Traverse Connect Bulletin
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July 23, 2014
State House/Senate Candidates Talk Business

Northern Michigan is home to some of the busiest primary elections in the state at the Aug. 5 election. Kent Wood and support staff from the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance have been hard at work compiling a series of questions and answers with candidates in the crowded race for the 104th State House District, and the 37th Senate District. Along with the questionnaires, there are video presentations from the candidates produced with the assistance of UpNorth Media.


Production work on the videos and questionnaires is being completed this week, and will be made available within the next few days on the Chamber's website at We'll let our members and the public know when it's available to help with a more-informed decision on Aug. 5.  


Sub Micro Loan Fund Reaches $50,000 Mark

It was one year ago the Traverse City Area Chamber founded a new loan program targeting small business start-ups and expansions called the Sub Micro Loan Fund. The $100,000 loan program was funded with $50,000 each from the Chamber Foundation and Fifth Third Bank, and just a year in the fund recently closed on its eighth small business loan. More than half the fund is now at work in the local business community, being used for inventory purchases, product development, new equipment and more.


The Laughing Horse Saloon in Thompsonville is the latest Sub Micro Loan recipient. Click here to learn more about owners Kelly and Bruce Crawley's plans for this Benzie County business - and the Chamber's various Access to Capital resources.


CONNECT | Economic Development
Meijer Seeks Michigan Suppliers
The Pure Michigan Business Connect program links some of the state's largest companies with local suppliers that can fulfill their procurement needs with Michigan-based products and services. Retail giant and Chamber member Meijer is looking for qualified Michigan companies to fill more than two dozen of its product/services needs at a match-making summit coming up in September. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1. Link to application form by clicking here.
A 'Power' Talk with Chamber Utilities

The Traverse City Area Chamber is serious about future energy supplies and costs for Northern Michigan's business sector. The Chamber is working to promote sound energy policy, conservation and efficiency, and works closely with our partners at Consumers Energy, DTE, Cherryland Electric and Traverse City Light & Power Co. to accomplish these goals.


Chamber President/CEO Doug Luciani recently sat down with representatives of these Chamber member utilities to discuss these critical issues and more. Click here to listen to this roundtable discussion on key energy topics and their potential impact on your business.


Be Cyber Aware

Michigan is among the leaders is public/private partnerships to promote cyber security. The Michigan Cyber Awareness Luncheon Conference series will advance those efforts at its next event coming  Aug. 12 to the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.


If you're in the IT sector or run a business that relies heavily on IT security, you won't want to miss this important event featuring several local and state experts on cyber security. Click here for a program agenda and registration information.   



INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Countdown to Golf Outing

Summer is racing by and the Chamber Foundation Golf Outing is less than a month away. But there's still time to be part of one of the area's largest summer networking events. There are still a few hole sponsorships available and a handful of tee times. Prize donations are also needed.


Get your business involved with this premium marketing and networking opportunity by contacting Chamber Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at or (231) 995-7101. You can also click here for more golf outing information.  

The Chamber Foundation Golf Outing is sponsored by:


IMPACT | Advocacy for Business

James McBryde of the MEDC 

and Howard Heideman of the State Treasury


A PPT Primer

The Traverse City Area Chamber co-hosted an informational program on Michigan's Personal Property Tax and its impact on the business sector. Click here to learn more.


Adults Skills Build Children's Futures

Families are already getting ready for the new school year, and for some families that means arranging childcare for toddlers or wondering which program will be best for their preschoolers.  These decisions depend on each family's unique circumstances, but there is one thing that should be at top of  any list of criteria:  how capable are the people who will teach and care for my child?


Click here to learn more including a video on how adults' early education skills impact our children.


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