Traverse Connect Bulletin
Top Talk
May 6, 2015
And Then There Were 10!

The Top 10 finalists in the Chamber's 2015 Small Business Celebration all put their best foot forward at the SBC Meet the Top 10 Breakfast Tuesday morning. Almost 250 Chamber members filled NMC's Hagerty Center to honor this year's SBC finalists and learn about the strategy, determination and vision that's driven their small businesses to success.


Congratulations to our 10 SBC finalists:

  • Brickyard Towing
  • Cash n Carry Flooring
  • Hallmark Construction Inc.
  • High Five Threads
  • NeXt IT
  • Pine Hill Nursery
  • Studio 415 Salon
  • TentCraft Inc.
  • Waara Technologies
  • Williams & Bay Pumping Service
Learn more about these businesses through this informative video produced by our SBC media sponsors at 9&10 News.

Also, make sure you're registered to see which of these businesses will be crowned the 2015 Hagerty Small Business of the Year at the SBC Award Ceremony on May 28 starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Hagerty Center. Sign up today.

The Small Business Celebration is sponsored by:




CONNECT | Economic Development
Venture North's Laura Galbraith with Bob Sutherland of Cherry Republic in his new downtown café.
Venture North Lending Tops $2 Million

Venture North reached another milestone last week as its regional business lending topped the $2 million mark. A $150,000 loan from Venture North's development fund to Cherry Republic helped the company with needed gap financing to complete a $1 million expansion and renovation of its landmark cherry goods store in downtown Traverse City.  Venture North has now financed more than $2.02 million in business start-ups, expansions, equipment upgrades and related projects helping more than 30 area businesses grow their operations.


Learn more about Cherry Republic's growth and how Venture North can help grow your business.


Learn to Sell Your Digital Real Estate

The Chamber can bolster your company's digital marketing power through our newly enhanced Business Directory. Join us here May 14 for a free program starting at noon to learn how to utilize the Chamber to promote your social media links, post job openings, submit news about your company, promote deals and discounts, posts photos and videos and much more.


"Get to Know Your Chamber" is a fun, hands-on learning session led by the Chamber's Sheila Peek and Ella Bole to help you get maximum value out of your Chamber investment. Bring your own lunch and sign up soon as seating is limited.
INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
LGT Fellows = Community Leaders

Hundreds of area residents have gone through the Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program to hone their leadership skills and build their professional development. Now these LGT grads have an opportunity to build on that experience through Leadership Grand Traverse Fellows.


LGT Fellows is an alumni program launched last year to help LGT grads reconnect with the program, and current and past participants. Plus, Fellows is starting a new initiative this year to re-acquaint members with the pillars of the Leadership Grand Traverse program with deep dive discussions on the local economy, natural resources, arts/culture, education and more.  These six 90 to 120-minute programs kick off May 21 and continue into mid-November and are open to LGT Fellows only.


Click here for a list of programs and to register.  If you're an LGT alumnus, here's how to join the Fellows program.

Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:

A Focus on Entrepreneurs
Each Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. another story of local entrepreneurial success airs on the Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus on NewsTalk 580 WTCM. Host Ron Jolly joins Chamber Executive Director Laura Oblinger for a fast-paced half-hour talking with and learning from local business people who've built the companies into economic engines for Northwest Michigan. If you missed a show or want to hear past episodes, click here for a full catalog of shows on the Chamber website.

The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus is sponsored by:

IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
The Mayor of Detroit is Coming to TC

The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance's new Speaker Series got off to a fantastic start last Friday with an informative presentation from State Budget Director John Roberts. Check out this week's Northern Michigan Business Blog to learn more about Roberts' presentation.


The series brings in another major player on Michigan's political scene on June 12 with an appearance by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, recently listed by Fortune magazine among the World's 50 Greatest Leaders. Mayor Duggan will discuss his plans for continuing Detroit's economic turnaround, and how the rest of Michigan fits in to the picture.


Join us for this luncheon program from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, sponsored by Consumers Energy. Sign up today.

The Speaker Series is presented by:

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Upcoming Events
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Thursday - Young Professionals Lunch & Learn; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Great Wolf Lodge.
May 14, 2015 - Get to Know Your ChamberNoon - 1:30 p.m. at the Chamber.
May 20, 2015  - Business After Hours5 - 7 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center hosted by Bay Area Senior Advocates
May 28, 2015 - Small Business Celebration Awards Ceremony4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center
June 12, 2015 - Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance Speaker Series featuring Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
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