Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
August 5, 2015
Wanted: Chamber Ambassadors

Among the Chamber's best promotional tools are our members who are deeply engaged and enthusiastic about our programs and services. That's what drives the Chamber Ambassadors, a program where our members serve as liaisons between the organization and our current and potential members. Ambassadors meet with members and prospective members to help them understand the benefits of Chamber membership, and to assist the Chamber in developing programs and services to better meet their needs.


Are you interested in growing your local connections and expanding the Chamber family by serving as a Chamber Ambassador? Membership Sales Representative Sheila Peek can provide more information at


Or click here to learn more about the Chamber Ambassadors.


Last Call for Chamber Outing Golfers, Prizes

We're just two weeks out from one of the Chamber's biggest events of the year - the annual Chamber Golf Outing!


The golf outing happens Wednesday, August 19 with a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start on The Bear and Wolverine courses at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme. There are still a few tee times available, and you can still donate prizes or sponsor a hole. Click here to register for a tee time. Donate a prize or sponsor a hole by clicking here.

The Chamber Golf Outing is the primary fundraiser for the Leadership Grand Traverse program.  The event includes golf, lunch and dinner, an outing gift, refreshments and tickets to win great prizes and the 50/50 drawing. It's a great way to network with hundreds of area business people who take part each year.


The Chamber Golf Outing is sponsored by:

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Check Out Plans for Division Street

The Michigan Department of Transportation is continuing to develop reconstruction plans for Division Street in Traverse City. Residents and business owners are invited to MDOT's next Public Input Open House Session scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, from 4 - 7 p.m. in Kirkbride Hall at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.  Check out the latest design concepts and offer your input.




Pints & Pols Debuts this Month

"Pints & Politics" is a new Chamber event that premieres in August, offering our members an opportunity to meet with their legislative leaders in an informal setting to help them gain insight into the issues facing the local business community. Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City will host Pints & Politics on:

  • August 24 with state and federal officials
  • September 24 with Traverse City officials
  • October 19 with Grand Traverse County officials
Registration is free for Chamber members. Sign up here. 

Pints & Politics is presented by:

CONNECT | Events and Programs
Raising the Curtain on Leadership

Leadership at the Movies is a new Chamber program launched this year offering leadership lessons and messages through classic films as interpreted by a series of dynamic speakers. The third installment is coming up September 9, presented by Barbara Ellis of the Center for Coaching & Leadership Development. It's entitled "The Transformational Power of a Leader" based on the movie classic Braveheart starring Mel Gibson.


Leadership at the Movies takes place from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Bijou by the Bay theater across from the Chamber office on Grandview Parkway. This pre-work program is free to Chamber members and it's a great way to start your day with a powerful, informative professional development session. Register here.
'Get to Know...' Returns in September

Is your company maximizing the marketing and promotional tools available through your membership in the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce?  Get to Know Your Chamber is a quarterly event that helps our members learn how to promote themselves through the Chamber. The Chamber's Business Directory is widely utilized by the public and the business community as a resource for connecting with Northern Michigan businesses. You can use it to promote special deals, post videos, list job openings, publish news releases and much more. Plus you can learn about meeting rooms and other resources here at the Chamber that are available to your company.


The next "Get to Know Your Chamber" event is set for September 24 from noon to 1:30 p.m. here at the Chamber.  It's a free event but registration is required.
INSPIRE | Leadership Development
Chamber Executive Director Laura Oblinger addresses Spring 2015 LGT graduates
LGT Applications Needed Soon

The application deadline is looming for the Fall 2015 semester of Leadership Grand Traverse. Applications are needed by August 21 for the fall program, which kicks off in mid-September.


Leadership Grand Traverse is the Chamber's signature leadership development program that's helped hundreds of participants move in to prominent leadership roles in the community for almost 40 years. LGT takes a close-up look at the institutions and organizations that make our community special. Class members learn about state and local government, education, arts and culture, natural resources and more. They build lifetime connections with classmates and gain a fresh perspective on what makes our community unique.


Scholarship opportunities are also available. Access the application form here.


Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:




Partner News
Business Input Needed on US-131 Survey

Networks Northwest is creating a US-131 Corridor Plan impacting residents and businesses in Kalkaska and Antrim counties and needs input from the business community.


Information and ideas from the local business community is a key element to the project. The questionnaire just takes a few minutes to complete, and will help generate insights into Kalkaska's business environment and potential that will be critical in planning for future economic growth and opportunity.


Here's a link to the survey:

Upcoming SCORE Workshops

The award-winning Traverse City SCORE chapter offers free monthly workshops offering valuable information for small business operators in Northern Michigan.  Upcoming events include:

  • August 11 - How to Get a Smart Start for Your New Business
  • September 8 - Three Steps to Savvy Business Planning
The workshops are from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Traverse Area District Library at 610 Woodmere Avenue in Traverse City. Sign up here.
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