Hispanic chamber announces nominees for annual awards


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The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees in each category for its annual awards.

The chamber will announce the winners at the 2017 West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala, 6-9 p.m., April 19, at The Pinnacle Center, 3330 Highland Drive in Hudsonville.

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The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was founded in 2003 by a group of Hispanic business leaders looking to support economic and cultural understanding and represent Hispanic business interests.

The chamber offers networking opportunities, workshops, events, bilingual business counseling and free legal advice.

The nominees in each category are:

Hispanic Business of the Year

Avanti Law Group LLC

El Granjero Mexican Grill

El Informador


La Mejor GR

Supermercado Mexico

Hispanic Businessperson of the Year

Carlos Sanchez, Ferris State University

Chuy Morales, La Mejor GR

Javier Olvera, Supermercado Mexico

Raquel Salas, Avanti Law Group LLC

Roberto Alvarez, Avanti Law Group LLC

Most Promising Hispanic Business

El Globo Restaurante

iRide Smart

Mi Casa Restaurante

Tamales Mary

Vive Michigan Bilingual Magazine

Young Professional of the Year

Erika Vandyke, KSSN-West Elementary

Michelle Jokisch Polo, Rapid Growth Media

Steffanie Rosalez, Grandville Ave for Arts & Humanities

Building Bridges Award

Emily Hunsberger, Tertulia Spanish

Keith Vandenbergh, Erhardt Construction

Meghan Moore, Avanti Law Group

Teresa Weatherall Neal, Grand Rapids Public Schools

Tony Baker, Ferris State University

Nonprofit Champion Award

Kids’ Food Basket

Grand Rapids Public Museum

West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology


Mind Meets Music

Workers Center of West Michigan

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