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UNITED WAY NAMES BIGGBY COFFEE of Alma, MI Business of the Year.


ALMA, MI, April, 2015 – The United Way of Gratiot County hosts an Annual Meeting and Celebration each year as a way to close out the year and thank volunteers and businesses who have supported them over the last year. This year BIGGBY COFFEE of Alma, MI was presented with the Business of the Year award. One of two brand new awards presented at this year’s celebration, the criteria for this award are a business that has gone above and beyond to help United Way of Gratiot County and the community in the past year by volunteering, advocating, and/or giving. According to the United Way the Owners/Operators John and MaryAnne MacIntosh and the employees at her store “have gone above and beyond for us and have been tremendous supporters!” – Jessica L. Oswald, Executive Director United Way of Gratiot County. MaryAnne says “We are so honored to receive this award, and we would like everyone to know that we have adopted this community as our own. “B”ing involved and giving back is not only our social responsibility, it also helps all of us here at the Alma BIGGBY become better people!”.


Here at BIGGBY COFFEE we love to get involved in the local communities, so much that it is one of our Core Values “E – Engaging the Community…Giving is getting”. We are so proud that MaryAnne and the Alma store are embracing their community and are going the extra mile to support the wonderful organizations like the United Way. Approximately 60 local United Ways who represent the largest network of non-governmental service providers and service funders in Michigan, collectively raising and distributing over $160 million dollars to support local health and human service organizations, according to uwmich.org.


About BIGGBY® COFFEE East Lansing, Mich.-based BIGGBY® COFFEE was started with a single store on March 15, 1995. One year later, and on the cusp of opening a second location, Bob Fish and his business partner Michael McFall, on a handshake and $3,000, decided to franchise the concept. BIGGBY® COFFEE’s core values of B happy, have fun, make friends, love people and drink great coffee help coffee-lovers and the coffee-curious alike benefit from a less pretentious and fun approach to the standard gourmet café paradigm. Besides connoisseur-worthy drinks with pronounceable names like Teddy Bear and Caramel Marvel, BIGGBY® baristas provide a unique experience focused on brightening their customer’s day. The “Big ‘B’” on the orange background caught on, and today BIGGBY® COFFEE has 247 cafes open or under contract across nine states including: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Florida and Texas.