Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
August 24, 2016
Crystal Mountain's Chris MacInnes with
Tim Norman

Thanks All for a Terrific Golf Outing
The Chamber's annual Golf Outing was a hole-in-one success thanks to all our participants, sponsors and prize donators, staff and volunteers and of course our fine hosts at beautiful Crystal Mountain Resort in Benzie County. After a showery morning, the skies cleared and it was an ideal day to enjoy one of Michigan's great resorts and a day of fun and relaxation - all to raise thousands of dollars to support Chamber leadership programming.

Here's a list of our members and partners who stepped up to support this tremendous event - we couldn't have done it without you. Special thanks from our Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz to all who helped out. Can't wait for next year!

The Chamber Golf Outing is presented by:

IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business


Chamber Boosts West Side Parking Deck
The Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners last week reversed an earlier vote on a state environmental clean-up loan, a decision that will allow the City of Traverse City to move ahead with a public parking deck at 145 West Front Street downtown.

"The Chamber and its members worked hard to convince county officials that moving ahead with this environmental clean-up loan is key to the city proceeding with long-planned and much-needed public parking facilities on West Front Street," said Kent Wood, director of government relations for the Chamber. "This is a critical project to boost economic development at the west end of downtown. We appreciate the county's participation and thank our members who voiced support for it to the county commissioners."

Here's more on the vote as reported in The Ticker.

       Keith Creagh

Alliance Speaker Series Welcomes Keith Creagh
The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance is proud to welcome long-time state administrator Keith Creagh to the next installment of the Alliance Speaker Series. It happens Wednesday, September 15 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club.

Creagh served as interim director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and is transitioning back to his role as the head of the state Department of Natural Resources. He's also a former director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and has extensive expertise on environmental, natural resource and agricultural issues that are important to the business community of Northern Michigan.

The luncheon event and is free to Traverse City Area Chamber members and businesses within the Chamber Alliance. Register here.

Thanks to our Alliance sponsors:

CONNECT |  Events and Programs
BAH is Back at Hotel Indigo
Summer is winding down - which means the Chamber event schedule is picking up! Business After Hours, the region's original after-hour business networking event, returns in September as we head to the new Hotel Indigo in Downtown Traverse City.

Hotel Indigo is drawing rave reviews for its rooftop restaurant and lounge offering spectacular views of West Grand Traverse Bay. We can't wait to share TC's newest accommodation location with our Chamber members and friends. Join us from 5 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21 for Business After Hours.  

Business After Hours is presented by:

Past DSA Honorees Jim Beckett (seated),
Bruce Rogers, Susie Janis, Wes Nelson and Chuck Judson

Get those DSA Nominations In
Nominations are open for the Chamber's 2016 Distinguished Service Award.  Residents of the Chamber's 5-county service area are eligible, and nominees need not be members of the Chamber. Nominations are needed by October 14 and you can click here to access the nomination form.

Founded in 1929, the Distinguished Service Award honors a local individual for his or her outstanding community commitment to the Grand Traverse region.  Business and civic leaders, public officials, patrons of the arts and others have been deserving recipients of this award for their impactful and enduring support of the area. The Distinguished Service Award will be presented at the Chamber's Annual Celebration in January. Registration for the Annual Celebration will open soon. Follow Chamber communications for updates.
INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Leadership at the Movies Welcomes Tammy Tarsa
The Chamber is excited to welcome a new - but familiar - presenter to our next Leadership at the Movies session coming up September 15. Tammy Tarsa, owner of Integrity Home Health and Skilled Care, will host this installment of our cinematic leadership tutorial, featuring the film Miracle about the inspiring story of the 1980 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team.

As the owner of a Chamber Small Business of the Year, Tammy knows a lot about leadership, teamwork, and how to inspire the people around you. Join us for this one-of-a-kind leadership development program at the Bijou Theater in downtown Traverse City from 7:30 - 9 a.m. It's free for Chamber members and includes free continental breakfast.  Sign up now.

Chamber leadership programming is sponsored by:

With additional support from:

Maximize Your Connections
Connecting to Maximize Influence is the next Chamber Young Professionals Lunch & Learn program. Featuring presenter Anne Bonney, the program will unveil secrets on connecting with the people in your professional and personal lives and getting them to work with you.

Register now  for this informative luncheon program coming up September 7 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge. Chamber YPs won't want to miss this informative event.

Partner News
Athena International Leadership Conference
An inspiring lineup of speakers and presenters will take part in the 35th annual Athena International Leadership Conference coming up September 25-27 in Lansing.  The conference will offer three days of world-class inspiration, business networking and motivation, and members from Northern Michigan are welcome.

Presenters will include Flint pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Athena International Founder Martha Mertz. The keynote speaker is actress Ashley Judd.  Numerous breakout sessions are also featured. Click here  to learn more about the conference and to register.

Upcoming Events
Click Event to Register
September 7 
Advertise Now
Click for Info

This is dummy text... Optional Link

In Case you
Missed it...
Get connected to more Chamber program info:

Suggestions for topics you would like to read here? Email: