West Michigan produces 14 of state's Companies to Watch
Fourteen small businesses in West Michigan are among the state’s 50 Companies to Watch.
Michigan Celebrates Small Business — an awards program created by several state agencies to support and celebrate entrepreneurs in Michigan — named yesterday its 2015 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.
The winners will be honored at the annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 7 in Lansing.
The event will also hand out awards to companies in several categories: Main Street, U.S.A.; Small Business Innovation; Government Contractors of the Year; Small Business Person of the Year; Small Business Exporter of the Year; and more.
To be named a company to watch, businesses must have between six and 99 employees, generate between $750,000 and $50 million in sales, be privately held and be headquartered in Michigan.
The winning companies collectively generated more than $308 million in revenue and employed 1,748 people in 2014.
This year, the companies are planning to create 798 jobs, according to Diane Durance, president, MiQuest, the managing partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business.
“This year’s theme, ‘Unleashing Innovation and Growth,’ has produced an inspiring set of awardees,” Durance said.
50 Companies to Watch in Michigan
A&B Packing Equipment, Lawrence
AirTime Trampoline & Game Park, Novi
Algal Scientific, Northville
Apex Digital Solutions, Sterling Heights
ARMOR Protective Packaging, Howell
Bay Carbon, Bay City
BEET Analytics Technology, Plymouth
Beyond Gaming, Birmingham
Blackford Capital, Grand Rapids
Boxed Water is Better, Grand Rapids
Care N Assist, Corunna
Creative Studio Promotions, Grand Rapids
Detroit Labs, Detroit
Detroit Gun Works, Troy
Digital Roots, Northville
Endurance Carbide, Saginaw
Energy Power Systems, Troy
Firstronic, Grand Rapids
FirstSense Medical, Pontiac
Genius Phone Repair, Kentwood
Gillespie Group, Lansing
Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, Grand Rapids
HistoSonics, Ann Arbor
InfoReady Corporation, Ann Arbor
Innovative Learning Group, Royal Oak
Jacapps, Bingham Farms
Jorgensen Steel Machining & Fabrication, Tekonsha
Kuntzsch Solutions, Grand Ledge
Marvel Apps, Royal Oak
Mighty Good Coffee Roasting Company, Ann Arbor
New Eagle, Ann Arbor
NewFoundry, Ann Arbor
NxGen MDx, Grand Rapids
Oxford Companies, Ann Arbor
Petoskey Brewing, Petoskey
Polly Products, Mulliken
Redi-Rock International, Charlevoix
Rickman Enterprise Group, Detroit
Rubicon Genomics, Ann Arbor
Spud Software, Grand Blanc Township
Stardust Memorials, Traverse City
Sun Title, Grand Rapids
SunFrog Shirts, Gaylord
Tawas Plating Co. & Tawas Power Coating, Tawas City
Troy Gymnastics, Troy
Varsity News Network, Grand Rapids
XG Sciences, Lansing