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April 2, 2014
On Deck: SBC Candidates Showcase April 9
The first headline event of the 2014 Small Business Celebration arrives a week from today: the SBC Candidates Showcase! Join us April 9 from 5 - 7 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center to see who's in the running for the Chamber's 2014 Hagerty Small Business of the Year. Click here for the 20-plus businesses that applied and will take part in the Showcase. 

The Small Business Celebration is presented by:


CONNECT | Economic Development

Rothwell on Michigan's Economy

Get a reading on Michigan's economy and what's needed to keep it growing at a free program hosted by the Chamber on April 30 featuring Doug Rothwell, a former state official and head of Business Leaders for Michigan. Join us at NMC's Hagerty Center from 9 - 10:30 a.m. for an update on the BLM's Michigan Turnaround Plan.

This Program is presented by:


Be an Ambassador for Your Chamber

Ready to grow your business contacts and build your community? Join the Chamber's revived Ambassador Program. We're looking for 12 to 15 of our members to update business owners on available Chamber programs and services, and promote the benefits of belonging to the Chamber to member businesses and non-members alike. It's a great opportunity to learn more about the Chamber and reach out to others in the business community.


Sign up is due this Friday, April 4, by 3 p.m.  Membership Director Sherry Galbraith can provide additional information at (231) 995-7112. To access an application form, click here.

INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Join the CEO Roundtable
The Chamber's wide range of leadership development programs includes its CEO Roundtable. It targets chief executives and small business owners for facilitated discussions to share business ideas, techniques, challenges and other information in a non-competitive setting. The program is open to Chamber businesses and companies from our other regional Chamber partners. Learn more....

Leadership Programming at the Chamber is made possible by:



Welcome to the Chamber

Congratulations and welcome to these new members and businesses that re-joined the Traverse City Area Chamber in March: 


Advanced Motors
All About Vapor
Auto Tech Inc.
Bankers Life and Casualty Co.
Comfort Center Inc.
Drama Kids of Northern Michigan
Esch Lawn Maintenance
Golba Financial Group
Hospice of Michigan
Michigan Planners Inc.  
Turtle Lake Campground       

Mad Mike's Computer Services

Twin City Optical Co. Inc
Third Level Crisis Intervention Center

Opportunity Resource Fund

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Bob Brammer of Stromberg Carlson Products Inc
Business Tax Reform Briefing in TC

The Traverse City Area Chamber supports sound tax policy and endorses proposed elimination of the Personal Property Tax for Michigan's manufacturers and small businesses on the Aug. 5 state election ballot. Join us this Thursday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Chamber member Stromberg Carlson Inc. in Traverse City, where members of a state-wide coalition supporting PPT reform will talk about this key issue and what it means for Michigan business. Learn more...


Readying for Kindergarten Easy as "Once Upon a Time"

Spring Break might find you on a warm beach in Florida, but for Great Start it means getting ready for Kindergarten Round Up.  To learn more including a listing of area Kindergarten Round Up times and locations click here. 


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Upcoming Events
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April 9, 2014 - Small Business Celebration Candidates Showcase from 5 - 7 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center.
April 16, 2014 - Business After Hours from 5 - 7 p.m. at Bill Marsh Auto Group in Kalkaska.

April 23, 2014 -Kalkaska Chamber Annual Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Kalkaska Church of Christ.


May 1, 2014 - Young Professionals Lunch & Learn from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Great Wolf Lodge 
May 7, 2014 - Small Business Celebration Meet the Top Breakfast from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center 
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New Horizons for Inland Seas

April 8 ISEA will unveil plans to enhance commitment to protecting the Great Lakes.


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