Traverse Chamber Bulletin
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December 30, 2015
Countdown to the Celebration
We're just more than two weeks out from the Chamber's signature event to kick off 2016 - the Annual Celebration! Register now to join us for this fantastic evening on Friday, January 15, at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. It will be a wonderful night as the community's business sector looks back at a tremendous year and looks ahead to what's in store for 2016. Plus we'll honor this year's Distinguished Service Award honoree Chuck Judson of Smith, Haughey, Rice and Roegge.

You won't want to miss this elegant night of tremendous food and refreshments from our hosts at the resort while celebrating with up to 1,000 area business and community leaders.

The Chamber's Annual Celebration is presented by:

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Alliance Opposes Major Health Tax Bill
The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance opposes House Bill 5105 sponsored by Rep. Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville) in the state Legislature that would extend and expand the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) tax on businesses and individuals who purchase health insurance in Michigan.

Learn more in this memo to Michigan lawmakers from Alliance Government Relations Director Kent Wood. The bill is expected to be on the calendar of the state Senate in January. The Alliance will continue to seek the best solution for employers in Northern Michigan and keep its members updated.

CONNECT | Events and Programs
BAH Takes Center Stage
The Chamber is excited to bring January's Business After Hours to one of Traverse City's iconic cultural venues - the Old Town Playhouse. Join us Wednesday, January 20 as we kick off the 2016 Business After Hours schedule with a backstage look at this local treasure. We'll have our usual offerings of terrific food and refreshments - and plenty of networking opportunities. Make sure this gets on your January calendar.

Business After Hours is sponsored by:

TC New Tech Returns January 5
Kick off your New Year learning about the latest on the local technology scene. TC New Tech is a monthly gathering of tech enthusiasts co-sponsored by the Chamber where local presenters promote their technology related ventures and products. The next session is Tuesday, January 5 starting at 6 p.m. in the fourth floor of the CenterPointe building in Greilickville. The programs are free and you can register here.
INSPIRE | Leadership Development
WEF hosts Ron Jolly and Laura Oblinger

Listen in to Weekly Entrepreneur Focus
Northern Michigan's entrepreneurs are the foundation of our region's growing economy. Each Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. the Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus on NewsTalk 580 WTCM highlights a local entrepreneur who shares their experience and knowledge about carving out business success in the area. We've got a great line-up of WEF guests for 2016, and if you miss an episode you can click here for a full archive on the Chamber's website.

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is sponsored by:

Partner News
Auto Makers Seek Suppliers
Northern Michigan companies are invited to participate in the next Pure Michigan Business Connect event, in partnership with Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Toyota, at the 2016 Pure Michigan Automotive Matchmaking Summit coming up March 2 at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. Past summits have produced millions of dollars in new contracts for Michigan suppliers.

To have your companies considered for a chance to attend and receive private buyer meetings, please have them click the link below and complete the summit application by January 15. Link here for the application and the direct and indirect procurement needs provided by the participants. 

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