Traverse Connect Bulletin
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November 19, 2014
A Century Worth Celebrating

One hundred years of growing business and building community in the Grand Traverse region is something to be proud of. Join the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce for a special Annual Celebration on January 23 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The event's "Then and Now" theme highlights what promises to be a special evening of reflection, honors and fun.


We've made some upgrades for this year's event.  We'll maintain the popular strolling dinner and mix-and-mingle format, but add a special sit-down program to spotlight our Distinguished Service Award recipient and to hear from our outgoing and incoming board chairmen. It will be a century's worth of celebration as we look back at 100 years of accomplishment by the Chamber and its members.


Tickets are available for individuals, for 10-person corporate tables and corporate lounge cabanas that include seating for 10. Learn how to register and more about this special event.


The Annual Celebration is presented by: 




CONNECT | Economic Development
BAH is Tonight

What better way to beat the chill of the early winter season than with good friends and warm conversation? Join us for Business After Hours this evening from 5 - 7 p.m. at West Bay Beach a Holiday Inn Resort in downtown Traverse City for last event of 2014. It's one of our favorite BAH venues and the West Bay Beach crew never fails to deliver a great atmosphere for networking and building your business contacts. We'll see you there.


Business After Hours is sponsored by:


Business Benefits from Early Childhood

 It's not just the Traverse City Area Chamber that sees the long-term benefits of early childhood development efforts. Many of the country's top business executives and organizations are joining the fight for better pre-school education for our nation's young people. This essay

from the American Association of Chamber Executives authored by John Pepper, former CEO and Chairman of Proctor & Gamble, explains the business case for early childhood investment.




INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Another Top LGT Class

The Chamber's venerable Leadership Grand Traverse program graduated another outstanding group of individuals this week ready and able to make a difference in their community. Meet the latest LGT graduates including their professional affiliations and what Chamber leaders said about the group.


Chamber Leadership programs are supported by:



IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Senate Passes Road Funding Plan
The state Senate wasted little time in passing a road funding plan during a lame-duck session last week to create a wholesale tax on gasoline sales that could generate upwards of $1 billion per year toward Michigan's roads and related infrastructure. Chamber Government Relations Director Kent Wood outlines the proposal in this week's Northern Michigan Business Blog

The proposal now heads to the state House. The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance will continue tracking the proposal and keep its members up to date on its progress in the House.

Pier Workshop Tonight
Chamber members are encouraged to get involved in the plans for a new public pier into West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City. The second in a series of public input workshops is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Governmental Center. Stay up to date on the project at the city's new public pier website.

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Upcoming Events
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Today - Business After Hours; 5 - 7 p.m. at West Bay Beach a Holiday Inn Resort
November 25 - Young Professionals Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
December 23 - Young Professionals Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.

January 23 - Chamber Annual Celebration; 6:30 - 10 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort

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