SALINE, MI – Two Washtenaw County companies will receive “Best Small Business of the Year” honors in a May banquet celebrating enterprises all over Michigan.
Saline-based mouthguard manufacturer Akervall Technologies was named best small business by the Michigan Small Business Development Center.
And Ann Arbor-based Goodspeed Analytics, Inc., a data science and artificial intelligence company, will receive the SmartZone Best Small Business of the Year.
Both awards will be presented May 8 in a Lansing ceremony at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business banquet.
“This honor by Michigan SBDC is amazing,” said Sassa Akervall, CEO and owner of Akervall Technologies, in the news release. “I am humbled and incredibly excited for recognition of the Akervall team. Our company success is the result of the cumulative work of our team. We’re not only preserving dental health around the world, but also creating jobs here in Michigan.”
The company manufactures “ultra-thin, impression-less, custom-fit mouthguards” for sports, dentistry, the military and hospitals. They’re sold in about 50 countries.
Its brands include SISU, SOVA and Intuguard, using “non-compressible thermoplastic polymer,” a stronger material than standard mouthguards, that allows users the ability to talk, drink and breathe normally, according to a news release. The SISU brand is the official mouthguard for the United States Lacrosse and Team USA Lacrosse.
Groundspeed serves commercial property and casualty insurance carriers and brokers to “unlock the value buried within unstructured information such as loss runs, exposure schedules and policy data,” the company says.
“Groundspeed is extremely honored to be the SmartZone Best Small Business of the Year,” said Jeff Mason, founder and co-CEO of Groundspeed, in a news release. “This recognition could not have been achieved without the work of our outstanding, innovative team as well as the support and resources our community has provided to allow us to grow.”
Several more Ann Arbor-area businesses made the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list, including: AdAdapted, Inc., Brooklyn Outdoor, Genomenon, Inc., Fusion Coolant Systems, Inc., Pyramid Consulting International, SkySpecs and Stark Enterprises, LLC.
More about the awardees here.