Media 1: One of “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch”

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<p><strong>Grand Haven, Mich. &mdash; March 9</strong><br />Media 1, a training and performance consultancy, has been recognized as one of the &ldquo;Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,&rdquo; an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation.</p><p>Media 1 will be honored at an awards ceremony during the third-annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event April 12 in East Lansing.</p><p>&quot;Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is a unique awards program designed to shine the spotlight on second-stage companies,&rdquo; said Mark Lange, executive director of the Edward Lowe Foundation, a nonprofit operating foundation<br />based in Michigan. </p><p>The foundation&rsquo;s mission is to &ldquo;champion the entrepreneurial spirit&rdquo; by encouraging entrepreneurial cultures in communities throughout the country and helping second-stage companies learn from one another.</p><p>&quot;When it comes to a robust economy, second-stage entrepreneurs play a critical role because they generate new jobs and sustainable growth,&rdquo; Lange said. &ldquo;And<br />yet, they&rsquo;re not often recognized or appreciated for the impact they have on the economy or the community.&quot;</p><p>Chris F. Willis, Media 1 CEO and founder, agrees. </p><p>&ldquo;While some areas of the Michigan economy have taken major hits, small services and technology companies like Media 1 continue to thrive and contribute to the economic recovery of our state,&rdquo; Willis said. &ldquo;These entrepreneurial companies are and will continue to be the lifeblood of the growth of Michigan. I am proud to list our company among them.&rdquo;</p><p>Companies nominated for the &ldquo;Michigan 50 Companies to Watch&rdquo; list must be 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. </p><p>In addition, the companies must be privately held and headquartered in Michigan.</p><p>Winners were selected by the Michigan Certified Development Corp., Michigan Small Business &amp; Technology Development Center, the Small<br />Business Association of Michigan, the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the U.S. Small Business Administration-Michigan and the Edward Lowe Foundation. </p><p>Judges evaluated the nominees&rsquo; demonstrated intent and<br />capacity to grow based on one or more of the following:</p><ul><li>Employee or sales growth.</li><li>Exceptional entrepreneurial leadership.</li><li>Sustainable competitive advantage.</li><li>Other notable factors that showcase the company&#39;s success.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p>

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