Traverse Connect Bulletin
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October 29, 2014
Make Your Voice Heard

The November 4 General Election is less than a week away. Make sure your voice is heard by showing up to vote on Tuesday. The Traverse City Area Chamber supports a yes vote on the non-homestead millage renewal sought by Traverse City Area Public Schools, and offers its one-of-a-kind Virtual Candidate Forum to help voters sort through the candidates for several state and local office races.


Salvador Montes of Rey Export
A Leather-Tough Business Opportunity 

Salvador Montes grew up working and learning about business in the leather tanneries of his native Mexico. He's using that knowledge - and $7,500 from the Chamber's Sub Micro Loan Fund  - to launch a unique business venture based in Traverse City.

CONNECT | Economic Development
Last Call for Expo

The Chamber's annual Business Expo is less than two weeks away- set for November 11 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. There are just a few exhibit spaces left as close to 140 businesses are ready to greet upwards of 1,300 visitors who will visit the Expo. Sign up today to reserve one of the few remaining exhibit booths.


The Expo immediately follows the SOLD OUT Economic Outlook Breakfast at the Grand Traverse Resort.


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The Economic Outlook Breakfast is sponsored by:



A Meeting of the Manufacturing Minds
Did you know the Grand Traverse area has the highest concentration of manufacturing operations in Northern Michigan? A group of local business leaders including the Traverse City Area Chamber is working to organize a local manufacturing council to advance this growing sector. Organizers will meet Wednesday, November 5 from 7:30 a.m. - noon at Northwestern Michigan College's Hagerty Center to develop and prioritize a regional manufacturing agenda. You can be part of the discussion.
INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Members Through Thick and Thin

The Chamber wouldn't exist without the support and involvement of its membership. Dozens of Chamber members celebrate their membership anniversaries in October, including some going back more than 40 years! See what members new and old are celebrating their Chamber birthdays this month.

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Character Counts
There's a growing body of research that suggests that the development of character in our young people as they grow is as important as their classroom education. Learn more in this Brookings report tracked down by Great Start Coordinator Mary Manner. 

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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

November 25 - Young Professionals Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.

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