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The History of Michigan Celebrates Small Business

2004 – The Beginning

Five statewide leaders (now identified as Founders) met to discuss how to recognize, celebrate and cultivate Michigan’s small businesses. The six organizations and their original respective leaders at that time period included:

The leaders decided to bring together the individual small business awards program of their organizations under one robust statewide awards program, Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB). Since inception the intent has been that this program belongs to the state of Michigan, no individual entity. The Founders of MCSB recognized a need for the program to place emphasis on recognition of growth companies. After rigorous brainstorming they identified that an award would be initiated called the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, making the Edward Lowe Foundation the administrator of this component of the MCSB program, adding the foundation as an integral originator of MCSB.

Since the inception of Michigan Celebrates Small Business in 2004 the purpose, mission and vision has remained the same:

Purpose:

MCSB brings together the resources of collaborative partners and supporters so that they may raise the profile of small businesses in Michigan, build a network of entrepreneurial companies, and tell the stories of successful, growing Michigan entrepreneurs.

Vision Statement:

Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) remains on the forefront of championing small business and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in Michigan. The MCSB’s role is to serve as a catalyst for creating an entrepreneurial culture while inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Mission Statement:

The mission of MCSB is to honor and recognize Michigan’s small business people and those champions and advocates that support them.

2005 – First Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Location: Kellogg Center
Date: April 28, 2005
Attendance: 400
Managing Partner: Small Business Association of Michigan
Governor: Governor Granholm
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2006 – Second Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Location: Kellogg Center
Date: April 27, 2006
Attendance: 523
Managing Partner: Michigan Small Business Development Center
Governor: Governor Granholm
Click here to see the 2006 Award Winners

2007 – Third Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Location: Kellogg Center
Date: April 26, 2007
Attendance: 625
Managing Partner: Michigan Small Business Development Center
Governor: Governor Granholm
Click here to see the 2007 Award Winners

2008 – Fourth Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Location: Lansing Center
Date: April 24, 2008
Attendance: 711
Managing Partner: Michigan Small Business Development Center
Governor: Governor Granholm
Click here to see the 2008 Award Winners

2009 – Fifth Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Location: Lansing Center
Date: April 30, 2009
Attendance: 816
Managing Partner: Michigan Small Business Development Center
Governor: Governor Granholm
Click here to see the 2009 Award Winners

2010 – Sixth Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Location: Lansing Center
Date: April 29, 2010
Attendance: 813
Managing Partner: Michigan Small Business Development Center
Governor: Governor Granholm
Click here to see the 2010 Award Winners

2011 – Seventh Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Location: Lansing Center
Date: April 28, 2011
Attendance: 895
Managing Partner: Michigan Small Business Development Center
Governor: Governor Snyder
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2012 – Eighth Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Location: Lansing Center
Date: May 3, 2012
Attendance: 1,003
Managing Partner: Michigan Small Business Development Center
Governor: Governor Snyder
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2013 – Ninth Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Location: Lansing Center
Date: May 2, 2013
Attendance: 873
Managing Partner: Michigan Small Business Development Center
Governor: Governor Snyder
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2014 – Tenth Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Location: Breslin Center
Date: May 6, 2014
Attendance: 819
Managing Partner: Michigan Small Business Development Center
Governor: Governor Snyder
Click here to see the 2014 Award Winners

2015 – Eleventh Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Location: Lansing Center
Date: May 7, 2015
Attendance: 758
Managing Partner: MiQuest
Click here to see the 2015 Award Winners

2016 – Twelfth Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Location: Lansing Center
Date: May 5, 2016
Attendance: 850 (expected)
Managing Partner: Michigan Small Business Development Center