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TraverseCONNECT Bolsters Staff

Jill May is a familiar face to many at TraverseCONNECT, having joined the staff of Venture North staff a year ago as a Development Consultant working with Venture North partners in growing the organization’s available lending capital, doing marketing and outreach and leading Venture North’s effort to become federally certified as a Community Development Financial […]

Small Town Character…or Small Town Politics?

The phrase “small town character” continues to work its way into the vernacular of public discourse in the Traverse City area. It’s a curious if somewhat effective way of shaping the region’s ongoing development debate. After all, who doesn’t embrace the idea of a quaint, safe, quiet and caring community to describe the place called […]

Chamber Launches 2017 Virtual Candidate Forum

An online forum highlighting candidates in the upcoming Traverse City commission election is available through the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber launched its latest version of its Virtual Candidates Forum in advance of the City Commission election in Traverse City coming up November 7. The Virtual Candidates Forum is available on the […]

Member Spotlight: Hoxsie’s Farm Market

It started with the humblest of beginnings – an old card table set up outside of the farmhouse just east of Acme, filled with dark, sweet cherries picked from an orchard just up the road. It was 1960 when Verna Hoxsie first set up the tiny stand along M-72 on the land farmed with her […]

Local Chefs Sought for Food Network

Food Network Casting Producer Bonnie Clark recently contacted the Chamber seeking chefs and cooks in the Grand Traverse region to compete in an upcoming episode of Guy’s Grocery Games for an opportunity to appear on national television and take home a top price of $20,000. This season, the producers are in search of very specific […]

Member Spotlight: Oryana Does Well by Doing Good

For a long time, Oryana Community Co-op has been the community’s go-to place for healthy, locally sourced food. Today, it continues growing, all to better offer Traverse City good and responsible options. The co-op was initially founded in 1973, in which bulk amounts of food would be brought from downstate and divided out in someone’s […]

Member Spotlight: GT Resort Powers Travel, Business Sector

As Traverse City continues to gain notoriety for its spectacular recreation opportunities, growing food and wine scene and more, the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa continues its dedication to provide visitors with everything they need to enjoy the region. Grand Traverse Resort and Spa has been a long standing pillar of the community, consistently providing […]

Mining the Millennial Workforce

Communities across the country are creating new ways of seeking out and connecting workforce talent in the creative fields, and the new state-wide “Creative Chambers” initiative will bring those strategies to the Grand Traverse region. Creative Chambers is a state-wide job-creation initiative created through the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office and the Michigan Economic […]

A Good First Half – But Much Left to Do

Half time is an important segment of many sporting events. It’s an opportunity to re-assess your team’s strategy coming into a contest, figure out what’s worked and what hasn’t, and make necessary adjustments in hopes of prevailing at the end. The summer season marks the half time of the political year, as lawmakers head home […]

TVC Continues to Soar

As Traverse City continues to grow as a tourism and business destination, the Cherry Capital Airport continues to provide the region with convenient – and growing – travel options. While many small Michigan airports are struggling, Cherry Capital Airport has been growing, with 2016 being a record year of 451,346 passengers in and out of […]

Member Spotlight: Anavon Technology Group Keeps Business Communicating

Few things are more important for businesses than being able to communicate with their customers and clients. Chamber member Anavon Technology Group assists thousands of companies across Michigan and beyond with their communication and technology needs. Anavon Technology Group is a full-service voice, data and equipment firm in Traverse City owned by Russ Madsen. He […]

Apply Early for One-day Liquor Licenses

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) is urging licensees and nonprofit organizations to plan ahead when seeking a “special” liquor license for the 2017 outdoor hospitality season. Special licenses, which are also known as the one-day license, allows nonprofits in Michigan to serve alcoholic beverages at outdoor, fundraising and other specialty events. This time of […]

Anderson Attends National Program

Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Max Anderson, Executive Director of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, has recently completed his first year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at Madison, Wis. “Institute graduates are […]

Advocacy: Lobby Days in Lansing

Chamber representatives from Traverse City and across the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance covered plenty of ground with state lawmakers and their staffs during the Alliance Lobby Days in Lansing last month on their 2017-18 legislative priorities. Issues that were addressed included: • Transformational brownfield funding – the Michigan Thrive bill package to create new state […]

STEM Funding Letter to Senator Hansen

May 30, 2017 The Honorable Geoff Hansen, Chair Senate K-12 Appropriations Subcommittee Michigan Senate P.O. Box 30036 Lansing, MI 48909 Dear Senator Hansen, We are writing to you today to ask for your support in increasing funding for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming in Michigan’s schools as part of the K-12 education omnibus […]