Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) is designed to shine the spotlight on this vital but still under-appreciated driver of the state’s economy — small businesses. It recognizes small businesses which have demonstrated real accomplishments, and service providers who have rigorously supported their growth. While large corporations are still paid a great deal of attention, it is these small businesses that, largely unnoticed, are generating virtually all of the new jobs in Michigan.
As a vital part of Michigan Celebrates Small Business, the Edward Lowe Foundation brings to the event the “50 Companies to Watch in Michigan” to recognize and celebrate the contribution, innovation, and energy of the second-stage companies in the state. It is small businesses like these that will lead the rebirth of our entrepreneurial economy that has sustained the high quality of life in Michigan.
The “50 Companies to Watch” concept was invented as part of MCSB, and they are both models that are being carried to other states.
Award winners will be honored at the 10th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 6,
2014 in East Lansing.
Who can Nominate?
Anyone can nominate a small business for a MCSB award. Here are the categories:
- Michigan 50 Companies to Watch honors second-stage companies headquartered in Michigan who have the intent and capacity to grow. Companies are high performers in the marketplace, or demonstrate innovative products or processes. Candidates are privately owned and employ between 6 and 99 employees, with annual revenues between $750,000 and $50 million.
- Innovation Award is given to a company that has developed a product or service and earned revenue for the first time in 2008.
Nominations are needed by Nov. 8. You can learn more about Michigan Celebrates Small Business by visiting the Traverse City Area Chamber’s website at www.tcchamber.org