Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
September 23, 2015
It's Outlook/Expo Time
Northern Michigan's largest Business Expo and premier Economic Outlook gathering returns November 3 to the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Join us for the Chamber's annual Economic Outlook Breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m., followed by the day-long Business Expo in the resort's Governor's Hall.

The Outlook Breakfast will feature a panel discussion on Michigan energy production and regulation. The guests are David Mengebier, Senior Vice President of Governmental and Public Affairs for CMS Energy, along with Valerie Brader, Executive Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani will moderate this discussion on what's in store for Michigan's critically important energy market and what it means for our member businesses. Tickets are $25 each or a 10-person table for $250. Click here to register.

The Business Expo features more than 140 exhibitors and generates more than 1,300 attendees to check out the latest business products and services in the region, showcases our business community and provides for large-scale networking opportunities. Pricing is $500 a booth for members and $800 for non-members. Reserve a spot today.

The Economic Outlook Breakfast is supported by:

The Business Expo is supported by:

Safety Pays for Chamber Members
Workplace safety paid off for 190 Chamber member businesses across Northern Michigan who recently shared a $200,045 premium dividend through their participation in the Workers Compensation program through the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America.

The 6 percent dividend return is based on participants' premium costs, and the refund amounts range from $20 to more than $9,000 for Chamber members in Traverse City, Alpena, Cadillac, Benzie and Petoskey that participated from May 2013 through April 2014. Besides the dividends, Chamber members also receive a 5 percent up-front savings on Accident Fund workers compensation insurance rates. Since 1999, the Accident Fund has paid members of these chambers more than $2.9 million in dividends. Learn more by visiting

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Enbridge President/CEO Al Monaco

Enbridge CEO to Address Chamber Alliance
Enbridge's oil and gas pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac is generating a lot of discussion these days. But how much do you really know about this pipeline, how it works and what it means to Michigan's business sector?

Get those answers as Enbridge President and CEO Al Monaco wraps up the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Speaker Series this Friday from 8 - 9:30 a.m. at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls. Tickets are still available for this informative program, which is open to member businesses within the Chamber Alliance. Click here to register.

City Issues on Tap at 'Pints...'
The Chamber's new Pints & Politics series resumes this Thursday from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain Brewery. Our guests will be elected and appointed Traverse City representatives, and there's certainly plenty to talk about as we near the city elections in November. Click here to register for this free event for Chamber members.

Pints & Politics will wrap up for this year on October 19 where we'll visit with officials from Grand Traverse County, also from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Right Brain. Sign up here.

CONNECT | Events and Programs
Nominate & Save the Date
Nominations are being accepted for the Chamber's Distinguished Service Award, presented annually since 1929 to local residents who've worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the people who live and work in the Traverse City area.

Our past DSA recipients are some of the finest community and civic leaders anywhere in the country and includes business people, public servants, patrons of the arts and a host of others whose commitment to the region have made a lasting impact. Nominations are needed by October 23, and here's a link to the nomination form.

Make your plans to celebrate our 2015 DSA honoree at the Chamber's Annual Celebration coming up January 15, 2016 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Follow the Chamber Bulletin for registration details.

2014 YP Conference

Engage at the Young Professionals Conference
We're just over two weeks out from the Chamber's annual Young Professionals Conference set for Friday, October 9 at 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 an informative program from keynote speaker Nathan Havey of Thrive Consulting.

The YP Conference offers a fulfilling 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.

The YP Conference is sponsored by:

INSPIRE | Leadership Development
Dive Deep with LGT Fellows
Leadership Grand Traverse Fellows continues to grow as an alumni group of the Chamber's flagship leadership development program. It connects LGT grads with current program participants, keeps them up to date on existing leadership opportunities and offers refresher courses on the institutions that were part of their original LGT education.

This "Deep Dive" discussion series continues with a program on health and human services on October 1, followed by a session on 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:                      

Co-hosts Ron Jolly and Laura Oblinger
Business Success One Half-Hour at a Time
The Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus each Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. on NewsTalk 580 highlights local entrepreneurs sharing their stories of hard work, perseverance, imagination and business success.
Join Chamber Executive Director Laura Oblinger and WTCM's Ron Jolly for this lively half-hour of business ideas and inspiration each week. If you miss an episode, go to the Chamber website for a full archive of programs.

The Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is sponsored by:

Partner News
Access the Michigan Skilled Trades Training Fund
The $20 million Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) was recommended by the Governor and supported by the Legislature to assist businesses in filling critical talent needs and to provide individuals with the skills needed for in-demand jobs. The STTF provides competitive awards for short-term training that boosts quality and competitiveness, and that leads to opportunities for new jobs and/or wage growth for existing workers. It's been successfully utilized by Chamber members and their employees including Munson Healthcare and Strata Design.

The third year of the STTF begins October 1, 2015. Applications are available through your Business Liaison, starting October 1. To start the Application process, contact your Northwest Michigan Works Business Liaison.

Click here to learn more about the STTF program.

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