Traverse Connect Bulletin
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December 10, 2014
Thanks to Our Departing Directors

December is always bittersweet at the Chamber, as we welcome new faces to Chamber boards but say farewell to good friends and colleagues who've made important contributions to the organization. Pictured (from left) are incoming Chamber Board Chair Jeff Connolly, along with outgoing directors Chris Morse, Chris Lambert, Jessica Wheaton, immediate past Chair Rachel Roe and outgoing Chair Mark Eckhoff.  Learn who else is coming and going at the Chamber for 2015.

Win a Free Energy Audit

Consumers Energy will offer a Chamber member a free energy assessment in 2015 at their business, a service valued at up to $1,000.

  • Eligible companies must be a Consumers Energy small business customer with a facility up to 20,000 square feet.
  • The audit will include energy and cost-saving estimates and estimated rebates.
  • Direct installation measures include programmable thermostats, LED lighting and exit signs, and faucet aerators.

Interested companies have until January 31, 2015 to apply. The application form
 
includes contest rules and registration information. Completed applications should be submitted to the Chamber office in care of Chief Operating Officer Laura Oblinger.

 

CONNECT | Economic Development
Who Will be Honored with the DSA?

Presentation of the Chamber's Distinguished Service Award is the highlight of the Chamber's Annual Celebration. This year the Chamber will announce the 2014 DSA recipient in early January, and will honor that individual at the Annual Celebration on Jan. 23 from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

 

Be a part of this wonderful evening as we honor this year's Distinguished Service Award recipient during a special seated program that will include the DSA presentation and a look back at 100 years of Chamber operations. Cabanas and corporate tables for the event are sold out, but individual tickets remain for $100 each. Sign up now for this special evening.

 

The Annual Celebration is presented by:

                                                                                                     

 

SCORE District Director Steve Feinman With TC SCORE Chair Bruce Finlayson

TC SCORE Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Chamber is proud of its association with Traverse City SCORE which observed its 25th anniversary in 2014 by mentoring more than 600 local clients and 500 workshop participants. The local SCORE chapter has grown to more than 40 volunteer business professionals and ranks among the leaders nationally in client satisfaction. Learn more about this amazing group of individuals and how they can help your business.

SCORE District Director Steve Feinman With TC SCORE Chair Bruce Finlayson

TC SCORE Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Chamber is proud of association with Traverse City SCORE which observed its 25th anniversary in 2014 by mentoring more than 600 local clients and 500 workshop participants. The local SCORE chapter has grown to more than 40 volunteer business professionals and ranks among the leaders nationally in client satisfaction. Learn more about this amazing group of individuals and how they can help your business.

INSPIRE | Leadership Growth

Apply for Leadership Grand Traverse

Is your career ready for a kick-start in 2015? Boost your professional and personal skills and relationships by applying for Leadership Grand Traverse, the Chamber's signature leadership development program that's helped produce hundreds of community leaders over the past 27 years. Applications are coming in for the Spring 2015 Class, so submit your application before the January 25 deadline.

 

Chamber Leadership programming is sponsored by:

 

Chamber Winter
Happy Anniversary to a Host of Members

December is a big membership month at the Chamber. Scores of Chamber members celebrate anniversaries this month, from 40-plus year members to the more than 200 businesses that joined the Chamber during the December 2013 Membership Event. Check out these Chamber birthdays this month and remember to patronize your fellow Chamber members whenever possible.

 

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business

Alliance Monitors Road Bills

State lawmakers are in the midst of an active lame-duck session in Lansing this month, and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance is closely following their activity. Review Government Relations Director Kent Wood's Northern Michigan Business Blog on one proposal the Alliance helped defeat and follow the Chamber Bulletin and social media outlets for the latest legislative updates.

 


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Upcoming Events
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December 23 - Young Professionals Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15 - 7:15 p.m
January 21 - Business After Hours from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Corner Loft co-hosted by Next I.T.
January 23 - Chamber Annual Celebration; 6:30 - 10 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort
January 27 - Young Professionals Volunteering at the State Theatre 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.

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