Marie’s Bed & Biscuit Wins Love A Local Business Grand Prize

Pictured: Owners Brad and Jen Stanke.  Photo courtesy of Marie’s Bed & Biscuit.

Marie’s Bed & Biscuit in Charlotte, MI has won the $50,000 Grand Prize in Intuit’s Love A Local Business grant competition. The company became a finalist to win the Grand Prize after it won our grant in July.

Our judges, Kelly Doak and Susie Grade of Sipping N’ Painting, selected Marie’s Bed & Biscuit after reviewing the votes and online presence of each finalist. Although each of the finalists had enthusiastic fans, Doak was drawn to Marie’s Bed and Biscuit’s website and business setting, in addition to the positive comments posted online. “[It] seems like from their Facebook page and Intuit votes that they do an awesome job of caring for people’s pets,” she says. The Lansing State Journal also recently featured the business in an article, Charlotte kennel stands to win big in contest.

Owner Jen Stanke was ecstatic when she received the news that she had won. She plans to use the grant to build an indoor play area for the dogs that would also benefit the local community. The area would be available for 4-H clubs to practice for dog obedience and agility trials after business hours. The additional $25,000 grant comes at a fortunate time since it will provide a place for students to practice indoors during the winter. Stanke and her husband Brad participated in 4-H as they were growing up, where the program taught them the excellent animal care that has been so vital to the success of their business. She is passionate about helping the community learn about caring for animals, particularly as an occupation.

Will your business be featured in our next winner’s announcement? The October-December grant competition has begun, and we’re giving away $25,000 three times each month. Be sure to nominate your business to win!

About Pamela Lue

Pamela Lue is a Social Marketing Manager at Intuit. She has collaborated with hundreds of small businesses to create successful websites as a founding member of the Intuit Websites Design Services team.
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Jamie Snow
Jamie Snow

Yay! We are so excited for you. You deserve it!Congrats!


So excited to hear the news today!!!We are very grateful to Intuit for the amazing opportunities this grant will give us. Thank you so much to our wonderful clients for your comments and votes about how much you love our business. We could not have done this without you or be where we are today. Thank you for trusting us with your pets! We would also like to thank Kelly Doak and Susie Grade of Sipping N' Painting for choosing us!We are looking forward to our upcoming remodel of the kennel letting us provide our clients and community with a modern facility.Again, thank you Intuit for this unbelievable opportunity! We can't wait to get started!Brad and Jen Stanke