Chamber names EPIC winners


Kent Riddle. Courtesy Adam Bird Photography

Seven area businesses, nonprofits and individuals are making EPIC contributions to West Michigan.

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce selected the seven winners from a list of 20 nominees at its sixth annual EPIC Awards event, which took place June 1 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

The awards, which honor businesses, nonprofits and individuals in the community that are being entrepreneurial, progressive, innovative and collaborative — EPIC — named winners in the categories of Small Business of the Year, Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Veteran-Owned Business of the Year, Minority-Owned Business of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Excellence in Business.

Rick Baker, chamber president and CEO, said the winners exhibit solid business practices and serious growth potential.

“I thought we had very strong finalists. I know the committees had a difficult time choosing the actual awards this year,” he said.

“I think all of the (winners) are very well-deserving. Recognition is fun. And now people will get to hear the great stories going on in the business community.”

Here are this year’s winners:

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Chris Andrus and Max Trierweiler, The Mitten Brewing Co.

Small Business of the Year: Lambert, Edwards & Associates Inc.

Woman-Owned Business of the Year: Eastown Veterinary Clinic

Nonprofit of the Year: West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year: JetCo Solutions

Minority-Owned Business of the Year: Malamiah Juice Bar LLC

Excellence in Business: Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

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