Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
November 23, 2016
Help Sponsor the Chamber's Annual Celebration
Your company can make a big splash at the region's biggest business celebration of the year - the Chamber's Annual Celebration coming up January 20 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.
There are numerous opportunities to highlight your business to the nearly 800 attendees at the Annual Celebration through various sponsorships including beverage sponsors, reserved tables and more. Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Annual Celebration. Don't delay as the sponsorship deadline is December 16.
The Chamber is excited for the 2017 Annual Celebration that will include several upgrades from previous years, including:
  • Live entertainment during the evening.
  • A seated presentation for our annual Distinguished Service Award ceremony.
  • A revamped event layout for better access to food and beverages, and improved interaction among the guests for networking and socializing.
  • A post-event reception at the Aerie Lounge atop the resort.
Invitations for the Annual Celebration will be mailed out in early December, when registration will also open on the Chamber's website. Follow the Chamber Bulletin for registration details.
The Annual Celebration is presented by:

IMPACT |  Advocacy for Business
Following the Lame Duck Legislature
The Traverse City Area Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance will be keeping a close eye on year-end legislative activity in Lansing during upcoming lame-duck sessions of the state House and Senate.  Among the issues to be addressed including energy legislation, parole reform, state development incentives involving a Personal Income Tax withholding abatement and other issues. Keep following Chamber communications for updates.
Click here for more information on the Legislative Advocacy efforts for the Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance and how you can get and stay involved.
Thanks to our Alliance partners: 


City Commission Applications Due December 2
Chamber members are encouraged to apply for a vacant seat on the Traverse City City Commission to serve through the city elections in November 2017. Eligible applicants must be a registered voter in the city for 30 consecutive days and not be past due on amounts owed to the City, according to City Clerk Benjamin Marentette.
 
The City Commission functions as the City's legislative body, essentially functioning as the board of directors for City government. For more information on the functions of the City Commission, click here.

This is a tremendous opportunity to serve the community in a responsible position that sets far-reaching policy that impacts the region and State of Michigan. Letters of interest with accompanying resume must be received by the City Clerk by  5 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016.

C ONNECT |  Events and Programs
Welcome New Chamber Members
It's been a bountiful fall season in terms of membership, as we welcomed more than a dozen new members into the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce family in October. Welcome aboard to these new Chamber businesses:
Art Van Pure Sleep Store
Biela IT Services
Boxcar Advisory
Center City Kitchen
Commonplace Practice
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
GTD Inc.
Jon Supernaw CPA, PLLC
Kensington West Condominium Association
MICAPITAL
Mrs. A.D. VanMeter
Northern Michigan Vein Specialties
Panera Bread
 
Thanks to these new members for supporting the business community in the Grand Traverse region through Chamber membership. Remember to patronize and support your fellow Chamber members whenever possible. 
INSPI RE |  Leadership Development
LGT's Max Anderson
Another Outstanding LGT Class
November marked another milestone in the Chamber's  Leadership Grand Traverse program as we graduated the 32 nd class of this outstanding leadership development program earlier this month. The Fall 2016 LGT Class was expertly directed by our new and talented LGT Facilitator Cathy Meyer-Looze, with special thanks to our LGT day Chairs Kent Wood (Chamber), Laura Galbraith (Venture North), Mary Marois (retired county DHS Director), Dr. Jason Jeffrey (TBAISD), Leslie Donaldson (Interlochen Center for the Arts) and Marsha Clark (Grand Traverse Conservation District).
Here are the Fall 2016 Leadership Grand Traverse graduates and their professional affiliations:
Max Anderson - Fifth Third Bank
Katie Bonne - Traverse City Area Public Schools
Clara Cherry - 4Front Credit Union
Christopher Cox - Imprezza Marketing LLC
Nicole Darby - Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
Rob Dickinson - Northwest Michigan WORKS!
Karen Fulkerson - The Little Collaborative
Charlie Hamlyn - Grand Traverse County
Debra Henderson - Munson Healthcare
Heather Hess - Northwestern Michigan College
Alexis Juett -Re/Max Bayshore Properties Ltd.
Taylor Moore - Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan
Kelli Schroeder - Traverse City Light & Power
Eric Smith - Team Elmer's
Cindy Smith - Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa
Chris Staub - Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan
Dana Venhuizen - Networks Northwest
Sabrina Wheaton - Hagerty
Connie Youker - Traverse City State Bank
 
Plans are underway for the Spring 2017 semester of Leadership Grand Traverse. Application information will be available soon. Follow Chamber communications for updates.
 
Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:


Partner News
TC New Tech Meet Up December 6
The monthly gathering of local tech enthusiasts continues at the next TC New Tech session coming up December 6 starting at 6 p.m. at the Ecco event space in downtown Traverse City. TC New Tech features up to five presenters each month with the latest news and trends on the local technology scene, and the Chamber is proud to support this local initiative. Sign up here for the upcoming program.
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