Traverse Connect Bulletin
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April 30, 2014
The 2014 SBC Top 10
An SBC Breakfast of Champions

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - especially when you can spend it with some of the region's premiere small businesses. Register for the 2014 Small Business Celebration Meet the Top 10 Breakfast next Wednesday, May 7, at NMC's Hagerty Center to congratulate and learn more about these Top 10 SBC Finalists:

  • 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.
  • Williams & Bay Pumping Services

Register for the Top 10 Breakfast and the SBC Awards Ceremony on May 29 by clicking here.

The Small Business Celebration is presented by:


CONNECT | Economic Development
Janet Sieting, Patrick Dewey and State Rep. Bruce Rendon
Kalkaska Chamber Luncheon Recap

The turnout was great and the program was even better. Last week's Kalkaska Chamber Annual Luncheon drew more than 150 attendees and included a presentation from Chamber President/CEO Doug Luciani about the activities in Kalkaska that have everyone talking about the town's economic revival. It was also a chance to honor Kalkaska Business of the Year Dewey Insurance and Citizen of the Year Janet Sieting.


Watch Luciani's presentation about what's going on in Kalkaska by clicking here.


The Kalkaska Chamber Luncheon is presented by:



Box Lunch Workshops for Business

Our partners at the Small Business Development Center and NMCOG have a new education program designed to fit the busy schedule of business owners. These 90-minute Box Lunch Workshops will offer local experts, lunch and networking opportunities with other area business people. They start May 5 with CPA Jason Warren discussing "Strategies for Managing Growth" and continue June 9 with Robyn Marcotte on "Creating a Contagious Culture." Register here.  


Tickets Available for NMC China Conference

Tickets go on sale today for the International Affairs Forum China Conference entitled "China Today: Competitor or Partner?" This Chamber co-sponsored event June 5-6 at Northwestern Michigan College promises an up-close look at business trends and opportunities in China, information on Chinese business interests in the U.S. and a host of other must-see programs, panels and topics.


Ticket information is available on the event's website at You can also learn more about the conference by watching this video. 


INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Graduation Day for Mini MBA

It was a Pomp and Circumstance evening at the Chamber Tuesday as the inaugural Mini MBA class offered through Ferris State University wrapped up its semester of study.  Learn more...


IMPACT | Advocacy for Business

Raising Children Who Care

Recent cross-cultural surveys of parents' aspirations for their children found that parents place a higher value on raising their children to be caring, moral persons than to be materially successful. Are there parenting practices that help ensure our children grow into the kind of adults we want them to be?  Research suggests that the words we use can have a strong impact on children's sense of identity and moral development.  Check out Adam Grant's Opinion for why praising your child for being a generous person is more effective than praising their generosity.


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


WRDA - A Deal Soon?

Action on federal water resources legislation could happen when lawmakers return to Washington D.C. next week.  Members of the House-Senate conference committee for the Water Resource and Development Act (WRDA) said the last big holdup is that lawmakers are waiting for several more projects to win approval from the Army Corps of Engineers, which would make the projects eligible for funding in the final bill. 


The TC Area Chamber and Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance advocated for WRDA through the Great Lakes Metro Chamber Alliance. This comes on the heels of the Coalition's success to secure funds for dredging in the Great Lakes Region, including specific dollars for certain projects in northern Michigan. Learn more... 



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Upcoming Events
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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 Top10 Breakfast from 7:30 - 9 a.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center.

May 21, 2014 - Speed Networking from 4 - 5 p.m. at the Chamber First Floor Conference  Room.  
May 21, 2014 - Business After Hours from 5 - 7 p.m. at Integrity Home Health Care.
May 29, 2014 - Small Business Celebration Awards Ceremony starting at 4:30 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center.
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