Traverse Connect Bulletin
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December 30, 2014
Who Will it Be?

The excitement is building for the Chamber's Annual Celebration where the Chamber will celebrate a century of service to the Grand Traverse region and present its 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The Chamber will unveil its DSA recipient later this week, and you'll want to be part of this special presentation on January 23 for this most deserving individual.


Sign up now to be part of this can't miss event.


The Chamber's Annual Celebration is presented by:





CONNECT | Economic Development
Doug Wolf
Sara Harding

New Chairs for TBEDC & Chamber Foundation

Congratulations to Doug Wolf of Chase Bank who takes over as the 2015 Chair of the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation, and Sara Harding of the FIM Group who's the new chair of the Chamber Foundation Board.


Taking over as Chamber Board Chair in 2015 is Jeff Connolly, West Michigan President of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. Here's a full list of new Chamber officers and directors 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.


INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Apply for 2015 Leadership Grand Traverse

Coming off a terrific year, the Leadership Grand Traverse program is poised for even greater things in 2015. The Chamber's flagship leadership development program is a great way for Chamber members to help their employees grow both personally and professionally, and become valuable assets in their companies and their community.

Applications are being accepted for the Spring 2015 Leadership Grand Traverse Class which begins in late February and continues into May.


The deadline is January 25 so apply today. 


Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:



IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Chamber Advocacy Makes a Difference

The Chamber's legislative advocacy efforts during 2014 were impressive. Some of the accomplishments included Personal Property Tax relief for thousands of Michigan businesses approved by state voters last August, and support for the Healthy Michigan initiative that brought health insurance to thousands of Northern Michigan families and individuals.


Membership in the Chamber gives your business access to professional staff offering years of experience and expertise in local, state and even national government relations. Learn more about how you can put these services to work for your business.


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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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Free Lunch & Learn

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the single-largest change to the tax code in decades. You need to know if and how your taxes will be impacted.

Join us at the Chamber for a Lunch & Learn at noon on January 6, 2015.  Space is limited.

To RSVP call 231.929.4414 or email  

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