Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
October 5, 2016
See You at Pints & Politics
The final installment of the 2016  Pints & Politics series is here. Join us  Thursday, October 6, from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City as we welcome elected and appointed officials from Grand Traverse County, and other local township officials. The Pints & Politics series offers Chamber members an opportunity to meet their local leaders and representatives in an informal setting to talk about issues and topics affecting them.

Pints & Politics is free to Chamber members, and our sponsors at DTE Energy will pick up the tab for you to enjoy a soda, craft brew or glass of wine. Register here and we'll see you on Thursday.

Pints & Politics is presented by:

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Who Pays for Local Services?
Who's really paying the freight to operate our community? The answers may surprise you.

Join community development expert  Joe Minicozzi for an eye-opening program as he analyzes the tax base in Traverse City and Grand Traverse County to show what properties are generating in terms of tax revenues to operate our local governments. Minicozzi's analytics are changing the way communities look at their development patterns and improving how they pay for and deliver public services.
Make plans to attend one of these free presentations:
  • Monday, October 10, at 7 p.m. at the State Theater
  • Tuesday, October 11, at 7 p.m. at Lars Hockstad Auditorium - Central Grade School

Losing Sight of The Grand Vision?
Lost on some in the debate over downtown building heights and Traverse City's Proposal 3 are many of the land-use and design principles area residents built a consensus around during the creation of The Grand Vision, the historic community-based regional land-use plan. TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani and Traverse Area Association of Realtors Executive Vice President Kim Pontius - a former team leader for The Grand Vision - offer some timely reminders in the October edition of the Traverse City Business News.

Great Lakes Bills Pass House
Federal legislation backed by the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition with maintenance and improvements funding for the Great Lakes is moving ahead. The Coalition, which includes the Traverse City Area Chamber and Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, endorsed the federal Water Resources Development Act (WRA)  and its marine infrastructure bill which passed the U.S. House last week.  Learn more in this update from Chamber/Alliance Government Relations Director Kent Wood.

Election Season Heats Up
We're just over a month from the November 8 general election, and the campaign season is heating up across the region.

In this week's Northern Michigan Business Blog, Government Relations Director Kent Wood provides an update from MIRS on some key legislative races in Northern Michigan.

Also remember that registration deadline for the November 8 election is coming up this Tuesday,  October 11 . You can register at your municipal clerk's office or at any Secretary of State Branch.

DDA/TIF Update
And here's an update from Wood on pending bills in the state Legislature on Downtown Development Authorities and Tax Increment Financing being tracked by the Alliance. 
CONNECT | Events and Programs
Get Ready for Expo/Outlook Day
November 8 is also a big day in the Grand Traverse region as its marks the Chamber's  Economic Outlook  Breakfast and  Business Expo at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme.

Register now to attend the  Outlook Breakfast from 7:30 - 9 a.m.  It will include a panel discussion on Michigan's economic and political outlook featuring Chris Holman of the Michigan Business Network and Sarah Hubbard, a Lansing-based lobbyist from Acuitas. TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani will moderate the discussion.

Following the breakfast is the Business Expo from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the resort's Governor's Hall. The Expo is filled with almost 150 area businesses and non-profit organizations that make up the region's largest business showcase. More than a thousand visitors attend the Expo each year, and it's a great opportunity to promote your operation's goods, service and personnel to the public and fellow Chamber members. Exhibit space is going fast, so register todayor contact Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at for more information.

The Business Expo is presented by:

with additional support from:

The Economic Outlook Breakfast is presented by:

A Great Program on the Great Lakes
The Great Lakes are synonymous with Northern Michigan. The next installment of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance  Speaker Series will highlight the importance of the Great Lakes Maritime industry to the region, and the critical need for completing a new lock at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie.

The program is Friday,  October 21 , from 3:30 - 6 p.m. at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwestern Michigan College's Hagerty Center on West Grand Traverse Bay.  Our speakers will include Mark Barker, President of the Interlake Steamship Co., and Maritime Academy Supt. Jerry Achenbach. This event is free to Chamber and Alliance members, and will conclude with a reception with area legislatures. Register today.

Thanks to our Alliance sponsors:

Business After Hours Comes Home
The Chamber's monthly  Business After Hours networking event wouldn't be possible without the support of Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic. That's especially true this month, as GTOC will host Business After Hours on  October 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. at its office at 929 Business Park Drive in Traverse City.

Join us at the BAH mothership for an evening of fun, food, refreshments, prizes and more. GTOC always puts on a terrific Business After Hours event, so don't miss it!

Business After Hours is presented by:

INSPIRE | Leadership Development
YP Conference = Lessons in Leadership
The eighth annual Chamber  Young Professionals Conference coming up  November 4 promises to be the best yet - with an outstanding line-up of presenters ready to enlighten our YPs.

Register now for this can't miss event taking place from 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 this year's conference includes a program specifically designed for employers of young professionals on how to build a workplace culture where YPs can thrive.

Click here  for a full agenda of the conference, including registration information. It includes breakfast and lunch, plus a closing reception.  The cost is $100 for YPs and Chamber members, and $125 for non-members who are also welcome.

The Young Professionals Conference is presented by:

Partner News
Avoid Marketing Mishaps
Marke ting is an important tool for small businesses to reach customers, build brand awareness and drive sales, so it's important to get it right. "Avoid Common Mistakes in Small Business Marketing" is the next
SCORE workshop, coming up Tuesday,  October 11 , from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave. in Traverse City.

This free workshop will provide an overview of marketing basics, including targeting customers, budgeting and resources to help develop your marketing plan.  Register at
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