Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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July 20, 2016
Golf Outing: Prizes Needed!
The Chamber's Annual Golf Outing  is just around the corner. But there's still time to get in on the fun. Just a handful of tee times remain for the August 17 event, hosted by Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Benzie County. Promoting your company through a prize donation is a great way to participate and get your brand in front of hundreds of local business and community leaders who participate in the Golf Outing each year.  Contact Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz  to learn more.

The Golf Outing supports Chamber Leadership programming and raises scholarship funds for the Leadership Grand Traverse program. Enjoy a day at one of the Midwest's great resorts and help sustain the Chamber's signature leadership development initiative.

What:  T raverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing

When:  Wednesday, August 17 from 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa

Tickets:  $185 per golfer; Dinner only - $75

The Golf Outing is sponsored by:

IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Where They Stand: The Virtual Candidate Forum
The August 2 primary election is less than two weeks away! You can learn where the candidates for state and federal offices across Northern Michigan stand on key issues facing the region through the Virtual Candidates Forum presented by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance.

The Virtual Candidates Forum features candidates in the First and Fourth Congressional districts for the U.S. House of Representatives, and for state House of Representatives in the 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 104th, 105th, 106th, 107th and 110th districts. The digital format highlights the candidates and includes their written responses to a series of questions on regional, state and federal issues. Hundreds of area residents and business people have already accessed the Virtual Candidate Forum, so be sure to look it over as part of your Election Day preparation.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.  on Election Day. If you're unsure of your local voting precinct, contact your local clerk's office for information.  Remember that Michigan has closed primary elections, so you can only vote in one party on the partisan portion of the ballot. Questions can be directed to Alliance Government Relations Director Kent Wood at

"We Have Met the Enemy..."
TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani talks about the continuing challenges to growing the local economy of the Grand Traverse region in this column in The Biz section of the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

CONNECT |  Events and Programs
Pints & Politics Next Week
Pints & Politics returns next Thursday, July 28, to Right Brain Brewery as welcome our state and federal officials to this "Meet and Greet" event exclusively for Chamber members that's sponsored by our friends at DTE Energy.

Our state and federal representatives are in election season and they want to hear from Chamber members about their issues and concerns.  Join us from 4:30 - 6 p.m. for this informal but informative event.  The event is free to Chamber members, but pre-registration  is requested.

Also mark your calendars for the year's final Pints & Politics event with Grand Traverse County officials coming up October 28.

Pints & Politics is presented by:

July Member Anniversaries
Congratulations to the almost 50 Chamber businesses celebrating their membership anniversaries in July.  Taking honors for the most candles on their Chamber birthday cake are Bayside Beverage (1951) and the Don Orr Ski n' Beach Haus (1966).

Click here to see the businesses celebrating their membership anniversaries this month - and thanks all for your support of the Chamber.
INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Leadership @ the Movies Returns this Fall
As the Traverse City area gets ready to celebrate cinema with next week's TC Film Festival, the Chamber is preparing its next Leadership at the Movies presentation coming up in September.

Join us September 15 at 7:30 a.m. at the Bijou by the Bay theater across from the Chamber office for this unique leadership development program built around film clips, characters and storylines from popular movies. Leadership at the Movies draws rave review from participants for providing insightful leadership instruction in an entertaining, compact, 90-minute format to start the work day. Our presenter will be Tammy Tarsa, a Chamber board member and the owner of Integrity Home Health Care, a former Chamber Small Business of the Year.

Leadership at the Movies is a free event for Chamber members, with continental breakfast and delicious treats provided by Morsels.  Sign up today.

Spring 2016 LGT Class
LGT Application Window Closing
Preparation is underway for the fall semester of Leadership Grand Traverse, the Chamber's longest-running and well-known leadership development program. LGT has been shaping community leaders in the Grand Traverse region for more than 30 years, through hands-on instruction and insight into our leading community institutions.  Apply today for the Fall 2016 LGT semester, which kicks off in September. Applications are needed by August 19.

Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:

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