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MCSB | List of 2021 Gala Awardees

Michigan Celebrates Small Business
April 9, 2021 12:00 PM

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Lansing, Mich– Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB), has been honoring small businesses in the state of Michigan for 17 years and Monday the 5th they announced the awardees of the 2021 MCSB annual gala.

The 2021 gala will take place on July 20 and will feature three award categories including Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, Michigan 50 Distinguished Alumni, and Best Small Business. Businesses that are announced to receive awards will be able to celebrate the change they have created alongside one another despite the challenging year.

Here's a rundown of this year's awardees:

2021 award winners

2021 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch

8THIRTYFOUR Integrated Communications — Grand Rapids

AdvaitaBio — Ann Arbor

Anna’s House — Grand Rapids

ATI Group — Flushing

Awecomm — Troy

Barber Packaging Company — Bangor

BBCetc — Chelsea

Blackrocks Brewery — Marquette

Careline Health Group — Jackson

CertifID — Grand Rapids

Cheboygan Cement Productss Inc. — Cheboygan

Chicken Shack — Warren

Crown Industrial Services Inc. — Jackson

DLN — Byron Center

Encompass Therapy Center — Bay City

F.D. Hayes Electric Company — Lansing

Forming Technologies — Muskegon

Frankenmuth Cheese Haus — Frankenmuth

GANAS MFG — Detroit

GLSV Inc. — Houghton

GreenTree Cooperative Grocery — Mount Pleasant

Hausbeck Pickles and Peppers — Saginaw

HealthBridge — Grand Rapids

Hil-Man Automation LLC /Precision Dispense Technologies — Zeeland

Homewatch Caregivers of Ann Arbor — Ann Arbor

IPS Technology Services — Troy

Jacquart Fabric Products dba Stormy Kromer — Ironwood

Kalamazoo Candle Company — Kalamazoo

Mammoth Distilling — Central Lake

Merchandise Outlet — Mt. Pleasant

Micro Visions Inc. — Grand Rapids

Motor City Gas — Royal Oak

National Composites — Troy

Naveego — Traverse City

Northern Biomolecular Services — Kalamazoo

Odanah Construction — Wyoming

ORRI Corporation — Waterford

Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists — Jackson

Peak Performance Physical Therapy — Lansing

Ripple Science — Ann Arbor

Riveer Environmental — South Haven

Shoshana Technologies — Ann Arbor

SMTAutomation LLC — Roseville

SPARK Business Works — Kalamazoo

TGG Solutions — Grand Rapids

The Botanical Co. — Lansing

The Wicked Sister — Sault Sainte Marie

Tri-Mation — Mattawan

Uncle Ducky Outdoors or Paddling Michigan — Munising

Virtual Systems — Grand Rapids

Michigan 50 Distinguished Alumni Award — Great Place to Work

Ruby + Associates Inc. Structural Engineers — Bingham Farms

Michigan 50 Distinguished Alumni Award — Strategically Focused

Atomic Object — Grand Rapids

Tech Defenders — Grand Rapids

Michigan SBDC Best Small Businesses

Dancing Meadows Homestead LLC — Cottrellville

E & S Graphics Inc. — Ithaca

Elderly Instruments — Lansing

Found — Ann Arbor

Hillcrest Lanes — Belding

Stormy Kromer Cap and Ale House — Cheboygan

Sunrise Bliss — Petoskey

The Poke Bowl — Flint

Umami Ramen LLC — Battle Creek

Uncle Ducky Outdoors LLC — Munising

PTAC Best Small Businesses

Advanced Communication Cabling Inc. — Spring Arbor

Advantage Mechanical-Refrigeration Inc. — Comstock Park

Amigo Mobility — Bridgeport


RCO Engineering — Roseville

Ryba Marine Construction Co. — Cheboygan

SafeSense Technologies LLC — Portage

TentCraft LLC — Traverse City

Walter Mechanical Services, Inc. DBA ATI Group — Flushing

Watermaster North America LLC — Ann Arbor

SmartZone Best Small Businesses

Airway Innovations LLC — Grand Rapids

ARUtility — East Lansing

Campfire CoWorks — Marquette

Clear To Go Inc. — Rochester

DB Delivery Solutions — China

Geofabrica — Rochester

Lyseon Additive Manufacturing — Flint

NTL — Sterling Heights

Rhombus Energy — Dearborn

SightLine Inc. — Houghton

Versah LLC — Jackson

Videka Pet Food — Kalamazoo

Workit Health — Ann Arbor

“Small businesses create significant economic impact in communities across Michigan, said Josh Hundt, Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “We are excited to acknowledge and celebrate more than 80 small businesses this year who have been selected by their peers, communities and small business support organizations and demonstrate the resiliency and impact of Michigan small businesses.”

MCSB strives to provide resources needed to help build the foundation of small businesses to assist in their success. Michigan Celebrates Small Business acknowledges the effort it takes to run a small business and aims to raise awareness of the impact they have on their communities. The founding organizations of MCSB keep Michigan’s economy flourishing by supporting businesses who place an emphasis on growth and innovation.

Tonya Lockwood, Owner of Motor City Gas, shared her excitement about being one of Michigan’s 50 Companies to Watch. “Motor City Gas is honored to be one of this year's awardees. Our business revolves around authenticity and creating new beverages that meet the standards of our customers. We had to “go against the grain” this past year and Michigan Celebrates Small Business has given us the opportunity to share our story with others. We are looking forward to being a part of the celebration.”

Another company who is excited to be one of this year’s Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is Jacquart Fabric Products, also known as Stormy Kromer. “Stormy Kromer is thrilled to be a Michigan 50 Companies to Watch awardee. Since 1958, our family-owned sewing factory has grown, evolved and endured tough times to become what it is today,” said Gina Jacquart Thorsen, President. “We are incredibly proud to be the home of Stormy Kromer, a brand well-known in our home state and beyond, and all of our employees are grateful for this recognition from Michigan Celebrates Small Business.”

The full list of businesses that will be recognized as this year’s gala can be found at https://michigancelebrates.org.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business is planning to celebrate in-person on July 20 at the Breslin Center. MCSB will comply with all CDC, state and Breslin Center pandemic guidelines. If the environment will not allow for an in-person gala, there will be a spectacular virtual gala that can be viewed by those who register. To purchase viewing options please go to www.MichiganCelebrates.org.

About Michigan Celebrates Small Business
Michigan Celebrates Small Business is a collaboration of trusted statewide founding organizations that offer resources for small businesses. Since 2005, the awards gala has celebrated how small businesses positively impact our communities and state. MCSB is focused on supporting, connecting and celebrating small businesses in Michigan.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business was founded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Small Business Association of Michigan, U.S. Small Business Administration - Michigan, Edward Lowe Foundation, Michigan Business Network, and Michigan Small Business Development Center.

About Kinexus Group
Kinexus Group is an organization that invests its time and resources into inspiring positive economic change one individual, one business, and one community at a time. For more information, visit Kinexus.org, follow us on Twitter @KinexusGroup or “like” us on Facebook @KinexusGroup. Kinexus Group is managing partner of the gala.


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