Planning firm named one of Michigan’s 50 companies to watch

Amy Young. Photo by M. Buck Studios.

A full-service third-party meeting planning firm located in downtown Grand Rapids has been recognized as one of 50 companies to watch. 

Destination Consultants, located at 220 Lyon Street, NW, will be presented with an award by Michigan Celebrates Small Business, a collaboration of statewide organizations that offer resources for small businesses, at a gala in East Lansing May 2. The event will gather more than 800 guests at the Breslin Center on MSU’s campus to celebrate the achievements of this year’s award recipients and place a spotlight on how small businesses positively impact the communities they inhabit and the state as a whole. 

“MCSB has always prided itself on its spirit of collaboration and celebration,” said MCSB board chairwoman Jennifer Deamud. “We love seeing our awardees celebrating one another’s success and sharing in this amazing moment is each awardee’s journey. It’s true— success is best when it is shared.”

Destination Consultants is a firm that focuses on incentive travel, conferences, meetings and experiential events. Led by an experienced team of strategists, event producers, designers, planners, writers, event registration and website design experts, their clients range from established Fortune 500 companies to small business owners and entrepreneurs. The team works with clients to arrange in-person, virtual and hybrid meetings and events.

Companies nominated for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award 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. Additionally, the companies must be privately held and headquartered in Michigan. The group receives hundreds of nominations for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award annually. In addition to a competitive landscape for this award. 

Judges from economic and entrepreneurship development organizations select the winners based on the nominees’ intent and capacity to grow. Businesses are evaluated on the following categories:  employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership and having a sustainable, competitive advantage. The businesses that are selected then go through a rigorous due diligence process prior to the final decision.

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View the complete list of Michigan’s 50 companies to watch here


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