The 10th Annual Macomb Business Awards focused on successful emergence from the COVID pandemic and diversity as a way to grow business.
This year’s event was held at The Emerald Theater in Mount Clements Thursday afternoon. The Macomb County Planning and Economic Development team oversees the awards program that recognizes businesses in six judged categories.
“We are so happy to be past the pandemic and to be able to work with our area businesses,” said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. “I want to thank all of our businesses for what they do to make Macomb County an economic force.”
There were 131 nominees in the six award categories.
“It was an extremely competitive group,” said Hackel. “While we could only announce six winners, I believe all of our nominees are deserving of recognition and I’d like to recognize them as well.”
Vicky Rowinski, planning and economic director for Macomb County, spoke to the crowd about the role both large and small businesses play in moving the county forward.
“It is so important to look at the impact our businesses have had,” said Rowinski. “More than 95% of our businesses have less than 500 employees and they make such a huge contribution to who we are as a county.”
The keynote speaker for the event was Telva McGruder, General Motors chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, who emphasized the importance of diversity in growing a business and in growing Macomb County.
“When I think about diversity, equity and inclusion, I think about how you are going to help people thrive,” said McGruder. “When you think about that and make that your goal, then your business will thrive. We don’t want to leave opportunities on the table.”
Winners of the 2022 Macomb Business Awards are:
- Hidden Gem Award for a business with up to 50 employees that offers a unique product or service: Flash Steelworks, Washington Township
- Hometown Hero Award recognizing a business that goes above and beyond to help its community: Healthmark Industries, Fraser
- Manufacturer of the Year for a manufacturer or supplier that is achieving success through efforts to diversify its customer base and implement new technologies: RAVE Computer, Sterling Heights
- Small But Mighty recognizing a brick and mortar microbusiness: Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens
Trailblazer of Future Talent recognizes a company that creates opportunities for the next generation of Macomb
- County’s workforce: RCO Engineering, Roseville
- Workforce Champion is given to a company that demonstrates agility and creativity in addressing workforce needs: AGS Automotive Systems, Sterling Heights
There were three non-juried awards that were also presented to recognize those who have helped foster economic growth in the county:
- Economic Development Partner of the Year: Macomb County MSU Extension
- Beacon of Economic Development: Gene Lovell, Chairman First State Bank; James Ahee, retiring Program Director for Economic Development, Macomb County Planning and Economic Development