The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the winners of its 2018 Michigan Small Business awards. The awards were presented during National Small Business Week on May 3, 2018, at the fourteenth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards gala at the Lansing Center in Lansing.
The Michigan Small Business Development Center’s Upper Peninsula Region was awarded the Michigan SBDC Excellence and Innovation award, presented by SBA Michigan District Director Constance Logan.
The Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award is an award that honors a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for excellence in providing value to small businesses from diverse backgrounds and advancing program delivery and management through innovation.
“The Upper Peninsula Region encompasses all 15 counties in the U.P. and while the region has undergone a number of transitions with a change in the host organization, it has continued to stay collaborative and focused on the mission of the Michigan SBDC,” commented Constance Logan. “The region has continually delivered outstanding metrics, exceeding its targets with a consistent reputation for outstanding client service, which was shown in 2017 by the center surpassing the number of business startups by 62%. The Upper Peninsula SBDC has continually been an invaluable source to small businesses in the state of Michigan.”
The SBDC Upper Peninsula Region was selected because of their community contributions, excellent customer service, and delivery of training and consulting services to Michigan’s small businesses.
The SBDC Upper Peninsula team contributes greatly to the region’s small business ecosystem. In 2017 the Michigan SBDC team helped 76 new business start in the Upper Peninsula. The team also helped create 396 new jobs and retain 332 jobs. Additionally, the SBDC Upper Peninsula Region generated $21,301,845 in capital formation in 2017.
“The Upper Peninsula’s greatest challenge has always been the distance between consultant and small business. There is a vast amount of rural geography that the team and partners have worked to overcome through utilization of virtual meetings, centralized meeting locations, and collaboration at all levels,” commented Laura Marohnic, Regional Director of the Upper Peninsula SBDC. “The key to the region’s success is not just utilization of technology, but rather the ability to create trusting relationships with each customer, despite technology. This can only be accomplished by having passionate and dedicated people that truly care about small business. We have an excellent team in the Upper Peninsula that I am so proud to work with.”
The Michigan SBDC Upper Peninsula Region is hosted by Office of Innovation and Industrial Engagement (IIE) at Michigan Technological University. The Upper Peninsula SBDC serves Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft counties.
About the Michigan SBDC
The Michigan Small Business Development Center provides consulting, 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 Lead Center 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 calling 616.331.7480 or visiting www.SBDCMichigan.org.