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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 […]

Advocacy: Chamber Days in Lansing

Chamber representatives from Traverse City and across the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance had a full agenda of meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday this week with state lawmakers to push for their 2017-18 legislative priorities. Issues being addressed included: • Transformational brownfield funding – the Thrive Michigan bill package to create new state tax incentives to […]

Federal Advocacy: Support for Great Lakes Funding

In a series of meetings with legislators and staff in Washington D.C. in March, the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance urged legislators to reinstate $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) – a program that infuses Michigan’s shoreline and water alone with over $100 million dollars in contamination clean up and invasive […]

Alliance Pushes 2x Funding For Education

The Issue One of the hallmark advocacy policies for the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance has been the push to close the funding equity gap in per pupil funding school districts around the state receive in the state budget. Historically, the Alliance has advocated for the 2x formula – where school districts receiving the minimum per […]

Retain Post Labor Day School Opening

A Michigan Senate committee passed a bill this spring to repeal the Post Labor Day School Start law that has meant millions of additional tourism dollars and thousands of additional room nights to northern Michigan. The bill – SB 271 – could be up for a full vote in the Senate in the near future, […]

Comment Now on TCLP Fiber Optic Plan

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 Back Park Place, Brownfield Expansion

A plan for more than $6 million in upgrades and renovations to the Park Place Hotel – including a new downtown convention center – were recently approved by Traverse City and Grand Traverse County officials with the support of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. The plans include demolition and reconstruction of the hotel’s […]

Welcome New Chamber Members

Welcome to these area businesses that recently joined or re-connected with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce: Adventure Fest by Gociety Ben Whiting Productions Clean Leaf Dynamic Payment Systems East Bay Medical Grand Traverse Bike Tours Guardian Mortgage Co. Hammer & Dolly Automotive Restorations High Performance Services Ken Kleinrichert Jr. Real Estate Leelanau Physical […]

BATA Millage Vote this Tuesday

The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors endorses the millage proposal from the Bay Area Transportation Authority going before voters in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties on Tuesday, May 2. Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. BATA is seeking voter approval of a 0.5-mill property tax levy for […]

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 […]