Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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January 11, 2017
Don't Wait to Celebrate
We're just over a week away from Northern Michigan's business community's biggest "night out" of the year - the Chamber's  Annual Celebration.  Make sure you have your tickets for this can't miss event coming up Friday, January 20, from 6 p.m. - midnight at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Reserve your seat  for this special night to celebrate the region's business community.
This year's Annual Celebration will feature a new layout and program, and a special post-event reception at the resort's spectacular Aerie lounge from 10 p.m. until midnight. Plus we'll honor the Chamber's 2016 Distinguished Service Award recipient Herb Lemcool.  Join hundreds of area business people and community leaders for a fun and elegant evening.
The Annual Celebration is presented by:
IM PACT | Advocacy for Business
TVC Adds Dallas/Ft. Worth Service
Thanks to the efforts of  Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) , the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and other partners, American Airlines will bring summer flight service between Traverse City and the Dallas/Fort Worth area starting in early June.  The Chamber teamed up with airport officials and others, using our resources to help expand our region's air service as we continue to build the area's connectivity across the country.  Learn more in this report from the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
Coalition Readies Transportation Priorities
The  Great Lakes Metro Chamber Coalition is a multi-state organization of local Chambers that includes the Traverse City Area Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. The Coalition works on regional issues at the federal level including transportation and other infrastructure, Great Lakes navigation and water quality, and other topics that impact businesses across the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes region.
The Coalition is currently seeking input from its member Chambers on its top transportation priorities for 2017 and beyond. If you have ideas or suggestions on specific regional transportation projects in Northern Michigan that warrant the Coalition's consideration, submit them to Chamber Government Relations Director Kent Wood at
Alliance Heads to SOS
Members of the  Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance will be in Lansing next week for Governor Rick Snyder's annual State of the State address and other events as state lawmakers get down to business in 2017.
Along with attending Gov. Snyder's address on Tuesday evening, January 17, the Alliance will also host Northern Michigan lawmakers for a legislative breakfast to discuss Alliance legislative priorities for the coming year.  The group will also host the Alliance's annual luncheon event for the staff of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
More information is available on the work of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance by contacting Government Relations Director Kent Wood at
Thanks to our Alliance underwriters:

CONN ECT | Events and Programs
Cambria Here We Come!
It seems like forever since we last gathered for  Business After Hours .  But BAH is back next Wednesday, January 18 from 5 - 7 p.m. at one of our favorite venues - Cambria Suites at 255 Munson Avenue in Traverse City. Cambria's Alex Mowczan and his team always help put on a great event. So shake off that winter chill and join your Chamber friends for a hot time at the region's original after-work networking event.
Chamber Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz has a terrific line-up of BAH venues lined up for 2017, including new stops at Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern in the Grand Traverse Mall, the beautiful Botanical Gardens at the Grand Traverse Commons and Buffalo Wild Wings. Plus there are 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 and follow Chamber communications for location information.
Business After Hours is presented by:

INSPIRE |  Leadership Development
Munson Medical Center President
Al Pilong speaks 
to Chamber YPs.

YPs Gear Up for 2017
It was a tremendous year in 2016 for the Chamber's  Young Professionals program - and 2017 promises to be even more exciting.
Chamber YPs, under the leadership of YP Chair Lauren Harris of Priority Health, added new events and programming in the past year. YPs will gather for their  2017 Orientation session on Thursday, January 19, from 8 - 9 a.m. in the Chamber Blue Room to plan events and programming for the coming year.  YPs can click here  to register. Bring your best and brightest ideas to move the YPs forward in 2017.
Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

Partner News
SCORE Sets Workshops for 2017
Our friends at the SCORE Chapter in Traverse City have another informative line-up of luncheon and evening workshops scheduled in 2017 to help local entrepreneurs launch and build their business ideas into successful operations. The luncheon series begins Thursday, January 26 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library with the program "An Effective Website - the place to start."
SCORE workshops are free and open to the public. For a full list of workshops for the coming year and registration information, visit
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