Traverse City contractor wins national award and gives credit to this Michigan business accelerator

What’s happening: A Traverse City business has received special recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), with the company having received the EPA Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Accomplishments by a Small Business Contractor.

It was announced earlier this month that Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inc. of Traverse City was awarded the accolade at the EPA Administrator’s 34th Annual Small Business Awards Ceremony May 2, 2024 in Washington D.C.

Who they are: Based in Traverse City, the national contracting firm Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inc. (GLEC) provides environmental sciences, research, and compliance assistance focused on water quality and the protection of aquatic ecosystems.

Why they won: The EPA awarded GLEC for their “outstanding contractor support for implementation of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) and development of drinking water standards,” per a release. The UCMR is used to collect data from utilities to learn more about contaminants present in drinking water.

How they did it: As a client of the Northwest Michigan APEX Accelerator since 2009, GLEC has access to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation-affiliated accelerator and its resources for helping Michigan businesses win government contracts.

"The APEX Accelerator BidMatch service continues to be the cornerstone of GLEC's market surveillance and business capture activities, providing equal or better results when compared to the various commercially available paid services,” says Bill Arnold, GLEC Manager of Business Development. “Through training seminars and individual consulting, the staff at our Northwest Michigan APEX regional office have assisted GLEC with understanding current federal small business contracting requirements and strategies.”

What they’re saying: "We love to celebrate with our clients!" reads a statement from Cathy Fairbanks, Northwest Michigan APEX Accelerator Regional Director. “When our clients succeed, we succeed. Congratulations to the entire team at GLEC. We are happy to have played a small part in your success."

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