Traverse Connect Bulletin
Top Talk
June 4, 2014
YPs Launch New Website, 'Insider' Program

The Chamber's dynamic Young Professionals are reaching new heights with the launch of an updated website and a new recruitment and retention program called the YP Insider. The website includes 2014 program and committee information for current and prospective YPs and employers, while the YP Insider is designed to help new or recently relocated young professionals make a smooth transition to the region. Learn more by clicking here.

China Conference Starts Thursday

Traverse City Area Chamber members Al DeVore of Graceland Fruit and Irene Scheffler of AlcoTec Wire Corp. will share their stories of the benefits and challenges of doing business in China at the "China Today: Competitor or Partner?" conference this Thursday and Friday in Traverse City. Chamber President/CEO Doug Luciani is also among numerous panelists at this groundbreaking event organized by the International Affairs Forum at Northwestern Michigan College. Click here for a complete conference schedule, ticket information, a video presentation and more.

CONNECT | Economic Development
Water Sports Company Makes Splash at Chamber

The Chamber's Access to Capital initiatives continue generating waves of economic development. Rush Watersports in Traverse City just secured a $29,000 business loan from the Chamber's USDA loan fund. Company owner Cameron Davies is pictured with Chamber Senior VP Laura Galbraith. Learn more about this growing operation and the Chamber's wide range of business financing resources by clicking here.

Save the Date - Chamber Golf Outing Aug. 20

The annual Chamber Foundation Golf Outing returns to the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa on Aug. 20. Registration details are coming soon so follow the Chamber Bulletin for information. If your business is interested in hole sponsorships and prize donations - or if you'd like to serve on the Golf Outing planning committee with Event Planner Andi Wagenschutz -  click here for information.

The Chamber Foundation Golf Outing is presented by:


Chamber Seeks Administrative Help

Are you looking for an opportunity to take on a challenging role in a dynamic organization? The Traverse City Area Chamber is seeking a highly-organized, motivated and energetic individual to serve as an administrative assistant for the organization. Applications are needed by Friday, June 13. View a job description by clicking here.

INSPIRE | Leadership Growth

Oryana Receives Hagerty Small Business Award

Oryana Natural Foods Market is no stranger to success as Michigan's largest cooperative and the country's first Certified Organic retailer. Oryana added to its impressive 41-year history of achievement as recipient of the Chamber's 2014 Hagerty Small Business of the Year awarded last week before an overflow crowd at NMC's Hagerty Center.

Click here for highlights from last week's SBC Award Ceremony.

The 2014 Small Business Celebration was presented by:


IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Doug Luciani

Luciani re-appointed to Grow Michigan

Chamber President/CEO Doug Luciani was re-appointed to a 5-year term on the Grow Michigan Board of Directors, a public/private partnership that's provided more than $17 million to small manufacturing businesses since it began 18 months ago. Learn more...


Vote 'Yes' on Prop 1

The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce support Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities' campaign to pass the Personal Property Tax (PPT) ballot proposal on the Aug. 5 primary ballot.


The question was officially designated Proposal 1 by the Board of State Canvassers. It would eliminate the personal property levy on small businesses and eventually for large manufacturers. Revenues from the PPT will be fully replenished by an Essential Service Assessment on large manufacturers and through expiring tax credits. You can also show your support for Proposal 1 by signing up at this link.


The Alliance encourages all its members to sign up as public supporters as early as possible - because this proposal benefits job providers in our area and is critical to creating a strong business environment in northern Michigan. And remember to encourage those that you know to "Vote YES" on Proposal 1 on Aug. 5.

State Boosts Minimum Wage
Michigan lawmakers moved quickly to approve escalated increases to the state's minimum wage law that will hike it to $8.15 for hourly workers (up from $7.40) as of Sept. 1 with future increases from there. Learn more in this legislative update from Chamber Govt. Relations Director Kent Wood.

Get connected to more
Chamber program info:

Suggestions for topics
you would like to read here?

Facebook   Twitter   YouTube
Upcoming Events
Click Event to Register

June 18 - Business After Hours from 5 - 7 p.m. at Great Lakes Sailing Co.

August 20 - Chamber Foundation Golf Outing at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

Advertise Now
Click for Info


In Case you
Missed it...
Copyright © 2014. All Rights Reserved.