MTEC SmartZone Earns Keweenaw Spark Plug Award for 'Growth'

HOUGHTON, Michigan (February 25, 2013) -- MTEC SmartZone, a high-tech business incubator in Houghton, Michigan, contributed significantly to the economic vibrancy of the local business community in 2012, creating over 50 jobs. For that reason, they received a Keweenaw Spark Plug Award for "Growth."


Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), and co-host MTEC SmartZone, sponsored the annual Keweenaw Spark Plug Awards to recognize area businesses for extraordinary successes in 2012. Businesses were nominated by Chamber and KEDA members.


KEDA board member Dave Olsson presented MTEC SmartZone CEO Marilyn Clark with the growth award, calling MTEC SmartZone "a fuse of energy for this community."


"I am really excited about leading an organization that creates growth opportunities for other companies and entrepreneurs in our community," Clark says. "I grew up here, and it's important to me that the Keweenaw remains vibrant. MTEC SmartZone strives to be a global organization that embraces the talent and intellect of people who live here, and that's what we do."


Clark shared an inspirational story about her life growing up on a dairy farm in Chassell. Her father, a "necessity entrepreneur," relied heavily on data and numbers to make a successful living for their family.


"My father was a data-driven dairy farmer. At MTEC SmartZone, we help businesses to be data-driven in terms of their business decisions," she says. "We can't take credit for any of our tenants' successes, but we can provide the services that help them grow."


MTEC SmartZone created a total of 52 jobs in 2012 and attracted Fortune 500 companies Dematic and CONTROLTEC, who opened remote offices in Houghton. Among other key accomplishments, MTEC SmartZone created an Entrepreneurial Training Center, with over six active companies whose founders are learning how to take a business concept and bring it to market.


For more information about MTEC SmartZone, call (906) 487-7000.