Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
September 2, 2015
Presenter Barbara Ellis

A Cinematic Leadership Trilogy
The third installment of the Chamber's new leadership initiative known as "Leadership at the Movies" returns next Wednesday, September 9, at the Bijou by the Bay theater across from the Chamber office.

Barbara Ellis, from the Center for Coaching & Leadership Development, will offer a unique program entitled "The Transformational Power of a Leader." Using scenes from the movie Braveheart, she'll talk about how leaders can inspire the people around them, propel them to new personal and professional heights and energize teams around a common vision.

The first two Leadership at the Movies programs have been well -received by participants. It's a great way to start your work day with an inspirational message, some thoughtful discussion and networking opportunities with fellow Chamber members. The program is from 7:30 - 9 a.m. and free to Chamber members. Sign up here.

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Enbridge President/CEO Al Monaco

Save the Date for Alliance Speaker Series
Mark your calendars for Friday, September 25, for the finale of the 2015 Speaker Series presented by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. The guest is Al Monaco, President & CEO of Enbridge Inc. that operates various oil and gas transmission lines throughout Michigan including the Mackinac Straits.
The program will be held at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls. Details are being finalized and a specific time will be announced soon. Monaco has more than 30 years of experience in the energy business, and has served as president and CEO of Enbridge since October 1, 2012.
Check next week's Chamber Bulletin for ticket information. Learn more about the work of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance by clicking here.
Pints & Politics Goes Local
The next installment of the Chamber's new Pints & Politics event coming up September 24 will have a decidedly local flavor. The Chamber will welcome various Traverse City officials, including city commissioners, the city manager, clerk, Light and Power representatives and others to meet with our members from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery at 225 E. Sixteenth Street in Traverse City. It's free to Chamber members and you can sign up here.

Pints & Politics will wrap up for the season on October 19 in a session with officials from Grand Traverse County, also from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery. Register here.
CONNECT | Events and Programs
Remember Your September BAH
Do you remember that Wednesday in September when the Chamber family gathers for the return of Business After Hours? It's September 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Cambria Suites at 255 Munson Avenue in Traverse City.

Business After Hours is the area's original after-work networking and business connection event that draws hundreds of attendees for an evening of socializing, food and refreshments. Our host Alex Mowczan at Cambria Suites always puts on great events, and this will be no exception.

Mark your calendars for other BAH events this fall including:
  • October 21 at Incredible Mo's
  • November 18 at the Larkin Group
Business After Hours is sponsored by:

INSPIRE | Leadership Development
Young Professionals Conference set for October 9
Registration is open for the annual YP Conference that returns Friday, October 9 to the Leelanau Outdoor Center in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It will be an exciting day of networking, team building, unique outdoor activities and inspiring ideas from the keynote speaker, Nathan Havey of Thrive Consulting.

The YP Conference is a can't-miss day of professional development held at one of the country's most scenic national parks. It's a great way to break free from the professional grind and connect with your fellow YPs. Register here.

Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:

The YP Conference is also sponsored by:

Inspiring Stories of Success
The Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus each Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. on NewsTalk 580 shines a spotlight on some of the region's best businesses and the people that make them work. Local entrepreneurs share their stories of hard work, perseverance - sometimes good fortune - but always lessons that everyone can learn from.

Join Chamber Executive Director Laura Oblinger and WTCM's Ron Jolly for this dynamic half-hour program each week. If you miss an episode, visit the Chamber website for a full archive of programs.

The Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is sponsored by:

Partner News
A Small Business Lending Roundtable
The U.S. Small Business Adminstration's (SBA) Guaranty Loan Program is being utilized by small businesses across the country to grow their operations. The SCORE Traverse City chapter and SBDC Northwest will host a SBA financing roundtable on September 25 from 8:30 a.m. - noon at NMC's Parsons-Stulen Building to explain the SBA lending process and share real-life examples of SBA loan recipients. Venture North Executive Director Laura Galbraith is among the presenters.
The event is $25 and pre-registration is required. Sign up online at or call (231) 922-3780.

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