TCYP Brief
New Expo Aims to Match Needs with Volunteers

It's no secret that Traverse City and the surrounding areas are full of amazing nonprofit corporations who apply resources and efforts towards some pretty incredible causes. It's also no surprise that the community has an enormous amount of engaged community members who financially and physically give back to the community each year. If only there was a way to connect the two! Well...that's exactly what the new Fuse North Nonprofit Expo aims to do. By acting as a local nonprofit matchmaker and giving community members the opportunity to learn more about the different local groups, Fuse North is one of the most anticipated events of the month. The inaugural expo kicks off this Thursday, September 3,, from 4 - 8 p.m. and will have 47 organizations on display with in-depth information about their purpose as well as volunteer needs they are hoping to fill.
This exciting new expo was born when Greg Zirkle of Fox Marketing Group approached Vernon LaLone of VDL Certified Public Accountants. The two of them formed a committee of local leaders in the nonprofit and business environment in January and are now able to bring the idea to life. Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz was also among the event's organizers. There has been an overwhelming response and local nonprofits see tremendous value behind its purpose. One of the high powered nonprofits attending the event this year is Ground Work Center for Resilient Communities. Its Communications Manager, James Russell, had this to say regarding the upcoming event: " We're really excited to have such a great opportunity to share our work with the community, and explore ways to get people involved. It's not always easy to connect with volunteers, but this expo is designed specifically to match our needs with people who want to help. We can't wait!"

In addition to Groundwork Center, some of the other groups attending include: Father Fred, Junior Achievement, Make-a-Wish, NMCAA, Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, and The City Opera House just to name a few. For a full list of the nonprofits on display this Thursday, Click Here.

Event Information:

FuseNorth Nonprofit Expo 
Thursday, September 3 : 4 - 8 p.m.
The Hagerty Center

Join Us for the Young Professionals Annual Conference
Registration is open for the annual YP Conference that returns Friday, October 9 to the Leelanau Outdoor Center in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It will be an exciting day of networking, team building, unique outdoor activities and inspiring ideas from the keynote speaker, Nathan Havey of Thrive Consulting.

The YP Conference is a can't-miss day of professional development held at one of the country's most-scenic national parks. It's a great way to break free from the professional grind and connect with your fellow YPs. Register here.

Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:

The YP Conference is also sponsored by:
Local Board Member Opportunity 
The Salvation Army is seeking help from the YPs to fill vacancies on its Advisory Board. They are in need of energetic and passionate young  professionals who have made community service a priority in their lives.
The Advisory Board currently has five members that meet at noon on the third Wednesday of each month. The overall time commitment would vary but is typically between 1-3 hours per month depending on the event schedule and meeting duration.
The Salvation Army has been serving communities worldwide for 150 years, and has had a strong positive presence in Traverse City for 121 years. Locally they have provided 56,216 services to 19,033 individuals and families through the generous support and help from the community members.
For more information, contact Ruth Blick with questions.

Non-perishable Food Donations
The YP Committee has made it a point this year to bring in non-perishable food items as well as make financial donations at every meeting. The proceeds of this mission are then passed onto the Father Fred Foundation. In the first five months of 2015, the committee has donated an equivalent of 421 servings equaling 140 meals. THANK YOU to all who have donated and contributed to this cause. For more information about the YPs' donation or to learn how you can join in the cause please contact Josh Janowiak.
YP Committee members - don't forget your food item at the next meeting!

Free popcorn, movies, and volunteering ...what's not to love?
Join u s for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday Se ptember 22 from 5:15 - 7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn! Sign up or e-mail Erika Wiltse with questions. 
Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2015
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 2015. For more information, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact Bridgett Beckwith.
The next BAH will be held on September 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Cambria Suites. We hope to see you there!

Chamber Backs Pine Street Project
TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani
The Chamber is monitoring a proposed mixed-use development in downtown Traverse City currently before the City Commission. It includes a pair of 9-story structures that will offer commercial space, a restaurant, high-end apartments, parking, and more than 60 units of much-needed workforce housing downtown. The lack of available housing is a major obstacle for many of our area's young professionals, and we encourage them to learn more about the project and contact their city officials as appropriate.

Learn more about the Chamber's support for this project in this column in the Traverse City Record-Eagle from TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani.
Right Brain to Host Pints & Politics 
One of the Chamber's most unique events returns when Right Brain Brewery hosts Pints & Politics on September 24. The event will run from 4:30 - 6 p.m. and will, as always, give attendees the opportunity to enjoy a nice cold microbrew while discussing some of the area's top issues with community leaders.
Pints & Politics is an excellent way to talk business and community related issues with elected officials in a casual atmosphere. This month's event includes invitees such as: City Commissioners, City Manager, City Assessor, City Clerk, TCLP Officials, and more! Don't miss this unique opportunity to mingle, learn, and don't forget drink some great beer. Learn more and Register Here.
Pints & Politics is presented by:


Leadership at the Movies
Join us for another intriguing screening of a great film with a leadership expert's evaluation and lessons on September 9 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at Bijou by the Bay theater. Barbara Ellis of the Center for Coaching & Leadership Development will break down the award winning film Braveheart and explain "The Transformational Power of a Leader". The Leadership at the Movies program is new to the chamber for 2015 and has provided members with a new and engaging way to broaden their leadership skills and knowledge base. Register Now.

Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:

Seeking Input for 2015 Young Professional Events
We've had a great line-up of Lunch and Learns, social events and volunteer opportunities and are filling out the calendar for 2015. Please share any ideas you have for Lunch and Learn topics, social event locations, speakers, or volunteer events with YP Chair Allison Beers.

Calling All Guest Bloggers!
Are you new to TC or have you been here for years? Just landed your dream job or are you searching for the next step in your career? Sharing your story on the blog is easy, and a great way to reach other young professionals both in our area and across the world. Simply type a brief summary about yourself-your favorite things in the Traverse City area, why you live here, what you do for a living-and send it in to Mo Stych with some great photos. We love featuring our YPs!
September 9- Leadership @ the Movies (Bijou by the Bay); 7:30- 9 a.m.
September 9-YP's Lunch & Learn (Great Wolf Lodge); 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
September 16-Business After Hours (Cambria Suites); 5 - 7 p.m.
September 22- State Theatre volunteering; 5:15-7:15 p.m.
September 24-Pints & Politics (Right Brain Brewery); 4:30- 6 p.m.
October 9-2015 Young Professionals Annual Conference (Leelanau Outdoor Center); 8 a.m-5 p.m.
YPs In the News!
Received a promotion, new job, board election, or community achievement? LET US KNOW! Please submit a 1-2 sentence description with a photo to optional, but preferred). Don't be shy!

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