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Business Recognition Awards

The 2021 BUSINESS RECOGNITION ANNUAL MEETING & AWARDS CEREMONY

Local businesses and business professionals will be recognized by their colleagues at the 2021 Business Recognition Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony. Join the Cornerstone Alliance, Women's Business Center, and the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber in celebrating the success of our peers, and all the growth that is happening in Michigan's Great Southwest. New for 2021, the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber will also be awarding a series of Pandemic Excellence Awards that highlight and recognize businesses and individuals who showed true examples of excellence during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Nominations for the 2021 Business Recognition Awards will be accepted through Friday, December 11th

Nominations can be submitted by anyone; however, nominees must be members in good standing with the Chamber in order to be eligible for recognition, no self-nominations will be accepted.  

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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. 

Individual or Business Excellence Awards

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.

Individual Excellence Awards

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.

Pandemic Excellence Awards

Community Guardian Award (New)

This award honors the health-related organizations, agencies, or entities who provided a frontline medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic, helped curb the spread of the virus, and worked to keep the citizens of Southwest Michigan healthy and safe.

Criteria

  • Local: The organization must be located in Southwest Michigan and a member in good standing.
  • Health Care: The organization, agency, or entity must be in or related to the healthcare industry.
  • Impact: Can provide quantitative detail on their response’s impact on the community/economy.

Community Hero Award (New)

This award honors the business, organization, or entity that helped save lives by responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by either producing, procuring, or providing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for the local community.

Criteria

  • Local: The organization must be located in Southwest Michigan and a member in good standing.
  • PPE: The business, organization, or entity must have produced, procured, or provided PPE to the local community.
  • Impact: Can provide quantitative detail on their response’s impact on the community/economy.

Excellence in Pandemic Reporting Award (New)

A local media organization, entity, or individual who worked overtime to provide regular updates on the fast paced, seemingly ever-changing circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing shutdown.

Criteria

  • Local: The organization must be located in Southwest Michigan and a member in good standing.
  • Media: The organization, agency, or entity must be in or related to the media industry.
  • Impact: Can provide quantitative detail on their response’s impact on the community/economy.

Excellence in Pandemic Innovation Award (New)

This award honors the business, organization, or entity that pivoted its business model, products, services, or delivery systems in response and adaptation to the coronavirus. By pivoting, this business didn’t just survive the pandemic and shutdown, it found a way to thrive

Criteria

  • Local: The organization must be located in Southwest Michigan and a member in good standing.
  • Pivot: The business, organization, or entity must have produced or offered a new product or service – or – changed the delivery model of an existing product or service, in direct response to the pandemic. The new offering, or new way of delivering that offering must not have been provided pre-pandemic.
  • Impact: Can provide quantitative detail on their response’s impact on the community/economy.

Excellence in Pandemic Lending Award (New)

This award honors the local financial institution that provided exceptional customer service to the Southwest Michigan Business Community throughout the pandemic, the shutdown, and the ensuing economic recovery. Specifically, this institution provided tremendous support to local businesses community in the form of processing, approving, and lending Payroll Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans – saving many of these businesses from permanently closing their doors.

Criteria

  • Local: The organization must be located in Southwest Michigan and a member in good standing.
  • Pivot: The business, organization, or entity must have produced or offered a new product or service – or – changed the delivery model of an existing product or service, in direct response to the pandemic. The new offering, or new way of delivering that offering must not have been provided pre-pandemic.
  • Impact: Can provide quantitative detail on their response’s impact on the community/economy.

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