Startup consulting, public speaking, and philanthropy.

Christopher Andrus is the co-owner of The Mitten Brewing Company, a microbrewery and restaurant with four Michigan locations. He is also the founder of Mitten Foundation, Inc.

Chris is a consultant and keynote speaker who regularly instructs on entrepreneurship and philanthropy. He is also the author of Dough Nation: How Pizza (And Small Business) Can Change The World.


Chris’s vision and commitment to philanthropy illustrate the power a small business can have in the surrounding community and the world.”


  • 2021 “Distinguished Philanthropist” – Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • 2019 “Twenty to Watch” – Michigan Delegation of the Congressional Black Caucus, Washington D.C.
  • 2019 “40 Under 40 Business Leader” – Grand Rapids Business Journal
  • 2019 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” – Michigan Celebrates Small Business
  • 2018 “Beacon of Light Award” – Michigan Harvest Gathering
  • 2018 “Great Equalizer Award” – Arts in Motion
  • 2018 “Man of the Year” – West Michigan Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • 2018 “Excellence In Business Award” – Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
  • 2017 “Community Partner Award” – Autism Support of Kent County
  • 2017 “40 Under 40 Business Leader” – Grand Rapids Business Journal
  • 2015 “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” – Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce  
  • 2015 “Presidentʼs Award” – Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • 2014 “Newsmaker of the Year” Finalist – Grand Rapids Business Journal