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BATA Support Part of Chamber’s ‘Building Community’

The Traverse City Area Chamber’s recent endorsement of the May 2 property tax proposal from the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) spawned some push-back the organization occasionally hears: “The Chamber is a business organization; it should never support tax increases.” But step back a moment and take a broader, longer-term look. Our support for effective […]

The 2017 Small Business Celebration Participants

307 Events 307 Events is a full-service event design house. We offer event design services as well as rental decor items for weddings, social events, corporate events and more. We offer linens, lighting, specialty furniture, balloons, custom props, floral design and more. From intimate wedding dinners of 30 guests to multi-day conferences, we have provided […]

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 […]

Chamber Supports BATA Millage

A strong and growing regional transportation network is critical to the economic health of the area. That’s why the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors supports the upcoming millage request by the Bay Area Transportation Authority. BATA is seeking voter approval in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties of a 0.5-mill property tax […]

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 […]

Member Story: Chamber Members in “Companies to Watch”

The Michigan Celebrates Small Business Award Program was launched in 2004 to recognize Michigan’s diverse and dynamic small business sector. More than 600 companies across the state have been recognized and highlighted since its inception. “The companies selected this year give us an understanding of Michigan’s successful entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Jennifer Deamound, director of Michigan […]

2017 Small Business Celebration – Who’s In?

We’re so excited with the entrants in the Chamber’s 2017 Small Business Celebration. It’s a dynamic mix of professional firms, service providers, retailers, technology companies, agricultural operations and more – a true cross-section of what makes Northwest Michigan’s small business sector so vibrant and successful. Here’s a complete list of our 2017 Small Business Celebration […]

Advocating for an Investment & Talent Ready Community

Enabling Private Investment • Support Robust Community Planning efforts, then back them up • Support Clear, straight forward zoning regulations, then back them up • Invite and enable private investment • City become a Redevelopment Ready Community (MEDC designation) • Corridors ready for development • Support City/County economic development coordination • Support robust use of […]

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 […]

Presenting the Spring 2017 Class of Leadership Grand Traverse

Presenting the Spring 2017 Class of Leadership Grand Traverse: Bryson Wilbert  – 4Front Credit Union Tyler Bevier – Bay Area Transportation Authority Kathryn Grinsteiner – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Kevin Perkins – Coldwell Banker Michael Lahey – Grand Traverse County – Health Department Brandon Darin – Grotenhuis Chad Schenkelberger – Hagerty Center NMC Eric Henry – Munson Medical Center Lauren […]

TC Chamber Joins GL Metro Chambers in Washington

TRAVERSE CITY – Members of the Metro Chambers Coalition will be focused on infrastructure, immigration, energy, trade including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other issues impacting businesses and communities across the Midwest and Upper Great Lakes. They are scheduled to meet with Capitol Hill legislators and committee staff on Tuesday afternoon, and […]

Support Transformational Investment in Northern Michigan

The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance are both strong supporters of Senate Bills 111-115, a package of bills that recently passed the Michigan Senate. The bills create a transformational brownfield program that targets some of the most challenging properties and buildings to redevelop. The program would allow brownfield […]

Consumers Energy Foundation Bolsters 5toONE Support

An early childhood development network that continues to expand across the 5-county region received another major boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation. Carolyn Bloodworth of the Consumers Energy Foundation presented the Great Start Collaborative Traverse Bay a $50,000 check today to support continued implementation of its 5toONE early childhood development project in Northwest Michigan. It’s […]