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Entrepreneur of the Year – Brian Posey

Entrepreneur of the Year – Brian Posey

Entrepreneur of the Year – Brian Posey At the heart of it all, entrepreneurs are driven by their passion. They live for the opportunity to live out their dreams on their terms or break free from the chains of a career that’s kept their desires at bay. However, there’s always the off chance that an […]

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Innovative Company of the Year: Terry Grimm of Niowave Inc.

Innovative Company of the Year: Terry Grimm of Niowave Inc.

Innovative Company of the Year: Terry Grimm of Niowave Inc. These days it’s full speed ahead for the self-anointed “Chevrolet of Particle Accelerators,” otherwise known as Niowave Inc. Despite Michigan State University’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) being viewed as the Formula One model of scientific accelerator facilities, the little engine that could on […]

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Entrepreneurial Spirit – Brian Town of Michigan Creative

Entrepreneurial Spirit – Brian Town of Michigan Creative

  Entrepreneurial Spirit – Brian Town of Michigan Creative Many entrepreneurs believe they have the next big idea. The one that will fill that market gap. The one that will catapult into multimillion-dollar success. But for one area business, it’s not about the money, recognition or the fame – it’s simply about creating an opportunity […]

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Socially Responsible Entrepreneur – Kathy Valentine of The Plant Professionals

Socially Responsible Entrepreneur – Kathy Valentine of The Plant Professionals

Socially Responsible Entrepreneur – Kathy Valentine of The Plant Professionals When Kathy Valentine joined, the still-germinating, The Plant Professionals (then known as the The Plant Therapist of Lansing) in 1980 as a newly hired plant care technician, the firm was just beginning to sprout out from the original one-person operation selling tropical indoor plants. Armed […]

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Leadership Award – Missey Trudell of Paper Image

Leadership Award – Missey Trudell of Paper Image

Leadership Award – Missey Trudell of Paper Image There are two types of leaders: Those who demand respect and those who command respect. Missey Trudell falls firmly into the latter camp, knowing that true respect doesn’t simply come with a job title. It is something to be earned through actions and resolve, as well as […]

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Emerging Entrepreneur – Lauren Palmer, Curvaceous Lingerie

Emerging Entrepreneur – Lauren Palmer, Curvaceous Lingerie

Read the full article here. When you’re an entrepreneur, you have the passion and drive to write your own story. It’s not a question of why you should start your own business; it’s a question of what and when. Lauren Palmer, owner of Curvaceous Lingerie, may not have known she was destined for greatness, but […]

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Leadership Award – Barbara Krejcik, North Winds Heating & Cooling Inc.

Leadership Award – Barbara Krejcik, North Winds Heating & Cooling Inc.

Read the full article here. The Leadership Award was added to the growing list of prestigious awards presented during the Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards on March 8. This year’s honoree is a forerunner having become one of the first women in her industry to lead Okemos-based, North Winds Heating & Cooling to the success it […]

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Entrepreneurial Spirit – Molly Chan, Alliance Payment Solutions, RPS, JoyRide Pedal Tours and Heat Salon and Blowdry Bar

Entrepreneurial Spirit – Molly Chan, Alliance Payment Solutions, RPS, JoyRide Pedal Tours and Heat Salon and Blowdry Bar

Read the full article here. For entrepreneurs, success isn’t birthed from dollars, funding, donations or any other type of monetary guarantee. Those might be the fruit of your labor, tokens of earned admiration; but they’re not essentials. They are not the vision, the ethics or the tenacity that is the uniquely essential individual spirit. This […]

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Socially Responsible Entrepreneur – Jennifer Hinze, Polka Dots Boutique

Socially Responsible Entrepreneur – Jennifer Hinze, Polka Dots Boutique

Read the full article here. When people think of the words “ethical” or “moral,” we may not always add where we spend our money as part of the equation. Through fashion and promoting ethically made products, one woman wants communities to start thinking about their decisions differently. While she doesn’t think of herself as a […]

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Greater Lansing Business of the Year – Robert K. Schroeder and Karen J. Schroeder, Mayberry Homes

Greater Lansing Business of the Year – Robert K. Schroeder and Karen J. Schroeder, Mayberry Homes

Read the full article here. When considering the recipient of the Business of the Year in the Greater Lansing area, judges search for a company that’s roots go deeper than simple economic success or profit margins. Entrepreneurship is most recognized in the ability to overcome what seems impossible, to develop accomplishments with tenacity and purpose. […]

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