Mettle Ops Receives Certification as a Participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program

Mettle Ops Receives Certification as a Participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program

Mettle Ops Receives Business Development Support from the U.S. Small Business Administration

Sterling Heights, MIMettle Ops has been certified as a Participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program. This program allows the government to contract with socially and economically, disadvantaged small businesses and provides assistance in increasing economic activity.

The Small Business Administration strives to help small businesses develop and advance by providing a large network of field offices and partnerships. The Small Business Administration fosters the interests and concerns of small businesses.

As an 8(a) Business Development Program Participant, Mettle Ops can take advantage of specialized business training, counseling, marketing assistance and high-level executive development provided by the SBA. Mettle Ops can receive sole-source contracts (up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing).

The 8(a) Business Development Program chooses small businesses that are at least 51 percent owned by U.S. citizens who are economically and socially challenged, have a good character foundation and show promise for success.  The full list of qualifications can be found on the 8(a) Business Development Program page of the SBA website.

“We’re grateful for this opportunity and have a clear vision for our business plan. We plan on taking full advantage of this program and using all of the resources offered,” states Katie Bigelow, President of Mettle Ops.

As a certified participant, Mettle Ops receives strategy growth and business development assistance from a Business Opportunity Specialist who helps guide federal contracting, provide technical assistance, business coaching, counseling, marketing support, and executive development. The federal government attempts to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to help small, disadvantaged businesses advance each year.

“We’re excited about the future of Mettle Ops and plan on growing our business to its greatest potential with the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration,” Bigelow said.

The program began on May 14, and Mettle Ops will participate in the program for the next nine years.

-###-

About Mettle Ops

Mettle Ops is a certified Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Economically-Disadvantaged, Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB).  Headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan and founded in 2013, Mettle Ops specializes in extensive research, development, reverse engineering, ground vehicle design, test and evaluation experience, system integration capabilities, and facilitates manufacturing and fabrication.

Throughout the past several years, Mettle Ops has established itself in Army acquisitions and federal government contracting including building relationships with TARDEC and TACOM, teaming with employees, contractors, and subcontractors of established government and automotive manufacturing engineering companies to assist customers and provide top quality, ethical workmanship. Mettle Ops’ team includes war veterans with 35 years combined experience in Army service. Inspired by courage and tenacity and so-named Mettle Ops.

Warfighters Serving Warfighters | mettleops.com

 

 

Valentine Distilling Co. Releases New, Upscale Valentine Vodka Bottle to Share in the Quality of its World-class Status

Valentine Distilling Co. Releases New, Upscale Valentine Vodka Bottle
to Share in the Quality of its World-class Status

Valentine Vodka Has a New Look. Don’t Miss this Fabulous Bottle on a Shelf Near You!

Ferndale, Mich. – Well Detroit, the best just got better. Valentine Distilling Co. will release a new-and-improved bottle that reflects the elite sophistication of its award-winning vodka late this spring.

After researching, via several focus groups, Valentine Distilling found that consumers look for a  bottle that embodies a high-quality drinking experience. The consistent theme that Valentine heard was the quality of the product far exceeded the branded look that sat on retail shelves. Valentine determined it was time to have all elements of the branded vodka appeal to the quality that is known as Valentine.

The new design features vertical ridges around the bottle, which adds a touch of class to the look and feel consistent with the world-class taste of what’s inside. The re-designed label is a classic white with light, wavy horizontal lines in the background. The simple, yet elegant text gives consumers a first glance at what kind of quality they are purchasing.

The decision to tone the bottle to a more classic look allows the eye to be drawn to this stand-out design on the grocery or liquor store shelf.  

“We are the top vodka product in the industry. Those who know us, know our products rate among the best in the world, so we made the choice to look the part, too,” said owner Rifino Valentine.

Valentine Distilling’s product distribution is growing at a significant rate year over year. As the brand gains more national distribution, Valentine knew it was imperative to meet consumers’ expectations.

As the bottle hits retail shelves, consumers will notice Valentine’s brand icon, Belle, still included in the redesign. Belle passionately represents a staple of the Valentine brand, as she pays homage to an era of American history, the 1920s through the 1940s, during a time when Detroit was known as the Paris of the Midwest. Belle’s look reflects the work of the Peruvian artist, Alberto Vargas, and her image will draw consumers in and show that Valentine’s traditional roots are still very much present.   

For those who wish to collect the original design of the bottle before it’s gone, act fast, as the brand new-and-improved bottle hits shelves soon.

Valentine Vodka’s new look can be defined as:

●      A simple label with the right balance of information and style

●      Elegant ridges to offer a sleek, high-class feel

The tagline on the bottle speaks for the new design itself: quality above all else.

-###-

 

About Valentine Distilling Co. 

Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. When Valentine first started production, there were approximately 15 to 20 micro-distilleries in the U.S. Today, there are more than 2,000 known micro-distilleries in the country. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products.

 

Valentine Distilling Co. | 965 Wanda Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220

Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220

Local to Global. It’s Better.

 www.ValentineDistilling.com | www.facebook.com/ValentineVodka  |www.twitter.com/ValentineVodka  | Media Kit

 

 

Valentine Distilling Co. Awarded Double Gold Medal for Liberator Old Tom Gin

Valentine Distilling Co. Awarded Double Gold Medal for Liberator Old Tom Gin

The Fifty Best Announces “Best Gin” Competition Winners

Ferndale, MI – Valentine Distilling Co.’s Liberator Old Tom Gin wins Double-Gold medal this month at the world’s largest gin tasting competition. The Fifty Best recently hosted a gin tasting competition in New York to evaluate and award candidates on the “Best Gin” of 2018.

Judges blind-tasted and rated each of the 68 competing gins individually, based on a five-point system. Double-Gold, Gold, and Silver medals were awarded based on the judge’s impression. The Double-Gold medal is awarded to the best of the entries.

Barrel-aged for two years, Liberator Old Tom Gin is a respectable gin featuring flavors of juniper berries and pine with a touch of vanilla, citrus, cardamom, and cinnamon.

“We know the difference between good and great, and that is what creates a difference in our product. By crafting a mix of high-quality ingredients and exceptional flavors, we stand out from the rest,” said Rifino Valentine, Founder and President of Valentine Distilling Co.

Only a handful of distilleries in the world produce a barrel-aged gin like Valentine’s Liberator Old Tom Gin, which is Valentine’s Liberator Gin aged in American Oak barrels for two years.

Liberator Old Tom Gin has earned the title of ‘Best Cask Gin in the World’ from the World Gin Awards. It also has received a Gold Medal from the International Craft Spirit Awards.

A complete list of The Fifty Best winners can be found here.

About Valentine Distilling Co. 

Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. When Valentine first started production, there were approximately 15 to 20 micro-distilleries in the U.S. Today, there are more than 2,000 known micro-distilleries in the country. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products.

 

Valentine Distilling Co. | 965 Wanda Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220

Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220

Local to Global. It’s Better.

 www.ValentineDistilling.com | www.facebook.com/ValentineVodka  |www.twitter.com/ValentineVodka  | Media Kit

 

-###-

EY Announces Rifino Valentine of Valentine Distilling Co.  as Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award Finalist in Michigan and Northwest Ohio Region

Ferndale, Mich. – EY recently announced that Rifino Valentine, Founder of Valentine Distilling Co. is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Valentine was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 27 at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).

“I am honored to be recognized as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Our spirits are known for their numerous accolades internationally, and to be recognized as an outstanding entrepreneur and business owner is humbling,” said Rifino Valentine, Founder of Valentine Distilling Co. “Thank you EY for creating this opportunity and recognition.”

Rifino Valentine is an American entrepreneur who has a vision for the big picture and presses above the competition of the highly competitive imported spirits catalogue across the world. Rifino Valentine has a philosophy about manufacturing in this country and specifically in Detroit – a city well-established as the epicenter of quality manufacturing for more than a century. Valentine shows America what true excellence in manufacturing can be when distilled spirits production meets the most vaunted manufacturing capital in U.S. history.

Valentine has always appreciated the American craftsman; working by hand, making one-of-a-kind products that stand the test of time. In distillation, this means selecting the best ingredients, distilling in small batches, and taking care in every single step of the process. This leans heavily on employing old-world techniques that haven’t changed in centuries, but improving on them through an intimate understanding of the science involved in the complex and dynamic processes.

Valentine focuses on two main goals in his business: to prove the best products are still made in this country – and in Detroit –  and that the end-goal of business does not have to be solely about profit. “You can have both – quality and profit,” Valentine remarks.

“I am taking a stand against mass produced spirits. I am here to prove that American ingenuity and quality American manufacturing is still alive,” says Valentine.

Now in its 32nd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About Valentine Distilling Co. 
Established in 2007, Valentine Distilling Co. is an American pioneer of small batch spirits. When Valentine first started production, there were approximately 15 to 20 micro-distilleries in the U.S. Today, there are more than 2,000 known micro-distilleries in the country. Valentine Vodka has been named “World’s Best” by The World Vodka Awards in London back-to-back in 2016 and 2017. Also in 2017, Valentine Distilling Co.’s 10-year Mayor Pingree Blue and Black label bourbons received the most prestigious medal awarded, the Double Gold, at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The company’s award-winning vodka, gin, and bourbon are available in seven states, Western Europe and Ontario. In the tradition of Detroit’s manufacturing leadership, Ferndale, Michigan-based Valentine Distilling Co. is dedicated to American ingenuity, quality manufacturing, and small batch distilling using old-world techniques that create superior products.
Valentine Distilling Co. | 965 Wanda Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220
Valentine Distilling Co. Cocktail Lounge | 161 Vester Street, Ferndale, Michigan 48220
Local to Global. It’s Better.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries. Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, the Kauffman Foundation, and Merrill Corporation. In Michigan and Northwest Ohio Region, sponsors also include Citizens Bank, Colliers International, Foley & Lardner, Oswald Companies and Tanner Friedman.
ey.com/eoy

Author of GG’s Journey: From Lost to Loved, Cheryl Lyn Phillips, Hosts Exclusive Book Signing at Barnes & Noble Ann Arbor May 12

Northville, MI – And both of their lives changed forever. Second chances and compassion are what GG’s Journey is all about. Found lying under a tree in Detroit, Gorgeous Gal, a terrier mix, also known as GG, was struggling to survive when Cheryl Phillips came along. GG deserved a second chance, and that is what Phillips gave her.

Get to know Phillips and learn all about GG’s Journey at her book signing and exclusive meet and greet event on Saturday, May 12, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Ann Arbor’s Barnes & Noble. Books will be available for purchase, and Cheryl will be signing books for those in attendance.

“If you ever wondered what the animals you take care of are thinking, GG tells you in her own words. Every shelter director or staff member should be compelled to read this book. Her journey could be the same as any animal that comes into your shelter,” said Ken Kempkens, President of the Humane Society of Macomb.

Through GG’s eyes, Phillips writes the story of GG’s long and tumultuous journey.  From her rescue to encountering a near-death experience in a shelter to her recovery, Phillips was determined to find GG the loving home of her dreams.

“The book GG's Journey is a classic. It was written with LOVE from the heart, and when you are reading it, you feel like you are taking the journey with GG. I can tell you there is no word complimentary enough to describe it,” said reader Virginia C "G". 

About GG’s Journey
GG’s Journey gives a voice to animals who cannot speak for themselves. Being compassionate to animals and providing humane education in our communities can help us become a kinder, gentler nation. Fifteen percent of net proceeds benefit GG’s Foundation to support animal welfare organizations to prevent animal homelessness, euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets, exploitation, inhumane treatment, and provide low-cost spay/neuter.
www.ggsjourney.com | Media Kit  | info@ggsjourney.com | Cheryl’s Bio

About the Author
Cheryl Phillips has held the positions of Vice President, Masco Corporation Foundation and Director Global Purchasing for Masco Corporation, a Fortune 250 Corporation with annual sales of more than $8 billion. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in business from Madonna University and MBA from Eastern Michigan University.