Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
May 25, 2016
Tee It Up for Chamber Leadership
There's a reason the Chamber is a leader in Michigan in Leadership Development programming.  It's because it receives strong support through membership participation in events like the annual Chamber Golf Outing.

The Golf Outing is the primary fund-raiser for the Chamber's leadership programming including the flagship Leadership Grand Traverse program, the growing Young Professionals organization, our popular Leadership at the Movies sessions and more. Support these initiatives by signing up for this year's Golf Outing set for August 17 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

We're also in need of hole sponsors and prize donations.  If you'd like to help, contact Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at

The Chamber Golf Outing is presented by:

IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Study Up on New Overtime Rules
Kent Wood, director of government relations for the Traverse City Area Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, has been a leading resource to help the area's business community be aware of and understand the new overtime rules being implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor. Wood explains these new regulations in detail and provides several sources where you can find more information in the latest edition of his Northern Michigan Business Blog

Traverse City Mayor Jim Carruthers

One 'Pint' Down, Two to Go
Thanks to our Traverse City commissioners who came out last week to mingle with Chamber members at our Pints & Politics series hosted by Right Brain Brewery. It's productive when our elected officials take their time to talk with local business people and learn about the challenges and opportunities doing business in Northern Michigan.

Our next Pints & Politics event happens July 28 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain, featuring our state and federal representatives.  This is a free event for Chamber members. Register today. The final program for 2016 is set for October 6 featuring Grand Traverse County officials. Watch for details.

Pints & Politics is presented by:
CONNECT |  Events and Programs

BLM's Doug Rothwell

Rothwell Headlines Venture North Annual Meeting
Venture North Funding & Development welcomes one of the leading experts on Michigan's economy - Doug Rothwell of Business Leaders for Michigan - for its Annual Meeting and luncheon on June 14. Rothwell will keynote the event, hosted by Visions at CenterPointe, 12935 S. West Bayshore Drive in Greilickville starting at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 and you can register here.

Rothwell is among the most sought-after experts on Michigan's business climate. Local business and community leaders will want to hear Rothwell's assessment of the state's economy, and what's needed to move Michigan forward. Venture North Executive Director Laura Galbraith will also have an update on a productive year for the business financing organization.

Venture North's Annual Meeting is presented by:

'Get to Know...' Returns June 21
Are you getting as much value as possible out of your Chamber membership? Join us for our next Get to Know Your Chamber session on June 21 starting at noon here at the Chamber to learn how to maximize your membership through utilization of the Business Directory on the Chamber website. The Business Directory is widely utilized by residents and visitors to get information on the local business community.  You can use it for promotions, to announce new hires, find employees and more.

This free program led by Membership Director Sheila Peek and Assistant Julia Clark is a great way to get your business in the fast lane through the Chamber. Sign up today.

Celebrating our May Members
May is a merry month for dozens of Chamber businesses celebrating their membership anniversaries.  Heading the longevity list this month are Schmuckal Oil Co. (1956) and the Traverse City Golf & Country Club (1964), plus five other businesses whose Chamber tenure passed the 40-year mark. Thanks for your long-term commitment to the community and the Chamber.

Here's a list of all the Chamber businesses celebrating their membership anniversaries this month. Remember to patronize your fellow Chamber members whenever possible and thank them for supporting the organization. Do you know of a business that should be part of the Chamber? Refer them to Membership Director Sheila Peek at
INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
YPs Take it Up a Notch
The Chamber's Young Professionals have taken their activity to another gear in 2016. New programming including the YP Morning Brew sessions, expanded social and networking events and more involvement in local issues are giving our region's young professionals a stronger voice in the community. If your company has employees under 40 looking to make new business and social contacts, and wanting to get more involved locally, they should check out the Chamber's YP program.

Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

Co-host Ron Jolly

A Weekly Focus on Business Success
The Grand Traverse region is home to an array of fascinating people who've built their ideas into successful businesses and enterprises. Each Wednesday at 8:35 a.m., the Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus on NewsTalk 580 spotlights these inspiring stories and the people who've built them from the ground up. Join WTCM's Ron Jolly and Chamber Communications Manager Bill O'Brien for this on-air tutorial on how your friends and neighbors have cultivated business success.

If you miss an episode of Weekly Entrepreneur Focus, click here for an archive of past programs on the Chamber website.

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is presented by:

Partner News
Check Out TSA Pre Check at TVC
Air travel is getting more complicated and time-consuming than ever. Enrolling in the Transportation Security Administration's Pre Check program helps low-risk travelers get through airport security checkpoints across the country in much shorter order.  Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City will host another Pre Check enrollment period June 6 - 11. Applicants can pre-enroll and select an appointment slot for that week by clicking here.
Take the Future Business Index Survey
Help our friends at the Michigan Business Network take the pulse of the state's business sector by taking part in their 2016 Michigan Future Business Index survey. It takes just a few minutes and the survey helps identify and track several of major issues, challenges and opportunities facing business people like you. The MBN will share the final survey results with all businesses that participate. Plus you'll be entered to win some great prizes just for taking part. This is the last week to be involved so get started.
'Living Servant Leadership' Topic of Lunch Club
A combined luncheon and workshop highlights the next Leadership Lunch Club event coming up Friday, June 10, from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club. The presenter is Tom Root, Co-managing  Partner for Zingerman's Mail Order, part of the successful enterprise of the world-famous delicatessen based in Ann Arbor.

Root will talk about how Zingerman's implements its philosophy of Servant Leadership and how it applies to your daily business operations and how it can help your employees and volunteer staff.  Come learn why Inc. magazine calls Zingerman's the "Coolest Small Company in America." Register today.

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MSU Means Business Luncheon & Networking Event 
June 1st at 12:00pm

Paradise Market OPEN!
Corner of Voice and Garfield. 
40 Vendors. 
See why South County Matters.
Golf Outing & Dinner 
June 13th

In Case you
Missed it...
  • Read TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani's recent column on the evolving Northwest Michigan economy in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.  
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