Hispanic chamber names award winners


Carlos Sanchez. Courtesy Ferris State University

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its annual awards.

The honorees were celebrated yesterday at the 2017 West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala at The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville.

Luis Avila, president of the chamber’s board of directors, said 400 people attended the ceremony.

“Highlights of the evening included the chamber’s announcement of a 2017 Latina Business Pitch Competition and the launch of our Minority Contractors Program, focused on assisting Hispanic contractors obtain minority supplier certification and helping them access both public and private projects,” Avila said.

Both programs are new.

Award winners

Hispanic Business of the Year: El Granjero Mexican Grill

Hispanic Businessperson of the Year: Carlos Sanchez, Ferris State University

Most-Promising Hispanic Business: iRide Smart

Young Professional of the Year: Steffanie Rosalez, Cook Arts Center

Nonprofit Champion Award: Mind Meets Music

Building Bridges Award: Tony Baker, Ferris State University

Hispanic chamber

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.

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