Growing Companies

Mountain Town Brewing Company

In a state with an ever-growing craft beer industry, it’s rare to be able to say you were one of the first.  When Jim Holton began brewing beer in 1996, his brewery was the 6th in Michigan. “I began brewing beer when I was a student at Central Michigan University,” said Holton.  “I just knew […]

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C & J Bark Haulers

For close to two decades, Katherine Jerry worked in the front office of a transportation business. She had worked her way up the ladder and was serving as the Office Manager. Then in 2006, as the economy began to decline in the industry, she saw sales steadily fall and heard rumors of the business being […]

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Detroit Kid City

The world outside may be bustling with modern conveniences and the use of electronic gadgets but nestled between a restaurant and retail store in the midst of city life you’ll find a hands-on, electronic-free learning experience for children at Detroit Kid City. Once you step through the doors you’re transported to another time and a […]

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McClary Bros Vinegars continues to grow nationally, while staying true to its roots.

What was once a small beverage company that was gaining attention on the East side of Michigan has suddenly catapulted into a product used for cocktail and soda mixes that is being distributed and sold across the country. On September 25th, everything changed for McClary Bros vinegars. It was the night that the seventh season […]

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Ethel’s Edibles – How a Holiday Meal Turned into an Emerging Niche Market Product

Four years ago, Jill Bommarito prepared a gluten-free meal for her family during the holidays. The meal was topped off with a desert, now famously known as the “Pecan Dandy.” Fast forward four years later and the “Pecan Dandy,” among other deserts, is now distributed and sold throughout 12 states across the country. It’s safe […]

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Gazelle Sports – Passion and Mission Driven for Three Decades

It’s been close to 30 years since Gazelle Sports’ co-founder, Chris Lampen-Crowell, chose to follow his passion over his academic career. Once on the path to be a doctor, Lampen-Crowell was working at an athletic/running store when he detoured off his medical science track to become an entrepreneur, community leader, and promoter of living a […]

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MFP Automation Engineering

As a vital part of both the local and statewide economy, small businesses play an important role in their community. For MFP Automation Engineering (MFP), a West Michigan hydraulics manufacturing company, the commitment to community extends to employees, customers, and neighbors nearby, across the nation, or across the globe. MFP engineers, manufactures and distributes custom hydraulic power units, pneumatics, electro-mechanical panels, and manifold systems.  The company began in […]

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Care N Assist

This story starts in Oklahoma with a business plan. It was during a time when Dan Story was suffering financially. He had a stable job working as a home care nurse and the bills were paid, but he & his family just didn’t have money for anything else. As many may understand, a young family always […]

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SW Michigan Packager Defined by the Quality of Its Contents Not Its Size

You may be fooled when you drive through the Village of Vandalia, a small rural town in Southwest Michigan. It’s small in size but there’s a hidden gem within its one square mile radius. Providing employment and economic growth to the area since 2009, Tri Pac, Inc. continues to grow at an average rate of […]

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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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