Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
June 29, 2016
Golf Outing Filling Fast
Don't wait to reserve your slot in the 2016 Chamber Golf Outing. The August 17 event is filling up fast so register today!  The event includes 18 holes of golf, lunch and dinner, a registration gift, prize and drink tickets and more.

This year's outing will be hosted by our friends at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Benzie County, among the top golf destinations in Northwest Michigan. The Golf Outing supports Chamber leadership programming, and specifically our landmark Leadership Grand Traverse program.  It's a productive way to spend your day with business and community leaders from across the region.

Prize donations for the raffle drawing are also needed - another great way to promote your company to the business community. For more information contact Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at

The Chamber Golf Outing is sponsored by:

IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Join us for Pints & Politics on July 28
While all politics may be local, there are hundreds of state and federal laws and administrative rules that impact local businesses each and every day. The Chamber's Pints & Politics series provides member businesses with personal access to these decision makers 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, and 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:

State Business Taxes Payable Online
The state Treasury Department is instructing business owners to pay state Sales, Use and Withholding taxes online. The state is phasing out use of Form 2328 to pay those taxes, and this week is contacting businesses that had been utilizing Form 2328 with instructions on how to set up an online account to make state tax payments. You can set up an account or change your account information through Michigan Treasury Online.
CONNECT |  Events and Programs
Apply for Leadership Grand Traverse
How can you significantly enhance your knowledge of the Grand Traverse region while developing your professional network at the same time? By taking part in the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program.

Leadership Grand Traverse is the Chamber's premiere leadership development program, educating hundreds of participants on the institutions and programs serving the area. LGT members make life-long friends and professional connections and prepare 
themselves for bigger roles in their professional careers and in their personal lives as well. Applications are being accepted now for the Fall 2016 semester  with a deadline of August 19.

Chamber leadership programming is supported by:

Share Your National Cherry Festival Fun!
We're just a few days way from the opening of the 90th annual National Cherry Festival! The local business community always steps up in a big way to support the Cherry Festival, and we want to highlight our members' involvement in Northern Michigan's signature summer event.

If your business is sponsoring or helping out a Cherry Festival venue - or if your people are just walking around having fun - send us some photos and we'll share them on the Chamber's Facebook or 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
Save on Workers Comp Costs
Membership in the Chamber offers your business several cost-saving benefits, including a 5-percent discount in workers compensation insurance rates through the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America.

Beyond the insurance discount, participating Chamber businesses have shared more than $2.9 million in dividends paid by the Accident Fund over the past 16 years through their excellent performance in improving workplace safety.   Last year alone, around 190 Chamber member businesses across Northern Michigan shared over $200,000 in Accident Fund dividends, with payments ranging from $20 to more than $9,000.
Can your company save money? Learn more by visiting
INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
A New Path for LGT Grads
Hundreds of area residents enriched their knowledge and involvement with the Grand Traverse region through their involvement in Leadership Grand Traverse. Now LGT graduates can enhance their experience by joining Leadership Grand Traverse Fellows,  an exclusive alumni group for past LGT participants through the Chamber.

LGT Fellows can take part in "deep dive" sessions offering updates on LGT topics, connect with present Leadership Grand Traverse participants and get the latest on volunteer and public service opportunities available in the area. It's a terrific way to stay engaged with the Leadership Grand Traverse program. If you're a past LGT participant, click here to learn more.

Partner News
TC New Tech Rolls On
The region's new gathering place for technology enthusiasts - TC New Tech - meets again this Tuesday, July 5, starting at 6 p.m. at Ecco at 121 E. Front St. in downtown Traverse City. Hear up to five presenters each month discuss the latest tech trends and ideas in the Grand Traverse area. Register for this free program and learn more about the organization at
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