TCYP Brief
YP Brief April 2016

April YP Committee Meeting: 

April's YP meeting will feature YOU, our YP committee and members. Learn about even more exciting additions and events coming up, April 21st from 8-9 a.m. at the Chamber. If you're new to the YPs, this is also a great place to get up to speed and involved. Save your seat by   registering here.
PLEASE BRING 1-2 non-perishable food items for us to donate to Father Fred as well. Last year we provided 621 servings, equaling a total of 207 meals and would like to continue this simple way for our group to give back to our community. Thank you for your continued commitment to the Young Professionals and in supporting such a great organization in Father Fred!
Small Business Celebration Zeroes in on Top 10

The Top 10 finalists are catching their breath in preparation for the home stretch of the Chamber's Small Business Celebration.  Congratulations to these companies in the running to be crowned the 2016 Hagerty Small Business of the Year:

Krause Realty Solutions
Traverse Dental Associates
Northern Lightning Wash
Studio 415
Epic Powersports
GFA, Inc.
Williams & Bay Pumping Service
City Mac
All Seasons Hotel & Resort
The SBC judges' team will be visiting these companies in mid-April to get a closer look at their operations and meet their employees. After that the businesses and their leaders will be featured at the SBC's Meet the   Top 10 Breakfast coming up April 19 at 7:30 a.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center. The Hagerty Small Business of the Year will be unveiled at the SBC Awards Ceremony on May 4 at 4:30 p.m., also at NMC's Hagerty Center.
Small Business Celebration is made possible by:

With additional support from:

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 Junior Achievement. The goal of this partnership 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 to students 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 current seeking several new volunteer co mmittee and board members. Their vacancies include members of the Election Commis sion 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 .

Free popcorn, movies, and volunteering ...what's not to love?
Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday April 26  from 5:15-7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn!    Sign up or e-mail   Lisa Pointe with questions.

Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2016
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 mor
e information, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact   Lisa Pointe.
The next BAH will be held on April 20 from 5 - 7 p.m.  at Team Elmer's. We hope to see you there!

Mix & Mingle!
Don't miss the Young Professionals' "Mixer" social event this Thursday at Right Brain Brewery! Bring your business card to enter to win door prizes and take advantage of some awesome drink specials. The 5 o'clock bell is ringing, be sure to stop by Right Brain to unwind and mingle with fellow YPs. See you there!

Coffee Conversations with TCAPS Board
Eac h 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, April 28 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. 
Leadership Lunch Club

Road construction projects can create frust ration for motorists, but
nobody uses creativity and customer s
ervice like Team Elmer's to make the best of these situatio ns.  Team Elmer's marketing and communication director Tonya Wildfong will share those tips and how to create a strong customer-service culture in your company at the next Leadership Lunch Club coming up April 8 at 11 a.m. Register here.
YP Morning Brew Series Recap: Paul Soma in the House! 
Last month you got to meet and mingle with Traverse City Area Public Schools Superintendent Paul Soma. Paul talked about the Traverse City Area Public Schools including key metrics, accomplishments, opportunities, and the funding challenges that must be met with some tough decisions. He raved about the programing and high level of student involvement and gave all the credit to the incredible teachers and staff. While there was plenty of content on the presentation Paul had with him, he really tailored the conversation to the YP community by allowing the majority of the time to be open discussion and questions. You got to fire away with any of your thoughts, feelings, and burning questions as he had very candid and casual conversations with you. We really appreciate the time Mr. Soma took to talk with us and pass on a very thorough state of the schools.

As you know, April marks the first month of Q2, which means the meeting on the 21st will be used to highlight you and your work on the subcommittee and discussion among YP members about programming, etc. The next Morning Brew will be held on May 19 and will feature the Chamber's own Kent Wood. YPs will be given the chance to engage in coffee and conversation with Kent and a panel of local board members as they discuss ways to get involved and how to take the first step.
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! Get the scoop on what's happening and check out a wide range of other YP related topics on the Brief every month HERE!

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:

Meredith Cote- Water Resources Engineer

1. What is your favorite thing about your career?

Definitely the opportunities I have had to work on a variety of projects and learning something different from each one.

2. Where are you from?

Originally from Novi, MI

3. What would you sing at Karaoke night?

Any 90s pop song!

4. Favorite activity (indoor or outdoor)

I recently took on downhill skiing since moving to TC. It's quickly becoming my favorite outdoor activity!

5. Any goals? (personal or professional)

I'd like to obtain my professional engineering license in the next few years and hopefully someday move on to project management.

Dani Knoph- Public Outreach Coordinator
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities
1. What is your favorite thing about your career?

I love working with people who are passionate about making northern Michigan an awesome place to live and work. Collaborating with community partners to put in place solutions that protect the woods and water, build community and strengthen local business is inspiring. We've a lot to be proud of in this region, and working to cultivate it is a labor of love.

2. Where are you from?

This is a hard question, because I've been from a few different places throughout my life. I lived in Ann Arbor for a while, relocated to Seattle and now I call Elk Rapids home. Northern Michigan is where I feel most at home.

3. What would you sing at Karaoke night?

I'd sing something that'd make people laugh!  

4. Favorite activity (indoor or outdoor)

Two activities that make my heart sing are swimming in the lakes and painting imagery inspired by northern Michigan's environment and wildlife. 

5. Any goals? (personal or professional)

I thrive on challenge and love being a part of making big ideas come to life-in that sense my goals are always evolving as a response to the people I'm working with. Right now, it's a professional goal of mine to introduce up and coming generations to Groundwork Center, and inspire them to get involved in their community. Currently I'm collaborating with several community partners to plan the Groundwork Get Local Party at the Little Fleet on May 21. It's going to be a unique homegrown celebration! 
A personal goal of mine is working with emerging creative professionals to breathe new life into the art scene here. Wildhearted, an exhibition now showing at Crooked Tree Arts Center TC, is a dream come true. I was honored to have had the opportunity to co-curate this exhibition with Courtney Michalik. Our ongoing goal is to cultivate art that ruminates on the changing environment in this region.
April 7-YP Social Event (Right Brain Brewery); 5-7 p.m.
April 19-Small Business Celebration- Meet the Top 10 Breakfast (The Hagerty Center); 7:30-9 a.m.
April 20- Business After Hours (Team Elmer's); 5-7 p.m.
April 21- YP Monthly Meeting (Chamber of Commerce);8-9 a.m.
April 26-YPs Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15-7:15 p.m.
May 4- Small Business Celebration 2016 Award Ceremony (The Hagerty Center); 4:30-6:30 p.m.
YPs In the News!
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