Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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December 21, 2016
Max Anderson Appointed Chamber Executive Director
Max Anderson, a recent graduate of the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program and a Membership Relations Manager at Fifth Third Bank, is the new Executive Director of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. His appointment was announced today by TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani.
"I'm excited and thankful to be joining a tremendous organization with a diverse and experienced board of directors, a vibrant and engaged membership and a highly motivated staff," Anderson said. Learn more about the Chamber's new executive director
IMPA CT |  Advocacy for Business
Improved Housing, Workforce Eyed by Alliance
As the calendar turns to 2017, the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance is turning its attention to the legislative priorities of the region's business sector for the coming year. Government Relations Director Kent Wood explains more in his latest business column in the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
CONNECT |  Events and Programs
Registration Open for Annual Celebration
Registration is now open for the Annual Celebration, which takes place January 20, 2017 from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort, followed by the post-event reception until midnight. Tickets are $105 for Chamber members and $155 for non-members. Join your friends and associates in the region's business community for a night of celebration and fun, and to honor our 2016 Distinguished Service Award Honoree Herb Lemcool.
The Annual Celebration is the can't-miss event of the year for the region's business community. Register here.
The Annual Celebration is presented by:

INS PIRE | Leadership Development
Ron Jolly
More Great Stories on the Way
We're excited for a new year of great business stories in 2017 on the Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus on NewsTalk 580. It airs each Wednesday at 8:35 a.m. and the list of guest entrepreneurs is already filling up with inspiring and entertaining stories. Join host Ron Jolly and Chamber staffer Bill O'Brien for their weekly insight with owners and operators of businesses across the region.
In you miss an episode - or would like to hear one again - visit the Weekly Entrepreneur Focus link.
The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is presented by:
Partner News
SCORE Lunchtime Workshops
Traverse City SCORE will host monthly lunchtime workshops in 2017, each one focusing on an aspect of digital marketing knowledge.
The workshops will be held the last Thursday of each month beginning Jan. 26 and running through October. Workshops are free and will be held at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere, in the McGuire Room, from noon to 1 p.m. Links will be posted on the SCORE website after the first of the year.
Take the 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 worked with Avenue ISR to create a survey of 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, contact Coordinator Mary Manner at or call (231) 995-7114.
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