Business Recognition Awards

Annual Business Recognition Breakfast

 

Join us for the region’s premier business recognition ceremony

 

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24 February 2022

Business Recognition Breakfast

Grand Upton Hall

Located within the Mendel Center
at Lake Michigan College
 

Join the region’s top executives, entrepreneurs, and rising stars for the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber’s Annual Business Recognition Breakfast and Awards Ceremony. Enjoy breakfast, networking, an informative keynote address, and celebrate the success of your peers at this signature event.

Our Awards

Award recipients are announced at the event, keeping finalists and attendees on the edge of their seats.

Economic Impact Award

A local enterprise that has made significant contributions to the economic vitality of the region through business growth, job creation, investment in infrastructure, and participation in other endeavors that benefit that community and its residents. The company must also exemplify excellent corporate citizenship by giving back to the community in which it operates and possess a corporate culture that enhances the lives of its employees.

Nomination must include:

  • Size: The business must have more than 50 employees.
  • Resiliency: Has demonstrated the ability to survive during tough times.
  • Culture: Has created a positive culture of employee benefits, talent development, diversity and inclusion practices, flexibility in sick-leave policies, and mentorship for its employees.
  • Growth: Record of growth in any, or all, of the following: jobs provided, sales made, services or products offered, and territory served.
  • Customer Service: Has built a reputation of exceeding customer/client expectations.
  • Community Service: Has dedicated significant time and resources to bettering the community.
Small Business of the Year Award

A local small business that stands out for developing an outstanding, growing business; offering innovative product(s) and/or services, increasing jobs, increasing sales, overcoming adversity, and for making significant community contributions. The applicant for this award should be the highest-ranking person in the company.

Nomination must include:

  • Size: The busines must have fewer than 50 employees.
  • Resiliency: Has demonstrated the ability to survive during tough times.
  • Culture: Has created a positive culture of employee benefits, talent development, diversity and inclusion practices, flexibility in sick-leave policies, and mentorship for its employees.
  • Growth: Achieved growth in any, or all, of the following: jobs provided, sales made, services or products offered, and territory served.
  • Customer Service: Has built a reputation of exceeding customer/client expectations.
  • Community Service: Has dedicated significant time and resources to bettering the community.
Best New Business Award

A new stand out business to Southwest Michigan that is between 6 months and 2 years old, has demonstrated levels of excellence in their product category and in providing service to the community.

Nomination must include:

  • Time Open: The organization must be open for 6 months to 2 years.
  • Examples: Examples of excellence of customer service, growth since opening, and how the met the need of the surrounding community.
  • Service Provided: A description of the services provided and the population they seek to benefit.
Non-Profit of the Year Award

A 501(c)3 organization that demonstrates excellence in providing a service to our community and/or in advocating, enabling, and empowering an underserved, underrepresented or disadvantaged population in our area.

Nomination must include:

  • Size: The organization must have fewer than 100 employees.
  • Mission: The mission of the organization.
  • History: A brief history of the organization.
  • Examples: Examples of excellence in the following:
    • Leadership abilities, strategic planning, partnerships, alliances, effective volunteer management, fundraising initiatives, successful marketing and promotion, of initiatives, and effective program development.
  • Service Provided: A description of the services provided and the population they seek to benefit.
The Pat Moody Award

An award that recognizes an individual or business who has made their mark in the community.

Criteria

  1. Longevity: Has 10+ years in as an established presence in Southwest Michigan.
  2. Leadership: Has served their organization or community in a leadership role.
  3. Customer Service: Has built a reputation of exceeding customer’s expectations.
  4. Community Service: Has dedicated significant time and resources to bettering the community.
Rising Star Award
  • Age: Must be between the ages of 21-40 years old.
  • Experience: Must have one (1) or more years of professional experience in your current career.
  • Community Service: Must also be involved in community, civic, church or charitable activities.
  • Talent Development: Must have dedicated time and effort to education/career/leadership development programs as a way to achieve a higher level of knowledge and expertise in their field of business.
  • Example: Must serve as a role model for others personally and professionally.

2022 Nominees

Take a look at our impressive slate of nominees for 2022. Only one in each category can win!

Economic Impact Award

  • B&L Information Systems
  • GT Independence
  • United Federal Credit Union

Non-Profit Excellence Award

  • Berrien County Historical Association
  • Citizens Mediation Services
  • Junior Achievement of SW MI
  • Region IV Area Agency on Aging

Small Business of the Year

  • Advanced Family Eye Care
  • Leo + Laine
  • MailMax
  • Waterfront Framing & Design

Best New Business

  • The Brick House
  • Dallas Commercial Cleaning
  • Happy Poochie Eatery
  • Local Pour
  • The Market
  • State Street Meats

The Pat Moody Award

  • Bob Burch (Sturgis Bank & Trust)
  • Gayle Olsen (Mid-West Family, SW MI)
  • Roger & Pam Seely (Roger’s Foodland)

Rising Star Award

  • Rhiannon Cizon (Berrien Co. Historical Association)
  • Chris Mason (Watermark Brewing Co.)
  • Nick Shelton, City of Niles Mayor
  • Ashley Slack, SMCAA

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