Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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May 4, 2016
Leslie Winkle of Studio 415 Salon
Studio 415 Salon is the Chamber Small Business of the Year
Another amazing year of the Chamber's Small Business Celebration came to an exciting climax tonight with the crowning of Studio 415 Salon as the Chamber's 2016 Hagerty Small Business of the Year!

"Studio 415 rose to the top of this year's Small Business Celebration in part because of Leslie Winkle's leadership to purchase an existing company and immediately transform its culture to a philosophy of 'just be nice'," said SBC Judge Kevin Schlueter, CEO of Kalkaska Screw Products. "They've grown the business by doubling sales and adding several employees over the past four years."

Studio 415 Salon, located at the intersection of Cass and Eighth streets in Traverse City, is a full-service salon offering a wide range of services to women, men and children. It was founded in 2011 and purchased by Winkle in 2014. The business is on the cutting edge of customer service and technology including development of its own Studio 415 app, extensive employee training and community involvement including a special "Cuts for Kids" event offering free haircuts and other supplies to families in need.

Learn more about this year's Hagerty Small Business of the Year and the other outstanding finalists in this year's Small Business Celebration. 

The 2016 Small Business Celebration is sponsored by:
IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Luciani Talks Energy Efficiency, Reliability
The Traverse City Area Chamber is at the forefront of energy efficiency and reliability for Northern Michigan, and proud of our association with the Chamber of Innovation and Clean Energy. The CICE this week released a series of videos on local energy initiatives from chamber and business organizations across the country, including a presentation from TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani. Hear what Doug had to say.  

Link to the full CICE Energy Series.
The Soo Locks

Soo Locks Critical to National Economy
Maintaining - and upgrading - the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie is critical not only to Northern Michigan's economy, but to the nation's economic future as well. The Traverse City Area Chamber is working with business organizations across the Midwest and Upper Great Lakes to keep this economic lynchpin operating at sufficient capacity. Learn more in this column from TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani in the latest edition of the Traverse City Business News.
CONNECT |  Events and Programs
Grab a Pint and Bend an Ear
The Chamber's Pints & Politics series for 2016 kicks off Tuesday, May 17, as we welcome elected and appointed officials from the City of Traverse City.  Pints & Politics is an opportunity for Chamber members to meet with their government representatives in a casual, informal setting to talk about issues impacting their businesses and the community. These sessions are free to Chamber members and hosted by Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Register here.   

Pints & Politics is sponsored by:

Help Out at the Chamber Front Desk
You can expand your involvement in the Traverse City Area Chamber by volunteering to staff the Front Desk. The Chamber is looking for motivated, friendly, energetic people to help staff our front desk and help our visitors enjoy their experience at the Chamber. Duties include:
  • Answering phones and greeting guests.
  • Assisting with mail and related office projects.
  • Staffing our first-floor meeting rooms and helping attendees using the space.
  • Directing visitors to the Traverse City Tourism office.
Interested individuals can contact the Chamber's Julia Clark for more information at

INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Leadership at the Movies Returns May 12
Are you signed up for the latest Leadership at the Movies event coming up Thursday, May 12, at the Bijou by the Bay theater? If not, you should be.

Leadership at the Movies is the Chamber's groundbreaking leadership development program that offers professional development instruction through scenes from classic movies. It's a fun and entertaining 90-minute program at the start of the workday that includes coffee and continental breakfast to go with great discussion.

Next week's 7:30 a.m. program features the return of Anne Bonney presenting "The First Step to Great Leadership is Self Leadership" featuring scenes from the movie Yes Man, a 2008 British-American comedy starring Jim Carrey. Register now for this free program for Chamber members.

Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

Partner News
SCORE Points with Social Media
The award-winning SCORE chapter in Traverse City will present the second installment in a two-part series on how to grow your business by utilizing social media coming up this Tuesday, May 10, at the Traverse Area District Library. It will expand on ideas on how to use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in various business applications. The workshop is from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Get registered.
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MPA Degree Taught Locally
NASPAA accredited 2 year program, weekend classes, experienced faculty.

Free Recruitment Seminar
Attend a Recruitment Seminar Tuesday, May 17th at the Bayshore Resort. 
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