EPIC Awards

EPIC Awards - Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

The EPIC Awards celebrates those businesses and people who are doing great things in the business community by being Entrepreneurial, Progressive, Innovative and Collaborative.

Seven categories of awards recognize businesses and individuals supporting the community, demonstrating growth, finding ways to innovate, and are working with others as mentors and collaborators.

Anticipation builds for the annual EPIC Awards celebration as the field of nominees is narrowed—keeping finalists and attendees on the edge of their seats as the envelops are opened and award recipients are finally announced from the podium during an Oscar-styled reveal at this premier Chamber event.

Mark Your Calendars!

It’s time to shine the light on West Michigan’s “EPIC” business community.

We’re the economic engines driving regional and statewide growth—proven by recent stats ranking the region third in the nation for economic vitality,  second in best places to start a business, and even buoying Michigan as a whole to seventh in competitiveness across the country.

Let’s recognize and celebrate those who are moving the needle forward. Nominate an outstanding business, entrepreneur, or non-profit (including your own organization) for one of seven EPIC Award categories!

Excellence in Business
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Small Business of the Year
Minority-Owned Business of the Year
Woman-Owned Business of the Year
Veteran-Owned Business of the Year
Non-Profit of the Year

Any Grand Rapids Area Chamber member in good standing who has reached their one year anniversary with us is eligible to be nominated for an EPIC Award, and all finalists are highlighted during the celebratory awards dinner.

EPIC Award nominations will be accepted from August 1 through August 31 for the 2016 selection process. Stay tuned for the nomination form and details. Then plan to join us on November 3 to find out who takes home the top spot.

Congratulations to all our 2015 EPIC Awards finalists and recipients!

Small Business of the Year
Sponsored by: Independent Bank
Baker Holtz
Kennari Consulting
Lambert, Edwards & Associates, Inc. *
Minority-Owned Business of the Year
Sponsored by: Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Malamiah Juice Bar, LLC *
River City Metrology LLC
Supermercado Mexico, Inc.
Woman-Owned Business of the Year
Sponsored by: Priority Health
Eastown Veterinary Clinic *
OnSite Wellness LLC
Serendipity Media, LLC
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by: Northwood University
Johnny Brann Jr. (Kitchen 67)
Chris Andrus & Max Trierweiler (Mitten Brewing Company) *
Steve Jbara and Wes Weir (Grand Rapids Drive)
Non-Profit of the Year
Heart of West Michigan United Way
West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT) *
Comprehensive Therapy Center Inc.
Excellence in Business
Sponsored by: Fifth Third Bank
Holland Home
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital *
Wolverine Building Group, Inc.
Veteran-Owned Business of the Year
Sponsored by: Meijer, Inc.
Phoenix Floor Care
JetCo Solutions *
 * Denotes award recipient.

Come celebrate amazing business growth and local success stories at next year’s EPIC Awards and connect with other West Michigan entrepreneurs as we salute the many contributions making Grand Rapids a vibrant and thriving community.

Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors!

Exclusive Premier Sponsor


Exclusive Award Finalist Reception Sponsor

PNC Bank

Event Underwriter


Veteran-Owned Business Award Sponsor


Minority-Owned Business Award Sponsor

Warner Norcross and Judd

Young Entrepreneur Award Sponsor


Small Business Award Sponsor


Excellence in Business Award Sponsor

fifth third logo

Women-Owned Business Award Sponsor

Media Partner Sponsor


Corporate Benefactors

Chemical Bank


Lacks Enterprises

Chamber Champions

Clark Hill

Davenport University

Supporting Sponsor
Grand Valley State University

Entrepreneur Sponsor
Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes, Inc.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Honor award recipients and elevate your brand’s profile with more than 450 Chamber members and business leaders representing a wide range of industries by sponsoring the EPIC Awards event.

Click here for sponsorship levels and benefits or contact Joshua Verhulst for sponsorship information.