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Chamber Board Talks Fiber Options

The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has opened dialogue with Traverse City Light & Power Co. over the utility’s study of possible development of a fiber-optic network to deliver high-speed internet service to business and residential customers in the utility’s service district. Light & Power representatives have met with the Chamber’s Government Relations Committee […]

How Successful Do We Want to Be?

Success can be highly fluid. It can be fleeting, and dissipate even more quickly than it evolved. It can also have vastly different meanings to different people. Individuals can be secure and comfortable in their own situations, and define that as success. Others can attain a similar level of comfort and security, but not feel […]

A Century of Honor

HONOR – There’s an old saying about great things coming from small beginnings. It’s not a proverb generally associated with the financial sector – but it’s an apt description for Honor Bank. From its humble beginnings in a lumbering town on the Platte River in the heart of Benzie County, Honor Bank is getting ready […]

Great Lakes Orthopaedic Honored

The country is fortunate to have men and women who step up to serve as reservists for the Armed Forces. Equally important are the employers of those reservists who allow them the opportunity to serve their country. One of those employers is the Great Lakes Orthopaedic Center in Traverse City. Great Lakes Orthopaedic Center was […]

Member Story: Incredible Mo’s Makes a Difference

GRAWN – It’s still a couple hours until opening, but a buzz is already reverberating through Incredible Mo’s. It’s not the sounds of thundering bowling pins or ringing arcade games normally associated with the family-fun recreation center. It’s the sound of children – playing, running, expending their boundless energy. And of adults – talking, reminding […]

SOS Learning Lab Continues to Grow

SOS Learning Lab’s $25,000 USDA Loan will help Caperton, the business’ founder and owner, to expand into a third classroom and conference space at the business. The space will be used for counselors and group sessions, to conduct college prep offerings and expand on its partnership with the Michigan College Planning organization. The loan is […]

ERG! Fruit and Nut Bars to Expand

Since launching their ERG! Fruit and Nut bar business five years ago, Dennis and Katy Bean-Larson have grown their operation to where their products are available in some 150 retail outlets across multiple states. Locally, consumers can find ERG! Bars in Tom’s Food Markets, Oleson’s Food Stores, Oryana, Edson Farms and elsewhere. They’re currently selling […]

TC Bridal Shop Grows with Venture North

As the Traverse City area continues to grow as a national wedding destination, Sovis and Zimmerman each had ideas about starting a local bridal shop to be part of this expanding opportunity. But neither knew about the other’s plans until they had a conversation about the idea when they were both employed by the Yen […]

A New Voice to the Chamber

Becoming the new leader of an organization like the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce feels a bit like moving into a home where a famous person once lived. The names associated with the Chamber over the years – Hockstad, Engstrom, Biederman, Milliken, Sleder, Oleson, Schmuckal and many others – are a veritable Hall of Fame […]

Annual Celebration Sponsors

Thanks to these area businesses for supporting the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration. This great event doesn’t happen without your involvement! Headline Sponsor Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan Chairman’s Reception Sponsor Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services Entertainment Sponsor Reflect Bistro inside Cambria Suites Welcome Beverage Sponsor 307 Events Coat Check Sponsor […]

Resolved for More Civility in 2017

A presenter at a recent Young Professionals gathering at the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce offered some words of wisdom when making New Years’ resolutions: keep the list short, and it will be more realistic to accomplish. That’s solid advice and a good way to start the New Year. Let’s try it by suggesting […]

Support Senate Energy Bills

The Traverse City area is rapidly growing, thanks in part to a budding entrepreneurial climate bolstered by an unusually strong rural business community. This is no time to rest on our laurels, though. To remain a viable economic center, the region must continue to support policies and strategies that will benefit businesses and families alike. […]

Pay Now or Later – an Old Lesson to Re-learn

One of the iconic advertisements in television history dates to the early 1970s as an auto mechanic extols the benefits of being proactive: “You can pay me now or pay me later.” That ad campaign promoted oil filters, but the message still resonates more than 40 years later as a reminder that long-range strategies and […]