Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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September 14, 201 6
Register for the Chamber Expo/Outlook Breakfast
November 8 will be an important day for Northern Michigan's business community. Not only is it election day, but it also marks the date of the Chamber's annual Economic Outlook Breakfast and Business Expo, both held at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

The Chamber is pleased to welcome Chris Holman of the Michigan Business Network and Sarah Hubbard of Acuitas to headline the Outlook Breakfast, scheduled from 7:30 - 9 a.m.  Hubbard is a legislative liaison in Lansing for the Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, while Holman is familiar to Chamber members as the face of Michigan's leading digital business information network. Their panel discussion moderated by TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani will offer insight on how this year's unique and tumultuous political season will impact the business sector. Register now  for the event.

The Business Expo is the region's largest business showcase that annually draws more than 140 exhibitors and over 1,300 attendees to the resort's Governor's Hall.    Registration is open for theExpo, which takes place from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  It's a tremendous opportunity to highlight your company's products, services, personnel and more at this large-scale networking and promotional event. Booths are $500 for Chamber members and $800 for non-members.

The Economic Outlook Breakfast is sponsored by:

The Business Expo is sponsored by:

IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Pints & Politics Welcomes County Officials
There's a lot going on these days in Grand Traverse County, and the Chamber's next Pints & Politics event will give our members an opportunity to talk about these issues first-hand with their elected and appointed county officials. Join us October 6 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City. 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 next month.

Pints & Politics is sponsored by:

West Michigan Policy Forum Coming Up
Businesses that are part of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance for the first time are invited to take part in the 2016 West Michigan Policy Forum, coming up September 26 in downtown Grand Rapids. Click here to view the full agenda and to register.

The West Michigan Policy Forum is among the state's largest and most influential business/political gatherings, bringing together top business people and civic leaders from the sunset side of Michigan. Topics this year include financing for Michigan cities, job creation and future trends, and an overview of the 2016 presidential election campaign.
CONNECT |  Events and Programs
Business After Hours Returns Next Week
We're just a week away from the return of Business After Hours, the Chamber's post-work networking event that promises plenty of business connections, prizes and fun. Join us next Wednesday, September 21, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the beautiful new Hotel Indigo in Downtown Traverse City's Warehouse District. We can't wait to check out this hot new venue overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay and Downtown TC.  We'll see you there.

Business After Hours is presented by:

INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Meet the Fall '16 Leadership Grand Traverse Class
It's going to be another great semester for the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program. The Fall 2016 LGT Class is loaded with talented and enthusiastic individuals ready to take the next step in their personal and professional development, under the tutelage of new LGT Facilitator Catherine Meyer-Looze.

Here's the new class of Leadership Grand Traverse participants:

Heather Hess - Northwestern Michigan College
Taylor Moore - Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, Inc.
Chris Staub - Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Blue Care Network of Michigan
Dana Venhuizen - Networks Northwest
Max Anderson - Fifth Third Bank
Christopher Cox - Imprezza Marketing
Rob Dickinson - Northwest Michigan WORKS!
Eric Smith - Team Elmer's
Cindy Smith - Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa
Nicole Darby - Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
Connie Youker - Traverse City State Bank
Alexis Juett - Re/Max Bayshore Properties, Ltd.
Katie Bonne - Traverse City Area Public Schools
Charles Hamlyn - Grand Traverse County
Karen Fulkerson - The Little Collaborative
Sabrina Wheaton - Hagerty
Debra Henderson - Munson Healthcare
Clara Cherry - 4Front Credit Union
Kelli Schroeder - Traverse City Light & Power
The new LGT Class begins with the opening retreat on September 23. Good luck to our participants.
Chamber leadership programming is supported by:

Last Call for Leadership at the Movies
It's time to raise the curtain for our next Leadership at the Movies presentation coming up tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Bijou by the Bay Theatre. If you're not yet registered, sign up now! 

We're looking forward to an informative program with presenter Tammy Tarsa, a Chamber Board director and the owner of Integrity Home Health & Skilled Care in Traverse City. She will feature the film Miracle with tips on how to build a winning team and how trust and hard work can make great things happen for your operation. Remember, Leadership at the Movies is free to Chamber members and includes coffee and continental breakfast. It's played to rave reviews to Chamber members so join us for an uplifting start to your day.
Additional support for Leadership at the Movies is provided by:

Partner News
Lunchtime Workshops from SCORE
SCORE Traverse City will host a series of free lunchtime workshops here at the Chamber building focused on the power of email marketing. Dates and topics include:
  • September 27 - The Power of the Inbox; how to use email as a powerful marketing tool.
  • October 11 - Standout Subject Lines; how to get your messages opened and read.
  • October 25 - The Seven Don'ts of Digital Design
All of the sessions are from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Chamber Blue Room. They are free but pre-registration is necessary. Sign up at
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