the application deadline is August 19.  Scholarship opportunities are available. Learn more.

Chamber leadership programming is supported by:

Partner News
SCORE Focuses on Business Finances
Developing and maintaining accurate financial projections is critical for almost any business. The next free SCORE workshop coming up this Tuesday, July 12 at the Traverse Area District Library is entitled "Producing Effective Financial Projections for Your Business."
Join the local SCORE team from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. to learn about:
  • Producing and justifying financial projections
  • Better understanding your business's future potential
  • Using financial projections to assist in business management
SCORE workshops are free but pre-registration is required. Sign up here.
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