Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
June 15, 2016
Dave Meingebier of Consumers Energy (top) and Barbara Rykwalder of DTE Energy 
present grants to Venture North

Consumers, DTE Boost Venture North
The Chamber's business financing and economic development partners at Venture North Funding & Development received a major boost this week with major grants from the Consumers Energy Foundation and the DTE Energy Foundation. The Consumers foundation presented Venture North with a $90,000 grant over the next three years, while the DTE foundation contributed $30,000. The grants, presented at Venture North's annual meeting on Tuesday, will help with Venture North operations and will also be used for local matching funds with other Venture North financing partners including the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Chamber Golf Outing Filling Up
If you haven't reserved your tee time yet for the Chamber Golf Outing, you better act fast. The outing, set for August 17 at beautiful Crystal Mountain Resort in Benzie County, is filling up the tee sheets quickly so don't wait to save a spot - register today!

The Chamber Golf Outing provides scholarships for the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program, so it's a great way to help the community.

A few hole sponsorships also remain, and you can also promote your business by donating a prize for the raffle drawing. Contact Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz for more information at

The Chamber Golf Outing is sponsored by:

IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Senior Influx Betters Region for All
More people headed for their golden years are finding Northwest Michigan a great place to call their new home. As the region's senior population continues to surge, see how the area is evolving and responding to these demographic changes and what it means for all of us in TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani's latest column in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
Next 'Pints...." Session on July 28
Election season is drawing near and Chamber members will have an opportunity to rub elbows with their elected representatives at the state and federal level at the next Pints & Politics event coming up July 28 at Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City.

Pints & Politics is a free event exclusively to Chamber members where they can get to know their elected and appointed representatives at the local, state and national level and help them understand the challenges and opportunities of the local business community.  Personal access to key decision makers is an important benefit of your Chamber membership, and you'll want to take advantage of this opportunity. Pints & Politics is from 4:30 - 6 p.m. and you can register here.

Pints & Politics is presented by:

State Help Available for Underground Fuel Tanks
Gas stations, convenience stores, contractors, trucking firms and other businesses that own and maintain underground fuel storage tanks can get assistance from the State of Michigan needed for insurance purposes or to clean up from a spill or leak. The Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority was created to assist owners and operators of underground fuel storage tanks with meeting their financial responsibilities in maintaining underground fuel tanks and to assist with corrective action in case of a mishap. You can learn more at the MUSTA website  or through this guide to the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund published by the state Department of Environmental Quality.
CONNECT |  Events & Programs
See You Tonight at Business After Hours
Kick off the summer season with hundreds of area business associates at tonight's Business After Hours event from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan plaza at the corner of Cass and State streets in downtown Traverse City. It's our last Business After Hours session until September, so come on out for a wonderful evening of delicious food, refreshing beverages and terrific networking opportunities. The "Blues" always help put on a great event, so you won't want to miss it.

Business After Hours is sponsored by:

Next 'Get to Know..." Tutorial Coming Tuesday
Are you getting the maximum value from your involvement with the Traverse City Area Chamber? The Chamber's business directory at is a go-to resource for thousands of residents, visitors, business people and others looking for information on the region and its business community. "Get to Know Your Chamber" is a free program for Chamber members led by Membership Director Sheila Peek and Membership Assistant Julia Clark on how to utilize the Chamber's business directory and access other benefits of your Chamber membership.

The next session is coming up this Tuesday, June 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Chamber's Blue Room. Bring your lunch and register today.

INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Spring 2016 
LGT Class
Applications Open for Fall 2016 LGT Semester
The application window is open for the Fall 2016 semester of the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse Program. Applications will be accepted through August 19 and the class kicks off in September.

Leadership Grand Traverse is the Chamber's flagship leadership development program, now 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 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:

Partner News
Nature Change Focused on Resource Management
Several area non-profit organizations that are part of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to launch new efforts to protect and preserve our region's precious natural resources. 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.

Nature Change, whose partners include the LIAA, Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, Grand Traverse Conservation District and others, aims 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 important new initiative.
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June 25, 2016 5K Run/Walk
8th Annual Run for Shelter. 
100% race registration benefits the Goodwill Inn.

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