Saline based Akervall Technologies selected Michigan SBDC Best Small Business of the Year

From Jan Jenkins

Saline-based Akervall Technologies, a mouthguard manufacturer that sells its products in approximately 50 countries, has been selected Best Small Business of the Year in the Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards program.

Akervall will receive the prestigious award at MCSB’s 15th annual awards ceremony, Wednesday, May 8, in Lansing. MCSB will recognize 86 of the 600 companies that were nominated for the 2019 awards based on their growth and contributions to Michigan’s economy.

“This honor by Michigan SBDC is amazing,” said Sassa Akervall, CEO and owner of Akervall Technologies. “I am humbled and incredibly excited for recognition of the Akervall team. Our company success is the result of the cumulative work of our team. We’re not only preserving dental health around the world, but also creating jobs here in Michigan.

“The help we have received along the way has been crucial for our growth, so thank you, Michigan SBDC, for supporting us in this remarkable journey.”

Akervall manufactures ultra-thin, impression-less, custom-fit mouthguards for the sports, dentistry, military and hospital markets. The USA-made mouthguards are sold in approximately 50 countries. 

Committed to cutting-edge dental protection technology, Akervall developed a multi-patented, non-compressible, thermoplastic polymer for its mouthguards that is stronger and thinner than conventional mouthguards – most Akervall guards are thinner than a quarter. SISU Mouthguards, SOVA Night Guards and Intuguards allow users to talk, drink and breathe normally.

The small businesses that will be recognized by MCSB were selected by judges from Michigan’s banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development and venture capital communities. Akervall was nominated for the award by Ron Stevens with SBDC Greater Washtenaw Region.

Founders of Michigan Celebrates Small Business are Michigan Small Business Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration – Michigan, Edward Lowe Foundation, Michigan Business Network and Small Business Association of Michigan. Founding sponsors are Michigan Economic Development Corporation, PNC Bank, AF Group and Dynamic Edge Inc. 

For information about Michigan Celebrates Small Business, visit

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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