Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
July 27, 2016
Pints & Politics on Tap
Here are three good reasons to attend the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Pints & Politics session on Thursday afternoon:
  1. Connect with state and federal candidates on the ballot for the August 2 primary election.
  2. Network with members of the local business community.
  3. Enjoy free local craft beer from Right Brain Brewery thanks to our sponsors at DTE Energy.
Join us Thursday from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery where several state and federal legislators and candidates for office from around the region will join us as part of their stretch drive for Tuesday's primary vote. Confirmed attendees will include state Sen. Wayne Schmidt and Reps. Larry Inman and Bruce Rendon, and candidates from the 104th and 101st state House races and for the First Congressional District. This is a free event exclusive to Traverse City Area Chamber members and businesses within the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. Register here.

Mark your calendars for the season's final Pints & Politics event on October 6 as we host officials from Grand Traverse County.

Pints & Politics is presented by:

IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Where do the Candidates Stand?
Tuesday's August Primary Election is approaching fast. Find out where the candidates for state and federal offices across Northern Michigan stand on the issues impacting the region through the 2016 Virtual Candidate Forum presented by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance.

The 2016 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. You can click here to access the Virtual Candidates Forum or visit the chamber's website at

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.  on Tuesday. 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? Contact Alliance Government Relations Director Kent Wood at
Chamber Endorses Library Millage
Among the local proposals on Tuesday's election ballot is a .9548-mill operational property tax levy sought by the Traverse Area District Library to replace a 20-year levy that expired last year.  The proposal is endorsed by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, in concurrence with the recommendation of the Chamber's Government Relations Committee. Click here  to learn more.
Get Help on New Federal Overtime Rules
More than 60 business men and women across Northern Michigan took advantage of a conference call last week with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on new federal Department of Labor overtime regulations effective December 1. Thanks to Marc Freedman, Executive Director of Labor Law Policy at the U.S. Chamber, for taking part in this informative event organized by Chamber Government Relations Director Kent Wood.

If you were unable to participate in the conference call or would like to review the information presented, the U.S. Chamber offers a summary of provisions of the new regulations, and a webinar slide show with the pertinent information. Thanks to everyone who participated. We hope you found the information helpful.
CONNECT |  Events and Programs
Countdown to the Chamber Golf Outing
Time is running out to get in on the fun at the annual Chamber Golf Outing, coming up August 17 at the beautiful Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa.  Prize donations for the raffle drawing are still being accepted, and there are still a handful of tee times available on the Betsie Valley golf course.

Supporting the Chamber golf outing is a great way to support Chamber leadership programming. It's the main source of scholarship funds for the Leadership Grand Traverse program.  Don't miss out.

What:  Traverse 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:

INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Catherine Meyer-Looze, Ed.D.
Welcome our new LGT Facilitator
Leadership Grand Traverse enters a new era this fall as the Chamber welcomes Dr. Catherine Meyer-Looze as the new LGT program facilitator. She's an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership Program at Grand Valley State University and an instructional and leadership specialist for the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District. She's also a graduate of the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program. We look forward to Catherine's inspiration and expertise in leading this unique and enduring leadership development initiative.

The 2016 Fall Semester of Leadership Grand Traverse is fast approaching.  It begins in September and the deadline for applications is August 19. Expand your leadership skills and gain new insight into the people and institutions that drive the Grand Traverse region. Apply today.

Chamber leadership programming is supported by:

Tune in to the Weekly Entrepreneur Focus
Every Wednesday morning the Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus on NewsTalk 580 spotlights local business owners to talk about the ups and downs of starting, running and growing a business in Northern Michigan. Tune in around the 8:30 a.m. time slot with WTCM-AM morning host Ron Jolly and Chamber staff for a fast-paced half-hour featuring your friends and neighbors who do business in Northern Michigan.

If you missed an episode or would like to hear one again, check out the WEF Archive  on the Chamber's website.

The Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is presented by:
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Get a Smart Start for Your New Business
If you're an aspiring entrepreneur looking for the real story about starting and operating a business, the next monthly SCORE workshop is for you. It happens Tuesday, August 9, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library. Topics will include:
  • What it takes to be a successful entrepreneur
  • How to start a business
  • Pros and cons of owning your own business
  • Overview of business plans, licensing and regulatory issues, finance, marketing, and much more
If you're thinking about starting a business or are in the early start-up stages, this free workshop is for you. Register here.
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Goodwill CEO Meet & Greet
Aug. 2, 5-7pm. Goodwill Store: 
2279 S. Airport Rd., TC. 

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