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Congratulations to the 2018 MCSB Award Winners

March 26, 2018

The 2018 class of Michigan Celebrates Small Business awardees has been announced. Michigan Celebrates Small Business is in its fourteenth year of recognizing and honoring the best and brightest of Michigan’s small business community. The SBAM team looks forward to celebrating with all award winners in Lansing on May 3, 2018. For details on the gala, click here.

Of the 50 Companies to Watch, nearly half are members of the Small Business Association of Michigan! Our congratulations to these members!

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch
Harvest Creative Services – Lansing
UTEC – Sterling Heights
Brewery Vivant – Grand Rapids
Race-Driven Inc. – Escanaba
Shefit Apparel – Jenison
Iron Fish Distillery – Thompsonville
Jireh Metal Products, Inc. – Grandville
Messersmith Manufacturing Inc. – Bark River
ArborOakland Group – Royal Oak
Caster Concepts, Inc. – Albion
Children’s Therapy Corner – Okemos
E7 Solutions – Rochester Hills
Elevator Service Inc. – Grand Rapids
High Level Marketing – West Bloomfield
Long Road Distillers – Grand Rapids
Lucerne International Inc – Auburn Hills
M3 Group – Lansing
Ringo Services – Detroit
SimuQuest Inc – Ann Arbor
Station 66 – Battle Creek
Utilities Instrumentation Service, Inc.
Venturi – Okemos
Green Giftz – Grand Rapids

SBAM member Proteos, Inc. in Kalamazoo will be honored as Best Small Business of the Year – SmartZone.

Our member Karen Smoots, owner of KMS Designs in Portage, will be awarded the SBAM Innovation Award.

Receiving the Best Small Business Honoree – PTAC award are three members: Elevator Service, Inc. in Grand Rapids, RB Construction Company in Mount Clemens, and Vetcon, Inc. in Flint.

Two members are being given the Best Small Business Honoree – SBDC award: Chateau Chantal in Traverse City and K-Tec Systems in Ferndale.

The Best Small Business Honoree – SmartZone awards are going to members K-Tec Systems in Ferndale and Aberro Creative in Midland.

Finally, members Atomic Object in Grand Rapids will receive the Michigan 50 Distinguished Alumni – Most Engaged Workplace Award and Redi-Rock International in Charlevoix will be honored with the 50 Distinguished Alumni – Strategically Focused Award.


Here is a complete list of the awardees:


Michigan 50 Distinguished Alumni Award – Strategically Focused
Redi-Rock International – Charlevoix

Michigan 50 Distinguished Alumni Award – Most Engaged Workplace
Atomic Object – Grand Rapids

2018 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch
ArborOakland Group – Royal Oak
Benkari – Detroit
boldSOCKS – Grand Rapids
Brewery Vivant – Grand Rapids
Bulmann Dock and Lift – Boyne City
Caster Concepts, Inc. – Albion
Central Industrial Manufacturing, Inc. – Harbor Springs
Children’s Therapy Corner – Midland
Dave’s Sweet Tooth – Harrison Twp.
DetailXPerts Franchise Systems, LLC – Detroit
E7 Solutions – Troy
Elevator Service Inc. – Grand Rapids
GeckoBrands – Grandville
Global Clinical Connections – Portage
Global Telecom Solutions (GTS) – Detroit
GMB Architecture + Engineering – Holland
Green Giftz – Grand Rapids
Harvest Creative Services – Lansing
High Level Marketing – West Bloomfield 
Human Element Inc. – Ann Arbor
Iron Fish Distillery – Thompsonville
Jireh Metal Products, Inc. – Grandville
Jonas Paul Eyewear – Grand Rapids
Joost Vapor, LLC – Wyoming
Kunz, Leigh & Associates – Lathrup Village
Long Road Distillers – Grand Rapids
Lucerne International Inc – Auburn Hills
M3 Group – Lansing
Messersmith Manufacturing Inc. – Bark River
MOVE Systems International, LLC – Walker
One Well Brewing – Kalamazoo
Oxford Recovery Center – South Lyon
Packaging Compliance Labs – Kentwood
Race-Driven Inc. – Escanaba
Ringo Services – Detroit
Shefit Apparel – Hudsonville
SimuQuest Inc – Ann Arbor
Sprinkles Donut Shop LLC – Hudsonville
Station 66 – Battle Creek
Symplicity Communications – Grand Rapids
Tetra Discovery Partners Inc – Grand Rapids
TGI Direct – Flint
TorranceLearning – Chelsea
Triterra – Lansing
Tumbl Trak – Mount Pleasant
UTEC – Ann Arbor
Utilities Instrumentation Service, Inc. – Dexter
Vaughan Industries, Inc – Detroit
Venturi – Traverse City
Voices For Health, Inc. – Grand Rapids

Innovation Award
KMS Designs Inc. – Portage

SBA Michigan Small Business Person of the Year
Albert F. Zehnder, CEO
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

SBA Michigan Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Paul J. Gallager, Jr., President
Genesis In-Home Care, LLC

SBA Michigan Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year
Donald G. Heeringa, Chairman

SBA Michigan Women Owned Small Business of the Year
Radhika Kandikonda, CEO
KBTS Technologies, Inc

SBA Michigan 8(a) Graduate of the Year
Ije Charles Osuagwu, President
Brix Corporation

SBA Michigan Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award
SBDC Upper Peninsula Region

SBA Michigan Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

SBA Michigan SCORE Chapter of the Year
SCORE Kalamazoo/SW Michigan

Michigan SBDC Best Small Business Of the Year Award
Saddleback BBQ – Okemos

SBDC Michigan Best Small Business Honorees
Chateau Chantal – Traverse City
Chris’ Canines LLC – Cedar Springs
Diamond Solutions, Inc. – Midland
Kiss Me Specialty Coffee Shoppe – Prudenville
K-Tec Systems – Farmington Hills
Legacy Metal Services – Imlay City
Mid Michigan Upholstery & Awning – Alma
Our Family Friend – Hillsdale
Texas Corners Brewing Company – Kalamazoo
Trenary Home Bakery Inc. – Trenary

PTAC Best Small Business Of the Year
Mistequay Group Ltd. – Saginaw

PTAC Best Small Business Honorees
Elevator Service, Inc. – Grand Rapids
Fresh Baby – Petoskey
Grand Strategy, LLC – South Haven
Moran Iron Works, Inc. – Onaway
Precision Control, Inc. – Commerce Township
RB Construction Company – Mount Clemens
Vetcon, Inc. – Flint

SmartZone Best Small Business of the Year Award
Proteos, Inc. – Kalamazoo

SmartZone Best Small Business Honorees
4th-IR MI, LLC – Bay City
Aberro Creative – Midland
Cogent Hex – Port Huron
Human Balance and Stability Systems – Warren
K-Tec Systems – Ferndale
OXX – Grand Rapids
SU2 Systems Inc – Lansing
Volta Power Systems – Holland

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