Traverse Connect Bulletin
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Sept. 3, 2014
Expo/Outlook Breakfast Open for Business

When summer winds down it means the region's biggest business event of the year is gearing up! The Traverse City Area Chamber's annual  Economic Outlook Breakfast and Business Expo return Nov. 11 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.


The day-long Expo features more than 140 exhibitors that display their products and services to 1,300-plus attendees, and allows for large-scale networking opportunities within the region's business community. Exhibit booths are just $500 for Chamber members and $800 for non-members, and you can register by clicking here. 


The 2014 Chamber Business Expo is sponsored by:

Daniel Loepp
Mitchell Stapley













Preceding the Expo is the 2015 Economic Outlook Breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. The annual event looks at highlights and trends in the regional, state and national economy, and offers expert panelists to look ahead at the ever-changing business climate. This year's Outlook Breakfast will feature Daniel J. Loepp, President/CEO of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, along with the return of Mitchell Stapley, Chief Investment Officer of Clear Arc Capital.



Tickets are $25 or $250 for a table of 10. Seats fill up fast so click here to reserve a spot today.


The 2015 Economic Outlook Breakfast is presented by:




CONNECT | Economic Development
Blues Bring BAH

Like the song says: Things will be great when you're downtown! Join us Sept. 17 at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan office at State and Cass streets in downtown Traverse City for the return of Business After Hours. This high-energy networking event is from 5 - 7 p.m. featuring food, refreshments, door prizes and an opportunity to share your stories of summertime success. Don't miss it.


Business After Hours is presented by:

Don't forget Speed Networking also returns Sept. 17 from 4 - 5 p.m. at the Chamber office just before BAH. Join up to two dozen Chamber members for this fast-paced networking session to quickly spread the word about your company, its products and services. Sign up for this free event exclusively for Chamber members.

Hundreds of Sourcing Opportunities

The largest Pure Michigan Business Connect summit to date takes place this October. Dozens of Michigan's largest operations ranging from Ford Motor Co. and Consumers Energy to the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings have more than 380 procurement opportunities that they want to fill using Michigan companies.


The deadline to apply is this Friday, Sept. 5, and companies will select from those applications for the match making summit to take place next month in Lansing. Click here to apply.


INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Register for the YP Conference

The energy level will run high when the Chamber's Young Professionals gather for the YP Conference on Oct. 3 at the Leelanau Outdoor Center. Dozens of YPs will participate in team building exercises, individual challenges and various networking events at the outdoor retreat nestled in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Click here to learn more and reserve a seat.


Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:

Board Nominations Due Sept. 19

Nominations for up to three directors to serve on the Chamber's Board of Directors commencing Jan. 1 are needed by Friday, Sept. 19. The Chamber Board is responsible for policy and fiscal oversight of the organization and directors serve 3-year terms. Nomination forms are available by clicking here.
IMPACT | Advocacy for Business

State, Federal Immigration Update

The Chamber Alliance continues to monitor the immigration issue, as lawmakers at the state and federal level grapple with the many facets of immigration that include workforce development, security and more. Click here for the latest from Govt. Relations Director Kent Wood.

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Upcoming Events
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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


October 4 - Young Professionals Annual Conference 

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In Case you
Missed it...
  • Click here to listen in on Chamber President/CEO Doug Luciani's recent interview with Chris Holman on the Michigan Business Network.
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