– The Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards program opened for nominations this

week for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Awards, honoring second stage

companies that have posted minimum annual revenue of $750,000.



year fifty companies are chosen from hundreds of applicants and this year the

program judges expect to be looking at more than 750 possible candidates. A new

VIP reception for nominees has been added to the program in November. This

reception is a by-invitation-only event for leaders of the nominated companies,

sponsors and nominators. Many companies have multiple nominations each year and

this year will reward individuals first to nominate companies with an

invitation to the VIP reception.



are highly encouraged as well and the leader of one of the founding

organizations of MCSB makes the case for just that.



selected as one of the Michigan 50 Companies To Watch is not only an honor, it

can also be great for your business,� said Rob Fowler, President, Small

Business Association of Michigan. “Second stage companies are, almost by definition,

not well known – yet. Being recognized with this award gets you on the radar in

your community and with your customers. I have a one hyphenated word piece of

advice for growing businesses in Michigan; self-nominate.�



opened September 8 and will remain open until November 2 at 5 p.m. Be first to

nominate your favorite company, go to http://www.michigancelebrates.biznow.



Criteria for Michigan 50 Companies to Watch

Be a privately held commercial enterprise (not

a nonprofit, not publicly traded, not a subsidiary or division of another

company) and has not received the award in the past

Be past the startup stage and facing issues of

growth, not survival

Employ 6-99 full-time equivalent (FTE) W2

employees which includes the

Have between $750,000 and $50M in annual

revenue OR working capital from investors or grants

Be headquartered in Michigan

Demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow

based on:

Employee or sales growth

Exhibit a sustainable competitive advantage

Other notable successes



Award categories for business owners also includes the Small Business Person of

the Year, Young Entrepreneur, Women Owned Business, Veteran Owned Small

Business, Main Street USA Best Small Business, Small Business Innovation, and

Government Contractor. Nomination processes and award information for all the

MCSB Awards can be found at