Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
October 12, 2016
Expo Space Going Fast
We're less than a month away from the 2016
Chamber Business Expo, coming up
November 8 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Just a handful of exhibit spaces remain available. Register now to make sure you're part of the region's largest business showcase.

The Business Expo includes more than 150 exhibitors from area businesses, community institutions and non-profit organizations displaying their people, goods and services to more than 1,300 Expo-goers. Mark your calendars to join us between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in resort's Governor's Hall for this special event.

The 2016 Chamber Business Expo is presented by:
With additional support from:

Economic Outlook Breakfast - SOLD OUT!
Thanks everyone for registering for the Chamber's
Economic Outlook Breakfast on November 8 at the Grand Traverse Resort. It's from 7:30 - 9 a.m. immediately preceding the Business Expo. Thanks to your support this year's Economic Outlook Breakfast is SOLD OUT!  We're looking forward to an informative program analyzing the business forecast in Michigan from Chris Holman of the Michigan Business Network, and a review of the unprecedented 2016 election season from Lansing-based political consultant Sarah Hubbard.

While the event is sold out, Chamber Event Coordinator Andi Wagenshutz has a waiting list in case of late cancellations. To be added, contact her at

The Economic Outlook Breakfast is sponsored by:

IMPA CT | Advocacy for Business
Virtual Candidate Forum Updated
With the November 8 general election fast approaching, Chamber Government Relations Director Kent Wood has been busy updating the content on the Virtual Candidate Forum.The digital candidate forum has questions-and-answer sections for candidates in the First and Fourth District U.S. House races, and for state House seats in the 101 st , 102 nd , 103 rd , 104 th , 105 th , 106 th and 107 th districts. Check out where the candidates stand on issues important to Northern Michigan and our business community.

Plus, the Virtual Candidate Forum will be updated soon with videos from the First Congressional race for the U.S. House, and with Q-and-A responses from candidates running for Northwestern Michigan College's Board of Trustees.  Keep following Chamber communications for when those sections will go live on the candidate forum.

Speaker Series Returns October 21
The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance  Speaker Series returns Friday,
October 21, to highlight the importance of the Great Lakes Maritime industry to the region, and completing construction on a new lock at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie.

Register here for the program, which takes place from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwestern Michigan College's Hagerty Center.  Speakers will include Mark Barker, President of the Interlake Steamship Co., Maritime Academy Supt. Jerry Achenbach and Soo Locks Engineer Kevin Sprague. The event is free to Chamber and Alliance members, and wraps up with a reception with area legislators.

Thanks to our Alliance sponsors:

CONNE CT | Events and Programs
Business After Hours Next Week
The fall season of  Business After Hours continues a week from today as we head to Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic for our monthly post-workday business networking and social event.  Join us next Wednesday, October 19, at GTOC headquarters at 929 Business Park Drive in Traverse City from 5 - 7 p.m.

GTOC is our primary sponsor for Business After Hours, so it knows how to put on a first-class event! Join us for prizes, refreshments, snacks and plenty of fun at the area's original after-hours networking event. And if you're planning ahead, mark your calendars for the November 16 Business After Hours at Grand Traverse Distillery in downtown Traverse City.

Business After Hours is sponsored by:

Welcome New September Members
The Chamber ushered in the fall season by welcoming several businesses into the organization. Thank you to these businesses for supporting the community through your Chamber membership:

Christopherson Business Travel
Erica Slater Marshall Real Estate One
Hobbs Drone Photography
Maple River Direct LLC
Peninsula Capital Management/Raymond James
Tamarack Holdings
West End Tavern
Cooke Law PLLC
Standhardt Design
Scholarship $ Available through Davenport
Employees of Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce member businesses can access up to $1,500 in scholarship funding through Davenport University's  Community Leadership Scholarship program. 

Scholarship amounts are based on the number of credit hours taken and are stackable with other financial aid and scholarship programs.
Bachelor's and master's degrees are available in nearly 50 programs spanning business, technology and health fields. Learn more by contacting or by calling 1-800-686-1600.
INSPIR E | Leadership Development
Hone Your Leadership at the YP Conference
The Chamber's Young Professionals Conference coming up November 4 will feature some of the community's top leadership development experts and promises a full day of 5-star professional skill building.

  Register now for the conference, set for 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center. It includes a keynote address from McKeel Hagerty, President and CEO of Hagerty Insurance, along with break-out sessions featuring dynamic presentations from Anne Bonney, Nathan Havey and Jennifer VanAlstine.

This year's conference includes a program specifically designed for employers of young professionals on how to build a workplace culture where YPs can thrive. Havey, a member of the Chamber board's Leadership Committee, will present this 2:30 - 4 p.m. session, which is free to Chamber member businesses. Register here for that portion of the conference.

The YP Conference includes breakfast and lunch, plus a closing reception.  The cost is $100 for YPs and Chamber members, and $125 for non-members who are also welcome.

The Young Professionals Conference is presented by:

Entrepreneur Success Stories
Starting and growing a business isn't easy. But it can be rewarding, profitable - even life changing!

Northwest Michigan is home to hundreds of successful small businesses, both new and old. Each week on the Chamber's  Weekly Entrepreneur Focus on NewsTalk 580, WTCM-AM host Ron Jolly and the Chamber's Bill O'Brien sit down on Wednesday morning at 8:35 a.m.  with a local entrepreneur to talk about their business. They discuss their original plan and where they are today - and all the exciting and trying times in between. It's an eye-opening program that offers lessons and knowledge for any business person.

If you miss an episode, click here for a full catalog of shows.

The Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is presented by:
Partner News
Leadership Lunch Club Series Returns
The Leadership Lunch Club  series for 2016-17 features another all-star line-up of business leaders and their success stories. It starts with the November 4 kick-off program featuring Josh Kent, Founder and CEO of Michigan-based SunFrog Shirts. It's from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club.

Kent has grown SunFrog into a $100 million company with more than 400 employees - the largest t-shirt company in the U.S. In his presentation, entitled "Driving Explosive Business Growth," Kent will explain how he's leveraged technology and social media to drive revenue and web traffic. He'll also share three keys to driving business in today's economy that applies to any industry. Learn more about this informative program including how to register.
Take the Michigan Business Index Survey
To know where Michigan's business sector is going, it's important to track where it's been. The Michigan Future Business Index Survey from our friends at the Michigan Business Network is a tool to track business trends through the participation of hundreds of small businesses throughout the state. Research is underway on the Fall 2016 edition of the Index Survey.

Click here and take a few minutes to complete the survey.  Participating businesses share in the survey results and learn about what's helping and hurting Michigan's economy. Plus you'll be registered to win some great travel prizes.
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