Traverse Connect Bulletin
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February 11, 2015
Get Your SBC Nominations In

Time is running out to nominate your favorite small business for the Chamber's 2015 Small Business Celebration. Nominate now to get your favorite company involved in this one-of-a-kind program that shines a spotlight on Northern Michigan's diverse and thriving small business sector.


Nominated companies have until March 13 to apply to participate in the SBC. That's followed by a series of events to highlight and evaluate the SBC participants, all building to the Small Business Celebration Awards Ceremony on May 28 at NMC's Hagerty Center. Don't wait - get registered now.


The Small Business Celebration is sponsored by:





CONNECT | Economic Development
Trout Farm Hooks Chamber Loan

The Chamber is excited to expand its economic development efforts into Wexford County. Harrietta Hills Trout Farm just secured a $210,000 business expansion loan from the Chamber's new Regional Revolving Loan Fund. Learn more about the project and how your business can benefit from the Chamber's Access to Capital resources.


Image360 Hosts February BAH

Image is everything - as our friends at Image360 know firsthand. Owners Andrew and Amy Kohlmann are enthusiastic and involved Chamber members and we're excited to bring February's Business After Hours to their thriving business.


Join us next Wednesday, February 18, from 5 - 7 p.m. at Image360 located at 1702 Barlow Street for an evening of business networking, food, refreshments and fun. Check out more upcoming Chamber events and make plans to be there.


Business After Hours is sponsored by:




INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Welcome LGT Class

Leadership Grand Traverse - the Chamber's flagship leadership development program - is off to a flying start in 2015. A robust group of applications was received for the Spring 2015 Class, and another great LGT group is poised for big things this semester.


Meet the latest LGT class and see what it will be up to in the coming weeks and months.


Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:




IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Chamber Fly-in Recap

Government Relations Director Kent Wood returned from Washington last week after joining members of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition for a series of key meetings and discussions with Congressional lawmakers from across the Great Lakes region. Read Wood's latest Northern Michigan Business Blog for a full report.



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February 18 - Business After Hours; 5 - 7 p.m. at Image 360

February 24 - YPs Volunteering at the State Theatre 5:15 - 7:15 p.m

March 13 -  Application deadline for the Small Business Celebration

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