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LaSata announces next Small Business of the Month award recipient

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata on Tuesday announced JD’s Marina, of Watervliet and Sister Lakes, is the next recipient of her Small Business of the Month award.

“I’m proud to announce JD’s Marina as our next small business of the month,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “The business’ success is a testament to owners Jim and Donna Vollmer, who have worked incredibly hard over three decades to turn their garage-based repair shop into an award winning, full service, inland lake marina, watercraft dealer, and job provider. On behalf of all district residents, I say congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.”

JD’s Marina is beloved by Southwest Michiganders and was named one of Moody on the Market’s Fifteen Under 15 for 2020, which according to Moody’s, is a recognition program reserved for the best small companies and organizations who have 15 or fewer employees.

One person who nominated JD’s Marina put it best, saying, “[JD’s Marina] gives excellent service. They treat you with respect no matter what.”

Residents wishing to nominate a small business may do so at or by sending an email to [email protected]. Nominations need only be submitted once.


Sen. Kim LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township, presents JD’s Marina owners Jim and Donna Vollmer, with her Small Business of the Month award. Also pictured is Silver Creek Township Supervisor Bill Saunders.