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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, […]

Resolved for More Civility in 2017

A presenter at a recent Young Professionals gathering at the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce offered some words of wisdom when making New Years’ resolutions: keep the list short, and it will be more realistic to accomplish. That’s solid advice and a good way to start the New Year. Let’s try it by suggesting […]

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 […]

Support Senate Energy Bills

The Traverse City area is rapidly growing, thanks in part to a budding entrepreneurial climate bolstered by an unusually strong rural business community. This is no time to rest on our laurels, though. To remain a viable economic center, the region must continue to support policies and strategies that will benefit businesses and families alike. […]

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 […]

Prop 3: It’s not about THAT building

On November 8th, Americans, well, maybe 56% of registered voters if it’s a “good” turnout year, head to the polls to exercise one of our most defining rights: The right to elect those who will represent us, our voice and our values. Traverse City residents will be heading to the polls to possibly amend the […]

Why We Oppose Traverse City’s Proposal 3

Next Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day and marks a significant turning point in the economic future of Traverse City. Among the city ballot issues is Proposal 3, a proposed amendment to the City Charter that would require a public vote of city residents for any development projects with that exceed a 60-foot building height […]