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Posted on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 5:57 a.m.

Ticket deadline approaching for Business Review's 2011 Deals of the Year

By Staff's Business Review will honor the best business deals, announcements and transactions of the last 12 months at the seventh annual Deals of the Year ceremony Nov. 4 at Eastern Michigan University's Student Center.

The deadline to purchase tickets to the black-tie event, which starts with networking at 6 p.m., is Friday, Oct. 28. To register, click here.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to deliver remarks at the event. Award presenters include Michigan Economic Development Corp. CEO Michael Finney, ForeSee CEO Larry Freed, Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin, University of Michigan Health System CEO Ora Pescovitz, Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn managing partner David Parsigian, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Paul Krutko, Zingerman’s Bakehouse managing partner Amy Emberling and Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation CEO Cheryl Elliott.

Awards are distributed in seven sector categories: health care, retail, technology, research, construction and development, commercial real estate, retail and nonprofits. Nominees can be found here.

Nominees are not revealed for the Company of the Year and Executive of the Year. All winners are announced live at the event and not revealed in advanced.

In 2010, Zingerman's was named Company of the Year, and former HandyLab and Accuri Cytometers CEO Jeff Williams was named Executive of the Year.

Here's a list of other major past winners:


Company of the Year: Arboretum Ventures

Deal of the Year: U-M acquires Pfizer site.


Company of the Year: HealthMedia

Executive of the Year: Esperion Therapeutics CEO Roger Newton


Company of the Year: NSF International

Executive of the Year: Former Pfizer site leader David Canter


Company of the Year: Google

Executive of the Year: McKinley Inc. CEO Albert Berriz


Executive of the Year: Ann Arbor SPARK co-founder Rick Snyder



Thu, Oct 27, 2011 : 11:14 a.m.

A great event. It underscores the fact that A2 is more then a University town. Businesses can start, grow. and flourish in A2. More communities need to honer the businesses that employ Michigandeers.