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Meet the 2017 EPIC Award Recipients!

Meet the 2017 EPIC Award Recipients!

On the 18th of October 2017 at 20 Monroe Live, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2017 EPIC Awards – where local organizations and professionals were recognized for their outstanding success stories and contributions to West Michigan’s thriving economy.

“We are proud to support businesses and individuals growing, innovating, collaborating, and creating right here in West Michigan,” said Rick Baker, President & CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber. “They are the economic engines driving growth in the Grand Rapids region.”

Twenty local entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations were in the running as finalists for seven EPIC Award categories. Recipients and finalists alike are honored for their support of the community, their growth and innovation in business, and for their work with others as mentors and as collaborators.

Each finalist was required to complete a comprehensive application as part of the nomination process. Seven selection committees comprised of both Chamber members and sponsors were then formed for each EPIC award category. After careful review of all nominee applications, each committee selected three finalists to interview before finally selecting a winner.


Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Elizabeth Schenk, Posh Petals

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Owner Elizabeth Schenk and the Posh Petals team

WHAT THEY DO: Posh Petals designs and creates fresh flower arrangements in a variety of styles for weddings, events and everyday occasions. They love sharing the beauty they get to experience every day and their passion shows in their work.

Woman-Owned Business of the Year
Mixed Staffing & Recruiting

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Sara Sherry Knoester, President of Mixed Staffing & Recruiting

WHAT THEY DO: A certified Woman-Owned professional staffing agency that focuses on meeting their clients’ needs 100% of the time. They work with individuals and find the best fit not only for their clients but their candidates as well. They focus on placing the right people with the right employers, finding today’s talent and tomorrow’s success.

Minority-Owned Business of the Year
Preferred Construction Group

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Troy Yarbrough, CEO of Preferred Construction Group

WHAT THEY DO: PCG helps elevate healthcare, educational and commercial facilities in the greater Grand Rapids area through exceptional construction management and general contracting services.

Read our Member Spotlight on Troy Yarbrough and PCG!

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year
Elevator Service Inc.

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Nate McFadden, President of Elevator Service Inc.

WHAT THEY DO: Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan for over 30 years, Elevator Service Inc. provides safe and quality construction, modernization, and repair services for all elevator applications in many of Michigan’s most noteworthy institutions.

Small Business of the Year

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Sara Moylan, Owner of SheFit

WHAT THEY DO: A performance-enhancing women’s apparel company with an emphasis on fully custom adjustable sports bras for women of all ages, sizes, and athletic levels.

Non-Profit of the Year
Dégagé Ministries

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Marge Palmerlee, Executive Director of Dégagé Ministries

WHAT THEY DO: Daily, Degage Ministries offers dignified and relationship-oriented services to 400-500 individuals who are experiencing homelessness and numerous hardships.

Excellence in Business
Sun Title

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Lawrence Duthler, Owner & President of Sun Title

WHAT THEY DO: Sun Title attracts, retains and supports the very best title professionals, who are able to provide unparalleled levels of expertise and service to professionals and their clients throughout the entire real estate transaction.


We hope to see you at the 2018 awards! Click here to get your tickets.

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