Traverse Connect Bulletin
Top Talk
April 23, 2014
John Roddy
Ambassador Chair

Welcome Chamber Ambassadors
An impressive group of local business people stepped up to lead the Chamber's Ambassador Program. Starting May 1, these 12 Chamber Ambassadors will visit member businesses and prospective members to explain the Chamber's mission, talk about its many programs and services, and encourage them to get more involved with their community through the Chamber.

Congratulations and thank you to these
Ambassadors, listed with their professional affiliations:

John Roddy- CHAIR
Grand Traverse Insider
Lisa Baker
Access Point Human Resources
Mary Bickley
PMP Personnel Services
Doug Bovee
Cintas Corporation
Doug Case
Park Place Hotel
Diane Charboneau
Kelly Services
Jamie Grace
Century 21 Northland
Suzanne Miller-Allen
Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Blue Care Network of Michigan
Bob Needham
Huntington Bank
Kirk Novak
John Sohacki
Charter Business
Shawn Spencer
''What if...'' Consulting, LLC
Learn more about the re-launch of the Chamber Ambassador program and the benefits of membership by clicking here. Also watch your postal mailbox for the Chamber's new bi-monthly printed newsletter called Chamber Matters that highlights chamber member news and events.

CONNECT | Economic Development 
A Close-up of the SBC Top 10
It's no small accomplishment achieving the Chamber's Small Business Celebration Top 10 finalists. Now it's time for these companies to take center stage and share their success stories with their fellow Chamber members and the public. Join us for the SBC Meet the Top 10 Breakfast on May 7 at 7:30 a.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center to celebrate the 2014 SBC finalists:
  • BrightStar Lifecare of Northern Michigan 
  • Captain's Quarters
  • Celtic Transport
  • Culver Meadows
  • LochenHeath Golf Club
  • Mad Mike's Computer Services
  • Northwest Michigan Surgery Center
  • Oryana Natural Foods Market
  • Short's Brewing Co.
  • Williams & Bay Pumping Services
Register for the Top 10 breakfast or the SBC Awards Ceremony on May 29 by clicking here.

 The Small Business Celebration is presented by:

A Measuring Stick for Michigan's Economy
An assessment on Michigan's economy and opportunities for growth was presented by Doug Rothwell of Business Leaders for Michigan when he called on the Chamber almost two years ago. He returns to Traverse City April 30 with an update on BLM's Michigan Turnaround Plan and how the state can become among the nation's leading states for a healthy economy, job creation and personal income growth. Join us for this free program from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at Northwestern Michigan College's Hagerty
Center by clicking here.

 This program is presented by:

INSPIRE | Leadership Growth 
Gov. Rick Snyder with Chamber YPs

Grow Your Employees through Chamber YPs
Who snagged an audience with Michigan's Governor that generated plenty of buzz in the news and on social media? The Chamber's Young Professionals, that's who. Learn more about the Chamber's groundbreaking program that's engaging the region's future leaders by clicking here.

 Chamber Leadership programming including Young Professionals is  
 supported by:


IMPACT | Advocacy for Business 
Doug Luciani

Chamber Talks Energy Loan Program
Chamber President/CEO Doug Luciani had an impressive audience to share the success of the Chamber's Energy Efficiency Loan program - a group of state officials and dozens of Chamber and business representatives from around Michigan. The energy fund that's closed nine loans worth nearly $160,000 in the past two years was highlighted in a conference call this month with state officials and business representatives, organized by Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. Learn more by clicking here.
In Honor of Earth Day: TAKE KIDS OUTSIDE!
April 22 was Earth Day, and all around the country kids in schools celebrated through acts of stewardship. But there's another aspect to the celebration that doesn't get enough attention-simply getting outside to play and explore nature. Learn more...

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Upcoming Events
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Today -Kalkaska Chamber Annual Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Kalkaska Church of Christ.
April 30, 2014 - Doug Rothwell of Business Leaders for Michigan from 9 - 10 :30 a.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center.
May 1, 2014 -Young Professionals Lunch & Learn from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Great Wolf Lodge.
May 3, 2014 - YP Volunteer Event with Habitat for Humanity.
May 7, 2014 - Small Business Celebration Meet the Top Breakfast from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center.
May 29, 2014 - Small Business Celebration Awards Ceremony starting at 4:30 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center.
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