Innovative Analytics honored as one of 2011’s “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch”: Kalamazoo-based Innovative Analytics Inc. has been recognized as one of the 2011 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.  The company will be honored at an awards ceremony during the seventh annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event, April 28 at the Lansing Center in Lansing. Innovative Analytics provides data capture, medical writing and statistical analysis services for its clients engaged in clinical research trials. Innovative Analytics’ customers are primarily pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies who are developing therapies and devices which require regulatory approval for use in humans. Companies making it to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list are a remarkable group of second-stage companies. Defined as having six to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants, these companies form the backbone of Michigan’s economy. Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like Innovative Analytics are known for their exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, creation of innovation or use of innovation in creative ways, and their sustainable competitive advantage. Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development and venture capital communities. More information about the 2011 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch program can be found at For information about Michigan Celebrates Small Business, visit More about Innovative Analytics at

Media 1 Wins Another Silver Telly Award: The creative talent at Grand Haven-based Media 1 has done it again. After winning a Silver Telly in 2009, Media 1 decided to try again this year and for the second time has received a Silver Telly, the Telly Awards’ highest honor. Media 1 earned the award for a short, Flash-based animation featuring servicesoffered by the Education Services division of Hewlett-Packard. The HP Education Services Attach eMercial animation featured an engaging and humorous approach to presenting key messages to the HP salesforce on the benefits of using the HP “Attach” program — attaching HP Education Services to existing HP product or service sales. The online “commercial” showcases an average sales guy named “Joe” and the super sales hero he can become using the “Attach” program. Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. Media 1 was selected as a Telly Award Winner out of nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents in the 32nd Annual Telly Awards for 2011. A prestigious judging panel of more than 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past Winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition. Media 1 is a leading expert in human capital improvement strategy and implementation. We help human resources enhance employee engagement and accelerate time to productivity. More at

ANX Named Finalist In Best Products Guide: Southfield-based ANXeBusiness Corp., a provider of managed security, compliance and connectivity, announced that Network Products Guide, the industry’s leading technology research and advisory guide, has named ANX a finalist for the 6th Annual 2011 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards in both the Hot Companies and Hot Technologies categories. These industry and peer awards from Network Products Guide are the world’s premier information technology awards honoring achievements and recognitions in every facet of the IT industry. Winners will be honored in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 during the 6th annual dinner and presentations. ANX products and services enable over 16,000 organizations, scaling from SMBs to global enterprises, to secure and exchange information, while meeting complex compliance requirements. With the finalization of three major business acquisitions, ANX maintains strong momentum through customer and overall business growth. Through its most recent acquisition of governance, risk and compliance solutions provider TruArx, ANX has also been selected as a finalist for TruComply, ANX’s flagship GRC technology. TruComply is an easy-to-use software-as-a-service GRC application. The solution enables organizations to quickly implement and continuously review control status to improve protection and reduce the cost of risk and compliance. More at or

Unified Business Technologies Wind SBTDC Award: The 13 companies honored for the 2010 Best Small Business Awards have been selected from over 16,000 companies the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Centers provided with confidential counseling and training in 2010. These companies were chosen based on their success in creating jobs, increasing sales, improving their business strategy and their involvement with the MI-SBTDC. Michelle D’Souza, president and CEO of Unified Business Technologies, was born an entrepreneur.  She started her first company when she was 15. After moving to the United States, D’Souza could not find a job, so she started UBT out of her basement. UBT provides human resources, services and solutions for a variety of technological and engineering companies.  They are a main provider of technological services to large government agencies and universities. D’Souza came to the Oakland County Business Center MI-SBTDC office in theSoutheast Michigan region seeking assistance with taking her company to the next level.  She enrolled in the Venture Forward program which caters to presidents and CEO of growing businesses.  Since then, D’Souza has achieved sustainable growth in her business. UBT has also been named one of the 2011 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch by the Edward Lowe Foundation. More at


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