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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 […]

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 […]

Several State Budget Wins for Chamber/Alliance

The Traverse City Area Chamber and its partners at the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance were able to close the deal on several of their major legislative priorities that were addressed with Michigan lawmakers at their meetings in May on the anticipated 2017-18 state budget being finalized by legislators this week. They include: -Restoration of “2x” […]

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 […]

Partner News: Join the Venture North Team

Credit Analyst Venture North Funding & Development Venture North is a division of the umbrella organization TraverseCONNECT, which also encompasses the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and TConn, a for-profit development division. Venture North is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leading economic development initiatives by providing financial services and business assistance to the Northwest […]

Meet the Spring 2017 Leadership Grand Traverse Class

Here’s the newest graduating class of Leadership Grand Traverse, including their professional affiliations: Bryson Wilbert – 4Front Credit Union Tyler Bevier – Bay Area Transportation Authority Kathryn Grinsteiner – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Kevin Perkins – Coldwell Banker Brandon Darin – Grotenhuis Chad Schenkelberger – Hagerty Center NMC Eric Henry – Munson Medical […]

Member Story: Saluting Our Charter Members

Being part of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has always been an easy business decision for Bill Hemming, owner of Walters & Hemming Plumbing and Heating in downtown Traverse City. The business, founded by his grandfather Charles Hemming in 1926 after he returned from World War I, has been part of the Chamber […]

Without Risk, There is No Reward

How many things in life go exactly as planned on the first try? Not many. It’s why phrases like “trial and error” and “don’t give up” are familiar themes in most people’s personal and professional experiences. Successful endeavors are often built on a foundation of failed circumstances. There’s an endless list of life situations where […]