Thursday evening, the Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City held its 8th annual Business Investment Awards at the Blue Chip Stardust Event Center to celebrate community success. The EDCMC is a non-profit agency that is dedicated to the economic well being of Michigan City. They are committed to growing and attracting the business community and tonight, they celebrated and commemorated that local business success.
“We want to honor the businesses that have made investments in Michigan City over the last two years,” said Economic Development Manager Katie Eaton for the EDCMC. “We also honor businesses that are celebrating significant anniversaries. We invite the whole community and this is the biggest turnout we have had.”
Over 220 people filled the room’s 28 tables. All attendees were local businesses who have marked milestones in their community industry. The night began with opening remarks followed by dinner and the presentation of the Business Investment Awards.
Michigan City Paper Box, Williams National Lease, Sullair, Impreglon, SERA Solutions, Vanair, LEFCO, BIG Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Cool Runnings, Holladay Properties, Reprographic Arts, Sonic Restaurant, and Edgewood Dental were the businesses honored for their local success Thursday night. Businesses celebrating substantial years of economic excellence were All Phase Electric (50 years), Harbor Automotive Group (25 years), CLH, LLC (25 years), Rowley & Company (25 years) and ServPro )25 years_.
Kylee Fraze-Norman, a CPA at CLH, LLC said this is her first time attending the awards ceremony.
“We are growing, and we have been in business for 25 years which is why we are here. We just opened an office in Valparaiso, so we are expanding. Tonight we are receiving an award for hitting our 25th anniversary, and we are always willing to take on new clients and to consult people,” said Fraze-Norman.
President of ManpowerGroup North America Becky Frankiewicz, and actively sought after manager, mentor and speaker, followed the awards presentation as the evening’s keynote speaker. She talked about the future of the work force and labor shortages.
Executive Director of the EDCMC Clarence Hulse said the night honors new businesses as well as veteran companies in Michigan City.
“The bi-annual event always celebrates business success in the city. The celebration is one portion, and the second portion is a ‘thank you’ for the companies who have came here and stayed here,” said Hulse. “We all expect to go to school and to get a job, but somebody has to create that job. These people have taken the risk, invested their money and invested in the community.”
The EDCMC brings together a variety of resources including city government officials, utility engineers and business leader expertise. The vision is to make Michigan City the place to build or expand. Their mission states: “To stimulate an economic climate that attracts new and retains existing business investments in the greater MC area.”
Hulse wants the bi-annual event to resonate a welcoming appreciation of each local business.
“People take risks. Sometimes businesses don’t feel appreciated, and that people don’t recognize what they are doing. Being a business owner is not an easy task. Tonight we recognize those who take on the risks and who take on the headaches to create jobs for the community,” said Hulse.
The EDCMC wanted to recognize everyone who has taken the time and the investment to make Michigan City the area it is today.
“Thank you for being in Michigan City, thank you for coming to Michigan City and we appreciate you. It’s all about seeing the look on people’s faces when we announce who they are and seeing them get recognized by their peers,” said Hulse.