Behind the scenes: chamber members on the Small Business Advisory Council play a role in determining programming.

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Pictured here and on the cover are members of the chamber's Small Business Advisory Council.

Chamber member volunteers on the Small Business Advisory Council played a big role in shaping the new small business programming the chamber introduced this year. Some of the committee's involvement included:

* Selecting the location for Maverick Marketing Mondays. This series of monthly workshops focuses on helping businesses improve their sales and marketing tactics by learning the latest trends and cutting edge practices. The location chosen was the Detroit Zoo, which was a popular choice for the Maverick series and well received by attendees..

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* Helping to shape the focus for the Leads to Business meetings, which are networking meetings that provide participants the opportunity to exchange leads and referrals with other chamber members.

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* Suggesting the best mix of industries for the Industry Coffee meetings--networking meetings focused on giving members an opportunity to interact with peers from like industries and create stronger business relationships.

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* Serving on the selection committee for the "5 on the Rise" award winners. The "5 on the Rise" awards were designed to give recognition to five small businesses in the region.

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This year the committee helped steer the direction of Business Insight 2009 and other future events and is looking to grow from 22 members to a full 32. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Kalisha Gaines at (313)...

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