2019 Small Business Celebration Application

Page 1 - CRITERIA

APPLICATION DEADLINE - February 28

CRITERIA TO APPLY     

  • Must be a for-profit business headquartered in the Chamber’s five-county service area (Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Antrim, Leelanau and Benzie counties) 

  • The company will designate one Executive level manager to consistently attend all events.

  • Cannot currently be in an appointed leadership position  at the Chamber

  • At time of application, must be a member of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce

  • A visible commitment to good business practices

JUDGING RUBRIC

  • APPLICATION
    • Stable
    • Employee Relations
    • Essay Questions 
  • CANDIDATES SHOWCASE
    • Engagement 
    • Creativity
    • People's Choice 
  • SITE VISITS 
  • MEET THE TOP 10 BREAKFAST   

2019 TIMELINE    

Orientation: February 5 at TC Chamber of Commerce

Application Deadline – February 28
Candidates Showcase – March 19 | 5-7 p.m. Set up 2 p.m. at the Hagerty Center
Top 10 Announcement – March 22
Top 10 Site Visits – April 15 - 18 (a one hour time slot will be need for each visit)

Meet the Top 10 Breakfast – April 30 | 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Hagerty Center
Awards Ceremony – May 7 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Hagerty Center

Page 2 - CONTACT & BUSINSESS INFORMATION

Contact Information

Name and title of owner(s)/principal(s)









i.e. manufacturing, retail, service

i.e. manufacturing, retail, service
Please designate one Executive Level contact person, name to be used for marketing and publicity purposes:



Business Information

i.e. manufacturing, retail, service

i.e. manufacturing, retail, service
What percentage of your current business comes from the following areas:
Grand Traverse, Antrim, Kalkaska, Benzie and Leelanau Counties.

This information will be used for marketing and publicity purposes.

Acceptable file types indude JPEG, TIF or PDF

Page 3 - BUSINESS CULTURE & VALUE 

Business Culture & Values
Please answer the following questions as they relate to your business culture and philosophies.  Please keep responses to 500 words or fewer.

Include pivotal moments.



Page 4 - REVENUE & EMPLOYEE GROWTH/SUSTAINABILITY

Annual Revenue Range:






VALIDATION OF INFORMATION
Those applicants advancing to the Top 10 may be asked to submit additional financial information including their actual numbers for 2015, 2016 and 2017.  All financial information is confidential and WILL NOT be shared.  
Number of Employees
Up to 75 Employees
Up to 75 Employees
Number of full-time employees in:

Page 5 - EMPLOYEE & COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Employee Relations
Please identify the programs and benefits you offer to your employees - select all that apply below:

Select all that apply.

Select all that apply.

Community Service

Please identify the programs and benefits you offer to your employees - select all that apply below:


Additional Information*

Upload any additional information you would like to add to your application. ie. Marketing material, flyer, etc.

Upload any additional information you would like to add to your application. ie. Marketing material, flyer, etc.

If you have a video link that you would like the judges to see - add that url here>
*This section is not mandatory.

Page 6 - REFERENCES

Business References 
Suggested business references: Attorney, Banker, Accountant, etc.  
Business Reference #1





Business Reference #2





Business Reference #3





Customer References
Reference #1





Reference #2





Reference #3





Page 7 - AGREEMENT

Final Information
Participation Agreement
I have reviewed the application, and to the best of my knowledge, the information provided in this application is true and no significant information has been omitted. I acknowledge I am over 18 years of age and am authorized to act on behalf of the company. I understand that the information in this application will remain confidential, except for private review by a panel of judges to select recipients. I acknowledge that the Chamber may conduct due diligence to determine the company's eligibility for the award. If selected as an award recipient, I agree that the underwriters and Chamber may use the company name, contact information, and other information to promote the company and the awards program, including, but not limited to, the publication of a program or other publication profiling applicants, the Top 10, and the award recipient.

Confidentiality and Proprietary Rights Disclosure
In the event you are selected to receive an award, a profile of your company will be based on the information in your application.

Please let us know the following: