Agencies call for nominations for small business awards


The Michigan 50 Companies to Watch awards program is produced by several state agencies to help celebrate small businesses. Photo via

Nominations are open for an awards program recognizing the state’s small businesses.

The 13th-annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business program is accepting nominations in several categories: Michigan 50 Companies to Watch; Innovation Award; Small Business Person of the Year; Small Business Exporter of the Year; and Veteran-Owned Small Business.

The awards are presented by several partners: Michigan Small Business Development Center, or MI-SBDC, located at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business; Michigan Economic Development Corp., or MEDC; Edward Lowe Foundation; Small Business Association of Michigan; and U.S. Small Business Administration.

“Michigan Celebrates Small Business embodies Michigan’s entrepreneurial spirit,” said Jennifer Deamud, COO of MI-SBDC, and executive director of Michigan Celebrates Small Business. “The awardees being honored have played a significant role in growing Michigan’s economy and creating jobs.”

Nominations, which are open until Nov. 18, can be submitted online. Self-nomination is allowed.

Honorees will be recognized at the 13th Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala on May 4 in Lansing.

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