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March 22, 2017

Freshwater Digital Honored as One of the 2017 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch”

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Freshwater Digital has been recognized as one of the 2017 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

Freshwater will be honored at an awards ceremony during the thirteenth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala event, May 4, 2017 in Lansing, Mich.

Freshwater Digital is a full service digital signage and media production agency. Freshwater provides a full range of services for companies that are developing or operating Digital Signage networks. Freshwater’s mission is to take video production and motion graphics to the next level while maintaining affordability for customers big and small. Services include custom creative content, video production, content management, technology and consulting for network strategy.

Freshwater President, Matt Downey states, “With nearly a million small businesses in Michigan, I am truly honored that Freshwater was recognized for its continued success and growth.” EVP, Jonathan Dodge added “Small business success is critical to the Michigan economy, and we are excited to be recognized and a recipient of this award.”

Companies making it to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list are a remarkable group of second-stage companies. Defined as having 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants, these companies form the backbone of Michigan’s economy. Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like Freshwater Digital are known for their exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, creation of innovation or use of innovation in creative ways, and their sustainable competitive advantage.

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


Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

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

Contributing Underwriters include Comcast Business Class, Consumers Energy, Dean Transportation, DTE Energy Foundation, EDGE Partners, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Fifth Third Bank, Hungerford Nichols CPAs and Advisors, Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates, Rehmann, Varnum Attorneys at Law, and Vistage Michigan.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center is the managing partner of Michigan Celebrates Small Business in 2017.  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, Chris Holman – Small Business Advocate, and the Small Business Association of Michigan.

Information about Michigan Celebrates Small Business can be found at www.MichiganCelebrates.biz.