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July 16, 2014

A Great Win for the Great Lakes

Chambers throughout the Upper Midwest - including the Traverse City Area Chamber - worked with Congressional  lawmakers to boost federal dollars for harbor maintenance and dredging projects across the Great Lakes. Representatives of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition said it's a "game changer" in that it creates an enforcement mechanism for funding the federal Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. Click here to learn more about how the efforts of the Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance are making a difference at the federal level.

CONNECT | Economic Development
Donate Prizes, Sponsor Holes for Golf Outing

The annual Chamber Foundation Golf Outing is just a month away. But there's still time to get your business in front of hundreds of area business people at one of the summer's premiere networking events through hole sponsorships and prize donations at the Aug. 20 event set for the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. If you'd like to sponsor a hole, donate a prize for the raffle drawing or register to golf, contact Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at


There are also a handful of tee times still available, but slots are filling up fast. Click here to register. 

The Chamber Foundation Golf Outing is presented by:


Register for Michigan Virtual Career Fair 

Northern Michigan businesses looking to fill career openings in the manufacturing, automotive and engineering fields can take part in the next Michigan Virtual Career Fair coming up Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. It allows your company to locate talent from across Michigan and beyond without the costs associated with travel, food and lodging.


Early Bird registration continues through July 31 and the final sign-up deadline is Aug. 14. Job seekers can participate for no charge. Click here for registration information.  


INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Register for Fall LGT/Fellows
It's been a great year for Leadership Grand Traverse, the Chamber's signature leadership development program. Now more than 750 graduates strong, LGT continues to build momentum through increased participation and programming, additional scholarship opportunities and a growing number of LGT grads transitioning into local leadership roles. Click here to learn more or apply for the Fall 2014 Class that starts in September. 
LGT graduates can now stay involved through the newly launched Leadership Grand Traverse Fellows program. Keep in contact with fellow alumni, find out what other LGT grads are up to and learn about the latest opportunities to share your leadership knowledge.  Click here to learn more.  

Leadership Programming is supported by:



IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Learn About Prop 1 and House 104th Candidates

The Aug. 5 primary election is less than three weeks away! It's a critical election for Michigan's business sector as voter approval of Proposal 1 will make permanent the repeal of the Personal Property Tax (PPT) for Michigan's small businesses. The Traverse City Area Chamber joined businesses, municipalities and a broad base of organizations across Michigan to support Proposal 1, which will replace the PPT with a more stable and equitable essential service assessment on large companies that won't raise taxes for Michigan residents.


You can show your support for Proposal 1 and get the latest updates from the Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities by clicking here.


You can learn more at an informational program on the Personal Property Tax on July 22 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Michigan Works! office at 1209 S. Garfield Ave. in Traverse City. The Chamber is co-sponsoring the event with the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The program is free but pre-registration is needed and available by clicking here. 


The League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area is also sponsoring a forum featuring the candidates for the state House 104th District race in Grand Traverse County. That's also set for July 22 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Center Road in Traverse City. The public is welcome.



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July 22 - Young Professionals Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15 - 7:15 p.m. 
August 20 - Chamber Foundation Golf Outing at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

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