Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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October 19, 2016
Speaker Series Locks in on Soo Locks
The maritime industry is a major cog in Northern Michigan's economy.  This  Friday's installment in the  Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Speaker Series will highlight the region's maritime industry and the critical need to expand the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie.

Join us from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College's Maritime Academy. NewsTalk 580 morning host Ron Jolly will moderate a panel discussion featuring
Thomas Rayburn of the Lake Carriers Association, Maritime Academy Supt. Jerry Achenbach and Soo Locks Engineer Kevin Sprague.  It promises to be an enlightening discussion on the region's shipping economy. The event is free to Chamber members and businesses within the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, and concludes with a reception featuring area legislators.

The Speaker Series is made possible by these Alliance partners:

IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Virtual Candidate Forum Includes NMC Race
The  2016 Virtual Candidate Forum presented by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance has been expanded to include candidates seeking seats on Northwestern Michigan College's Board of Trustees. Click here   to hear from candidates seeking seats on the college board.

The Virtual Candidate Forum also includes question-and-answer sections  for candidates in the First and Fourth 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.

Remember to go the polls and vote on November 8.

Park Place Hotel
Great Structures Part of City's Great Heritage
The debate over tall buildings and Proposal 3 in Traverse City shouldn't ignore the community's great history and the structures that have helped shape the character of the city. Chamber Communications Manager Bill O'Brien talks about that connection in the Chamber's monthly column in The Biz section of the   Traverse City Record-Eagle
CONNECT | Events & Programs
Expo/Outlook Breakfast Coming November 8
Thanks everyone for your tremendous support of the Chamber's annual
Economic Outlook Breakfast and  Business Expo coming up November 8 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Both the Outlook Breakfast and the Expo are sold out. To get on a waiting list contact Chamber Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at

The breakfast takes place from 7:30 - 9 a.m. in the resort's Michigan ballroom. TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani will moderate a panel discussion featuring Chris Holman of the Michigan Business Network and Sarah Hubbard of Acuitas. That will be followed by the Business Expo from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. downstairs in the resort's Governor's Hall. We appreciate everyone's participation and look forward to an informative and productive day!

The Chamber Business Expo is sponsored by:

With additional support from:

See You Tonight at Business After Hours
Can't wait for tonight's Business After Hours event as we head to Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic for our monthly after-work networking event from 5 - 7 p.m.  Business After Hours attendees will receive a coupon for an exclusive 30 percent discount from GTOC on complete pairs of glasses as part of its Fall Optical Show on October 27 from 1 - 7 p.m. at its Traverse City location at 929 Business Park Drive.
So not only will tonight's BAH include its usual fun evening of food, refreshments and great prizes, it will also get you focused in some great savings on your next set of spectacles from GTOC. Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Business After Hours is presented by:

INSPIRE | Leadership Development
Nominations Open for Chamber Board
Nominations are being accepted for seats on the Chamber's Board of Directors.  Chamber members interested in serving on the board can apply by November 4. Click here to access the nomination form.

To qualify, candidates must be members in good standing, agree to attend monthly meetings and special meetings if necessary, participate in Chamber events and be willing to take positions on community issues. A nominating committee will be appointed by the board Chairman to select board candidates, who will be elected by Chamber members for 3-year terms beginning January 1.
Register NOW for the TCYP Conference
Time is running out to register for the Chamber's  Young Professionals Conference, coming up  November 4 and featuring some of the community's top leadership development experts.

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.

Plus don't forget this year's event 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. Non-members are welcome for $125.

The Young Professionals Conference is presented by:
Partner News
Digital Design Done Right
The lunchtime workshop series on email marketing from SCORE Traverse City concludes this Tuesday,  October 25 . Learn about the "Seven Don'ts of Digital Design" at this free workshop from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Chamber Blue Room.  Click here  to register.
Michigan Business Index Survey Open
The Michigan Future Business Index Survey conducted by the Michigan Business Network helps track business conditions and trends through hundreds of small businesses throughout the state. Research is underway on the Fall 2016 edition of the Index Survey. Click here to  complete the 5-minute 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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