Business Recognition Award Nomination Period Now Open

Business Recognition Award Nomination Period Now Open


The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber is proud to announce that nominations for their 2021 Business Recognition Awards will be accepted through Friday, December 11th. Winners will be presented at the 2021 Business Recognition Event early next year.

The 2021 Chamber Organizational Excellence Awards are:


Business Focused:

  • Economic Impact Award
  • Small Business of the Year Award
  • Non-Profit Excellence Award

Individual Focused:

  • Ambassador of the Year Award
  • Rising Star Award

Business or Individual Focused:

·       The Pat Moody Award


New for 2021, the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber will also be accepting nominations for COVID-19 Pandemic Excellence Awards. These awards specifically recognize businesses and organizations that have gone above and beyond during the pandemic in a multitude of ways. 

The 2021 Pandemic Excellence Awards are:


  • Community Guardian Award – health-related organizations, agencies, or entities who provided front-line medical response that helped curb the spread of COVID-19.
  • Community Hero Award – business, organization, or entity that produced, procured, or provided PPE for the local community.
  • Excellence in Pandemic Reporting Award – local media organization, entity, or individual who worked overtime to provide timely updates regarding the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic.
  • Excellence in Pandemic Innovation Award – business, organizations, or entity that pivoted its business model, products, services, or delivery systems in response and adaptation to the pandemic.
  • Excellence in Pandemic Lending Award – honors a financial institution that provided exceptional customer service to the Southwest Michigan business community during the pandemic, specifically in providing support in the processing, approving, and lending of the Payroll Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.



Criteria for each award, and the nomination submission form can be found online at:

Each award is focused on being meaningful and relevant to the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber and our respective community members. Nominations can be submitted by anyone; however, nominees must be members in good standing with the Chamber in order to be eligible for recognition. No self-nominations will be accepted.  

Full details regarding the 2021 Business Recognition Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony will be announced at a later date.

About Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber

Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber is a 501(c)6 member-driven organization encouraging the growth of business through networking, advocacy, visibility and benefits for all of our members. The Chamber represents approximately 700 businesses that provide 36,000 jobs for our community.                                                         

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