Traverse Connect Bulletin
Top Talk
March 4, 2015
It's Time for Prime Time

The Chamber's special Prime Time event is back. After a smashing debut in 2014 to showcase our newest members, Prime Time returns at the March 18 Business After Hours event and will again feature special exhibits from some of our newest Chamber businesses.


Prime Time is from 5 - 7 p.m. in the dome at the Park Place Hotel, with a Trivia Night theme that will include fun trivia games and contests, prizes, food and refreshment and an opportunity to connect with a dynamic group of new Chamber members.  The event is free and open to Chamber members and the public. If you joined the Chamber in 2014 and would like to display your business at Prime Time, contact Andi Wagenschutz at

Watch a video of images from last year's Prime Time event by clicking here.




Prime Time's presenting sponsor is:




Business After Hours is sponsored by:



Expand Your Skills with Mini MBA

Are your company's mid-level managers ready for an academic and business challenge that will improve your operation? The Chamber's Mini MBA program is part of the leadership continuum at the Chamber that offers training and education at all corporate levels. The Mini MBA is a compact, 9-week business simulation course offering experience and information across the business spectrum including financing, critical thinking, strategy implementation and more. Hear what some graduates of the program said about their experiences and learn how you can register.





CONNECT | Economic Development

Peter and Pearl Brown
Rising to Success

When the Great Recession turned Peter Brown's consulting business upside down several years ago, he and his wife Pearl huddled with their children to chart a new course. The amazing evolution of Chamber member Old Mission Multi-Grain Bread is an inspiring story built on family, perseverance, hard work - and a great loaf of bread! Learn more...

INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Consumers Grant Presentation in
Lake Ann
Consumers Helps 5toONE Effort

Early childhood development efforts across the Grand Traverse region received a boost last week with a $50,000 grant from Consumers Energy Foundation. The funds will help the efforts of the Traverse Bay Great Start Initiative to continue to implement the 5toONE program in several local communities. Learn more...


Ron Jolly of WEF
Entrepreneur Focus Rolls On

The Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. on NewsTalk 580/WTCM continues to offer up amazing local business success stories featuring your friends and neighbors. Chamber COO Laura Oblinger joins WTCM's Ron Jolly every week to interview local entrepreneurs about how they launched their business and to share the secrets of their success. If you miss it live, you can click here for a full library of shows on the Chamber's website.


The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is presented by:



IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Kent Wood at House hearing
Chamber Alliance Fights for Rural Hospitals

Members of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance traveled to Lansing last week to oppose potential state budget cuts to hospitals across Northern Michigan to maintain health care services critical to the region's residents and the business community. Government Relations Director Kent Wood testified before the state House Appropriations Subcommittee on Community Health on this important issue. Here's part of a letter sent to House members from the Alliance.


Munson Healthcare President/CEO Ed Ness is also seeking the community's support on this issue. Learn more... 


Randy Whitmire
Labor Law Session set for March 18

The arrival of spring and summer means ramping up the workforce for many Chamber members. Learn what you need to know about the Fair Labor Standards Act and the H-2B Nonimmigrant Visa Program in the return of the "Lowdown on Labor Law" seminar set for March 18 from 8 a.m. - noon at the Chamber office featuring Randy Whitmire of the U.S. Department of Labor.


Sign up now for this free, informative program that will help your business make good personnel decisions.


CORRECTION: Patrick Dewey, right, of Dewey Insurance in Kalkaska was misidentified in last week's Bulletin in a story about nominations for the 2015 Kalkaska Chamber Business and Citizen of the Year Awards.

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