TCYP February 2017 Brief
TCYP Brief
2017 - A new year of opportunity - and a new schedule of TCYP events!

A tentative TCYP event calendar was distributed at our January orientiation meeting. A few updates have been made, so please be sure to
Speaking of new events...
2017 Morning Brew Kick Off! 
Our February Morning Brew will feature Tony Anderson, General Manager of Cherryland Electric. Not only is Tony heavily engaged in the community and volunteering, he recently appeared in the 2016 TedEx Pitch Night in Traverse City with an inspirational presentation. Hear more from Tony on "the good stuff" on Thursday, February 16, from 8 - 9 a.m. at the TC Chamber.

*Attendees must be a TCYP and a TC Chamber member. Advanced registration required as space is limited.

It's Time to Celebrate Small Business 
The Chamber's Small Business Celebration is entering its thirteenth year in 2017. The goal is to recognize, embrace, and reward what our region is rich with - small businesses. The program begins with a nomination process, which is communicated to the Chamber's five-county service area. A letter is sent to all nominees informing them of their recent nomination. For those choosing to proceed, an application is completed to continue. A panel of judges, comprised of community leaders, is formed and those judges begin their process of selecting the Top 10 businesses to be recognized. Events are hosted to highlight and recognize the small businesses in contention for the prestigious Hagerty Small Business of the Year Award. 

The nomination window opens this week. Watch the Chamber Bulletin for details on how to nominate your favorite small businesses for this prestigious award program.

The Small Business Celebration is made possible by:


SBC Media Sponsors include:

Volunteering Opportunity: Movies & Popcorn
Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tu esday,February 28, from 5:15-7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn! This is a recurring monthly commitment by the YP's, come once or become a regular! Sign up or e-mail   Lisa Pointe  with questions.
TCYP L.I.F.E. Still Going Strong: Get Involved!

The newly developed TCYP L.I.F.E. program began in September and is making a BIG impact with local high schools students in Traverse City. 

The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for high schools students to learn key skills that are critical to their professional success - in high school, college, and their careers. The meeting consists of 90 minutes, once per month which consists of a 15-20 minute presentation from a YP lead presenter, followed by a 45 minute breakout session with hands-on skill building and mentoring from a local TCYP.

Details on our next TCYP L.I.F.E. session:
Preparing for College: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 7:30 - 9 p.m. -   Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave.

Students are encouraged to register in advance, but not required. To register or for more information visit the  TCYP L.I.F.E. page or contact Erika Lahti (Wiltse) 

Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2017
We are always looking for YPs to work the check-in table at the Chamber's Business After Hours (BAH) events. There will be plenty of chances to meet and mingle with fellow 
YPs and Chamber members at BAH in 2017. For more information, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact  Lisa Pointe.
The next BAH will be held on Wednesday, February 15, from 5 - 7 p.m. at Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern. We hope to see you there!

Apply tod ay for Leadership Grand Traverse - Spring 2017!
Leadership Grand Traverse is a valuable program that prepares participants for decision-making leadership roles in areas such as policy, program implementation, and organizational maintenance. Think of some of the major assets of our region, such as natural resources, parks and recreation, transportation, and agriculture, just name a few. These selling points did not just happen. It took leaders in decades gone by to lead these initiatives when they were merely ideas or decisions to be made. 

However, this valuable program comes with a commitment that is non-negotiable. The expectation and requirement is that you are fully engaged in the entire process. This ensures that graduation accurately signifies a polished leader, ready to get down to the business of building community! The cost for this program is $1,300 per person. There are many scholarships available that you can apply for, to help cover up to half the cost of the tuition. Applications for scholarships are available during the general LGT application process.

Click here to access the LGT application form. The application deadline is February 24. 

Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:


Job Portal: A Popular Resource for Members & Job Seekers
The Chamber of Commerce has always strived for ways to help their members. One of these ways is by connecting them with top talent in the area. The Chambers job portal is always jam packed with great and different opportunities. Whether you are seeking to fill a position, looking for a career change, or just looking for some additional seasonal work, the  Chamber Job Portal should 
be  your first stop! Check it out   HERE.

February 15 - Business After Hours (Bagger Dave's); 5 -7 p.m.
February 16 - TCYP Morning Brew (Chamber of Commerce); 8 - 9 a.m.
February 21 - TCYP L.I.F.E. - Preparing for College (TADL); 7:30 - 9 p.m.
February 24 - Leadership Grand Traverse Application Deadline - Spring 2017

February 28 -  YPs Volunteering at the State Theatre (State Theatre);  5:15 - 7:15 p.m.


Chrissie Gonzales (Thrivent Financial)  - Chrissie has joined the team at Thrivent Financial as a Financial Representative Trainee.
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