Family Friendly Business Award

Business Award

What is the Great Start Family Friendly Business Award? 

The St. Clair County Great Start Collaborative would like to recognize businesses, agencies or organizations throughout the county that are "family friendly". A family friendly business is one that encourages and supports children and families through its business practices. An example of this may be a doctors office that provides an area with books or activities for waiting children or a restaurant that provides child friendly menus, including healthy options.

Who can win this award? 

Any business in St. Clair County can be nominated. Perhaps you know of a business or agency that makes the extra effort to ensure families of young children feel comfortable, accepted and welcome. Maybe you have recently visited a business or agency where the employees, staff or volunteers made your family feel special. Think about nominating them for this special recognition. To submit a nomination form, start by accessing the Family Friendly Business Award Nomination form here.

What type of recognition do the winners receive? 

The Great Start Parent Coalition will choose four businesses per year from the nominations received. The winning business will be featured on our website and Facebook pages, and will receive a framed award to display within their business.They will also have the honor of displaying our Family Friendly Business statue at their organization until the next Family Friendly Business Award Recipient is chosen. "Businesses play a key role in our community and we need to recognize this. Children and families are important and they need to feel welcome, so they can benefit from the great community we have," said Great Start Collaborative Director, Riley Alley. Consider nominating your favorite Family Friendly Business, so they can receive the recognition they deserve.

Award Dates

Family Friendly Business Award Dates

Nominations for the Family Friendly Business Award may be submitted at any time throughout the year.

  • Summer/Fall Family Friendly Business Award 
    The winner will be announced July 1st.
  • Winter/Spring Family Friendly Business Award 
    The winner will be announced January 1st.


July-September 2013

Roasted with Perks, Marine City

October-December 2013

The YMCA of the Blue Water Area, Port Huron

January-June 2014

Neiman's Family Market, St. Clair

July-December 2014

The Children's Room at the Main Branch of the St. Clair County Library, Port Huron

January-June 2015

Casey's Pizza & Subs, Port Huron 

July-December 2015

The Raven Cafe, Port Huron