Traverse Connect Bulletin
Top Talk
June 18, 2014
TraverseCONNECT on the Move
TraverseCONNECT is expanding its business development efforts across Northern Michigan. The Wexford County Board of Commissioners is considering a proposal to partner with TraverseCONNECT to utilize the Regional Revolving Loan Fund for businesses in Wexford County. Learn more in this report from the Cadillac News.
For more information on business capital available for your company through TraverseCONNECT, click here.  
Foundation Golf Outing Filling Up

Have you signed up for the Chamber Foundation Golf Outing? More than half of the slots are already filled for the Aug. 20 event at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Get registered now to ensure a tee time for this premiere golf event to support the Chamber's continuum of leadership development programs.


The Chamber Foundation Golf Outing is sponsored by:

CONNECT | Economic Development 
BAH-eautiful on West Bay

Join us tonight from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Great Lakes Sailing Co. for the season's last Business After Hours. The unique CenterPointe complex along M-22 in Greilickville offers a scenic backdrop for the Chamber's popular networking event. Event Planner extraordinaire Andi Wagenschutz and the Great Lakes Sailing staff will create a splashing evening of food, refreshments, boat and dock tours and more. It's the last BAH until Sept. 17 - don't miss it!


Click here for a full schedule of Chamber events.   

Business After Hours is sponsored by:

 Welcome New Chamber Members

 Thank you and welcome to these companies for joining the Traverse City  Area Chamber of Commerce in May:  

Bayside Family Chiropractic
Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern 
Northwoods Physical Therapy 
Scoot Around Media 
Nine Eight Creative
Bob Evans Restaurant 
HomeTown Pharmacy

Team One Credit Union


Support them with your patronage and let them know you appreciate their community involvement through the Chamber. To learn more about the benefits of Chamber membership click here.  
INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
An 'Inside' Job for the YPs
The Chamber's Young Professionals continue to expand their profile with new products and programs, including the new YP Insider offering detailed community information to prospective professionals to the area. Whether it's information on recreational activities, dining and entertainment, child care options and more, the YP Insider team offers the inside scoop to incoming residents. Click here to learn more. 
Also check out the YPs' newly revamped website by  clicking here.  
IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
State Budget Impact for Northern Michigan

State lawmakers hammered out a $37.5 billion budget before recessing for the summer last week. The spending plan will bring changes to school funding in Northern Michigan, rural health care dollars, transportation funds and more.


For a breakdown on how the 2014-15 budget will impact various Northern Michigan interests, click here for a report from Chamber Alliance Government Relations Director Kent Wood.


The Chamber Alliance is underwritten by:


Unplug Your Kids This Summer & "Experience 231"

A recent news story reported data that shocked us:  Children's weight gain TRIPLES over the summer. Though the original research was published in 2007, things haven't gotten better.  A more recent 5-year study of children entering kindergarten, published in 2013, found these changes in children's BMI (Body Mass Index: a 1.2% drop during the school year and a 5.2% increase over the summer.


At the Healthy Places for Healthy People conference held earlier this month in East Lansing, national and state speakers made the point that healthy weight in children - and adults - is a community health issue.  In the greater Grand Traverse region a collaboration of parks and recreation units, tourism and outdoor activity-based non-profits have put together a website and smart phone app to help families and individuals find activities that promote outdoor play and learning.


To find out what's available in the region visit Unplug and have fun out there!


For more information about Great Start at the Chamber and to get involved, email Mary Manner at or call 231-995-7114.





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June 24 - Young Professionals Volunteering at the State Theatre from 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
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