The Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program is among the industry’s leading designations, requiring at least four consecutive years of full-time, paid professional experience in economic development. Recertification is required every three years. To sit for the CEcD exam, participants must complete at least four core courses and two elective courses in the field of economic development. The certification was offered through the Michigan Economic Developers Association.
Galbraith and the Chamber staff presently administer more than $350,000 in business loans for close to 20 local companies, with several more proposals in the pipeline. The Traverse City Area Chamber, through Galbraith’s efforts, was recently approved for a new lending program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Chamber also offers energy efficiency loans, development loans, small business micro loans, gap financing and other programs.
To learn more about the Chamber’s range of business financing options, click here.