Chamber, city hone pro-business Sterling Edge Awards

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published March 2, 2018

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights and the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce are sharpening their annual Sterling Edge Awards ceremony with award categories designed to praise top local businesses.

The city and the chamber are teaming up once again to hold the Michigan Week Luncheon featuring the Sterling Edge Awards. The ceremony is now in its seventh year.

According to the contest, people may nominate a Sterling Heights-area business as a potential winner in five categories for its superior business philosophies and practices. Melanie Davis, the chamber’s president and CEO, said anyone may nominate a local business.

“As far as the number of nominations that we have, we have a couple of them already,” Davis said. “We literally just started promoting it.”

Startups, small businesses and corporations are likewise eligible. Applications to nominate businesses must be turned in online on the city’s or the chamber’s website by March 23.  

The organizers will name the award winners and will honor them May 16 at the Michigan Week Luncheon event, which will be hosted by Villa Penna in Sterling Heights.

This year’s categories are the following:

• Legacy Partner of the Year, for a business that has maintained a presence in the area for at least 10 years.

• Advanced Manufacturing Business of the Year, for a manufacturer in the city’s corresponding corridor.

• Community Reinvestment Business of the Year, given to a company that is expanding, renovating or otherwise reinvesting in itself.

• Dream Big Company of the Year, for a company that started with an idea and developed into something “essential to the community.”

• Community Partner of the Year, for a company that is part of the local society and gives back.

Davis described what the winners will get.    

“There is a plaque or an award,” she said. “They all have the opportunity to get up onstage and make a brief acceptance speech in front of a large number of the local business community.”

This time around, the judges will also review the five Sterling Edge winners and pick one of them to receive the Local Business of the Year 2018 award. The announcement will cap off the ceremony, and the winner will be a surprise, Davis said.

“This is sort of going to be like the best of show, so to speak,” she said.

Bridget Kozlowski, Sterling Heights’ community relations director, said the city wants to support the business community in any way it can, and the Sterling Edge Awards are a way to do so.

“We’re very proud of our diverse business community, ranging from small businesses all the way to large-scale, worldwide manufacturers,” she said.

“The Sterling Edge Awards give us an opportunity to highlight those businesses that in some way have gone above and beyond, and it’s a good opportunity for us to give these businesses the accolades they deserve.”

Learn more about the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce by visiting or by calling (586) 731-5400, ext. 13.