Traverse Connect Bulletin
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May 27, 2015
Who Will Be the 2015 Small Business of the Year?


The site visits are completed; the evaluations are over. It's time to reveal the Chamber's 2015 Hagerty Small Business of the Year!


Join us Thursday at NMC's Hagerty Center starting at 4:30 p.m. for the Small Business Celebration Award Ceremony. Celebrate our Top 10 SBC finalists and see which of these outstanding companies will be named the Chamber's 2015 Hagerty Small Business of the Year:

  • 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

It's been another great year for the Chamber's Small Business Celebration. Thanks to everyone who submitted their SBC nominations and to all the businesses that applied. We'll announce the 2015 Hagerty Small Business of the Year on our Facebook and Twitter pages after the Award Ceremony and include a complete Small Business Celebration wrap-up in next week's Bulletin.


The 2015 Small Business Celebration is presented by:




CONNECT | Economic Development 
May Member Anniversaries

The merry month of May is anniversary time for dozens of Chamber members. Leading the list of longevity is Schmuckal Oil Co. as it reaches its 59th year of Chamber membership this month (1956). See who else is celebrating their Chamber birthday in May, and remember to support your fellow Chamber businesses whenever possible.


Welcome New Members

Membership in your Chamber is a powerful thing - as dozens of local companies are finding out! The Chamber's enjoyed a significant membership surge this spring, and more members build our organizational clout and create more networking and business-to-business relationship opportunities. Check out our recently joined members and be sure to welcome them to the Chamber family. 


Know someone else who should join the Chamber? Send their contact information to Membership Sales Representative Sheila Peek at 



INSPIRE | Leadership Growth 
Another Outstanding LGT Class

The Chamber's Leadership Grand Traverse program has produced hundreds of graduates over the past 30-plus years that have used their LGT knowledge and experiences to take on leadership roles in their workplaces and communities. Another first-rate LGT Class completed their work last week and earned their certificates at a graduation ceremony held at the Pine Hollow Institute in Elk Rapids. Meet the newest graduates of the LGT program.


If you're a past LGT graduate and want to re-engage with the program and connect with other LGT alumni, join the Leadership Grand Traverse Fellows program. LGT Fellows will open doors to current leadership needs and opportunities in our community. It also launched a new discussion series that will serve as a refresher course to your past LGT experiences. Learn more about how to become an LGT Fellow. 


Chamber Leadership programming is supported by:


IMPACT | Advocacy for Business 
A Michigan Success Story

Helping lead a community through the largest financial reorganization in U.S. history is no small accomplishment. But Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was up to the job.


Now Mayor Duggan is coming to Northern Michigan as part of the new Speaker Series of the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance. Join us June 12 starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa as Mayor Duggan talks about Detroit's economic turnaround, the challenges still facing the Motor City and what it all means for the rest of Michigan. The $15 fee includes lunch. Seats are filling up fast so register today.


The luncheon is sponsored by:

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