Making It In Michigan Award Winners

Each year, the MSU Product Center recognizes clients with special awards at the annual Making It In Michigan conference.

  • Start-up to Watch – presented to an emerging company that has made tremendous progress but has even greater potential to expand the business.
  • Barrier Buster – recognizes a client for overcoming barriers to success at any point in the development of the venture.
  • Value-added Agricultural Producer – presented to a farm business that has attained excellence in adding value to a raw agricultural product and increased the profitability of the farm. It showcases Michigan agriculture with its diversity and the economic benefits that can be derived from entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • Young Innovator - recognizes a young entrepreneur who has developed an innovative product or business; or has the potential to develop a new business or product.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – presented to a client that has demonstrated innovative entrepreneurial and business characteristics and achieved unique accomplishments.
  • Director's Award - presented to a Product Center client in recognition of special business accomplishments.


2019 Barrier Buster Award - Rising Stars Academy


2019 Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Byron Center Meats

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2019 Start-Up to Watch Award - Petoskey Farms Vineyard and Winery

2019 Value Added Agriculture Producer Award - Lehman's Orchard Brewery and Farmhouse