2018 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 – 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 – 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 – 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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LMHO: Laughing My Head Off – 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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LMHO: Laughing My Head Off – 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.

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 – Lafayette Creamery

Thank you for your interest in Lafayette Creamery. We are honored to have your attention and are eager to serve you with a super-premium hand-dipped ice cream cone, a sundae, ice cream soda, a fresh milkshake, malted, an ice cream pie, or a container for you to enjoy later.

Lafayette Creamery ice cream is different.  Our ice cream is great because we use great ingredients–generous amounts of fresh cream, fresh roasted nuts from a local roaster, all while minimizing anything artificial.  Instead we rely upon the goodness of Michigan’s rich soil and hot summer sun to do our bidding as we create simple, yet great summer flavors such as Strawberries & Cream, Blueberry Cream Cheese, Cinnamon Peach, and other fresh fruit flavors.

Our ice cream has great flavor because of our great ingredients and talented production team,  but our flavors sets us apart as well–Sea Salted Olive Oil, Habanero Caramel, Mac & Cheese, Banket, Speculaas, and new flavors coming out regularly.

We hope you’ll stop by soon and often.  We’re glad for your interest in our ice cream and we hope that you’ll feel welcome to come spend some time with us during our summer season and all year long as we serve up goodness in our shop and through a small, but expanding network of grocery and specialty shops.

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.

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.

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 – Catherine Pike, DDS, PC

At Catherine Pike, DDS, PC, we value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver gentle compassionate care that you deserve from a dentist in Portage. We work hard to make you feel at ease by providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed atmosphere. We strive to develop lifelong relationships with our patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and compassionate staff. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.

We also believe that patients should have sufficient information to make educated decisions about their oral health, treatment options and choice of dentist in Portage. You’ll find all of this important information on our website, including directions to our Portage office, service descriptions, patient forms, patient education resources and more.

Not only are we a leading dentist in Portage, we are a full-service practice providing for all of your dental needs.

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.

BOL: Burst Out Laughing – 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.

BOL: Burst Out Laughing – Innovative Eye Care

Your Local Optometrist in Texas Corners

Our mission at Innovative Eye Care is to provide quality, personalized eye care and eyewear for patients of all ages in a warm and welcoming environment. We are dedicated members of our Kalamazoo community and look forward to having you as a patient!

Innovative Eye Care provides high quality primary and specialty eye care to adults and children.  Our services include:

COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAM – EMERGENCY EYE CARE – PEDIATRIC EYE EXAM – CONTACT LENS FIT – DIABETIC EYE EXAM – DRY EYE EVALUATION – LOW VISION SERVICES – CATARACT EVALUATION AND CO-MANAGEMENT – LASIK CONSULTATION – OCULAR IMAGING – EYEWEAR STYLING

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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 – Pink Lemonade

Hello, and welcome to Pink Lemonade! We are Jill and Paula, a mother-daughter team who opened our  little shop in October 2015.

After helping a friend open a boutique in Pentwater, MI,  Jill discovered her passion for retail and decided to start working behind the scenes to make her own boutique a reality with her mother.  Finding the perfect location and encapsulating Jill and Paula’s creative vision was hardwork, but with the help of a mechanical contractor (Jill’s dad/Paula’s husband), an accountant (Jill’s husband), and a graphic designer (Jill’s friend), they were able to pull it all together!

Located in the delightful Gaslight Village in East Grand Rapids, Pink Lemonade specializes in unique gifts for ‘children.home.and her.’ We believe in the art of gift giving and celebrating the little things, and we have a variety  for everyone– from your grandmother, to a mom, baby, or even a bride-to-be. We hope you find exactly what you’re looking for, and even a little something special for yourself!

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 – 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.

C&G: Chuckle and Grin – 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.

C&G: Chuckle and Grin – Bethany Christian Services

Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings families together and keeps families together. Strengthening families for the well-being of children is our top priority. Our services include adoption, foster care, and pregnancy counseling. We also provide counseling to families, assist refugees and immigrants resettling in the U.S., and partner with several international countries to help keep families together. The work we do equips families to be the answer for children in need—as Christ intended.

In-Kind: SKC Photography

Welcome to SKC – Photography, and thanks for taking a look at my work today. I’m glad you stopped by.

We proudly serve Southwest Michigan, and we do make the occasional trip to the Detroit metro-area to serve clients there (my home stompin’ grounds). Call or email me to inquire about my schedule.

I absolutely love capturing moments through the medium of photography, and I would love to work with you. I have been a photographer since 2001 when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Madagascar.

Throughout the past 17 years, I’ve had the fortunate opportunity and privilege to photograph just about everything: newborn babies, exotic locations & animals, events, fundraisers, small families, huge families, silly dogs, products, weddings, high school seniors, and more (whew!).

I hold two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Olivet College, one in Journalism, and one in Visual Arts (concentration, Commercial Design). I also hold an Associate’s degree from Oakland Community College in Photographic Technology.

I’m passionate about working alongside my clients to create artwork that they will cherish forever. I would love to hear from you, and learn about how I can serve you… so shoot me an email or give me a call.

Shannon K. Coon

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: JRK Financial

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

In-Kind: Michigan Paving

After over 50 years of professional service, Michigan Paving remains committed to providing customers with high-quality materials, precision craftsmanship and cost-effective solutions. In conjunction with our partners, Stoneco and Cadillac Asphalt, LLC, we operate over 25 asphalt plants and aggregate and materials locations, including the largest liquid asphalt terminal in Michigan.
As America’s largest supplier of asphalt aggregates and liquid asphalt cement, we control the source and quality of all materials — allowing us to meet or exceed specifications for any project on any deadline.
Michigan Paving stands out as the environmental leader in all facets of our industry. Each year we recycle over 1,000,000 tons of old asphalt pavement for reuse in asphalt mixes. We provide commercial asphalt paving services, maintenance and asphalt supply for any size asphalt paving project.

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: 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: The United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Milk Means More | United Dairy Industry of Michigan is dedicated to being the credible source of information on Michigan dairy farming, local dairy products, and nutrition.

In-Kind: Canney’s

Serving Southwestern Michigan for Over 50 Years

Canney’s Water Conditioning team is committed to providing water treatment products and filtration equipment that produces crisp, clean and safe water for residential, industrial and commercial customers throughout Southwest Michigan.

In-Kind: Costco

We are a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing our members the best possible prices on quality, brand-name merchandise. With hundreds of locations worldwide, Costco provides a wide selection of merchandise, plus the convenience of specialty departments and exclusive member services, all designed to make your shopping experience a pleasurable one.

In-Kind: Meijer

Fred Meijer always said, “Customers don’t need us, we need them.” At Meijer, we focus on our customers and thrive by meeting their needs and exceeding their expectations.

In-Kind: Target

Our commitment to serving the communities where we operate goes way back … all the way back to 1946. We keep that promise alive today through our dedication to serving new generations of families.

How do we do it? By creating welcoming spaces where all families can shop and find joy. By holding hands with partners and using the voice of our brands to bring communities together. By empowering the Target family—our team members across the country—to serve and support their local neighborhoods. And that’s just the beginning…

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!

In-Kind: Dunkin Donuts

Everything we do is about you. From chefs who create exciting new flavors, to crew members who know exactly how you want your drink—we prioritize what you need to get you on your way. We strive to keep you at your best, and we remain loyal to you, your tastes and your time. That’s what America runs on.

In-Kind: Brookside Blueberries

Our goal as a family farm is to provide a safe and nutritious product for the consumer. We are devoted, hardworking, and love what we do. We have made a long-term commitment to be responsible stewards of the land. We consider it a privilege and blessing to grow blueberries for our customers. We love living and working on the farm, there is no other place we would rather be!

In-Kind: Hardings of Woodbridge

Harding’s currently has 26 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.

In-Kind: Sam’s Club

Member’s Mark–exceptional quality, members-only prices

At Sam’s Club, we put our members first. That means you! Bringing you high-quality products that reflect
your values and needs, all at members-only prices–that’s what our Member’s Mark brand is all about.

In-Kind: Walmart

At Walmart, we’re committed to using our size and scale for good. Not just for our customers, or even our associates, suppliers, and their families, but also for the people in our communities and around the world that we will never meet. We’re proud to say that the work we do makes a real difference on the real issues that matter to all of us, and drives meaningful change in a way that no other company can.