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Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Michigan's Premier Small Business Awards Program

Welcome to the nomination and application system for Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB).  This system may be used to nominate and apply for the MCSB award categories that are open to public nominations. These awards and the associated eligibility criteria are list below. Click here for FAQs related to the nomination and awards program, and click here for a complete list of award categories. Please contact us for questions or assistance related to the nomination and application process. 


Michigan Celebrates Small Business remains on the forefront of championing small business and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit in Michigan. The MCSB’s role is to serve as a catalyst for creating an entrepreneurial culture while inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. The mission of MCSB is to honor and recognize Michigan’s small business people and those champions and advocates that support them. MCSB brings together the resources of collaborative partners and supporters so that they may raise the profile of small businesses in Michigan, build a network of entrepreneurial companies, and tell the stories of successful, growing Michigan entrepreneurs.

The MCSB Founding Partners are committed to helping small business be successful. The Founding Organizations that started Michigan Celebrates over 14 years ago are:

  • Edward Lowe Foundation
  • Michigan Business Network
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Michigan Small Business Development Center, managing partner
  • Small Business Association of Michigan
  • U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan District Office

The 2018 Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards gala will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Small business owners and supporters come from all across the state to show their support for the awardees and support Michigan’s growing companies. 

Michigan Celebrates Small Business seeks to recognize small businesses in a variety of different industries and fields whose growth is supporting Michigan's economy. Every small business is unique. Together with our founders, we established a variety of awards to honor the many different ways that small businesses demonstrate excellence across the state. A business may be eligible for one or all of the awards.

  • Michigan 50 Companies to Watch
  • Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Alumni Awards
    • ​Most Engaged Workplace
    • Strategically Focused
  • Small Business Awards
    • Innovation Award
    • Main Street USA Award
    • Government Contracting Award
  • Small Business Administration Awards
    • Small Business Person of the Year
    • Small Business Exporter of the Year
    • Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year
    • Women Owned Business of the Year

For more information about Michigan Celebrates Small Business, visit our website.