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BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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November 25, 2019
The BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD showcases the impact and vital role that small to midsize businesses play in the overall economic development of Southwest Michigan. Each year, businesses are recognized for their creativity, vitality, stability and relevance. Winners are nominated by their peers in the business community.
 
Nomination criteria: 
  • Expansion or business renovation
  • Productivity and quality improvements
  • Entrepreneurship and business leadership
  • Business innovation (creativity and imagination in business operations, products, and services)
  • Customer relation practices (high level of customer confidence and excellence in customer services and relations)
  • Marketing and promotional achievements
  • Increased area employment
  • Contributions to aid in community-oriented projects
 
COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD
The COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD is presented to a business or individual who has shown exemplary leadership in the civic community and demonstrated a positive social or economic impact on Southwest Michigan. Each year, individuals are recognized for their passion for the betterment of our community. Winners are nominated by their peers in the business community.
 
Nomination criteria: 
  • Gives freely and unselfishly of their time to community activities
  • Inspires others to serve and act as role models
  • Community involvement in health and fitness
  • School partnerships, scholarship opportunities, and inspiring young talent
  • Engaging the community on issues of sustainability
  • Sowing a seed for change on an issue salient to our community
Embodies a sense of caring and responsibility for others that connects citizens and solves community problems