Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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January 13, 2016
Last year's DSA recipient Susie Janis

The Annual Celebration is Here
The wait is over! It's time for Northern Michigan's biggest business bash - the Chamber's Annual Celebration this Friday from 6:30 - 10 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Just a few tickets remain for this can't-miss gathering of close to 1,000 local business and community leaders, so get registered today.

We're excited to welcome back last year's Distinguished Service Award recipient Susie Janis, who will present this year's award to our 2015 honoree Chuck Judson. We'll honor Chuck for his extraordinary record of community service over the past 30 years, review Chamber highlights over the past year and enjoy a fantastic rolling dinner and refreshments served through the evening. Come join us as we celebrate our members and their employees who are driving the Chamber into its second century of growing business and building community.

The Annual Celebration is presented by:

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
PPT Exemption Forms Needed Soon
Area businesses with less than $80,000 in personal property are reminded of the February 10 filing deadline for Form 5076, the eligible personal property exemption affidavit that must be filed annually with your local assessing office.

State law changes backed by the Chamber made two years ago exempt small businesses from up to $80,000 in personal property (equipment, furniture, computers, etc.). To receive the exemption, Form 5076 must be filed each year with your local assessor. Businesses that don't qualify for the exemption must file their Personal Property Tax Statement form with their local assessors by February 20. Failure to file the PPT statement or exemption affidavit will result in an estimated assessment.

Click here to access the Form 5076 exemption affidavit. Click here for the Personal Property Tax Statement form.

Alliance Preps for Lansing Visit
The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance will have a strong presence at next Tuesday's State of the State address in Lansing. The Alliance, which represents more than 6,500 businesses across eight Northern Michigan chambers and six associate chambers, has a full two-day schedule of activities and meetings to lay out its 2016 legislative priorities for state lawmakers.

Alliance members will host a luncheon for Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and their staffs, meet with several elected officials and their aides, and host a breakfast meeting on Wednesday with legislators based in Northern Michigan. Learn more about the work of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance.
CONNECT | Events and Programs
BAH is Back
After a short holiday break it's time to break winter's grip and break the ice at return of Business After Hours next Wednesday, January 20, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Old Town Playhouse. Join us at this historic city cultural hotspot for a fun evening of drinks and hors d'oeuvres and get caught up with your local business associates. It's a great way to kick off another productive networking season at Business After Hours.

Business After Hours is presented by:

How Well do You Know Your Chamber?
How familiar are you with the facilities, programs and promotional opportunities available to your business through the Traverse City Area Chamber?Learn how to maximize your Chamber membership at Get to Know Your Chamber, a brown bag luncheon program coming up Thursday, January 21 starting at noon here at the Chamber. Register now for this free session to learn about the Chamber Business Directory, our fully functional meeting rooms available to our members and much more.

Membership Representative Sheila Peek can also provide more information at

A Member December to Remember
December was quite a membership month at the Chamber. Besides the 243 members that became part of the Chamber family through our successful Membership Event, another 20 local businesses joined the Chamber last month, making for one of the most successful membership months in Chamber history. Click here to see who else joined the Chamber to round out the year.

INSPIRE | Leadership Development
Get Your Leadership On Through LGT
Leadership Grand Traverse is the Chamber's flagship leadership development program, helping to educate hundreds of area professionals over 30-plus years gain a comprehensive understanding and working knowledge of the public and private institutions, resources and services that drive the Grand Traverse region.

Applications are open for the Spring 2016 LGT semester, which kicks off with an orientation session in late February and continues through April.

Applications are needed by February 5, and scholarship opportunities are available.
Click here for information.

Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:
A Call for YPs
Attention Chamber members! Does your business have up-and-coming staff members who would benefit by being part of the Chamber's Young Professionals program? Our dynamic and growing YPs have a host of new initiatives coming up in 2016, and Chamber members are encouraged to get their rising professionals involved. There are opportunities among YPs for peer-to-peer networking, professional development and much more. One YP orientation session this month is already full, so we scheduled a second session on Thursday, January 28 from noon to 1 p.m. Click here to register. You can also learn more about the Young Professionals program by clicking here.
Partner News
Community Child Care Forum Coming to Northern Michigan
High-quality child care is critically important for young children and their families. The Michigan Department of Education's Office of Great Start is seeking input on ways to improve access to and availability of high-quality child care across the state, and is gathering input at a series of forums across the state to identify strategies for strengthening Michigan's childcare system.

On Wednesday, February 3, you are invited to offer your input and ideas. Public Sector Consultants, a public policy research firm based in Lansing, will be facilitating a community forum to gather insights from parents, providers, early childhood advocates, and community leaders.

Click here
to more about this event and how to register.

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