MINDSCAPE at Hanon McKendry is Named a 2013 "Michigan 50 Companies to Watch"

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Grand Rapids-based web development and marketing firm receives statewide award following record growth in 2012.

MINDSCAPE at Hanon McKendry is a web marketing and development firm in Grand Rapids, Mich.

2012 was an incredible year. We experienced record revenue growth, expanded our service offerings, opened a second Michigan office, added tremendous talent to our team, and acquired some significant certifications.

MINDSCAPE at Hanon McKendry has been recognized as one of the 2013 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

The Grand Rapids-based web-development and marketing firm received the award following a nearly 40 percent year-over-year increase in net revenues in 2012. The firm also added five new staff members last year.

“2012 was an incredible year,” said MINDSCAPE Co-founder Paul Ferrier. “We experienced record revenue growth, expanded our service offerings, opened a second Michigan office, added tremendous talent to our team, and acquired some very significant certifications.”

MINDSCAPE, which opened an office in downtown Detroit last May, was also named a Site Core Certified Solutions partner in 2012.

“This kind of growth doesn’t happen by accident,” said Pete Brand, MINDSCAPE co-founder along with Ferrier. “We can attribute it, largely, to an intense new focus on being a digital marketing partner rather than a tactical service provider. The result is, we now act as an outsourced digital marketing department for our clients, and that adds tremendous value.”

MINDSCAPE will be honored at an awards ceremony during the ninth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 2 in Lansing, Mich.

To qualify for the Michigan 50, companies must have six to 99 full-time equivalent employees and generate $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants.

“Companies that make the ‘Michigan 50 Companies to Watch’ list are a remarkable group of second-stage businesses, and they form the backbone of Michigan’s economy,” said Joy Kitamori, National Companies to Watch manager at the Edward Lowe Foundation. “Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like MINDSCAPE 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, industrial and venture capital communities.

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About MINDSCAPE at Hanon McKendry
MINDSCAPE at Hanon McKendry is a web success company that creates powerful websites, custom programming, and managed web marketing programs to provide consistent investment return for over 500 clients. Named a Sitecore Certified Solutions Partner in 2012, MINDSCAPE also has staff who are Google Analytics individual qualified. The firm applies SEO/SEM; custom web, business and mobile app development; packaged web design on the proprietary webTRAIN® platform; branded content development and social media to help companies understand and effectively engage target audiences. With award-winning service, state-of-the-industry technology, and reliable, measurable results, the firm and its platform enjoy a 99 percent client retention rate. MINDSCAPE was named to the INC 500/5000 list in 2012, named among West Michigan's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for by the Michigan Business and Professional Association in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was named a “Michigan’s Economic Bright Spot” by Corp! Magazine in 2011.

MINDSCAPE is the interactive division for Hanon McKendry, a branding, brand management and strategic marketing firm that works to build brands that truly matter in the marketplace and in people’s lives. Hanon McKendry is a Gravity Six Alliance partner. http://www.hanon-mckendry.com / http://www.gravitysix.com

About Michigan 50 Companies to Watch
Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.
Founding underwriters are the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, PNC Bank, Michigan Certified Development Corporation, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and Dynamic Edge, Inc. Contributing Underwriters are DTE Energy Foundation, Comcast Business Class, Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates, Rehmann, Varnum Attorneys at Law, Consumers Energy, Comcast Spotlight and AARP.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business was founded by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Association of Michigan, Greater Lansing Business Monthly and Edward Lowe Foundation.

Information about next year’s Michigan 50 Companies to Watch program can be found at http://www.Michigan.CompaniesToWatch.org. For information about Michigan Celebrates Small Business, visit http://www.MichiganCelebrates.biz.

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