Traverse Connect Bulletin
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August 20, 2014

Vote 'Yes' to Renew School Millage

The Chamber's Board of Directors this month endorsed a "Yes" vote on Traverse City Area Public Schools' non-homestead millage renewal that goes before district voters on Nov. 4.

  • The levy will continue TCAPS' 18-mill operating millage for non-homestead properties -primarily businesses and second homes - that's been in place since 1999. It includes no change to the current tax rate.
  • The renewal is necessary for TCAPS to receive the state's full foundation allowance per pupil. The non-homestead millage generates approximately 36 percent of the district's annual operating budget.
  • Learn more about the millage renewal by clicking here.
CONNECT | Economic Development
CONNECT with Business Resources

TraverseCONNECT is closing in on a $1 million milestone in business financing, with almost 30 loans to area businesses with a total portfolio of just under $950,000. Ranging from small business start-up and operating loans under $7,500 to six-figure deals for major expansions and operating capital, TraverseCONNECT offers a range of access to capital options for a variety of business needs. And it's more than money. Our clients draw on the expertise of local bankers, underwriters and SCORE counselors to ensure their ideas lead to long-term success. Click here to learn more about the financing programs available through TraverseCONNECT, or contact economic assistant Kathy Bussell at


INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Register for Mini MBA

It's Back to School time - and Chamber members are no exception!

Kick-start your career and boost your business IQ through the Chamber's Mini MBA program created in conjunction with Ferris State University. This 9-week course starts Sept. 16 and features a dynamic team of FSU business professors conducting a unique business simulation exercise touching a wide range of business-related areas including financial literacy, strategy, critical thinking and more. The program is open to Chamber members with a bachelor's degree and offers continuing education units (CEUs). Click here to learn more and register.

Lansing on the YP Radar

Next stop for the Chamber's dynamic Young Professionals group?  A Sept. 18 bus tour to the State Capital in Lansing. This informative 1-day trip led by Chamber Govt. Relations Director Kent Wood will include a tour of the Capitol building, live House and Senate sessions, meetings with area legislators and a sit-down with Michigan's Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your horizons and let our state lawmakers know what's important to Northern Michigan's YPs. The cost is just $20 and you can register by clicking here.

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Minimum Wage Hike Coming Sept. 1

Increases to Michigan's minimum wage law approved by state legislators in May kick in on Sept. 1, when the minimum wage increases to $8.15 an hour.  Learn more about the pending wage law changes in the latest Northern Michigan Business Blog from Govt. Relations Director Kent Wood.

Breaking Down Workplace Myths

Concerned that flex scheduling for employees to help balance their professional and family obligations will lead to a less-productive workplace? Think again. Offering flex time can help employees maintain their work focus and lead to more production in the long run. Learn more about the myths and realities of creating a family friendly workplace.


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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.

September 18 - Young Professionals Trip to Lansing 


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