Michigan's second-stage companies are a mighty part of jump-starting the state's economy.
And there is growing acknowledgment of the important role these businesses play, prompting the growth of the economic gardening concept and a more thoughtful approach to boosting existing companies.
This special report examines new resources designed to help growing companies survive and thrive, from incentive programs to diversification consulting.
In addition, Crain's honors this year's winners of the Salute to Entrepreneurs awards on Pages 13-16. Companies were selected by editors and reporters based on their problem-solving and innovation track record. Faced with the need to reinvent themselves or take a strategic risk, these companies rose to the challenge.
Crain's will honor this year's Salute to Entrepreneurs award winners and present an entrepreneurship education program from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 26 at the Detroit Golf Club, with discounted ticket prices for subscribers and Small Business Association of Michigan members. Manoj Bhargava, CEO of Living Essentials LLC, will speak, and a Michigan Economic Development Corp. economic gardening panel is planned.
Marketplace Homes Runner up: $5.1 million to $15 million
Led by Managing Partner Michael Kalis
Zoup Fresh Soup Runner up: $15.1 million to $30 million revenue
Led by founder and CEO Eric Ersher
Bill Kruse Runner up: Intrapreneur
Broaching Machine Specialties, Novi
Here's a sampling of organizations in Southeast Michigan that offer services, either for free or for a price, to help companies grow. Please send suggestions to add to future directory reports to Jennette Smith
, managing editor, at Jhsmith@crain.com.