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Business Journal names Top Women Owned Businesses finalists

February 26, 2019
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Grand Rapids Business Journal is announcing the 33 finalists for its recognition of Top Women Owned Businesses.

All 33 businesses (and 35 women) will be honored March 19 at the Women Who Mean Business event at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

This year’s celebration of women in business is a half-day event.

A pair of discussion panels highlight the morning activities. The first panel will discuss resources available to women in business and features Bonnie Nawara, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women; Judy Welch, Michigan Women Forward; Sandra Gaddy, Women’s Resource Center; and Elissa Sangalli Hillary, Local First.

The second panel features women CEOs from West Michigan companies sharing their stories. Panelists include Tina Freese Decker, Spectrum Health; Meredith Bronk, Open Systems Technologies; Christina Keller, Cascade Engineering; and Tracey Hornbeck, Legacy Trust.

The awards luncheon for the Top Women Owned Businesses begins at noon.

Here are the 12 finalists in the under $500,000 revenue category:

Dr. Sandy Dettmann, The Dettmann Center

Autumn Fuchs, Fuchsia Design

Jenn Gavin, A Pleasant Dog

Liz Haan, Marie La Mode Boutique

Kristine Kletke, PMSI Marketing & Social Media

Elise Kutt, Mod Bettie Portraits/Naughty Bettie

Leandra Nisbet, Stingray Advisory Group LLC

Andrea Owens, HourGlass Testing Solutions LLC

Kristin Revere and Alyssa Veneklase, Gold Coast Doulas

Jeannica Tibbs, TDJ TaxWorks Solutions LLC

Gina VanTimmeren, Gina’s Boutique

Ashley Ward, Hire for Hope

The 10 finalists in the $500,000-$1.499 million category are:

Kendra Bylsma, Allegro Coaching

Dr. Elizabeth Christopherson, Christopherson Orthodontics

Maggie Feil, Renee Austin Wedding

Floriza Genautis, Management Business Solutions Inc.

Pam Glass, Kohler Expos Inc.

Nicole Gregory, Urban You

Jennifer Maxson, Jennifer Maxson & Associates

Paola Mendivil, El Granjero Mexican Grill

Mary Ann Sabo, Sabo PR

Tracy VanderMeer, Grand Connection

The nine finalists in the $1.5 million-$3 million revenue category include:

Lynn Happel, Eastown Veterinary Clinic

Beth Kelly, HR Collaborative

Kelly Larson, Temptations/Sweet Temptations/Skoops/The Front Porch/Fortino’s

Gricelda Mata, Lindo Mexico Restaurante Mexicano

Amy Ruis, Aperitivo/Art of the Table

Raquel Salas Guzman, Avanti Law Group

Kasie Smith, Serendipity Media

Sandi Frost Steensma, Kennari Consulting

Jennifer Wehler, Plymouth Road Animal Clinic

The finalists in the over $3 million revenue category are:

Deb DeGraaf, DeGraaf Interiors

Ann Vidro and Menda Wright, Creative Studio Promotions

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