Businesses come in all shapes, sizes; with unique missions and selling propositions. The one thing every small business has in common is their undeniable position as the lifeblood of local economy. Whether it’s a car dealership, an engineering firm, a bakery or anything in between; their work begins with an idea, a passion and the willingness to take a risk. Companies in the greater Lansing region have amazing spirit and determination to make a big impact … these characteristics hold true among those honored at the annual Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Award Dinner.
Tami Peterson, PhD, CHT – Admin – CFNC – CNHP
Dr. Tami Peterson is the founder and CEO of Oxford Recovery Center, a world-renowned integrative
treatment facility with locations in Brighton and Troy, Michigan. It is the first center in the U.S. to
feature a holistic combination of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, intense neurophysical therapy/suit
therapy, speech therapy, ABA, neuromuscular retraining, nutrition coaching and neurofeedback. Oxford
has applied this synergistic approach to its latest program, Autism Recovery Thru Synergy or ARTS, a
revolutionary program that utilizes all their therapies in a synergistic approach.
Peterson is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including being named one of the Women Who Lead in 2013 by WJR 760 AM. She was also a semifinalist in the Dolphin Tank Pitch competition organized by the Michigan Women’s Foundation. Oxford was also recently recognized as a 2018 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.
Cohost: Tony Willis
Tony Willis is a professional resource charter and economic gardener. Over the past five years Willis has been deeply involved with economic development; specifically, when it comes to developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the greater Lansing region to foster increased company formation, Seed and VC investment, resources to enhance connection between entrepreneurial support organizations, and a culture where people and ideas can move rapidly to the market.
Willis is currently the Director of New Economy at the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and is the President of Lansing PROTO, the regions first startup accelerator program. Willis also sits on numerous boards including the Lansing Community College Foundation, Lansing Mosaic, Lansing Regional SmartZone and Community in Schools of Michigan.
Entrepreneur of the Year
This most coveted award sets the bar for aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs. The award encourages nominees, and all entrepreneurs, to pursue their goals and attain the level of financial success and notoriety that past recipients have achieved.
Greater Lansing Business of the Year
This award recognizes businesses that have significantly grown in recognition since their start-up days. From impact on the community to financial prosperity, this company will have overcome it all to reach accomplishments.
This category spotlights companies that have not only proven themselves successful in recent years, but have also exhibited an abundance of potential for growth.
Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
The winner of this award may not look like your typical Entrepreneur, yet they’ve managed to operate their business with the spirit and risk-taking tenacity that is so often admired in traditional entrepreneurship. The winner, or winners, are individuals who think outside the box.
Socially Responsible Entrepreneur
The private judging panel of local entrepreneurs will analyze the philanthropic activity of nominees; considering both their philanthropic activity and ways in which the company fulfills social duties. It is important that our awarded businesses make the world around us a better place.
This award is to be given to a leader in an established company. This could include presidents and CEOs or an individual employee that exhibits strong leadership qualities.
Innovative Company award
This award will be given to a company that has shown tremendous foresight in providing new and innovative products, services and/or systems. This award is for organizations that have thought outside the box and continue to push barriers for a better tomorrow.