Laura Galbraith, Executive Director, Staff Representative; Venture North
Laura Galbraith, Executive Director, Venture North Funding & Development. Laura has been employed with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce for over twelve years. Laura has been responsible for the key operations of the Chamber’s enterprise: financial, accounting, information technology, and human resources. She has also been responsible for strategic planning, key performance indicator management, and professional development initiatives.
In 2015, the Traverse City Area Chamber Foundation and the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation merged into Venture North Funding & Development and named Laura the Executive Director. Venture North is a regional business financing and support organization. Laura manages six separate loan funds across a 10-county region with total assets of more than $7 million. It has funded over $4 million, assisting 70+ businesses throughout the region with expansions, equipment and inventory purchases, working capital and related needs.
Laura has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a master’s in business administration from Lawrence Technological University. Laura served on the Traverse Area Human Resource Association Board of Directors for five years. She currently serves on the following boards and committees: TART Trails, Shape Up North Advisory Council and Economic Development Foundation Loan Committee. Laura and her husband, John, have three children.