Small Business

Mettle Ops Named a Corp! Salute to Diversity Award Winner

Mettle Ops was honored to be recognized as a Corp! Salute to Diversity Award Winner. It was no surprise that their award was in the Diversity Focused Companies category. As a woman-owned, service-disabled, veteran-owned, small disadvantaged business, Metal Ops was in good company at the event. Corp!’s Salute to Diversity Awards aims to showcase Michigan’s rich diversity and multiculturalism that drives creativity and innovation in business.

 For more than a decade, Corp! has recognized businesses and leaders who champion diversity initiatives and achievements within their organization or the community. This year more than 275 C-suite executives and diversity business leaders attended the award ceremony.

See the full list of winners here.

Mettle Ops Honored as One of the 2019 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” 

Mettle Ops has been recognized as one of the 2019 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB). In addition, Mettle Ops has also been recognized by MCSB as one of the 2019 “Best Small Businesses.” Michigan Celebrates Small Business is the most prestigious, small-business awards program in the state of Michigan.

The mission of the program is to honor and recognize Michigan’s small business people as well as those champions and advocates that support them. The program allows organizations to raise awareness of small business in Michigan while building a network of entrepreneurial companies.

“We are honored to be selected for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award as well as a PTAC Best Small Business honoree from Michigan Celebrates Small Business,” said Katie Bigelow, President of Mettle Ops. “We recognize that our most valuable asset is our team.  As Mettle Ops continues to grow, we hope to truly make a difference for the warfighter, our ultimate customer.”

The Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award recognizes 50 Michigan headquartered companies that are high-potential and in their second-stage.  

To be considered, the company must meet the following criteria for the year ending 2018:

  • Be a privately held, commercial enterprise that has not received the award in the past (not a nonprofit, not publicly traded, not a subsidiary or division of another company).

  • Be past the startup stage and facing issues of growth, not survival.

  • Employ 6-99 full-time equivalent W-2 employees (including the owner).

  • Have between $750,000 and $50M in annual revenue or working capital from either investments or grants.

  • Be headquartered in Michigan.

  • Demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow based on:

    • Employee or sales growth.

    • Sustainable competitive advantage.

    • Other notable successes.

Companies recognized as a “Best Small Business” through Michigan Celebrates Small Business were selected by their regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), or SmartZone. Honorees are selected based on their demonstration of successful growth and contributions to the economy of Michigan. 

The 15th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards gala is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Small business owners and the advocates that support them will be in attendance from across the state. 

“We at the Michigan Celebrates Small Business organization are proud to recognize these exceptional companies. They are a tremendous part of Michigan’s success and we are excited to see what the future holds for them,” said J.D. Collins, State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center and a member of the Michigan Celebrates Small Business Board of Directors. 

Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development, and venture capital communities.

About Mettle Ops 

Mettle Ops is an U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a), Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned, Small Business (SDVOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC), Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), and Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB). Headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan and founded in 2013, Mettle Ops specializes in research, development, reverse engineering, program management, ground vehicle design, test and evaluation experience, system integration capabilities, and facilitates manufacturing and fabrication. Mettle Ops’ team includes war veterans with 35 years combined experience in Army service. Inspired by courage and tenacity and so-named Mettle Ops.  

Mettle Ops | Warfighters Serving Warfighters | 

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 About Michigan Celebrates Small Business

Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) is a collaboration of trusted statewide founding organizations who offer resources for small businesses. Since 2005, Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards gala has placed a spotlight on how small businesses positively impact our communities and state. The MCSB organization is focused on supporting, promoting and celebrating small businesses in Michigan.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center is the managing partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business in 2019. Michigan Celebrates Small Business was founded by the Michigan Small Business Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration - Michigan, Edward Lowe Foundation, Michigan Business Network, and the Small Business Association of Michigan. 

Founding sponsors are the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, PNC Bank, AF Group, and Dynamic Edge, Inc.


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Mettle Ops Named a Corp! Magazine's Economic Bright Spot

Mettle Ops is honored to be recognized in Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots small business category. Corp! Magazine’s Economic Bright Spots awards honor the companies that have continued to thrive with economic growth, expansion, and hiring Michigan’s brightest talent.

This year, Corp! honored nearly 70 companies in three categories: Small Business, Medium Business and Large Business. 

We will also be recognized in the July/August issue of Corp! Magazine. The issue will be released the first week of August.

See the full list of winners here