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Posted on: May 16, 2019

Sterling Heights Recognizes Outstanding Businesses at 8th Annual Sterling Edge Awards

The City of Sterling Heights and the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the eighth-annual Michigan Week Luncheon featuring the Sterling Edge Awards on May 15, 2019 at Villa Penna, 43985 Hayes Road.

The City of Sterling Heights and the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the eighth-annual Michigan Week Luncheon featuring the Sterling Edge Awards on May 15, 2019 at Villa Penna, 43985 Hayes Road. Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor and Chamber President Melanie Davis presented awards to this year’s Sterling Edge winners to recognize the outstanding businesses in Sterling Heights.

The Sterling Edge awards seek to recognize Sterling Heights area companies that have demonstrated best business practices that can be adopted and emulated by other businesses. Any outstanding Sterling Heights business, whether an inspiring start-up, a long-standing corporate entity, a great place to work or other, is eligible for these awards. This year’s award categories and recipients include:

Legacy Partner of the Year, awarded to O'Reilly Rancilio PC, is given to a business that has at least a decade of experience operating in Sterling Heights. This award looks to honor those that have committed their business to our City and have seen years of success and community support.

Advanced Manufacturing Business of the Year, awarded to HTI Cybernetics, is given to a manufacturer that has proven to be a success in the Sterling Heights manufacturing corridor. The City and Chamber place incredible value on our manufacturing partners, as these businesses bring dozens if not hundreds of jobs and serve as the sturdy backbone of our region.

Community Re-investment Business of the Year, awarded to U.S. Auto of Sterling Heights, is given to a business that has recently re-invested in itself, whether that means physically expanding, renovating existing or growing staff to meet changing needs.

Dream Big Company of the Year, awarded to Gettees, is given to a business that started from a unique idea or humble beginnings into something that has become essential to the community. Dream Big Company of the Year had to take chances and “think big” when putting in the incredible effort to get a business off the ground and running.

Community Partner of the Year, awarded to Utica Van Dyke Towing, is given to a business that prides itself on giving back to the Sterling Heights area. A community partner is a business that knows that being a part of the fabric of a community is paramount to success.

From the five previous winners, an overall “Local Business of the Year” was award to Utica Van Dyke Towing as best in show for 2019.

2019 YoPro of the Year, awarded to Patty Lopez, owner of Rose-A-Lee Technologies, is given to a young professional within the Sterling Heights community who shows true passion and dedication to the Sterling Heights business community. This recipients shows a promising future within our community and is someone we will continue to see grow.

2019 Lil Adams Award, awarded to Mark Vanderpool, City Manager of the City of Sterling Heights, honors Lil Adams, the long-serving executive director of the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce. The recipient is chosen of someone who best represents Lil’s character. Vanderpool was selected for his humble, caring spirit, and long-standing commitment of service to the Chamber and community he has the pleasure of serving.

For more information, contact Community Relations at (586) 446-2470.


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