April 9, 2015
Chamber Names Top 10 Finalists for 2015 Small Business Celebration
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Another varied and impressive list of area small businesses are among the Top 10 finalists in the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce 2015 Small Business Celebration.
The Top 10 in this year’s SBC, now in its eleventh year, includes retailers, service and technology companies, construction and other operations representing the vast array of small businesses that serve the Grand Traverse region.
“The 2015 Small Business Celebration finalists represent a diverse group of area businesses from many different sectors, but what they all have in common is impressive growth and compelling stories of success,” said Tanya Berg, a SCORE counselor who serves as one the judges for the SBC. “As is the case every year, it will be a challenge for judges to ultimately select just one winner from this strong group of finalists.”
The finalists include: Brickyard Towing; Cash n Carry Flooring; Hallmark Construction; High Five Threads; NeXt IT; Pine Hill Nursery; Studio 415 Salon; TentCraft Inc.; Waara Technologies LLC and Williams & Bay Pumping Services.
The next step in the Small Business Celebration is for the judges’ team to conduct site visits to each of the Top 10 to learn more about their operations and meet employees. The companies will be honored at the Meet the Top 10 Breakfast on May 5 at 7:30 a.m. at NMC’s Hagerty Center, a public event to celebrate this year’s finalists. The recipient of the Chamber’s 2015 Hagerty Small Business of the Year Award will be unveiled May 28 at the SBC Awards Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at Hagerty Center.
Registration for the Top 10 Breakfast and the SBC Awards Ceremony is available through the Chamber’s website at www.tcchamber.org or by contacting the Chamber’s Andi Wagenschutz at (231) 995-7101.
The Traverse City Area Chamber’s Small Business Celebration dates to 2005, created to highlight the critical role that small business plays in Northern Michigan’s economy. Primary SBC sponsors are Priority Health and Northwestern Michigan College, with additional support from several past SBC participants. Oryana Natural Foods Market, a community food cooperative founded in 1973, was the Chamber’s 2014 Hagerty Small Business of the Year.
About the Chamber
The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce started in 1915 and is Michigan’s third-largest chamber, serving nearly 2,000 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