Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
January 4, 2017
Countdown to the Celebration
With the holidays concluded the focus turns to one of the business community's biggest events of the year - the  Annual Celebration of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Join us Friday,  January 20 from 6 p.m. - midnight at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa as we celebrate past milestones and gear up for the coming year with hundreds of Chamber members, and local business and community leaders. Register now  for this can't miss evening.
This year's Annual Celebration will feature a new layout and program, and we'll honor the Chamber's 2016 Distinguished Service Award recipient Herb Lemcool.  Join us for this special night.
The Annual Celebration is presented by:

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Building a Better Bridge with Business
Our business community does so much for the Grand Traverse region - but often finds itself on the defensive in community debates on growth, development and the local economy. We need to improve on that relationship going into 2017. TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani talks about how in his monthly column in the Traverse City Business News.
CON NECT |  Events and Programs
Business After Hours Returns in 2017
We're excited for another season of terrific venues and networking opportunities for the Chamber's  Business After Hours series. BAH returns on January 18 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Cambria Suites.
New venues on the Business After Hours schedule this year include Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern in the Grand Traverse Mall, and the beautiful Botanical Gardens at the Grand Traverse Commons. Plus we have plenty of familiar stops on the schedule to enjoy refreshments, food and networking with your fellow Chamber members. Mark your calendars for the third Wednesday of month from 5 - 7 p.m.  for Business After Hours, and follow Chamber communications for location information.
Business After Hours is presented by:

INSPIR E | Leadership Development
Join the Weekly Entrepreneur Focus
Amazing business stories abound in Northwest Michigan. Each Wednesday morning the Chamber's  Weekly Entrepreneur Focus on NewsTalk 580 WTCM hosted by Ron Jolly features a local business owner (or owners) who talk about how they've launched their business and made it grow. It airs from 8:35 - 9 a.m., and if you miss an episode you can visit the WEF archive

We're setting the Weekly Entrepreneur Focus guest schedule for 2017. If you own a local business that's been operating for at least three years and would like to share your story on the Weekly Entrepreneur Focus, contact the Chamber's Bill O'Brien at  bill@tcchamber.org 
The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is presented by:
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Partner News


Business Input Needed for Early Childhood Survey
The Great Start Collaborative of Traverse Bay is seeking input from the local business community for a project to measure the economic impact of local and state investments in early childhood. Great Start has created a survey for area residents to help in this effort. If you are raising children under the age of 12, please take a few minutes to complete this online survey
For more information about the survey or the Great Start Collaborative and its 5toONE initiative, contact Coordinator Mary Manner at   mary@venturenorthfunding.org or call (231) 995-7114.

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