Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 13, 2013

Business briefs: 01/13/2013


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Chamber celebration

traverse city — The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration returns Jan. 25 to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme.

The format will change from past events, with sit-down dinner tables being replaced by open-floor seating so guests can interact with each other throughout the evening.

One highlight that continues is the presentation of the chamber's annual Distinguished Service Award.

The Chamber also will highlight numerous bright spots for the business community in 2012 and unveil several "surprises" for 2013.

The Annual Celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Resort's Governor's Hall.

Admission is $95 for Chamber members registered by Jan. 15, and $100 after.

Non-members' cost is $150.

Register by visiting and clicking on the Events and Programs tab.

IAAP meeting

Traverse City — The International Association of Administrative Professionals' chapter meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

The group will meet in classroom A and B at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave. Dawn Gilbert will give a presentation on scheduling and tracking.

Members and non-members are welcome.

Reservations are requested by emailing to

For details, visit

Business After Hours

PETOSKEY — The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Hawaiian-themed Business After Hours on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Park Grill.

Attendees are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts and leis.

Hors d'oeuvres, cash-bar refreshments and door prizes will be featured.

Cost is $7 for members or $12 for others. No advance registration is required.

For more information, call 347-4150.

Experience Vistage

PETOSKEY — An Experience Vistage: Key Executive Group Meeting will be held at the Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Center Thursday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

This is an inaugural member meeting for a group that includes small business owners as well as vice presidents and other leadership personnel who play a role in their companies' daily operations and hiring.

James "Jay" Hawreluk, author of "Unraveling the Mystery of People," is the keynote speaker.

During the interactive seminar, Hawreluk will discuss how people are innately hard wired and how that influences behavior.

Attendees also will gain an understanding of the ways in which individuals embrace ideas, react to pressure and communicate and effectively exchange information.

Vistage's Key Executive Program empowers members to become stronger leaders and assets to their CEOs and teams.

It also provides the opportunity to connect with key executive peers from a diverse range of businesses and backgrounds.

There is no cost for guests to attend.

To register or learn more, contact Erik Larson at 439-6882 or email to

Peer Learning Circle

TRAVERSE CITY — NorthSky is launching a Peer Learning Circle for Executive Directors.

The six-month leadership program is designed to provide practical training in leadership development for executive directors who have at least one year of experience in that capacity. Limited to 10 participants, it includes mini lectures, interactive exercises, assessment and goal-setting. Participants also receive two coaching sessions and have access to three other NorthSky workshops at no additional charge.

Each monthly session runs from 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Friday of the month starting Jan. 18 and continuing until June 28. The leader will be Certified Executive Coach Lucille M. Crisman.

Program fee is $390. Partial scholarship support is available.

Written applications are due by Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. For complete details, email to or phone 599-2751.


TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Chamber's monthly Business After Hours event returns on Jan. 16.

It's set for 5-7 p.m. at ECCO, 121 E. Front St. in downtown Traverse City.

Elk Rapids Chamber

ELK RAPIDS — The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce January "Business after Hours" will be hosted by the Business Breakfast Club at 112 Fourth Street in Elk Rapids from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

Light refreshments will be served. All Business after Hours events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Misty Youngson at 264-8202 or 800-626-7328.

Photo contest

charlevoix — The Charlevoix Chamber will host a photo contest through the month of January. To enter, submit your high resolution photo electronically via e-mail to with the subject line "photo contest." Include your name, phone number and the title of the photograph.

Photos must be taken within Charlevoix County with an emphasis on the city of Charlevoix and surrounding area. The Chamber staff will pick the top 25 photos, which will then be posted to the Chamber Facebook page for voting.

The top five photos will be printed on postcards and available for sale in the Chamber office with the photographers' photo credits. The winners will also receive a one-night, off-season stay at the Weathervane Inn and Suites. When photos are submitted, all rights will be released to the Chamber for printing and reproduction.