Students at EMU College of Business to announce their awards for Michigan businesses of the year during luncheon on March 14

Eastern students make nominations and final selections in special event that extends EMU's tradition of focusing on business ethics

by Geoff Larcom, Published February 24, 2014

YPSILANTI  – What are the best-run businesses in Michigan?

Students in the Eastern Michigan University College of Business will offer their answers to that question during an Academy Award style event on Friday, March 14 at the Student Center.

 The EMU Business of the Year Awards Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Those wishing to attend can register at

The event’s distinctive flourish stems from the fact that EMU students nominated each of the 42 companies listed in each of the 14 categories of business type, along with selecting the winners.

EMU business students will announce each category with its three nominees, then open the envelope announcing the winner. After that, a representative of the winning company will offer brief remarks, along with a slice of business advice.

“This will be an exciting, brisk and fun event,” said Michael Tidwell, dean of the EMU College of Business. “Along with factors such as profitability and strategy execution, our students judged Michigan businesses on their level of social responsibility, which carries on the college’s continuing focus on ethics in business.

”The luncheon will offer a dynamic snapshot of the Michigan business community along with terrific networking opportunities for our students.”

This free event is made possible by co-sponsors such as Russell Video and Bank of Ann Arbor. It is hosted by the student leaders of the College of Business Dean’s Board of Student Advisors.

Donna Inch, chief executive officer of the Ford Land real estate company, a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, will kick off the luncheon as the keynote speaker. Ford Land is a real estate company that plans, constructs, manages and redevelops properties worldwide. Inch’s staff manages Ford’s office, manufacturing and warehouse space, and is responsible for leasing or selling vacant space.

In that role, Inch sits at the center of Ford’s resurgence as a company, and has a distinct perspective on the role Michigan’s auto industry plays in the national economy. 

Complimentary parking is available in the Student Center Lot, located off Oakwood Street between Washtenaw Avenue and Huron River Drive.

Questions can be directed to Shirley Wentz at

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


Geoff Larcom


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