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Six Oakland County Second Stage Businesses Named to 2012 Michigan Top 50 to Watch

Public Date: 4/2/2012 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing & Communications Officer Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

​Waterford, Michigan -- Six Oakland County businesses have been named to the 2012 Michigan Top 50 to Watch.

DaySmart Software (Wixom), Detroit Trading Company (Southfield), MiDAS Foods International (Oak Park) and Critical Signal Technologies, Inc., Level One Bank and Mango Languages (all of Farmington Hills) will be honored at the 8th annual "Michigan Celebrates Small Business" awards dinner to be held in Lansing on May 3rd.

Four of the companies, Critical Signal Technologies, Inc., MIDAS Foods, Level One Bank and Mango Languages have worked closely with the Oakland County Business Center with networking, site selection, new market contacts and workforce development.

"The Oakland County Business Center sees signs of small business activity returning to pre-recession levels," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "The fact that six Oakland County businesses are among the Michigan 50 to Watch is a testament to the hard work of these entrepreneurs and our Business Center representatives."

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business in association with its founders: Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Small Business Association of Michigan, the U.S. Small Business Administration - Michigan, the Greater Lansing Business Monthly, and the Edward Lowe Foundation.

To be eligible for the award, candidates must be privately held, commercial enterprises with the intent and capacity for further growth. Companies must employ between 6 and 99 full-time equivalent employees and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue (including working capital from investors or grants) in the calendar year 2011.

For more information about Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, see www.Michigan.CompaniesToWatch.org.

For more information about the Oakland County Business Center, see www.GlobalOakland.com.