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April 16, 2014
A Perfect 10 for the SBC

Congratulations to the Top 10 Finalists in the Chamber's Small Business Celebration. From a strong group of SBC applicants, these companies are in the mix to emerge as the 2014 Hagerty Small Business of the Year: BrightStar Lifecare of Northern Michigan; Captain's Quarters; Celtic Transport; Culver Meadows; LochenHeath Golf Club; Mad Mike's Computer Services; Northwest Michigan Surgery Center; Oryana Natural Foods Market; Short's Brewing Co.; and Williams & Bay Pumping Services.


Join us May 7 at 7:30 a.m. for the Meet the Top 10 Breakfast, a special event to recognize and learn more about these small businesses and meet the leaders and workers that make them great. From there, the Small Business Celebration heads to its climax on May 29 at 4:30 p.m. for the SBC Awards Ceremony. Both events are at NMC's Hagerty Center. Get a seat by clicking here. 

The Small Business Celebration is presented by:


Dewey Insurance Kalkaska Business of the Year
The annual Kalkaska Chamber Luncheon is coming up next Wednesday, April 23. Dewey Insurance Agency in Kalkaska is the Chamber's Business of the Year, while long-time community advocate and volunteer Janet Sieting is the Citizen of the Year. 
Join us starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Kalkaska Church of Christ to present these community service awards to the deserving recipients. Traverse City Area Chamber President/CEO Doug Luciani will also give an update on recent economic development activity going on in the Kalkaska community. Register for the luncheon by clicking here.

The Kalkaska Chamber Luncheon is sponsored by:




CONNECT | Economic Development
New Video Highlights China Conference
The China Conference sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College International Affairs Forum on June 5-6 in Traverse City will offer businesses an inside look at commerce opportunities with China and feature some of our regional companies already working this fast-growing market. Tickets for this Chamber-supported event go on sale April 30. Organizers just released a new promotional video for the conference that can be viewed by  clicking here.

You can also visit the conference website at


   Support These Chamber Members 
   Congratulations on a host of Chamber anniversaries in April:
10 Years

Mitchell Graphics 

4M Management 



Five Years

Lighthouse Traverse City, LLC 

Roth Shirt Company 

Empire Value Advisors, LLC  

Love In the Name of Christ 

The Pathfinder School, Inc. 

Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association


Bay Area Plastic Surgery - Thomas R. Doerr, M.D. 

Traverse Area Vacation Rentals

One Year



Glitz & Spurs

Brewer Properties

The Boles Group 


Mello & Company

A Vintage Sole

EcoLogic Solutions, Inc. 

Moosehead Lodge


Spirituality & Health Media  

Russell Coaching & Consulting  

Awakenings Life Coaching, LLC

Krause Realty Solutions


Northwestern Home Inspections, LLC 

Center for Wellness & Relationships, Gary Vann, PhD



These and other Chamber members are highlighted each month to recognize their support for the community through their involvement with the Traverse City Area Chamber. Shop and support these businesses whenever possible and thank them for their partnership with you at the Chamber. Want to learn more about what chamber members experience and know? Click here...

INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Gov. Snyder Connects with Chamber YPs

The Chamber's Young Professionals hit a home run with Gov. Rick Snyder in his YP roundtable Friday at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Gov. Snyder and Chamber YPs exchanged ideas on the arts, recreation, agriculture, taxes, entrepreneurship and numerous other topics. Check out some images from this special afternoon by clicking here.


Learn more about the Chamber's Young Professionals by clicking here.

 Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:


IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Learn the Ropes of Business Advocacy  

The Traverse City Area Chamber is offering an internship with opportunities to gain experience in 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 

A Turn for the Better 

Business Leaders for Michigan released its Michigan Turnaround Plan five years ago with a strategy to be a Top 10 state for jobs, personal income growth and a healthy economy. More than one-third of its recommendations have been implemented, but there's still much work to do. The Chamber will host BLM President/CEO Doug Rothwell on April 30 at 9 a.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center where he'll update northern Michigan's business community on Michigan's economy and how to keep it growing. Register here...




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Today -  Business After Hours from 5 - 7 p.m. at Bill Marsh in Kalkaska.

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

April 30, 2014 - Doug Rothwell of Business Leaders for  Michigan from 9 - 10 :30 a.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center. 

May 1, 2014 -Young Professionals Lunch & Learn from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Great Wolf Lodge.

May 3, 2014 - YP Volunteer Event with Habitat for Humanity.  

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

May 29, 2014 - Small Business CelebrationAwards Ceremony starting at 4:30 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center. 
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