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The Awards

Michigan Celebrates Small Business seeks to recognize small businesses in variety of different industries and fields whose growth is supporting Michigan’s economy. Every small business is unique. Together with our founders, we established several different awards to honor the many different kinds of small businesses across the state. A small business may be eligible for one or all of the awards. Please click on the awards below to find out more information.

If you would like to see the 2015 winners of these awards, please click here.

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch

This is a unique awards program designed to shine the spotlight on second-stage growth companies. Each year 50 second-stage Michigan companies are selected for the impact they make in their markets, in their communities and in the state. Companies are notable for their marketplace performance, innovation, philanthropy and empowered employees.

This awards program is being managed by MiQuest (MCSB Managing Partner)

Small Business Awards

Innovation Award

To be eligible for this award, the product or service must have been developed by the applicant and earned revenue for the first time during the previous three years (from Nov. 2, 2011). You will be asked to provide a brief description of the following: product/service; the marketplace the product or service meets; evidence of satisfying the market need; the advantage over similar or previous versions of this product; how the product benefits Michigan’s economy; and why the product/service is unique.

The application cycle for the 2015 award is now closed.
Please check back here for the updated application process for the 2016 Small Business Innovation Award after September 1, 2015.

Main Street USA Award

This award is given to a client of the MI-SBTDC who participated in a substantial amount of MI-SBTDC programs that resulted in a positive impact on the company in areas such as access to capital, development and implementation of a strategic plan, entry into new markets, etc.

Government Contracting Award

This award goes to a Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) of Michigan client whose efforts have helped him or her to win or come substantially closer to winning a government contract.

Small Business Administration Awards

SBA’s Michigan District Office is now accepting nominations for its 2015 Small Business Awards. Winners will all be honored at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business event in May, 2015. The Michigan Small Business Person of the Year will be in contention for the National Small Business Person of the Year award and the Exporter of the Year award which will be selected at the Small Business Week event in Washington, D.C. To nominate for any of the awards below submit a one page nomination letter that contains the following required information to michigan@sba.gov.

Small Business Person of the Year

For developing an outstanding, growing business; innovative product(s), increasing jobs, increasing sales, overcoming adversity, and community contributions. Criteria include:

Small Business Exporter of the Year

Significantly increased export sales and profits, encouraging other firms to export, increased jobs through exports, and innovative methods of creating markets. Criteria include:

SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year:

Owner will not reach 30th birthday by June 1, 2015, three-year evidence of success in sales and profits, increased jobs, innovative products, demonstrated potential. Criteria include:

Veteran Owned Small Business

A business owned by a member of the military community including Veterans, Service-disabled veterans, Active-Duty Service Members eligible for the military’s Transition Assistance Program, reservists and National Guard members. Criteria include:

Women Owned Small Business

Small business owned by 51% by a woman or women with outstanding growth, innovative product(s), increasing jobs, increasing sales, overcoming adversity, and community contributions. Criteria include: