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April 9, 2014
It's Showcase Time!

It's a big day for the Small Business Celebration! Join us today from 5 - 7 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center to meet the 20-plus businesses in the race for the Chamber's 2014 Hagerty Small Business of Year Award. It's a free, public event to meet and congratulate this year's SBC applicants that range from some of the region's cornerstone companies to several rising stars on our business landscape. Click here to see who's featured - and we'll see you tonight!


The 2014 Small Business Celebration is sponsored by:


Follow Gov. Snyder's Visit with Chamber YPs

You can follow Friday's visit by Gov. Rick Snyder with the Chamber's Young Professionals through the Chamber's social media links. Check out the YP Facebook Page and follow the Chamber on Twitter @TCChamber for updates on the governor's sit-down with some of the area's young business professionals. Learn more about the Chamber's YP program by clicking here.
CONNECT | Economic Development
BAH Heads to Kalkaska

The Chamber's monthly Business After Hours goes on the road next week. Join us next Wednesday, April 16, from 5 - 7 p.m. at Bill Marsh Auto on M-72 in Kalkaska. If you haven't been to Kalkaska lately, there's a lot going on. Head east to see and learn about what's happening in this growing community, and enjoy some delectable fare served up by Trout Town Café. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming Chamber events.


Business After Hours is presented by:



Kal-librating Growth in Kalkaska

Join us April 23 for the annual Kalkaska Chamber Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Kalkaska Church of Christ. Chamber President/CEO Doug Luciani will update the business community on the many economic development efforts, success stories and future plans for the Kalkaska area. Plus we'll celebrate this year's Business and Citizen of the Year for the Kalkaska community.  To register click here.




The Kalkaska Chamber Luncheon is presented by:



INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
LGT Class Takes on Government

The Spring 2014 Leadership Grand Traverse Class is off and running this semester, getting an up-close look at the institutions that shape Northern Michigan. Catch up with class member Betsy Coffia's latest blog on LGT's recent State and Local Government Day - click here.


 Chamber Leadership Programming is supported by:



Member Benefits Keep Growing

Membership Director Sherry Galbraith is working hard to keep members up to date on the many benefits and events available to them and their employees through their Chamber involvement. That includes our 2014 Event Calendar and Membership Benefit poster that should have arrived in your mail. Click here to learn more.




IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Chamber Seeks Govt. Relations Intern

Know of a local college student seeking real-world experience in business and government relations? The Traverse City Area Chamber is offering an internship with opportunities to learn business and political advocacy, interact with local, state and national leaders and work with a skilled Chamber team on important issues in Northern Michigan. View a copy of the job description by clicking here.


Government Relations Director Kent Wood can provide more information at (231) 995-7109 or by email at 


Early Health & Nutrition + Education = Healthy Humans

James Heckman, the Nobel Laureate economist at University of Chicago, is well-known for his empirical evaluation of the effects of early childhood education and its impact later in life-"skill begets skill."  Now Dr. Heckman and his research team have turned their attention to the health impact of early nutrition and preventative medicine.


Their findings, published in the journal Science on March 28 are "groundbreaking" according to a  New York Times editorial.  Find out more about the data in this video conversation with Dr. Heckman or visit the website 

For more information about Great Start at the Chamber and to get involved, contact Mary Manner at or (231) 995-7114.


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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 7, 2014 - Small Business Celebration  Meet the Top Breakfast 
from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center  

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