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October 8, 2014
Outstanding Chamber Award goes to.... TC Area Chamber!

Congratulations to our members, board and staff of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, honored last week with the 2014 Outstanding Chamber of Commerce Award - Large Chamber Category by the Michigan Association of Chamber Professional at its annual conference in Muskegon.


"The (Chamber) received this award based on its accomplishments in leadership and governance, financial stewardship, business advocacy and member programming," said Bob Thomas, director for the MACP. It's the first time the Traverse City Area Chamber has been honored as the MACP's Outstanding Chamber in Michigan. The award was presented to Chamber Chief Operating Officer Laura Oblinger. Click here to learn more.

CONNECT | Economic Development

Loan Funds Critical to Business Success

It was the middle of last winter when Dennis and Katy Bean-Larson of ERG Foods LLC found it tough sledding to continue production of their unique energy bars - until they secured a $7,500 Sub Micro Loan for their business through TraverseCONNECT.


"This loan kept us, literally, from being dead in the snowbank," Katy Bean-Larson told a group of fellow loan recipients at a reception last week co-hosted by Fifth Third Bank to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the popular loan program. It's supported by $50,000 each from Fifth Third Bank and the Traverse City Area Chamber Foundation.


Click here to learn more about some of the other success stories shared at last week's event and for more information on business financing available through TraverseCONNECT.


An Outlook Sellout!

The Chamber's annual Economic Outlook Breakfast and Business Expo are among Northern Michigan's most-anticipated business gatherings of the year, and this year is no exception. The November 11 Outlook Breakfast at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is officially sold out!


But you can still be part of the can't miss Business Expo which runs from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. immediately following the Outlook Breakfast. Several exhibit spaces are still available - including one prime food vendor spot - to get your business in front of 130-plus exhibitors and more than 1,300 attendees. Reserve a space or contact Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz.



The Chamber Business Expo is sponsored by:



The Economic Outlook Breakfast is sponsored by:

INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
DSA Nominations Open
Nominations are open through Oct. 31 for the Chamber's Distinguished Service Award, presented annually to a person or couple for their outstanding contributions to the Grand Traverse region. Who will follow deserving 2013 DSA recipients Ross and Brenda Biederman and be recognized with this enduring and prestigious community service award?  Nomination forms are available by clicking here
IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Be an Informed Voter     

The Nov. 4 general election is less than a month away. Chamber members can learn more about the candidates for the 104th State House, 37th State Senate and First Congressional District in two upcoming forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area:

  • Candidates for the state 104th House and 37th Senate districts will gather on Thursday, October 16 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Garfield Township Hall.
  • First Congressional District candidates will meet on Tuesday, October 21 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Lars Hockstad Auditorium in Traverse City.

Both forums are open to the public and will be videotaped for future broadcast on UpNorth TV. Plus, the Traverse City Area Chamber and Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance will update their Virtual Candidate Forum to be launched on the Chamber's website later this month. Follow the Chamber Bulletin for updates.


Doug Luciani

Luciani Joins Early Childhood Panel

Chamber President/CEO Doug Luciani is among the state's pioneers in making early childhood development a top priority for Michigan's business sector. Others are following his lead.


Luciani is among 15 key business, policy and education leaders invited to Detroit this week for a roundtable discussion on early childhood education hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Click here to learn more.


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Upcoming Events
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October 15 - Business After Hours; 5 - 7 p.m. at Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic
October 28 - YPs Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15 - 7:15 p.m. 
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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