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Venture North Receives $1 Million from Rotary Charities and Northern Trust for Regional Business Development

Two $500,000 loans from Rotary Charities and Chicago-based Northern Trust will provide a major boost to regional business lending efforts of Venture North Funding & Development. The combined $1 million from Rotary Charities and Northern Trust will expand Venture North’s business lending capacity past the $6 million mark. Venture North currently operates various lending programs […]

Chamber Celebration Week Coming in January

A week-long celebration to honor its members, volunteers, high-level investors and to present its annual Distinguished Service Award will be held by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce from January 22 – 26, 2018. “Chamber Celebration Week” will include a series of special events held at the Chamber and Northwestern Michigan College’s Hagerty Center […]

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 […]

CDFI Certification a Game-Changer for Northern Michigan

By Laura Galbraith Process is something that doesn’t make headlines or grab much attention. But taking the time and making the effort to do something right almost always pays dividends in the end. Venture North Funding & Development just completed the important process of becoming certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the […]

Munson Medical Center Offers Mobile Hearing Clinic

A new mobile hearing clinic at Munson Medical Center, made possible by a generous $314,000 grant from The Carls Foundation, will help identify any hearing loss issues in schools, factories and communities across northern Michigan. “We are excited to put this new state-of-the-art clinic on the road to benefit northern Michigan residents,” said Nick Erikson, […]

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: Cambria Suites Sets the Standard

Among the many reasons for the continued success and growth of the Grand Traverse region’s lodging and tourism industry is the superior quality of the properties – and the people who own and operate them. Alex Mowczan, president of Cambria Suites in Traverse City, isn’t just a local force in the tourism sector – he’s […]