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January 7, 2015
Susie Janis Honored with Chamber DSA

A lifetime of community and volunteer service in the Grand Traverse region earned Susanne M. Kildee Janis the Chamber's 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Learn more about this wonderful woman and the lives she's touched through her support and involvement with local initiatives ranging from bolstering our region's health care facilities, educational institutions, arts and cultural offerings and much more.


Make Plans for the Annual Celebration

Join us as we present the Distinguished Service Award to Susie Janis at the Chamber's Annual Celebration on January 23 from 6:30 - 10 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Our special program includes the Chamber's DSA presentation and a look back at 100 years of the Chamber's service to the Grand Traverse region. Individual tickets are still available for this special night that includes a rolling dinner and beverage bar, an informative program, old friends and new faces and much more.


The Annual Celebration is presented by:






CONNECT | Economic Development
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 of Commerce.


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. Register for this free event by emailing OneupWeb's Alaina Dodds at

Apply for Free Energy Audit

Energy costs are soaring as temperatures plummet this winter. Your business can find ways to trim its utility bill as 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.

There's still time to apply by the January 31 deadline. 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
Build Leadership Through the Chamber

The Chamber offers a continuum of leadership development programs that can help your company at all levels of operation. Whether it's young professionals, mid-level managers or CEOs, the Chamber features a plethora of leadership development offerings. From the flagship Leadership Grand Traverse program to the Mini MBA developed with Ferris State University to the CEO Roundtable, the Chamber has leadership development opportunities to help your company and people maximize their potential.

Learn more about the array of available leadership training programs and kick start your business today.


Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:



IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Alliance Ready for State of the State

The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance will have a strong presence at Gov. Rick Snyder's State of the State address in Lansing on Tuesday, January 20. The Alliance is planning a series of meetings with area lawmakers to lay out the Alliance's 2015 legislative agenda for Northern Michigan's business sector.


The state Senate has already named its committee chairs and other leadership positions for this year. State Sen. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City will chair the Senate Commerce Committee, while Sen. Darwin Booher of Evart will head the Banking/Financial Services Committee. Get a full rundown on the Senate's leadership position in the latest Northern Business Blog Michigan from Alliance Government Relations Director Kent Wood.

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Upcoming Events
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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 25 - Application deadline for Spring 2015 Leadership Grand Traverse.

January 27 - Young Professionals Volunteering at the State Theatre 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.

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