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24th Annual Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards Recognize Local Business Success

Monday, March 12, 2018  
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The 24th Annual Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards was presented March 8 at the Eagle Eye Golf Club to six worthy recipients. Tiffany Dowling, publisher of the Greater Lansing Business Monthly (GLBM) and president and CEO of M3 Group, and Bob Hoffman, public relations manager, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, co-hosted the event with 400 attendees.

“This is one of my favorite nights of the year. It is my privilege to showcase the amazing individuals taking risks every day and building businesses that grow our local economy,” said Dowling. “I truly admire the entrepreneurial drive to succeed. Our honorees came up with an idea and relentlessly moved forward to pursue success or found an opportunity and took it to the next level. Lansing’s business community is here to support and encourage the businesses making strides.”

The guest speaker for the evening was Mark Winkelman, president of Better Made Snack Foods. Addressing a crowd of business owners, community supporters and past honorees, with an infectious passion for snack food, Winkelman shared his approach to business, leadership and how this established brand continues to grow despite a hugely competitive market.

Mark Winkelman, President of Better Made Snack Foods

A new award was added to the list of award categories this year; the Leadership Award is given to a leader in a highly established company. This year’s

Entrepreneurial Award winners included:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Rick Preuss of Preuss Pets is a catalyst for regional growth and an essential piece of the societal fabric of one of Lansing’s hottest neighborhoods. With a focus on animals and education, as well as being a destination location for the region, Preuss Pets has redefined what it means to be local.
  • Greater Lansing Business of the Year: Robert K. Schroeder and Karen J. Schroeder’s Mayberry Homes has become an essential part of the Lansing community due to its many charitable contributions and a commitment to doing things the right way. The accolade is a testament to the integrity of their operations and their ability to succeed, even in the darkest of moments within their industry.
  • Emerging Entrepreneur: Curvaceous Lingerie’s Lauren Palmer’s growth goals have created a foundation for the brand to launch into the next stratosphere. Here the marriage of a strong business plan and a firm understanding of a notoriously difficult, niche market have joined to create a unique experience for consumers that celebrates body image and self-confidence.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Molly Chan of Alliance Payment Solutions, RPS, JoyRide Pedal Tours and Heat Salon and Blowdry Bar not only thinks outside the box, she brings those ideas to life. Chan stepped out of her comfort zone and has embodied the leap of faith mentality all entrepreneurs need to find success. Fearlessness sets the tone for others and sets the bar for what can be accomplished when you dream big and have faith.
  • Socially Responsible Entrepreneur: Jennifer Hinze of Polka Dots Boutique has her sights set on big things, and she doesn’t take short cuts to get there. Hinze puts the community and the environment at the forefront of decision-making. By placing an emphasis on ethical labor standards and working with regional partners that also recognize their roles as responsible leaders, this business is pushing boundaries for a better tomorrow. 
  • Leadership Award: Barbara Krejcik of North Winds Heating & Cooling, Inc. demonstrates not only what it takes to be a leader, but what it takes to be successful in the face of adversity. By persevering the hardships of the 2008 economic crisis and pushing through the glass ceiling of a primarily male dominated industry, Krejcik has set the tone for what’s possible when fearlessness intersects with determination.

The Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards is sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union, Physicians Health Plan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Auto-Owners Insurance, Consumers Energy, Dart Container, First National Bank of Michigan, Huntington Bank, Lansing Community College, Maner Costerisan, Rehmann, Triterra, Union Bank, WILX-TV 10, BRD Printing Inc., Eagle Eye Golf Club, M3 Group and many more.

About The Greater Lansing Business Monthly

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

About M3 Group

M3 Group is a full-service branding agency, providing integrated media, public relations and advertising services to our clients with a custom, results-driven strategy to take their brand to the next level. In addition to services offered to clients, M3 Group also publishes three local magazines, which serve as a source of information to the community and enable local organizations to reach an expansive, regional audience. For more information, please visit

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