SBA’s 2012 Michigan Small Business Award Winners Announced

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tDETROIT – The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced the winners of its 2012 Michigan Small Business awards, including four Midwest regional winners and two National awardees. The awards will be presented on May 3, 2012 at the eighth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards event at The Lansing Center in Lansing.

t“The SBA is honored to highlight the impact of the courageous men and women who work every day to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness,” said Gerald Moore, SBA Michigan District Director. “Together with our partners, we honor and celebrate the individuals whose inspiration and efforts keep America strong.”

tThe SBA honors the exceptional small business owners and the champions who support them each year at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business event. The event was founded by the SBA, the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center Network, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business Association of Michigan and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly in a collaborative effort to showcase the economic power of Michigan’s small business.

tThe following winners were selected because of their staying power, financial performance, innovativeness, response to adversity, contributions to their communities, and advocacy for the advancement of small business.

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  • ttSmall Business Person of the Year: John Lowery, Applied Imaging, Grand Rapids
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  • ttMichigan and Midwest Regional Entrepreneurial Success Winner:  William Deary, Great Lakes Caring, Jackson
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  • ttMichigan and Midwest Regional Exporter of the Year: Laurence S. Slovin, B&P Process Equipment and Systems, LLC, Saginaw
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  • ttJeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year: Jami Moore, JEM Tech Group, Mount Clemens
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  • ttYoung Entrepreneur of the Year: Amber Lynn (Smith) Williams, Power in Motion Gymnastics & Fitness, St. Joesph
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  • ttMichigan, Midwest Regional, and National Financial Services Champion: Dave Adams, Michigan Credit Union League and Associates, Lansing
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  • ttMichigan, Midwest Regional and National Veteran Small Business Champion: Keith King, Keith King & Associates, Detroit
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  • ttMinority Small Business Champion: Donald E. Snider, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Detroit
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  • ttWomen in Business Champion: Margaret Adams, SBA Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance, Benton Harbor
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  • ttSmall Business Journalist of the Year:  Larry Eiler, Re:NEW Michigan, Ann Arbor
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  • ttSBTDC Counselor of the Year: Stan Pruski, Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, Grand Rapids
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  • ttSCORE Counselor of the Year: James H. Muir, SCORE, Farmington Hills

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