Plex Systems Receives Award from St. Clair Butterfly Foundation: Plex Systems Inc., provider of Plex Online cloud ERP for manufacturing, announced it has been named the recipient of the inaugural Corporate Achievement Award from the St. Clair Butterfly Foundation. The award will be presented to Plex Systems at the annual Taking Flight fundraising gala on Saturday, May 21 at Planterra in West Bloomfield Township. Each year the St. Clair Butterfly Foundation presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to a member of the community at the annual gala. Since 2007, the board of directors for the St. Clair Butterfly foundation has been considering an award of equivalent recognition to a corporate entity at the gala. They have been seeking a company in the community that “showed a dedication and compassion to helping its neighbors, as well as a deep commitment to making a difference.” They have chosen Plex Systems as the first recipient of the annual award. The board has also voted to name this honor to future corporate entities the “Plex” Award.  Founded in 2007 by Chip and Lisa St. Clair and based upon his bestselling memoir The Butterfly Garden, the St. Clair Butterfly Foundation uses the power of creative arts, literature, and overall well-being programs to impact the lives of children facing adversity. Art and music programs, nutrition, gardening, yoga, stress management, and even book clubs provide creative outlets for children and teens whose backgrounds vary from abuse to the sudden death of a parent or loved one — from childhood illness to the struggles of the foster care system. The foundation has touched the lives of nearly 1,000 troubled youths, helping to find a creative outlet that takes them beyond the boundaries of their environment as an alternative to drugs, violence and gangs. Nearly all operating expenses are generously donated in-kind, which allows almost 100 percent of funds to go directly to programs to help children. More about Plex at www.plex.com

Skidmore Studio Wins Awards for Print and Web Design: Royal Oak-based Skidmore Studio was recently recognized by Healthcare Marketing Report and the Summit International Awards for the design of several client programs. These awards for work in both print and Web design, honor Skidmore’s outstanding creativity, design, effectiveness and consumer appeal. From the Summit International Awards, Skidmore received a Silver in the consumer product Web site category for payanywhere.com. The site was created to support the launch of North American Bancard’s mobile credit card processing app Pay Anywhere. This year, the awards program for small- to medium-sized creative agencies saw thousands of entries from more than 20 countries. In addition, Skidmore received Gold and Bronze Healthcare Advertising Awards for the design of an employee communications program and an external obstetrics campaign developed for Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center. To view samples of Skidmore’s award-winning creative work, visit www.skidmorestudio.com.