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SBA names exec Michigan Small Business Person of the Year

April 28, 2017
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Jon Lanning
Jon Lanning. Courtesy Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce

The president of a West Michigan trucking and warehousing company has been named the Michigan Small Business Person of the Year by the SBA.

The U.S. Small Business Administration said last week that Jon Lanning of Zeeland-based Inontime was selected for the statewide honor.

In November, Lanning was named Small Business Person of the Year by the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce. The Holland-based chamber then submitted Lanning as a candidate for the statewide competition.

“I am so thankful to work alongside such amazing people at Inontime,” Lanning said. “Our team members are the best ambassadors of our brand and culture. We have been blessed with growth and success resulting from their commitment to customer satisfaction and quality work.”

The SBA judged applicants on staying power, financial performance, innovation, response to adversity, contributions to the community and advocacy for the advancement of small business.

Lanning will be recognized on May 4 at the 13th-annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards at The Lansing Center in Lansing.

In addition to the Michigan award ceremony, Lanning will attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on Sunday and Monday, to be honored for his statewide award and for the announcement of the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year.

“We are overjoyed and extremely proud of Jon Lanning and the whole team at Inontime for their recognition as an outstanding small business in Michigan,” said Jane Clark, president, Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce.

“Our committee was inspired by Jon’s commitment to his team, his creativity in building a culture of trust and loyalty and his ability to drive profitability, client satisfaction and business efficiency.”

As part of National Small Business Week, April 30-May 6, the SBA will be recognizing the special impact made by outstanding American entrepreneurs and small business owners since 1963.

“Together with our partners, we honor and celebrate the small business owners who are the backbone of our country’s economy,” said Constance Logan, district director, SBA Michigan.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Michigan Celebrates Small Business was founded by the SBA, Edward Lowe Foundation, Michigan Small Business Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corp., Small Business Association of Michigan and Michigan Business Network to showcase the economic power of Michigan’s small business.


Founded in 1998, Inontime is a logistics specialist focusing on local trucking and warehousing.

The company also has a satellite office in Greer, South Carolina and has more than 300 employees and sales in excess of $25 million.

Inontime can warehouse, sort, re-package and ship large and small elements needed for day-to-day operations at partner companies, primarily within a 250-mile radius of their warehousing facilities.

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