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Advocating for an Investment & Talent Ready Community

Enabling Private Investment • Support Robust Community Planning efforts, then back them up • Support Clear, straight forward zoning regulations, then back them up • Invite and enable private investment • City become a Redevelopment Ready Community (MEDC designation) • Corridors ready for development • Support City/County economic development coordination • Support robust use of […]

Great Lakes Orthopaedic Honored

The country is fortunate to have men and women who step up to serve as reservists for the Armed Forces. Equally important are the employers of those reservists who allow them the opportunity to serve their country. One of those employers is the Great Lakes Orthopaedic Center in Traverse City. Great Lakes Orthopaedic Center was […]

Presenting the Spring 2017 Class of Leadership Grand Traverse

Presenting the Spring 2017 Class of Leadership Grand Traverse: Bryson Wilbert  – 4Front Credit Union Tyler Bevier – Bay Area Transportation Authority Kathryn Grinsteiner – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Kevin Perkins – Coldwell Banker Michael Lahey – Grand Traverse County – Health Department Brandon Darin – Grotenhuis Chad Schenkelberger – Hagerty Center NMC Eric Henry – Munson Medical Center Lauren […]

Member Story: Incredible Mo’s Makes a Difference

GRAWN – It’s still a couple hours until opening, but a buzz is already reverberating through Incredible Mo’s. It’s not the sounds of thundering bowling pins or ringing arcade games normally associated with the family-fun recreation center. It’s the sound of children – playing, running, expending their boundless energy. And of adults – talking, reminding […]

TC Chamber Joins GL Metro Chambers in Washington

TRAVERSE CITY – Members of the Metro Chambers Coalition will be focused on infrastructure, immigration, energy, trade including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other issues impacting businesses and communities across the Midwest and Upper Great Lakes. They are scheduled to meet with Capitol Hill legislators and committee staff on Tuesday afternoon, and […]

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 […]