TCYP Brief

Join us at the TC Chamber's Annual Celebration!


What better way to kick off the Chamber's 100th year than by joining us for the Annual Celebration? The Annual Celebration is a definite can't-miss gathering for the region's business community. Join us on Friday, January 23 for a special evening of fun, honor, and entertainment at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. 

Register now to be guaranteed a seat!


Prior to the Annual Celebration, the YPs will be meeting upstairs at Aerie (top floor in the Grand Traverse Resort Tower) from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. for drinks and networking. Please join us and mingle with your fellow YPs before heading down to the celebration!


The Annual Celebration will also honor Susanne (Susie) Janis, the 2014 Distinguished Service Award recipient from the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. Janis is recognized for her nearly four decades of volunteer service. She was also among the first women to serve as a director for the Traverse City Area Chamber and was instrumental in the development of the Smith Family Breast Health Center. Learn more about Janis and her accomplishments here.


The Annual Celebration is presented by:




Helping in Our Community Throughout 2015


At our December meeting, 2015 YP Chair Allison Beers asked everyone to bring in nonperishable food items or a monetary donation to go to a food pantry in our region. YPs Josh Janowiak and Courtney Sorrell dropped the food off at the Father Fred Foundation after the meeting, and the folks at Father Fred (Mary, Tab, and Anne in the photo) gave them a tour of the facility.


Our donation was so successful that the YPs unanimously decided to donate to food pantries throughout 2015! If you attend one of the monthly meetings at the Chamber this next year, please bring along a nonperishable food item (or two!) that Josh and Courtney will drop off at a regional pantry after the meeting. It's the easiest way to help those in our community all year long!



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


Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday, January 27 from 5:15-7:15 p.m. All volunteers receive a FREE movie voucher and popcorn!  Sign up or e-mail Erika Wiltse with questions (




Come Volunteer for Business After Hours in 2015

We are always looking for YPs to work the check-in table at the Chamber's Business After Hours events. There will be plenty of chances to meet and mingle with fellow YPs and Chamber members at BAH in 2015. For more information, or to sign up for one of the upcoming BAH evenings, contact Bridgett Beckwith.


This month's BAH will be January 21 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Corner Loft on Front Street, co-hosted by Corner Loft and Next I.T. We hope to see you there!


Indoor Soccer and Boys' Basketball Referees Needed

The LEAP 4-5 grade boys' basketball league needs officials. Games begin Tuesday, January 20 and end Thursday, February 12. Games are played at TCAPS elementary schools every Tuesday and Thursday. You may be scheduled for one to three games per night. The games may begin at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and/or 7 p.m.



Indoor Soccer leagues will start on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the old Long Lake Elementary building and will end on Saturday, February 28. Games will be 50 minutes in length and will run from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. each Saturday.  


Pay is $15 per game for each sport. MHSAA certification or previous officiating experience is not required but a working knowledge of either soccer or basketball is needed. There is a training clinic being held for each sport.


For more information about basketball refereeing, please contact Cindy Elliott at For more information about indoor soccer refereeing, please contact Julie Gorter at You can also call the LEAP office at (231) 933-1758.


Apply for Spring Leadership Grand Traverse

On the heels of a successful fall semester, 

applications are open for the Spring 2015 Leadership Grand Traverse. Join the Chamber's signature leadership development program to learn about the institutions that drive Northern Michigan while honing your leadership skills to advance yourself, your company and community. The deadline for applications is January 25, 2015.


Already an LGT graduate? Join the Leadership Grand Traverse Fellows program to connect with this growing network of LGT alumni and learn more about where your leadership skills are needed. Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:



Seeking Input for 2015 Young Professional Events

We had a great line-up of Lunch and Learns, social events and volunteer opportunities in 2014, and now we are setting up the calendar for 2015. Please share any ideas you have for Lunch and Learn topics, social event locations, speakers, or volunteer events in 2015 with YP Chair Allison Beers. 


Calling All Guest Bloggers!

Are you new to TC 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 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!


Make the Web Work for You

Want to learn more about the latest trends in digital marketing? Learn how to put your company on the map with Google + and Google My Business in a program at OneupWeb co-hosted by the Traverse City Area Chamber.

Join us January 28 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at OneupWeb at 13561 S. West Bayshore Drive in Greilickville for this informative program that will include a question-and-answer session with the experts at OneupWeb. Watch the weekly Chamber Bulletin for registration details.        







January 21 - Business After Hours at the Corner Loft co-hosted by Next I.T. (@ Front and Cass streets); 5 - 7 p.m.


January 23 - Chamber Annual Celebration


January 27 - State Theatre volunteering; 5:15-7:15 p.m.


YPs In the News!

Received a promotion, new job, board election, or community achievement? LET US KNOW!  Please submit a 1-2 sentence description with a photo to optional, but preferred).  Don't be shy! 



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