Innovation Awards

South Central Michigan Works! in order to support and nurture a progressive and innovative culture within the South Central Michigan Region and the workforce system, has established innovation awards for both internal “contractors” and external “partners” within the counties of Hillsdale, Jackson, and Lenawee.

Applicants must demonstrate new and innovative processes, activities and/or partnerships based on practice and supported by positive outcomes. The areas may be either new and/or emerging or a new look at an old issue that still brings challenges in the field. Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated based on the degree to which the innovation demonstrates a positive impact within the workforce, economic and/or education/training domain or through collaborative partnership(s).

  • The 2011/2012 award categories center on excellence in innovation that can resonate with any enterprise. Business integration and collaboration have long served as the foundation for creating a more adaptive and agile business environment. We know that individuals and businesses have dramatically improved their performance by investing in technology, streamlining processes and the eliminating duplication. We want to hear how you have created or enhanced value.

  • Please submit your nomination form no later than 4:00 p.m. on May 30, 2012. See instructions for application submission.

2011 Award Recipients

Shop Rat Foundation
Tri-County Customer Service Committee

Hathaway House - Aimee Weeber

Employer of Choice:
Alexander Campbell - International Brassworks

2010 Award Recipients

Data Protection International - Ken Wilson & Mike Johnson
Striker Tools - Roger Cunningham

Jackson Community College/Corporate & Continuing Education - Tina Matz
Hillsdale County Community Foundation - Sharon Bisher

Partner Honorable Mention:
Lenawee Economic Development Corporation - Catrina Jackson
Human Resources Development Inc. - Barb Holtz & Nicole Erb

2009 Award Recipients

Human Resources Development, Inc./Youth - Aaron Leson
Academy for Manufacturing Career - Apprenticeship Training
SCMW! Service Center Staff - LEAN Initiative
Leanwee Economic Development Corporation - One Lenawee
The Ray Group - Branding Initiative