Twelve Businesses from Around State Receive ‘Best Small Business’ Award from Michigan Small Business Development Center

April 6, 2016 - 3 minutes read

Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Grand Rapids, MI, April 6, 2016 – Twelve companies that call Michigan home are being honored with the Michigan Small Business Development Center’s (Michigan SBDC) Best Small Business Award. The companies were chosen from over 5,000 small businesses that the Michigan SBDC provided with confidential counseling in 2015, and were identified based on their success in creating jobs, increasing sales, improving their business strategy and their involvement with the Michigan SBDC. The recipients will be honored during National Small Business Week on May 5, at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards Gala, held in Lansing.

“This year’s awardees have a significant impact on Michigan’s economy,” said Keith Brophy, State Director of the Michigan SBDC. “What better time to celebrate these successful entrepreneurs than during National Small Business Week? We are excited to take the opportunity to recognize their success and cheer them on as they continue growing their businesses.”

The twelve Best Small Business awardees were selected based on their growth and relationship with the Michigan SBDC. Awardees include:

  • Onara Enterprises (St. Charles),
  • West Side Decorating Center (Saginaw),
  • Arbor Teas (Ann Arbor),
  • Joy’s Bridal Boutique (Port Huron),
  • MTW Industries, LLC (Mt. Pleasant),
  • Mrs. Glee’s Gluten Free Foods, LLC (Hillman),
  • The Parsons Farm (Charlevoix),
  • Excel Medical Products (Wixom),
  • Canine to Five (Detroit),
  • Round Barn Winery (Baroda),
  • Northern Sun Winery (Bark River), and
  • Smart Bottoms (Ada)

A panel of judges selected Mrs. Glee’s Gluten Free Foods of Hillman, MI as this year’s Main Street USA award winner. Mrs. Glee’s produces certified gluten free cooking and baking products using Michigan-grown navy beans.

“The Main Street USA award provides recognition to the investors and employees for their hard work and focus on consistency and reliability in the production of high quality gluten-free products to our customer base,” commented Jim LeCureux, CEO of Mrs. Glee’s. “The village of Hillman is a small town in Northeast Michigan, and Mrs. Glee’s has provided a number of jobs to the area and is being recognized for that accomplishment.”

LeCureux will receive Mrs. Glee’s Main Street USA award on May 5th at Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

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About the Michigan SBDC

The Michigan Small Business Development Center provides counseling, business education, information based planning and technology commercialization services to Michigan’s new business ventures, existing small businesses, growing businesses and innovators. The Michigan SBDC State Headquarters is located at the Grand Valley State University, Seidman College of Business in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners may access the services of their nearest Michigan SBDC by visiting