Traverse Connect Bulletin
Top Talk
May 20, 2015
SBC Meet the Top 10 Breakfast
Countdown to the SBC Finale!
The climax of the 2015 Small Business Celebration is almost here! On Thursday, May 28, the Chamber will present the Hagerty Small Business of the Year Award to cap another exciting year for the Small Business Celebration. Sign up now to join hundreds of your fellow Chamber members for the Awards Ceremony kicking off at 4:30 p.m. at NMC's Hagerty Center.

From the hundreds of SBC nominations received, the Chamber honors these Top 10 finalists f
or their hard work, their business accomplishments and for their participation in this year's SBC:
  • 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

Thanks as well to our past SBC participants who've supported this year's event, along with primary SBC sponsors:

Business After Hours is TONIGHT

Business After Hours descends on the Grand Traverse County Civic Center later today for a special event hosted by Bay Area Senior Advocates. BASA has numerous activities planned including its 14th annual "Ideas for Life" Senior Expo, special prize drawings, a visit from the Fresh Start Food Truck and much more. Join us from 5 - 7 p.m. tonight for some business networking, socializing and fun.


Business After Hours is presented by:



CONNECT | Economic Development
A New Day for Tech in TC
Are you registered for the June 2 inaugural event of TCnewtech? It's a new technology-based group supported by the Chamber that will meet monthly to share new products, ideas and more related to the technology field in Northern Michigan. The opening program starts at 6 p.m. at the Center Pointe building in Greilickville and you can register at Learn more about the group in this report from the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
Help Wanted at Business Connect

The Paslin Company, a design and build firm based in Warren, has more than $15 million in supply opportunities in areas including HVAC work, trucking, cleaning supplies, recycling services and more. Paslin is seeking Michigan-based suppliers through the Pure Michigan Business Connect program and will conduct a match-making summit in the Detroit area on June 18. Learn more and view the supplier application form.

INSPIRE | Leadership Growth
Hosts Ron Jolly and Laura Oblinger
A Focus on Local Business

Since the Chamber's Weekly Entrepreneur Focus has returned to the NewsTalk 580 airwaves this year, each Wednesday morning has featured inspiring stories of local people who've taken their ideas and built them into successful business ventures.


The Weekly Entrepreneur Focus airs Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and is sponsored by Chamber members Precision Plumbing & Heating and FIM Group.  If you missed a show or want to hear an archived episode, click here for a library of shows kept on the Chamber website.

Outstanding Educator Awards

For 30 years the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District and TBA Credit Union to honor some of the area's outstanding teachers, support staff and others who work hard to educate our young people. Congratulations to the 2015 group of Outstanding Educators. The public is invited to join us on June 2 at 7 p.m. at the City Opera House to honor these 10 individuals.




IMPACT | Advocacy for Business
Fill the House for Detroit Mayor Duggan

Seats are filling up quickly for the June 12 appearance in Traverse City of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in the second installment of the new Speaker Series created by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance.


Join us from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa to hear one of Michigan's most dynamic and successful political leaders, who recently helped the city of Detroit emerge from the largest municipal financial reorganization in the nation's history. See what's in store for the Motor City and how it will impact the rest of Michigan. The luncheon is $15. Register today.

The luncheon is sponsored by:

Shifting Mindsets Conference Coming to CMU

There's breakthrough work and research going on in the world of early childhood development. Some of the top experts in the field will gather for a global summit on the well-being of children being held at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant June 3-5.


"Shifting Mindsets" will bring together business leaders, parents, policy makers, researchers and others to discuss the science and solutions for improving the health and development of children.

TraverseCONNECT CEO Doug Luciani, co-chair of the Children's Leadership Council of Michigan is among the presenters at the conference that strives to bring a deeper awareness of the critical years of early childhood and the impact on children and families. Learn more about the event including how to get registered.

Take the Michigan Future Business Index Survey

What challenges and opportunities are facing your company? The Michigan Future Business Index Survey is collecting information from businesses throughout Michigan to compile data to help create a thriving environment for the small business community.

The survey takes about five minutes to complete and the project is headed up by our friends at the Michigan Business Network.
Completing the survey enters you into a drawing for some great prizes, and we'll share the survey results in a future Chamber Bulletin. Researchers have a goal of 700 responses from across the state, and completed surveys are needed by May 31. Take part by clicking here.

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Upcoming Events
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Today - Business After Hours5 - 7 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center hosted by Bay Area Senior Advocates
May 26, 2015 -  YPs Volunteering at the State Theatre; 5:15 - 7:15 pm
May 28, 2015 - Small Business Celebration Awards Ceremony4:30 - 6:30 pm 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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