Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
February 1, 2017
Kent Wood
What's Ahead for Northern Michigan Business
Governor Rick Snyder offered some clues on what to expect from lawmakers in Lansing in 2017 at his recent State of the State Address. But much of it was light on specifics and Northern Michigan's business sector will have to work hard to keep its agenda on the radar. 

In his latest  Northern Michigan Business Blog, Government Relations Director Kent Wood delves further into Gov. Snyder's remarks and how they impact the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance priorities going forward.
IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Boosting Michigan Infrastructure
Discussion on a massive infrastructure initiative on the federal level could have significant impacts on Michigan. Specifically, the efforts of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce through the Great Lakes Metro Chamber Coalition to support projects including an upgrade to the Soo Locks and the Gordie Howe International Crossing between Detroit and Windsor could gain significant momentum in the new administration. Learn more about how these and other Michigan infrastructure projects could move forward in this advisory from the Metro Chambers Coalition .
Conference Call on Energy Opportunities
Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce members can access a briefing on how to take advantage of clean energy opportunities in 2017 through a conference call coming up next Wednesday, February 8, at 1 p.m. through the Chambers for Innovation & Clean Energy. 

Panelists will include TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani, recently named co-chair of the Advisory Council for CICE, 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 are ahead for the business community. RSVP here for this important and potentially profitable event.
CONNECT | Events and Programs
Welcome New Members
Several area businesses and individuals started their new year by supporting their community through membership in the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. Welcome to these new chamber members and remember to support them and all your fellow Chamber businesses and organizations whenever possible:

Lake Michigan Insurance Agency
Michel Estes, Northwestern Michigan College Trustee
Beacon Recycling
JP Market Group
Kettering University Online
Maddalena Design
McLain's Auto Body
Planet Fitness Traverse City
Premier Designs Jewelry Lady
Proposals Sought on Chamber Website
The Chamber is conducting a comprehensive review of its various communications platforms, which will include an overhaul of its website. Chamber staff is developing a request for proposals (RFP) to assist in the website re-design that will be issued in the near future. If you'd like to receive the RFP, contact Director of Finance Mandy Sentieri at
Business After Hours Builds Success
The Chamber kicked off this year's Business After Hours tour with a fantastic event at Cambria Suites/Reflect Bistro. The February Business After Hours event is headed to a new venue - Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern in the Grand Traverse Mall - set for February 15 from 5 - 7 p.m.

Business After Hours is a great setting to connect with new business contacts who are active in your Chamber. Beyond the networking, there's food, refreshments, prize drawings and ample opportunities to expand your business circle. These events never disappoint, and we've got several exciting venues on this year's schedule. See you all at Business After Hours! 

Business After Hours is presented by:

INSPIRE | Leadership Development
Fall 2016 LGT Class
Leadership Grand Traverse Applications Open
One of the region's longest-running and most impactful professional development initiatives is the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program. Leadership Grand Traverse offers participants close-up and hands-on insight into the institutions, operations and resources that make Northwest Michigan a special place to live and work. For more than 30 years, LGT has produced generations of leaders who've stepped into key roles both in their companies and communities. Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2017 LGT semester. Link to the application form.

Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

Partner News
Building a Dream Team
The Leadership Lunch Club returns on Friday, February 10 with a program featuring one of the Grand Traverse region's outstanding restaurateurs - Amanda Danielson of Trattoria Stella and The Franklin. 

The program "Creating and Building Your Dream Team" will share some of her best practices for recruiting, building and retaining a great team and creating a workplace where everyone - including leadership - continues to learn, develop and build trust with each other. The Leadership Lunch Club meets from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club, and you can register here for this informative program.
New Home for TC NewTech
TC NewTech, the monthly gathering of local technology enthusiasts keeping up on the latest tech happenings, is moving to a new location this month. The meeting this Tuesday, February 7, will be at the City Opera House in downtown Traverse City starting at 6 p.m. Come hear a group of presenters talk about the new trends in the local technology. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month, and the sessions are free and open to the public. Learn more and register at
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In Case you
Missed it...
Read TraverseCONNECT & Chamber CEO Doug Luciani's editorial forum on the importance of child care in the Traverse City Record-Eagle

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