Traverse Connect Bulletin
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March 19, 2014
Be a Chamber Ambassador

Looking for a Win-Win-Win opportunity? The Traverse City Area Chamber will re-launch its Ambassador Program to offer 12 - 15 members an opportunity to get in front of business owners for updates on Chamber programs and services that are important to them.


Ambassadors will also promote the array of valuable benefits of Chamber membership both to our members and non-member businesses. It's an opportunity to help carry out the Chamber's mission of "Growing Business - Building Community" and broaden your base of business contacts. Submit your application online by clicking here.



It's Time for Prime Time!
It's finally here!  The Chamber's special Prime Time event to spotlight new members from our 2013 Membership Event and the volunteers that made it happen kicks off today at 5 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center. Everyone is invited to this first-of-its-kind Chamber celebration for an evening of fun, food and exhibits featuring a Spring Break theme. For a list of other upcoming Chamber events and happenings, click here.
Prime Time is presented by:

CONNECT | Economic Development
Tom Aja

A Meaner, Leaner Traverse Bay EDC
Less means more for the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corp. The TBEDC Board of Directors tightened its group to eight members from some two dozen, and the streamlined organization is churning out projects at an impressive pace. TBEDC Chair Tom Aja recently updated the Chamber Board on the corporation's activity. Click here for some highlights.
Make Plans for NMC's China Conference

The Chamber is proud to be a participating sponsor in a unique and timely conference entitled "China Today: Competitor or Partner?" set for June 5 - 6, organized as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Northwestern Michigan College's International Affairs Forum. It will explore the expanding business, education and cultural ties between China and Northern Michigan and what it means for the future of the region. Learn more...


INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Betsy Coffia

An Inside Look at Leadership Grand Traverse

Leadership Grand Traverse is the Chamber's signature leadership development program that's helped hundreds of area business people learn more about Northern Michigan and the institutions that make it special. The Spring 2014 LGT Class is currently underway and participant Betsy Coffia is blogging about her experiences. Read her initial post about activities and lessons learned at this month's Opening Retreat by clicking here.


Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:

Celebrating Chamber Membership  

Happy Anniversary to these Traverse City Area Chamber members. 

Thanks for being part of the organization!


One Year Anniversaries  
Kalkaska Screw Products Inc.LochenHeath Golf ClubComprehensive Care Services
Big Beautiful Life Chiropractic & Wellness
Brilliant Books
Dinghy's Restaurant and Bar
Dynamite Landscaping 
E3 Inc.
Epicure Catering
Equipment Brokers Inc.
Kerridge Architecture and Construction


North Coast Legal PLC

Five Year Anniversaries

Target Oil Tools
Benbow Concrete Construction
Cherry Capital Foods
Labor Ready
MDS Automotive
Right Brain Brewery
Archangel Gabriel Greek Orthodox Church

10 Year Anniversaries

Express Auto Wash of Northern MI
The Minervini Group
Grand Traverse Woman Magazine


Small Business Celebration Applications Due

There's still time to apply for the 2014 Small Business Celebration, the Chamber's annual recognition program to highlight the region's small business sector. Hundreds of area businesses have been nominated for the SBC, now in its 10th year. If your company is among those nominees, the application deadline is coming up March 28. To learn if your business is nominated and to apply, click here.  


The Small Business Celebration is presented by:


IMPACT | Advocacy for Business 
Public Input Sought for MDOT Road Plans
Want to know what's in store for our region's state transportation network over the next five years? The Michigan Department of Transportation will conduct a public planning meeting on April 2 at 1 p.m. at the Elk Rapids Village Hall. Learn more...
Leelanau Steps Up Childcare Efforts
There are several organizations and agencies in the region working hard to provide child care and other important health and well-being services to working families and their children. The online publication Michigan Nightlight recently highlighted the efforts of the Leelanau Children's Center and the Migrant Program in Suttons Bay. Link to the report by clicking here.

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Today - Prime Time from 5-7 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center.
April 9, 2014 - Small Business Celebration Candidates Showcase from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center.
April 16, 2014 - Business After Hours from 5 - 7 p.m. at Bill Marsh Auto Group in Kalkaska.
April 23, 2014 -Kalkaska Chamber Annual Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Kalkaska Church of Christ.
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Join Us for the Annual Career Fair on
Monday, March 24.  Learn about current Resort openings and "On-The-Spot" interviews will occur with qualified candidates. Click here. 

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