Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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January 25, 2017
Thanks for a Great Celebration!
The Chamber so much appreciates everyone's involvement that made our Annual Celebration Friday night a night to remember. From the Chairman's Reception to start the evening to the program and presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to Herb Lemcool  (pictured with his wife, Barb, and 2015 DSA honoree Chuck Judson) to the wonderful dinner and entertainment that followed, it was a special evening for everyone who took part.

Thanks to all the guests, volunteers and the tremendous staff at the Chamber and Grand Traverse Resort, and special thanks to our amazing sponsors who support this and so many Chamber events and programs. Here's a complete list of the Annual Celebration sponsors.

The Annual Celebration was sponsored by:

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Alliance members with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.
Impactful SOS Trip for Alliance
It was a whirlwind - and highly successful - trip to Lansing last week by members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance who attended Governor Rick Snyder's seventh annual State of the State address. The Alliance met with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and several Northern Michigan legislators as they laid out the organization's legislative agenda for 2017 and beyond. Learn more about what happened in Government Relations Director Kent Wood's latest  Northern Michigan Business Blog.

Thanks to these Alliance underwriters: 

Conference Call on Energy Opportunities
Traverse City Area Chamber members have exclusive access to a briefing on how to take advantage of clean energy opportunities in 2017 through a conference call coming up Wednesday, February 8, at 1 p.m. through the
Chambers for Innovation & Clean Energy.
Panelists will include TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani and former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy. Learn how your company can take advantage of the growing clean energy sector and what opportunities lie ahead for the business community.  RSVP here  for this important and potentially profitable event.
21st Century Education Commission in TC
TraverseCONNECT and Chamber CEO Doug Luciani will host the  Governor's 21st Century Michigan Education  Commission 's "Listening Tour" stop in Traverse City this Monday, January 30, at Traverse City Central High School from 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Luciani is a member of the commission which is conducting several public stops around Michigan to gather input from the public, including the business community. Registration is needed and you can  click here  
to reserve a seat.

You can also submit comments and suggestions online and track other information on the commission by visiting its website.
CONNECT | Events and Programs
Accident Fund's Laura Hall with TC Chamber's Max Anderson.
Saving Business $ on Workers Comp
Membership in the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce offers your business various cost-saving benefits, including a 5 percent discount in workers compensation insurance rates through the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America.

Beyond the insurance discount, participating Chamber businesses have shared more than $2.4 million in dividends paid by the Accident Fund over the past 15 years through their excellent performance in improving workplace safety.  Last year alone, some 190 Chamber member businesses across Northern Michigan shared a $200,000-plus Accident Fund dividend, with payments ranging from $20 to more than $9,000. Can your company save money? Learn more by visiting
INSPIRE | Leadership Development
Share Your Entrepreneur Story
We're lining up future guests for the Chamber's
Weekly Entrepreneur Focus on NewsTalk 580 WTCM hosted by Ron Jolly and invite our Chamber members to be part of the show. If you own a local business that's been operating for at least three years and would like to share your story on the Weekly Entrepreneur Focus, contact the Chamber's Bill O'Brien at

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus features local business owners who talk about how they've launched their business and made it grow. It airs every Wednesday from 8:35 - 9 a.m. If you miss an episode you can visit the WEF archive.

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is presented by:

Partner News
SCORE Workshop on Websites
The monthly SCORE luncheon workshops on "Increasing Your Digital IQ" return this Thursday, January 26 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave. The program is entitled "An Effective Website - the place to start" with tips on creating an effective website to get your new business off to a good start. Learn more at
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February 15
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