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Michigan Celebrates Small Business announces award winners to be honored May 7

March 12, 2015

MICHIGAN, March 11, 2015 – Nearly 60 companies from across the state will be honored at the eleventh annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 7, 2015, at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.  Awards include the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, Main Street USA, Small Business Innovation, Government Contractor of the Year, Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, and more. 

The Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award, sponsored by Michigan Celebrates Small Business, honors growth-oriented businesses based on market expansion, job creation, technological innovation, and community impact.  Companies represent a wide variety of industries.  To be considered, companies must be privately held and headquartered in Michigan, have between six and 99 employees and generate between $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue, or have working capital from investors or received grants in 2014. The 2015 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch are as follows and are also listed on the program website.

A&B Packing Equipment, Inc. – Lawrence

AirTime Trampoline & Game Park – Novi

Algal Scientific – Northville

AlSentis – Holland

Apex Digital Solutions – Sterling Heights

ARMOR Protective Packaging – Howell

Bay Carbon, Inc. – Bay City

BEET Analytics Technology, LLC – Plymouth

Benzinga – Southfield

Beyond Gaming, LLC – Birmingham

Blackford Capital – Grand Rapids

Boxed Water is Better, LLC – Grand Rapids

Care N Assist – Corunna

Creative Studio Promotions – Grand Rapids

Detroit Labs – Detroit

Detroit Gun Works – Troy

Digital Roots – Northville

Endurance Carbide – Saginaw

Energy Power Systems – Troy

Firstronic, LLC – Grand Rapids

FirstSense Medical – Pontiac

Genius Phone Repair – Kentwood

Gillespie Group – Lansing

Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, Inc. – Grand Rapids

HistoSonics, Inc. – Ann Arbor

InfoReady Corporation – Ann Arbor

Innovative Learning Group – Royal Oak

jacapps – Bingham Farms

Jorgensen Steel Machining & Fabrication, Inc. – Tekonsha

Kuntzsch Solutions – Grand Ledge

Marvel Apps, LLC – Royal Oak

Mighty Good Coffee Roasting Company – Ann Arbor

New Eagle – Ann Arbor

NewFoundry – Ann Arbor

NxGen MDx – Grand Rapids

Oxford Companies – Ann Arbor

Petoskey Brewing – Petoskey

Polly Products – Mulliken

Redi-Rock International – Charlevoix

Rickman Enterprise Group, LLC – Detroit

Rubicon Genomics – Ann Arbor

SpinDance – Holland

Spud Software – Grand Blanc Township

Stardust Memorials – Traverse City

Sun Title – Grand Rapids

SunFrog Shirts, LLC – Gaylord

Tawas Plating Co. & Tawas Power Coating, Inc. –  Tawas City

Troy Gymnastics – Troy

Varsity News Network – Grand Rapids

XG Sciences – Lansing

“This year’s theme, Unleashing Innovation and Growth, has produced an inspiring set of awardees,” said Diane Durance, president of MiQuest (the Managing Partner for Michigan Celebrates Small Business).  Durance continued with, “The companies to be honored on May 7 collectively achieved more than $308 million in total revenue and employed 1,748 people in 2014. This year, they’re planning to create 798 new jobs.”

Additional Small Business Award winners include:

•     Main Street USA – Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC – Detroit

•     Small Business Innovation – Civionics, LLC – Ann Arbor

•     Government Contractor of the Year – Oldenburg Group – Kingsford

Underwriters include: Michigan Economic Development Corporation, PNC Bank, Varnum, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy Foundation, Hungerford Nichols, Michigan Credit Union League, Accident Fund, Edge Partnerships,  Michigan Business Network, MessageMakers, Rehmann, Clark Hill and Dynamic Edge, Inc.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business was launched in 2005 by the Michigan Small Business Development Center, U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Edward Lowe Foundation, Small Business Association of Michigan, and Chris Holman – Small Business Advocate.  MiQuest is the Managing Partner for Michigan Celebrates Small Business.  The mission is to highlight the contributions small businesses make to the state’s economy.  Nearly 1,000 are expected to attend this year’s event.  For details and to purchase tickets, visit

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