Business Recognition & Awards

There is growing diversity and burgeoning economic vitality here in West Michigan. And Chamber members have been at the heart of it all. We are exceedingly proud of all our members and their many accomplishments, and we enjoy celebrating our members’ successes through our annual awards programs.

Chamber recognition is a great way to share your business success story and leverage additional marketing power that comes with Chamber credibility. Build the award-winning leaders, processes, and results you need to grow your business with the high-standards set by these award programs. Then come celebrate with us!

Diversity Visionary Award Celebration

Created in 2003 and celebrated annually, the Diversity Visionary Award recognizes an individual or organization for their exemplary efforts, advancements and contributions to ensure diversity, inclusion and equity within their own institution or community. The Diversity Visionary Award showcases the diversity accomplishments of the honoree and the community initiatives that are creating a welcoming and inclusive community in support of a diverse workforce and the talent needed for business success.

EPIC Awards

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

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

The Chamber is proud to be honoring these businesses and individuals who are creating jobs, growing businesses and making Grand Rapids a magnetic community.


Presented annually by the Chamber, the ATHENA Award Celebration honors individuals (both male and female) for their professional excellence, community service, and outstanding support and advocacy of women. The Chamber proudly presents two ATHENA awards at the luncheon held in September each year—the ATHENA Award and the ATHENA Young Professional Award.

The prestigious ATHENA Award honors an individual who has demonstrated leadership in their professional field, mentored and opened doors of opportunities for women, and contributed time and talent to the community.

The ATHENA Young Professional Award recognizes an emerging leader (under 40) for their contributions to community, professional excellence, and commitment to serve as a personal and professional role model to young women.