Great Start Collaborative - Family Friendly Business Awards

The Family Friendly Business Award is given out to businesses who are nominated for their efforts in making the community a better place for children and families. Efforts could include volunteering employees, monetary or service donations, or a child/family friendly environment. Anyone in the community can nominate a business from Alpena, Montmorency, or Alcona counties. Nominations are received and read by the Great Start Collaborative's Steering Committee quarterly. The Steering Committee then votes for one of the nominations.


2017 1st Quarter Family Friendly Business Award

In January, Cliff Anschuetz was awarded the Family Friendly Business Award for it's monetary support in the Great Start Collaborative's Shoe Palooza program. Not only did they support the program monetarily, but they also went out and purchased shoes themselves. This is the second year in a row that Cliff Anschuetz donated. They also donated hats and mittens to Besser Elementary students before our hard Michigan winter hit. Thank you Cliff Anschuetz for supporting our community! 

2017 2nd Quarter Family Friendly Business Award

In May, Dr. Keskimaki's office was awarded the Family Friendly Business Award for their outstanding customer service towards young children. They help take the ease out of what can be a scary appointment for children. They also offer activities in the waiting room. The office also sends out staff to schools to help educate young children on the importance of dental hygiene. 


2017 3rd Quarter Family Friendly Business Award 
In July, sisters Lori & Erin Graham were awarded the Family  Friendly Business Award for their efforts to educate children on the importance of fitness and nutrition, in a FUN way! Not only do the ladies provide a fun, safe, and educational environment, but they also volunteer their time and efforts to community events. Parents rave about Lori & Erin's interactions with the children as well as the birthday parties that they offer. Thank you ladies for making a difference in our community! 



Nominate a Business! 
Please tell us the business you are nominating, which county it is located in, and specific details in why that business is being nominated. Family Friendly Businesses are those who are investing in Early Childhood initiatives. This may include volunteering employees to work on early childhood projects, service or monetary donations, having a child friendly environment, etc.