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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 […]

Jill May Joins Venture North Staff

Jill brought to Venture North an impressive background both in the economic development and non-profit sector in southwest Michigan. She worked as a program officer for the Frey Foundation where she reviewed and evaluated grant proposals and then monitored their administration and impact. She also served as an adjunct professor in grant writing at Grand […]

It’s Time to Celebrate Small Business

It’s time again to shine a spotlight on Northwest Michigan’s amazing small business community as nominations are open for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Small Business Celebration. The Small Business Celebration, which culminates on May 31 with presentation of the Chamber’s 2017 Hagerty Small Business of the Year Award, is open to […]

Business Needs a Voice

The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce is a well-known, impactful voice on behalf of business.  Many times, it is the only organization speaking up for small business on local and state issues.  Not everyone believes it is appropriate to wade in on issues, however:  “You’re the Chamber – you’re supposed to be neutral,”  is […]

Manistee Chamber Joins Alliance

The voice of Northern Michigan’s business community continues to strengthen with the addition of the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce as a full partner in the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. The addition of the Manistee Area Chamber as a full Alliance partner bolsters the organization to nine regional Chambers of Commerce working collectively on local, […]

Max Anderson Appointed Chamber Executive Director

A Suttons Bay native whose diverse background includes experience in the financial sector, sales and teaching has been named as the new Executive Director of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. Max Anderson, a Membership Relations Manager for Fifth Third Bank in Traverse City, will take over as the Chamber’s Executive Director in mid-January […]

Welcome New Chamber Directors

We’re excited for our new slate of board directors elected by the membership last month who were on hand to meet their fellow board members this week and begin their new 3-year terms as of January 1. Included from the left are Paul Heidbreder of the Traverse City Record-Eagle, Dave Shooltz of Fifth Third Bank, […]

Alliance Crafts 2017 Legislative Agenda

The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance will focus next year on issues critical to Northern Michigan’s business community, specifically on building and maintaining a strong workforce for the region. Among those priorities, according to Wood, are state initiatives to improve housing opportunities and options for Northern Michigan residents, including young individuals and families who face serious […]

Herb Lemcool Honored with Distinguished Service Award

If you’re trying to track down Herb Lemcool, you might see if he’s ringing bells downtown for the Salvation Army. Or he might helping the local Boy Scouts, or lending a hand at the National Cherry Festival, or working as a SCORE mentor, or….well, you get the picture. Lemcool, a Traverse City native who’s spent […]

Keeping It Real Heading to ‘17

The change of the calendar that accompanies the holiday season is often considered a good time to take stock in one’s personal and professional place in the world. Similarly, it’s an opportunity to look at where our community has been in the recent past, and where we’re headed in the foreseeable future. One of the […]