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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 […]

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 […]