West Michigan produces 15 of state’s 50 Companies to Watch

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Fifteen organizations from the region rate among this year’s 50 Companies to Watch in Michigan. Courtesy Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Fifteen organizations from the region rate among this year’s 50 Companies to Watch in Michigan.

Ninety-four businesses statewide, including the 2020 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, will be recognized at the 16th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) awards gala, which will be held virtually at 6 p.m. July 28.

Guests can register for the gala at michigancelebrates.org.

The number of West Michigan companies to watch — 15 — is up from 12 in 2019 and down from 20 in 2018.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business is a collaboration of several organizations: the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM), U.S. Small Business Administration – Michigan, Edward Lowe Foundation, Michigan Business Network and Michigan Small Business Development Center (Michigan SBDC).

The Manufacturing Growth Alliance is the managing partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

“Michigan’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economies and play a vital role in making our communities attractive places to live, work, visit and play,” said Josh Hundt, chief business development officer for the MEDC.

“As the state continues to recover from the COVID-19 outbreak, we are honored to recognize and celebrate these small businesses, which demonstrate the resilience, innovation and grit that sets Michigan apart.”

Nomination criteria

The 50 Companies to Watch program recognizes second-stage companies, defined as having six to 99 full time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants. The companies must be privately held and headquartered in Michigan.

Awards criteria

Judges from economic and entrepreneurship development organizations selected this year’s 50 Companies to Watch from 575 nominations, up from last year’s record of 425.

The judges evaluated the nominees’ demonstration of intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage and other notable factors.

Economic impact

The 2020 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch were responsible for $365 million in total annual revenue for 2019.

From 2016 through 2019, these companies generated $1 billion in revenue and added 723 employees, both in Michigan and out of state, reflecting a 101.9% increase in revenue and 93.8% increase in jobs for the four-year period. That translates into a 26.9% annual revenue growth and a 24.8% annual growth in employees.

Other awards

Besides the 50 Companies to Watch, other small business awards will be presented at the gala:

  • SBAM will present two Michigan 50 Companies alumni awards: Most Engaged Workplace and Strategically Focused.
  • MEDC will present the SmartZone Best Small Business Awards and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Best Small Businesses Awards.
  • Michigan SBDC will present the SBDC Best Small Business Awards.
  • The Michigan District office of the U.S. Small Business Administration will present a number of small business awards, including the SBA Small Business Person of the Year.

2020 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch

ABA Insight, Ann Arbor

Accurate Analytical Testing, Romulus

Alta Vista Technology, Royal Oak

American Plumbing, Lansing

Array of Engineers, Grand Rapids

B&P Manufacturing, Cadillac

Boyne Boat Yard, Boyne City

Brightly, Grand Rapids

Certified Training Institute, Traverse City

Delta Force P.I., Gladstone

Detection Systems and Engineering, Troy

dig, Grand Rapids

DSDT a Detroit School for Digital Technology, Detroit

Enterprise Tax Solutions, Mount Pleasant

Envision Health, Bloomfield Hills

(ERG) Environmental Resources Group, Wixom

Fakhoury Global Immigration, USA, Troy

Fenton Winery & Brewery, Fenton

Fifth Wheel Freight, Kentwood

Foster Coffee Company, Owosso

Frankenmuth Woolen Mill, Frankenmuth

Global Battery Solutions, Holland

Great Lakes GrowthWorks, Ann Arbor

GS3 Global, Livonia

GSH Group, Clawson

HandyPro Handyman Service, Farmington

High Five Spirits, Petoskey

InsITe Business Solutions, Zeeland

Janel’s Industries, Dowagiac

LaFleur Marketing, Grand Rapids

M & M Home Care, Livonia

Meulenberg Painting & Decorating, Grand Rapids

Michigan Woodwork, Williamston

Midtown Fresh Market, Kalamazoo

Monica’s Gourmet Cookies, Grand Rapids

Morgan Composting, Sears

MySwimPro, Ann Arbor

Ngage Management, Okemos

Northern Jet Management, Grand Rapids

Northern Wings Repair, Newberry

Orbion Space Technology, Houghton

Pets Naturally, Traverse City

Prime Energy Contract Services, Troy

Rolar Manufacturing Corporation, Muskegon

Ruby + Associates, Bingham Farms

Sommerset Paving Companies, Whitmore Lake

Sportsman Tracker, Grand Rapids

Temper, Cedar Springs

Town & Country Group, Zeeland

Workit Health, Ann Arbor

Other honorees

Michigan 50 Distinguished Alumni Award: Strategically Focused

Tech Defenders, Grand Rapids

Michigan 50 Distinguished Alumni Award: Most Engaged Workplace

Walker-Miller Energy Services, Detroit

Michigan SBDC Best Small Businesses

1st Chance Garage, Lake City

3 North Vines, Croswell

ABA Insight, Ann Arbor

AIRS, Newaygo

Cam Packaging, Gladwin

Frankenmuth Clock & Germany Gift Company, Frankenmuth

The Landmark Taphouse & Grille, Three Rivers

Onyx Enterprise, Detroit

Peak Performance Physical Therapy, Lansing

Rozie’s Foods, Negaunee

Sand Bay Trading Co and Woody’s Grand Lake, Presque Isle

PTAC Best Small Businesses

Advanced Matrix, Plymouth

B&P Manufacturing, Cadillac

Cignys, Saginaw

Debora Smith Energy Partners, Attica

Fulgham Machine and Tool Company, Jackson

Macomb Sheet Metal, Clinton Township

Premier Group Associates, Detroit

Virtual Sandtable, West Olive

SmartZone Best Small Businesses

86 Repairs, Grand Rapids

ChargeOver, Mount Pleasant

CrossBraining, Lansing

DELRAY Systems, Rochester

Global Battery Solutions, Holland

HoneyCure, Detroit

HyVIDA Brands, Muskegon

ImmediPay, Port Huron

IONTOX, Kalamazoo

LucidCoast, Marquette

May Mobility, Ann Arbor

nuBoxZ, Sterling Heights

Orbion Space Technology, Houghton

Pivot Materials, Detroit

SKOOP, East Lansing

Michigan – U.S. Small Business Administration honorees

Advanced Environmental Management Group (AEM Group), Plymouth

ALDEVRA, Kalamazoo

Beth Millner Jewelry, Marquette

Detroit SCORE Chapter 0018, Royal Oak

Elevated Technologies Inc. (ETI), Grand Rapids

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago

Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, Livonia

J.J. Barney Construction, Rochester Hills

Redi-Rock International, Charlevoix

West Michigan SBDC, Grand Rapids

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