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August 13, 2014
YPs Head to the Capital

Gov. Rick Snyder came to Traverse City this spring for some face time with the Chamber's Traverse City Young Professionals. Now the YPs will return the favor!


Young Professionals are invited to a bus tour to the State Capital on Thursday, Sept. 18. YPs will tour the Capital, take in House and Senate sessions and sit down with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley to continue the conversation started with the governor this spring. Lunch is included and a dinner stop is scheduled on the return trip. It's an opportunity to learn more about what's going on in Lansing, and let Michigan's leaders know what the TCYPs are making happen.


The cost is just $20. Register by clicking here. 
Galbraith Gains State Certification

Good news Chamber members - your access to business capital resources available through the Chamber continues to grow. Senior Vice President of Finance/Administration Laura Galbraith is newly certified as a Community Development Block Grant Administrator. Completion of this 24-hour course through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. means Galbraith can process business loans and grants through the federal CDBG program. Click here to learn more.


CONNECT | Economic Development
Traverse Bay EDC Backs TART Trails Report

A new impact study on economic activity generated by events on the VASA Pathway showed more than 55,000 annual visits to the trail, and direct spending from its four major events totaling an impressive $2.6 million a year.


The report was developed by TART Trails with underwriting support from the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corp., and follows the TBEDC's report last year of the economic activity generated by local soccer and lacrosse tournaments. It's important to document the economic impact of the region's recreational activities and facilities, and for Chamber members who market to and serve these constituencies. TART Trails is publishing the data on its website this week. Learn more by visiting


Welcome July Members

Welcome to these area businesses that joined the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce in July:


Grand Traverse Culinary Oils                                                             

Infinite Path Martial Arts              

The Franklin       

Laura Food Service          

Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council

Chronic Care Management, LLC 

Veritech Appraisal           

McDonald's Restaurant                 

Children's Therapy Corner            

Mobile Media - TC Loyalty

Gallagher's Farm Tour & U-Pick            


Thanks to these new members for supporting the community through the Chamber, and remember to support them with your patronage.




INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Last Call for Golf Outing

It's just one week away! The annual Chamber Foundation Golf Outing heads to the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa next Wednesday, Aug. 20, for a full day of championship golf, great food, wonderful prizes and a full day of networking opportunities.


Support the Chamber's leadership programming and get your company in front of hundreds of area business people. Donate a prize for the raffle drawing or sponsor a hole to be part of this can't miss event. Contact Chamber Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at or click here for more information.


The Chamber Foundation Golf Outing is sponsored by:


Apply for Fall 2014 LGT

Summer is slipping away- which means the Fall 2014 semester of Leadership Grand Traverse is just around the corner. Momentum is high after another top-quality LGT class this spring, plus the launch of the new LGT Fellows program which is re-connecting hundreds of graduates over the past 30-plus years with the program.


LGT offers an inside look at our region's education and health care system, recreational opportunities, state and local government, arts and culture and more. It's a crash course on what makes the Grand Traverse Region go, and opens new doors to personal and professional opportunities. 


The application deadline is Aug. 22 and the orientation session is Sept. 16. Click here to learn more.


The Chamber's Leadership Programming is made possible by:


IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Proposal 1 & Primary Election

Last Tuesday's primary election was successful for the Chamber and Chamber Alliance, as Proposal 1 passed statewide with nearly 70% of the vote. Proposal 1, which would continue personal property tax reforms for small business and manufacturers, was also given overwhelmingly favorable support by northern Michigan voters - nearly 3 to 1 in most northern Michigan counties. 


In addition, the outcome of Tuesday's primary election sets up the slate of candidates who will be facing off in the November general election. Click here to see the winners of Tuesday's primary and preview of the general election in November. You can also visit the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance blog at


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Upcoming Events
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August 20 -  Chamber Foundation Golf Outing at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.
August 26 - Young Professionals Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15 - 7:15 p.m. 

September 10 - Young Professionals Lunch & Learn; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge 


September 17 - Speed Networking; 4 - 5 p.m. at the Chamber.

September 17 - Business After Hours 5 - 7 p.m. at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield office, 202 E. State St. in Traverse City.


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