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Support Transformational Investment in Northern Michigan

The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance are both strong supporters of Senate Bills 111-115, a package of bills that recently passed the Michigan Senate. The bills create a transformational brownfield program that targets some of the most challenging properties and buildings to redevelop. The program would allow brownfield […]

Consumers Energy Foundation Bolsters 5toONE Support

An early childhood development network that continues to expand across the 5-county region received another major boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation. Carolyn Bloodworth of the Consumers Energy Foundation presented the Great Start Collaborative Traverse Bay a $50,000 check today to support continued implementation of its 5toONE early childhood development project in Northwest Michigan. It’s […]

SOS Learning Lab Continues to Grow

SOS Learning Lab’s $25,000 USDA Loan will help Caperton, the business’ founder and owner, to expand into a third classroom and conference space at the business. The space will be used for counselors and group sessions, to conduct college prep offerings and expand on its partnership with the Michigan College Planning organization. The loan is […]

ERG! Fruit and Nut Bars to Expand

Since launching their ERG! Fruit and Nut bar business five years ago, Dennis and Katy Bean-Larson have grown their operation to where their products are available in some 150 retail outlets across multiple states. Locally, consumers can find ERG! Bars in Tom’s Food Markets, Oleson’s Food Stores, Oryana, Edson Farms and elsewhere. They’re currently selling […]

TC Bridal Shop Grows with Venture North

As the Traverse City area continues to grow as a national wedding destination, Sovis and Zimmerman each had ideas about starting a local bridal shop to be part of this expanding opportunity. But neither knew about the other’s plans until they had a conversation about the idea when they were both employed by the Yen […]

Jill May Joins Venture North Staff

Jill brought to Venture North an impressive background both in the economic development and non-profit sector in southwest Michigan. She worked as a program officer for the Frey Foundation where she reviewed and evaluated grant proposals and then monitored their administration and impact. She also served as an adjunct professor in grant writing at Grand […]

A New Voice to the Chamber

Becoming the new leader of an organization like the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce feels a bit like moving into a home where a famous person once lived. The names associated with the Chamber over the years – Hockstad, Engstrom, Biederman, Milliken, Sleder, Oleson, Schmuckal and many others – are a veritable Hall of Fame […]

It’s Time to Celebrate Small Business

It’s time again to shine a spotlight on Northwest Michigan’s amazing small business community as nominations are open for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Small Business Celebration. The Small Business Celebration, which culminates on May 31 with presentation of the Chamber’s 2017 Hagerty Small Business of the Year Award, is open to […]

Annual Celebration Sponsors

Thanks to these area businesses for supporting the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration. This great event doesn’t happen without your involvement! Headline Sponsor Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan Chairman’s Reception Sponsor Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services Entertainment Sponsor Reflect Bistro inside Cambria Suites Welcome Beverage Sponsor 307 Events Coat Check Sponsor […]

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, […]