Traverse Connect Bulletin
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December 17, 2014

We Want to Hear from You

The Chamber is working to improve communications with its members by creating a two-way communication stream through the weekly TraverseCONNECT E-Bulletin. Readers can now offer feedback on news stories, Chamber events, programs, legislative issues and other Bulletin content. Simply click on the Offer Your Input box and let us know what you think.


A Salute to Our Charter Members
The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2015. In the coming weeks and months we'll share the stories of area businesses that supported their Chamber over the decades. Our membership records date to 1935, and a handful of area businesses have been with us from the start. See who tops the Chamber's list of membership longevity. 

Healthy Michigan Delivers Care to Thousands

The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance strongly advocated this year for Medicaid expansion. Those efforts are now paying significant community dividends in Northern Michigan and across the state. Learn how the Healthy Michigan Plan is bringing health services and healthier lives to thousands of your neighbors in Northern Michigan.



CONNECT | Economic Development
Business Directory Upgrades

The Business Directory on the TraverseCONNECT website is the go-to resource for business people and the public looking to connect with the local business community. The Chamber recently upgraded its website so members can promote special deals and discounts, post logos, photographs, videos and more. Learn more about how these new features can help people learn about your business.



Countdown to the Celebration

The Chamber's Annual Celebration is just over a month away. Don't wait to reserve a seat at this special Centennial Celebration as the Chamber enters its 100th year of service to the Grand Traverse region. It will be a special evening of memories, a look at what's ahead and a night to honor the 2014 Distinguished Service Award recipient. Reserve your seat today.


The Annual Celebration is presented by:





INSPIRE | Leadership Growth

Facilitators Sought for CEO Roundtable

The CEO Roundtable is among the Chamber's Leadership Development programs and facilitators are needed to help launch the program in 2015. Facilitators are needed for one 90-minute session per month. Previous group facilitation experience is needed. Learn more about the CEO Roundtable program or contact Event Coordinator Andi Wagenschutz at


Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:





IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Analyzing the Road Plans

Michigan's Senate and House of Representatives passed widely varying road and infrastructure proposals in this month's lame duck legislative session in Lansing. Lawmakers are working this week on compromise proposals and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance is closely monitoring the discussions. Chamber/Alliance Government Relations Director Kent Wood's Northern Michigan Business Blog outlines the two proposals and other highlights of the road debate.



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Editor's note: The TraverseCONNECT Bulletin will consolidate its Christmas and New Year's editions into a single holiday edition to be delivered on Tuesday, December 30. The news and advertising deadline for the holiday Bulletin is 5 p.m. on Monday, December 29. Happy Holidays to all!
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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