TCYP Brief
TCYP March 2016 Brief

 Small Busines Celebration is Here!

The Chamber's Small Business Celebration is entering its twelfth year in 2016. Its 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 must be completed to continue. A panel of judges, comprised of community leaders and former SBC participants, is formed and those judges begin their process selecting the Top 10 businesses. Events are hosted to highlight and recognize the small businesses in contention for the prestigious Hagerty Small Business of the Year Award.
2016 SBC Timeline:
Candidates Showcase - March 16
Top 10 Announcement - March 21
Top 10 Site Visits - April 11-14
April 11 | 8 a.m. - Noon
April 12 | 8 a.m. - Noon
April 13 | 1 - 5 p.m.
April 14 | 1 - 5 p.m.
Meet the Top 10 Breakfast - April 19
Awards Ceremony - May 4

For a full list of this years nominees Click Here.
The Small Business Celebration is made possible by:

With additional support from:
YP Perspective Needed! Boardman Lake Trail Open House: March 9th
TART Trails will be hosting an open house to get community feedback on finishing the final leg of the Boardman Lake Trail. The open house will be held on March 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the University Center on Dendrinos Dr. in Room 219. TART staff will be accompanied by the project consultants to help answer questions and discuss possibilities. The last leg of the Boardman Lake Trail has been a project waiting in the wings for the past 30 years. With recent grant funding the possibility will become a reality, but not without the input from the YP community. The current structure of the Boardman Lake Trail gets a high volume of use including biking, hiking, bird watching, kayaking and fishing. Help contribute to the concept and completion of the last two miles to complete the loop. If you have questions about the project or the open house please contact Julie Clark, Executive Director of TART Trails, at: If you are unable to attend but have ideas, questions, or concerns please contact the Young Professionals spokesperson serving on the advisory council, Daniel Baker at

See the map below and to check out all details and updates on the project

Young Professionals Partner with Junior Achievement
This year, the Traverse City Young Professionals (TCYPs) are partnering with the regional Junior Achievement program to bring mentoring opportunities to middle and high school-aged students involved in JA. The goal is 
to better engage students participating in Junior Achievement with a professional colleague/mentor in the Grand Traverse region. This mentor can help provide professional guidance, direction and support throughout the student's high school,  college, and young professional years.
Importantly, the TCYP Program hopes
that opportunities such as this new mentoring program will continue to highlight its focus on attracting and retaining young professionals to the region by representing a portion of how the Traverse City area is a wonderful place to work, live, and play. The Young Professionals volunteering in the Junior Achievement mentoring program will be able to help demonstrate the benefits of returning home to the Grand Traverse region once they have graduated by highlighting community networking opportunities, success stories, and industry/career engagement.
If you are interested in joining this committee or volunteering as a mentor, please contact Erika Wiltse at or Chris Milliron at for more information.

City Recruiting for all Volunteer Boards & Committees
The City of Traverse City is seeking several new volunteer  committee and board members. Their vacancies include members of the Election Commission and the newly established Arts Selection Panel. The city is always looking for new board and committee members as terms expire, etc. If you are interested in either of these boards or would like to submit your information for future opportunities please Click Here to access the application and feel free to direct any questions to Kate Zeits
Non- perishable Food Donations
The YP Committee continues to bring in non-perishable food items as well as mak e financial donations at every meeting. The proceeds are passed onto the Father Fred Foundation. The committee has donated 303 food items which breaks  down to 621 servings , equaling a total of 207 meals . THANK YOU to all who have donated and contributed to this cause.

* YP Committee members- don't forget your food item at the next meeting!*
Free popcorn, movies, and volunteering ...what's not to love?
Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday,  March 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 2016. For more information, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact   Lauren Harris.
The next BAH will be held on April 20 at Team Elmer's. We hope to see you there!
PRIME TIME- For New Members from the 2015 Membership Event
PRIME TIME is an EXPO setting for the new members that joined during the 2015  Membership Event.  Chamber members from throughout the community are invited  to attend at no charge. Here's the scoop:
When: March 1, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.
Where: NMC's Hagerty Center (715 E. Front St)

Coffee Conversations with TCAPS Board
Each month you can join the TCAPS Board of Education to discuss some of the 
most pressing subjects surrounding local education. This month you can catch the Board  at Horizon Books on Thursday, March 24, from 6-7 p.m. The topic of these unique and personalized events will be different each month. Last month's meeting addressed school funding and specifically how taxes and fund balances work. Be sure not to miss this great opportunity to meet the TCAPS Board of Education and learn more about the TCAPS system. 
2016 - Leadership @ the Movies Kickoff
The Chamber launched its Leadership at the Movies series in 2015 to create a unique venue and method for sharing valuable leadership lessons for its members through classic movie scenes. The program returns for its 2016 debut on March 10 starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Bijou by the Bay theatre, featuring certified leadership expert Anne Bonney and the film The Princess Bride.
Her program, entitled "The Importance of Creating a Genuine, Honest Connection in Leadership" will help you gain trust and buy-in from the people you want to lead. Check out this insightful and entertaining leadership development program that's free to Chamber members and includes continental breakfast.   Register now!
Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

With additional support from:

YP Morning Brew Series: Who's Up For Round Two? 
Last month you got to meet and mingle with new Traverse City Police Chief Jeff O'Brien as he talked about some of the pressing issues impacting our community and fielded your questions regarding demographics and statistics in Northwest Michigan.
March 17 marks Round Two of the new Morning Brew series which will feature Traverse City Area Public Schools Superintendent Paul Soma.  YPs will be given the chance to engage in coffee and conversation with the TCAPS superintendent on the current TCAPS "state of the state" and the progress of the 3-5 year strategic plan so far.  The session will allow you to ask questions and get insight directly from Soma himself. If you were unable to attend last month's Morning Brew, don't make the same mistake in March! Be sure to check this new benefit out and Register Here to save a seat.

Leadership programming at the Chamber is made possible by:

With additional support from:

Meet the Leadership Grand Traverse Participants: Spring 2016
Another great collection of would-be leaders has been assembled for the Spring 2016 Leadership Grand Traverse class. As one of the Chamber's most prominent community leadership development programs, 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. This year the Spring participants will be challenged and pushed to their limits in order to grow both personally and professionally while they dive into the inner workings and behind the scenes resources of the area.
Here's the roster for the 2016 Spring semester of Leadership Grand Traverse, including the participants and their professional affiliations. Good luck class!
Sarah Adams- Grand Traverse County
Angela Bernard- Hagerty
Joy Evans- Northwestern Michigan College
Elaine Hanson- Tyson Foods, Inc.
Mark Humitz- Cornwell Architects, PC
Brian Kelly- Spence Brothers
Chelsea Lajko- National Cherry Festival
Craig Leppien- Chemical Bank
Christi Nowak- Munson Medical Center
Dale Ostema- Central United Methodist Church
Brad Pavwoski- Cherryland Electric Cooperative
Lisa Pointe- Great Lakes Children's Museum
Ann Porter- Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors
Jen Seman- Priority Health
Nichole Thompson- Bay Area Transportation Authority
Brooks Vanderbush- Interlochen Center for the Arts
Isaiah Wunsch- Wunsch Farms
Tom Wyatt- Safety Net, Inc.
Congrats to all of the Spring 2016 participants. Lead on!
Leadership programming at the Chamber is made possible by:

New Local Government YP Monthly Blog! 
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! 

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 Adam Rhoades   with some great photos. 
We love featuring our YPs!
Meet the YPs:

Hattie L. Christie
AAA Christie Insurance Agency
1. What is your favorite thing about your career?
   I enjoy selling and meeting new people while taking care of their personal    financial needs.
2. Where are you from?
    Traverse City
3. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
    "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
4. Favorite activity (indoor or outdoor)
    Downhill skiing is my favorite but there are several outdoor activities close    behind!
5. Any goals? (personal or professional)
    I would love to do a triathlon this summer.
March 1- 2016 Prime Time Event (NMC Hagerty Center); 5-7 p.m.
March 10- Leadership at the Movies (Bijou by the Bay); 7:30-9 a.m.
March 16- Small Business Celebration Candidates Showcase (NMC Hagerty Center); 5 -7 p.m.
March 17- YP Morning Brew (Chamber of Commerce); 8 - 9 a.m.
March 22-YPs Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
April 7-YP Social Event (Right Brain Brewery); 5 -7 p.m.
April 19-Small Business Celebration- Meet the Top 10 Breakfast (NMC Hagerty Center); 7:30-9 a.m.
YPs In the News! 

1st Class Operations Specialist Thomas Davis, United States Coast Guard-  Thomas was selected as the District 9 Enlisted Person of the Year for the Great Lakes region.  He earned this nomination by effectively supervising the on-base duty ensuring timely dispatch for rescue missions,  ensuring all security protocols, and demonstrating the core values of the United States Coast Guard: Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. Personally, Thomas is currently attending college on his own time and is carrying a 4.0 GPA while pursuing a Master's degree in Intel Management. He is also the primary point of contact for the annual Boardman River Clean-up event, and gives his own time to not only provide support for the local Veteran's Honor Flights, but volunteered with a children's triathlon and assists with fundraising events at Northwestern Michigan College.  

Rose Zivkovich, Director, SCRAP TC- Rose is taking the reins as the new Director of SCRAP TC located at 821 Garfield Ave. Rose brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to SCRAP TC and is excited about this new opportunity. 

Daniel Baker, Cash Management Officer AVP, First Community Bank- Daniel has been elected as a new member of the Alma College Alumni Board. Daniel earned his bachelor's degree from Alma College in 2010 and will now serve a 3-year term on the Alumni Board where he will aid in the advancement of the college and help promote alumni and student engagement.

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