Corp! Magazine Announces Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots Award Winners & Entrepreneurs of Dis

By: Corp! Magazine
June 12, 2014 - PRLog -- For the past seven years Corp! magazine ( has honored Michigan companies and entrepreneurs who are a driving force in the economy and state’s innovation. This year the publication honored both Michigan Economic Bright Spots and Entrepreneurs of Distinction at a premier awards breakfast and symposium held today at the VisTaTech Center in Livonia.

Winners of this year’s awards were featured in the May/June 2014 Corp! print edition and in the June 19, 2014 Everything Business digital e-publication. Winners were selected based on an online questionnaire, which determined their growth over the past year as well as their economic impact on the state of Michigan.

The winners ranged from small businesses to multinational corporations, from companies employing less than 10 people to others with several thousand employees. (See following lists of winners.) The overall winner for the Entrepreneurs of Distinction is Lynn Drake from Compass Commercial ITRA Global in Troy. The overall winner for the Economic Bright Spots is Altair located in Troy as well.

“Today we celebrated the companies and individuals that received this year’s Michigan Economic Bright Spots and Entrepreneurs of Distinction awards for showing a passion for not only their businesses, but for improving the economy throughout the state of Michigan, as well,” said Jennifer Kluge, publisher of Corp! magazine.

Larry Freed, CEO and managing director of 2nd Stage Partners gave the keynote presentation, Strategies for Success: Accelerating Your Revenue Growth. As Founder of ForeSee, Freed led the company for 12 years until 2013 returning more than 22 times the capital invested, growing revenue in every quarter.

Speaking at the event also was Melanie Bergeron of Two Men and a Truck. Bergeron officially joined the family business in 1989 when she was awarded the first Two Men and a Truck franchise in Atlanta, Ga.

The Economic Bright Spots and Entrepreneurs of Distinction Awards event is sponsored by Clark Hill, Rehmann, Vistage Michigan, Comcast Business, Oakland Community College, Leadership Oakland, Baker College, Beaumont Health System, VisTaTech Center, Michigan Small Business Development Center, Genisys Credit Union and Grant, Millman and Johnson, P.C.

For more information about this year’s Economic Bright Spots Winners and the Entrepreneurs of Distinction, visit

The mission of Corp! magazine, founded in 1998, is to inform, intrigue and entertain business owners and top level executives by providing business features, news and profiles with a Michigan emphasis.

Corp! magazine 2014 Michigan Economic Bright Spot Winners

3LG Tech Solutions

Oak Park

A-Line Staffing Solutions

Sterling Heights

A2i Wheel and Tires



West Bloomfield



Angott Search Group


Aristocat Transportation


Auto Craft Tool and Die Inc.


Automation and Modular Components Inc.


The Big Salad LLC

Grosse Pointe Woods

Blackford Capital

Grand Rapids

Capital Imaging Inc.


The Charter Group

Grand Rapids

Computing Source




Dynamic Conveyor Corp.


Elzinga & Volkers


Experi-Metal Inc.

Sterling  Heights

Genisys Credit Union

Auburn Hills

Global Business Solutions & Associates LLC

Grand Rapids

H.E. Lennon Inc.

Farmington Hills

Halpin Solutions

Rochester  Hills

Harbour Results Inc.

Royal Oak

Harvey Hohauser & Associates


ImageSoft Inc.


iPexpert Inc.

China Township


Farmington Hills

Lambert, Edwards & Associates

Grand Rapids

Litho Printing


LLamasoft Inc.

Ann Arbor

Menlo Innovations

Ann Arbor

Miller Vein


NSF International

Ann Abor

Online Tech

Ann Arbor


Grand Rapids

Partners in Architecture PLC

Mt. Clemens

Quantum Graphics Inc.

Shelby Township




Madison Heights

RNS Packaging


Roco Real Estate Inc.

Bloomfield Hills

Stout Systems Inc.

Ann Arbor

Sun Title

Grand Rapids

Synectics Media

Royal Oak

Trivalent Group


Varnum LLP

Grand Rapids

Zachary & Associates


Corp! magazine 2014 Entrepreneurs of Distinction

Elizabeth Blondy

Detroit Dog Daycare Inc.


Lynn Drake

Compass Commercial ITRA Global


Bryant Goodreau

Michigan Insurance Source Agency

Clinton Township

Keith Paul



Michael Soviak

Revolution Flag

Harper Woods

Brent Steepe

Advanced Training Techniques Inc.

St. Clair Shores

Michael Tarasev

Blaze Medical Devices

Ann Arbor

Randy Young

Nichols Heating and Cooling


Samantha White

Shakespeare in Detroit

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