2017 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor – Seelye Automotive Group

We are proud to have Seelye Automotive as our presenting Sponsor. From new Ford models to used cars… From routine maintenance to repairs…Seelye Ford, serving Battle Creek MI, Grand Rapids and Holland MI, has you covered. And, if you want to repair your vehicle yourself, we can get you any of the manufacturer-certified Ford parts you might need along the way. The Seelye Ford auto repair and service team believes excellence is a continuous pursuit. As such we’re constantly training and retraining, and upgrading our maintenance and auto repair shops with the latest technologies available. Come once, and you’ll immediately see the difference. And you don’t have to take just out word for it. Ask around. The word on our high level of customer satisfaction has spread fast. You can also visit Seelye Ford in person and see for yourself our stellar lineup of new Ford models, including the F-150, Edge and Explorer; our impressive used car inventory; and our top-notch auto repair and service facilities. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to meet our knowledgeable and friendly staff. You can find us easily at 3820 Stadium Drive Kalamazoo, Michigan.

ROTF: Rolling on the floor – Kellogg’s Special K

You are strong. And we’re here to help you stay that way. We all tap into and use our inner strength in different ways. Special K® wants to be your cheerleader, to shine a light on everything you do and help you stay fortified for the journey ahead.

ROTF: Rolling on the floor – Forensic Fluids

Forensic Fluids Laboratories is leading the industry in oral fluid drug testing using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). More sophisticated than gas chromatography, the Michigan-based company offers the industry’s fastest turnaround time using the most advanced, court-approved technology available. Recognized for innovation in small business by the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2014, Forensic Fluids Laboratories is the only lab in the United States specializing exclusively in oral fluid/saliva drug testing using LC/MS/MS.

LMHO: Laughing My Head Off – Garden Spot Greenhouse LLC

Let us help you grow!! Garden Spot Greenhouses is located at 7600 Lovers Ln, Portage, Michigan 49002. The quality of our plants is exceptional and we take pride in serving YOU! We are bursting with color just waiting for you to plant and enjoy through the summer.

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LMHO: Laughing My Head Off – Kalamazoo Community Foundation/Dale Shugars Prenatal and Children’s Health Care Fund

LMHO: Laughing My Head Off – Consumers Credit Union

Online, in our office, or by phone, Consumers Credit Union is ready to serve you. Locally owned since 1951, more than 67,000 members across the lower peninsula of Michigan choose us to help them achieve their financial goals and dreams. By simplifying banking through exceptional service, education and convenient technology, including Mobile Check Deposit, Text Alerts, Bill Pay and more, we make it easy for our members to choose how they want to bank. For the past 27 years, Consumers has averaged 18 percent annual growth and accumulated more than $680 million in assets. This has allowed us to expand our foothold in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Holland, South Haven and Coldwater with member access to 30,000 free CO-OP Network ATMs nationwide. But more than that, our members and employees really do like us! Yearly customer satisfaction surveys result in 98 percent satisfied and highly satisfied ratings. And we’re currently named as one of West Michigan’s 101 Best Places To Work. Whatever your needs—business or personal—we are ready to help you succeed. Go. Live. Work. Play. with Consumers Credit Union.

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LMHO: Laughing My Head Off – Texas Corners Fit Body Boot Camp

Fit Body Boot Camp does one thing, and we do it better than anyone else. We’re about delivering personal trainer designed and lead fitness and fat loss workouts in a fun, safe, high intensity group training workout program. With hundreds of Fit Body Boot Camp locations worldwide, our mission is focused on our “2020 vision” which is to expose and engage 20 percent of the world’s population to a healthy and fit lifestyle by the year 2020.

As an industry leading fitness brand we feel that we have a greater responsibility not only globally through our 2020 vision, but locally as well, to the clients in the communities that we serve and the neighborhoods we operate our fitness centers from. Which is why we believe in getting involved with our communities and contributing locally whenever possible. That’s what being a good neighbor is all about. So when you step foot into a Fit Body Boot Camp location you can expect a clean, friendly, and fun high energy workout environment that’s not only a place to get fit and healthy, but a place to make friends with others in your community.







LMHO: Laughing My Head Off – Kerwin Electric

Jim Kerwin founded Kerwin Electric in 1975, initially operating out of his barn in Schoolcraft, Michigan. With his extensive knowledge of agricultural power, he quickly became a preferred contractor among the local farmers. This work led to various residential and small commercial contracts; his business quickly grew to about ten employees, and the business nearly doubled in size over the next decade. In 2000, Jim’s sons, Chad & Jake, began the process of taking over the business. With the additional management personnel in place, Kerwin Electric was able to diversify its services to include everything from automatic standby generators to wind/solar solutions. Jim still takes part in running the business and continues working in the field today; he makes sure that the company maintains its core principles of providing quality service at a fair price.

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LMHO: Laughing My Head Off – Friendship Animal Hospital

We are a full-service, small animal veterinary hospital providing high quality, state-of the art medicine and compassionate care for your pet in the West Portage, Texas Township neighborhoods of Kalamazoo, MI. We are conveniently located at the corner of S. 12th St. and Texas Drive, across the street from Wedel’s Garden Center.

We provide a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures through in-house testing and the use of external laboratories. We also work closely with local practices when special diagnostic procedures are required. The facility includes a well-stocked pharmacy, in-hospital surgery suite, in-house x-ray capabilities and a closely supervised hospitalization area.

At Friendship Animal Hospital we strive to offer not only sound advice, but also optimal veterinary care, thus allowing you the enjoyment of your companion for a maximum number of years. Our job is not only to treat your pet when he or she isn’t feeling well, but also to help you learn how to keep your best friend happy and healthy.

We also participate with the Kalamazoo County Education for Employment Veterinary Science Program, which enables high school students interested in pursuing a future career in veterinary medicine to work at a participating veterinary hospital for hands-on training and instruction.

LMHO: Laughing My Head Off – Deloof Construction

DeLoof Construction is a full-service construction firm based in Kalamazoo, MI, since 1944. We specialize in complete building services, new metal buildings, renovation of existing buildings and additions for commercial, industrial and agriculture uses.

Our well-trained workforce has shown exceptional design flexibility, skilled project management, quality workmanship and the ability to communicate effectively with customers. Our in-house capabilities, supplemented with our network of trusted and reliable subcontractors, are your guarantee that your project—no matter the size or complexity—will be completed on time and within budget.

At DeLoof Construction, we are obsessed with meeting one objective—delivering the most building for the least dollars possible. We start by listening to your needs. Then, through experience, teamwork and attention to detail, we develop quality, cost-effective solutions. Adherence to these principles and this tried-and-true formula has made us one of the most-respected firms in our area.

In 1990, we became an independent builder for Lester Building Systems, which provided us access to nearly a century of design and engineering expertise as well as efficiencies that other builders are unable to offer. We have become an important part of the Lester organization and have been recognized with numerous Awards of Excellence since 1990. In 1996, we were honored with the Lester Regional Builder of the Year Award.

LMHO: Laughing My Head Off – Bold

Our restaurant was created with one idea in mind: SIMPLE FOOD…BIG FLAVORS. Our delicious Small Plate selections, hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and nightly features are complemented by an all-American Wine list and great cocktails. With a warm, relaxing atmosphere, BOLD is a local dining destination you don’t want to miss. You’ll enjoy a positive culinary experience; professional, friendly service; and memorable, big-flavor cuisine.

BOL: Burst Out Laughing – Texas Corners Brewing Company

FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED, our roots at Texas Corners Brewing Company were really planted by our grandfather in the family farming business in 1951. To this day our values are still the same – commitment to quality, family, and community. That means believing strongly in the farm to fork dining concept. We source as much as possible from LOCAL farmers, including our very own Schultz Fruitridge Farms in Mattawan, Michigan. As we continue to branch out with four generations, we look to bring together FAMILY, FRIENDS, & COMMUNITY in our historic brewpub nestled in Texas Corners. Come on in and enjoy well crafted brews made from the finest ingredients, including apples from our family’s orchard, and let our chef cook you an amazing homemade meal for a truly fantastic experience!

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BOL: Burst Out Laughing – Dave’s Glass Service, Inc.

At Dave’s Glass Service our number one priority is customer satisfaction. The best way to accomplish this is by selling top-quality products and backing those products up with superior service. We promote a team philosophy at Dave’s Glass Service and work together to achieve excellence. We feel this commitment to excellence will allow us to achieve our goal: to become the leading full-service glass shop in the greater Kalamazoo area.
Dave’s Glass Service first opened its doors in April of 1978. We started strictly as an automotive glass shop, but through the years, we have broadened our scope of business and now serve the Residential and Commercial markets as well.

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BOL: Burst Out Laughing – Gazelle Sports

Gazelle Sports was founded in downtown Kalamazoo in 1985. Today, there are locations in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and downtown Holland where Gazelle Sports strives for retail excellence by providing the world’s best customer care. Gazelle Sports offers footwear and apparel for active and casual use, provides free runs and walks, weekly clinics, training programs, and organizes and/or supports over 200 community events throughout the year.

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BOL: Burst Out Laughing – One Way Products

One Way Products is a specialty chemical company and for over 40 years we have been driven by the idea of doing things the right way. Simply put, we Protect What Matters. It is our privilege and our responsibility to serve our customers and help make their operations safe and predictable. In everything we make, we want to protect the people our products come into contact with, the assets our customers aim to preserve and the environment we are all responsible for.

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BOL: Burst Out Laughing – First National Bank of Michigan

First National Bank of Michigan understands that time and money are valuable. That’s why we believe in putting you first. From the smallest transactions to those life changing moments, we are here to make sure you come first. What’s different about First National Bank of Michigan? We will take the time to get to know you so that we can work together to find the best solution for your current challenges. With us, you will know your banker and you will feel confident that we have your best interest at heart.

BOL: Burst Out Laughing – Drake Road Orthodontics

At DRO, we believe in the power of people to make a real difference in the world. Each person that puts happiness into our Kalamazoo community can start a ripple effect that makes a better world for all of us, which is why we feel honored to be a part of each of our patients’ smiles. By providing an inclusive and fun environment, coupled with the highest quality care, we’re confident that our patients love not only the outcome of their beautiful smile, but their entire journey along the way. Our treatment options include metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. We pair each treatment with an individualized plan, created by our one-of-a-kind team.

C&G: Chuckle and Grin – Texas Corners Dental

At Texas Corners Dental, our dental team strives to provide a comprehensive and gentle dental experience for our patients. We have worked to create an environment that assures each patient receives the results they want in the most comfortable and relaxed manner possible. In addition, to support our care we use only the highest quality dental materials and partner with only the finest dental laboratories.

Combine all this with the friendly atmosphere of our office and it is no wonder we have so many patients in the Kalamazoo area who trust Dr. Griswold and the staff at Texas Corners Dental to keep their smile healthy and beautiful.

C&G: Chuckle and Grin – Cheese Lady

Prior to opening the doors on our Texas Township location in Kalamazoo, I sold a variety of cheeses at various farmer’s markets in the Kalamazoo area. Utilizing a great resource in the area, The Can Do Kitchen, for budding food entrepreneurs, I was able to prep the cheeses for market every week. After many successful weekends at Vicksburg, Texas Township, and Bronson Hospital markets, I determined a storefront would soon be in the works. Using Kathleen (the Original Cheese Lady) as my mentor, I quickly began learning more and more about the world of cheese and developing my passion. I opened on March 17, 2011. With such a great response from customers, I immediately acquired the help of my father, Terry, to help me in the store. His knowledge and passion for cheese is quite expansive as well, and we have been thrilled to share this with our customers. We hope to see you soon!

C&G: Chuckle and Grin – New Reflections Salon

At New Reflections Salon, we take care to provide our customers high quality services personalized for their unique needs. Our team members are professional, courteous and efficient.

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C&G: Chuckle and Grin – Wellspring

Wellspring is a new patient-centered healthcare practice located in Schoolcraft, Michigan.

We aspire to be our community’s trusted source for skillful and compassionate care of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

C&G: Chuckle and Grin – Chicken Coop Treasures

We are a collaboration of ideas, talents and energy gathered together for the common mission of bringing our clients a local environment in which to explore, find and create treasures with the purpose of enriching their lives. Our lifestyles are not only about items, but a core of ideals … a certain way of looking at everyday tasks, items and relationships. An interaction with our history, if you will,  and not just a reaction to an everyday ebb and flow of the tide.

Take a moment, step back with us, and realize that your day could be greatly enhanced with the ordinary everyday treasures of time gone by. Or perhaps there might be something or someone to enhance the spectacular that emphasizes a passion within you and your love of life and a current moment in time at CCT, Inc.

C&G: Chuckle and Grin – Samaritas

We walk with people of need, offering hope and compassion while upholding their dignity, advocating for equality and justice, and seeking creative solutions.

A social ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Samaritas is not just for Lutherans. The church has been meeting people’s needs since the early 1900s when a Lutheran “city missionary” arrived in Detroit to provide services to the poor. From the very beginning, Samaritas has reached out to individuals regardless of their religion, race, sexual orientation or ethnicity. Today, motivated to serve others as an expression of the love of Christ, Samaritas helps those in need regardless of religion, race, ethnicty or national origin.

The organization was incorporated as the Lutheran Inner Mission League in 1934. Today, Samaritas spans the state’s Lower Peninsula with more than 70 program sites in 40 cities. Samaritas diverse staff share a dedication to serving their fellow humans by doing the right thing, for the right reasons, every day.

In-Kind: Jackson and Jackson, LLC

In-Kind: Lillie Inspired

Rob Lillie has been working in the running and fitness world (industry) for 18 years. Rob has a degree in Exercise Science and has worked for the last 18 years in the Run Specialty retail channel as the manager of Gazelle Sports. Rob started Lillie Inspired to help runners and athletes become more successful at their sports in 2010. He trained all of the employees at Gazelle Sports on biomechanics and gait analysis for fitting footwear. Rob also brought Good Form Running into the West Michigan marketplace. Rob was integral in creating Safari Marathon and Half Marathon Training, 5k and 10k Training Programs, as well as Triathlon Training programs. Rob has owned and operated Lillie Inspired for the last 5 years since he created it in 2010.

In-Kind: Simply Graceful Portraits

Simply Graceful Portraits is owned and operated by Jennifer Snead. Jennifer has a degree in Elementary Education and because of her passion for teaching and working with children; it has been a natural transition for her to move to the Portrait Photography Industry. Jennifer enjoys shooting in natural light on location and goes the extra mile to find out what makes your children, family and business special. Jennifer then uses those qualities to aid in bringing out the best in people. Jennifer’s passion as a photographer is capturing Simply Graceful moments that will last a lifetime. Her specialty is working with children, High School Seniors and family photography. She also enjoys working with newborns and children with special needs and disabilities. Another avenue of Simply Graceful Portraits is her Corporate and Business Portraiture. Jennifer has been very successful in partnering with local professionals and businesses. She goes on-site with her mobile studio to update headshots, photograph the business and its employees.

In-Kind: JRK Financial

JRK Financial offers Cloud Accounting and Bookkeeping Services for Small Business and Nonprofit.

In-Kind: Texas Drive Park

The Texas Drive Park is located between 8th street and 10th street on Texas Drive and offers a variety of recreational activities. A playground, which was installed in 2000, offers children a chance to play and the adults can supervise from the park benches. There is a park pavilion with picnic tables that can be used for small picnics, a basketball court, soccer field, football field, and a paved trail that encircles the entire park. This trail is 3/4 mile long and can be used for walking, running, biking, and rollerblading. The park is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year.

In-Kind: Fresh on Q Farmers Market

The “Fresh on Q!” Farmers’ Market features up to 35 vendors selling fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, pastries and baked goods, potted plants and cut flowers, as well as foods prepared on-site, ready to eat at the market, and more!

In-Kind: Republic

At Republic Services, we are passionate about what we do because we are passionate about you – our customer. Every day, we strive to make your world and our planet better. We are committed to providing reliable and responsible recycling and waste disposal services to you because we know our efforts have a direct impact on your homes, your communities, and your businesses. As we serve residential, municipal, commercial, and industrial customers nationwide, we are dedicated to bringing you dependable solutions for your recycling and waste challenges. We are committed to on-time service for your needs while bringing positive changes to the environment in ways such as expanding our recycling offerings, responsibly handling your waste, and adding low-emissions vehicles to our fleet. We make it our priority to find new and innovative ways to best serve our customers, minimize environmental impact and make our planet better.

In-Kind: Culligan

For every water problem, a solution. From water treatment professionals with local experience and industry-leading technology for more efficiency and reliability everywhere your water goes.

In-Kind: Meijer

Customer experience and a respect for team members are the basic philosophies that guided Hendrik Meijer more than 80 years ago when he opened the first Meijer store out of his barber shop in Greenville, Mich. The Meijer family continued to follow those core values throughout the years as it evolved. Today, brothers and co-chairmen Hank Meijer and Doug Meijer lead the privately-held company that operates more than 220 stores and employs more than 65,000 team members in six states. Meijer is more than just the pioneer of the “one-stop shopping” concept. Meijer is a family-owned company that understands how important it is to support the communities where its customers and team members work and live. That commitment is fulfilled through excellent customer service, low prices, quality foods and broad selections of national and Meijer brand items. The retailer also supports a wide variety of nonprofit organizations by donating more than 6 percent of its net profit to charity each year, and sponsoring hundreds of community events its customers hold dear. As Meijer continues to grow, it will remain true to the simple philosophy of its founder: “… take care of your customers, team members, and community … and all of those will take care of you, just like a family.”

In-Kind: Dunkin’ Donuts

In 1950, Bill Rosenberg opened the first Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Quincy, Massachusetts. Dunkin’ Donuts licensed the first of many franchises in 1955. Dunkin’ Donuts is the world’s leading baked goods and coffee chain, serving more than 3 million customers per day. Dunkin’ Donuts sells 52 varieties of donuts and more than a dozen coffee beverages as well as an array of bagels, breakfast sandwiches and other baked goods.

In-Kind: Stillwaters

Stillwaters Wines & Spirits and Specialty Fun Foods is located on the west side of Kalamazoo in Southwest Michigan. Stillwaters carries a wide assortment of wine, beer, specialty fine-foods and more. Whether you’re looking for something hot – such as our selection of 100’s of different hot sauces and salsas, or something cold – such as a Michigan microbrew from our large walk-in cooler, we have exactly what you need. We carry that extra something that makes any event special. From a wine tasting with a few friends, to a large party or reception at your home, or even just a late night snack for yourself, Stillwaters Wines Spirits and Specialty Fun Foods has just what you need.

In-Kind: Hardings

Harding’s currently has 27 Harding’s Market, Marketplace and Fresh Express stores located throughout SW Michigan and Northern Indiana. We strive to create an inviting shopping experience for our customers, offering personalized service, including store to car carryout service. We offer our employees a great working environment with opportunity for growth. We take pride in being a part of the communities in which we reside. Our Vision is to be known as the favorite neighborhood market in every community where we do business, providing friendly service; high quality, fresh products; surprising values; and a commitment to the communities we serve. Motto: Get In, Get Out, Get Home Fast!

In-Kind: Big Apple Bagel

If you’ve been to one of our restaurants, you’ve seen – and tasted – what keeps our customers coming back for more. Big freshly baked bagels, delicious My Favorite Muffin® cake-like muffins, and gourmet Brewster’s® coffees make us hard to resist! Stop in today and check us out!