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.

NEW! Veteran-Owned Business Category Announced

An ALL NEW VETERAN-OWNED Business of the Year category for the 2015 EPIC Awards was announced at the Chamber’s 127th annual meeting!

“The Grand Rapids Area Chamber recognizes the many contributions veterans make to our businesses and community. We are excited to announce the inclusion of a Veteran-Owned Business of the Year Award as part of our on-going support for veterans and small businesses,” said Janet Wyllie, Vice President of Business Growth Initiatives at the Chamber.

Don’t wait to nominate!

EPIC Awards Nominations Open Jan. 19

We’re looking forward to another year of recognizing outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs in our community at the 2015 EPIC Awards—slated for June 1 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Get your nominations in early! EPIC nominations open Monday, January 19 and will be accepted through 5 p.m. Friday, February 20. Submit the completed form(s) to cowperm@grandrapids.org.

Nominate Here!

Save the Date to Celebrate EPIC Awards!

Date | Monday, June 1, 2015
Time | 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location | Grand Palm, Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park, 1000 E. Beltline NE
Cost | $50 member, $75 future member

Register Now! or call 616.771.0303

Sponsorships for this high-profile event are available. Contact Diane Cisler at 616.771.0357 or cislerd@grandrapids.org for information.

Congratulations to all of our 2014 finalists and recipients!

Small Business of the Year
Baker Holtz
Blackford Capital - *recipient
The Charter Group
Minority-Owned Business of the Year
Sponsored by: Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
M&K Construction Supply, LLC
Tolman’s Wholesale Meats – *recipient
Specialized Staffing Solutions, LLC
Woman-Owned Business of the Year
Appletree Learning Centers – *recipient
Micro Visions, Inc.
OnSite Wellness, LLC
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by: Northwood University
Adam Bird, Photographer
Genius Phone Repair – *recipient
Non-Profit of the Year
Heart of West Michigan United Way
Kids’ Food Basket – *recipient
West Michigan Center for Arts &
Technology (WMCAT) 
Excellence in Business
Sponsored by: Meijer, Inc.
Davenport University – *recipient
Elzinga & Volkers, Inc.
Life EMS Ambulance

Come celebrate amazing business growth and local success stories at the next 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 those who supported the 2014 event!

Exclusive Premier Sponsor:


Finalists Reception Sponsor:


Celebration Underwriter:


Excellence in Business Award Sponsor:


Minority Owned Business Award Sponsor:

Warner Norcross and Judd

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Sponsor:


Media Sponsor:


Corporate Benefactors:

Chemical Bank



Chamber Champions:


Daniel and Pamella DeVos

Davenport University

Associate Sponsor

Cascade Engineering

Supporting Sponsor

Mercantile Bank

Entrepreneur Sponsor

Junior Achievement of 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 Diane Cisler for sponsorship information.