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Sept. 17, 2014

Fall LGT Class Kicks Off

Welcome to the Fall 2014 Class of Leadership Grand Traverse that gathered at the Chamber Tuesday afternoon for its Orientation Session, in preparation for its Opening Retreat on Sept. 26-27. Learn more about the latest LGT participants and their professional affiliations by clicking here.


Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:


Register for Outlook/Expo

Slots are filling up fast for the Chamber's annual Economic Outlook Breakfast and Business Expo coming up Nov. 11 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Get the experts' take on the regional and state economy at the Outlook Breakfast, featuring Dan Loepp who's President/CEO of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, along with Mitchell Stapley who's the Chief Investment Officer for Clear Arc Capital.


The Outlook Breakfast is immediately followed by the Chamber's annual Business Expo, which attracts more than 140 exhibitors and upwards of 1,300 attendees to check out the latest in products, services and more from our Chamber members.


Reserve a seat ($25) or a 10-person table ($250) at the Outlook Breakfast by clicking here.


Sign up for an Expo booth by clicking here.


The Economic Outlook Breakfast is presented by:


The Chamber Business Expo is presented by:



CONNECT | Economic Development
Laura Galbraith

Follow the Crowd(funding)

Learn more about the latest business financing trend in a Sept. 26 day-long event entitled "Roar of the Crowd: Essentials of Investment Crowdfunding" to be held at Northwestern Michigan College's University Center. Chamber Senior VP of Finance/Administration Laura Galbraith is among the expert presenters at the event. Click here or details and registration information.


A True Blue BAH

Business After Hours returns to downtown Traverse City tonight from 5 - 7 p.m. Join us at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield office courtyard at the corner of State and Cass streets for an evening of fun, food, fellowship, prizes and more.


Business After Hours is sponsored by:


INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Climbing Toward the YP Conference

The Chamber's annual Young Professionals Conference on Oct. 3 brings together many of our region's rising professional stars for jam-packed day of networking, introspection, team-building and outdoor fun in a spectacular natural setting at the Leelanau Outdoor Center. Chamber YPs shouldn't miss this unique opportunity for a special day of personal and professional development. Click here to register. 


Chamber Leadership programming is sponsored by:

2013 DSA recipients Brenda and Ross Biederman


Honor a Local Legend

Who do you know that's helped shape the Grand Traverse region as the wonderful place it is? Nominate that person or couple for the Chamber's Distinguished Service Award. For more than 80 years, the Chamber has honored local individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the area. Nominations are open through Oct. 31. Click here to learn more.




IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Play Groups Help Kids and Families
Could your family or neighborhood benefit by forming a community playgroup? Learn the upside of local playgroups for children up to age 8 and how to go about organizing them in a program this Friday, Sept. 19, from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center offered by the Great Start Collaborative. To learn more about this free program, click here.

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Upcoming Events
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Sept. 23 - YPs Volunteering at the State Theatre

October 4 -  Young Professionals Annual Conference 

October 15 - Business After Hours; 5 - 7 p.m. at Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic

November 11 - Economic Outlook Breakfast; 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa 
November 11 - Business Expo;  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa 

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