Growing Companies

EmBraced In Comfort

For Tina Beauvais, the journey to small business ownership began when she least expected it. Tina, who received her B.S.E. in Industrial Operations and Engineering from the University of Michigan, began her career working in the auto industry. So how did she get from the world of LEAN manufacturing to textile and apparel design? By […]

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Brute Technologies ‘Ramps Up’ International Sales

In 2004, Richard Heinz thought he was going to get into the hot tub business. He had recently patented an extremely strong, yet lightweight ramp out of polystyrene that worked well to transport hot tubs. However, as Richard began to experiment with different formulas he quickly developed new ways of using polystyrene to create additional […]

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ThermoAnalytics, Inc.

 Based in the northernmost tip of the Upper Peninsula, ThermoAnalytics, Inc. is a Michigan-based company that is truly creating a global impact. Specializing in thermal modeling and software development, ThermoAnalytics has put Calumet, MI on the map as an industry leader in CAE Software development, Thermal Analysis and Infrared Analysis. ThermoAnalytics began in 1996 as […]

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AlpineWEB

Josh Kent began AlpineWEB in 2004 as a solution to Northeast Michigan’s website hosting needs.  He and his website design and development team provide a variety of services to help their clients have an effective online presence.  AlpineWEB has also developed technology based products like TheaterBot, a point of sales management system designed specifically for […]

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Preparation and Purpose: Proos Manufacturing Inc.

Every entrepreneur’s journey is unique.  Some small business owners start as sole proprietor.  Others form partnerships.  Still other small business owners start in entry level positions and work their way up to ownership.  Amy Engelsman, owner of Proos Manufacturing Inc. in Grand Rapids, worked from a summer position in her family’s manufacturing business to the […]

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2013 Best Small Businesses

Congratulations to the 2013 Best Small Businesses! The Best Small Business award recipients were identified based on their success in creating jobs, increasing sales, improving their business strategy and their involvement with the MI-SBDC.  These recipients will be honored at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony on May 6, 2014. “The Michigan SBDC works […]

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Pure Bliss Salon and Spa

In late 2011, Melissa Withey learned that the salon and spa she worked at was going to close. Melissa had developed a large clientele and the news of the closing put her livelihood, as well as the livelihoods of 33 other families, in jeopardy. As Melissa talked to her husband Randy about what to do […]

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P Squared Wine Bar & Bistro

After embarking on a road trip through Michigan’s wine country, both Paul Fox and Paul Bussard returned to the Lansing-area with the desire to open Downtown Lansing’s first wine bar.  The first step in making their dream a reality?  Connecting with the Capital Region Small Business Development Center.  Consultant Laurie Lonsdorf met with Fox and […]

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Starbuck Machining

When Rich Starbuck contacted the West Michigan Region SBDC for help with a business plan in 2000, he didn’t know he’d be entering a working relationship that would last through all stages of his business’s growth.  For two years Starbuck and his SBDC consultant, Dave Sayers, worked on a business plan that would allow him […]

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VanAire Inc.

VanAire Inc. is a classic entrepreneurial tale that was founded in a garage by Richard Vandevusse in 1993. Richard grew the company to the point of being recognized as one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch in 2006. VanAire, Inc. is embraced by the small Upper Peninsula community of Gladstone where it employs 73 […]

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