Traverse Chamber Bulletin
Top Talk
October 7, 2015
Chamber Upgrades VanSumeren Room
Among the benefits of Chamber membership is access to our meeting and presentation rooms, including the VanSumeren Room which was recently upgraded through the generous support of Consumers Energy. The third-floor conference room now features a large screen high-definition video screen equipped with Apple TV, a web cam for interactive video presentations and a new conference call system. A portion of the Consumers grant is also being used by the Chamber's sister economic development organization, Venture North, to expand its business financing and support efforts across the 10-county region.

Combined with upgrades earlier this year to the Chamber's first floor Blue Room, the Chamber now offers two state-of-the-art conference rooms with the latest video and digital technology for its members to utilize for meetings, presentations, remote teleconferences and more. Learn more about the benefits of Chamber membership by visiting our website at

Grab Space Now for Expo/Outlook Breakfast
The Chamber's annual Economic Outlook Breakfast and Business Expo on November 3 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa are filling up fast. The Outlook Breakfast from 7:30 - 9 a.m. takes a look at Michigan's energy landscape, while the day long Business Expo will feature more than 140 exhibitors from our region's business and non-profit community.

Join us for a can't miss day of vital information, business showcasing, professional connections and fun - all in one location!

Register here
for the Economic Outlook Breakfast, which is supported by:

Click here to reserve space at the Business Expo, which is presented by:

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
City Elections on the Horizon
The Chamber is working to keep its members and the public informed about local issues and the candidates seeking election to the City Commission in Traverse City on November 3. Chamber Government Relations Director Kent Wood is again coordinating the Chamber's Virtual Candidate Forum. It will include a video presentation and the responses to candidate questionnaires that are being posted on the Chamber's website and other digital media platforms. Production is being finalized and the site will launch next week. Watch for updates at

Also next week the Chamber will co-sponsor a City Candidate Forum with the League of Women Voters - Grand Travers Area. It's set for Thursday, October 15 at the Garfield Township Hall from 7 - 9 p.m. WTCM Radio's Bill Froelich will moderate the event, which will include opening and closing statements from the mayoral and city commission candidates and audience questions. The forum will be broadcast on UpNorth TV.

County Business on Tap at 'Pints...'
Dozens of Chamber members have taken advantage of the opportunity for face time with their federal, state and city officials at our new "Pints & Politics" event that debuted in 2015. This popular series that's hosted by Right Brain Brewery wraps up for the season on Monday, October 19 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. and will feature representatives from Grand Traverse County.

Meet your county commissioners, department heads, economic development officials and others for some informal but informative discussion. It's free to Chamber members and you can register here.

Pints & Politics is presented by:

CONNECT | Events and Programs
BAH Returns to Incredible Mo's
One of the Chamber's favorite stops on the Business After Hours tour is Incredible Mo's because of its great food and refreshments and unmatched family fun. BAH returns there in two weeks on October 21 from 5 - 7 p.m. Join us at Incredible Mo's located at 1355 Silver Lakes Crossings Blvd. in Grawn for an evening of food, refreshments and prizes while socializing and networking with close to 200 of your fellow Chamber members.

Business After Hours is sponsored by:

"Get to Know..." Kalkaska Bound
Attention all Kalkaska Chamber members! Our informative quarterly program "Get to Know Your Chamber" is headed to your community next week - specifically to Grandview Golf Club on Thursday, October 15 starting at 11:30 a.m. This 90-minute program details how to utilize the Chamber to connect with other businesses and the public to promote special deals and programs, post job openings, highlight videos, publish news releases and much more. Plus you can learn about the updated meeting rooms and other resources available to you here at the Chamber.

Lunch is provided, and afterward you can enjoy nine holes of golf on the scenic Grandview course for just $10. Sign up here.

Welcome New Members
The change of seasons ushered in a vibrant new group of Chamber members that joined in September. Welcome to these 20 new member businesses that are supporting their community and its business sector through their membership in the Traverse City Area Chamber. Meet them here.

Nominations Needed for Chamber Board, DSA
Time is running out to submit nominations for the Chamber's Board of Directors, and for the annual Distinguished Service Award presented annually by the Chamber in January. Nominations for the Chamber board are needed by October 16 and the form is available by clicking here. Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award are due by October 23, and can submitted by clicking here.  

INSPIRE | Leadership Development
Join LGT Fellows
Are you among the hundreds of graduates of the Chamber's prestigious and enduring Leadership Grand Traverse Program? LGT alumni now have an exciting opportunity to stay connected, engage, and act! The LGT FELLOWS alumni program is an exclusive group to enhance the role of leadership in our community. Your investment offers:

* Exclusive communications and updates
* Access to people and information
* Exclusive events for Fellows
* Continued education opportunities

Your membership is critical to the continued success of Leadership Grand Traverse. With just a $50 annual investment to join the Fellows program, you are supporting the efforts and scholarship opportunities for future LGT classes. Sign up now.

If you're already an LGT Fellow, register for our next "Deep Dive" program on our local education system coming up November 10 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. at the TBA Career Tech Center. Register here.

Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

WEF Loaded with Leadership
It takes a special kind of leader to launch and grow a business. The Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus radio show on NewsTalk 580 highlights business owners from across the Grand Traverse region. Each Wednesday morning at 8:30 Chamber Executive Director Laura Oblinger and co-host Ron Jolly sit down with a local business owner to share his or her story of how they started their operation, what they've learned and how they continue to adopt to the challenges of being an entrepreneur.

It's an informative 30 minutes you won't want to miss. But if you do, a complete archive of past episodes is available here.

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is presented by: 


Partner News
SCORE Workshop: Be Smart in Small Business Marketing
Traverse City's award-winning SCORE chapter will offer a free workshop for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs this Tuesday, October 13, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave. Attend "Avoid Common Mistakes in Small Business Marketing" for an overview of marketing basics, including target customers, marketing planning and budgeting, and resources available to help you develop a marketing plan. Get registered.
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In Case you
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Read Chamber Executive Director Laura Oblinger's column in the October edition of the Traverse City Business News.
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