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January 22, 2014
The Small Business Celebration is Here!
Nominations are open for the Chamber's most-popular business recognition program - the 2014 Small Business Celebration!  Last year's SBC produced a record number of nominations and applications - and we're ready to set new participation marks in 2014.  Learn more by  clicking here.

RFQ for Commercial Real Estate
TraverseCONNECT is seeking a qualified commercial real estate broker to design and manage a site selection webpage for companies seeking commercial properties to expand or relocate in the Grand Traverse region.  Proposals will be accepted through Jan. 28, 2014. To review a request for qualifications, click here.
CONNECT | Economic Development
Economic Outlook Survey Results
Numerous Northern Michigan businesses recently weighed in with their thoughts and expectations on Michigan's economy in 2014. Check out the results of this comprehensive Michigan Economic Outlook Survey of the state's business and non-profit sectors compiled by the Baker Strategy Group by clicking here.
'Prime TIme' Coming March 19
There's a new event on this year's Chamber calendar you won't want to miss.  Prime Time on March 19 at NMC's Hagerty Center will be a special showcase for our newest Chamber members and others associated with our recent Membership Event.  Learn more...
BAH Hits the ICE
Click here for a photo gallery form the Chamber's Business After Hours last Wednesday at Center ICE.
Get to Know Your Chamber
Membership Director Sherry Galbraith is leading a series of orientation sessions for Chamber members new and old to meet the staff, tour the meeting rooms and offices and better familiarize themselves with Chamber operations. Sign up for one of these informative tours by clicking here.
INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Apply for Spring 2014 LGT
There are just a few slots left for the Spring 2014 Class of Leadership Grand Traverse with the application deadline coming up Jan. 31. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our area, and the people and institutions that make it work. Be part of a 30-year learning tradition at the Chamber by clicking here.
IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Doug Luciani

Business Support for Early Childhood
The Chamber is proud of President/CEO Doug Luciani's staunch advocacy of early childhood development as co-chair of the Children's Leadership Council of Michigan. Read his column - authored with Council co-chair Debbie Dingell - supporting more state investment for pre-school education by clicking here.
Last Call for Annual Celebration
We'll never forget the look on Terry Berden's face when he learned of his Distinguished Service Award honor at last year's Annual Celebration. There's still time to register online for this Friday's event at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.  Learn more...

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January 24, 2014 -  Chamber Annual Celebration; 5:30-9 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort
January 28, 2014 - Young Professionals Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
February 5, 2014 -  Young Professionals Lunch & Learn; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge.
February 19, 2014 -  Business After Hours;from 5 -7 p.m. at Incredible Mo's.
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