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West Michigan produces 10 of state's 50 Companies to Watch
A group of partners have announced the winners of the Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards.
Nearly 60 businesses statewide, including the 2017 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award recipients, will be honored at a May 4 gala at the Lansing Center in Lansing, which coincides with National Small Business Week from April 30 to May 6.
Michigan Celebrates Small Business is a partnership of the Michigan Small Business Development Center, or MI-SBDC, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC, Edward Lowe Foundation, Small Business Association of Michigan, U.S. Small Business Administration and Michigan Business Network.
Companies nominated for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award must be second-stage companies, defined as having six to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants. In addition, the companies must be privately held and headquartered in Michigan.
“The companies selected this year give us an understanding of Michigan’s successful entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Jennifer Deamud, director of Michigan Celebrates Small Business and associate state director of MI-SBDC.
“These companies are significant drivers of our economy. In addition, they play a critical role in their communities as job creators.”
Judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development and venture capital sectors selected the winners.
The judges evaluated the nominees on intent, capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage and other factors tied to company success.
Grand Rapids-based marketing agency ManoByte was named one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. Founder and CEO Kevin Dean called it a “great honor.”
“For us, the award represents many years of dedication to the inbound marketing process and how it revolutionizes the marketing efforts of businesses today,” Dean said. “Our team works tirelessly each day to produce measurable results for our clients, so we are very thankful and humbled to be acknowledged for that work with this prestigious award.”
Grand Rapids-based digital signage and media production company Freshwater Digital was also named one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.
“With nearly one million small businesses in Michigan, I am truly honored that Freshwater was recognized for its continued success and growth,” said Matt Downey, president, Freshwater Digital.
New this year
Michigan Celebrates Small Business will present two new awards at the May 4 gala.
Winners of the Strategically Focused Award and Most Engaged Workplace Award will be announced soon.
Michigan Celebrates Small Business
Now in its 13th year, Michigan Celebrates Small Business has a network of more than 600 award recipients to date.
MI-SBDC is the managing partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards in 2017. MI-SBDC has acted as managing partner of the awards program 11 times.
Tickets are available for $135 per person and $900 for a table of eight.
Tickets can be purchased online.
Michigan 50 Companies to Watch winners
Advanced Blending Solutions, Wallace
Advanced Battery Concepts, Clare
Air and Liquid Systems, Rochester Hills
Ambassador Software, Royal Oak
America’s Preferred Home Warranty, Jackson
Brown Iron Brewhouse, Washington
Collective Idea, Holland
Continuity Programs, Walled Lake
Dataspeed, Rochester Hills
Doberman Technologies, Mason
Downtown Restaurant Investments, Bay City
DROUGHT, Royal Oak
Edify North, Holland
Environmental Testing and Consulting, Romulus
Freshwater Digital, Grand Rapids
Goldner Walsh Garden & Home, Pontiac
Hurley Marine, Escanaba
Image360, Traverse City
IMC - Independent Machine Company, Escanaba
inFORM Studio, Northville
J Keller Properties, Ann Arbor
JetCo Solutions, Grand Rapids
K & M Industrial, Gladstone
Kalkaska Screw Products, Kalkaska
K-Tec Systems, Farmington Hills
Latitude 42 Brewing Company, Portage
Love & Buttercream, Royal Oak
ManoByte, Grand Rapids
McCreadie Group, Ann Arbor
Mixed Staffing & Recruiting, Grand Rapids
Mobile Defenders, Kentwood
Motor City Carpet & Flooring, Warren
MTW Industries, Mount Pleasant
Northern Promotions, Lachine
OneStream Software, Rochester
P.J. Wallbank Springs, Port Huron
RBV Contracting, Detroit
Safety Net, Traverse City
Sandalwood Engineering & Ergonomics, Livonia
Stone House Bread, Traverse City
Tech Defenders, Grand Rapids
Torrent Consulting, Ann Arbor
Towel Tracker, Grand Rapids
United Technical, Whitmore Lake
Van Straten Brothers, Baraga
Vollwerth & Baroni Companies, Hancock
Xeratec Corporation, Hancock
The following companies will also be honored at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala:
Main Street USA Award: Sandlot Sports, Saginaw
Innovation of the Year Award: Light Guide Systems, Wixom
Government Contractor of the Year Award: RBV Contracting, Detroit