TCYP Brief
TCYP June 2016 Brief

Get a "Handle" on this: TCYP Twitter Coming Soon
It has been a long time coming but the TCYPs are about to take to the Twittersphere! You can expect the same great content you receive via Facebook,
LinkedIn, the YP Blog, and much more. The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has found Twitter to be a great way to inform and communicate with its members and the community. Now it's rolling out a Traverse City Young Professionals Twitter page. With an early June launch date, keep your eyes peeled for TCYP communication. In the meantime be sure to follow the Traverse City Chamber (@TCChamber) for news on the official release date.
Are you a Twitter rookie? If so, the Twitter slang can be overwhelming, but we assure you once you start following your favorite people, organizations and causes, and shoot out your first official tweet, you will pick it up in no time! Here is a cheat sheet, per Mashable, that may help ease your Twitter lingo anxiety. TFTF in advance!

Survey could = PIE!
The Traverse City Young Professionals (TCYP) would like to know what YOU need and want to see for the upcoming YP Annual Conference on November 4, 2016. Complete this quick YP Survey and you'll be entered to win a $15 gift card to Grand Traverse Pie Company!

Young Professionals Partner with Junior Achievement
The TCYP's Junior Achievement group is working with the Traverse City Central Z Club to talk about professional development, college planning, interviewing and other career related topis. The group meets before school to have their round-table discussion. Pat Rutt serves as the club advisor and is always looking for new ways to engage club members in the community and allow them to gain real-world insight. If you want to find out more about this awesome cause and the efforts of the YP's JA partnership, contact Erika Wiltse .

Volunteering Opportunity: Movies & Popcorn
Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday, June 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 YPs. Come once or become a regular! Sign up or e-mail Lisa Pointe with questions.
In addition to the State Theatre volunteering, the TCYPs are jumping in with both feet on a handful of new engagement opportunities. Check out these new and upcoming volunteer openings:
  • Cherry Festival (BEER TENT!) - July 9; 3:30-8 p.m. (Seeking  8)
  • Film Festival Opening Night Party - July 26; 8:30 p.m. - TBD (Seeking 6-8)
  • Friday Night Live/Great Lakes Children's Museum/YP Collaboration -  August 19; 4 p.m. - TBD (Seeking 6 - 8)

Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2016
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 2016. For more information, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact   Lisa Pointe.
The next BAH will be held June 15 at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. We hope to see you there!

FORE! TC Chamber Golf Outing Nears
Don't miss your chance to join your fellow Chamber members on the greens. This year's Chamber Golf Outing is going to fill quickly and provides a tremendous opportunity to support Leadership Development programming, network with other business professionals, and play some golf. The event takes place August 17 from 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Crystal Mountain Resort. Register now, or contact   Andi Wagenschutz with questions. Here's the scoop:

-$185 per golfer OR $740 per foursome
-$100 Hole Sponsorship
-$75 for dinner only
What you get:
-18 Holes with a shared cart
-Registration Gift
-1-Drink Ticket
-1-Raffle Ticket
-1-50/50 Ticket
May Morning Brew RECAP: Local Board Forum
In case you missed it, the TCYPs hosted another informative and engaging Morning Brew session May 19 when Kent Wood of the Chamber led  discussion among a local board panel including Hans Van Sumeren, Leah Bagdon McCallum, Daniel Baker and Deb Lake.  The discussion was based around time commitments, expectations, drive to sit on a board, and suggestions for those interested. Thanks to our attendees, Kent Wood, and our panelists!
June Morning Brew: Tom Menzel
 Our next Morning Brew session is Thursday June 16, featuring Tom Menzel, Grand Traverse County Administrator.  The discussion will be based on a recent article written by Tom Menzel in The Ticker entitled "Traverse City's Disappearing Middle Class." This discussion will identify the facts and circumstances surrounding the situation, and what we can do as YPs to be part of the solution. This event is exclusive to Chamber YPs. Register now to save your seat: 
Lunch & Learn RECAP: Board Member Bootcamp
Did you go to the June Lunch & Learn!? Pamela Evans of NorthSky Non-Profit Network gave an info-packed presentation about non-profit board  involvement, what to look for before jumping in, and what you can expect as a board member newbie. Pamela is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the matter. As a consultant for NorthSky she was able to talk attendees through the duty of board membership, the top 10 responsibilities of the board, and what questions you should ask to determine if a non-profit is a good fit. Pam also offered to help search for vacancies, as she knows and works with many of the local non-profits and referred to getting YPs involved as a constant goal.

New BLOG Alert!
Be on the look-out for a NEW monthly blog posting from our fellow YP government representatives to keep you informed of local city, township, county, and TCAPS updates! Get the scoop on what's happening and check out a wide range of other YP related topics on the Brief every month. YP Blogosphere specialist Adam Rhoades has touched on the local housing market, area events, and the ever-popular Restaurant Week. Stay tuned for June's "Fun after 5" blog. Click the blog button to check it out! CLICK IT!

Job Portal: A Popular Resource for Members & Job Seekers
The Chamber of Commerce has always strived for ways to help its members. One of these ways is by connecting them with top talent in the area. The 
Chamber's   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 .


Kegan  Smith- Real Estate Agent
Coldwell Banker
1. What is your favorite thing about your career?
My favorite thing about my career is I am always meeting new people.  I get to talk face-to-face with them and help them through their biggest purchase of their life.
2. Where are you from?
I grew up in Gladwin, MI.  It is a small town where everyone knows everyone and their entire family.  After graduating from Gladwin High School I attended Hillsdale College.
3. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
"I Get Knocked Down" by Chumbawamba.  This song is always a crowd pleaser.  I am not vocally gifted so it helps to have the crowd join in.
4. Favorite activity (indoor or outdoor)
Anytime that I am on the water I am doing my favorite activity.  It can be sailing, fishing, kayaking, or just going for a boat ride.  I love them all.
5. Any goals? (personal or professional)
One of my professional goals is to consistently be a top real estate agent in the area. A personal goal that I have is to travel to another country at least once a year.

Emily Arbut- Minister of Propaganda
Workshop Brewing Company
YP Volunteer Committee member
1. What is your favorite thing about your career?
The people that I work with and interact with on a day-to-day basis make my career enjoyable. The brewing industry attracts such an interesting cast of characters: people who are creative, innovative passionate and collaborative. It is my job to communicate with and reach out to these people, from brewers to patrons, with a message that resonates. I get to create and manage relationships with awesome people- what is not to like?!
2. Where are you from?
Traverse City, MI
3. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Anything from show tunes, to '80s, to hip hop- but I recently did a knock-out version of Love Shack by the B52's! Karaoke is one of my favorite pastimes!
4. Favorite activity (indoor or outdoor)?
 Running outdoors in all seasons keeps me even keel and happy! The half marathon is my favorite race distance.
5. Any goals? (personal or professional)
My goal above all others is always to continue to build and nurture meaningful personal and professional relationships. Beyond that, I seek to find work and volunteering opportunities that positively impact the greater good.

June 14-Venture North Annual Meeting (Visions at CenterPointe); 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
June 15- Business After Hours (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan); 5-7 p.m.
June 16- YP Morning Brew (Chamber of Commerce);8 - 9 a.m.
June 28 -YPs Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15-7:15 p.m.
July 9- YPs Volunteering- Cherry Festival Beer Tent (Open Space); 3:30-8 p.m.

Erika Wiltse

TCAPS- Employee Services Coordinator: Erika graduated with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Human Resources Management in April 2016 from Spring Arbor University with a 4.0 GPA.
Adam Rhoades

Traverse City State Bank- Credit Analyst: Adam recently earned a promotion as a Credit Analyst for Traverse City State Bank. Adam previously worked as a personal banker.

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