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.

New companies compete for Startup Business to Watch award

mba-ticket-salesDon’t miss your chance to attend the Macomb Business Awards next Tuesday, Feb. 14! Today is the last day to purchase tickets, which are available online at macombbusiness.com/bizawards.

Over the last few weeks, we have shared with you the nominees for Champion of Workforce Development, Corporate Citizen, Diversification Leader, Efficiency Expert and Model of OneMacomb awards. Here are the exciting new companies that have been operating for less than four years and have more than two full-time employees that are nominated for the final category: Startup Business to Watch.

Allegiance Gym (Warren)

Allegiance Gym provides health, skills and fitness training to suit every age and level of experience. They offer jujitsu, live sparring, Muay Thai training, wrestling, boxing, submission grappling, mixed martial arts and more. Their instructors help children and young adults gain confidence in their abilities to effectively ward off an attacker, and law enforcement officers who are part of their clientele indicate feeling better equipped to adequately protect themselves in a hand-to-hand combat situation. In just under one year, owners Chris Wisniewski and Brendan Seguin have developed a uniquely strong bond with their clients, which has helped their business grow.

allegiancegym.com

 

Avaneer Dental Studio (Warren)

Avaneer is a dental laboratory that specializes in designing advanced all-ceramic restorations. Founded in October of 2013 with one employee, the company now has 13 full-time employees plus two co-op employees. The business has been profitable from the first year of operation, and once they started growing at an accelerated rate, Avaneer partnered with an investor, adding value to the company. In less than three years, they upgraded from a 1,100-square-foot facility to a 3,500-square-foot suite. Though uncommon for a startup lab to expand beyond their local region, Avaneer already provides dental laboratory services to five states.

avaneerdental.com

 

Miller’s Big Red (Washington Township)

Miller’s Big Red was acquired in June of 2013. It is a fruit orchard that offers you-pick strawberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, cherries, 22 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, 16 varieties of apples, asparagus and a variety of other products. Significant efforts and monies have been allocated for saving, reviving and expanding the business. Currently under construction is a year-round cider house and brewery scheduled to open early this year. The facility will also be utilized for manufacturing hard cider, beer and spirits. Big Red is committed to serving the metro Detroit area as a local venue and source for Michigan-made products.

millersbigred.com

 

Brown Iron Brewhouse (Washington Township)

A premier destination brewpub and full-service restaurant, Brown Iron opened in January of 2015. They showcase small batch craft beer made in-house and specialize in freshly made smokehouse cuisine. They have quickly become a fixture in northern Macomb County, combing several pieces of blighted property and transforming it into a German-style brewpub. In their first year of business, Brown Iron was named Best Beer Bar in Michigan by craftbeer.com. They welcomed more than 200,000 guests in the first 18 months, and sales have increased more than 16 percent since last year. Brown Iron continues to grow and is seeking a second location within Macomb County.

browniron.com

 

Laser Mark-It (Richmond)

Laser Mark-It traveled to New Mexico to learn glass etching and stone craving, added dye sublimation, porcelain memorials, ad specialties, signage and UV printing. They also offer laser engraving, photo throws, tile murals and wall tributes. From a simple metal tag to a beautiful photo on wood, Laser Mark-It can make a keepsake that lasts a lifetime. They take pride in what they do and have filled a need in the area for this type of work. They are always pleasant with customers and employees and are also involved in community events. Due to their growing business, they recently moved into a larger shop.

lasermark-it.com

 

Macomb Construction LLC (Shelby Township)

From small handyman projects like a rejuvenated kitchen or bathroom to an entire custom home remodel, Macomb Construction provides complete professionalism. They are a licensed and insured full construction company that specializes in roofing; siding; windows; additions; garages and garage doors; concrete driveways; basement, bathroom and kitchen remodeling; custom builds; rooftop snow removal; and landscaping. They are an expanding company with a great work ethic. Their jobs are done in a timely and very expert manner.

macombconstruction.com

 

Rose-A-Lee Technologies (Sterling Heights)

Rose-A-Lee is an economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business incorporated in 2013 that offers engineering services with prototype manufacturing. They specialize in tool and fixture design as well as reverse engineering for the U.S. government. Their capabilities include sheet metal stampings, fabrications and CNC machining. Rose-A-Lee’s primary market is the defense industry, and they have been able to enter the market and increase sales year after year in a time when spending has been reduced. In 2016, the company purchased two vertical mills and a CNC lathe to keep up with orders as a prime and tier one supplier to the U.S. government.

rosealeetechnologies.com

 

TM Solutions (Roseville)

TM Solutions is a metal fabrication business that supports the automotive, defense and commercial industries. Their services include laser cutting, CNC forming, robotic welding, metallurgical engineering, certified welding and product design. TM Solutions’ goal is to emerge as a leading global manufacturer from concept to completion. Their engineering and manufacturing expertise is integrated, which allows for innovative, cost-effective and on-time delivery of their custom solutions to market. They are their customers’ single source for innovative design, engineering and flexible manufacturing.

tmsglobalservices.com

 

Trillium Facility Solutions (Shelby Township)

Trillium FS exists to make the lives of their clients simpler. They are a provider of facility solutions for clients with geographically dispersed properties. Their technology platform provides a single source for all facility services by engaging their pre-qualified network of contractors, offering a range of services including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, painting and carpentry. They also offer snow and ice management as well as landscaping services. Trillium FS is transforming the facility management industry through the use of technology. They are currently developing mobile app tools that will soon become the next big Uber-style app for facility management companies nationwide.

trilliumfacility.com

 

United Shore Professional Baseball League (Utica)

USPBL is the first professional independent baseball league in Southeast Michigan. The league’s inaugural season in 2016 featured three teams: Utica Unicorns, Eastside Diamond Hoppers and Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers. USPBL attracted more than 225,000 fans during its first season at Jimmy John’s Field. Starting the league was a Herculean task that included working with city and county officials, securing corporate sponsors, constructing a state-of-the-art stadium, designing team logos and uniforms, hiring more than 400 employees, marketing and launching a baseball finishing school. USPBL has significant plans for growth in the future including a fourth team next season and additional stadiums in the future.

uspbl.com

 

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

Meet the 2017 MBA Efficiency Expert & Model of OneMacomb Nominees

Out of 52 total nominees, six companies will go home with an award at the Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14. The annual event honors companies who are defining and implementing best practices in Macomb County. The Efficiency Expert award will go to the company that best exemplifies the ability to increase cash flow through process and/or energy efficiency. The Model of OneMacomb award will be given to the business who has gone above and beyond to cultivate an environment where diversity and inclusion are valued. Buy your tickets by Feb. 8 to see who will go home the winners!

 

Efficiency Expert nominees:

 

ATCO Industries, Inc. (Sterling Heights)

Founded 36 years ago, ATCO is a leader in the quality control and warehousing segments of the automotive industry. They have grown to include additional services such as supplier development, logistics, manufacturing and technical services. Tremendous growth in the U.S. and Mexico has resulted in new jobs in Macomb County and two new buildings at their corporate campus in Sterling Heights. Rather than rely on minimum standards, ATCO has led the industry in innovation and technology. At great expense, the company has developed and patented a tablet-based technology to capture quality control data and report it to their customers in real time.

atcoindustries.com

 

JEM Tech Group (Clinton Township)

JEM is dedicated to helping customers with information technology products and services to transform their mission-critical environments into energy-efficient areas. They provide corporations with efficiency studies to assess their baseline energy consumption, determine problem areas and provide recommendations. Improvements may include reorganizing room layouts, equipment upgrades or airflow management devices. JEM also provides hardware and software that analyzes power consumption down to each outlet. Knowing the amount of power servers the customer is using can help determine what equipment can be better utilized or consolidated. JEM can help companies eliminate 30 percent in energy costs, resulting in significant savings.

jemtechgroup.com

 

Model of OneMacomb nominees:

AGS Automotive Systems (Sterling Heights)

AGS specializes in value-added engineering, metal stamping, plating, painting and bumper system design and assembly for the automotive industry. After expanding in Sterling Heights, they needed to fill their rapidly growing workforce needs. AGS partnered with a local temporary staffing agency to employ Iraqi refugees who had settled in the area. Through teamwork, cooperation and developing an understanding of their employees’ needs and perspectives, the company was able to overcome the challenges of bringing together different cultures and languages in a fast-paced environment. AGS provides opportunities for growth and development, and the new employees have become outstanding leaders on the shop floor and in the business.

agsautomotive.com

 

Arts Academy in the Woods High School (Fraser)

Arts Academy in the Woods is a free public high school where students can major in the fine and performing arts while also fulfilling their academic requirements. They promote racial, cultural and gender diversity, and this is reflected in the makeup of their student body. Since their founding, hundreds of students who were uncomfortable fitting in at other schools have felt welcomed and accepted in this school community. Arts Academy in the Woods begins each school year with a three-day diversity training for new students which is led by current students. Here, students develop a cultural awareness and respect that will benefit them for a lifetime.

artsacad.net

 

McLaren Macomb (Mount Clemens)

A 288-bed acute care hospital, McLaren Macomb is one of Macomb County’s top employers. They provide a full range of services including cancer and cardiovascular care. Their diversity and inclusion efforts extend to employees, patients and their families and focus on engagement, recruiting and training. Accomplishments include reviewing and increasing HR outreach practices for hiring to key diverse professional groups, increasing career fair participation with organizations that target various ethnic groups and identifying diversity training modules for employees. McLaren Macomb has updated their translation services to a more robust system that has 57 languages in video and more than 210 languages available in audio.

mclaren.org/macomb

 

Play-Place for Autistic Children (Sterling Heights)

Play-Place is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inclusion, acceptance and support. They offer recreation, education, therapy, life skills, social development, respite relief, resource management and vocational training. Their goal is to become the world’s premier destination for autism relief. Play-Place provides many development and employment training opportunities for young adults affected by autism and special needs challenges through their WorkPlus program, vocational program and partnering with organizations like Warren Consolidated Schools and Lutz School to provide job coaches, resume building and interviewing experience. They also conduct bimonthly Parent Resource Nights where local experts provide workshops on a variety of topics.

autisticplayplace.org

 

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

Menlo Innovations CEO Richard Sheridan to deliver keynote at MBAs

sheridan-and-employeesRichard Sheridan, founder, CEO and chief storyteller for Menlo Innovations, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Macomb Business Awards.

Sheridan has gone from kid programmer at Clinton Township’s Chippewa Valley High School in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003. Today, his Ann Arbor-based company develops High-Tech Anthropology® products for a growing list of clients that include AAA Life, Carhartt, the city of Ann Arbor, Domino’s Pizza and many others.

vikinghelmetWhile his focus has always surrounded technology, his passion is for process, teamwork and organizational design. As word spread about the innovative workplace he created, people came from around the world to see “The Menlo Way” in action.  His book Joy, Inc. provides inspiration and practical advice for cultivating an effective and highly productive strategy for building an “intentionally joyful culture” for his employees.

In addition, Digital First Media – Michigan Region Publisher Jeannie Parent will present action-based information about how to leverage media through partnerships.

The Macomb Business Awards is an annual event hosted by County Executive Mark A. Hackel and the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development to celebrate business success. It will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 8-10 a.m. at Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.  Huel Perkin, anchor for Fox 2 Detroit, will emcee as businesses from across the county are awarded in six categories.

Tickets are $30 and available for purchase online until Feb. 8:  Get Tickets.

Zardis, Maria IMG_0089Maria Zardis is the program manager of the Business Outreach and Communications Group for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.

Diversification Leader nominees revealed for Macomb Business Awards

A lesson many successful Macomb County companies learned during the Great Recession is the necessity of diversifying products or services to reach new markets. The 5th Annual Macomb Business Awards Feb. 14 is honoring 16 area businesses that have done just that. Here are the nominees for 2017 Diversification Leader:

Advancing Macomb (Mount Clemens)

Advancing Macomb is a business and community leadership group representing 20 leading employers, three principal business organizations and the largest higher educational institution in Macomb County. The organization is committed to improving local communities by leveraging a unified civic leadership voice throughout the Detroit region. Their vision is to enhance the quality of life for Macomb County communities, add value to the lives of residents and create an enriching environment to live, learn, recreate, innovate and conduct business. By bringing together and collaborating with diverse organizations, Advancing Macomb is able to accomplish great efforts in the county.

advancingmacomb.com

 

Argentine Tango Detroit (Utica)

ATD is the heart and soul of the historical downtown Utica area. They bring together a diverse culture of like-minded people who love the sport of dancing. With U.S. champions for more than 15 years, ATD has been building an exceptional reputation in the state of Michigan. The studio has top specialists in many popular dance styles including salsa, ballroom, club-style Latin and swing dancing. They are considered the go-to place for training on all levels.

argentinetangodetroit.com

 

Baker Industries (Macomb Township)

Still privately owned by the Baker family, Baker Industries has been in business for 24 years as a tier one and tier two supplier for automotive and aerospace industries. They began as a duplicating company and have evolved over the years to become a premier tooling and machining shop. With the goal of encompassing all the capabilities that their customers could wish for in a supplier, today Baker has expanded to include machining, fabrication, injection molding, tooling, 3-D printing, project management and quality assurance. With the addition of a 3-D printer, they have entered new markets including medical, agriculture, appliances, energy and defense.

bakerindustriesinc.com

 

Bartec USA, LLC (Sterling Heights)

Headquartered in Sterling Heights since 2004, Bartec has been at the forefront of diagnostic repair tools for the tire service and repair industry. The company began as a small supplier of electronic equipment, but has expanded over the years to supply programming equipment for tire pressure monitoring systems to nearly all of the major automotive OEs. Bartec creates innovative diagnostic tool solutions for both OE dealerships and the aftermarket service industry alike. Today, Bartec tools feature advance programming capability, wireless data transfer and Wi-Fi updating. Through acquisition and organic growth, Bartec continues to increase their range of products.

bartecusa.com

 

Carlson-Dimond & Wright, Inc. (Chesterfield Township)

Carlson-Dimond & Wright is an industrial distributor and manufacturer of rotating equipment such as industrial motors, gearboxes, clutches, brakes, actuators, bearings and conveyors. Their customers are OEMs and consumers including power plants, aggregate companies and wastewater treatment plants. The company realized the potential to grow sales by entering the auto wash industry as an equipment and parts supplier. They created and produced a line specific to the needs of auto washes and built a website targeting this industry, autowashparts.com. They invested engineering hours to design and make improvements to commonly-purchased items and dedicated a sales engineer to lead this new successful sales initiative.

cdwdrives.com

 

CBJ Transportation (Clinton Township)

CBJ Transportation is a luxury transportation company headquartered in Clinton Township. Their growing fleet of large and small vehicles includes limo and shuttle buses as well as executive mini coaches. They are focused on providing clients with a safe, courteous, dependable and high-quality transportation experience. Before starting CBJ Transportation, owner Jarred Cloin had a valet business, CBJ Valet. Cloin instinctively sought to meet the growing needs of his valet business and existing clients by expanding into shuttle services. Since entering this new market, clients range from local businesses and politicians to Fortune 500 companies and the Secret Service.

cbjtransportation.com

 

College Park Industries (Warren)

College Park is the prosthetics manufacturer that developed the world’s first multi-axial foot with anatomical motion, the Trustep. They have developed products to address a variety of unique requirements, from a heel-height adjustable foot to a high-impact foot worn by Paralympic athletes. Sales have significantly increased recently due to the launch of eight new products and distribution into 20 new countries. A new state-of-the-art education facility will open at their research and development technical center in Mount Clemens. This will offer hands-on training and observation, providing continued education for practitioners and leading to additional staffing and growth at College Park.

college-park.com

 

Duggan Manufacturing (Shelby Township)

Duggan is a producer of prototype metal stampings and welded assemblies for the automotive industry.  They have been expanding services to include improved five-axis laser cutting and fiber optic-powered laser welding. They are also tapping into new markets through offering services to new industries, such as military, agriculture and aerospace, as well as reaching new geographical markets. They are working with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Pure Michigan and Automation Alley to expand exports to Mexico. They have also teamed up with their local Procurement Technical Assistance Center to learn how to access new opportunities through government programs for small business.

dugganmfg.com

 

Consul General of Macedonia (Southfield)

The Consulate General of the Republic of Macedonia in Detroit is the diplomatic office of the government of the Republic of Macedonia and is responsible for 14 federal states in the United States of America. Sparking creativity, creating training programs and joint planning are among several steps they have taken in the past three years to promote and maintain their diversified workspace. They work with the large Macedonian diaspora and businesses located in Macomb County. By promoting and working with highly-diversified organizations, they are able to have successful projects both with Macedonian diaspora and businesses and international organizations.

mfa.gov.mk/detroit

 

I.F. Metalworks (Roseville)

Established in 2002, I.F. Metalworks is a woman-owned machining and welding company that offers a diverse range of products including industrial tools and tooling for a variety of applications, commercial merchandising displays and top-quality architectural/ornamental metalwork. With 15 employees, they are always willing to take on students to teach them the art of welding. They have outgrown their facility once and are on the verge of doing it again. Their rapid growth is due to their reputation, delivery and service. I.F. Metalworks caters to automotive, defense, architectural, industrial and motion picture industries. In addition to training future welders, they also support the veteran community.

ifmetalworks.com

 

Michigan Business Consultants Training and Development LLC (Armada)

MBC provides talent management in areas of leadership development and training, executive and team coaching, strategic facilitation, and human resources consulting to manufacturing, education, government, retail and health care industries. Growing to offer multiple leadership development series for executive leaders, mid-level leaders and front line supervisors has met the changing demands of clients. MBC worked with more than 6,500 leaders in 2016, expanded their outreach to new markets and increased revenue. MBC has added leadership assessments, blended coaching and team leadership development to provide unique customized approaches for individuals and teams to meet their specific goals and strategic initiatives.

mbctraining.com

 

National Bronze Mfg. Co. (Roseville)

National began 105 years ago in a modified horse stable as a bronze casting foundry mainly pouring molten metal castings for the automobile industry. Today, the company is one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of bronze-based products. Looking beyond the automotive industry, National was able to reach a much larger and more diversified customer base by utilizing the growing trend of digital marketing. Further embracing technology trends, they have recently expanded into the world of B2B e-commerce with the launch of two cutting-edge e-commerce websites. National is able to offer millennial customers purchasing platforms they are familiar using in their personal lives.

nationalbronze.com

 

Paragon Technologies (Warren)

Paragon Technologies is a hydraulic, electronic, pneumatic, robotic, mechanical and servo motor repair job shop. They have diversified their repair and service lines to encompass the energy sector. In the past year, a newly-formed nuclear power plant actuator team has been established to drive expansion into this market. This has led to organic growth for the company and adds new industrial services to Macomb County. Customers include Siemens and Mitsubishi. Estimated growth for this new service line is 50 percent in 2017.

paragontech.com

 

SME (Shelby Township)

Whether developing a new site, redeveloping an existing brownfield site, constructing or rehabilitating infrastructure or acquiring, rehabilitating or managing existing facilities, SME can help. SME has historically provided top-notch environmental, materials testing and geotechnical engineering services. They have generated significant growth through expanding their range of services and serving new markets. For example, SME played an integral role in developing Jimmy John’s Field in Utica. They contributed during the earliest conceptual phases of the park all the way through to opening day, going beyond their traditional services to provide civil design, pavement and economic incentive services that were critical to the project’s success.

http://www.sme-usa.com

 

SRC Refrigeration (Sterling Heights)

SRC has more than 36 years of experience manufacturing and selling top-quality, energy-efficient walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers, combo units and cold rooms. They also design and build the highest quality coolers/freezers, beverage coolers, beer caves and refrigeration systems for restaurants, convenience stores, bars, funeral homes, schools, breweries and floral shops. With their highly-advanced manufacturing equipment and innovative processes, SRC can quote, design, build and ship special orders of custom-designed refrigerators, display cases and freezers faster than anyone in the industry. They have used their expertise in refrigeration units to build a new product called Motor City Growler, a portable craft beer pouring station.

srcrefrigeration.com

 

TransNav Technologies (New Baltimore)

Headquartered in New Baltimore and with production facilities and strategic partnerships around the world, TransNav is a family-owned plastic injection molding firm. This multi-nationally focused engineering, development and manufacturing organization has worked across many industries on nearly every continent. Constant innovation, a technology-based approach and a can-do attitude have cemented TransNav’s reputation as a reliable business partner. This firm has been molding plastics since 1981 and has since transitioned from a pure play automotive firm to commercial products used by the public, such as the plastic shopping carts seen at Target.

transnav.com

 

Read our past blogs to learn more about Corporate Citizen and Champion of Workforce Development nominees. Tickets for Macomb Business Awards are available online until Feb. 8.

 

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

And the nominees are . . .

mba-ticket-salesMacomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development is preparing to celebrate its 5th Annual Macomb Business Awards breakfast on Feb. 14 at Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.  Each year, the department welcomes nominations from businesses and organizations based (or with a significant impact) in Macomb County in six distinct categories.

The first is “Champion of Workforce Development.”  A strong candidate in this category is one that has a strong employee recruitment program in place and also recognizes the value of retaining employees through opportunities for skills enhancement and advancement.

A panel of judges has reviewed each nomination.  A single recipient from the list below will be presented with an impressive crystal award by County Executive Mark Hackel and our emcee, Huel Perkins from Fox 2 Detroit.  The nominees are:

Achatz Handmade Pie Company (Chesterfield Township)

Pie making is becoming a lost art, but at Achatz, they still do things the old-fashioned way. Many of their recipes have been passed down through generations, and they continue the tradition by using the same techniques learned in childhood. Since starting in a Victorian home in 1993, the business has grown to include six retail locations and around 100 employees. Achatz is committed to developing leaders. Every employee is invited to a weekly huddle to openly discuss the company’s financials. They see how much money the company makes and spends so they can be informed to participate in large decisions.

achatzpies.com

 

Advantage Living Center (Roseville)

Advantage Living is a short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and assisted living center with two locations and approximately 300 employees in Macomb County. They provide premium, patient-directed and highly-skilled post-acute and rehabilitative care in a compassionate and professional environment. Advantage Living has found success in employee longevity through utilizing many different tools including employee incentives, funding for educational and certification classes, free CPR classes, birthday recognition, biweekly Employee Appreciation Days, monthly newsletters, employee picnics and yearly award ceremonies. They often use community events as hiring platforms, successfully adding new employees from the local community to the Advantage Living family.

advantageliving.net

 

Ascension St. John Providence Health (Warren)

St. John Macomb Hospital in Warren is implementing a new Regional Onboarding Center (ROC) to retain newly-hired nurses. The ROC creates an orientation process that integrates experiential learning and deliberate practice to develop more competent and confident nurses in less time. Key aspects include dedicated onboarding staff, program duration varied by individual need, bridging the gap between nursing school and clinical practice and more. This program provides a comprehensive orientation which not only validates technical skills, but also provides the nurses an experience that immerses them in the culture of the organization and fosters relationships with educators and peers.

stjohn.org

 

FreeStar Financial Credit Union (Clinton Township)

Originating as the first and only financial institution on Selfridge Air National Guard Base in 1957, FreeStar Financial Credit Union now has four locations in Macomb County and more than 60 employees. To maintain a healthy work-life balance for employees, they implemented delayed opening of business to create a time slot each week for employee training. They also conduct “stay interviews” with employees to gain insight on why employees are choosing FreeStar Financial Credit Union for their careers. To improve recruiting efforts, they have adopted the use of Skype for easy, no-travel interviews as well as quarterly Open Interview Days for appointment-free interviews for job seekers.

freestarfinancial.com

 

Hard Milling Solutions, Inc. (Romeo)

Opened in 2004, HMS is a world leader in high-level engineering and CNC machining. Because of the unique process they developed and use, they had a hard time finding qualified employees. Seven years ago, they decided they needed to develop young talent, so HMS began hiring co-op students from the Romeo Engineering and Technology Center. Since then, they have trained and employed 13 young people who have gone on to hold high-level positions in HMS and other companies. HMS offers competitive wages, an industry-leading benefits package and bonuses twice a year to share profits with employees and compensate them for their hard work.

hardmillingsolutions.com

 

R&E Automated Systems (Macomb Township)

R&E specializes in all areas of turnkey automation including concept, design, prototyping, controls design and engineering, robotics and PLC programming, laser welding, joining, roller hemming and more. R&E has a dedicated, state-certified training center which provides training to young professionals looking to get into the industry, existing professionals looking to expand their knowledge and on-site training for its own employees. R&E has grown from 30 employees to more than 400 in the span of 10 years and continues to grow. The company recruits at local colleges and is very involved with local high schools and middle schools, helping them to grow their STEM programs.

reautomated.com

 

Want to see who takes home the award?  Join us at the breakfast!  We expect more than 400 people to join us for this two-hour, action-packed event.  Tickets are available online. Sponsorship opportunities offer great exposure and help us cover the direct costs of the event.  For more information, contact maria.zardis@macombgov.org or call 586-469-5285.

Zardis, Maria IMG_0089Maria Zardis is the program manager of the Business Outreach and Communications Group for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.

 

 

Macomb Business Awards nominations are in, tickets on sale now

Online nominations for a Macomb Business Award opened in November.  By the deadline of Dec. 9, a total of 53 companies and organizations were nominated.

Ranging from companies just getting started on their journey to success to long-standing institutions with deep roots in the community, each nomination provided a description of how the nominee fit into one of six categories:

  • Champion of Workforce Development
  • Corporate Citizen
  • Diversification Leader
  • Efficiency Expert
  • Model of OneMacomb
  • Startup Business to Watch

Next, the nominations will be reviewed by our panel of judges.  For 2017, we thank the following for agreeing to review and score each nomination:

  • David E. Corba, Dean of Business and Information Technology for Macomb Community College
  • Gene Lovell, President of First State Bank
  • Jeannie Parent, Publisher for Digital First Media
  • John Paul Rea, Director of Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development

mba-ticket-salesThe results of the judges’ scores will be revealed at the 5th Annual Macomb Business Awards between 8 and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14.  Sponsors of this increasingly popular event include MEDC, Advancing Macomb and First State Bank.  Tickets for the breakfast are $30 and are available for purchase at www.MacombBusiness.com/bizawards.

Zardis, Maria IMG_0089Maria Zardis is the program manager of the Business Outreach and Communications Group for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.