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Delta Force P.I. gets business award

GLADSTONE — Delta Force P.I., LLC is being recognized as one of the 2020 awardees for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award, presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Delta Force P.I., LLC will be honored at an awards ceremony during the 16th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business virtual gala event, July 28.

Delta Force P.I., LLC is a unique woman-owned small business licensed for private security and private investigation in Michigan and Wisconsin. Delta Force PI was founded by Michigan natives who include a retired law enforcement officer, Jim McNeil, who graduated from Ferris State University with a bachelor’s in criminal justice and a social worker, Molly Barron, who graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Together this partnership takes a well-balanced approach and understanding to private investigation and security. Delta Force PI grew exponentially from 2014 with two staff to 2020 with nearly 60 and growing!

“We are humbled to have been chosen for this prestigious award. We started from scratch. From conducting murder investigations to providing high level security, our journey to this benchmark has been unbelievable! We didn’t know where we were headed, but had the courage to follow our intuition and determination to succeed,” said Molly Barron Rebholz, COO and K9 handler

This year’s Michigan 50 Companies to Watch have made a substantial economic impact, totaling $365 million in total annual revenue for 2019. From 2016 through 2019, these companies generated $1 billion in revenue and added 723 employees (both in Michigan and out of state), reflecting a 101.9% increase in revenue and 93.8% increase in jobs for the four-year period. That translates into a 26.9% annual revenue growth and 24.8% annual growth in employees.

“Michigan’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economies and play a vital role in making our communities attractive places to live, work, visit and play,” said Josh Hundt, Chief Business Development Officer for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “As the state continues to recover from the COVID-19 outbreak, we are honored to recognize and celebrate these small businesses, which demonstrate the resilience, innovation and grit that sets Michigan apart.”

Companies nominated for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award must be second-stage companies, defined as having six to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants. Additionally, the companies must be privately held and headquartered in Michigan.

Judges from economic and entrepreneurship development organizations selected the 2020 winners. The judges evaluated the nominees’ demonstration of intent and capacity to grow based on the following:

– Employee or sales growth

– Exceptional entrepreneurial leadership

– Sustainable competitive advantage

– Other notable factors that showcase the company’s success

Michigan Celebrates received 575 nominations for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch award, which surpassed last year’s record of 425 nominations. In addition to a competitive landscape for this award, the businesses who are selected by the judges go through a rigorous due diligence process prior to the final decision.

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