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Welcome to the Michigan Celebrates

Small Business Application System

Welcome to the application system for Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB).

The 2024 Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards gala will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 in East Lansing. Small business owners and supporters come from across the state to show their support for the awardees and support Michigan’s growing companies. 


Annually, Michigan Celebrates Small Business recognizes small businesses in a variety of industries and regions whose growth is supporting Michigan's economy. Every small business is unique. MCSB awards honor the many different ways that small businesses demonstrate excellence across the state. The following awards are offered annually:

  • Michigan 50 Companies to Watch
  • Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Alumni Awards
    • Great Place to Work
    • Strategically Focused
  • Best Small Business Awardees (Nominations submitted by APEX Accelerators, SBDC and SmartZones, and not open to the public)
    • APEX Accelerator Best Small Business
    • SBDC Best Small Business
    • SmartZone Best Small Business
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business Award
  • Minority-Owned Small Business Award
  • Women-Owned Small Business of the Year - NEW!

For more information about Michigan Celebrates Small Business, qualifications for each award, and 2024 Awards Gala details, visit our website.