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Michigan Entrepreneurs

2017 Award Winners

Michigan 50 Distinguished Alumni Award – Strategically Focused

Firstronic LLC – Grand Rapids

Michigan 50 Distinguished Alumni Award – Most Engaged Workforce

ITC Incorporated – Holland

Main Street USA Award

Sandlot Sports – Saginaw

The Main Street USA Awardee was selected from the Michigan Small Business Development Center Regional Best Small Business nominees. The Regional Best Small Businesses were selected from amongst the small businesses that received services from their Regional Center over the previous year.

Michigan SBDC Regional Best Small Businesses
All Dogs Can
Balance Massage Therapy
Blarney Stone Broadcasting Inc.
Bon Bon Bon
Cheryl Stevens Studio
Chiquitos Bilingual Montessori
Morris Lawn Care and Snow Removal
Piper & Gold Public Relations
Press on Juice
Roz’s Diner
Sandlot Sports
Soil Friends Farm, LLC

Innovation Award

Light Guide Systems (LGS) – Wixom

Government Contracting Award

RBV Contracting – Detroit

The Government Contracting Awardee was selected from the Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Best Small Business nominees. The Regional PTACs selected their nominee from amongst all the small businesses that received services from their Regional Center over the previous year.

PTAC Best Small Business Nominees
IP Consulting Inc.
Janel Industries, Inc.
L’Anse Manufacturing & Technology, Inc.
Mistequay Group Ltd.
Moran Iron Works, Inc.
RB Construction Company
RBV Contracting, Inc.
Vets Access LLC

SmartZone Small Business of the Year Award

Vestaron Corporation – Kalamazoo

The SmartZone Small Business of the Year Awardee was selected from the Michigan SmartZone Best Small Business nominees. The SmartZones selected their nominee from amongst all the small businesses that received services from their Center over the previous year.

SmartZone Best Small Businesses
Energy Conservation Source LLC
Enterprise Tax Solutions, Inc.
GroundSpeed
RecoveryPark Farms
Redibandz, LLC
Safe Balance
ShapeLog, Inc
Sportsman Tracker
SteriDev
United States Ski Pole Company
Vestaron Corporation
VizBe
Xeratec Corporation

Michigan SBA Awards

Michigan 8(a) Graduate of the Year

CTI and Associates, Inc – Novi
Morgan Subbarayan, President

Michigan Women Owned Small Business of the Year

GS Group, LLC – Detroit
Monica Starks, President
C. Denise Griffith, Chief Operating Officer

Michigan Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year

Americhem Sales Corporation – Mason
Bruce Leslie Whetter, President

Michigan Small Business Person of the Year

Inontime, LLC – Zeeland
Jon Lanning, President of Finance
Eric Bruins, President of Operations

Michigan Small Business Exporter of the Year

Hosco Fittings, LLC – Wixom
Tom Murray, President & CEO
Jan Pitzer, VP of Sales & Marketing
Kevin Stacy, Operations Manager

Michigan SCORE Chapter of the Year

Tip of the Mitt SCORE 0622 Petoskey Chapter – Petosky
Margo Johnson, Chapter Chair Person

Michigan and Region V Women’s Business Center of Excellence

Great Lakes Women’s Business Council – Livonia
Debra Loeser, Program Manager of WBC

Michigan Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award

Michigan SBDC I-69 Trade Corridor Region – Flint
Marsha Lyttle, Regional Director

National Veterans Business Outreach Center Excellence in Service

VetBizCentral – Flint
Matt Sherwood, Executive Director

Region V Subcontractor of the Year

Northern Wings Repair, Inc – Newberry
David Goudreau, President

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch

2017 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Winners

Advanced Blending Solutions – Wallace
Advanced Battery Concepts – Clare
Air and Liquid Systems, Inc. – Rochester Hills
Ambassador Software – Royal Oak
America’s Preferred Home Warranty – Jackson
ASK – Lansing
Brown Iron Brewhouse – Washington
Collective Idea, Inc. – Holland
Continuity Programs, Inc. – Walled Lake
Dataspeed Inc. – Rochester Hills
Decypher – Berkley
Doberman Technologies – Mason
Downtown Restaurant Investments – Bay City
DROUGHT – Royal Oak
Edify North – Holland
Environmental Testing and Consulting – Romulus
Freshwater Digital – Grand Rapids
Goldner Walsh Garden & Home – Pontiac
Hurley Marine, Inc. – Escanaba
Image360 – Traverse City
IMC – Independent Machine Company – Escanaba
inFORM Studio – Northville
J Keller Properties, LLC – Ann Arbor
JetCo Solutions – Grand Rapids
K & M Industrial – Gladstone
Kalkaska Screw Products – Kalkaska
K-Tec Systems – Farmington Hills
Latitude 42 Brewing Company – Portage
Love & Buttercream – Royal Oak
ManoByte, Inc. – Grand Rapids
McCreadie Group, Inc. – Ann Arbor
Mixed Staffing & Recruiting – Grand Rapids
Mobile Defenders – Kentwood
Motor City Carpet & Flooring – Warren
MTW Industries LLC – Mt. Pleasant
Northern Promotions, LLC – Lachine
OneStream Software – Rochester
P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc. – Port Huron
RBV Contracting – Detroit
Safety Net Inc. – Traverse City
Sandalwood Engineering & Ergonomics – Livonia
Stone House Bread – Traverse City
Tech Defenders – Grand Rapids
Torrent Consulting – Ann Arbor
Towel Tracker – Grand Rapids
United Technical Inc. – Whitmore Lake
Van Straten Brothers, Inc. – Baraga
Vollwerth & Baroni Companies – Hancock
Xeratec Corporation – Hancock
Youngtronics, LLC – Wixom