Traverse Connect Bulletin
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October 22, 2014
The Virtual Forum is Back

The Nov. 4 General Election is less than two weeks away. The Traverse City Area Chamber and Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance updated their 2014 Virtual Candidate Forum to offer a comprehensive overview of where the candidates stand on numerous issues in races for several state and local offices.  

Vote 'Yes' on TCAPS Millage Renewal
There are plenty of important decisions looming at the General Election. Among them is non-homestead millage renewal for Traverse City Area Public Schools. The Traverse City Area Chamber strongly endorses a "yes" vote on the renewal - here's why. 
CONNECT | Economic Development
Opportunity Knocks at Expo

There's still time - but it's running out quickly - to join more than 120 area businesses at the region's largest business showcase. The Chamber Business Expo on Nov. 11 will draw close to 1,300 attendees to the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, and there are still a few exhibit booths remaining. Reserve a space today.


The Expo follows a sold-out Economic Outlook Breakfast that morning at the resort. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan President Dan Loepp will join financial expert Mitchell Stapley of Fifth Third Bank for a wide-ranging analysis of the regional and state economy.


The Business Expo is sponsored by:



The Outlook Breakfast is sponsored by:



INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
2013 DSA recipients Brenda and Ross Biederman

Last Call for 2014 DSA Nominations
There's still time to nominate a local individual or couple for the Chamber's prestigious Distinguished Service Award to be presented at the 2015 Annual Celebration on Jan. 23. The award recognizes and honors life-long contributions to the Grand Traverse region, and nominations are needed by Oct. 31
Welcome New Members

The end of the summer brought a wave of new members to the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.See who recently joined the Chamber family and welcome them to the organization with your thanks and support.


IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Input Sought on Division Street, City Pier Projects

Chamber members are urged to make sure their voices are heard on two major public improvement projects in Traverse City. They include upcoming modifications to Division Street and construction of a public pier by the city into West Grand Traverse Bay.


There's a public workshop on the pier plans tonight at 7 p.m. at the Governmental Center in Traverse City. The state Department of Transportation will conduct a public open house on the Division Street project on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 4 - 7 p.m. , also at the Governmental Center. Learn more...


Why We Collaborate

The Great Start Collaborative of Traverse Bay has been a hard-working collective of businesses, parents, schools, healthcare and other stakeholders led by the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce and TBAISD since 2008. If you wonder why the Chamber is involved in this effort, read Phil Power's "Daring to Collaborate" in this week's Bridge Magazine.

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October 28 - YPs Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
October 29 - Young Professionals Lunch & Learn; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge
November 11 - Economic Outlook Breakfast;7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa SOLD OUT
November 11 - Business Expo; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
November 19 - Business After Hours; 5 - 7 p.m. at West Bay Beach

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