Traverse Connect Bulletin
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June 25, 2014
The Chamber's Laura Galbraith (left) with Sarah Landry of The Redheads
Growing Business in Leelanau County

The Chamber continues to fuel business expansion in Northern Michigan. A $29,000 loan from the USDA Intermediary Loan Fund will help Sarah Landry of The Redheads in Leelanau County open the Lil' Leland Café within the Leelanau Books bookstore in downtown Leland.  A grand opening for the new café is set for this afternoon from 4 - 6 p.m.


Click here to learn more about how the Chamber is helping this company grow and for more information about the Chamber's range of business financing programs.
Golf Outing Donations and Sponsorships Available

Want to get your company's name and products in front of scores of area business people? Sponsoring a hole or donating a prize to the annual Chamber Foundation Golf Outing on Aug. 20 is a great way to raise your company's profile and support the Chamber's diverse menu of leadership programming.


If you'd like to donate a prize, sponsor a hole ($100) or be a Super Hole ($300) sponsor, contact Chamber Event Planner extraordinaire Andi Wagenschutz at (231) 995-7101 or by email at


Of course you're also welcome to play on one of the two championship layouts offered by our hosts at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa - the Bear or Wolverine. But slots are filling up fast, so don't delay. Click here to register.

                          The Golf Outing is sponsored by:

CONNECT | Economic Development
Opportunity Knocks at TraverseCONNECT

The Job Portal on the Chamber's website is bursting with career opportunities in the area. Promising long-term positions are open and continue to come online in the Grand Traverse region with great Chamber member businesses.  Find the Job Portal on our home page or view the listings directly by clicking here. Log in to your account here to add your career opportunity to attract the best talent to your organization. If you have trouble with your log in contact Ella at 947-5075 or by email at


Consumers Energy "Connects" with Michigan Business

Consumers Energy has nearly 400 procurement needs and is looking to other Michigan-based businesses to get the job done.  The utility will host a match making summit on July 30 in Flint, and the priority deadline to apply is Thursday, July 3.


The utility is seeking a wide variety of equipment, supplies, services and more.  Click here for a full list of procurement needs and to apply for the summit. 


June Member Anniversaries

Almost three dozen loyal Chamber businesses are celebrating membership anniversaries in June. Click here to see which members of the Chamber family are celebrating 15, 10, 5 and 1-year membership milestones this month. Thanks to these businesses for building the community through the Chamber, and remember to support these companies with your commerce as well.




INSPIRE | Leadership Growth 
Mini MBA Registration Open

The Chamber's Mini MBA program developed in conjunction with Ferris State University offers you and your employees an opportunity to build your business knowledge and skills through a compact, 9-week education program delivered by a dynamic team of FSU instructors.


The Mini MBA is open exclusively to Chamber members. Participants must have a bachelor's degree and the program offers 2.7 continuing education credits toward a graduate degree through Ferris State. The fall class begins Sept. 16 and continues through Nov. 11. Click here to learn more and register. 
IMPACT | Advocacy for Business 
Big Stakes at the Aug. 5 Primary Election - Get Registered!

There's plenty riding on Michigan's Aug. 5 primary election, including primary races for local seats in the Michigan Legislature and Proposal 1 to eliminate the Personal Property Tax (PPT) for small businesses.


But you and your employees can't participate if you're not registered to vote, and the registration deadline is less than two weeks away on July 7.  Voter registration information is available by clicking here.
Vote "Yes" on Proposal 1

The Traverse City Area Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance both endorse "Yes" votes on Proposal 1. It will make permanent the elimination of the Personal Property Tax (PPT) levy on small businesses approved by state lawmakers two years ago, which will eventually be extended to all Michigan businesses. All revenues from the PPT will be replaced by expiring tax credits on Michigan businesses, plus an Essential Service Tax on manufacturers.


Learn how your company can join the effort to reform business taxation in Michigan led by the Michigan Coalition for Strong and Safe Communities by clicking here
Got Sugar?

Last week we reported data revealing a surprising trend of unhealthy weight gain over the summer months by children, and especially younger children who were most likely to increase their Body Mass Index (BMI).  Among the reasons contributing to this phenomenon is the type and amount of the foods children eat.


Click here to learn more about improving children's eating habits and reducing their sugar intake.



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