Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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JUNE 10, 2015
Petition to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing is Extreme

Safe and reliable energy production is critical to Michigan's economic future. That's why the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce opposes efforts to place a ban on hydraulic fracturing in front of Michigan voters in the 2016 election cycle. The Chamber board took action this week urging Michigan voters not to sign petitions by The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan being circulated across the state including Northern Michigan. Learn more about the Chamber's position on this important issue.


 Chamber Golf Outing Set for August 19

Registration is open for the annual Chamber Golf Outing, a highlight of the summer season and one of the Chamber's most popular events. The outing will be held August 19 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa spread across two of Northern Michigan's top golfing venues - The Bear and The Wolverine courses at the Resort.


The golf outing raises money for the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, a registration gift, lunch and dinner, and prize and drink tickets. Foursome or individual sign-up is available. There are also $100 hole and $300 Super Hole sponsorships available. Prize donations are also welcome. Don't delay as this event fills up quickly. Register here.

The Chamber Golf Outing is supported by:


Chamber/Alliance Gain State Budget Wins



Michigan's 2015-16 budget of more than $54 billion is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for approval, and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance fared very well in securing its legislative priorities in next year's spending plan.


Government Relation Director Kent Wood reports the Alliance helped stave off proposed cuts to rural hospital funding and increased liquor license fees. The budget also includes another $4 million for the successful Pure Michigan campaign. Click here for his budget breakdown.


Mayor Duggan Appearance this Friday

Just a few seats remain for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's luncheon event this Friday, June 12, at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. It's part of the new Speaker Series sponsored by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, and we're excited about having one of Michigan's most dynamic political leaders visit Northern Michigan. Register here for the luncheon.

The Alliance Luncheon is presented by:

BAH on the Bay

The beautiful blue waters of West Grand Traverse Bay are the perfect backdrop for the Chamber's last Business After Hours before the summer break. Join us June 17 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Great Lakes Sailing Co. located in the Center Pointe building along M-22 in Greilickville for an evening of fun business connections, food and refreshment and plenty of eye-popping scenery from Great Lakes Sailing's unique bayside location. It's our last Business After Hours event until September, so don't miss it!


Business After Hours is sponsored by:





LGT Fellows Gains Momentum

The ranks are growing among the Chamber's new leadership initiative known as LGT Fellows. The Fellows program is an exclusive group of alumni from Leadership Grand Traverse, the Chamber's flagship leadership development program. LGT Fellows is an opportunity to connect with current LGT participants, revive past LGT relationships and get updated on leadership opportunities in the region. LGT Fellows are also conducting a series of "deep dive" discussions this summer and fall on pertinent LGT topics. Learn more

Plus, registration will open soon for the Fall 2015 Class of Leadership Grand Traverse, which kicks off in September. See next week's Chamber Bulletin for details.


Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:


Partner News
NW Michigan Housing Summit June 19

Finding adequate and affordable housing is critical to growing Northern Michigan's workforce. Networks Northwest is taking on the region's housing crunch by organizing a Northwest Michigan Housing Summit on June 19 at NMC's Hagerty Center.


The Housing Summit will be an important opportunity for community leaders, housing stakeholders, developers, and others to:

  • Get up-to-date on strategies to meet Northwest Michigan's housing needs.
  • Hear from businesses and employers, realtors, developers, funders, local governments, housing agencies and more.
  • Network with potential partners and funders for new housing projects.
  • Learn about multi-generational community design from award-winning keynote speaker Esther Greenhouse.


Information is available online at Space is limited, so register now! 


SCORE Can Help Your Business

Business mentors at the award-winning SCORE chapter in Traverse City offer free monthly workshops at the Traverse Area District Library that can help launch your business idea, or take an existing business to another level.


The next SCORE workshop is July 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. entitled "Three Keys to Finding Financing". It will offer information on various sources of small business financing, how to promote your business to potential lenders and more.  Register today for this and other upcoming SCORE workshops.
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August 19, 2015
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