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22nd Annual Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards Recognize Local Business Success

Monday, March 07, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
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The 22nd Annual Entrepreneurial Awards of Greater Lansing were presented Thursday evening, March 3 at the Eagle Eye Golf Club to five worthy recipients. Tiffany Dowling, publisher of the Greater Lansing Business Monthly (GLBM) and president and CEO of M3 Group, and April Clobes, president and CEO at MSU Federal Credit Union, co-hosted the event before nearly 300 attendees.

“Small businesses significantly impact Michigan – and greater Lansing’s economy. Entrepreneurs create jobs, inspire fresh ideas and keep us moving forward. Tonight we celebrate these passionate, persistent, hardworking individuals and congratulate them on their amazing success,” said Dowling.

The guest speaker for the evening was Timothy Suprise, founder and president of Arcadia Brewing Company in Battle Creek, Mich. and Kalamazoo Riverfront Brewery, Pub & Kitchen in Kalamazoo, Mich. Suprise shared his inspiring story of entrepreneurial success.

Recognized for their hard work, determination and their ability to take risks, category winners included: Jeffrey McWherter of Gravity Works Design, who received the Emerging Entrepreneur Award; Kellie Murphy of Kellie's Consignments won the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award; and Keith Granger of Granger received the Socially Responsible Entrepreneur Award.

The Greater Lansing Business of the Year is an award set aside for mid-Michigan businesses that have reached extraordinary success. This business was chosen because of its impressive growth, financial success and impact on the community. This year’s award went to Tom Kuschinski, Nick Uppal, Colin Cronin and Raji Uppal of DTN Management Co.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is intended to set the bar for aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs. The entrepreneur from this company found a way to set himself apart from the competition. This year’s award went to Pat Gillespie of Gillespie Group.

The Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards are sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union, Eagle Eye Golf Club, ASK, Lansing Asphalt, Loomis Law Firm, Maner Costerisan, M3 Group, WILX-TV 10, BRD and Plant Professionals.

The GLBM began publication in 1987 and since then has served as the only publication that focuses on business news in the area. The GLBM serves as a forum where business owners can share ideas and keep the public informed of the services and products they offer. For more information, visit


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