EMU to host Business of the Year Awards Luncheon

The student leaders of Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business will host the EMU Business of the Year Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 14 at the Student Center.

The Oscars-style luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the ballroom of the Student Center.

Dean of the COB, Michael Tidwell, said in a press release, “The luncheon will offer a dynamic snapshot of the Michigan business community along with terrific networking opportunities for our

There are 42 companies nominated for awards in 14 categories that range from EMU alumni-owned business to manufacturing and retail. All of the nominees were chosen by EMU students.

The 14 categories of awards and 42 nominees include:

Marketing: eDetroit, Team Detroit, Valassis Communications

EMU alumni-owned business: Menlo Innovations, Pure Visibility, Talmer Bank and Trust

Healthcare: Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Henry Ford Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Health System

Supply-chain: Con-way, England Logistics SCM, Universal Truck Services

Large business: Domino’s Pizza, Ford Motor Company, Quicken Loans

Medium-sized business: Crain’s Detroit Business, The Taubman Company, TNG Worldwide

Small business: Bearclaw Coffee Co., Financial Services of America, VC Web Design

Non-Profit: Beyond Basics, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI, SPARK

Accounting: Deloitte, Plante Moran, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Financial services: Bank of Ann Arbor, Fifth Third Bank, Quicken Loans

Human resources: Impact Management Services, Kelly Services, Rapid Global Business Solutions

Information technology: Compuware Corporation, OpTech, Inc., Syntel Inc.

Manufacturing: Ford Motor Company, Kellogg, Masco

Retail: Busch’s Fresh Food Market, Meijer, The Taubman Company

Maya Brown is a junior at EMU majoring in finance. She said she sees how it can benefit students of the university.

“I think it’s a good idea,” Brown said. “It gives students exposure to successful businesses which I think is good for networking. It’s also like a mock Academy Awards program, which is fun.”

The keynote speaker of the event is Donna Inch.

Inch is the chief executive officer of the Ford Land real estate company, an attendant of Ford Motor Company. Her position allows her to see firsthand how the auto industry in Michigan has an effect on the nation’s economy.

The event is free thanks to co-sponsors like Bank of Ann Arbor and Russell Video. Complimentary parking for the event will also be available at the student center parking lot.

To register for the event visit emich.edu/cob/luncheon or contact Shirley Wentz at shirley.wentz@emich.edu for any questions or concerns.

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