2008 Excellence Award Winners


Khoury, Inc. | Kingsford, MI

In 1945, Khoury Furniture was founded in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Harry, Edward, James and John Khoury started Khoury Brothers, and they soon had a niche in designing and producing high quality furniture. Today, Khoury employs just over 100 people, has capacity to expand and remains a family-owned business that operates […]

Northern Initiatives | Marquette, MI

Northern Initiatives (NI) is a non-profit community development corporation that supports entrepreneurs, businesses, manufacturing firms, banks, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations in a common effort to strengthen the economy of Michigan’s Upper and northern Lower Peninsula and Northeastern Wisconsin.  Originally established by Northern Michigan University (NMU) in 1985, Northern Initiatives […]

Pinecrest Medical Care Facility | Powers, MI

For over 85 years, Pinecrest Medical Care Facility has been providing quality care to our Upper Peninsula communities and families.  Owned by Delta, Dickinson and Menominee Counties, Pinecrest is centrally located in Powers, Michigan.  As a recognized area leader in long-term care, Pinecrest offers skilled medical care, Alzheimer’s care, physical, […]

V.I.O. Inc. | Marquette, MI

V.I.O. began as Viosport, creating helmet cameras that attached to camcorders for recording adventure and sports, such as mountain biking, motocross, skiing, snowboarding and motorcycling. In response to demand from military, law enforcement and homeland security agencies, and to better meet the needs of tactical professionals, Viosport created a line […]