Plenty Of Work To Do In 2015

By Doug Luciani It was nice to see – people exiting the Traverse City Area Chamber’s Economic Outlook breakfast last month with some upbeat business data and trends to feel good about. It was a welcome change from the forecasts that ranged from tepid to downright...

Resolved For Positive Things In 2015

The coming year is a significant benchmark for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce as it celebrates its 100th year of operation. The Chamber’s been blessed over the decades by the many pioneers of business who took on major roles in the organization –...

Who is TraverseCONNECT helping?

By Doug Luciani A few months back the Traverse City Business News published a story about the new TraverseCONNECT brand here at the Traverse City Area Chamber. It’s been slowly rolled out over the past year to reflect the economic development, business financing and other initiatives...

Education: A Regional Cornerstone

By Doug Luciani Strong institutional infrastructure is a common thread among communities that grow – places that sustain through lean economic times and become even more bustling and vibrant when the economy perks along. It’s a bedrock that goes beyond roads, rails, airports and utility lines –...

A “To-Do” List For Attracting Top Notch Workers

There’s an increased focus in recent months on an issue that’s been a concern of business leaders for some time – the challenge of developing and drawing workforce talent to the state of Michigan. As more and more companies come forward publicly to lament their inability...

Chambers Build Community Leaders

The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 26th class of Leadership Grand Traverse last month. These 25 leaders join the more than 750 alumni of the program. That's an extraordinary number of people exposed not only to leadership training, but also the...

Childish Arguments Close Door on Discussion

I am a Yooper, raised in Hancock. My dad was raised in Iron Mountain. My mother, though, was born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi. Growing up, our vacations meant driving to Natchez to visit Mom's side of the family. Ten minutes after seeing...

Leading the Way in Northern Michigan

"The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born; that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born." - Warren Bennis, U.S. author and scholarThere are many programs and services available...

Looking Back On Ten Years

On January 6, 2003, two guys started their jobs as presidents of chambers of commerce in two of northern Michigan's most dynamic cities. I was one; the other was Carlin Smith in Petoskey. What follows is a look back at the work I have watched...

Shaking the Lethargy in 2013

One of my favorite bands is Rush. In the song "Circumstances," the second stanza goes: "All the same we take our chances/ Laughed at by time/Tricked by circumstances/plus ça change/plus c'est la même chose/The more that things change/The more they stay the same." ...