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Business Recognition Awards

The 2022 BUSINESS RECOGNITION ANNUAL MEETING & AWARDS CEREMONY

Local businesses and business professionals will be recognized by their colleagues at the 2022 Business Recognition Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony. Join in on the celebration of success of our peers, and all the growth that is happening in Michigan's Great Southwest. 

Nominations for the 2022 Business Recognition Awards will be accepted beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 8th through Friday, December 3rd

Nominations can be submitted by anyone; however, nominees must be members in good standing with the Chamber in order to be eligible for recognition.  

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Organizational Excellence Awards

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.

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. 

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. 

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

An award that recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of a highly motivated, emerging leader in the community. Nominee should demonstrate excellence, creativity, and show initiative/leadership in their industry, company, or profession.

Criteria

  • 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.

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