Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
November 2, 2016
See You at the Chamber Expo!
It's finally here! After months of planning and preparation, the region's largest Business Expo arrives this Tuesday, November 8. The
Traverse City Area Chamber Business Expo is from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, featuring nearly 150 exhibitors from the area's business and non-profit sector. Check out the latest business products and services on display, and network with hundreds of area business people and the more than 1,000 attendees that visit the show each year.
The Business Expo is immediately preceded by the 2017 Economic Outlook Breakfast happening 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. We look forward to seeing everyone at one of the Chamber's biggest days of the year.
The Business Expo is presented by:
With additional support from: 
The Economic Outlook Breakfast is presented by: 

IMPA CT | Advocacy for Business
Chamber Urges "No" Vote on City Prop 3
Traverse City voters on Tuesday face an important decision for the community's future. The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce strongly endorses a "No" vote on the city's Proposal 3 to severely limit building heights across the city. Government Relations Director Kent Wood explains the Chamber's numerous concerns with Proposal 3 in this   letter to its members and city voters.
Here are some other local voices weighing in on the negative consequences of Proposal 3, including our Chamber Board Vice-Chair Bonnie Alfonso with her column in the latest issue of the  Traverse City Business News.
Plus the   Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities and the  Traverse City Record-Eagle are also opposed to Proposal 3.
Tuesday is Election Day
Still looking for information before deciding who to vote for on Election Day on Tuesday? The Virtual Candidate Forum produced by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance 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.
It's also 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.
Remember to go the polls and vote on November 8.
Thanks to these Alliance partners:

CONNE CT |  Events and Programs
TraverseCONNECT Offers Energy-Savings Seminar
TraverseCONNECT will welcome three national experts in the energy field to Northern Michigan to help Chamber businesses maintain cost effective and energy efficient buildings and work spaces. Alexandra Harry and Adam Sledd of the   Institute for Market Transformation based in Washington, D.C, will join Andrew Smyser of the   Council of Smaller Enterprises based in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 16 and 17 for two days of seminars and meetings here at the Chamber aimed at helping area small businesses reduce their energy consumption - and their operating costs.
Highlights of this program will include:
  • How to incorporate energy-aligned leasing practices to create energy efficient spaces whether you rent or you own.
  • Designing more efficient office, retail and industrial spaces.
  • Spotting energy "hogs" in your operation through the use of energy audits.
  • How to save energy use and lower utility spending to reduce your business' operating expenses.
The event will include information seminars sandwiched around individual meetings with small business people to help them craft tailored solutions to their circumstances and surroundings. Presenters will offer various resource guides to participants.
In preparation for the seminars, the Chamber is asking its members to complete a brief survey on its energy use and related topics.
Click here  to access the survey, which takes just a few minutes to complete.

Register here to participate in the morning session on November 16 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. Businesses interested in the afternoon session from 3:30 - 5 p.m. can register here.
Both programs will be held in the Blue Room here at the Chamber.
Director Applications Due November 7
A search is underway for the Executive Director position for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. Applications are due by this Monday, November 7.  The Chamber Board's Executive Committee and TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani have been hard at work in recent months building a job description and search process focused on finding the right individual to work with our great members to move the organization forward.
Click here to view the Chamber's media release on the Executive Director search. Visit the Chamber's website at for all the application details.  
GT Distillery Hosts Business After Hours
We're always excited to visit new venues for our Business After Hours events. That's especially true this month as BAH heads to one of Downtown Traverse City's most-popular destinations for residents and visitors alike - Grand Traverse Distillery at 215 E. Front Street.
Grand Traverse Distillery's Kent Rabish is among Michigan's pioneers in the micro-distillery industry, and we're so excited to bring Business After Hours to this landmark Northern Michigan business. Copper Falls restaurant will co-host the event.
You know the drill - it's  Wednesday, November 16, from 5 - 7 p.m. and of course admission is free for Chamber members. We're expecting a great turnout, so don't miss it. Click here  to learn more.
Business After Hours is sponsored by: 
INS PIRE | Leadership Development
Leadership @ the Movies Returns November 10
The Chamber's  Leadership at the Movies program is like a great cinematic series that just gets better with every production. The next event is Thursday,  November 10 , starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Bijou by the Bay theater in Traverse City.
Leadership strategist Jonathan Pool will present "How Character Can Change a Culture" highlighting scenes from the movie
Invictus, an Oscar-nominated film from 2009 directed by Clint Eastwood that stars Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman. The program is free to Chamber members and continues to build a strong audience through its entertaining, compact and informative approach to leadership development. Click here to register.
Chamber leadership programming is presented by:
With additional support from:

Partner News
Grants Available for Energy Savings
The Michigan Agency for Energy's Energy Office has grant dollars available for small business manufacturers interested in investing in retooling projects that result in energy waste reduction in manufacturing processes and/or the manufacturing of clean energy technologies. Proposals are due by Dec.12.
The RFP is open to small manufacturers with 500 or fewer employees located in Michigan. Eligible projects are those that decrease energy waste in manufacturing processes or increase manufacturing of energy efficient technologies.
A total of $100,000 in funding is available.  Grant awards will range from $25,000 to $50,000 for equipment purchases only, with a 4-to-1 match requirement of cash or in-kind services.   Click here  to review the agency's Request for Proposals (RFP).
Understanding Drone Regulations
Federal regulations on the use of drones are rapidly evolving. Businesses, pilots and customers who utilize this emerging technology need up-to-date information on these regulations. Northwestern Michigan College's Aviation Division will offer a free program on the topic on Thursday, November 17, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Parsons-Stulen Building on Aero Park Drive in Traverse City.  Pre-registration is necessary and available by contacting NMC's Extended Education Service office at 995-1700 and asking for course code 4415.
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