Macomb County recognizes local business leaders with Valentine's Day breakfast awards ceremony

This most recent Valentine's Day, Macomb County threw a big party to show affection for its business leaders.

The 5th Annual Macomb Business Awards breakfast was held Tuesday, Feb. 14, honoring the county's business community with awards in six categories. A keynote speaker and local officials and celebrities also highlighted the event.

From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township, Fox 2 Detroit's Huel Perkins and Charlie Langton emceed an awards ceremony that included a keynote speech from Menlo Innovations founder and CEO Richard Sheridan. 53 organizations were nominated for the six categories, which were then voted on by a panel of judges made up of local officials and business executives.

Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel and Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development Director John Paul Rea were on hand to recognize the winners. 
Said Hackel, “Strong businesses are essential to the quality of life we enjoy here in Macomb County. Their efforts to build a strong foundation for success make them good job providers and neighbors for us all."

Winners of the six awards were R&E Automated Systems of Macomb Township, Champion of Workforce Development; Binson's Medical Equipment and Supplies of Center Line, Corporate Citizen; Baker Industries of Macomb Township, Diversification Leader; JEM Tech Group of Clinton Township, Efficiency Expert; Arts Academy in the Woods High School of Fraser, Model of OneMacomb; and United Shore Professional Baseball League of Utica, Startup Business to Watch.

Rea, who recognized Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! as the Economic Development Partner of the Year, said, "The creativity and passion on display in this year’s group of nominees is inspiring. The Macomb Business Awards provide us with a great opportunity to showcase how our private sector partners are helping us move this community forward."

Dr. Jim Jacobs, president of Macomb Community College, was also recognized with the Beacon of Economic Development award.

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