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Business Recognition Awards

Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce & the Cornerstone Alliance combined BUSINESS RECOGNITION BREAKFAST 

Local businesses and business professionals will be recognized by their colleagues at the combined Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstone Alliance 2019 Business Recognition Breakfast Thursday, February 14, 2019. The joint event will be held at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center with over 500 expected people in attendance to celebrate and hear our key note speaker. 

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Nominate your favorite business or individual here!

Nominations for the 2019 Business Recognition Awards will be accepted beginning Monday, October 1st through Friday, November 9th. 2018 Winners and award criteria are listed below. 


Congratulations to the 2018 recipients! 

Small Business Award: Watermark Brewing Company

These awards are presented annually to the businessperson in each sector of our economy who has demonstrated top management skills and leadership. The business must have no more than 100 employees. The selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • STAYING POWER - The ability to survive during tough times
  • GROWTH IN NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES - A benchmark for the impact on the local   economy and job market
  • INCREASE IN SALES - A benchmark for growth as an indication of  management skill and ability
  • FINANCIAL STATUS - Evidence of fiscal responsibility and viability [Confidential   data need not be disclosed. Partial data with confirmation statements from auditors and/or accountants will be acceptable.]
  • PRODUCT, SERVICE AND METHOD INNOVATIONS - Illustrations of management’s creativity and imagination
  • RESPONSE TO ADVERSITY - Skills exhibited and solutions found to challenges that have been faced
  • COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND ENTERPRISE - Civic accomplishments or affiliations through the use of personal time and resources

Excellence in Customer Service: Combined Insurance Agencies

The ability of a business organization to continually and consistently exceed the customer’s expectations.

  • Business should be at least one year in existence.
  • Entry is open only to those businesses classified as part of the retail or service industry.

Economic Impact Award: Lakeland Health 

The ability of a larger (100+) employee company to make a positive impact on our community. 

  • BUSINESS SIZE - Nominees must have more than 100 total employees to qualify.
  • RESPONSE TO ADVERSITY - Explain any major problem that might have been faced at the local facility emphasizing the response of local management and employees.
  • COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY - Address investment, employment growth and/or modernization of facilities in the local area. 
  • CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY - Civic affiliations and accomplishments through the involvement of employees and management, or other company resources.

The Green Business Award:

  • Implement the Four R’s: Reuse...reduce...recycle...and rethink...
  • Show sustainable, measurable energy conservation and or water conservation.
  • Participate in climate change through greenhouse gas reduction initiatives.
  • Substantially exhibit visible, meaningful, environmental protection efforts.
  • Work diligently to create and build awareness on Green issues.
  • Exhibit meaningful wildlife protection or enhancement.
  • Play an active, substantive role in fundraising toward environmental projects.
  • Incorporate green building design elements. Show sustainable, measurable waste reduction/increased recycling efforts.
  • Incorporate the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ into their framework/corporate responsibility:  Social, Environmental, & Financial

Nominees for the Green Business Award will be evaluated on their commitment to protecting the environment in their workplace and have:

  • Made a difference in the workplace.
  • Maintained environmental practices.
  • Promoted or encouraged environmental practices.
  • Demonstrated leadership for the environment.
  • Developed transferable projects that can be replicated by other organizations.

Young Business Leader: Lazy Ballerina Winery- Lauren Kniebes

Recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of a highly motivated, emerging leader of the community.

  • Nominee should demonstrate excellence, creativity, and show initiative/leadership in their field, company or profession.
  • Applicant shall clearly serve as a role model for others personally and professionally.
  • Must be between the ages of 21-40 years old.
  • At least 1 or more years of professional experience in your current career.
  • Dedicated time and effort in education/career development programs to achieve a higher level of knowledge and expertise in field of business
  • Involved in community, civic, church or charitable activities in a leadership role

Pat Moody Award: Kruggel Lawton CPAs

An individual or company that is making their mark in the community.  

  • Longevity 10+ years in business
    •  STAYING POWER - The ability to survive during tough times
  • Customer Service- consistently exceeds the customer’s expectations.
  • COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - Civic accomplishments or  affiliations through the use of personal time and resources

2017 Ambassador of the Year Award: Nancy McDonnall- NMAC Marketing 


Know a business or individual that you'd like to nominate? Nominate them here!