Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
JULY 1, 2015
City Commissioner Gary Howe with Kent Wood
Throw Your Hat in the Ring

Are you interested in local government and politics, but not sure how to get involved? Join us here at the Chamber on Tuesday, July 14 from 9 - 11 a.m. for a Local Government Candidate Seminar.


This free program will cover nominating petition procedures, building a campaign, media relations and the responsibilities of holding public office. Speakers will include city Commissioner Gary Howe and former commissioner and campaign manager Matthew Schmidt.


To reserve a seat contact Chamber Government Relations Director Kent Wood at


                                                  Pints & Politics on Tap

Chamber members who want to connect with their local, state and federal officials in a comfortable, informal setting will want to be at Pints & Politics, a new Chamber legislative advocacy program offering our business community access to key decision makers. It was rescheduled from last month to our new hosts at Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City. The sessions include:

  • Monday, August 24 with State and Federal officials
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 with Traverse City officials
  • Monday, Oct. 19 with Grand Traverse County officials
The events are from 4:30 - 6 p.m. and there is no charge to attend.  Register here. 

Pints & Politics is sponsored by:


                                                   Get Involved in Business Advocacy
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette with Govt. Relations Chair Bill Golden

The Chamber is looking for a few good business men  and women to serve on its Government Relations Committee. We need Chamber members in good standing seeking an active role in discerning local and state issues to help shape input on issues and positions that impact Chamber businesses and the economic climate for Northern Michigan.


The Government Relations Committee meets on the fourth Friday of each month from 7:30 - 9 a.m. here at the Chamber office. If you're interested, contact Kent Wood at


A Scorecard for Leadership

We appreciate all the registrations, prize donations and hole sponsorships rolling in for the Chamber's annual Golf Outing coming up August 19 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa - but there are still plenty of gaps to fill.


The event is the primary fundraiser for scholarships to Leadership Grand Traverse, the Chamber's flagship leadership development program. Find out how to promote your business to hundreds of golf outing participants by sponsoring a hole or donating a prize.

Slots are also filling quickly on the resort's championship courses The Bear and The Wolverine. It's always a sell-out so don't wait - sign up today.


The Chamber Golf Outing is sponsored by:

TCNewTech Returns July 7
After a dynamic launch in June, TCNewTech returns with its second program on July 7 starting at 6 p.m. at the CenterPointe Building in Greilickville. The Chamber is a proud co-sponsor of TCNewTech,  a new local technology-based group that meets monthly to share new products, ideas and more related to the technology field in Northern Michigan. The inaugural program drew almost 70 participants, and several presenters are lined up for next week's program. Learn more

WEF Co-hosts Ron Jolly and the Chamber's Laura Oblinger
A Sharp Focus on Business

There are thousands of successful business stories in Northern Michigan, unique and inspiring in their own way. Each Wednesday morning at 8:30 the Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus airs on NewsTalk 580 WTCM-AM, where host Ron Jolly and Chamber Executive Director Laura Oblinger sit down with a local business owner and talk about how they've built their enterprise. It's an informative half hour that shines a spotlight on the talent and dedication in our local business community.


You can also listen to past episodes on the WEF link on the Chamber's website.

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is sponsored by:


Spring 2015 LGT Class
Calling All Leaders for Fall LGT

The summer is racing by - which means it won't be long before the Chamber launches the Fall 2015 semester of Leadership Grand Traverse. LGT is the Chamber's oldest and best known leadership development program. It offers participants a close-up look at the institutions and amenities that make our region unique, while class members build life-long connections while gaining intimate and valuable insight into the area.


The Fall LGT class kicks off on September, and the registration deadline is August 21. Scholarship opportunities are also available. Here's a link to the  application form.

Chamber Leadership Programming is sponsored by:


Partner News
A Festival of Photos

The business community always steps up in a big way to support the National Cherry Festival. The 89th annual NCF kicking off this Saturday is no exception, and the Chamber wants to highlight its members helping out at the area's signature summer festival.


If you have images of your business and its employees helping out at festival activities, email them to staff writer Bill O'Brien at and we'll post them throughout the festival next week across the Chamber's social media platforms.


Best wishes from the Chamber for a Happy July 4 Holiday and a safe and enjoyable National Cherry Festival!

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