A number of companies all through Van Buren County acquired recognition this previous week from an financial growth group devoted to selling enterprise within the county.
Market Van Buren hosted its inaugural Enterprise Recognition Awards on the Black River Barn in South Haven, June 29. The occasion introduced collectively firm house owners and neighborhood leaders to honor native companies for his or her achievements over the previous yr.
The night additionally included a keynote deal with by Brian Calley, the 63rd Lt. Governor of Michigan and president of the Michigan Small Enterprise Affiliation.
“I’m happy to have had the chance to affix in celebrating Van Buren County companies and Market Van Buren’s efforts to develop a stronger native economic system,” Calley mentioned. “Whereas there may be nonetheless a lot work to be performed to make sure the small enterprise neighborhood absolutely recovers from the pandemic, I appreciated this chance to rejoice with companies that discovered success prior to now yr regardless of important adversity.”
Following Calley’s keynote deal with, the first-ever Market Van Buren Enterprise Recognition Awards have been issued. Contenders for the awards have been chosen following a nomination and software course of, which culminated in formal evaluations by a panel of judges and the Market Van Buren Board of Administrators, in response to Mary Morphey, supervisor of company communications for Kinexus Group.
The next native companies have been honored with an award:
Greatest New Enterprise of the Yr – Study and Develop Childcare in Hartford
Neighborhood Champion of the Yr – Lounsbury Excavating in Paw Paw
Financial Pioneer of the Yr – Barber Packaging in Bangor
Enterprise Innovator of the Yr – Getman Corp. in Bangor
Enterprise Resilience Chief of the Yr – Mercantile Financial institution of Michigan in Paw Paw
“Our neighborhood has many excellent companies,” mentioned Zach Morris, government director of Market Van Buren. “The 5 companies we acknowledged tonight stood out amongst their friends and illustrated the expertise and abilities that our enterprise neighborhood possess. I’m grateful to have these companies appearing as leaders, innovators, pioneers, and champions in Van Buren County.
In recognition of their help of Market Van Buren within the group’s early years, greater than 30 native municipalities and companies have been additionally celebrated on the occasion as Pioneer Traders through the awards ceremony.
“With out our Pioneer Traders supporting us within the early days, we might not be right here in the present day,” mentioned Tom Stanek, Chairman of the Board of Market Van Buren. “The monetary help of our native municipalities and enterprise house owners is what empowers us to create applications, write grants, and construct relationships that promote a sturdy native economic system for all.”
Market Van Buren was pressured to restrict the scale of the Enterprise Recognition Awards this yr because of the uncertainty of capability restrictions within the early days of occasion planning. Nonetheless, the group plans to open the occasion to extra enterprise house owners and neighborhood leaders subsequent yr.
Market Van Buren, a subsidiary of Kinexus Group, is an financial growth group devoted to the development of financial progress in Van Buren County. The group was shaped to convey the private and non-private sectors collectively to advance the financial pursuits of Van Buren county.