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Michigan Celebrates Small Business Announces Award Winners to be Honored on May 7 in Lansing

Wednesday, March 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Michigan Celebrates Small Business Announces Award Winners to be Honored on May 7 in Lansing

MICHIGAN, March 11, 2015 – Nearly 60 companies from across the state will be honored at the eleventh annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 7, 2015, at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.  Awards include the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, Main Street USA, Small Business Innovation, Government Contractor of the Year, Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, and more. 

The Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award, sponsored by Michigan Celebrates Small Business, honors growth-oriented businesses based on market expansion, job creation, technological innovation, and community impact.  Companies represent a wide variety of industries.  To be considered, companies must be privately held and headquartered in Michigan, have between six and 99 employees and generate between $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue, or have working capital from investors or received grants in 2014. The 2015 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch are as follows and are also listed on the program website at

  • A&B Packing Equipment, Inc. – Lawrence
  • AirTime Trampoline & Game Park – Novi
  • Algal Scientific – Northville
  • AlSentis – Holland
  • Apex Digital Solutions – Sterling Heights
  • ARMOR Protective Packaging – Howell
  • Bay Carbon, Inc. – Bay City
  • BEET Analytics Technology, LLC – Plymouth
  • Benzinga – Southfield
  • Beyond Gaming, LLC – Birmingham
  • Blackford Capital – Grand Rapids
  • Boxed Water is Better, LLC – 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, LLC – Grand Rapids
  • FirstSense Medical – Pontiac
  • Genius Phone Repair – Kentwood
  • Gillespie Group – Lansing
  • Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, Inc. – Grand Rapids
  • HistoSonics, Inc. – Ann Arbor
  • InfoReady Corporation – Ann Arbor
  • Innovative Learning Group – Royal Oak
  • jacapps – Bingham Farms
  • Jorgensen Steel Machining & Fabrication, Inc. – Tekonsha
  • Kuntzsch Solutions – Grand Ledge
  • Marvel Apps, LLC – 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, LLC – Detroit
  • Rubicon Genomics – Ann Arbor
  • SpinDance – Holland
  • Spud Software – Grand Blanc Township
  • Stardust Memorials – Traverse City
  • Sun Title – Grand Rapids
  • SunFrog Shirts, LLC – Gaylord
  • Tawas Plating Co. & Tawas Power Coating, Inc. - Tawas City
  • Troy Gymnastics – Troy
  • Varsity News Network – Grand Rapids
  • XG Sciences – Lansing

“This year’s theme, Unleashing Innovation and Growth, has produced an inspiring set of awardees,” said Diane Durance, president of MiQuest (the Managing Partner for Michigan Celebrates Small Business).  Durance continued with, “The companies to be honored on May 7 collectively achieved more than $308 million in total revenue and employed 1,748 people in 2014. This year, they’re planning to create 798 new jobs.”

Additional Small Business Award winners include:

  • Main Street USA – Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC – Detroit
  • Small Business Innovation – Civionics, LLC – Ann Arbor
  • Government Contractor of the Year – Oldenburg Group – Kingsford

Underwriters include: Michigan Economic Development Corporation, PNC Bank, Varnum, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy Foundation, Hungerford Nichols, Michigan Credit Union League, Accident Fund, Edge Partnerships,  Michigan Business Network, MessageMakers, Rehmann, Clark Hill and Dynamic Edge, Inc.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business was launched in 2005 by the Michigan Small Business Development Center, U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Edward Lowe Foundation, Small Business Association of Michigan, and Chris Holman – Small Business Advocate.  MiQuest is the Managing Partner for Michigan Celebrates Small Business.  The mission is to highlight the contributions small businesses make to the state’s economy.  Nearly 1,000 are expected to attend this year’s event.  For details and to purchase tickets, visit


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