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  • Studio 415 – Chamber’s 2016 Hagerty Small Business of the Year

The Chamber’s Small Business Celebration is entering its thirteenth year in 2017. The goal is to recognize, embrace, and reward what our region is rich with – small businesses. The program begins with a nomination process, which is communicated to the Chamber’s five-county service area.  A letter is sent to all nominees informing them of their recent nomination.  For those choosing to proceed, an application must be completed to continue. A panel of judges, comprised of community leaders, is formed and those judges begin their process of selecting the Top 10 businesses to be recognized. Events are hosted to highlight and recognize the small businesses in contention for the prestigious Hagerty Small Business of the Year Award.

WHY apply – CLICK HERE to hear from Kevin Schlueter – KSP

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2017 Timeline

SBC Information Meetings – March 9
Application Deadline – March 24
Candidates Showcase – April 5
Top 10 Announcement – April 19
Meet the Top 10 Breakfast – May 16
Awards Ceremony – May 31

Criteria to Apply

  • For-profit business in the Chamber’s five-county service area
  • Employ no more than 150 full-time employees
  • A minimum of three years in business
  • A visible commitment to good business practices
  • Growth and/or sustainability in the number of employees and/or sales
  • A history of good employee relations and community service
  • At time of application, must be a member of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Cannot currently be in an appointed leadership position at the Chamber