Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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April 27, 2016
Crowning the 2016 Hagerty Small Business of the Year
We're just a week away from presenting one of the Grand Traverse region's most-prestigious honors - crowning the Chamber's 2016 Hagerty Small Business of the Year.

Join us next Wednesday, May 4, for the Small Business Celebration Award Ceremony starting at 4:30 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center. We're proud of all the SBC participants this year, and specifically of the Top 10 finalists who did such a great job at the Meet the Top 10 breakfast last week. Congratulations to all our SBC finalists:

Krause Realty Solutions
Traverse Dental Associates
Northern Lightning Wash
Studio 415
Epic Powersports
GFA, Inc.
Williams & Bay Pumping Service
City Mac
All Seasons Hotel & Resort
Our SBC Top 10 are highlighted in this video produced by our SBC media sponsors at 9&10 News. If you're not yet registered for next week's SBC Awards Ceremony, register today.

The 2016 Hagerty Small Business of the Year will not only join an impressive list of past SBC winners, but also receive 40 hours of executive/staff training and up to a $5,000 charitable donation match from Hagerty, the Traverse City-based world-wide leader in classic car and boat insurance. SBC co-sponsor Northwestern Michigan College will also provide $2,400 in employee training services.

Thanks to the sponsors of the 2016 Small Business Celebration:
Caryn Cleland

Cleland Named Administrative Professional of the Year 
It wouldn't take long for things to grind to a halt at the Traverse City Area Chamber without the hard work and professionalism of our long-time Executive Assistant Caryn Cleland.  She was honored today by the Northern Michigan Administrative Professionals as the local 2016 Administrative Professional of the Year at a luncheon at Northwestern Michigan College's Hagerty Center. Learn more about this amazing Chamber staff member and her extraordinary contributions to the organization.
IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Chamber Endorses Costco Project
The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce this week endorsed zoning amendments to enable a new Costco store to be built on the grounds of the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City. The Costco project will not only bring new jobs and tax base to the city, but also provide the airport with a creative and much-needed revenue source for airport operations.

Learn more in this letter to city officials from Chamber Government Relations Director Kent Wood and TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani.
Keep Our Economic Momentum Growing
The Chamber and TraverseCONNECT collaborated with the Traverse City Record-Eagle on a business tabloid called Momentum highlighting the region's dynamic business sector published in the paper's April 24 Sunday edition. Read TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani's column on the challenges to continue growing our regional economy.

The Soo Locks

Metro Chambers Back Soo Locks Upgrade
The Great Lakes Metro Chamber Coalition, a regional organization of more than 40 chambers across the Midwest and Upper Great Lakes that include the Traverse City Area Chamber and Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, is gaining momentum in its efforts to bring upgrades to the Soo Locks. The issue was discussed during the Coalition's recent legislative fly-in with Congressional representatives in Washington.  There's more information in this Northern Michigan Business Blog from Chamber/Alliance Government Relations Director Kent Wood.
CONNECT |  Events and Programs
Anne Bonney Returns for Leadership at the Movies
What do you after a terrific cinematic production? You make a sequel, of course!

Leadership guru Anne Bonney returns for the May 12 screening of Leadership at the Movies, the Chamber's unique and entertaining leadership development program that illustrates life lessons through scenes from classic films. Bonney's first program produced the biggest "Leadership...." turnout yet and a lively discussion on pertinent leadership skills.

This session is entitled "The First Step to Great Leadership is Self Leadership" featuring clips from the British-American comedy Yes Man starring Jim Carrey.  The program starts at 7:30 a.m. and is free to Chamber members , and includes continental breakfast. It's a great way to start the work day with an inspiring professional development message. Sign up now.
Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:
With additional support from:  
City Officials on Tap for 'Pints...'
There's plenty going on in Traverse City these days - and here's an opportunity for Chamber members to talk about these issues with their elected and appointed city representatives. The 2016 Pints & Politics series begins May 17 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City. Click here to register for this free event for Chamber members.

Pints & Politics is made possible by:

INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Commencement Time for Spring '16 LGT Class
Spring time is graduation time, and the Spring 2016 Leadership Grand Traverse Class will graduate with honors this Thursday, April 28, with its graduation ceremony starting at 5 p.m. at Kirkbride Hall at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
Congratulations to this outstanding group of Leadership Grand Traverse participants:
Nichole Thompson          Bay Area Transportation Authority
Dale Ostema                Central United Methodist Church
Craig Leppien                Chemical  Bank
Brad Pavwoski             Cherryland Electric Cooperative
Ann Porter              Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors
Mark Humitz          Cornwell Architects, PC
Sarah Adams       Grand Traverse County
Lisa Pointe           Great Lakes Children's Museum
Angela Bernard                Hagerty
Brooks Vanderbush       Interlochen Center for the Arts
Christi  Nowak            Munson Medical Center
Joy Evans               Northwestern Michigan College
Jen Seman            Priority Health
Tom Wyatt           Safety Net, Inc.
Brian Kelly            Spence Brothers
Elaine Hanson    Tyson Foods, Inc.
Chelsea  Lajko     U.S. Senator Gary C. Peters Office
Isaiah Wunsch        Wunsch Farms
Past Leadership Grand Traverse participants are invited to attend the LGT Graduation ceremony. Registration is necessary and available by contacting Chamber Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at
Leadership Grand Traverse is supported by:

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Doug Rothwell

Rothwell to Speak at Venture North Annual Meeting
One of Michigan's leading voices for business will highlight this year's Annual Meeting of Venture North Funding & Development. Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, is the guest speaker for the event that's scheduled for June 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Visions at CenterPointe at 12935 S. West Bay Shore Drive in Greilickville.

Rothwell will discuss Michigan's business climate and where the state's business sector is headed, while Venture North Executive Director Laura Galbraith will present an overview of the last year of activity. Tickets are $15 and you can register here

For more information on the first quarter activity of Venture North, check out the latest edition of Venture News

Venture North's Annual Meeting is presented by:
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