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Macomb County launching public vote for ‘Nonprofit of the Year’ as part of Macomb Business Awards

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Macomb County Planning and Economic Development (MCPED) is launching its first-ever public vote as part of the Macomb Business Awards, which is presented by Consumers Energy. The event, which will be held Thursday, May 9 at Andiamo in Warren, recognizes local businesses and organizations for their positive workplace culture, achievements and other contributions to the community. Now in its 12th year, organizers are launching a new component, a public vote for its ‘Nonprofit of the Year’ award.

“The Macomb Business Awards are an annual event for our department, and our team is always looking for ways to build excitement and create buzz around the gathering,” said Vicky Rowinski, director,  MCPED. “So this year we developed a new category called Nonprofit of the Year, which opens the door for so many deserving organizations to receive regional recognition. We’re also opening this up to the public, asking them to vote for their favorite nonprofit. They can have a role in determining who is honored with this prestigious title.”

Twenty-three organizations from across Macomb County are nominated for the Nonprofit of the Year. From March 25 through March 31, the public can visit the voting platform and vote for their favorite. Only one vote is allowed per person and votes will be tallied  alongside scores from official Macomb Business Award judges in determining the ultimate winner.

The winner will be announced on May 9 at the Macomb Business Awards event. Ticket sales begin March 25. Entry fee is $35, which includes breakfast, a presentation from keynote speaker Princess Castleberry, the awards ceremony, networking with 400 business and community leaders from across the region and appearances by County Executive Mark Hackel and the event emcee, former Fox 2 Detroit anchor Huel Perkins

Other categories recognized during the event include:

  • Best Place to Work: A company making a conscious effort to create a welcoming culture where all employees feel valued.
  • Fueling the Talent Pipeline: A company creating opportunities for the next generation of our workforce through meaningful career exploration experiences.
  • Hidden Gem: A commercial business offering a unique Macomb County product, service or experience that deserves more recognition.
  • Hometown Hero: An organization that goes above and beyond to make our community a better place through employee volunteerism or giving programs.
  • Manufacturer of the Year (presented by Macomb Next): A manufacturer achieving success through its use of modern, smart technology to adapt to industry demands and diversify its customer base.
  • Startup of the Year: A company, in operation for three years or less, providing products or services that have the most promising potential for success.

The 2024 Macomb Business Awards is sponsored by Consumers Energy, First State Bank, ITC, Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, OneMacomb, Connect Macomb, Macomb Community College, the Macomb County Chamber, the Macomb Intermediate School District, and Velocity.

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