TCYP Brief
March 3, 2015 TCYP Brief


The First Lunch & Learn of the Year is Here!




Calling all Young Professionals! Lunch & Learn is here in 2015 and the kick-off is going to be a very insightful and beneficial presentation by the local SCORE chapter. Be sure to register for this long awaited event ASAP to save your seat at the Great Wolf Lodge. Thursday March 5 marks the first Lunch & Learn of the New Year, and will allow YPs to enjoy a presentation and discussion with SCORE on topics including:


  • Who SCORE is and what they do
  • A new video featuring the Traverse City chapter of SCORE highlighting some of their success stories with local businesses
  • A dialogue of the trending "triple bottom line" business model that focuses not only on business profits but also on business and community sustainability-a concept that many Traverse City area businesses have followed for years. They will discuss how this unique concept has evolved in the region, the state, and beyond.
  • A question and answer session





Event Summary: Young Professionals - Lunch & Learn

Presenter: SCORE Traverse City

Location: Great Wolf Lodge 3575 N US 31 S Traverse City

Date: Thursday March 5

Admission: Member Pricing $15

Times: Registration @ 11:30 a.m., lunch @ noon followed by the program until 1 p.m.


For more about SCORE, click here!


For more information about this event please contact Andi Wagenschutz here.


Chamber Leadership programming is sponsored by:



Calling all YPs - Local Officers Compensation Commission Needs You


The City is seeking volunteers to serve on the Local Officers Compensation Commission. Its sets the compensation of the City Commission and recommends compensation levels for those who serve on City boards and committees. The commission meets infrequently but is needed this year to determine compensation. In order to be considered eligible you must be an adult city resident and may not be related to anyone serving at any level of government. For more information or to apply for this unique committee please contact Deputy City Clerk
Katie Stroven here or call her at 231-922-4480.


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


Join us for our monthly YP volunteer event at the State Theatre on Tuesday, March 24 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 (BAH) 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.


The March BAH will be on March 18 from 5 - 7 p.m. at The Park Place Hotel on State Street. We hope to see you there!


City Commission Considers Accessory Dwelling Units

At the City Commission meeting on March 16 a big topic of discussion will be consideration of an ordinance to allow for accessory dwelling units and/or in-home or above-garage apartment units. Approval could open up the options for young professional affordable housing within the City. In order to share your thoughts please attend the City Commission meeting on March 16 at the Governmental Center. The meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers on the second floor. Can't attend the meeting? Send an email to all City Commissioners here!

Leadership at the Movies: Don't Miss the Sequel in April

The first take of Leadership at the Movies was a great success! There was a great turnout and an engaging and informative discussion at the February 11 session lead by Nathan Havey of Thrive Consulting (pictured). The new program was received very well and we can't wait to launch the sequel coming April 22 at Bijou by the Bay. It will feature the film "300" and be facilitated by Todd Sanders of Sanders Solutions. The discussion topic will be, "How Leadership, Creativity, and Innovation are Connected". To learn more about this event and register to attend, visit the Chamber website here!  


Chamber Leadership programming is sponsored by:








The Mini MBA Program is Back

The Ferris State University Mini MBA program through the Chamber is a management and executive development program that aligns participants around the common language and analytical tools of business. The courses are presented in an abbreviated format and are designed to provide you with a clear understanding of financial objectives and measurement metrics. The program will also enhance your business acumen skills in a variety of disciplines, including business savvy, financial literacy, strategy formulation and implementation, and critical thinking skills. These skills will lay the groundwork that will help you make smarter decisions that will favorably impact your organization's productivity and profitability. This is a nine week program and you must hold a Bachelors degree to be considered. For more information or to begin the registration process visit the Chamber's Mini MBA page here!


Seeking Input for 2015 Young Professional Events

We had a great lineup 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!



March 5 - Lunch & Learn (Great Wolf Lodge); Noon -1 p.m.


March 18 - Lowdown on Labor Law (1st Floor Meeting Room); 8 a.m. - noon.


March 18 - Business After Hours (The Park Place Hotel); 5 - 7 p.m.


March 24 - State Theatre volunteering; 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.



YPs In the News




Marentette Earns 'Master' Designation

Traverse City Clerk Benjamin Marentette earned the designation of Master Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. It's the highest designation awarded by the IIMC given "only to those municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements and who have a record of significant contributions to their local governments, their community and state" according to the institute.

Ben is also a graduate of the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program.  Congratulations on this terrific commendation Ben!

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