TRAVERSE CITY, MI ¬¬– The site visits are complete and the evaluations are in – now it’s time to find out which local company will receive the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce 2013 Hagerty Small Business of the Year Award.
The Chamber’s Small Business Celebration Award Ceremony is set for May 29 starting at 4:30 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College’s Hagerty Center at 715 E. Front St. in Traverse City. The presentation of this year’s Hagerty Small Business of the Year Award will take place shortly after 5 p.m.
“It’s been such an exciting year for the Chamber’s Small Business Celebration,” said Laura Oblinger, the Chamber’s Chief Operating Officer. She noted that a record number of 200-plus nominations followed by 30-plus SBC applications – another high – participated in this year’s SBC.
“The depth and quality of our SBC participants are truly indicative of the critical role of small business in our region’s economy,” Oblinger said.
The Top 10 SBC finalists include: Bay Area Contracting Inc.; Brilliant Books; Cartridge World; Cherry Capital Foods LLC; Grand Traverse Distillery; Kalkaska Screw Products Inc.; Keen Technical Solutions LLC; Pathway Homes; Signs Now; and Stromberg Carlson Products Inc.
One of those companies will join an impressive list of SBC Award recipients since the Chamber launched the SBC eight years ago. It will also receive more than $11,000 in a charitable donation match and professional consulting services from Hagerty, a global family of companies dedicated to the collectible vehicle owner based in Traverse City.
The Chamber’s Small Business Celebration is made possible through the generous support of Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Attorneys at Law. Register for the SBC Awards Ceremony on the Chamber’s website at www.tcchamber.org
Past Chamber Small Business of the Year recipients:
2012 – Plascon
2011 – Integrity Home Health Care
2010 – Great Lakes Stainless
2009 – FAST Physical Therapy & FAST Fitness
2008 – Springfield Roofing
2007 – Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic
2006 – Traverse City State Bank
2005 – Distribution Solutions International
About the Chamber
The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce started in 1915 and is Michigan’s third-largest chamber, serving nearly 1,900 businesses in the Grand Traverse region. It partners with government, nonprofit and other organizations on a wide range of programs and services to grow the area’s economy, protect the environment and enhance quality of life. Learn more at www.tcchamber.org
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