TCYP October 2016 Brief
TCYP Brief
Don't miss the outstanding YP Morning Brew content resuming October 20  to round out the year! Here is what's on the docket:
October:  Al Pilong, President of Munson Medical Center - Speed of Trust - Based on the book by Steven Covey
November:  Groundwork Center - Passenger Rail Line from Ann Arbor to TC, Local Food Initiatives
December:  TCYP Holiday Reception
2016 TCYP Annual Conference
Empower YOU!
Tools you need to find passion, fulfill purpose, and drive your career.
Presented by: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan
When: Friday November 4 from 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m.
Where: NMC Hagerty Center, Traverse City
$100 Chamber YPs
$125 Non-Chamber YPs

Agenda: (subject to change)
8:30 - 9 a.m. Registration sign-in, continental breakfast provided
9 - 9:15 a.m. Opening from Chamber/YP Chair
9:15 - 10 a.m. Keynote Speaker - McKeel Hagerty - Why Purpose Wins in Business
10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions (45 minutes each - Pick 1 of 2 in each 45 min session)
     Breakout Session 1: 10:15 - 11 a.m.
          Option A: Empowering Your Team - Anne Bonney
          Option B: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn - Jennifer VanAlstine
     Breakout Session 2: 11:05 - 11:50 a.m.
        Option C: Great Leadership Starts with Self Leadership - Anne Bonney
        Option D: Stop Chasing "Success": How to make money and meaning while building a career (and a life) you love - Nathan Havey
12 - 1 p.m. Lunch (12:30-1 p.m. Entertainment Surprise)
     12:45 - 1:15 p.m. Check-in for those attending DISC - Pick-up Personalized DISC Report
1:15 - 3:30 p.m. Personalized DISC Assessment - Group Review & Training , by Dave Vermeel
**2:30 - 4 p.m. Special session for employers of YPs with Nathan Havey - Forget the Ping Pong Table: How to really build a great workplace culture that will engage, retain, and increase the value of young professionals.
3:30-3:45 p.m. Closing
3:45 - 5 p.m. Happy hour, appetizers, door prizes, networking
Open to all businesses associated with Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance
Chamber Expo & Economic Outlook Breakfast
Chamber Expo Space Going Fast
Don't wait to reserve a booth at the Traverse City Area Chamber Business Expo on  November 8 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz reports that the Expo is filling up quickly.
  Reserve space now for this popular business gathering set for 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the resort's Governor's Hall.
The Chamber Business Expo is the region's largest business showcase - an opportunity to display your company's products, services, personnel and more, and connect with over a thousand attendees and hundreds of other area business people who take part in the event. Booths are $500 for Chamber members, and $800 for non-members.
Prior to the Business Expo the Chamber will welcome several hundred attendees to the annual Economic Outlook Breakfast on November 8 at the Grand Traverse Resort.   Register now for this event that begins at 7:30 a.m. sharp, featuring a panel discussion with Sarah Hubbard of Acuitas and Chris Holman of the Michigan Business Network.
Holman will present the results of the MBN's annual Michigan Business Index, an overview of the conditions and expectations of Michigan's business sector based on MBN's yearly survey of hundreds of business owners around the state.
Hubbard, a principal of Acuitas in Lansing that provides legislative services to the Traverse City Area Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, will discuss the state and national political climate and what the region's small business sector can expect in the weeks and months ahead. TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani will moderate this enlightening and informative discussion that you'll want to hear.
The Chamber Business Expo is presented by:
With additional support from:

Economic Outlook Breakfast presented by:

TCYP L.I.F.E. Kicked Off Last Month: Get Involved!
The newly developed TCYP L.I.F.E. program began in September and is in need of more volunteers to speak/mentor. 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 group is seeking volunteers to dedicate 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.
TCYPs interested in mentoring (as a lead presenter and/or as a mentor)   Register here!
For more information visit the   TCYP L.I.F.E. page or contact Erika Lahti (Wiltse) at
TCYP Advocacy
To complement and build upon the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce's advocacy efforts, the TCYP Advocacy group will continue to promote a positive community culture and focus on influencing decisions which have an impact on the following aspects of a Young Professional in northern Michigan:
  • Quality of Life
  • Job growth and creation
  • Housing inventory and affordability
  • General local business support
Any local YP is welcome to be a part of the TCYP Advocacy group! Members of the group will participate in general TCYP Advocacy updates and participate in the campaign to help influence the decision of focus. A steering committee will be selected to lead the YP Advocacy Group in reviewing all local items up for debate or vote on an ongoing basis, and collectively choose particular topics for the Advocacy group to focus on. Once these topics are decided, the Advocacy group's role will be to come to a consensus on a position and respective strategy to influence the outcome. The steering committee would then roll out the plan to the TCYP group, obtain feedback, and those interested in participating in the advocacy campaign are welcome to join in on the efforts.
Steering Committee Applications
Online applications are coming soon! In the meantime please email your TCYP Chair, Lauren Harris at Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:
  • Engaged and appreciative of our community
  • General understanding of key issues and local legislative processes
  • Availability to attend city/county commission meetings when necessary
  • The field in which they work in an attempt to bring diversity to the committee
Volunteer Opportunity: Movies & Popcorn
Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday October 25 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.
Plan Ahead - Volunteering Opportunities on the Horizon:
November: Commission on Aging leaf cleanup
December:  potential donation/social event
January: Safe Harbor/Goodwill Inn
February: NMC Taste of Success February 17

Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2016
We are always looking for YPs to work the check-in
 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 on Wednesday October 19 from 4 - 6 p.m.  at the Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic.  We hope to see you there!
Pints & Politics this Thursday
If  politics these days doesn't give you reason to have a pint, I don't know what will. Come by the Pints & Politics event at Right Brain Brewery this Thursday, October 6, to enjoy a nice cold beverage and network with local leaders, political candidates, and fellow YPs. The Pints & Politics events have been going on for a couple of years now and if you haven't been to one, you owe it to yourself to check it out!  This is a neat opportunity, whether you're a new employee, young entrepreneur, or business executive - to make connections and discuss business issues with our local elected officials and other business people in a casual setting.   Register here and get this unique event on your calendar NOW!
Soo Locks Focus of Alliance Speaker Series
The next program of the Northern Michigan
Speaker Series  will focus on one of North America's most-important transportation linchpins - the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie.
Join us Friday,  October 21 at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at Northwest Michigan College's Hagerty Center for a panel discussion on the importance of building a new shipping lock at the Soo Locks, and on the future of the maritime industry in this region and beyond.  Our panelists will include Jerry Achenbach, Superintendent of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy at NMC, and Mark Barker, President of the Interlake Steamship Company.  The program is from 3:30 - 6 p.m. and will conclude with a reception with area legislators.
  Register now for this informative event.
Thanks to our Chamber Alliance sponsors:

YP Lunch & Learn on Leadership
Developing strong leadership skills will be the topic of the fall Lunch & Learn program of the Chamber's Young Professionals group, coming up November 15 at Hagerty Insurance (note the date change).
Presenter Todd Sanders, senior manager of leadership development at Hagerty, will talk about what makes a strong leader and how everyone can build on his or her leadership skills. Sanders has spent more than 20 years in leadership development and decision making, business analysis and planning, and is a graduate of the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program.   Register now for this luncheon event from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Hagerty Insurance building at 141 Rivers Edge in Traverse City.
Chamber leadership programming is supported by:

NEW! MYNorth Media partnership to bring even more BLOG Content for YPs!
Our Blog continues to be a great "insiders scoop" on what local YPs are doing in northern Michigan. Next month, we'll begin partnering with MyNorth Media to feature one of their many excellent articles to give you even more great content!
As always, our blog also keeps you up to date on local city, township, county, and TCAPS updates from our fellow YP government representatives.  Stay tuned for the next TCYP blog and MyNorth's post in our next posting!

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.  
October 6 - Pints & Politics (Right Brain Brewery); 4:30 - 6 p.m.
October 19 - Business After Hours (Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic); 5 - 7 p.m.
October 20 - YP Morning Brew (Chamber of Commerce); 8 - 9 a.m.
October 21 - Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Speaker Series (Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Hagerty Center); 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
October 25 -YP Volunteering at the State Theatre (You already know); 5:15- 7:15 p.m.
November 4 - YP Annual Conference (NMC's Hagerty Center); 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November 8 - Business Expo (Grand Traverse Resort & Spa); 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
November 10 - Leadership @ the Movies (Bijou by the Bay); 7:30 - 9 a.m.
November 15 - YP Lunch & Learn (Hagerty Insurance Building); 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
Sally Smarsty - Sally was recently promoted to Mainframe Systems Architect at Auto Owners Insurance. Congrats Sally!
Received a promotion, new job, board election, or community achievement? LET US KNOW!  Please submit a 1-2 sentence description with a photo to   (Photo optional, but preferred).  Don't be shy!

Do GOOD. Volunteer. 
Help Our Neighbors in Need. 
Opportunities are available in Food, Jobs, and Housing. View complete listings and fill out an online application:
MPA degree taught locally
NASPAA accredited 2 year program, weekend classes, experienced faculty
Monday Madness Golf Special Golf Mondays in October 
at Crystal Mountain. 
18 holes for only $20!