Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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August 10, 2016
    2015 DSA Honoree
Charles Judson
Nominations Open for Distinguished Service Award
Since 1929 the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has honored a local individual for his or her outstanding community commitment to the Grand Traverse region.  Business and civic leaders, public officials, patrons of the arts and others have been deserving recipients of this award for their impactful and enduring support of the area, including our 2015 DSA recipient Charles B. "Chuck" Judson of Traverse City.

Nominations are open for the Chamber's 2016 Distinguished Service Award, to be presented at the Chamber's Annual Celebration in January.  Learn more about this prestigious honor and submit your nomination form by October 14.
IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
  Keith Creagh

DNR/DEQ Director Creagh Speaks to the Alliance
One of Michigan's top regulators in the natural resource and environmental fields headlines the next installment of The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Speaker Series on Wednesday, September 15.   Keith Creagh, interim director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality who's transitioning back to his role as the head of the state Department of Natural Resources, is the guest speaker for this luncheon event from 11:30 - 1 p.m. at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club.

Creagh is also a former director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and offers extensive expertise on numerous issues that are important to the business community of Northern Michigan. This event is free to Chamber members and businesses within the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. Non-members are welcome for $15, and you can register here.

Thanks to our Alliance sponsors:

Pints & Politics Welcomes GT County
The Chamber's Pints & Politics series continues to build an audience and we're looking forward to our next event coming up October 6 as we welcome elected and appointed officials from Grand Traverse County. It's from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City, and you can register here.  

Pints & Politics is an opportunity for Chamber members to interact with their public representatives in an informal setting and offer their input from a business perspective. The events are free for Chamber members, and our sponsors at DTE Energy will pick up the tab for you to enjoy a craft brew, soda or glass of wine. Our event in July with state and federal officials produced a great turnout, and we look forward to meeting with county officials this fall.

Pints & Politics is sponsored by:

CONNECT |  Events and Programs
Chamber Golf Outing Next Wednesday
We're just a week out from the annual Chamber Golf Outing coming up next Wednesday, August 17, at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa.
While both the Mountain Ridge and Betsie Valley courses are sold out, there are a couple of tee times that can still be squeezed in. If you'd like to get in on the fun and support Chamber leadership programming, contact Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at  to reserve a spot.

The Golf Outing begins with a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start. Box lunches will be available at the start and a fabulous dinner ends the day with the awards and prize drawings. Thanks in advance to all our participants, our hole and super hole sponsors, our hosts at Crystal Mountain Resort and all our members who donated prizes for the raffle. It's going to be a great day and we look forward to seeing everyone on the links!

The Chamber Golf Outing is sponsored by:

INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Fall Leadership Grand Traverse Deadline Looms
Time is running out to apply for the Fall 2016 semester of Leadership Grand Traverse. Applications will be accepted through next week - Friday, August 19 is the deadline. Apply here .

Leadership Grand Traverse is the Chamber's flagship leadership development program, and this fall welcomes Dr. Catherine Meyer-Looze as the new program facilitator. Dr. Meyer-Looze is a leadership and education specialist for Grand Valley State University and the TBA Intermediate School District. We look forward to her perspective and direction as we build on the 30-plus year success of Leadership Grand Traverse helping area professionals learn and grow in their community.

Chamber leadership programming is supported by:

A Focus on Entrepreneurs
Starting and running a business is challenging, worrying, tiring - and rewarding! Northern Michigan is home to hundreds of successful entrepreneurs who've worked hard and put plenty at risk to achieve their business dreams. Each week, the Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus on WTCM-AM 580 shines a spotlight on a successful Northern Michigan business man, woman or family who share their stories and backgrounds. There are plenty of valuable lessons that all business people can learn from.

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus each airs each Wednesday morning starting at 8:35 a.m., hosted by NewTalk 580's morning host Ron Jolly and Chamber Communications Manager Bill O'Brien. If you miss an episode, click here for an archive on the Chamber website.

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is sponsored by:
Partner News
West Michigan Policy Forum Coming Sept. 26
Michigan's business and political influence is shifting west and the West Michigan Policy Forum is a major reason why.  It's among the leading business/political policy events in the state, and members of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance are invited to take part. The 2016 WMPF is Monday, September 26, in downtown Grand Rapids, with topics to include financing for Michigan cities, job creation, future trends and a preview of the upcoming presidential debates featuring panelists former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

Grand Traverse County Administrator Tom Menzel  is also among the presenters at the event, to be held at the Amway Grand Plaza and JW Marriott hotels in Grand Rapids.  Click here to view the full agenda and to register.
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