Executive Hackel announces winners of the 7th annual Macomb Business Awards

More than 450 business leaders from across the region attended the 7th annual Macomb Business Awards today at the Sterling Inn Banquet and Conference Center in Sterling Heights. Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel joined Vicky Rad, director of the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development, to recognize the following award winners:

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  • Champion of Work / Life Integration (Sponsored by MetroParent magazine): Godlan, Inc. Godlan is a leading professional manufacturing services company that has been implementing integrated technology solutions since 1984. With two locations and more than 60 employees, it successfully implements hundreds of enterprise manufacturing systems and performs countless data conversions while simultaneously committing to quality of life for each of its team members.
  • Corporate Citizen: CARE of Southeastern Michigan
    CARE of Southeastern Michigan strengthens resiliency in people and their communities through prevention, education and services that improve quality of life. CARE is a nonprofit organization with a 42-year history of serving the residents of Macomb County. Each year, the organization impacts the lives of 40,000 people in southeast Michigan by providing person-centered care that ensures each individual’s unique needs are met and their defined success is achieved.
  • Hidden Gem: Great Lakes Pickling Company
    Great Lakes Pickling Company is a family owned and operated pickle making business right out of Macomb County. Each batch uses farm-fresh cucumbers, spices and pure Michigan water that gives their product an incredible flavor with 42 percent less salt than that found in typical jars using traditional recipes.
  • Manufacturer of the Year: Drake Enterprises
    Drake Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1952 by Benny Stemple and today is run by his two grandsons, Nathan and Keith Stemple. The company is a manufacturer of high-quality machined parts for major OEMs in the heavy truck, agriculture and automotive markets. The company specializes in torque transferring products such as gear shift levers and transmission components for the heavy-duty truck and automotive markets.
  • Model of OneMacomb: PACE Southeast Michigan
    For 25 years, PACE of Southeast Michigan has cared for low-income, chronically ill seniors by helping them remain independent and engaged in the community. It opened a center in Warren in 2015 when a study showed that Macomb County had a high concentration of seniors who could benefit from its services. By December 2017, the Warren center was at full capacity. Knowing there were more seniors to be served, it opened a center in Sterling Heights in 2019.
  • Trailblazer of Future Talent: L&L Products
    L&L Products is a technology-driven, international business with more than 1,300 global employees, 15 global locations and eight manufacturing facilities. The company actively creates opportunities for Macomb County residents through apprenticeship programs at Macomb Community College, future talent initiatives like Manufacturing Day and internship and mentorship opportunities.
  • Economic Development Partner of the Year: Macomb Intermediate School District

  • Beacon of Economic Development: Glenn Wynn, director, Shelby Township Planning and Zoning Department

  • Beacon of Economic Development: Grace Shore, former CEO, Macomb County Chamber of Commerce

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Fox 2 Detroit’s Huel Perkins and Charlie Langton served as co-emcees of the Macomb Business Awards while Mark Ostach, the event’s keynote speaker, discussed digital health and well-being.

The 7th annual breakfast was sponsored by Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, the MEDC, First State Bank, the Sterling Heights Chamber of Commerce, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, the Macomb Intermediate School District, Macomb Community College, Dominion Technologies Group, Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!, Ascension Macomb-Oakland, KEO by ARCH Cutting Tools and Jarvis Property Restoration.

For more information, visit www.macombbusiness.com and for photos from the event, visit Macomb County Planning and Economic Development on Facebook here.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. See you next year!

 

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

Digital health and well-being to be addressed by keynote speaker at Macomb Business Awards

Sick of constantly checking your phone? Find yourself scrolling through Facebook only to see disturbing images and tragic news? Tried to enjoy a dinner with friends who stared at their screens the whole time? If you answered yes to those questions, you’ve probably experienced bursts of what Mark Ostach calls “i-Drenaline”— the 21st century neurotoxin that’s robbing us of the peace, joy and meaningful connections we all crave. Ostach will discuss this and ways to improve digital health at the upcoming Macomb Business Awards on Tuesday, April 23. As the event’s keynote speaker, he’ll help attendees defeat distractions and interruptions in order to become purposely connected to their work and the people around them.

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As background, Ostach works for Skidmore Studio, a creative agency in Detroit. He holds degrees in economics, psychology and technology. Through his speaking engagements, he has become a recognized leader in southeast Michigan – with accolades like recipient of Crain’s Detroit Business 20 in their 20s and Oakland County’s 40 under 40 awards. Ostach is also certified in mental health first aid, is a certified Denizon Consultant in workplace culture and is a past board member for several non-profits related to mental and emotional health. He has presented on these topics for Blue Cross Blue Shield, the University of Michigan, Cranbrook, Henry Ford Health System, the MEDC and TEDx Oakland University. And audience feedback is resoundingly positive:

  • “Packed with powerful insights and takeaways.”
  • “An inspiring message for our connected culture.”
  • “Thought-provoking and funny!”

If this is something you’re interested in experiencing, we ask that you make your reservation for the 7th annual Macomb Business Awards today! Entry is $30 per person and includes breakfast and networking opportunities with more than 400 regional leaders. The event, which will be held at the Sterling Inn Banquet and Conference Center from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., will also feature Fox 2 Detroit’s Huel Perkins and Charlie Langton as emcees. County Executive Mark A. Hackel will present all of the awards to winners in the following categories:

  • Champion of Work / Life Integration (Sponsored by MetroParent magazine)
  • Corporate Citizen
  • Hidden Gem
  • Manufacturer of the Year
  • Model of OneMacomb
  • Trailblazer of Future Talent

We hope to see you there!

For more information on the Macomb Business Awards, visit www.macombbusiness.com.

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

Nomination countdown: Categories to consider for the Macomb Business Awards

The deadline to submit your company — or a company you are familiar with — in the Macomb Business Awards is tomorrow (March 15) at 11:59 p.m. Have you entered yet? If you answered no, then I ask you to consider one of the following categories and get your nomination in!

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  • Champion of Work / Life Integration – offering innovative benefits that enable employees to balance work responsibilities with personal passions (Sponsored by MetroParent magazine).
  • Corporate Citizen – providing meaningful support to our community through service and/or philanthropy.
  • Hidden Gem – uncovering a unique Made-in-Macomb product or place that more people should know about.
  • Manufacturer of the Year – in recognition of a manufacturer of any size that is achieving success through its efforts to diversify its customer base, retain employees and/or implement new technologies or efficiencies.
  • Model of OneMacomb – cultivating an environment where diversity is valued as evidenced by inclusive practices.
  • Trailblazer of Future Talent – creating partnerships that provide opportunities for the next generation of our workforce to explore career possibilities and experience work-based learning.

Some categories have appeared in previous years of the Macomb Business Awards – but new this year are the Hidden Gem and Champion of Work/Life categories. As described above, the Hidden Gem showcases a unique Made-in-Macomb product or place that people may not be aware of. The Champion of Work/Life Integration (sponsored by MetroParent) focuses on different criteria – benefits that companies offer their employees that boost quality of life. For instance, some businesses provide family benefits like paid maternity or paternity leave or childcare services. Another benefit is flexible schedules. This allows an employee to work remotely or to set their own in-office hours. Whatever the benefits are, the ultimate goal is helping employees find balance between their personal lives and their work. And this category will recognize a business or organization that does just that.

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So – do any of these categories or the ones listed above fit your company or one you know? Visit our easy application and get started today. Simply fill out the forms, craft your descriptions and your business will be in the running! But remember, the cut off is Friday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m.!

For more information on the April 23 event, visit www.MacombBusiness.com/bizawards.

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

How the Macomb Business Awards helped land a local start up on the NBC Nightly News

There are many reasons to nominate your organization for a Macomb Business Award. Whether you are looking to celebrate an achievement with the community, hoping to network with other local businesses or wanting to exhibit your company’s expertise, the event can help your business achieve several promotional goals. There’s even a chance to be featured on local media outlets, and if you’re lucky, national ones as well. Bakes and Kropp, a 2016 Macomb Business Award winner, can attest to that.

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Bakes and Kropp is a custom cabinetry company that designs and manufactures luxury kitchens, vanities, libraries and closets. Their high-end cabinetry is built in a 30,000-square-foot production facility in Mount Clemens and sold at three showrooms in the New York area as well as through a dealer in Plymouth, Michigan.

According to co-founder Paul Kropp, a benefit of being located in Macomb County is the area’s talented workforce and solid work ethic. Traditionally an area dominated by automotive manufacturing, Kropp sees the excitement employees have when they get to work on something different. The presence of the auto industry also means that there is no shortage of experienced metalworkers for the company’s chrome plating or metal fabrication needs, allowing them to create truly unique wooden and metallic products.

At the end of 2015, Bakes and Kropp was nominated for the Macomb Business Awards in the ‘Startup Business to Watch’ category. As an organization that that had been operating for less than four years with more than two full-time employees, they fit the qualifications for the award, but they weren’t sure they’d win. Kropp said at the time that this uncertainty was driven by the other competing businesses, but when their company name was announced as the recipient, he was thrilled.

“I enjoyed the whole process,” he said. “The ceremony was well done, and it was a huge morale booster for the company.”

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Upon receiving the award, Bakes and Kropp was mentioned in several local newspaper articles and listed on MacombBusiness.com. This sparked the interest of an NBC Nightly News producer who was covering the 2016 presidential campaign in the Midwest. After researching Bakes and Kropp, the producer reached out and asked about hosting a televised roundtable at its Mount Clemens facility. Company leadership agreed to the opportunity and soon Lester Holt and the NBC news team descended on the Macomb County business. The crew got to experience the business first-hand while filming the special, which was eventually broadcast across the country. According to Kropp, it was exciting to meet a celebrity and receive exposure on a national level.

While there is no guarantee your company will be mentioned in national news, if you nominate your organization for the Macomb Business Awards you can count on a delicious breakfast, an inspirational guest speaker and the chance to take home one of six prestigious honors, including:

  • Trailblazer of Future Talent – creating partnerships that provide opportunities for the next generation of our workforce to explore career possibilities and experience work-based learning.
  • Corporate Citizen – providing meaningful support to our community through service and/or philanthropy.
  • Champion of Work / Life Integration – offering innovative benefits that enable employees to balance work responsibilities with personal passions (Sponsored by MetroParent magazine).
  • Model of OneMacomb – cultivating an environment where diversity is valued as evidenced by inclusive practices.
  • Hidden Gem – uncovering a unique Made-in-Macomb product or place that more people should know about.
  • Manufacturer of the Year – in recognition of a manufacturer of any size that is achieving success through its efforts to diversify its customer base, retain employees and/or implement new technologies or efficiencies.

March 15 is the deadline for nominations. Simply fill out our easy application and you’ll be in the running!

For more information on the April 23 event, visit www.MacombBusiness.com/bizawards.

*Parts of this story originally appeared in a Macomb Business blog from 2017.

Submit your nominations now for the 7th annual Macomb Business Awards

The annual Macomb Business Awards are undergoing a few changes this year – and that includes the date of the event. As part of a larger shift in plans, the awards will be held Tuesday, April 23, but at its core, the 7th annual program remains the same. The event will recognize organizations that are striving to build a capable workforce, tap new markets, cultivate a welcoming workplace or give back to the community.  A Macomb County Economic Development Partner of the Year will also be honored.

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Several new features, such as a new logo, a keynote speaker and new award categories have also been developed. Those categories include:

  • Trailblazer of Future Talent – creating partnerships that provide opportunities for the next generation of our workforce to explore career possibilities and experience work-based learning.
  • Corporate Citizen – providing meaningful support to our community through service and/or philanthropy.
  • Champion of Work / Life Integration – offering innovative benefits that enable employees to balance work responsibilities with personal passions (Sponsored by MetroParent magazine).
  • Model of OneMacomb – cultivating an environment where diversity is valued as evidenced by inclusive practices.
  • Hidden Gem – uncovering a unique Made-in-Macomb product or place that more people should know about.
  • Manufacturer of the Year – in recognition of a manufacturer of any size that is achieving success through its efforts to diversify its customer base, retain employees and/or implement new technologies or efficiencies.

Nominations for the Macomb Business Awards can be submitted through an online form now through Friday, March 15. A panel of judges will then review and select winners in each category. All nominated companies will receive two complimentary tickets to the breakfast, which will feature a celebrity emcee, keynote speaker and exceptional networking opportunities.  Last year, more than 400 regional leaders attended.

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Sponsorship opportunities for the Macomb Business Awards are still available. More information and a link to the sponsorship form is available at http://www.MacombBusiness.com/bizawards or by contacting Maria Zardis at maria.zardis@macombgov.org or (586) 469-5285.

 

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

Cheryl Carrier, Ford Next Generation Learning, will offer a keynote address at the Macomb Business Awards – Reserve your spot today!

carrierWe are pleased to announce that Cheryl Carrier, executive director of Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL), will present the keynote address at the 6th Annual Macomb Business Awards Breakfast on Feb. 27, 2018 at The Mirage in Clinton Township, MI.

Cheryl Carrier is the Executive Director of Ford NGL, the signature education program of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services.

Cheryl leads the team responsible for developing and managing the innovative Ford NGL program, which is designed to engage educators, employers, and community leaders in the common goal of preparing today’s high school students for the careers of tomorrow. Through community engagement, Ford NGL provides a proven framework to develop high school academies that are career-themed and provide students with opportunities to engage in relevant, academically rigorous, authentic learning opportunities.

Currently, there are 40+ communities across the country that are using the Ford NGL framework and are supported by Ford Motor Company Fund. Several schools across Macomb County have or are in the process of converting to academy base learning.  Romeo High School will be the first Ford NGL certified program in Michigan.

Cheryl works closely with business executives, government/civic leaders, and economic development and workforce development intermediaries to help align education with the skills needed by companies and the local region.

Cheryl joined Ford in 1978 and has held positions in Engineering, Finance, Business Strategy, and Investor Relations. Cheryl assisted Ford Executive Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr., for many years, including a special assignment with the Detroit Lions, as the Human Resource Director, where she was responsible for developing human resource policy.  Cheryl retired from Ford on December 31, 2013 and has been retained by Ford Motor Company Fund to continue as the Executive Director of Ford NGL.

Cheryl serves on the boards of Alignment Nashville, Advance CTE Education Foundation and Future Plans.  She resides with her husband in Petoskey, MI.

Reservations for the breakfast – one of Macomb County’s largest gatherings of leaders in business, education and government – can be made until February 20.

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Synergy on display at Macomb Business Awards

16602943_1312782952101043_4054351920554564864_nOne of the overall themes that emerged at the 5th Annual Macomb Business Awards is how interconnected Macomb County’s business community is. Successful partnerships are constantly being forged. This can be seen when two corporations do business together, when a business leverages the media or resources offered through a professional organization, and even when a customer benefits from the products being made by Macomb County companies.

In acknowledgment of one such successful partnership, the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development (MCPED) honored Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! with the Economic Development Partner of the Year award. MCPED Deputy Director Vicky Rad presented the award, stating how important workforce development is to Macomb County companies. Executive Director John Bierbusse accepted the award on behalf of his organization and credited their partnership with MCPED for extending Michigan Works’ reach into Macomb County’s business community.

A physical representation of MCPED’s partnership with Digital First Media was also on display via copies of Macomb Momentum placed at each seat. This was the second issue of a new publication that highlights Macomb County’s unique businesses in a vivid magazine used to promote the county to potential business investors. Digital First Media Publisher Jeannie Parent also spoke at the event, giving businesses tips for how to successfully partner with the local media to share their stories.

16684211_1312783542100984_7161971016275480028_nEach of the award winners thanked and acknowledged the networks of people that support them. Bob Binson accepted the Corporate Citizen award on behalf of Center Line-based Binson’s Medical Equipment and Supplies for their charitable community engagement. As Binson exited the stage after accepting the award, emcee Huel Perkins, anchor at Fox 2 Detroit, stopped him. Perkins shared that his 90-year-old mother was only able to attend her grandson’s high school graduation because they were able to get a special chair that helped her get up the stairs – a chair acquired at Binson’s.

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More partnerships were highlighted when MCPED Director John Paul Rea presented Dr. Jim Jacobs, Macomb Community College president, with the Beacon of Economic Development award. Jacobs pointed out that the college collaborates with this year’s keynote speaker, Richard Sheridan, founder, CEO and chief storyteller for Menlo Innovations, on the college’s Innovation Fund. He said many of the award winners have connections to the college as well.

“I accept this award, but I see this as part of all of us working together,” said Jacobs. He said we can leverage our strengths when we all work together.

A business is more than just a company engaged in commerce. It’s a team of employees, it’s a network of industry professionals, and it’s a partnership with the community.

To learn more about the Macomb Business Awards nominees, finalists and sponsors, visit MacombBusiness.com.

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas is an associate planner in Business Outreach and Communications for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.