Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
September 21, 2016
Grab a Booth for the Chamber Expo
Reservations are streaming in for the Chamber's Business Expo coming up November 8 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.   Reserve space now or this can't miss business showcase attended annually by more than a thousand visitors and upwards of 140 exhibitors, set for 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the resort's Governor's Hall.

The Chamber Business Expo is an opportunity to display your company's products, services, personnel and more, and connect with hundreds of other area business people in attendance. It's the region's largest business expo and booths are filling up quickly, so don't wait to reserve your space. Booths are $500 for Chamber members, and $800 for non-members.

The Chamber Business Expo is presented by:

With additional support from:

What's Our Economic Outlook?
What can Northern Michigan's business community expect from this tumultuous election season? Find out at the Chamber's annual Economic Outlook Breakfast on November 8 at the Grand Traverse Resort. It's from 7:30 - 9 a.m. and immediately precedes the Business Expo.

TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani will host a panel discussion featuring Chris Holman, head of the Michigan Business Network, and Sarah Hubbard of Acuitas, a political liaison in Lansing for the Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance.  Holman and Hubbard have their fingers on the pulse of political activity in the state capital in Lansing and beyond, and offer unique insight on how it impacts Michigan's business community going forward.  The Outlook Breakfast is a sell-out each year, so don't wait to reserve a seat or a table for your business.

The Economic Outlook Breakfast is presented by:

IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Alliance Tracks DDA Bills in Lansing
The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance is monitoring some bills in the state Legislature that would impact the operations of Downtown Development Authorities (DDAs) in Michigan, and their use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts. These proposals could have a significant impact on DDAs in Northern Michigan, and the TIF districts utilized in several area municipalities.

You can learn more about these bills and review a legislative analysis of the various proposals in the latest edition of Government Relation Director Kent Wood's Northern Michigan Business Blog.

Pints & Politics Welcomes GT County Officials
The next installment of the Chamber's Pints & Politics series is coming up October 6. Chamber members will have an opportunity to meet with their elected and appointed representatives from Grand Traverse County.

Join us from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery at 225 E. 16th Street in Traverse City for an opportunity to meet with your local leaders and discuss business issues in a casual setting. The event is free for Chamber members, and our hosts at DTE Energy will pick up the tab for you to enjoy a craft brew, soda or glass of wine. Register here.

Pints & Politics is presented by:

CONNECT |  Events and Programs
See You Tonight at Business After Hours
It's back! The Chamber's Business After Hours, the area's original after-work networking event, returns this evening from 5 - 7 p.m. at the all new Hotel Indigo in downtown's Warehouse District. Don't miss this opportunity to check out Traverse City's newest destination spot, featuring its rooftop lounge overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay.

Business After Hours is always an enjoyable business networking and social event to exchange pleasantries and professional talk with other members of the area business sector.  There's food, refreshments and great prize drawings - and plenty to catch up on over the summer with fellow Chamber members.  We'll see you there!

Business After Hours is presented by:

INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
YPs Focus on 'What Makes a Leader'
Building leadership skills is the subject of the next Young Professionals Lunch & Learn program, coming up November 17.

Presenter Todd Sanders, senior manager of leadership development at Hagerty, will talk about what makes a strong leader and how everyone can build on his or her leadership skills. Sanders has spent more than 20 years in leadership development and decision making, business analysis and planning, and is a graduate of the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program. Register now for this luncheon event from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Hagerty Insurance building at 141 Rivers Edge in Traverse City.

Chamber leadership programming is supported by:

WEF Host Ron Jolly
Follow the Weekly Entrepreneur Focus
Listening to and learning from the experiences of other business owners is a great way to boost your business IQ. Each week on the Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus on NewsTalk 580, co-hosts Ron Jolly of WTCM and Chamber Communications Manager Bill O'Brien sit down with a local business owner to talk about how they've launched their company and built its success. It's an informative, inspiring half-hour each Wednesday morning starting at 8:30 a.m., so make sure to tune in.

If you miss a show or want to check out past episodes, visit the Weekly Entrepreneur Focus archive on the Chamber's website.

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is presented by:
Partner News
Avoid Marketing Mistakes
Strong marketing is essential to business success. The next SCORE workshop is entitled "Avoid Common Mistakes in Small Business Marketing" and will explain the rights and wrongs of marketing your small business.

Mark your calendars for October 11 for this free program that will help you learn the basics of marketing, including how to target customers, planning and budgeting for your marketing needs and available resources to help develop a marketing plan. It's from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave. in Traverse City. Registration is necessary and available at
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