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SBAM names Lansing small business owner Advocate of the Year  

June 21, 2022

LANSING, MI – The Small Business Association of Michigan recently honored C2AE president and SBAM Board Chair Bill Kimble as its 2022 Advocate of the Year.

“Bill’s leadership style and advocacy is well-respected by his peers both inside and outside of SBAM,” said SBAM President and CEO Brian Calley. “His advocacy does not go unnoticed as he goes above and beyond to effectively advocate for small businesses and their employees. He has been a tremendous advocate for many years, and we are proud to name him our 2022 Advocate of the Year.”

Kimble was honored for his insight and leadership that has broadened SBAM’s legislative agenda to more holistically address workforce shortages over the long-term. Under his leadership as chair of the board, SBAM reached the milestone of more than 30,000 members for the first time. Additionally, Bill was recently appointed by Governor Whitmer to serve on the Michigan Community Service Commission, and also serves on the MSHDA Statewide Housing Advisory Committee that is launching a new statewide housing plan to better serve communities in order for growth to occur. He is an extremely active small business advocate, making himself available for nearly all of SBAM’s events.

C2AE is an engineering and architecture firm dedicated to serving enterprise level clients with a full suite of integrated services.  The company is headquartered in Lansing but has offices in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Gaylord, Escanaba and two locations in New York. Kimble has been President of the organization for the past 12 years.

The award was presented Thursday during SBAM’s Annual Meeting, which was held in Lansing.

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