3rd Annual “Thank You” Awards-May 10, 2017

Recognizing Detroit Neighborhood Small Businesses

Thank you Brenda Jones photo 2016  1_opt.jpgQuicken Loans, Detroit Smart Pages Newspaper and Detroit Development Fund will again host the 3nd Annual “Thank You” Awards Recognizing Detroit Unsung Neighborhood Small Businesses. Fifty small businesses from downtown, midtown and the neighborhoods will gather to meet, network and receive recognition and a “Thank You” from city officials, community leaders and corporate executives for their long commitment, service and dedication to the city of Detroit.

This years’ Thank You” Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.to 9:00 p.m. at the Gem theater located at 333 Madison, Detroit, MI. This event is a city-wide effort to say “Thank You’ to small business owners who have been a part of Detroit’s fabric helping to grow and stabilize Detroit’s economy. Some have been in business 30, 40, 50+ years - All are rooted and vested in Detroit, staying the course through all of the challenging times. Our goal is to bring together corporations, community leaders and city officials to meet, greet and say “Thank You” to businesses owners who have remained in the city through all of the rough economic conditions and made it possible for the development and resurgence that is now taking place in Detroit. 

This year we will be presenting three Special Awards:  The Fabric of Detroit Award – Given to a business that has not only been in 

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Detroit for a long time, but is an essential piece of the city by promoting it and making Detroit part of the company’s brand; The Detroit Corporate Citizen Award – Given to a business or individual that gives back to the city as much as the city gives to them. This recipient would be known for generously helping neighbors in need and go above and beyond what it means to be a neighborhood business or business person; and The Community Engagement Award – This business or person engages with the community far beyond their own business interests. This recipient may be involved with Detroit through work with community organizations and foundations and utilize their leadership skills to solve problems and make improvements in the city that all citizens can benefit from.

Lauren Sanders, former WDIV anchor and native Detroiter will serve as Mistress of Ceremony. Award Presenters include Council PresidentBrenda Jones, Charley Beckham, Director of Parks and Recreation, Ed Deeb, President Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation and founder of Metro Youth Day, Bill Ross, President of the Booker T. Washington Business Association, Paul Wasserman, owner of Henry The Hatter, Mia Mullen with the Detroit Development Fund, Mike Morse of Mike Morse Law Firm and Ron Fournier, with Crain Detroit.

Some of the 2017 “Thank You” Award Honorees are: Better Made Snack Foods, Cadillac Hardware, ABS Storage Products, Jo’s Gallery, The Broadway Clothier, Mario’s Italian Restaurant, Peoples Bakery, Nunn’s Bar-B-Que, City Market Detroit, M&D Pharmacy and many others.

For more information on sponsorships or tickets, please visit www.thankyoudetroit.com or contact the “Thank You” Support Team: Beverly Smith, Detroit Smart Pages Newspaper at 313-268-3523 or Ray Waters, Detroit Development Fund at 313-784-9567.

Don’t miss this exciting evening to meet and support your neighborhood business owners. Tickets are only $35.00 which includes a networking reception, dinner buffet and “Thank You” Award presentations.  Come out and support your neighborhood business owners. You may purchase tickets online at www.thankyoudetroit.com or at the following locations in Detroit.


Hot Sam’s Clothier     U.S. Ice Co.                  Prince Valley Market    Times Square Clothier

127 Monroe. St          10625 W. 8 mile Rd.    5931 Michigan Ave.       19330 Livernois Ave.