TCYP Brief


If you attended our annual TCYP Conference in October, then you've already heard the great news. Founding member and longtime Young Professionals Coordinator Allison Beers was announced as our 2015 TCYP Chair!


"I am so honored and thrilled to serve as the 2015 Young Professionals Chair," Allison said. "As a founding member of the program and the coordinator for the last five years, I am very excited to step into this new role within the program. We have built such momentum over the last few years and I am eager to keep this going. I look forward to representing the YPs on the Chamber board and being the voice for us."


Allison is the owner of Events North, an event management agency, and Put Your Phone Down, a business etiquette presentation she delivers all over the state. She is a board member of Rotary Charities, the Downtown Traverse City Association and the Cherry Festival Foundation, where she spent three years as the President of the board.  For the last seven years, the Traverse City Business News named her one of the 40 Most Influential Business People Under 40. She has received the honor of Best Event Planner for three years from Michigan Meetings & Events Magazine, and in 2014 was inducted to its Hall of Fame as Best Event Planner. We are excited to have her lead us in the year ahead!


The Growing YP Family


Congratulations as well to outgoing YP Chair for 2014 Jessica Wheaton on the birth of her new baby girl. Adalyn Margaret arrived Nov. 1, weighs 8.1 lbs. and is 20 inches long! Jessica reports that everyone is doing well. Thanks Jessica for a great year as YP Chair and best wishes to you and your family.


Don't Forget to Vote Today!

Today is the day to cast your vote on important local and state-wide decisions. The ballot includes electing our Governor and State Legislature positions, as well as a critical millage renewal for the Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS). The Chamber's Board of Directors endorsed a "Yes" vote on TCAPS' non-homestead millage renewal.  Learn more about the millage renewal here. 


Check out the Chamber Bulletin tomorrow for full coverage of the election results.



  Free popcorn, movies, volunteering and team      trivia...what's not to love?

Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday, November 25 from 5:15-7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn!  After the volunteer event, head to the U&I Lounge for Team Trivia night! Sign up or e-mail Erika Wiltse with questions.

The Economic Outlook Breakfast and Chamber Expo Are Coming Up

Next Tuesday, November 11, is the Chamber's annual Economic Outlook Breakfast and Business Expo at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

The Outlook Breakfast from 7 - 9 a.m. is sold out. But there are still a few exhibit spaces available for the Expo, which runs from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Expo features more than 130 exhibitors and upwards of 1,300 guests during the day. If your employer hasn't yet reserved space, click here to ensure a spot.


Business After Hours on November 19

Looking for a chance to connect with fellow business people and learn what's happening around town? Join us for Business After Hours on November 19 at West Bay Beach - A Holiday Inn Resort (615 E. Front Street) for an evening of fun, food, prizes and more. It's from 5 - 7 p.m. - see you there!


Topics Sought for 2015 YP Lunch and Learn Series

What are some issues you'd like to learn more about or speakers you'd like to hear? The YPs are looking for speaker ideas and issues for its 2015 Lunch and Learn series. We're also looking for new venues for the YP Social Events next year.  If you have some ideas, send them to Chamber Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at


Calling All Guest Bloggers!

Are you new to Traverse City or have you been here for years? Just landed your dream job or are you searching for the next step in your career? Sharing your story on the YP Blog is easy, and a great way to reach other young professionals both in our area and across the world. Simply type a brief summary about yourself-your favorite things in the Traverse City area, why you live here, what you do for a living-and send it in to Mo Stych with some great photos. We love featuring our YPs!





Today - Election Day - Don't forget to vote!


November 11 - Economic Outlook Breakfast and Chamber Business Expo (Grand Traverse Resort and Spa)


November 19 - Business After Hours at West Bay Beach - A Holiday Inn Resort

(615 East Front Street); 5 - 7 p.m.


November 25 - State Theatre volunteering; 5:15-7:15 p.m.


November 28 - Thanksgiving Day


YPs In the News!


Handy Earns USDA Promotion


 Valarie Handy was recently named as the Community and Economic Development (CED) Coordinator for USDA Rural Development. She is taking this role on in addition to her current duties as an Area Loan Specialist and looks forward to coordinating USDA Rural Development's statewide Community and Economic Development efforts. USDA Rural Development offers over 40 different loan and grant programs as well as technical assistance to rural communities interested in evolving with direction. Valarie's work was previously specialized around non-profit and municipal finance, but her new job duties will include more planning and facilitation for entire communities and regions. For more information on USDA Rural Development's programs or to congratulate Valarie on her new position please feel free to contact her at 941-0951 ext : 102 or



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