Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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August 26, 2015
Golf Outing Drives Chamber Leadership
Special thanks to everyone who participated in the annual Chamber Golf Outing held last week at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. The stormy weather held off and the event raised more than $15,000 to help fund Chamber leadership programming, including scholarship money for Leadership Grand Traverse.

Click here for a list of winning teams and other prize winners from the event.

The Chamber Golf Outing is sponsored by:

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
A Successful Debut for Pints & Politics
The Chamber's new "Pints & Politics" series enjoyed a terrific launch this week. Thanks to our elected officials who attended including First District Congressman Dr. Dan Benishek, State Senator Wayne Schmidt, State Representative Bruce Rendon and staff for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow. It offered a great opportunity for our members to meet with their legislative leaders in an informal setting to discuss the issues facing the local business community.

Two more Pints & Politics session are coming up, including:
  • Thursday, September 24 with Traverse City officials
  • Monday, October 19 with Grand Traverse County officials
Pints & Politics takes place from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City. Registration is free for Chamber members. Sign up here.

Pints & Politics is presented by:

Chamber Welcomes Senator Peters
Transportation funding, health care and more were on the table as U.S. Senator Gary Peters sat down last week with more than two dozen Chamber members and local officials. Sen. Peters made several stops in Northern Michigan last week to introduce himself and his staff to area business leaders and elected and appointed officials.

Sen. Peters said he's working to secure a local office in Traverse City that will be staffed by Leah McCallum, a member of the Chamber Young Professionals program who will serve as the senator's regional representative for more than 20 Northern Michigan counties. We'll update you with Sen. Peters' local contact information when the details are finalized.

CONNECT | Events and Programs
BAH is Back!
After our annual summer hiatus, the Chamber's monthly Business After Hours event returns September 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Cambria Suites in Traverse City. Mark your calendars for the region's original after hours business networking event at one of the area's leading resorts. The event is free to Chamber members.

Business After Hours is presented by:

INSPIRE | Leadership Development
Barbara Ellis
Leadership at the Movies Draws Near
The morning of September 9 marks the return of Leadership at the Movies. The upcoming program features Barbara Ellis of the Center for Coaching & Leadership Development, one of Northern Michigan's leading personnel experts.

The presentation is entitled "The Transformation Power of a Leader" featuring the film Braveheart starring Mel Gibson. Ellis will review how leaders can inspire people to do more and create a positive legacy, and how to re-energize a team around a common vision.

Leadership at the Movies takes place from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Bijou by the Bay theater across from the Chamber office. It's free to Chamber members and you can sign up here.
Join LGT Fellows
Leadership Grand Traverse Fellows has expanded its program offerings as an alumni group of the Leadership Grand Traverse program. LGT Fellows connect with current Leadership Grand Traverse participants, are advised of existing leadership opportunities and get a refresher course on the institutions that were part of their original LGT education.

These "Deep Dive" discussions continue with separate sessions on state and local government on September 14, arts/culture on September 22, health and human services session on October 1, and education on November 10. If you're an LGT Fellow and want to participate, click here to register.

If you're a Leadership Grand Traverse graduate looking to reconnect with the program, follow the LGT Fellows link.

Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

Partner News
SCORE Workshops Continue
The award-winning Traverse City SCORE chapter offers free monthly workshops providing valuable information for small business operators in Northern Michigan. The next event is coming up Tuesday, September 8, entitled "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. Get registered.
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